Brian Hancock

The Maiden Factor world tour

9 Nov

The newly refitted Maiden setting sail from Southampton

I have always been a huge proponent of women in sailing. I guess it started when as a kid I got thumped on the race course by some girls in our cub and I figured that I had no right to ever think I was a better sailor than them just because I was a male. They ...
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More carnage in the Route du Rhum

6 Nov
Sam Goodchild under jury rig
It has been 48 hours since the 11th edition of the Route Du Rhum started from France and there has been much carnage. In addition to two of the Ultime trimarans sustaining hull damage that forced them out of the race, there has been damage on many of the other boats. Overnight the much anticipated storm in the Bay of Biscay hit the fleet and two boats were dismasted. British skipper Sam Goodchild was dismasted while lying in third place on his Class 40 Narcos Mexico. “Sam was in third place and going well ...
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Loads of damage in the Route du Rhum

5 Nov

Macif takes an early lead

It has been a very eventful first 24 hours for the yachts competing in the Route du Rhum which started on Sunday from the port city of Saint Malo in France. The conditions for the start were picture perfect and the 125 strong fleet headed west on a fair tide and sailing in a fair breeze. Seb Joss on the Ultime Maxi Edmond de Rothschild took an early lead being chased down by Francoise Gabart on Macif and Thomas Coville on Sodebo but before the first night was over Joss and Coville were out of ...
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The Route du Rhum – destination Guadeloupe

2 Nov
A small portion of the huge fleet

 

 
The Route du Rhum is one of the greats and this year’s race looks to be one of the greatest ever.  The race is run every four years and goes from the beautiful walled city of Saint Malo on the north coast of France to Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe. It’s a solo Atlantic crossing ...
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A brilliant innovation – electronic telltales

1 Nov
A brand new innovation – electronic telltales

 

Michel Desjoyeaux is one of the most successful solo offshore sailors in the world. He not only won the Vendee Globe twice he also won the Route du Rhum as well as numerous other offshore races. Now semi-retired from offshore racing he has a company in France called Mer Agitée. Desjoyeaux and his partner ...
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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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