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The Yacht Racing Podcast

By Justin Chisholm
A podcast about the international yacht racing scene featuring exclusive interviews with the sport's top sailors and influencers. Hosted by British sailing journalist Justin Chisholm – editor of the Yacht Racing Life and Cup Insider websites. To listen subscribe here: https://anchor.fm/yacht-racing-podcast/subscribe
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Hannah Mills
Justin Chisholm’s guest this time is British Olympic medallist and SailGP competitor Hannah Mills. Hannah won silver in the women’s 470 class at the London 2012 Olympics and followed that victory up with back to back gold medals at the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 making her the most successful female Olympic sailor of all time. She called time on her Olympic campaigning after the last Games, but was snapped up by Sir Ben Ainslie’s Great Britain SailGP Team where she has raced in the strategist role on the British F50 foiling catamaran, as well as spearheading the team’s initiatives around the SailGP Women’s Pathway Programme and indulging her passion for sustainability with the the team’s Protect Our Future climate education platform recently launched with its charity partner, 1851 Trust. THIS EPISODE ID FREE TO LISTEN TO UNTIL JUNE 26 2022. AFTER THAT DATE PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO ACCESS OUR ENTIRE BACK CATALOGUE. Image © Thomas Lovelock/SailGP
50:24
June 12, 2022
Promo – Rosalin Kuiper
This is a short promo trailer for the latest episode of The Yacht Racing Podcast featuring an interview with the young Dutch offshore sailor Rosalin Kuiper who has just been announced as a member of Boris Herrmann’s Team Malizia IMOCA 60 crew for the upcoming edition of The Ocean Race which sets off around the world in January 2023. Whilst her name might not be immediately familiar to everyone Rosie has a fantastic back story. While lots of people dream of becoming a professional sailor and racing around the world Rosie came up with a plan and then went out on her own into the world and made it happen. Here are a few excerpts from our hour long interview to whet your appetite and if you want to hear the full episode you can subscribe on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify.
06:18
May 28, 2022
Rosalin Kuiper
Justin Chisholm’s guest this time is Dutch offshore sailor Rosalin Kuiper who has just been announced as a member of Boris Herrmann’s Team Malizia  IMOCA 60 crew for the upcoming edition of The Ocean Race which sets off around the world in January 2023. As you will hear in the interview the young Dutch sailor has a fantastic back story. Whereas lots of people just dream of being a professional sailor and racing around the world Rosie came up with a plan and went out on her own into the world and made it happen.
01:00:00
May 11, 2022
Promo – Freddie Carr
This is a short promo trailer for the latest episode of The Yacht Racing Podcast which features an interview with British serial America’s Cup competitor Freddie Carr. Our wide ranging conversation spanned Freddie’s illustrious career in the America’s Cup, his thoughts on SailGP, plus a discussion on the relative merits of cycling versus grinding in the next AC – and much more besides. The following snippets from our chat will give you a feel for what we discussed – and if you want to listen to the full episode you can find it on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify.
06:25
May 10, 2022
Freddie Carr
Justin Chisholm’s guest is British yachtsman Freddie Carr a five time veteran of the America’s Cup who has recently signed on for his sixth campaign to win yachting’s oldest and most prestigious trophy. Aside from his racing skills Freddie has also carved out a sailing media career for himself and is well known to high-performance sailing fans for his role as a mainstay of the SailGP commentary team. The interview turned into a wide ranging discussion that spanned Freddie’s illustrious career in the America’s Cup, his thoughts on SailGP, as well as a debate over the relative merits of cycling versus grinding in the next America’s Cup – and much more besides.
