Brian Hancock

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

29 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 ...

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Meā culpā, my bad

28 Oct
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 to glib when I posed my point of view. Just to ...
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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
boris

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
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

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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