Brian Hancock

SailGP hits San Francisco Bay

3 May



This weekend San Francisco is the place to be not only to wear a flower in your hair, but to watch some extraordinary yacht racing. SailGP, ...
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Man crosses the Atlantic in a barrel

29 Apr
Jean-Jacques Savin setting off from the Canary islands
Some stories that you see floating by on your Facebook feed seem too ridiculous to be true and in many cases they are. But not this one. This one I first learned about last December when a Frenchman announced that he was leaving to float across the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel. No sail, no motor, nothing. He was planning (and hoping) that the prevailing wind, currents and waves would propel him all the way across the ocean to the Caribbean Sea. His name is Jean-Jacques Savin and he is 72 years ...
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Fifty years ago today – RKJ and Suhaili

22 Apr

Suhaili crosses the finish line 50 years later


I am definitely not one to dwell in the past but there are times when it’s good to look back and today is one of those times. It was fifty years ago today, April 22, that Robin Knox-Johnston sailed into Falmouth Harbor on the south coast of England to become the first person in history to complete ...
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Sodebo Ultime – a fighter jet?

3 Apr



I just can’t get enough of this boat, the new Ultime trimaran built for the French sailing star Thomas Coville. It was splashed for the first time a couple of weeks ago and this past week they took it out on the first of a series of sea trials. The thing is a beast but is it going to be a game changer? Their technical ...
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The Ocean Race rolls out new branding

22 Mar

 

I am really not sure what to make out of the big new branding rollout of The Ocean Race, formerly known as the Volvo Ocean Race and before that the Whitbread Round the World Race. Their big event in Alicante, Spain was nothing more than a snooze fest with a logo that my 10-year old could have designed and a whole lot of nothing said. OK to be fair the logo was probably purposely simple in the hope that it can be easily rebranded if/when they find a new title sponsor. The race, under new ownership, still retains ...
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Istvan Kopar claims 4th – Golden Globe race

22 Mar
Istvan aboard his Tradewind 35 Cutter Puffin crosses the finish line

 

 
There was another huge welcome for the fourth place finisher in the Golden Globe. American Hungarian solo yachtsman Istvan Kopar ...
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The Bermudes 1000

21 Mar

 

 

 

 
The IMOCA class, operated mostly out of France, is one example of how a class association can really grow an idea into an international movement. IMOCA, which stands for the International Monohull Open Class Association, was originally formed in 1998 as a way to promote the rapidly growing Open 50 and 60 classes as well as ...
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Sir Robin turns 80

15 Mar
 
One of my favorite books growing up was A World of my Own by Robin Knox-Johnston. It recounted his solo circumnavigation and ultimate win in the first Golden Globe Race that took place 50 years ago. What I recall most about the book was the fervor with which Robin took on the grueling task of sailing alone around the world stating on many occasions that
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Pro sailing in France: Ultime trimaran Sodebo launched for Thomas Coville

5 Mar
Thomas Coville atop his brand new spaceship

 

 
So this is how it’s done in France when it comes to sailing sponsorship. Take a mainstream company, one that started out specializing in frozen pizzas which are consumed broadly across France on a daily basis, and have their marketing people decide that the best way to increase brand awareness is to get involved with sailing; yes ...
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SailGP coming to a city near you

14 Feb
 
 
SailGP. Ever heard of it?  I didn’t think so but get ready to hear a lot more about it in the next few months. In my opinion it’s the most exciting sailing event to come around in decades. If you enjoyed the last America’s Cup in Bermuda then you are going to love SailGP.  It’s the America’s Cup on steroids and the first race ...
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