01:04:16
May 02, 2022
Promo – Morgan Reeser
This is a short promo trailer for the latest episode of The Yacht Racing Podcast which features an interview with US Olympic silver medalist and renowned performance coach Morgan Reeser. After winning a silver medal in the 470 class at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona sailing with the legendary Kevin Burnham, Reeser has since coached two 470 crews to Olympic medal success and established himself as a sought after performance coach across a range of classes from small one-design keelboats to TP52s Always with plenty of great stories from his long career in yachting Reeser is always an interesting interview. This promo episode includes a selection of excerpts from the main episode to whet your appetite. If you would like to listen to the interview in full then search for The Yacht Racing Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
06:27
April 30, 2022
Morgan Reeser
Justin Chisholm’s guest is American Olympic silver medalist and renowned performance coach Morgan Reeser. Reeser won a silver medal in the 470 class at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona sailing with the legendary Kevin Burnham and has since coached the Greek women’s and British men’s pairings to Olympic gold and silver respectively and established himself as a sought after performance coach across a range of classes from small one-design keelboats to TP52s. Unsurprisingly he has a treasure chest of great stories from his long career in yachting and is always keen to share his enthusiasm for the sport that has served him so well throughout his life.
01:24:48
April 26, 2022
Promo – Damian Foxall
This is a short promo trailer episode for the latest episode of The Yacht racing Podcast featuring an exclusive interview with Irish around-the-world yachtsman and ocean health advocate Damian Foxall. When it comes to ocean racing achievements Damian sets the bar pretty high with six editions of the The Ocean Race under his belt, as well as wins in the double handed Barcelona Race and record setting non-stop runs aboard monster sized maxi catamarans like Steve Fosset’s PlayStation and Cheyenne. Over the last few years, as the Sustainability Programme Manager for the 11th Hour Racing Team, he has been instrumental in demonstrating how performance, sustainability, and business can merge into a successful and replicable model for the marine industry and beyond. Here are a few snippets from the interview to whet you appetite and to listen to the full episode you can subscribe to The Yacht Racing Podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
04:24
April 14, 2022
Damian Foxall
Justin Chisholm’s guest is Irish around-the-world yachtsman and ocean health advocate Damian Foxall. When it comes to ocean racing achievements Damian sets the bar pretty high. He has six editions of the The Ocean Race under his belt, as well as wins in the double handed Barcelona Race, and record setting non-stop runs aboard monster sized maxi catamarans like Steve Foster’s PlayStation and Cheyenne. Damian grew up on a farm in Ireland close to the water and spent his childhood and teenage years on the water with his friends sailing a range of craft from windsurfers to dinghies. Over the last few years, as the Sustainability Programme Manager for the 11th Hour Racing Team he has been instrumental in demonstrating how performance, sustainability, and business can merge into a successful and replicable model for the marine industry and beyond.
01:15:00
April 14, 2022
Promo – Tom Slingsby
A promo trailer for our recent episode featuring an interview with Australian sailor Tom Slingsby.  Justin Chisholm sat down with Slingsby in San Francisco, just days ahead of him winning the million dollar grand finale of the second season of SailGP.  The pair talked about the trials and tribulations of Slingsby’s Olympic career, joining Oracle Team USA, his passion for goal setting, the future of SailGP, and the tantalising prospect of him making a return to the America’s Cup for the 37th edition. To listen to the full episode subscribe to The Yacht Racing Podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Tom Slingsby image © Gerard Sheridan
04:37
April 12, 2022
Tom Slingsby
The latest episode of The Yacht racing Podcast was recorded in San Francisco, California where eight international professional sailing teams have been practising out on the bay ahead of the million dollar grand finale of the second season of SailGP. Justin Chisholm’s guest this time is the prolific Australian skipper Tom Slingsby who as well as leading the SailGP rankings with his Australia SailGP team, has also in recent months won the Moth World Championship and line honours in the Middle Sea Race aboard Comanche – to say nothing of mixing it with the top teams at his first ever TP52 Worlds. Slingsby has a mainstay of the SailGP movement from its inception and is very enthusiastic about its future. However he is also an past Americas’ Cup winner, and – as he reveals in the interview – he has not ruled out getting involved with the 37th America’s Cup. Image © Gerard Sheridan
34:22
March 23, 2022
Promo – Matt Gotrel
A promo trailer for our latest episode in which Justin Chisholm speaks to British America’s Cup sailor and Olympic gold medalist rower, Matt Gotrel, who has just re-signed as a member of the powerhouse grinding team for the British Challenger of Record at AC37 – Ben Ainslie’s Ineos Britannia. Gotrel comes from a sailing family and began his career crewing in dinghies on lakes in the south of England. He quickly progressed through the 29er class and into the 49er to join the British Olympic Sailing Team before putting his sailing on hold to go to university  That’s where he was lured into the world of competitive rowing – a sport in which he worked his way up to Olympic selection and won the gold in the Men’s 8 at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. But Gotrel wasn’t done with sailing yet and joined Ineos Britannia for the British syndicate’s 36th America’s Cup campaign. Now he is back for another try at winning sailing’s oldest and most prestigious trophy.
