The Sixth Annual Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award

#3 is just silly and a photoshop photo certainly does not belong in the top 5. Excluding the helmsman and the guy on his back, the other two were photoshopped in. I like #5 the most and #1 as 2nd


The sixth annual Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image awards were given out last December. Here is a look at the top five photos from the competition as chosen by the public.


Photographer: Jesus Renedo

Number 5




Photographer: Martina Orsini

Number 4



Photographer: Stefan Coppers

Number 3



Photographer: Brian Carlin

Number 2


Winner: Rick Tomlinson


Photographer Rick Tomlinson took home the Public Award for this shot of Team Brunel sailing past Cape Horn during the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race.

I want to win the lottery ….

But only so i can buy a classic yacht and afford the time to do races like this …

In 2001 three friends conceived a grand 21st century sailing tradition for classic yachts – a rally of special friends, old and new. Covering 600 miles from Saint-Tropez to Grand Harbour Marina in Malta, and visiting four of the most exotic ports in the Mediterranean, that event is the Trophée Bailli du Suffren.

video: Twenty Eight Feet – life on a little wooden boat

just the best wee video about sailing and about the boat …..

A short documentary about David Welsford, who has given up the luxuries of land in search for happiness and adventure on a 50 year old wooden boat he restored from a scrap heap. Featuring music from Bahamas, Acres & Acres and Ben Howard!

Director & Cinematographer: Kevin A Fraser
Featuring & Additional Photography: David Welsford
Editor: Shawn Beckwith
Colorist: Chris MacIntosh
Post Audio: Craig Sperry
Producers: Kevin A Fraser & Melani Wood
Acres & Acres
Ben Howard
Salus Marine
Grohmann Knives
Lunenburg Boat Locker
William F White
Splinter Joy

A snappy daysailer between 20-25foot

It’s possible that the Hunter is too sedate for you and the Shaw is bit too hot for you VIDEO HERE and you would prefer a boat that is in between those two. Then the Saffier 23 designed by Dean Hennevanger might just be the perfect boat. I like this boat a lot. It has a nice classic line to it but it is a thoroughly modern design, and telling from the well-prepared promotional package it appears to be exquisitely built by Saffier Maritiem b.v. in the Netherlands.
I do not have a set of lines for this design so I will have to rely upon the photos and drawings to get an indication of the hull shape. At first glance I thought the sheer was too flat. But in the photos it looks just right. The ends are short and the entry is fine. The D/L is 128 and the L/B is 3.18. Draft is only 3 feet, 3 inches with a low-aspect-ratio fin weighing 1,122 pounds with a bulb at the keel tip. In contrast to many new boats the stern is not broad. The transom is attractive and I think I am seeing some deadrise aft. This is a very attractive hull. The promo material says the boat is “unsinkable.” Beam is only 7 feet, 4 inches, so trailering will be easy.

There is room under the foredeck to sleep two. But that’s about it for “accommodations.” An interesting feature of the Saffier is that it comes with a Bellman 8-horsepower electric engine and a folding prop. With one 24-volt, 40-amp-hour lithium battery the engine can run for approximately an hour and a half at three-quarter throttle. There is an option for a second battery.

The cockpit can seat six adults but four would be better. The seat backs are high so you will be comfortable. The self-tacking jib track allows a 10-degree sheeting angle. I’d like to see more but this is one of my pet peeves. Halyards and lines from the mast base run aft under a cover and emerge port and starboard at banks of clutches and winches. It’s a very clean set up. The jib sheet runs up the mast then comes back down to split under the deck in a “German” system so that it can be adjusted from either side of the cockpit. There is an anchor well in the bow. The deck and cockpit sole and seats are either teak or something that looks a lot like teak. Either way, it imparts a nice traditional look.

The rig has aluminum spars, outboard chainplates, single swept spreaders and a standing backstay. There is a short sprit and I assume it is retractable. The mainsheet sheets to a pad eye on the cockpit sole. The SA/D is 25.38, and that’s plenty for some exciting sailing.

