Recent comments from Members

  • 15/12/2011 - 20:22
    David Raison has just brilliantly demonstrated what is so good about development classes. Bravo David! IMOCA class should not be one design, if they want to curb costs take a look at the rules. Material restrictions, ISO and GL standards only limit the performance of the yacht not the cost of the campaign. If they are serious about controlling costs then enforce some resource restrictions. F1 does this but badly, several teams spend over the limit but say catch me if you can and then fine me when you do. Sailing isn't F1 no matter how you look at it which is why I believe a resource restriction/budget cap would be worth investigating.
  • 14/12/2011 - 15:22
    wow !
  • 14/12/2011 - 15:22
    The one design option should be restricted to 2016 and reviewed after this. Perhaps a choice of two design could be available for 2016, not the cost savings of a one one design but cheaper than the situation now, however there are a number of options that can be considered, it's finding the right balance in getting enough competitive boats on the start line and cost, which may just see a few top boats out classing all other boats.
  • 13/12/2011 - 17:02
    The last paragraphs (Mike Golding's opinion) are the most realistic perspective. One design is a fashion in france due to the MOD and the Figaro, but there are no one designs in the top echelon of any other mechanical sport.
  • 13/12/2011 - 15:35
    Does anyone remember the naughty Greek guy who boarded another Soling at a high end regatta and whacked an opposing helm with a paddle? This guy was a legend - he upset everyone by towing his boat (crew in it) at high speed causing massive wash and then created uproar by seducing the young daughter of the local mayor. Ainslie will have to up his game a bit if he is hoping to be considered in the same "rule 69" league. By the way - bad boy Coutts got "rule 69" thrown at him when he was sailing in Cowes once.
  • 12/12/2011 - 00:03
    Television is essential for the future of the pro side of our sport, however those out on the water in the vicinity of the race course must respect the competition that's going on. It is more than possible to drive a RIB around a race course without disturbing the racing and in this case the RIB driver and whoever employed him deserve a major slap for having failed to observe that. I'm surprised Ben didn't deck him (given the penalty he might as well have).
  • 11/12/2011 - 20:52
    Why, why, oh why is our sport so obsessed with television coverage that it is allowed to jepordise racing? This was a World Championship. TV RIBS should have been nowhere near the course and certainly not close enough to affect the boats. They were so close to the shore that a camera on land could have captured the shots better than the RIB anyway. The ISAF and the event organisers are to blame to for allowing any World Championship sailor to be so badly impeded that, under the pressure of competition they react as Ben did. Don't blame Ben, blame ISAF and the event organisers. Give sailing back to the salors and rethink this obsession with television. Dick
  • 10/12/2011 - 21:36
    still a legend!
  • 07/12/2011 - 13:19
    Interesting comment "...commitments at tradition-steeped regatta weeks..." Might we be seeing Audi Cowes Week somewhere on the horizon...?
  • 04/12/2011 - 16:36
    Incredible isn't it. One of the very fastest boats in the world can maintain these speeds in the roaring forties! We must be looking at the possibility of a 40day circumnavigation. Fingers crossed!!
  • 03/12/2011 - 19:09
    well deserved sponsorship.Congratulations Sam and good luck
  • 26/11/2011 - 12:11
    In response to: Where are they now?
    Maiden is lying in Seychelles, looks abandoned to me..
  • 25/11/2011 - 08:03
    In response to: Finallists announced
    Don't forget to add winning the Quater ton cup onboard Espada to Anabel Vose's list!
  • 22/11/2011 - 12:52
    Seriously, Richard Branson and Virgin? Really, if I had a pound every time that had been mentioned.
  • 22/11/2011 - 11:09
    Fantastic news. Loick Peyron is so decisive to go early, unlike the "wasted" winter two years ago. It even leaves time for a second attempt if nec. But let's hope the designer's sums are correct and the massive dynamic loads do not exceed their calculations. What a ride for Brian Thompson! PS I'm amazed to see Tristan da Cunha next to the Azores in map above!
  • 21/11/2011 - 09:55
    Halleluiah! at last signs of a britsh company with some imagination and foresight to regognise the sponsorship potential of high performance sailing and can give our top sailors a platform for Sailing GB and showing what we can do, rather than being hired guns on other countries boats - let's hope it is a full blooded effort that can see our guys compete on equal terms with the best of the rest and no penny pinching accountant influenced deal.
  • 14/11/2011 - 10:32
    In response to: French teams come good
    This AC45 series is awesome, possibly even better than the Cup itself as it is team on team and down to sailing ability not all technology. The format is great with spectators in close and personal - at Plymouth we were almost touching the boats - does it get any better ? Well done to all the organisers of this and the X40 regattas where spectators and enthusiasts can see the action close up - all we need now are more UK boats on the water - we have the sailors, we have the venues how about a bit of corporate sponsorship for Sailing GB, after all you can get a whole series of publicity for what you pay a footballer in a month - gotta be value for money. Mike Arstall
  • 07/11/2011 - 17:00
  • 06/11/2011 - 13:55
    Moose, my best wishes go out to you and the lads for a speedy recovery from this. Also of course the fellas on Abu.
  • 03/11/2011 - 16:09
    In response to: Back in the IMOCA 60
    Fine effort Mike. Good luck in the TJV matey. Andrew Hurst