It's like motor racing on water -- deafening music blares out in the countdown to races, and fans flock to the water's edge. Welcome to the Extreme Sailing Series, extreme by name and extreme by nature.
CNN's Shirley Robertson joins Dutch skipper Bouwe Bekking as he embarks on a symbolic moment before the Volvo Ocean Race.
CNN's Shirley Robertson looks at how organizers are trying to level the playing field and make the iconic race more affordable.
CNN's Shirley Robertson meets Dutch master Bouwe Bekking as he prepares for his record equalling 7th tilt at the title.
Mike Fitzgibbons recalls 1973 with a mixture of fondness and tearful nostalgia.
Onne van der Wal was born to be on the water -- and after witnessing decades of incredible sailing innovations, the renowned photographer now feels like he's an "astronaut of the sea."
The tropical cruise was once the quintessential getaway of the elderly retiree -- a relaxing voyage through sun-soaked climes augmented by the soothing sounds of the open ocean.
New ships, expanded technology and pop culture phenomena are some of the factors making 2014 an alluring year for a vacation at sea.
After coming tantalizingly close in 2013, can Team New Zealand recover from their dramatic loss in 2014.
After failing to capitalize on an 8-1 lead in 2013, Team New Zealand are attempting to find the missing ingredient.
In 1983, Australia II broke the American stranglehold on the America's Cup. Can they recreate that magic over 30 years later?
Having cycled around the world and then swum the length of Britain, adventurer Sean Conway is taking on an altogether different challenge -- to restore a historic wartime ship which was set for the sailing scrapyard.
It is a cricket match with no bouncers, rain never stops play and the outcome is preordained.
It's not every day you get a chance to kiteboard across the Atlantic evading sharks after winning a social media competition.
It didn't come close to matching last year's record time but supermaxi Wild Oats XI won a record-tying seventh Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Saturday.
Six-time winner Wild Oats XI was involved in a tense battle for the race lead as the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht race entered its first night Thursday.
Shirley Robertson attends the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards to meet the contenders for 2013 honors.
Shirley Robertson meets more of the sailors nominated for the 2013 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards.
Which sailors excelled in 2013? Shirley Robertson finds meets the winners of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards
It was on a platform of the Paris Metro that Michel Desjoyeaux realized he finally had to snap out of it.
When Enric Sala dips his toes in a pool of water, he does so in the knowledge he may well be the first man on the planet to do so.
Alex Caizergues toasts danger with a glass of bubbly in one hand and a clenched fist in the other.
Imagine lying in the back of a gondola, watching life pass by in one of the world's most picturesque cities.
"Cruising" -- the word conjures up images of overflowing buffets, arm-wrestling at the soft serve machine and death by deck quoits.
Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy talk about how the death of their friend and colleague Andrew Simpson has influenced them.
Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy race the Argo Gold Cup to raise awareness for the Andrew Simpson foundation.
Shirley Robertson talks to Team Oracle strategist Ben Ainslie about his team's dramatic turnaround at the 2013 America's Cup.
Take a walk along almost any beach in any part of the world and one's experience is often spoiled by the sight of trash -- flotsam and jetsam -- washed ashore from the ocean.
When I first meet Zaha Hadid she's as tight-lipped as a closed door. This is a woman who doesn't do idle chit chat. Why would you when you're the world's most famous female architect?
The world's most famous scientist, with his iconic wild hair, crumpled suit, and pens peeking from breast pocket, poses not in a laboratory -- but on the deck of a ship.
While the rest of us were watching two boats battling it out in one of the most thrilling sailing competitions of all time, there was another man soaring 400 meters above the waves watching our every move.
Shirley Robertson looks back at the build-up to the 34th America's Cup.
MainSail is on location as Oracle Team USA goes head to head with Emirates Team New Zealand.
Emirates Team New Zealand is close to winning the oldest trophy in world sport, but can they go all the way?
When strangers hear Peter Jefferson's voice, they can't quite place it at first, and then it hits them: "I know you. You've been sending me to sleep for years."
Australian tycoon Bob Oatley is turning from wine to water as he announced his intention to build a team to challenge defending America's Cup champions Oracle Team USA.
Oracle Team USA safely negotiated the choppy waters of sporting comebacks to pull off a memorable victory against New Zealand to defend the America's Cup.
There are comebacks -- and then there are comebacks.
For sailing fans, boxing references don't immediately spring to mind when describing the thrills and spills of their sport -- even if it is the biggest race of all: The America's Cup.