04:44
March 20, 2022
Matt Gotrel
Justin Chisholm speaks to British America’s Cup sailor and Olympic gold medalist rower, Matt Gotrel, who has just re-signed as a member of the powerhouse grinding team for the British Challenger of Record at AC37 – Ben Ainslie’s Ineos Britannia. Gotrel comes from a sailing family and began his career crewing in dinghies on lakes in the south of England. He quickly progressed through the 29er class and into the 49er to join the British Olympic Sailing Team before putting his sailing on hold to go to university That’s where he was lured into the world of competitive rowing – a sport in which he worked his way up to Olympic selection and won the gold in the Men’s 8 at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. But Gotrel wasn’t done with sailing yet and joined Ineos Britannia for the British syndicate’s 36th America’s Cup campaign. Now he is back for another try at winning sailing’s oldest and most prestigious trophy.
45:49
March 18, 2022
Promo – Laurence Mead
This is a short promo trailer for the latest episode of The Yacht Racing Podcast – in which Justin Chisholm chats with Cowes Week regatta director Laurence Mead. Laurence is an accomplished sailor in his own right and took over Cowes Week back in 2018. If you have ever wondered what it takes to organise an annual week of racing for around 600 boats and 5000 sailors then this is the episode for you. To listen to the episode in full, search for The Yacht Racing Podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
02:54
March 16, 2022
Laurence Mead – Cowes Week Regatta Director
Justin Chisholm’s guest is British sailor Laurence Mead – the regatta director at the world’s oldest and largest regatta week: the annual UK spectacular that is Cowes Week. The first Cowes Week regatta was back in 1826 and it now takes place every year on The Solent – that narrow tidal waterway between the English south coast and the nearby Isle of Wight. Laurence – who took over at Cowes Week in 2018 – is an accomplished sailor in his own right, having competed internationally in the Etchells class and on World Match Racing Tour, as well as at the Admiral’s Cup and in the Sydney Hobart. During the interview the pair discuss the unique experience of competing at Cowes Week and Laurence gives a glimpse behind the scenes of what goes into running an annual week of racing for around 600 boats and 5000 sailors. [Image © Paul Wyeth]
51:05
March 10, 2022
Promo – Phil Robertson
A quick promo for our latest episode featuring an interview with New Zealand high performance foiling supremo – Phil Robertson. Best known in his role as skipper on the international SailGP high-performance foiling catamaran circuit, Robertson has also won the World Match Racing Tour world championship title on two occasions. The Kiwi skipper is always entertaining to chat with – as you will in the series of snippets from our interview featured in this promo. To listen to the episode in full, search for The Yacht Racing Podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
05:03
March 08, 2022
Phil Robertson
Justin Chisholm’s guest this time is the New Zealand high performance foiling supremo, Phil Robertson. Robertson made his name as a professional sailor on the international match racing circuit where he twice won the World Match Racing Tour World Championship. Now though he is fully fledged disciple of the high performance foiling revolution and best known for his role as a helmsman and skipper on the SailGP regatta circuit – where he specialises in developing new teams as they join the circuit. After working with the Chinese and Spanish teams to good effect in the first two seasons of SailGP Robertson has just been announced as skipper and helmsman of the newly announced Canada SailGP Team for Season 3.
