Brian Hancock

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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The new Hugo Boss launched

5 Aug

The new Hugo Boss IMOCA 60 was revealed over the weekend and all I can say is WOW.  Actually I said something much stronger than that but let’s just say that I said wow. Either Alex Thomson and his team have got it really right or really wrong. My money is on them getting it really right. They have been doing this for a long time and along with their own in-house team led by Design Manager Pete Hobson, they have collaborated with French naval architects VPLP who are in my opinion among the best, if not ‘the best’ design ...
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Fastnet ’79 – a personal story

2 Aug

The Fastnet Race starts tomorrow. They have a record fleet including 20 IMOCA 60’s and the event continues to be one of the most prestigious ocean races in the world. It has been forty years since the disastrous race in 1979 where 19 people lost their lives and much has changed since then. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was racing aboard a brand new Swan 55, a Sparkman and Stephens ...
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Retro Whitbread coming our way

1 Jul
Alaska Eagle – my ride for the ’81/82 Whitbread Round the World Race


OK this one is personal to me as someone who participated in three Whitbread Round the World races back in the ’80’s. I had heard rumors of this happening and indeed had the idea myself a few years ago, so when I got a formal announcement this morning I was thrilled. ...
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Bol d’ Or disaster

18 Jun


The Bol d’Or Mirabaud is probably the most important inland lake regatta in the world. Started in 1939, it welcomes monohulls and multihulls each year on Lake Geneva, starting in Geneva, Switzerland and sailing the 123 kilometer (66.5 nautical miles) course from Geneva to Le Bouveret and back. There is typically upward of 500 boats entered and it’s a place where the latest high-tech foiling technology is showcased. It can be showcased because Lake Geneva is typically flat with light winds ...
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