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In conversation with Stuart Lawrence
by Mark Jardine
JOG is a yacht club with a difference JOG is a yacht club with a difference and steeped in history. Established in 1950 to enable smaller yachts to compete offshore, it organises highly competitive races for IRC rated yachts.
Posted on 2 Dec
Shattered dreams
by Mark Jardine
It's impossible not to feel sorry for Alex Thomson having to pull out of the Vendée Globe It's impossible not to feel sorry for Alex Thomson having to pull out of the Vendée Globe. He cut a dejected figure in the cockpit of his Hugo Boss IMOCA as he made his way towards Cape Town following the damage to his starboard rudder.
Posted on 30 Nov
There's a place called Hobart
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
It's pretty special all year round, and it's also a good springboard It's pretty special all year round. Hobart is also a marvellous springboard from which to leap into history, culinary delights, nature's gifts of both flora and fauna, all manner of beverages, trails, bushwalking...
Posted on 22 Nov
In Conversation with Andy Rice
by Andy Rice & Mark Jardine
Chatting about the Draycote Dash, Vendée Globe, America's Cup and more! Mark Jardine chats with Andy about the Draycote Dash, which would be taking place this weekend if it weren't for Lockdown 2.0, the Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series, the Vendée Globe, the build-up to the 36th America's Cup and his 'Road to Gold' series.
Posted on 20 Nov
The John Westell Centenary
by Dougal Henshall
Dougal Henshall gives us an introduction to the upcoming video series! Whatever your favourite dinghy or boat may be, they all have one thing in common! At some point back in the past, someone sat down and drew the lines for the boat, normally with a particular purpose in mind!
Posted on 20 Nov
What is sailing?
by Mark Jardine
A simple question one would think... A simple question one would think, but there are several events, innovations, trends and decisions which have brought up this fundamental question for us sailors, particularly yachtsmen.
Posted on 17 Nov
Hot Wood...
by Dougal Henshall
Dougal Henshall charts the success of Fairey Marine's moulded dinghies The name of Fairey Marine, and their incredible range of hot moulded wooden dinghies, is central to the growth that marked that golden era of dinghy sailing in the UK. There was nothing like success to help sales.
Posted on 13 Nov
Five X2 makes for the perfect 10
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
This is the fifth instalment of the Farr X2 story, and we speak with the first two owners... This is the fifth instalment of the Farr X2 story. Today, we speak with the first two owners of the new boat, and catch up on the latest developments with this exciting speed demon, such as rating, pricing, and specifications.
Posted on 8 Nov
The MAVerick
by Mark Jardine
Henri-Lloyd's journey to a sustainable future The goal of Hans Eckerström and his team is to deliver the highest quality technical clothing, while investing in strategies and technologies which push the brand towards a sustainable future.
Posted on 5 Nov
The Best of Britannia
by Dougal Henshall
Dougal Henshall looks at the yachts which bore the name Britannia Although the UK has never won the America's Cup, the waters of the Solent, on the coast of Southern England, are richly intertwined with the romance that goes hand in hand with trying to win what many see as the 'toughest prize in sport'.
Posted on 2 Nov
Good thinking, 99!
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
Well yes it is, Max. So we thought we might Get Smart after reviewing this video Well yes it is, Max. So we thought we might Get Smart after reviewing this video once more, and come back to have another look at the J/99 after quite a hiatus.
Posted on 1 Nov
The incomparable Vendée Globe
by Mark Jardine
This is ocean racing in its purest form For a race that only started in 1989, the Vendée Globe has reached iconic status in the intervening time. Taking place every four years, this is ocean racing in its purest form; single-handed, non-stop around the world in 60-foot monohulls.
Posted on 26 Oct
What to do?
by John Curnow. Editor, Sail-World AUS
There wasn't really a question in it; this person is very industrious To be honest, it is not really a question you have to ask of the subject of today's Editorial. She's a ball of energy with a fantastic work ethic, an enduring smile, and a certain tenacity that reminds you of the claws below a wedge-tailed eagle.
Posted on 18 Oct
When is enough, enough?
by Mark Jardine
I'm stuck with a dilemma... Here in the UK the nights are drawing in, it's definitely getting colder and as I write this the rain is pouring in a distinctly British way.
Posted on 12 Oct
The Juxtaposition
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
Here were two boats about as far apart as you can get When the images of the dinghy you see here arrived, I had just been watching the Australian Sailing Team training aboard their Nacra 17 foiling cats. Here were two boats about as far apart as you can get.
Posted on 4 Oct
Could I gybe a Waszp inside a day?
by Mark Jardine
Mark Jardine takes on the challenge! On Tuesday 22nd September I set myself a challenge. Could I complete a foiling gybe gybe or tack on a Waszp during my first day sailing the boat? Here's how I got on!
Posted on 1 Oct
Sailing provides a glimmer of light
by Mark Jardine
September has been a busy month for the sport September has been a busy month for sailing in the UK. A few of the major venues, such as the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) and Datchet Water Sailing Club, managed to host major events in a Covid-secure fashion.
Posted on 28 Sep
Happy Days
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
Getting out on the water this week was superb Getting out on the water this week was superb. The winds were a little bit variable, and at 5 to 10 knots they were hardly going to set the world on fire either.
Posted on 20 Sep
Crafty Keith - The definition of 'Legend'
by David Henshall
Contender and 505 World Champion gracefully retires To describe someone as a 'legend' means that they really have to special, across a number of disciplines and a protracted period of time. One man who is special enough to be worthy of that term 'legend' is Weston SC's Keith Paul.
Posted on 15 Sep
Going down the mine
by John Curnow, Editor, Sail-World AUS
It would be easy to go bow down, and let the greenies swamp you up to the mast It would be easy to go bow down, and let the greenies swamp you up to the mast during the course of the last passage of time.
Posted on 6 Sep