You've heard of the Miracle on Ice?
Oracle Team USA's improbable America's Cup comeback gathered further momentum on Monday after a fifth straight win over challengers Emirates Team New Zealand.
Gaze across Cannes Bay this week, and you'd be forgiven for thinking you had stepped back in time.
Shirley Robertson is in the heart of one of the world's ocean racing classics, the Rolex Fastnet Race.
Shirley Robertson follows the first all female crew to enter the Volvo Ocean Race at the Rolex Fastnet Race.
Shirley Robertson is in the heart of the Fastnet Rolex Race, following four crews from build up until finish line.
It is one of the most iconic ports in the world, the dramatic backdrop to everything from ancient Roman sailing ships to World War Two military vessels and gas-guzzling speedboats.
Big boats and big money. What it takes to win yachting's greatest prize, America's cup. Dan Simon has the story.
The America's Cup, the most prestigious yachting race in the world and its oldest at 162 years, will seemingly join the aviation age this weekend when a new design of boat sails as fast as 52 mph.
How much do you know about the America's Cup? Holly Firfer gives us the basics of the oldest sailboat race in the world.
It has been a stormy start to the America's Cup for the defending U.S. champions -- and the boats have yet to leave the safety of San Francisco Bay.
Could you survive on four hours sleep a day? What about coming face-to-face with waves the size of three-storey buildings? Or not seeing your loved ones for an entire year?
The man touted as the next savior of Australian swimming has arrived. Just don't ask him how much he knows about, well, swimming.
Imagine if your commute to work was as easy as stepping onto a sun-drenched yacht. Or if your office window overlooked the open seas. How about waking up each morning in a different exotic port?
Never underestimate the little guy.
A slew of hi-tech sailing vessels are making serious waves at this summer's America's Cup in San Francisco Bay.
Meet the owner of an early 1900s Fife yacht called The Truant which was used in the 2011 film "Shadows of Love."
Shirley Robertson explores the history of a Scottish yacht dynasty that has earned a worldwide reputation for their work.
CNN's Shirley Robertson explores the incredible legacy of Fife design and boards one of its yachts built in 1908.
On a misty afternoon in 1851, Britain's Queen Victoria watched a wooden schooner -- named "America" -- win what would later become one of the most famous boat races in the world. She asked one of her attendants who had come second. The answer? "Your majesty, there is no second."
You know a club is exclusive when they won't even let the Queen in.
Things which might distract you while having coffee with a friend: food in their teeth, attractive waiters, giant sharks circling your head.
Imagine this: in your hot little hands you hold a blueprint for a luxury hotel in one of the most idyllic -- and tiny -- locations in the world.
The sailboat crew chose an ocean-size ambition. They sought to land in Hawaii from Los Angeles with cruise ship-like speed, in less than five days.
With the launch of the gleaming new Azzam, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich can no longer lay claim to being the owner of the world's largest superyacht.
He's fired darts at a gray whale, sped through St Petersburg in an F1 car, and taken a supersonic flight in a bomber jet.
On May 9, a cool breeze blew across the waters of San Francisco Bay. Gliding across the surface, two teams of world-class sailors -- Oracle Team USA and Swedish Artemis Racing -- were hard at work preparing for the upcoming America's Cup. According to reports, the wind was "a little above normal" at 25 to 35 mph, but nothing that professional sailors couldn't handle. Across the waterfront, anticipation was building ahead of the first America's Cup to be held in the U.S. since 1995.
The racing competition made headlines when British double Olympic medalist Andrew Simpson died in May 2013.
Oracle Team USA's Jimmy Spithill and Emirates Team New Zealand's Dean Barker recall the day Andrew Simpson died.
MainSail looks at measures taken to increase safety after the death of Britain's Andrew Simpson, a double Olympic medalist.
Speaking to Fabien Cousteau is like plunging into dreamlike darkness. The sunlight falls away as you dive deeper and deeper underwater with him, and you can't help but hold your breath a little as he describes the alien creatures hovering at the edge of vision.
If this yacht could talk, one can only imagine the stories it would tell about one of the most high-profile romances of the 20th century.
Thousands of Latino immigrant doctors are living in America, but not practicing medicine. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.
With her curved 'wings,' long pointed nose, and gleaming underbelly propped high above the waves, this space-age yacht might be better suited to the sky than the sea.
