The Sailjuice Podcast
SailGP Season 1, was it successful? With Sailor Girl Nic Douglass

SailGP Season 1, was it successful? With Sailor Girl Nic Douglass

September 27, 2019

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It's hard to recall a grand prix circuit that has hit the water running at such a pace as SailGP. The conclusion of Season 1 in Marseille was a nailbiter, especially for an Aussie supporter like Nic Douglass, Sailor Girl herself. Nic wanted to cheer for Tom Slingsby and Team Australia, but equally for another Aussie skipper Nathan Outteridge, at the helm of Team Japan. Nic and Andy Rice look back on the first season and wonder what's going to happen for Season 2 as SailGP moves to establish itself as a truly commercially viable circuit....

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50 knots of thrills n spills at SailGP

50 knots of thrills n spills at SailGP

August 14, 2019

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“Dark.” That’s how Dylan Fletcher described his mood soon after coming ashore from a deeply disappointing day on the water at SailGP. Andy Rice of SailJuice.com was there to report on the action.

Since its glitzy launch last autumn next to London’s Tower Bridge, SailGP has burst on to the scene at an adrenalin-rushing pace. Even for us lifelong sailors gazing slack-jawed at the action from the Cowes shore, the sight of Tom Slingsby steering Team Australia across the finish line at just over 50 knots was breathtaking. Andy Rice interviewed a number of the key players after a big day out on the Solent for the foiling F50 catamarans...

 

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Now Fletcher has never been one to hide his feelings. His mood is generally written across his face, as it was at the end of a stormy and - for him - a deeply unsatisfactory day in Cowes. He told me in the media centre afterwards: “I think the only day that comes close to this is when we capsized in the Rio Medal Race.”

Fletcher and Team Great Britain had high hopes for a strong performance in front of a massive home crowd lining the Cowes seafront. They had won both practice races and they were the first to earn the bragging rights of breaking the 50 knot barrier a few days earlier on the Solent, even if Australia and Japan were able to match that feat a day just a day later.

Little more than 30 seconds into the first race and already the crowds were witnessing six foiling catamarans come hurtling around mark one and stuffing the bows in. Team USA capsized but survived to compete in the next two races. I spoke to Rome Kirby afterwards about his big day out and the lessons learned...

  

ROME KIRBY

  

Despite Rome’s optimism, Team USA’s chances of making that $1m final in Marseille look distant, but you never know, not in this game! A more likely contender for the two-boat showdown in Marseille is Team Japan, despite a really difficult outing in Cowes, as grinder Leo Takahashi explained afterwards.

 

LEO TAKAHASHI 

Steering the Japanese boat was the ever calm and collected Australian, Nathan Outteridge. This year he became a dad, and he was holding the baby while taking media interviews, and was going off to change young Jack’s nappy soon afterwards. Perhaps Nathan’s nappy needed changing after such a scary outing on the water, but if it did, he wasn’t letting on...

 

NATHAN OUTTERIDGE

 

Now, the standout performers in Cowes were of course Team Australia, who won all three races to dominate the day. Remember, there was no sailing on the Friday or the Saturday because of the storm force winds sweeping across the UK, which was a great shame for the event. But someone who was grateful for the unavoidable delay in proceedings was Tom Slingsby who, having steered Team Australia to a new record speed of 51.24 knots during practice, then managed to bust the wing on the way back to the technical area in Southampton. The wing crossed the boat with too much twist during a low-speed gybe, ripping off the flaps and breaking several control arms.

 So Tom was fortunate that racing wouldn’t take place until Sunday afternoon, when three back-to-back fleet races were scheduled. In the end it worked out pretty well for Tom and the Aussie team...

TOM SLINGSBY

 

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How Wizard won the Fastnet Race, with winner David Askew

How Wizard won the Fastnet Race, with winner David Askew

August 13, 2019

David Askew has to pinch himself that - along with his brother and co-owner Peter - he keeps on winning major offshore races with his VO70 Wizard. This is the Volvo Open 70, Groupama, which won the Volvo Ocean Race in 2011/12 before the round-the-world format switched to the VO65 one-designs. Of course it was going to be a solid offshore boat, but for it to perform so well to IRC - a rule it wasn't designed for - must come as a surprise even to the Askews. We spoke to David just after he won the Rolex Fastnet Race in Plymouth....

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Clipper skipper Nikki Henderson: Good Leadership is not about Barking Orders

Clipper skipper Nikki Henderson: Good Leadership is not about Barking Orders

July 30, 2019

In July 2018, just two days after her 25th birthday Nikki Henderson became the youngest skipper ever to complete an around the world race when she finished second in the 2017/18 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. According to Nikki, good leadership is not about barking orders, it’s about fostering an atmosphere of shared responsibility and finding out what really motivates the individuals on your team. The more you seek to understand your crew, the more respect you are likely to earn from them. Once you have that respect, you can inspire your team to create and buy into a shared vision of success. There were plenty of moments in the Clipper Race when she experienced the loneliness of the long-distance skipper, the burden of feeling like you always need to be ready with the right answer for any given situation. But Nikki also learned a lot about herself and the application of good leadership during that gruelling circumnavigation...

