The Sailjuice Podcast
Sailing adjusts to a Coronavirus World

Sailing adjusts to a Coronavirus World

March 20, 2020


© Michael Chittenden: 18ft skiffs on Sydney Harbour for the JJ Giltinan Trophy


Andy Rice & Mark Jardine discuss a rapidly changing world held in the grip of coronavirus, and celebrate the fact that the 18ft skiffs still competed on Sydney Harbour for the JJ Giltinan Trophy. Andy & Mark also ask if it's still OK to go sailing out of your own club, or if we should be pursuing self-isolation under all circumstances...

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Coronavirus couldn’t kill the Dinghy Show

Coronavirus couldn’t kill the Dinghy Show

March 6, 2020

Dinghy_Show_March_2020_b.jpgMark Jardine from joins Andy Rice to look back on their favourite bits of an RYA Dinghy Show in North London. Storm Jorge, not even Coronavirus, could stop the die-hards from turning up at a show which has become an annual pilgrimage for UK dinghy sailors, and plenty of overseas visitors too...

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Podcast of The Decade: Sailing’s Greatest Moments 2010 to 2019

Podcast of The Decade: Sailing’s Greatest Moments 2010 to 2019

December 21, 2019


In the last podcast before Christmas, Andy Rice joins with fellow sailing journalist James Boyd and Mark Jardine, managing editor of and to look back on an extraordinary 10 years of sailing. The first big moment of the decade was the America's Cup match between those mighty multihulls created by Alinghi and BMW Oracle. At the other end of the decade we saw the emergence of the SailGP circuit. Despite being a bit the worse for wear the morning after the night before of their Christmas party, Andy, James and Mark look at many high points - from the Olympic Games of 2012 and 2016 to the big round the world races such as the Volvo and the Vendée, the enormous developments in foiling. And the often overlooked but incredible feat of Paul Larsen when he smashed the outright speed sailing record, raising the bar to more than 65 knots with the breathtaking Vestas Sailrocket.

Warning: This is a long podcast! But then it's Christmas, and we thought you deserved it!

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The Top 10 Sailing Stories of 2019 with Mark Jardine - Part 2

The Top 10 Sailing Stories of 2019 with Mark Jardine - Part 2

December 17, 2019


In the second and concluding part of the Top 10 biggest stories of 2019, the list from 5 to 1 looks like more familiar territory (compared with some of the wild and wacky revelations in Part 1), although there are still some notable events missing from the list. Quizzed by Andy Rice, Mark Jardine reveals the most-read stories in 2019 from his successful news websites, and


The Top 10 Sailing Stories of 2019 with Mark Jardine - Part 1

The Top 10 Sailing Stories of 2019 with Mark Jardine - Part 1

December 13, 2019


Following on from last year's roundup of the Top 10 big stories in the sailing world, Mark Jardine shares the most-read stories in 2019 from and Mark and Andy Rice look at the stories from 10 up to 6, and there are quite a few surprises and interlopers in this elite group of stories....

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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


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


“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 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...



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...




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.



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...




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...








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...



From absolute beginner to potential Fastnet winner

From absolute beginner to potential Fastnet winner

July 29, 2019


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.....

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