Recent comments from Members

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 02/11/2013 - 16:59
    Fantastic video. It's quite noticeable how the foil keeps the bows up!
  • 25/10/2013 - 15:34
    Great article, James. Just one thing, there's two "i's" in Michigan, not an "e". Respectfully, A Proud Michigan Sailor
  • 24/10/2013 - 19:17
    That you can even write such an interesting article again points to the fact that AC34 was a real game changer!
  • 24/10/2013 - 08:43
    Thank's James !
  • 23/10/2013 - 17:22
    Excellent article as ever. . . it makes me wonder how far he can go in discussions with potential sailors/designers right now. He presumably must have done quite a bit of this?
  • 21/10/2013 - 10:33
    Did I have too much "sauce" last night - I seem to be hallucinating after reading this article (from 2010)
  • 21/10/2013 - 10:27
    Did I have too much "sauce" last night - I seem to be hallucinating after reading this article (from 2010)
  • 21/10/2013 - 08:55
    this is a story from the 2010 Race!
  • 19/10/2013 - 20:12
    I thought the mainsheet track had an automatic release system?
  • 16/10/2013 - 20:27
    In response to: Still no start date
    Common sense to not start an ocean race with a forecast of a potential 40 knots of wind and 3m to 4m sea state?! Would you sail across the atlantic or around the coast of Europe in a boat that you did not feel confident in being able to beat off lee shore in 40 to 50 knots of wind? In my limited experience winds of up to 60 knots can pop up and catch you out with very little warning anytime and anywhere. You have to be prepared and able to deal with it. The only message the race management is giving these sailors is to continue trying to maximize weight savings for light to medium air performance at the expense of sea-worthiness. True it is not fun sailing to windward in a gale but to keep on delaying races like this has very real and negative consequences. Two weeks after the 1999 race finished a hurricane passed and that does not bare thinking about for any boats still at sea.
  • 16/10/2013 - 11:00
    In response to: Still no start date
    This is an outbreak of common-sense with 21ft boats setting off across the Bay off Biscay at this time of year. I can think of several sailors (of larger boats) who would still be alive if race management had made these decisions in the past, rather than copping out, under media pressure, with declarations that it's the skipper's sole responsibility etc. But I'm still amazed it's actually happening!