Duty & Sisu

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Art Mitchel – one of the original gang of three at the top of the world’s greatest marine hardware company. But his legacy lives on and it’s a powerful one. Soon after the sad passing of Olaf Harken on 21 December 2019 the company, under theContinue reading “Duty & Sisu”


The Elysee Palace on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, the official residence of the president of the French Republic since 1871, was the gaudy, gilt laden setting for a fabulous presentation last night that says everything about France’s connection to sailing and its sailors. Emmanuel Macron was on duty with his glamorous wife Brigitte, for aContinue reading “Panache”


Good news filters back from Auckland. In a thumping statement to the membership of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, the sporting team laid themselves bare before the court of public opinion in one of the all-time classic communiqués of Cup lore. It’s a belter. It’s a powerful statement of intent, ugly in parts, combativeContinue reading “Hope”

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