The Sailjuice Podcast
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....

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

 

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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....

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 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...

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

 

 

 

 

 

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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The Top 10 Biggest Sailing Stories of 2018 - the Final Five

The Top 10 Biggest Sailing Stories of 2018 - the Final Five

December 24, 2018

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There are the stories that you think are the biggest stories of the year, the ones that make the biggest splash. But what actually ARE the biggest stories? Sailjuice.com's Andy Rice joined up with someone who knows better than most, Mark Jardine, the publisher of Sail-World.com and YachtsandYachting.com. Mark looked up what were the most read stories across his websites and there are a few obvious ones, but some really not very obvious-at-all stories that have crept into the top 10. 

Here's Part 2, the final countdown from 5 to 1. Find out which was the biggest story of 2018...

 

 

The Top 10 Biggest Sailing Stories of 2018 - Part 1

The Top 10 Biggest Sailing Stories of 2018 - Part 1

December 21, 2018

 

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There are the stories that you think are the biggest stories of the year, the ones that make the biggest splash. But what actually ARE the biggest stories? Sailjuice.com's Andy Rice joined up with someone who knows better than most, Mark Jardine, the publisher of Sail-World.com and YachtsandYachting.com. Mark looked up what were the most read stories across his websites and there are a few obvious ones, but some really not very obvious-at-all stories that have crept into the top 10. 

Here's Part 1, the countdown from 10 to 6...

The Top 5 will appear in the next podcast coming soon...

 

 

 

Why Peters & Sterritt are so happy with 49er gold at the Sailing World Cup

Why Peters & Sterritt are so happy with 49er gold at the Sailing World Cup

September 15, 2018

James Peters and Fynn Sterritt have won gold in the 49er at the Sailing World Cup in Enoshima, and they're pretty darn happy about it. Andy Rice spoke to the British duo as soon as they stepped ashore for the medal ceremony....

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Santi Lange - TP52, another Olympic campaign, and what does polo have to do with sailing???

Santi Lange - TP52, another Olympic campaign, and what does polo have to do with sailing???

June 30, 2018

Santiago Lange became one of the stories of the whole Olympic Games in Rio 2016. The Argentinean won a last-gasp gold in the Nacra 17 Medal Race less than a year after conquering cancer. Much as he hated being the centre of attention for beating the C word, he learned to embrace his new celebrity. Yet he remains as quietly unassuming as ever, as this interview from the Sailing World Cup in Marseille reveals. Call him greedy, but Santi is after his fourth Olympic medal at Tokyo 2020, by which time he will be 58 years old. The ever-youthful Lange still doesn't see his age as a barrier. More the challenge is all the other projects he has going on, including racing on the TP52 circuit and as a sports consultant to one of Argentina's top-performing professional polo teams...

You can also listen to this podcast on Sailjuice.com

 

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Philipp Buhl: Discovering his winning ways again in the Laser

Philipp Buhl: Discovering his winning ways again in the Laser

June 30, 2018

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It’s been a lean patch in recent years for Philipp Buhl, Germany’s leading light in the Laser class. After a disappointing Olympic result of 14th place for a sailor who was considered among the favourites for a medal at Rio 2016, Buhl has ploughed on with his campaign for Tokyo 2020 and now seems to be rediscovering some of the old magic that brought him podium places at Laser World Championships back in 2013 and 2015. A gold medal in June’s Sailing World Cup Finals in Marseille was a welcome return to form. “I think it's the first gold medal after my World Cup win in 2016.... When you look at the different regattas and the different winners, it shows how intense the racing is. And I think the more intense the races, the more important are the little things such as mental strength, how long are you able to maintain your highest level of ability?”

You can also listen to this podcast on Sailjuice.com