Recent comments from Members

  • 24/01/2012 - 10:00
    In fact the Melges 32 has one too...
  • 24/01/2012 - 09:58
    Quite right. Well spotted. I'll change the article. Thanks. James
  • 23/01/2012 - 21:46
    Doesn't the Melges 24 have a carbon keel fin?
  • 17/01/2012 - 16:23
    In response to: Russell Coutts' Cupdate
    The AC TV certainly shows up the Volvo TV!
  • 15/01/2012 - 23:03
    wow what a story..
  • 10/01/2012 - 06:06
    Thank you so much for Loki part one and two. It was both very interesting and very enjoyable. Please give us more of this, maybe with a better camera (carrying a light for under deck shots)and don't hesitate to go more into technical detail. Please more of this! Mats Ohlsson
  • 08/01/2012 - 17:32
  • 29/12/2011 - 11:55
    In response to: Big boat arrivals
    Is it our imagination or are there a lot of rigging failures occurring in offshore racing at the moment?
  • 27/12/2011 - 08:14
    Mistery port is not a mistery anymore: Male
  • 26/12/2011 - 07:05
    In response to: Camper takes the lead
    An small annotation: it was Telefonica who leaded the way through the doldrums, Camper followed
  • 23/12/2011 - 22:33
    In response to: Christmas in Madagascar
    The Volvo Ocean Race is the pinnacle of fully crewed, round the world ocean racing. Let's be honest, most of us would rather see more than 6 boats competing. In the first leg, three boats failed to finish and in this leg one boat has experienced rig problems. Might it be time to consider a one design approach. It will certainly generate a level playing field, which will perhaps attract more corporate sponsorship.
  • 21/12/2011 - 12:43
    I don't wish to knock the principle here, but it would be interesting to hear how many who are reading this article have actually watched any of the TV footage from Perth? Please enlighten me. Andrew
  • 19/12/2011 - 08:51
    In response to: Rigging problem for Sanya
    This will obviously present significant logistical issues for the team as it means they may miss the ship leaving the 'unknown' destination port bound for the Gulf
  • 16/12/2011 - 15:16
    Thanks for the interesting article. I wonder if catamarans for the tv cameras would help? Rowing had the same problem a few years ago of tv boats washing down competitors and solved it by switching to catamarans which produced much less wash.
  • 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).