Nothing drives home the luxury lifestyles of the rich and famous quite like images of them lounging on a sun-drenched superyacht.
Wealthy owners compete with the world's best sailors in the RC44 over 5 days of competition.
Global business leaders compete in the RC44 championships.
Can Chris Bake come from behind to take his third RC44 championship win in a row?
With its luminous body seemingly hovering above the water, and five spidery legs plunging deep into the sea, this futuristic building could be the mothership in a sci-fi film.
It's what every sailor remembers: The fear of the first overnight race. The moment takes on bigger meaning when the seaman is a mere 9 years old.
There is an opening scene in Hollywood blockbuster "Titanic" when an alien-like submarine plunges to the darkest depths of the ocean.
Can you imagine a world where the sun never sets?
A Tudor warship sunk off the English coast more than 400 years ago will go on display in a new museum Friday, along with thousands of artifacts recovered with the wreck.
An icebreaker traveling through Antarctica's Ross Sea. Two months of sequences, condensed into less than five minutes.
The Mississippi River: home to grand old paddle steamers, blues music, Huckleberry Finn, and... pirate ships.
Coming face-to-face with 25-meter waves, spending months on end without human contact, and shrinking your world to the confines of a 10-meter boat.
Sailing around the world is one of the most grueling challenges on the planet, with muscle-bound skippers steering 20-meter yachts through everything from tropical cyclones to Antarctic storms.
Shirley Robertson explores the physical challenges of racing against men and speaks with Britain's Sam Davies.
Shirley Robertson looks at the selection process for those hoping to join an all-female crew at the Volvo Ocean Race.
MainSail travels to Lanzerote to train with a round-the-world race crew as they prepare for the Volvo Ocean Race.
For centuries, lighthouses have illuminated the most treacherous coastlines in the world, offering a beacon of hope to sailors in the depths of darkness.
Silently huddled on the water's edge, waiting hours on end for a hint of action, may not be everyone's idea of a pleasurable pastime.
What is the cost of circumnavigating the globe in the world's greatest pay in play boat race?
The paying members of team clipper face months of grueling training to prepare them for months of ocean racing.
One man's trash is another man's treasure. Admittedly, it helps if the trash comes from one of the most famous billionaire businessmen on the planet.
Paying members find themselves shipwrecked during 40 thousand mile journey across the wildest oceans in the world.
Wrestling with savage seas? Stranded without fuel or water? Return to shore in one piece with these seven sure-fire survival tips.
Eyes trained straight ahead, the 16 young men are as grim-faced as pall-bearers as they carry their respective team's boats down to the river's edge.
From the top of a 14-meter mast, Delphine Lechifflart expertly rolls down a length of white ribbon, her taut body pirouetting mid-air, before easing into the arms of her lover.
Three monkeys dressed in suits crouch on bulging sacks of money, striking the symbolic pose of "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil."
Australian sailor Paul Larsen discusses smashing the world sailing speed record achieving 59.37 knots.
A decade ago Australian Paul Larsen embarked on a mission to set a new world sailing speed record.
Australian Paul Larsen on fine-tuning his sailing machine that almost took his life.
Australian Paul Larsen loses control as he attempts to set a new world sailing speed record.
What do you get when you combine a hotel and a boat? Inevitably, you get a boatel.
Diving 27 meters underwater, the light turns a deep, hazy blue. Emerging from the darkness, three ballerinas in white tutus stretch their legs on the deck of a sunken military ship.
Christopher Columbus has long been the poster boy Renaissance explorer who found fame and fortune by sailing from the Old World to the New.
Solo skippers compete in the race known as the "toughest yacht race" in the world, the Vendee Globe.
The Vendee Globe fleet begins to thin as competitors fall in the sport's toughest race.
After 78 days of rough seas and storms the winner of the Vendee Globe finally pulls into port.
Valentine's Day is about spending quality time with that special someone who floats your boat. And what better way to show your love is deeper than the ocean than by treating your sweetheart to a romantic sea-themed excursion?
When pictures leaked out in December of the late Steve Jobs' new yacht, Venus, leaving The Netherlands, interest was once again sparked in the mysterious world of the super mega yachts, and in those who build them for the super mega rich.
Raising a young family while juggling a career is a tough act to master at the best of times.
Idiotic TV shows and all the latest apps bumming you out on the 21st century? Ready for some "me time" on the world's remotest islands?
