Recent comments from Members

  • 28/01/2013 - 10:04
    Bravo Alex
  • 28/01/2013 - 07:14
    excellent summery of a fantastic race, a new sailing star is born...peter
  • 27/01/2013 - 20:08

    The fourth from bottom pic. is a classic - what an amazing performance. What do you do after this when you're only 29?

  • 27/01/2013 - 17:02
    Thanks for collating the above and for your coverage and comments on this brilliant race James.
  • 22/01/2013 - 04:19
    In response to: Ker goes Class40
    Nat Herreshoff would love it because it's fast. Reliance was regarded as "ugly" in her day.
  • 21/01/2013 - 10:34
    In response to: Ker goes Class40
    Not sure what Nathaniel Herreshoff would make of that shearline. I guess if its a rocket ship then it will be the new beautiful just like F1.
  • 14/01/2013 - 19:33
    In response to: LDC to produce the '2000'
    Former Laser skiff Skiff?!
  • 11/01/2013 - 13:39
    This is excellent news... The OSTAR is open to multihulls, so it means that if the Royal Western YC put the appropriate feelers out and woo the classes, we could see a return to the old days of having both ORMA 60s (if any are still around), IMOCA 60s (if they feel the appetite for it after the Vendee Globe) plus Multi50s and Class 40s. Bring it on!
  • 10/01/2013 - 01:13
    In response to: 4th rig or death...
    big air without the backside faky!
  • 10/01/2013 - 01:12
    In response to: 4th rig or death...
    big air!!!
  • 02/01/2013 - 17:14
    In the few protests I've been involved in in recent years, it seems that jurys have increasingly recoursed to the letter of the law perhaps over the spirit of it, as would seem to have happened here. Mike Golding is of course right in what he says, the letter of the rule would seem to leave the jury little option. However, given the nature of the race and of Bernard Stamm himself (and his complete honesty regarding the incident), a time penalty allowing him to at least score a finish would have seemed more appropriate. I've never met Bernard (or any of the skippers in the Vendee) but have followed and admired him (and them all) throughout each cycle for their tenacity, bravery and downright good humour... this is no way to end a man's dream.. My thoughts are with Bernard.. and I agree with Richard Tolkien.. we salute you and hope you'll be back.
  • 02/01/2013 - 17:06

    Maybe this is, in fact, a case of "Force Majeur", a concept widely  recognized in law and applicable in certain circumstances in interpreting behaviour. If so , it would seem that the Jury should reconsider its position. Richard T

  • 02/01/2013 - 15:17
    It does seem very harsh. Assistance with mooring only, presumably to avoid collision after anchor dragging, should justify an appeal by Stamm. I'm sure he refused any assistance with the repairs. Let's hope the jury will be sympathetic.
  • 02/01/2013 - 10:46

    Unfortunately, it is difficult to see how the Race Committee or Jury could have reached a different conclusion. Bernard is widely and rightly respected for his skill, tenacity and good humour. It appears that without his honesty, neither the Committee nor Jury would be considering the case. At this desperately difficult time for Bernard we should salute him and hope that he can find the strength to return for a fifth attempt. Richard Tolkien

  • 02/01/2013 - 09:03
    We should bear in mind that this is the fourth time Bernard Stamm has attempted the Vendee Globe - after his boat was washed ashore in the Kerguelen Islands in the last race, when his boat was all but destroyed in the Artemis Transat the summer before the 2004 race and his retirement from the 2000 race... Poor guy
  • 29/12/2012 - 15:33
    In response to: Sir Ben
    I'm delighted that David 'Sid' Howlett MBE gets a mention from you and the recognition of the significant contribution he has made to the success of our sailing team. He's not just a brilliant bloke, but is quite capable of kickings ass as well, which is what is required to reach perfection. Well done mate. AT
  • 21/12/2012 - 07:09
    In response to: Results in
    Failure IS what drives improvements - it's called experience.
  • 17/12/2012 - 21:13
    In response to: Vendee Globe co-skipper
    Super article! More of this please!
  • 13/12/2012 - 13:05
    I hope he shares the prize with whoever was responsible for polishing those topsides!
  • 27/11/2012 - 00:55
    In response to: Vendee Globe penalties
    Any time penalty by way of slowing down/stopping has to be immediate, as the compounded advantage of hooking into the breeze sooner because of the gain only means the rich get richer and would potentially render the original penalty insignificant very quickly! No mention of solo sailors/no look out kept in a zone designed to bring vessels closer together - I think the blanket ban is the ONLY option!