52:07
March 03, 2022
Promo – Pip Hare
A promo trailer for the recently released episode of The Yacht Racing Podcast featuring an exclusive interview with British Vendée Globe competitor Pip Hare. Listen to the full episode on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
05:55
March 01, 2022
Pip Hare
Pip Hare is the British solo sailor who set the social media world alight during her single handed circumnavigation of the world in the last Vendee Globe. Hare was sailing on one of the oldest and least technologically advanced boats in the fleet and faced a raft of issues along the way. But she made it around and finished in 19th place – the first British skipper home. As you will hear in the interview – Pip had to overcome plenty of hurdles just to get to the start line. The Covid pandemic didn’t help, and financially it was touch and go for a while. But – just as she was beginning to doubt whether she would make it – an email from a prospective sponsor changed everything.
01:11:43
February 22, 2022
John Gimson
Justin Chisholm chats with British Olympic campaigner John Gimson whose 16-year Olympic career culminated last year in he and his sailing partner Anna Burnett winning the Silver medal in the Nara 17 class at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Justin caught up with John just before Christmas and shortly after he and Anna had returned from kicking off their Paris 2024 Olympic campaign by defending their Nacra 17 World Championship title in Oman.
01:09:13
January 04, 2022
Introducing The Yacht Racing Podcast
A message from Justin Chisholm –– host of The Yacht Racing Podcast… At the start of this new year in 2022 I wanted to take this chance to re-introduce you all to The Yacht Racing Podcast. First of all, though, a bit about my background and why I started The Yacht Racing Podcast. My love of sailing began when I started sailing dinghies on a grimy inland lake in the north west UK at the age of nine. I was instantly hooked  and I have maintained a burning passion for the sport of yacht racing ever since. Over the last 20 years I have been fortunate enough to have worked as a freelance sailing journalist covering the premiere regattas in the professional sailing world. During that time I have worked on multiple editions of the Volvo Ocean Race, the America’s Cup, the Vendee Globe, as well as reporting from the regatta venues at several Olympic Games – and many other Grand Prix sailing events across the globe. Over the years I have had the privilege of getting to know our sports top names and to sit down one to one with them to find out their back stories and to try to discover what sets these sailing greats aside from the competition. I wanted to share those stories with a wider audience of sailing fans and that’s how The Yacht Racing Podcast was born. Over the last few years I have welcomed to the podcast the likes of Thomas Coville, Ian Walker, Terry Hutchinson, Ben Ainslie, Ed Baird, Boris Herrmann, Bouwe Bekking, Ken Read, Glen Ashby, Paul Goodison, Russell Coutts, Justin Slattery, Chris Nicholson, Dee Caffari, Ray Davies, Charlie Dalit, Neal McDonald, Paul Larsen, Alex Thomson. All of those names plus many more besides and there are plenty of other great interviews scheduled each month going forward. So if in depth yacht racing interviews are your thing - then the Yacht Racing Podcast is available via paid subscription exclusively on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. I hope you will take the time to check The Yacht Racing Podcast out and I look forward to welcoming you to our worldwide subscriber community. Cheers Justin
02:32
January 04, 2022
Alex Thomson
Justin Chisholm’s guest is British solo racing skipper Alex Thomson. Thomson is a veteran of no less than five editions of the Vendée Globe solo around the world race.  He made his first attempt in 2004 but damage to his boat put him out of that race and the following edition in 2008-09, but he went on to finish third in the 2012-13 edition and second in the 2016-17.  Despite starting the 2020-21 edition as a firm favourite to become the first ever non-French Vendée Globe winner, Thomson was again forced out of the race after first having to effect running repairs to the bow of his state of the art ultra high tech IMOCA 60 and then suffering catastrophic damage to one of his rudders in a collision with floating ocean debris.  The British skipper shocked the sailing world recently with the announcement that he would not be competing in the 2024-25 Vendée Globe.
