Francois Gabart: Superman

The handsome, mild mannered Frenchman, did the impossible when he knocked six days off the solo round the world record  (published March 2018) Imagine yourself on board a massive 100-foot trimaran. You are alone, sailing through the Southern Ocean in an attempt to break the single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation record. It’s just before dawn and the

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Sailing in the Big Leagues

Competing in the Normandy Channel Race 2017, was a huge opportunity and a huge challenge for two eager amateurs  (published August 2017) The Normandy Channel Race is a 1,000-mile, double handed Class 40 race starting and finishing in Caen, France. It was the first big Class 40 race on the 2017 calendar and attracted the

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The Rewards of Racing

(Published August 2016) Red buoy #2 bobbed dead ahead in the swell as we passed astern of the committee boat on the tumultuous Columbia River Bar. The starting gun was a minute and a half out and we were right on the line on port tack. With boats entering the zone on starboard, we chose

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Solo Across the Atlantic

The Transat Race is the classic singlehanded offshore event that started it all  (published June/July 2016) It began as a bet and over the course of almost five decades has grown to become the granddaddy of all offshore ocean races. I am talking about the OSTAR, or as it is now named, The Transat bakerly.

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Boating part of the "Bloodline" for Elmhurst's Hansmann family

Five family members and three generations of the Hansmann family completed the 108th Race to Mackinac this summer. When it came time to name his newest boat, John Hansmann had little trouble coming up with a moniker. There really was only one choice for a boat co-owned by Hansmann, his brother, Will, and their dad, Woody,

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Mini Transat

The Mini-Transat is one of the toughest sailing events ever conceived yet despite its brutality it continues to attract record breaking fleets and some of the world's best sailors  (published February 2016) Picture this; you are in a tiny boat, as in just over 21 feet tiny, it’s light, fast, carries a massive amount of

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Rolex Fastnet Race 2015

On paper it looked like the 90th edition of the Fastnet Race was going to be a spectacular affair  (published November 2015) A record 356 boats were entered including some of the world’s most striking sailboats like the two 100-foot super-maxis Comanche and Leopard, as well as some classics like Dorade and the S&S yawl

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The Great Race

The Transatlantic Race pits magnificent crews and their sailing machines against the mighty Atlantic  (published September 2015) The Transatlantic Race is one of the most storied ocean races of all time and this latest event that recently finished off England’s southwest coast was no different. From the mighty Comanche, Jim Clark’s massive carbon monohull, to

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Life at the Extreme

The 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race was the most exciting and closely fought edition of this round-the-world classic  (published August 2015) It’s hard to imagine a more choreographed ending to what has truly been an exciting and nail biting event. The twelfth edition of the Volvo Ocean Race (originally named the Whitbread Round the World Race)

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