Brian Hancock

Britannia AC75 is launched – and she is a beast

4 Oct

Is it a boat or a beast?

Wow just wow, would you take a look at this. Is it a boat, a battleship, or some kind of low flying jet? It’s the fourth AC 75 to be launched and the British America’s Cup entry looks to be the most radical of all. My jaw dropped when I saw the Italian yacht Luna Rossa come ...
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The Devil Wears Prada

3 Oct

New Italian AC75 launched

The third AC 75 foiling monohull was launched in Italy yesterday in preparation for the 2021 America’s Cup. Like the other two yachts already sailing, the boat is a beast and looks formidable, in fact it looks downright sinister. Bow on it looks like some kind of predator which I guess in some ways it is. The Wednesday launch was the culmination of two years of construction that involved over 90 people including 37 team designers. After a ...
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So much sailing going on these days

30 Sep

The innovative Classe Mini

It’s incredible how far the sport of sailing has come in the last few decades. Just think about it. Right now 89 sailors await a weather window in France before setting off to race single-handed across the Atlantic in some pretty futuristic 21-foot boats. The Mini Transat is an incredible event with a class that has grown from strength to strength and is not only on the cutting edge ...
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Team Australia takes victory in the SailGP series

23 Sep
Tom Slingsby leads Team Australia to victory in the SailGP series


They have said for years that watching sailboats race is about as interesting as watching grass grow; but not anymore and most definitely not if you watched the final race of the SailGP series that took place yesterday in Marseille, France. It was an absolute nail biter and an extremely close finish between the Australian team led by Tom Slingsby and ...
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Hugo Boss christened in London

20 Sep

Alex Thomson’s brand new IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss was formally christened last night on The River Thames in London. It was in typical BOSS style and the photos are lovely, but they were a little upstaged by the photos of the interior which the team released at the same time. They also released a video and both are a little mind-blowing – especially the interior. Alex plans to sail the boat from down below most of the time and rather than mess with a hard cabin top ...
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New AC75’s launched

19 Sep

Emirates Team New Zealand Americas Cup entry Te Aihe

In the last week two brand new AC75’s have been launched and they could not be more different. The first to splash was the New York Yacht Club entry American Magic later christened Defiant while on the other side of the world in Auckland, New ...
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New solo, non-stop circumnavigation record set by a 77 year old woman

10 Sep

Jeanne Socrates on arrival in Canada

This is just a great story and shows what we can achieve when we put our minds to things. Jeanne Socrates, originally from Lymington in England, just finished a solo, non-stop circumnavigation via the five great capes, those being (in the order that she rounded them) Cape Horn at the tip of South America, Cape Agulhas in South Africa, Cape Leeuwin in Western
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Five new IMOCA 60’s launched

5 Sep

There have been five new IMOCA 60 yachts launched in the last six weeks with two others currently being built and soon to be launched. To say that the IMOCA class is thriving is an understatement. Each year I go to the start of the vendee globe in France and I marvel at how space-age the boats are and think to myself that it would be impossible to improve ...
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The Clipper Round the World Race

4 Sep

Departing for the start under Tower Bridge

The Clipper Round the World Race started this past Sunday. The fleet of 11 boats left from St Catherine’s Dock in central London, passed under Tower Bridge and motored down the Thames River to the start line off Southend-on-Sea at the mouth of the Thames. The fleet is bound for Portimão, Portugal some 1,200 miles away. This is the twelfth running of ...
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Sailing for climate change

13 Aug


Greta Thunberg – climate activist


I have been known to be a little cynical about publicity stunts and for good reason but this one I kind of like. Greta Thunberg, a climate activist from Sweden has teamed up with my friend Boris Hermann in an interesting way. They leave today to sail Boris’s ...
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