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”

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”

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”

Pole Position

If you’re a Spanish government official sitting in high office with a post-pandemic headache of stimulating economic activity whilst trying to get re-elected, surely you would look at last weekend’s SailGP regatta and be on the blower to Grant Dalton in an instant? Equally if you’re the head of sponsorship for Rolex, you’re on theContinue reading “Pole Position”

Push Harder

Alongside sporting triumph, the spectacle of defeat or disaster makes the voyeur return. We like our thrills, spills and crashes as much as we enjoy execution of sporting excellence. We watch action sports to hold our collective breath when things go wrong whilst not wishing ill on those involved – it’s compelling and thrilling. SeeingContinue reading “Push Harder”

PhenomenalGP

Astonishing. Cadiz delivered. Slingsby delivered. Very rarely do you see racing like it but when you do, it’s a treat for the senses. Like watching a heavyweight boxing match when you have skin in the game, watching SailGP when the wind’s blowing and the crews are on the ragged edge (sometimes beyond) is something toContinue reading “PhenomenalGP”

Owning it

Mercurial talent can be a tricky thing to control. Ben Ainslie does it peerlessly through persistent determination and constantly extracting the maximum from that which is in-built. Nathan Outteridge meanwhile has something derived from heavenly, almost celestial sources. Jimmy works it to the death and operates on the outer edge of perceivable skill whilst PeteContinue reading “Owning it”

French Kiss

It’s nearly the weekend and a late blast of Indian summer is arguably in place in Cowes – a chance maybe for some Laser sailing before Mr Frost makes an appearance and perhaps a quick tinker (read: spending more money in the chandlery) ahead of the last race next Saturday of the double-handed series. OhContinue reading “French Kiss”

Moving On Up

Good things are happening in the sport. The right people are getting involved and every time a significant announcement is made, it secures jobs and prospects for sailors, shore-crew, logistics teams, marketeers, boat builders and suppliers. So the news that Ben Ainslie has exercised his franchise buy-out option with Larry Ellison to secure the BritishContinue reading “Moving On Up”

Locker Room

The most honest place in sports is the locker room. Boxers whip themselves to a frenzy pre-bout and then pray, cry or celebrate having faced uncomfortable truths. Jockeys jockey. Footballers get shouted at by desperate managers. Rugby players collectively fuel testosterone. It’s an inner sanctum beloved of Netflix documentary-makers. The locker room is real andContinue reading “Locker Room”

Weaponised

‘The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting’ is how Sun Zu the Chinese military strategist put it in his writings of the Art of War. He also stated that ‘all warfare is based on deception’ and after yesterday’s massive statement of intent from Ineos Britannia, battle-lines have firmly been drawn.Continue reading “Weaponised”

Hungry like the…

Little snippets trickle out before a crescendo of ambition wrapped in German motorsport professionalism and a sporting set-up, unseen before in British sailing, hits us like a tidal wave to sweep and whoop us hopeful, hungry fans of Ineos Britannia into a euphoric state. None more significant than the news that Torgen Christian Wolff, orContinue reading “Hungry like the…”