Brian Hancock

Rule 69 filed against Team Scallywag

4 Dec
I am not sure if it’s because someone at the Volvo Ocean Race read my Open Letter to the VOR last week, or if it’s just a coincidence but the Volvo Ocean Race management have filed what’s called a Rule 69 against Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, their skipper David Witt and navigator Steve Hayles for their stupid  sexist behavior in a video which was posted from the boat during the second leg of the race. 
For those not familiar with Rule 69 it reads as follows:
MisconductA competitor, boat owner or support person shall not commit an act ...
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Macif sets new record. France to Cape Horn

3 Dec

While many of us are relaxing this weekend, feet up, game on, there is an astounding accomplishment taking place out on the open ocean. And I mean astounding. The French sailor François Gabart is currently rounding Cape Horn in record time and will soon be out of the Southern Ocean and for the first time in his solo, non-stop circumnavigation have his bows pointing toward the finish line off Ile du Ouessant, or Ushunt as us non Francophone’s like to call it. 

Gabart started from France just 29 days ago. He is sailing his massive trimaran Macif. The
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Open Letter to the Volvo Ocean Race

29 Nov

Millions of us watched enthralled as the boats in this current Volvo Ocean Race hurtled down the Atlantic from Portugal to South Africa. The racing was intense and  extremely close and we were able to follow the onboard action daily though a stream of excellent reports from the onboard reporters. Much of it was of water cascading down the deck, crew hanging on despite being pummeled, and occasionally there was the stunning sunset. There was also a video that disturbed not only me, but many who saw it. That video was shot on board the Hong Kong entry Sun ...
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Another fatality in the Clipper Race

20 Nov
Clipper entry Quingdao in the Southern Ocean
I read an article the other day that posed the question; “Is sailing a dangerous sport?” I kind of scoffed at it after reading that the author of a report concluded that sailing is indeed a dangerous sport. I mean seriously, how dangerous can it be to be on a boat plodding along at 5 knots on a sunny summer afternoon? Well once again I was wrong. I read the news over the weekend that there had been another fatality in the Clipper Round the World Race. A 60 year old former lawyer ...
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Macif smashes the solo 24-hour record

15 Nov
For many years I have been going to the start of the Vendée Globe. I look at the boats and think that there simply can’t be any room for improvement. The boats look amazing, but four years later when I return the new boats make the older generation look like trucks. The performance curve is extraordinary and the way that the sailors sail these behemoths is also extraordinary.

François Gabart aboard Macif
I had the same feeling last year when I watched the French sailor Thomas Coville destroy the singlehanded, nonstop circumnavigation record. He sailed his 100-foot trimaran Sodebo with ...
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Thing One and Thing Two go sailing

9 Nov

I know that I said that I would not give these two hapless women any more ink but I can’t help myself. I had moved on, put them and their ridiculous story out of my mind, but that was until I saw them on The Today Show.  For those that don’t know The Today Show is one of the highest rated morning TV shows in the US and Thing One and Thing Two were there being interviewed by Thing Three; aka Matt Lauer who I used to think was a half decent journalist. That was when I knew that
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Busy weekend on the water

6 Nov
A wet and wild start to the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race

Yesterday was quite an amazing day for the sport of sailing. First you had the Volvo Ocean Race take off out of Lisbon in spectacular fashion. They rocketed down the Tagus River and out into a stiff northerly breeze in the Atlantic. A couple of hours into the race the boats were sustaining a steady 20+ knots of boat speed with some surfs into the low 30’s. Just terrific sailing as they make their way to Cape Town, South Africa some 7,000 nautical miles away.

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Is this not an absurd story?

31 Oct
Ok so can someone please tell me how this happens. How do two women who claim that they have been marooned at sea for five months completely dominate the news while an American entry, well half American, that just won the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race get absolutely no play time?  Their story is everywhere, all over Facebook, all over print media and all over television. The other evening my (soon-to-be) in-laws were asking if I had read about their amazing rescue. Sadly I had and it’s an absurd story. For those who have missed it here are ...
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Is it safe out there?

20 Oct

I was trolling Facebook the other day and saw a comment in one of the sailing forums, can’t remember which one. A lady was asking for some advice. It seems that she and her husband have been saving up for years to retire on their boat and to sail around the world, but they were starting to get cold feet. Their reason was the amount of big storms out there these days and the effect that climate change is having on global weather patterns. They were seriously thinking about not going.

At first I saw her point and almost agreed. ...
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The Suits are in Charge

16 Oct

I have been reading about this latest “crisis” to befall the Volvo Ocean Race, formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Race, and can only smile. Yup the VOR has finally grown up; the suits are “officially” in charge. 

OK for those that have not been following a couple of things. The Volvo Ocean Race bills itself, and rightly so, as the preeminent fully crewed offshore ocean race and the 13th edition is about to set sail from Alicante, Spain this weekend. With just over a week to go to the start of the race one of the
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