Rolex Yachtmasters

The atrocious, dated decor of a bygone era jarred against the fabulous content and excellent presentation of the World Sailor of the Year Awards 2021 last night as Tom Slingsby, Hannah Mills and Eilidh MacIntyre were rightfully crowned, anointed by 40,000 voting peers. The Victoriana aside – quite why they didn’t shoot the show inContinue reading “Rolex Yachtmasters”

Bubbly or Bust

A weekend off doing dull but mightily necessary family stuff, disconnected from the internet, out of the loop, glorious. I should do it more often. Many wish I did. So, what did I miss? Quite a lot apparently. Reviewing the newsflow on Sunday evening and the one thing that jumped out at me was theContinue reading “Bubbly or Bust”

Rolex World Sailors

On balance, World Sailing got the nominations absolutely spot on for the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award 2021. All credit to them. It’s an easy one to get so wrong but the right names are in there and it’s now a public vote to decide the winners. But do you know the reasonContinue reading “Rolex World Sailors”

Los Angeles or bust

The latest piece of email marketing from the International Olympic Association was a trip into mediocrity, almost irrelevant to the Games themselves, touting sports and individuals unlikely to ever bother the five ring circus, but it revealed starkly the dedicated path that this weird semi-state body is on. Presented to the world were two filmsContinue reading “Los Angeles or bust”

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”

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”

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”

Life after Death

Exquisite Finns are being temporarily mothballed around the globe. Ynglings are a barn find. Europes are rarer than hen’s teeth. Flying Dutchman’s (Dutchmen?) are collector’s items. Stars are, and always will be, magnificent beauties on the eye and are being built again. Dragons are sailed by Oligarchs. 12 Square Meter Sharpies are sailed by theContinue reading “Life after Death”

Primary Concern

How quick my memory erased the elimination of sailing from the Paralympic Games roster. Settling into the fabulous coverage of this year’s events in Tokyo, I scrolled down to see when the sailing schedule started and was suddenly catapulted back to that ridiculous decision in 2018 to axe the discipline whilst a supine World SailingContinue reading “Primary Concern”

General Recall

I’ve felt better but finally tested negative for the relentless, motherless, tongueless ghost of sin that crept into my respiratory system and rendered me fatigued like never before and bed-ridden. It’s a hideous virus that black flags the sailor with the only remedy being paracetamol and sleep. I’m almost sleep exhausted so it’s a pleasureContinue reading “General Recall”

Bright Stars

Questions to ponder: Where on earth do we find the next generation of foiling superstars? Where is the next Tom Slingsby, Paul Goodison or Nathan Outeridge going to come from? What classes are the feeders? Where are the national authorities on this? The direction of travel in sailing is set but what’s being done atContinue reading “Bright Stars”

Watching Hanson

Amidst the thoroughly deserved adulation and praise being heaped on the Team GBR medal winners, a story emerges that is going to be fascinating leading up to Paris 2024. Whilst those fabulous Gold medal winners, the classy silver and the thoroughly deserved bronze get the headlines, the CBE’s, the meeting with the Prime Minister, aContinue reading “Watching Hanson”

Incroyable

In one of the cheapest shots I’ve seen in sailing, the Women’s 470 team from France of Camille Lecointre & Aloise Retornaz unbelievably protested a final leeward gate rounding by Britain’s Hannah Mills & Eilidh McIntyre that allowed the Polish crew through and denied the French a silver medal. The allegation of ‘team-racing’ was farcicalContinue reading “Incroyable”

Magic Stars

Gosh that was a bit of a hard watch wasn’t it? Sombre, reflective, utterly bonkers and bizarre in places, it felt like we were watching something that we shouldn’t be and boy did it drag on. Olympic opening ceremonies are the sporting equivalent of the Eurovision Song Contest but it’s a spectacle in very hardContinue reading “Magic Stars”