Brian Hancock

12 Metre World Championships set for Newport in July

15 May


When the 12 Metre World Championship takes place in Newport over July 8-13, it will celebrate one of the greatest classes in world sailing history. The 112-year-old International 12 Metre Class encompasses a living history of racing yacht design by the world’s foremost naval architects who pushed their designs to the very limits of innovation. The resulting boats represented the pinnacle of yacht development from 1907-1987 for the highest levels of international sailing competition.

“It’s going to make quite a statement to the world when 21 of these historic 12 Metre – the largest gathering ever in the U.S. – ...
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Clipper Race announces crew placements

14 May


In a large and Hollywood-like event the Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race recently announced crew placements for each boat and also who skipper each yacht. It’s one of the most tense parts of the experience when you finally find out who your bunkmates will be for the following year, and who will lead your team. 

This time the are the most global ever, made up of 44 nationalities, with ages ranging from 18-76 with professions such as hairdresser, roofer, chiropractor and CEO.

Almost 700 adventurers will be taking part in the British run Clipper 2019-20 Race which will ...
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Russian man rows from New Zealand to Chile

10 May


In this world there are people who like adventure and then there are adventurers; professional adventurers. Russian born Fedor Konyukhov is the latter. This man has more courage than just about anyone on the planet. Either that or he is downright stupid. Here is a short list of his accomplishments. He is the first and only person in the ...
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SailGP hits San Francisco Bay

3 May



This weekend San Francisco is the place to be not only to wear a flower in your hair, but to watch some extraordinary yacht racing. SailGP, ...
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Man crosses the Atlantic in a barrel

29 Apr
Jean-Jacques Savin setting off from the Canary islands
Some stories that you see floating by on your Facebook feed seem too ridiculous to be true and in many cases they are. But not this one. This one I first learned about last December when a Frenchman announced that he was leaving to float across the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel. No sail, no motor, nothing. He was planning (and hoping) that the prevailing wind, currents and waves would propel him all the way across the ocean to the Caribbean Sea. His name is Jean-Jacques Savin and he is 72 years ...
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Fifty years ago today – RKJ and Suhaili

22 Apr

Suhaili crosses the finish line 50 years later


I am definitely not one to dwell in the past but there are times when it’s good to look back and today is one of those times. It was fifty years ago today, April 22, that Robin Knox-Johnston sailed into Falmouth Harbor on the south coast of England to become the first person in history to complete ...
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Sodebo Ultime – a fighter jet?

3 Apr



I just can’t get enough of this boat, the new Ultime trimaran built for the French sailing star Thomas Coville. It was splashed for the first time a couple of weeks ago and this past week they took it out on the first of a series of sea trials. The thing is a beast but is it going to be a game changer? Their technical ...
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The Ocean Race rolls out new branding

22 Mar

 

I am really not sure what to make out of the big new branding rollout of The Ocean Race, formerly known as the Volvo Ocean Race and before that the Whitbread Round the World Race. Their big event in Alicante, Spain was nothing more than a snooze fest with a logo that my 10-year old could have designed and a whole lot of nothing said. OK to be fair the logo was probably purposely simple in the hope that it can be easily rebranded if/when they find a new title sponsor. The race, under new ownership, still retains ...
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Istvan Kopar claims 4th – Golden Globe race

22 Mar
Istvan aboard his Tradewind 35 Cutter Puffin crosses the finish line

 

 
There was another huge welcome for the fourth place finisher in the Golden Globe. American Hungarian solo yachtsman Istvan Kopar ...
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The Bermudes 1000

21 Mar

 

 

 

 
The IMOCA class, operated mostly out of France, is one example of how a class association can really grow an idea into an international movement. IMOCA, which stands for the International Monohull Open Class Association, was originally formed in 1998 as a way to promote the rapidly growing Open 50 and 60 classes as well as ...
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