New New York

The news, crackling and fizzing over the Atlantic airwaves like a pre-war ham radio station, that the Commodore of the New York Yacht Club will not be in situ for much longer is a harsh lesson in communications for one the most storied sailing clubs in the world. There are any number of explanations outContinue reading “New New York”


The epicentre of European sailing this summer has unquestionably been Lake Garda and if you’ve been there, sailed there, raced a championship there, you already know why. A more perfect amphitheatre for watersports simply doesn’t exist anywhere on the planet. And what’s more the unique climate guarantees a breeze, the Ora, that you can setContinue reading “Filmstars”

Real Deal

A blessed spot of light Friday relief from the America’s Cup for those readers thoroughly disinterested in self-interest and pining to see relatable boats but of a grand prix variety is provided courtesy of the 5.5 Metre class who are down in Lake Garda – where else – for their much postponed Alpen Cup. TheseContinue reading “Real Deal”

Just saying

One of the great mind-benders of our time is the pizza industry. I run it over and over again in my mind. It’s insane. A round meal delivered in a square box and served in triangles. Think about that. And in that spirit and backdrop, it’s a good place to start thinking about the America’sContinue reading “Just saying”

Time to Thrive

Yesterday’s breaking news about the venerable and much admired New York Yacht Club withdrawing from the 37th America’s Cup, since confirmed by the club’s Communications Director Stuart Streuli, was fearlessly broken by Tom Ehman – a proud club member no less since 1981. It was Pulitzer-level journalism, courageous and absolutely right to do. It’s theContinue reading “Time to Thrive”

Phew York

The oak panelled bar at the New York Yacht Club on West 44th Street is a happier place today. The venerable members can breathe a mighty sigh of relief as their America’s Cup journey is done, for now. The circus can stop. The conversation can change. The brandy tastes slightly sweeter, the barman is smilingContinue reading “Phew York”


It never rains but it pours for Team New Zealand. I awoke this morning to an email from the holier-than-thou Taxpayers’ Union in New Zealand with a statement demanding to know whether the syndicate is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office for receiving the best part of NZD$1.5m over the Covid-19 lockdown period. Yawn.Continue reading “Fireworks”

Free Beer

I always chuckle at those occasionally risqué brass signs you see adorning classic old wooden cruising yachts when you go down below. ‘Work like a captain…party like a pirate’ or ‘Daily flogging will continue until crew morale improves.’ I’m certain you have better. And the one that I saw on a member’s yacht parked onContinue reading “Free Beer”


Accepted economic wisdom in Saudi Arabia suggests that the break even price of crude oil is $65.7 a barrel. At that print, the economy is balanced and ticking along just nicely. Froth above that level and government departments start to get excited, green lights are lit and grand visions for life beyond the oil economyContinue reading “Marioland”

Crispin up…

It’s a very distant memory but it was probably the first big influence on my dinghy racing career that lodged firmly in the memory banks – even to this day. We were sitting in a rather damp sailing club in Emsworth for an evening’s lecture after a full day on the water with the HampshireContinue reading “Crispin up…”


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