In 1916, British polar explorer Ernest Shackleton managed to save his entire crew after they had been stranded in the Antarctic for almost two years. Now, nearly a century later, Australian explorer Tim Jarvis and his team of five adventurers have set sail Thursday on a voyage to emulate Shackleton's epic survival journey, using almost exactly the same equipment and rations.
Art exhibitions don't usually float on water but the CNM Estates Fine Art Sails regatta, which debuted this weekend on London's River Thames, is no ordinary expose of contemporary culture.
Resting on the icy cool surface of the Baltic Sea, a rickety old boat of hardy sailors works long into the night.
When it comes to notable water attractions, the humble lake has a hard time keeping up with the swelling oceans, seas and rivers of this world.
Shirley Robertson is in Rio de Janeiro, the 2016 Olympic city for the finale of the Extreme Sailing Series.
MainSail looks at the final act of the 2012 Extreme Sailing Series in Rio, the host city of the 2016 Summer Games.
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Race transforms the city's iconic harbor to the center of the sailing world for one day.
Wild Oats XI claimed a sixth victory in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Thursday after producing a record time to see off the opposition.
Favorite Wild Oats XI led going into the first night of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race after fellow super maxi Wild Thing was prevented from starting on Boxing Day by race officials.
When Ian McLaren-Morris named his 12 meter yacht "Silver Slipper," he never could have known it would bring him a real life fairytale romance.
Ben Ainslie and Lijia Xu receive top honors at the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards.
French solo skipper Francois Gabart on taking part in the Vendee Globe as well as saying goodbye to friends and family.
Shirley Robertson speaks with skippers taking part in the Vendee Globe, a non-stop solo race around the world.
A line of sailors teeter on the edge of a giant yacht, peering down at the blazing orange island reflected on its lurching hull.
Dangling from the top of a 20 meter mast while bouncing along the open waves would test even the most hardened sailor's stomach.
When faced with the most ferocious waves on the planet, most people would seek protection in the largest, sturdiest vessel they could find.
A 12 meter yacht bobbing off the coast of England is about to be blown to smithereens. Or at least, that's the plan.
After less than a week at sea, the Vendee Globe single-handed round the world yacht race has lived up to its moniker as "the world's toughest race" -- with nearly a quarter of the field crashing out in the first few days.
Russell Coutts, CEO of Oracle Team USA, explains why the team has chosen to build AC72s ahead of the America's Cup.
Ben Ainslie, the greatest Olympic sailor ever, talks about competing in the America's Cup World Series in San Francisco.
Three of the Gold medalists from London 2012, including the greatest sailing Olympian ever, head to San Francisco.
Hail stones the size of fists pummel the small sailboat lurching violently in the Pacific Ocean. Blanketed in darkness, Nik Brbora desperately tries to steer his 18-strong crew through 50-knot hurricane winds and waves three-storeys high.
Steve Jobs' yacht was unveiled in a Dutch shipyard on Sunday, where the unusual boat designed by Jobs and famed minimalist designer Philippe Starck was christened "Venus," after the Roman goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility, prosperity and victory.
Delivering five-star meals to a restaurant of hungry customers is a daunting prospect for any chef.
Team Oracle USA's AC72 racing yacht capsized during training in San Francisco.
Armed with glossy sales catalogs and a shy swagger, Samuel Wong hopes to transform his family-run firm from a manufacturer of hum-drum fishing vessels and houseboats into a maker of sophisticated super yachts.
With their billowing sails, towering masts and long wooden hulls, 19th century clipper ships were staggering feats of design -- and Europe's lifeline to the world's most exotic goods.
Crews cross oceans to compete in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Sardinia.
Can Shockwave repair their broken boat to compete with Niklas Zennström's team, Ran.
The 2012 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup comes to an end in Sardinia, but who will lift the trophy?
A recently built superyacht suggests that at least some wealthy holiday makers are demanding more from their sailing trips than just exotic islands and sun-drenched sea decks.
"Cartoons are about doom and disaster -- and you don't get more doom and disaster than in a German prisoner of war camp," says Mike Peyton, the man uniquely hailed as the world's greatest yachting cartoonist.
Could Tom Slingsby make up for the disapointment of Beijing by winning Gold at London 2012?
After winning the Volvo Ocean Race winner, Franck Cammas is attempting a new challenge on a road bike.
One was a quadriplegic who controlled the steering with his breath, the other a former wheelchair basketball Paralympian who took up sailing only two years ago. But together they secured the first Paralympic sailing gold medal at London 2012, and all with one race to spare.