Brian Hancock

Bouwe Bekking in the Volvo Ocean Race

30 Mar


The Dutch sailor Bouwe Bekking is most certainly one of the most qualified sailors competing in the current Volvo Ocean Race. This is his eighth time to lap the planet and over the three decades of his sailing career he has most definitely had some amazing experiences. Possibly the most amazing took place earlier today when Bouwe and his crew aboard Team Brunel blasted around Cape Horn well ahead of the rest of the fleet. Bekking and his team passed the famed Cape at 13:01 UTC (provisional) on Thursday, March 29.

Cape Horn is the sailors Everest. It’s the most ...
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Team Sun Hung Kai Scallywag report on the man overboard incident

29 Mar
RIP John Fisher

Earlier this week a sailor in the Volvo Ocean race was lost at sea. The following story has been issued on behalf of Team Sun Hung Kai Scallywag
On March 26, 2018, Team Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag lost John Fisher overboard in the Southern Ocean, approximately 1,400 nautical miles west of Cape Horn.
Despite conducting an exhaustive search in gale force conditions, he has not been recovered.
“This is the worst situation you can imagine happening to your team,” said SHK/Scallywag Team Manager Tim Newton, who has spoken with skipper David Witt and navigator Libby Greenhalgh
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Lost at sea in the Volvo Ocean Race

27 Mar



I will deal with the pleasantries first then get into the meat of the matter. I wish to extend my condolences to the family and friends of John Fisher, the crewmember who was tragically lost overboard from Team Sun Hung Kai Scallywag in the Volvo Ocean Race. It was first light on board Monday morning as the boat was romping downwind in very fresh conditions ...
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Has the world gone mad?

23 Mar



Sometimes it feels as if the world has gone mad and no this time I am not referring to the absurd political machinations going on in the US. I am taking about a much smaller world; the sailing world. I read online that so far it has cost
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The Mens Sana Project

15 Mar



I know that I often use my blogs to rant and rail and I get quite a bit of flack for it so today I am going to write something very different.  I am going to use this space to bring to your attention an inspiring story and I hope that you will dig into it a little deeper and see what you can
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Talking guns here

6 Mar

The late great Sir Peter Blake


OK, I am already bracing for the assassins bullet, but this topic has to be broached. I belong to a number of Facebook groups that are all about sailing and living aboard and going cruising; you get the picture. Lately there has been an ongoing thread on many of the sites and they raise what I guess is a
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Snakes and ladders

28 Feb



Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race was one of snakes and ladders and it all came down to a nail biting finish in the dead of night in Auckland, New Zealand. The final shootout was between the Dutch entry AkzoNobel and the Hong Kong entry Team Sun Hung Kai Scallywag with AkzoNobel gliding across the finish line a scant two minutes ahead. These two boats have shadowed each other since they took a bold gamble on a tiny weather window soon after the start of the leg. Their move paid off and they led the fleet for most ...
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Nail-biting finish in the Volvo Ocean Race

27 Feb
Close racing between AkzoNobel and Scallyway as they approach the finish – pic credit Volvo Ocean Race
Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race was one of snakes and ladders and it all came down to a nail-biting finish in the dead of night in Auckland, New Zealand. Despite the ungodly hour the City of Sails, as Auckland bills itself, was out in force to greet the sailors and to cheer on leg winner AkzoNobel. It’s the first leg win for the Dutch  team and well deserved. They fought off not only Team Sun Hung Kai Scallywag ...
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Sailing Suhaili

23 Feb
Suhaili

I read online that there is a push afoot to raise money to get Fazisi restored and back out sailing after being wrecked in the recent hurricanes, and I fully support that effort. Fazisi was the first, and by happenstance, last entry from the Soviet Union to race in the Whitbread Round the World Race. I think that the old girl is a bit like a cat with nine lives and still has a few left so let’s hope for a good outcome. At the other end of the spectrum is a similar effort to get Suhaili, the
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Driftathon in the Volvo Ocean Race

21 Feb
Mapfre and Dongfeng drifting

One might think that Life At The Extreme has become life at the extremely boring as the six yachts in the Volvo Ocean Race claw their way ever so slowly toward New Zealand. While the pace has been a little slow, the racing has actually been quite interesting. There have been plenty of lead changes and one has to wonder if it’s tactical brilliance on the part of the leaders, or just luck of the draw. Having sailed many miles in light conditions myself I think that it’s mostly luck of the draw.
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