Brian Hancock

Parenting – Then vs Now

20 Mar
I had dinner with a friend of mine the other day. She was constantly checking her phone. Her 20 year old daughter had moved to live with her father in Germany and her three-times-a-day text had not arrived. She was worried. “She usually text’s at the same time every day,” my friend said. “I can’t imagine what’s gone wrong.” I nodded in sympathy. I am a parent and I totally understand.

The next day I had lunch with one of my oldest and sweetest friends. Without her I would never have had the most awesome life that I have had. ...
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No sailing is not broken

2 Mar
Flying sailboats are not boring

I recently read an article by a man named Bill Canfield. It was titled “Sailing is Badly Broken.” Of course it got my attention. I don’t know Bill but it seems he has vast experience in the sport and he comes to his point of view from a very thoughtful perspective. I too come at this from a thoughtful perspective and here is my response; sailing has never been so alive, so vibrant, so exciting and so extraordinary, at least in my lifetime which, I cringe to say, is approaching six decades.

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Unreal acts of seamanship

27 Feb
Conrad Coleman sails his crippled IMOCA 60 across the finish line in France

It was a pleasure to watch Kiwi Conrad Coleman cross the finish line to complete his Vendée Globe. He lapped the planet without using any kind of fossil fuels; just wind and solar to power an array of instruments as well as the all important (and power hungry) auto-pilot. He became the first New Zealander to complete the Vendée and I hope that he will get a hero’s welcome when he returns to his home country. He did get a hero’s welcome when he finished in Les ...
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Huge News for American Sailors

21 Feb
Rich Wilson approaching the finish in France


There is big news for American sailing today. Big news. Except that it will likely go unnoticed in the US. Sadly. Not in the rest of the world where they will learn that American Richie Wilson just completed his second Vendée Globe becoming the only American to finish the race twice and only one of few who have ever completed two Vendée Globe’s. This is an enormous accomplishment, even more so knowing that Richie is not only in his sixties, 66 to be exact, but he also suffers from asthma.

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IDEC obliterates Jules Verne record

26 Jan
IDEC approaching the finish this morning

I have been trying to come up with some kind of superlative to describe the awesome accomplishment by Francis Joyon and his crew aboard IDEC as they totally obliterated the Jules Verne non-stop, circumnavigation record. Let me be clear. When Loïck Peyron and his team aboard Banque Populaire V set the record three years ago it was deemed by many sailing pundits to be almost impossible to beat. Peyron and company got handed some lucky weather breaks and whomever was out to better their time would need not only blinding speed, but some lucky ...
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Shredding the Planet

25 Jan
Jean-Pierre Dick crosses the finish line in France

There is too much awesome sailing going on out there to not write about it. Just moments ago Jean-Pierre Dick crossed the finish line in Les Sable D’Olonne, France to take fourth in the Vendée Globe behind Jérémie Beyou who finished third. In a couple of hours my old mate Jann Elias will finish and shortly thereafter Jean le Cam will cross the line. It has been hand-to-hand combat for these three sailors who battled it all the way up the Atlantic from Cape Horn. These three skippers will have completed their
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The Boss takes second

20 Jan
Alex Thomson celebrates second place on Hugo Boss

This morning it was Alex Thomson’s turn for celebration as the British sailor closed the loop on his epic Vendée Globe performance. Despite pushing himself and his boat almost to the limits of breaking he was unable to catch the overall winner Armel Le Cléac’h, but you can’t say that he didn’t try. In the last few days he closed the gap from more than a 700 mile deficit, to just over 30 miles setting a new 24-hour, single-handed distance record along the way. He should be beyond proud of his accomplishment ...
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Vendée victory for Armel Le Cléac’h

19 Jan


The Jackal, the nickname for the French sailor Armel Le Cléac’h, has finally found the victory he has been seeking for the last decade and a half. At just after 4:30pm local time (10:30 EST) he crossed the finish line in Les Sables d’Olonne, France to win the 2016/17 Vendée Globe. After an epic two boat race with Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss, Le Cléac’h sealed the deal and closed out the British sailor. He also set a new course record of 74 days, 3 hours, 35 minutes and 46 seconds taking almost four days off the old course record
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Following a Dream – slow progress

19 Jan

For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.” It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world. You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa

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Following a Dream – Disaster strikes

18 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.” It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world. You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa
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