Brian Hancock

It’s all about the adventure

11 Dec
Abilash Tomy’s replica of Suhaili – now sunk


I have followed the online comments about the rescue of Susie Goodall, some with bemusement and some with disdain. Before I explain let’s recap what happened. Susie Goodall, a 28 year old British sailor was competing in the https://goldengloberace.comGolden Globe Race when her yacht was pitchpoled in the Southern Ocean. The yacht was dismasted and in
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Susie Goodall pitchpoled and dismasted in Golden Globe Race

5 Dec
It looks like the Southern Ocean is still dishing out its balmy summer sailing conditions and has claimed yet another victim. British sailor Susie Goodall, racing solo in the Golden Globe Race, was rolled and dismasted and is out of the race. Goodall had been lying in fourth place behind the Estonian sailor Uku Randmaa, Dutch sailor Mark Slats and the leader, the indomitable ...
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New classes for the Olympics

26 Nov

There has been a lot of hand wringing recently over the proposed changes to the Olympic sailing classes and a lot of it totally understandable. Many sailors lament the fact that the Finn has been dropped and after the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo it will no longer be an Olympic class. After 18 Olympic games spanning 68 years the humble Finn will be replaced. Some ...
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The BOSS on the bricks

16 Nov

Damage to the bow of Hugo Boss after grounding
Dramatic and heart wrenching news was delivered early this morning stating that the British sailor Alex Thomson, who was leading the IMOCA class in the Route de Rhum race from France to Guadeloupe, had run aground. After sailing a flawless race since leaving Saint Malo in France 12 days ago, Thomson aboard his yacht Hugo Boss ...
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A battle of the giants in the Route du Rhum

14 Nov

Francis Joyon celebrates his Route du Rhum win in Guadeloupe

It was a battle of the giants right up until the last few miles of a rough and wet Atlantic crossing as François Gabart on his Ultime trimaran Macif fought off a last minute challenge from Francis Joyon on his Ultime trimaran IDEC Sport. In the end it was Joyon who prevailed after a cat ...
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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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