Brian Hancock

Race records tumble

11 Jul
Mighty Merloe approaching the finish – Photo courtesy of Lauren Easley/Leialohacreative.com
The America’s Cup may be over but since the last race on the Great Sound there has been some thrilling sailing in other parts of the world as two long standing ocean race records tumble.  On Monday evening the Shelter Island based yacht Prospector knocked more than two hours off the existing course record of the Marblehead to Halifax Race, while on the opposite side of the world Mighty Merloe rocketed into Honolulu harbor to break the Transpac multihull record. The Halifax Race record was set just two years
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Four trimarans and a ship

30 Jun

Here is a story that was about to go by unnoticed unless someone wrote about it so I figured that scribe might as well be me. On June 25 a very unlikely race set off from Saint Nazaire on the west coast of France bound for a finish under the Verrazano Narrows bridge in New York harbor. It’s a race to celebrate a 100 years of friendship between France and the United States, but here is the kicker. The race is between the luxury cruise ship, the Queen Mary 2 and four Ultime trimarans.

Queen Mary 2 way ahead of
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Four trimarans and a ship

30 Jun

Here is a story that was about to go by unnoticed unless someone wrote about it so I figured that scribe might as well be me. On June 25 a very unlikely race set off from Saint Nazaire on the west coast of France bound for a finish under the Verrazano Narrows bridge in New York harbor. It’s a race to celebrate a 100 years of friendship between France and the United States, but here is the kicker. The race is between the luxury cruise ship, the Queen Mary 2 and four Ultime trimarans.

Queen Mary 2 way ahead of
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The Dalts Factor

27 Jun


The 35th America’s Cup is now history and it ended, as the poet T.S. Eliot once wrote, “Not with a bang but a whimper.” A whimper from a thoroughly defeated Oracle Team USA who simply could not rise to the occasion. As I have always said, a little bit of extra boat speed can make you look like a tactical genius and Emirates Team New Zealand had boat speed to burn. ETNZ could sail deeper downwind and higher upwind while maintaining the same speed as OTUSA and that, my friends, is how you win boat races. So let’s congratulate Peter
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The Dalts Factor

27 Jun


The 35th America’s Cup is now history and it ended, as the poet T.S. Eliot once wrote, “Not with a bang but a whimper.” A whimper from a thoroughly defeated Oracle Team USA who simply could not rise to the occasion. As I have always said, a little bit of extra boat speed can make you look like a tactical genius and Emirates Team New Zealand had boat speed to burn. ETNZ could sail deeper downwind and higher upwind while maintaining the same speed as OTUSA and that, my friends, is how you win boat races. So let’s congratulate Peter
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Home Team Advantage

20 Jun
Emirates Team New Zealand
I have been watching the America’s Cup with interest not only because I love the flying boats and the technology that is on display, but it’s also been interesting to look closely at the various teams and how they function as a unit. There is one component that is not visible and one that money cannot buy and it’s going to be the deciding factor in the Final Series. I have been predicting that Emirates Team New Zealand is going to win this thing and that’s because they have this secret potion in abundance. And the ...
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Home Team Advantage

20 Jun
I have been watching the America’s Cup with interest not only because I love the flying boats and the technology that is on display, but it’s also been interesting to look closely at the various teams and how they function as a unit. There is one component that is not visible and one that money cannot buy and it’s going to be the deciding factor in the Final Series. I have been predicting that Emirates Team New Zealand is going to win this thing and that’s because they have this secret potion in abundance. And the secret potion? National pride. ...
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A Grand Adventure it was

15 Jun
Forty nine years ago yesterday marked the start of one of the greatest sailing adventures in modern history. A young British naval officer by the name of Robin Knox-Johnston set sail aboard his double-ended wooden ketch Suhaili on a quest to win the Golden Globe Race. The race, sponsored by the Sunday Times newspaper, was the first ever circumnavigation race and Knox-Johnston and eight other sailors left the shores of England and set off to sail around the world via the five great capes. There was no formal start; it was up to each competitor to leave when they felt
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A Grand Adventure it was

15 Jun
Forty nine years ago yesterday marked the start of one of the greatest sailing adventures in modern history. A young British naval officer by the name of Robin Knox-Johnston set sail aboard his double-ended wooden ketch Suhaili on a quest to win the Golden Globe Race. The race, sponsored by the Sunday Times newspaper, was the first ever circumnavigation race and Knox-Johnston and eight other sailors left the shores of England and set off to sail around the world via the five great capes. There was no formal start; it was up to each competitor to leave when they felt
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Dee Caffari to skipper mixed crew in the Volvo Ocean Race

14 Jun

I was thrilled to read that the British sailor Dee Caffari  had secured sponsorship for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race. Thrilled on so many levels. Up until now there have only been five confirmed entries; not enough for a decent boat race in my opinion. Dee’s entry makes it six so we are getting closer. Two more entries would be great. Dee is without a doubt one of the most experienced sailors in the world and certainly the most experienced female sailor. Again that’s my opinion. There are two more reasons why this is such great news. No let’s make
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