Recent comments from Members

  • 04/02/2014 - 14:30
    I think we need to distinguish between the Irens designed Idec and Sodebo which were always of moderate beam and meant to be sailed (and reefed!) solo, and the two flipped MOD 70s and possibly Prince de Bretagne. These latter three are much wider and more powerful with huge flat top mains and so often in pics seem to be flying the central hull. Obviously the MODs were flipped with crews onboard, altho only two in VP's case. Lionel on PdB altho hugely experienced was presumably caught out by a gust in the SE trades, not extreme conditions, as Joyon was on Idec. Projecting forward, altho I know Cammas and Le Cleach have both managed a trade wind Atlantic crossing solo on BPexGroupama, but it does seem alarming that now Guichard plans to enter the RduRhum on SpindriftexBP at 130ft!! Apparently he will set off if wx fcst is good but not if it isn't, since he cannot reef the main alone!!!! I do think the organisers should be considering some upper size limit for solo sailors, or will they wait until there is an another "accident"!
  • 03/02/2014 - 12:22
    Richard Lema writes: Your comment on Prince de Bretagne capsizing brought back memories of years past when it was unfortunately not uncommon for a multihull to either capsize (too many to mention), or for the skipper to vanish during a race. For example, Loic Caradec who was lost during the 1986 Route du Rhum while sailing the 25.9 meter catamaran Royale II. The announcement of Yann Guichard sailing the 40 meter trimaran Spindrift 2 in the 2014 Route du Rhum alone reminded me of Alain Colas sailing the 72 meter (236 foot) Club Méditerranée in the 1976 Trans-Atlantic race. At that time, most of the sailing press was horrified at the thought of a lone sailor attempting to sail a 236 foot boat alone, as Club Méditerranée was possibly capable of sinking a small ship if he hit it at high speed. Club Méditerranée at the start of the 1976 Trans-Atlantic race http://www.lequipe.fr/explore/voile/img/full/clubmed.png?1EXPL_VOILE_000... Since the 1976 Trans-Atlantic race, multihulls have increased is size from the 70ft catamaran Kriter II, to the 40 meter (131 foot) Spindrift 2. I have a serious question with a solo sailor handling a 40 meter boat: "Can a solo skipper release the sheets, and turn a 40 meter boat by themselves in time to avoid a small craft if one suddenly appears directly in front of them? Or does someone, or maybe even a group of people aboard a small ocean-going sailboat, or even small power vessel get to enjoy the glory of being run down by a solo sailor on a giant race boat designed to be sailed by more than a dozen top racers?" The skippers sailing these boats are obviously the some of the best sailors in the world, and they are extraordinarily talented. However, they are not the only ones out there on the ocean, and this "Hey, look at me sailing this huge thing by myself" attitude could possibly cost someone other than the solo skipper their life. That's a very high price for a pleasure boater to pay for someone's ego.
  • 28/01/2014 - 15:39

    We hope Lionel is going to be okay. Allegedly being inside a capsized trimaran is a relatively tranquil place to be... But this, Joyon's capsize in 2011 - http://goo.gl/k7dGR4, and Spindrift (http://goo.gl/axaCiZ) and Virbac Paprec (http://goo.gl/IMUUlS), haven't done much for the safety record of 'supposedly safer' modern racing multihulls, either solo or fully crewed...

  • 17/01/2014 - 11:26
    Brave call. Let's hope he can get through the front without more damage.
  • 16/01/2014 - 11:28
    In response to: Solo to Mauritius
    The wind may be the right direction but very testing conditions likely! I've never seen so many 50kt black triangles on wefax charts as this winter. Maybe that's why Coville on Sodebo isn't going too? Or will he!
  • 20/12/2013 - 19:11
    Sorry?! Has The Daily Sail suddenly been taken over by the same group that publish Compass (south coast 'society' magazine)? :-)
  • 20/12/2013 - 11:04
    we need more news and pics about this sort of thing - especially last day in the office before getting up the juicer.
  • 20/12/2013 - 10:15
    Not really news for a sailing website is it??
  • 20/12/2013 - 10:15
    Not really news for a sailing website is it??
  • 20/12/2013 - 08:14
    In response to: WallyCento no3 confirmed
    Dunstone selling Hamilton? http://y.co/yacht/hamilton/
  • 12/12/2013 - 14:42
    Wow!!!
  • 11/12/2013 - 13:02
    Great effort Pip always new from the days of AOA you'd prove yourself!
  • 11/12/2013 - 12:23
    Fantastic effort by Pip. Born to do singlehanding indeed! She coped brilliantly with the atrocious weather this autumn/early winter. So many cruising boats are hanging around in the Canaries waiting for the southerlies to end and trade winds re appear.
  • 28/11/2013 - 08:54
    In response to: Next deluge expected
    SIDA is the French translation for AIDS, the disease.
  • 15/11/2013 - 16:49
    In response to: IRC-HPR hybrid 40 footer
    What is with the rust stains on chainplates and keel interfaces. Is the quality control on stainless parts poor and fitting detail on the keel lacking.
  • 13/11/2013 - 11:13
    Stamm is sailing with Phillipe Legros... Ex Banque Pop skipper Pascal Bidégorry is crewing on Safran.
  • 12/11/2013 - 21:50
    Ok, so I am an unashamed fan of Paul Larsen and all he has done, but I do think the "uniqueness" of his achievements should have made him this year's recipient of the Sailor of the Year, even over Gabart's Vendee win. I do not mean this to minimalise the achievements of the actual winners, but what Paul Larsen did in the past year or so was extraordinary in the extreme and deserves the recognition and respect that this award would/should have bestowed upon him.
  • 12/11/2013 - 21:23
    There is no equate. That's the point. Only one set of feet on the other side of that line. And almost 2million views across all YouTube clips. No contest. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZVIj5TUSKE&feature=youtube_gdata_player
  • 12/11/2013 - 20:23

    Odd, but predictable given this is ISAF...almost everyone I have spoken to seemed to think that Paul Larsen should have won this award. But really - how do you equate a Vendee Globe winner with a phenomenally successful 470 sailor/Olympic Gold medallist and someone who's just taken the world speed record through the roof?

  • 06/11/2013 - 09:49
    In response to: Twiddling thumbs in Gijon
    Will be a shame for all the other competitors who have sailed their boats to spain to have someone arrive by road, potentially win the leg, and therby the Transat. Not really fair. Nothing against Sam, but something has to change in the rules for all ocean racing classes as this type of thing is entirely too common.