Brian Hancock

Global Match Race

25 Nov
IDEC Sport

They’re off and the start of the most amazing global match race has begun. In the dead of night this past Sunday morning off the north coast of France two of the fastest and most amazing sailboats on this planet took off to lap the planet in an effort to break the non-stop circumnavigation record currently held by Loick Peyron and his crew aboard Banque Populaire V. The first to go was IDEC Sport skippered by Francis Joyon. At 02:02:22 GMT IDEC Sport crossed an imaginary start line that runs from the Créac’h lighthouse on Ile de Oessant ...
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Done and dusted

21 Nov

Doing a fly-by.
Franck Cammas, one of the most successful sailors in the world has done what no one has done before; rounded Cape Horn on a foiling catamaran. In a quintessentially French move Cammas and his crew Johannes Wiebel rounded the most iconic of all landmarks flying on foils. The conditions were perfect and while there is not a whole lot of information it looks as if Cammas and his crew on their carbon Nacra F20 catamaran went back and forth a few times in order to capture this amazing photo. As someone who has seen Cape Horn from ...
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Sailmaking in the 21st Century

20 Nov
This is the first in a series of blogs that will take my book Maximum Sail Power, update it and present it here in blog sized chunks. At the end of this blog is a link to subscribe so that you get all posts and can educate yourself on the subject of sails and sailmaking. There is also a great free gift when you subscribe. Thanks for reading.

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Local sail lofts are getting replaced by giant sail production facilities in Asia and elsewhere

There was a time not long ago, that ...
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Foiling around Cape Horn

18 Nov
Frank Cammas in the Beagle Channel getting ready for his rounding of Cape Horn
I have been lucky enough to round Cape Horn twice under sail. The first time was in a full gale and we actually ended up capsizing right at Cape Horn. We were about a quarter mile off the famous landmark when the helmsman turned the wheel the wrong way and over we went. It’s a long story. The second time; light headwinds… Cape Horn has been a huge part of my life from when I was a kid reading all the stories about famous sailors getting ...
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Those were the days my friend

13 Nov



My two recent posts on the use of pfd’s seemed to have struck a cord with sailors around the world. I received plenty of harsh admonition when I advocated that wearing a pfd should be a personal choice. I even received a death threat but don’t think the person would actually have killed me if push came to shove. I then wrote a mea culpa saying that I may have been wrong about the use of lifejackets, that I had read a book about how easily it is for accidents to happen when you least expect them. Well as you

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Those were the days my friend

10 Nov


My two recent posts on the use of pfd’s seemed to have struck a cord with sailors around the world. I received plenty of harsh admonition when I advocated that wearing a pfd should be a personal choice. I even received a death threat but don’t think the person would actually have killed me if push came to shove. I then wrote a mea culpa saying that I may have been wrong about the use of lifejackets, that I had read a book about how easily it is for accidents to happen when you least expect them. Well as you

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London to London

3 Nov
Sarah Outen completes the first ever human powered circumnavigation of the world
This is an amazing story and one that will surely inspire you. It’s a boating story, not strictly a yachting one but it’s a story of inspiration, perspiration and perseverance. My friend Sarah Outen just completed the first ever human powered circumnavigation of the world. Let me explain and I will start from the beginning.

In 2009 Sarah set off from Fremantle in Western Australia on an attempt to become the first woman to row across the Indian Ocean. She was heading for Mauritius, a little over 3,100 ...
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London to London

3 Nov
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Sarah Outen completes the first ever human powered circumnavigation of the world

This is an amazing story and one that will surely inspire you. It’s a boating story, not strictly a yachting one but it’s a story of inspiration, perspiration and perseverance. My friend Sarah Outen just completed the first ever human powered circumnavigation of the world. Let me explain and I will start from the beginning.
 
In 2009 Sarah set off from Fremantle in Western Australia on an attempt to become the first woman to row across the Indian Ocean. She was heading for Mauritius, a little over ...
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Meā culpā when it comes to pfd’s

2 Nov

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A small portion of the hundreds of coments and emails received


OK, meā culpā, my bad, however it can be expressed I am taking responsibility for article I wrote about the use of pfd’s and would like to apologize to those who took exception to my point of view. Since the article appeared on SailFeed last week I have been deluged with a steady stream of hate mail. I read every email and comment on the website and it made me realize how passionate people are about this subject. With the benefit of hindsight I might have been a tad
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Attrition in the Transat Jacques Vabre

29 Oct
The Transat Jacques Vabre fleet assembled in Le Havre, France
Anyone who reads what I write with any regularity will know that I have great respect and admiration for French sailors. They know how to put on a show and their displays of immense sailing talent never cease to amaze. But seriously what’s with starting races in early winter just when the weather in the North Atlantic is starting to get nasty? Late October, early November is no time to be crossing the Bay of Biscay and this was proven these last few days when a tightly packed low pressure ...
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