 

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From absolute beginner to potential Fastnet winner

From absolute beginner to potential Fastnet winner

July 29, 2019

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How is that some of us sail and race all our lives, yet the results barely change throughout our racing careers? While others can breeze into the sport and learn the ropes so quickly? Tom Kneen very much falls into the latter category. Humble and mild-mannered on the outside, there must be a steel core in there somewhere because in his mid-twenties he set up a renewable energy business that today employs more than 40 people.

Tom says he was in the right place at the right time. I think there’s probably a bit more to it than that. When you learn about his rapid progress in the offshore racing world, you start to understand why Tom is so well acquainted with success. Now Tom grew up in Plymouth, and as a boy he used to watch boats finish the Rolex Fastnet Race.

Many years later and now working hard in London, he decided he wanted to have a crack at the iconic race, so in 2014 he bought an Elan 350 cruiser/racer called Sunrise.....

There's another exclusive interview with Tom at www.sailjuice.com, where he talks about which sails to choose for a big offshore race, and when to use them...

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45 knots and 49er winning with World Champ Stu Bithell

45 knots and 49er winning with World Champ Stu Bithell

April 12, 2019

Stu Bithell is one of the nicest blokes you’ll find on the Olympic circuit. He’s also one of the best. Winner of an Olympic silver medal in the 470 when he raced with Luke Patience at London 2012, he’s since moved into the 49er. He missed out on selection for Rio 2016 but has since teamed up with the man who beat him there, Dylan Fletcher.

A year after Rio, this duo dominated everything in the 49er, winning the Worlds, Europeans and quite a bit more besides. But 2018 saw them have a wobble. And then they got the call-up to represent GBR in the new SailGP circuit in 45-knot 50ft foiling catamarans. Would this be a distraction from their aim of qualifying for Tokyo 2020? Well, not to judge by the way they dominated the first round of the European season. Pretty much everyone was there, including the much anticipated return of Olympic Champions and America’s Cup heroes Pete Burling and Blair Tuke from New Zealand. But it was the Brits - Dylan and Stu - who won with the Medal Race to spare.

Andy Rice caught up with Stu a few days later, when he just happened to be driving back home from Slough near London, where they’ve been doing some dryland high-speed sailing. Apologies for the sound quality but still well worth a listen to Stu....

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Why Jack Griffin describes the next America’s Cup as ‘mysterious”

Why Jack Griffin describes the next America’s Cup as ‘mysterious”

April 3, 2019

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Things have been mighty quiet with the America's Cup since Bermuda 2017. It's almost exactly the halfway point between the last Cup and the next edition in Auckland 2021, so where are things up to? With the teams staying mostly tight lipped about progress, Andy Rice turns to Jack Griffin, self-professed geek about all things related to the Cup. Who are the latest challengers to join the circus, and do they stand a a cat-in-hell's chance of taking on the big boys, what Jack refers to as the 'Super Teams'?

To find out more about what's going on in the sailing world and for some of the best expert advice and go-faster tips available, head over to www.sailjuice.com

The Most Futuristic and Retro Boats of the Dinghy Show

The Most Futuristic and Retro Boats of the Dinghy Show

March 15, 2019

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In our second podcast about the RYA Dinghy Show, Andy Rice and Mark Jardine discuss some of the boats that caught their eye. From top-end speedsters like the Lithium International Moth and the foiler for beginners - Flying Mantis - to boats for complete newcomers to the sport like the Maverick. Andy also explains why he has just bought a famous old 470 for peanuts and how it might fit in with his plans for the Great British Sailing Challenge....

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The RYA Dinghy Show: The Greatest Boat Show (with the smallest, most exciting boats)

The RYA Dinghy Show: The Greatest Boat Show (with the smallest, most exciting boats)

March 8, 2019

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The RYA Dinghy Show... is there anything else like it? Andy Rice and Mark Jardine don't think so. If you sail small boats in the UK, chances are you've been to this incredible geekfest a few times. If you live somewhere else, this Show will have you drooling for the boats and the sheer enthusiasm and passion that oozes out of Alexandra Palace every March. Andy and Mark pick out their highlights from this year's Dinghy Show...

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50 knots across Sydney Harbour: The launch of SailGP

50 knots across Sydney Harbour: The launch of SailGP

February 14, 2019

SailGP... it's been a long time coming but now the day is upon us and these boats have been looking sensational on Sydney Harbour. Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts have extended their vision from the 2017 America's Cup into something unfettered by history. Andy Rice previews the first event in Sydney with Sail-World.com publisher Mark Jardine, and they pick out different winners for round one. Who will be buying the beers for who, after this first weekend of SailGP action?

To get the exclusive interview with Dylan Fletcher about training for F50 racing on Sydney Harbour in the simulator (near Slough! A stone's throw from Heathrow Airport and just down the road from where Ricky Gervais's The Office was set), and his sense of responsibility for steering the British boat at 50 knots, go to Sailjuice.com

 

 

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