RICH WILSON: Looking Ahead to the 2016 Vendee Globe

29 Aug

Rich Wilson

I stopped by Maine Yacht Center in Portland earlier this week for a quick visit with Rich Wilson aboard his new Open 60 Great American IV, ex-Mirabaud. Rich, you may recall, became only the second American ever to finish the Vendee Globe back in 2009, at age 58 no less, and is now preparing to compete again in 2016. Once again, the ultimate purpose of Rich’s effort will be to build a multi-disciplinary educational program around the voyage and share it with school kids around the world via his non-profit Sites Alive Foundation.

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The Beauty Of Fife

21 Aug

I’ve always loved the graceful, sleek, seaworthy lines of Fife yachts. Apparently CNN Mainsail’s Shirley Robertson feels the same way. Here’s her 3-part tribute to the Fife family and the timeless vessels it produced.


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SWAN 48 SALVAGE ATTEMPT: Matt Rutherford Almost Got Ripped Off! (IMHO)

24 Jul

S/V Ault

I have to say, I really dig Matt Rutherford’s new ride (pictured above). It looks to be a Colvin Gazelle, a boat I’ve always admired, but with an unstayed cat ketch rig. Very interesting. But that’s not what we need to discuss right now. You may have noticed, per a recent post by my SAILfeed compadre Andy Schell, that Matt, who has been voyaging about the middle of the Atlantic as part of his new Ocean Research Project, recently came across and actually tried to salvage that Swan 48, Wolfhound, that I have written so much ...

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Matt Rutherford encounters abandoned Swan 48 during Ocean Research Project expedition

23 Jul

Holy moly. All this chatter from Charlie Doane about abandoned sailboats, and look what Matt Rutherford has turned up in mid-Atlantic. He’s apparently the second person who’s found – and boarded – Wolfhound (ex Bella Luna)  in the last two weeks.

Matt – famous for his record-breaking Solo the America’s voyage – and Nikki have been at sea since early June on Matt’s new steel Colvin schooner on their first research voyage for their newly minted Ocean Research Project. It was in the midst of this voyage that they spotted the Swan (and were offered a bounty to tow ...

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The Sailing Life

22 Jul

Videographer Will Lyons seems to living the dream (though you can’t eat a dream). At least according to this montage of his last 6 months filming the sailing world in action.

You can find lots more good video on Will’s channel. Like this:


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Live Like Alex

15 Jul

News of the untimely passing of Alex Rust in May left us shocked and saddened. We met Alex in 2010, when he was crossing the Pacific on his boat Bubbles. Alex’s zest for life stood out among cruisers, a crowd generally notable for their joie de vivre. It made his death at 28 seem all the more cruel, and reminds us to embrace living every day to the fullest, and to remember and the bubbles in our wake- to never take any one, or any place, for granted.

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More Andrew Simpson Tragedy Detail

1 Jul

The San Francisco Chronicle weighs in with an in-depth story, that adds some details to what we know about what happened:

At this point, a confidential Artemis report says, the boat was steering into position to put the wind at its back – “bearing away” in yachting parlance. It’s a tricky maneuver, a 180-degree turn known as “the zone of death,” because the boats may accelerate out of control, while shifting from upwind to downwind.

As the Artemis AC72 attempted its downwind turn, downward pressure was put onto the front of the twin hulls, pushing them into the water. As

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Remembering Andrew “Bart” Simpson

26 Jun

Just saw this, and it is well worth watching. I wonder what Simpson would think of what is now happening to the Cup that he gave his life for, and the idea that his death might be used to try to rewrite the design rules for competitive advantage.


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Percian (Non)Profundity

25 Jun

Or how not to market sailing (or anything else). If I didn’t know better I’d say this was satire:

But no, this is a serious marketing campaign from Alfred Dunhill, a British luxury sporting goods brand.

Let’s wallow a little more in the gooey cheesiness:

Man at Sea is the latest of Alfred Dunhill’s ‘Portraits of Achievement’.

An ode to the sea and one man’s life long passion for sailing on it, Man at Sea follows Iain Percy OBE, British Sailor and Olympic Champion. Setting sail from Lymington in the New Forest district of Hampshire in the yacht Strega,

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Joyon Reigns Supreme

18 Jun

To almost no one’s surprise, Francis Joyon managed to add the NYC-Lizard Transatlantic record to his impressive solo sailing trophy cabinet (which already housed the 24-hour record, the East-West Transatlantic record, and the biggest and most important of all, the RTW solo record).

It can be counted as mildly surprising, given that he was trailing Thomas Coville’s 2008 reference time for a good chunk of the course as he rode a southerly depression that took him off the Great Circle route, that he smashed the record by such a massive margin, besting Colville in the end by 16 hours, 34 ...

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