Brian Hancock

The BOSS sets new 24-hour speed record

26 Oct
Hugo Boss in flying mode
This just in. British skipper Alex Thomson and his crew have officially broken the 24-hour distance record for a 60ft Monohull. Sailing onboard HUGO BOSS, Thomson’s  IMOCA 60 race boat, the crew were successfully able to sail 539.71 nautical miles over the course of 24 hours, breaking the existing record – set by Thomson himself in 2017 – by 2.9 nm.

The record was broken on 19-20 July, during a transatlantic delivery from New York to the United Kingdom. Thomson and four crew members sailed at an average speed of 22.49 knots during the 24 ...
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Changes Afoot in the Volvo Ocean Race

25 Oct
Richard Mason of the Volvo Ocean Race management team


There are changes afoot for the Volvo Ocean Race and some of them were outlined at the Yacht Racing Forum that’s currently going on in France this week. Richard Mason, the Executive Director of the race’s leadership team updated attendees on the various changes that we can expect for the next race. First of all,
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Second dismast in the Golden Globe Race

22 Oct
French solo yachtsman Loïc Lepage is expected to be evacuated from his dismasted yacht Laaland shortly after first light on Tuesday (23:30 UTC Monday). By then both the bulk carrier Shiosai and the sailing yacht Alizes II will have reached Laaland’s position in the South Indian Ocean some 670 miles SW of Perth Western Australia, and will await the arrival of an Australian P-8A search and rescue plane overhead before starting the rescue operation.

The forecast for the region is good – 15-20 knot winds and a 3 metre swell. The primary plan is for Lepage to be recovered from ...
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The Barcolana Autumn Cup Regatta

15 Oct
Photo credit  – Carlo Borlenghi


As sailors we often think that we are participating in a sport that
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New racing circuit announced

5 Oct
We all know that to compete at the very top level of sailing you need money and lots of it. Well, let’s just say that this new and very exciting sailing event announced this week at a glitzy launch in London there is no lack of money. Larry Ellison is worth an estimated $61.8 billion as is ranked 7th on Forbes list of richest people
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Sailing’s James Dean – the Mike Plant story

3 Oct

I watched a terrific movie last night. It was the kind of movie that would have changed the trajectory of my life had my life not already been on a similar trajectory. The movie was Coyote and it’s the true story of the American sailor Mike Plant and his ambition to win the Vendée Globe. I met Mike many years ago. I was introduced to
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35 years ago today

26 Sep

For sailors it was a JFK assassination moment. We can remember exactly where we were to the second when the Australian yacht Australia II gybed over and crossed ahead of the American yacht Liberty. Sailors around the world held their collective breath for the time it took both boats to round the leeward mark and battle their way up the last windward leg of the ...
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Carnage in the Golden Globe Race

25 Sep
Abhilash Tomy – rescued after being dismasted and injured


There was some high drama in the Golden Globe Race over the last few days that resulted in two sailors being rescued. It all started last Friday when race founder and organizer Don McIntyre produced a short video for YouTube that showed a number of intense low pressure systems rolling toward some of the competitors ...
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British gear up for the next America’s Cup

4 Sep


It appears that I may have to eat my words, well at least some of them, when it comes to the new America’s Cup design. I have been watching some videos of  INEOS TEAM UK, the British Challenger for the America’s Cup, and the boat looks quite amazing. They took what was originally a Quant 28 hull and modified it to ...
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Sail on Hilary Lister

20 Aug

I never met Hilary Lister and now it’s too late. This brave sailing icon passed away yesterday after decades of struggling against a degenerative condition that left her wheelchair-bound ...
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