If you are looking for a daysailer with discreet auxiliary power, traditional good looks and good performance, the Saffier deserves a long look.

LOA 23’4”; LWL 20’4”; Beam 7’4”; Draft 3’3”; Displacement 2,425; Ballast 1,124 lbs.; Sail area 286 sq. ft.; SA/D 25.38; D/L 128; L/B 3.18; Auxiliary Bellman 2.4kw electric (8-hp).

Americas cup – impressive boats but yawn yawn

Luna rossa (IT shoe maker) and team emirates new zealand (team airline land of the long white cloud) raced yesterday in san fran in the first of the challenger series.

It was good and interesting to see them both out there. It’s clear that ETNZ had superior crew work, acceleration and outright speed but taken individually I think there were no really big gaps (except on the course!). It seemed to me that it was a combination of the three (+penalty+conditions) that contributed to the result rather than any one obvious factor.

I must say however that I thought LR looked a lot more stable when eventually foiling. It seemed to take longer to get there and be of shorter duration but in between she looked rock solid. ETNZ was a couple of knots up but looked a lot more nervous. I wonder if ETNZ are simply that comfortable with their boat and crew that they’re prepared to trial really aggressive foils?

But yawn a 5 minute winning margin and no racing boat on boat was so boring – would have rather seen a one design monohull race. But the boats were impressive hitting 37 knots down the course

VOR – the hardest most extreme sailing race

Keeping up to date on the volvo ocean race. As I sit her on a Friday evening with the wood fire on and drinking a glass of wine I catch up on the Volvo Ocean Race. For me this is an aspect of yacht racing that I never got into myself but which fascinates me in it’s brutal hardship and unbelievable competitiveness ….. Been rooting for Ken Read and Puma since the beginning (and in fact during the last race). At the moment they are deep in the south pacific with 40+knots and GIANT waves crashing all around …. They are hitting 30knots in speed (and that’s with them throttling back to avoid damaging the boats) which on a monohull is pretty freakish. I expect the 24hr record will be broken in the next few days as these 70ft carbon monsters do their designers proud.

Conditions are so extreme on Leg 5 that teams are taking their foot off the throttle, according to Groupama helmsman Charles Caudrelier, who is mindful of the fact that there is a lot more to be lost than won in the Southern Ocean.

Rough Southern Ocean sailing onboard Groupama Sailing Team during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil.Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race

“I think there is nothing tougher than sailing through the Southern Ocean on a Volvo Open 70. You’re very badly protected; the boats are very fast and wet. We are in the deep end of the pool” – – Groupama helmsman/trimmer Charles Caudrelier

The boats were averaging around 20 knots boat speed on Friday, and four had notched up 24 hour runs in excess of 500 nautical miles, quick enough but not nearly as fast as they could be going if they were not halfway through a race around the world.

“The only way (to keep the boat in one piece) is to slow down,” Caudrelier said on Friday. “We are far from being as fast as we would if the sea state was good – we could be above 30 knots of speed and we are actually around 20, 25 knots. So we reduce the sail area and nurse the boat.

“I think everyone has slowed down; some more than others. It’s for the guy steering to use his seamanship and it’s strategic too. This surely is the most beautiful leg to win, it’s also the one, which can make you lose the Volvo Ocean Race. If you break the boat here…. Let’s look after her.”

Caudrelier said the waves, some up to five metres, were slamming on deck, and each was colder than the one before. Survival suits, gloves, balaclavas and life-line tethers are no longer optional, they are a necessity in the southern lows.

The 38-year-old Volvo first timer admitted that it was tough going – – the cold combined with the stress of driving blind at night made for extremely testing conditions.

“I think there is nothing tougher than sailing through the Southern Ocean on a Volvo Open 70,” he said. “You’re very badly protected; the boats are very fast and wet. We are in the deep end of the pool.

“At the helm, you’re doing all the work and it’s interesting. You got to play with the waves and the wind, you got to nurse the boat, but it’s not easy. At night you don’t see a thing. It’s stressing too because lots of waves come on the deck. But hey – we are attached and we built a little shield with the sails in front of us: it’s not that bad!”