Brian Hancock

To wear or not to wear – that’s the question.

27 Oct



I read a blog by my mate Skip Novak the other day. Skip and I have logged north of 70 thousand miles together so we do agree on many things but I really agree with him on this one. He was taking to task the overuse of life jackets. Here is how his blog starts.  “I first realized there was something amiss when several years ago on a visit to the Hamble River during a dead calm weekend afternoon. I noticed that everyone on every craft (and they were not racing) was wearing a lifejacket.” I have noticed that as

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Boris Who?

21 Oct


Boris who you ask? Since you asked, let me tell you. Boris Herrmann. If you are still not sure who Boris is let me explain. A number of years ago I co-founded a new around-the-world race for smaller boats and fewer crew. The Portimão Global Ocean Race was the first global event for Class 40’s and the competitors raced either solo or double-handed.

Shortly after we announced the race I got an email from Boris. He told me he was  505 sailor from Germany and wanted to know if he could enter the race. It was more like, ‘if I ...
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Boris who?

21 Oct
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Boris who you ask? Since you asked, let me tell you. Boris Herrmann. If you are still not sure who Boris is let me explain. A number of years ago I co-founded a new around-the-world race for smaller boats and fewer crew. The Portimão Global Ocean Race was the first global event for Class 40’s and the competitors raced either solo or double-handed.

Shortly after we announced the race I got an email from Boris. He told me he was  505 sailor from Germany and wanted to know if he could enter the race. It was more like, ‘if ...
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The Transat returns in 2016

9 Oct
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When I was ten years old there was a huge news story in South Africa. A local sailor from my hometown had just won the single-handed transatlantic race from Plymouth, England to Newport in Rhode Island. It was an unbelievable achievement. Bruce Dalling, a quiet spoken, humble man had beaten out 38 other competitors to win the race which back then was called the Observer Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race, or OSTAR. Four years earlier a 32 year-old French naval lieutenant by the name of Eric Tabarly had won the event and was propelled into sailing stardom. So it was no small ...
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The Transat returns in 2016

9 Oct
Transat6
When I was ten years old there was a huge news story in South Africa. A local sailor from my hometown had just won the single-handed transatlantic race from Plymouth, England to Newport in Rhode Island. It was an unbelievable achievement. Bruce Dalling, a quiet spoken, humble man had beaten out 38 other competitors to win the race which back then was called the Observer Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race, or OSTAR. Four years earlier a 32 year-old French naval lieutenant by the name of Eric Tabarly had won the event and was propelled into sailing stardom. So it was no small ...
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The Transat returns in 2016

6 Oct

When I was ten years old there was a huge news story in South Africa. A local sailor from my hometown had just won the single-handed transatlantic race from Plymouth, England to Newport in Rhode Island. It was an unbelievable achievement. Bruce Dalling, a quiet spoken, humble man had beaten out 38 other competitors to win the race which back then was called the Observer Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race, or OSTAR. Four years earlier a 32 year-old French naval lieutenant by the name of Eric Tabarly had won the event and was propelled into sailing stardom. So it was no small ...
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Blood Moon Rising

5 Oct

There has been a story circulating around the Internet lately that has really got my goat. I thought that I might just let it pass but then it popped up again on my Facebook page and I took that as a sign to say something. The story was published in Australia’s Daily Telegraph. I am not sure if it was only online or in a print version, but it doesn’t matter. The headline, in 75pt font, read: Sydney to Hobart: Former model Kristy Hinze-Clarke out to create race history with Comanche.

OK let me start again by saying I have ...
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Little boats with a big history

4 Oct
The start of the mini Transat from Douarnenez, France – photo credit Jacques Vapillon

This past Saturday the Mini Transat started from the tiny town of Douarnenez located in Brittany in the northwest region of France. There are 72, yes 72 boats competing, an enormous fleet of futuristic boats all headed for Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe with a stop along the way in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. It’s 1,250 nautical miles from France to the Canary Islands, and 2,770 miles from the Canaries to the Caribbean for a total course distance of just over 4,000 miles. The Mini Transat is raced ...
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Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race Retrospective

3 Oct


I was interested to read that Knut Frostad was stepping down as CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race. Curious as to why I went online to read the official statement and then something hit me. Knut was only six years old when the first edition of the race, known then as the Whitbread Round the World Race, took place. Last week the Whitbread/Volvo celebrated 42 years since the first race back in 1973 and how things have changed. On the VOR website there is a photo of the very dashing crew of a boat called Second Life. I know that ...
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In Search of a New Record

2 Oct
The 97-foot Qingdao China getting ready for a trip through the Northeast Passage

These days it’s getting harder and harder to do something in sailing that’s never been done before. It used to be that a solo circumnavigation was enough. Then it had to be non-stop, then it had to be non-stop the wrong way around. In the late 70’s I met an Australian by the name of Jon Sanders who had done a solo, non-stop circumnavigation and was setting out to do a single-handed, double, non-stop circumnavigation. Once he completed his double he decided that he needed to better ...
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