Brian Hancock

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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SuperYacht My Song falls off ship

31 May

I am sure that you have already read this story. It has been all over the Internet and even made CNN. It’s the story about the 130-foot SuperYacht My Song that fell off a container ship while being delivered from the Caribbean to Italy. It’s a big story mainly because the yacht has a $40 million price tag and also, just co-incidentally, who loses a SuperYacht overboard? Well here ...
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12 Metre World Championships set for Newport in July

15 May

When the 12 Metre World Championship takes place in Newport over July 8-13, it will celebrate one of the greatest classes in world sailing history. The 112-year-old International 12 Metre Class encompasses a living history of racing yacht design by the world’s foremost naval architects who pushed their designs to the very limits of innovation. The resulting boats represented the pinnacle of yacht development from 1907-1987 for the highest levels of international sailing competition.

“It’s going to make quite a statement to the world when 21 of these historic 12 Metre – the largest gathering ever in the U.S. – ...
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Clipper Race announces crew placements

14 May

In a large and Hollywood-like event the Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race recently announced crew placements for each boat and also who skipper each yacht. It’s one of the most tense parts of the experience when you finally find out who your bunkmates will be for the following year, and who will lead your team. 

This time the are the most global ever, made up of 44 nationalities, with ages ranging from 18-76 with professions such as hairdresser, roofer, chiropractor and CEO.

Almost 700 adventurers will be taking part in the British run Clipper 2019-20 Race which will ...
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Russian man rows from New Zealand to Chile

10 May

In this world there are people who like adventure and then there are adventurers; professional adventurers. Russian born Fedor Konyukhov is the latter. This man has more courage than just about anyone on the planet. Either that or he is downright stupid. Here is a short list of his accomplishments. He is the first and only person in the ...
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