Filmstars

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”

Treasured Classic

I spent the most pitch-perfect summer evening at the Classic Boat Museum in Cowes last weekend, celebrating 25 years of its existence and was utterly blown away by the place. It’s a treasure right in the very heart of both East and West Cowes with one of the most astonishing collections of boats and yachtsContinue reading “Treasured Classic”

Lord of the Wings

The 2005 Moth World Championships were a watershed. Rohan Veal turned up at Port Philip Bay in Melbourne with an early Bladerider and fire in his belly, scoring a perfect eight wins from eight races. It was his time and in my view, one of the finest championship wins in any class, ever. This wasContinue reading “Lord of the Wings”

Throttled

An indescribable funk of premium 93 octane fuel fused with expensive men’s aftershave gloriously filtered down the River Medina whilst helicopters buzzed above and the Royal Yacht Squadron hummed to a different beat as the Cowes-Torquay-Cowes teams thundered into our sleepy town. The aged red trousers and cravats were out-muscled by the heavily-logo’d Hugo BossContinue reading “Throttled”

Rima Tekau

“Believe me my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats,” is the wonderful Kenneth Grahame line in the classic novel ‘The Wind in the Willows’ and one that we all recognise. Time lost to boats is as invaluable to the soul as allContinue reading “Rima Tekau”

Europe Rising

It’s a busy weekend on the sailing calendar. Cowes is hosting the IRC Nationals so the marinas and yards are full of polished weaponry and identikit crews with nonchalant, seen-it-all before demeanours awaiting the arrival of the money men and the rockstars. It’s a good scene. The place is buzzing and my goodness, the whispersContinue reading “Europe Rising”

Sailing’s Duke

Britain enters an eight day period of mourning with the sombre announcement yesterday that: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.” It was aContinue reading “Sailing’s Duke”