Brian Hancock

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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Bloopers and Code 0’s – are they related?

12 Jun

Bloopers bloopers everywhere

So here is a question for you. Does the ubiquitous Code 0 and the blooper have anything in common? What kind of question is that you ask? Well stick around and I will explain. ...
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Sailors don’t let Sailors salvage solo

7 Jun

You may have heard that our friends at Atlas Ocean Racing have suffered a loss of one of their boats, the Volvo 60 Esprit du Corps. They were returning to Canada after a very successful Caribbean winter circuit and approaching the entrance to Lunenburg harbor when they were caught in a sudden squall. A headsail went over the side and got tangled up with the propellor rendering the engine useless. The boat drifted toward land and washed up on the rocks. Salvage was difficult and the boat continued to sustain additional damage. Recently, in cooperation with their insurance company, they ...
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Update on the SuperYacht My Song

4 Jun
Update on the SuperYacht My Song.  The yacht which fell off a cargo ship last week has been salvaged although as these pics show I am not sure what they can do with the boat.  Good thing is that it was not left out on the ocean as trash.  There is enough other stuff foaling around out there. Wishing the owners (and the insurance company) the best of luck bringing this beautiful yacht back to life again.

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Lowell North Sails on to Fiddlers Green

3 Jun


A sailing icon has died. Lowell North, founder of North Sails, passed away peacefully  last night and will be remembered as one of the greatest sailors ever, not only because of the company that bears his name, but also in his own right collecting victories out on the water. Lowell was an incredibly talented and accomplished sailor. In 1945, at the age of 16, he won the ...
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