59:18
November 17, 2021
Ed Gorman
Justin Chisholm’s guest is Ed Gorman – a veteran British journalist who during a 25 year career with the British Times newspaper was deputy foreign editor, deputy news editor and a war correspondent – before switching gears to cover Formula 1 and sailing. Ed was instrumental in introducing two British sailing legends – Dame Ellen MacArthur and Sir Ben Ainslie – to the mainstream public and has reported from a multitude of America’s Cups, Olympic regattas, and around the world race stopovers. As well as reporting on the America’s Cup and SailGP for The Times – Ed’s latest project is helping the French–centric IMOCA 60 class spread it’s message to the English speaking world.
01:32:05
November 01, 2021
Sam Holliday
Justin Chisholm's guest is fellow-Brit Sam Holliday, co-founder of the Race Around – a single and double-handed multi-stage around the world race in Class 40 yachts, scheduled to take place in 2023.  Sam is no stranger to the professional yacht racing scene having been involved in Vendee Globe campaigns for British skippers Mike Golding and Mirranda Merron, as well as helping to run successful Class 40 events like The Atlantic Cup and The Pineapple Cup. Although the Race Around start isn’t until 2023, interest from potential competitors is strong – and, as Sam explains in the interview, he and his small but growing team are working flat out to get everything in place.
01:08:53
September 30, 2021
Andy Rice – Tokyo 2020
Justin Chisholm's guest is British yacht racing journalist Andy Rice who had just returned from Enoshima, Japan where he had been reporting on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic regatta for World Sailing. Andy is a veteran Olympic sailing correspondent so well positioned to comment on just how different things were for the sailors in Japan as they coped not only with the pressure of Olympic competition out on the water bit also strict Covid 19 restrictions back ashore.
01:10:24
September 15, 2021
Paul Larsen
It was back in 2012 that Paul piloted the revolutionary Vestas Sailrocket 2 to a new outright world record speed of 65.54 knots to become the fastest man on the water. That record still stands and in our interview Paul mulls over the idea of dusting off Sailrocket 2 to try to defend his record against two new projects – one French and one Swiss aimed at reaching 80 knots. We also find out how Paul became very first became interested in sailing as a youngster back in Australia, and we step our way along his timeline since then to tick off the multitude of projects he has been involved in along the way.
01:23:21
July 31, 2021
Leon Sefton
Justin Chisholm speaks to Leon Sefton, who as Head of TV Production for America’s Cup 36 ran the team responsible for the amazing TV coverage that was beamed around the world from Auckland, New Zealand. Leon headed up a production team of almost eighty people during the Cup down in New Zealand, but as we learn in the interview his work to make the TV coverage of AC36 the best ever actually began several years earlier. The pair discuss the technology and logistical challenges that Leon and his team faced putting trying to capture the excitement and thrilling action of the AC75 racing on the Hauraki Gulf. They also discuss why good quality audio is just as important as video, and speculate whether a Netflix  documentary series could do for the America’s Cup what ‘Drive to Survive’ has done for Formula 1.
59:59
May 07, 2021
Hannah Diamond
Justin Chisholm’s guest on the latest episode of The Yacht Racing Podcast is British professional sailor Hannah Diamond. As well as spending many years with the British Sailing Team on the Olympic campaign trail in a range of classes, Hannah also raced the 2017-18 edition of The Ocean Race as part of the Vestas 11th Hour Racing crew. Having set her Olympic aspirations aside – at least for now – Hannah splits her time between gigs as a pro-sailor, campaign coach, and sailing media contributor. As revealed in the podcast, from May 2021 as we build up to the Tokyo Olympics you will be able to read Hannah’s Olympic sailing column exclusively here on the Yacht Racing Life website.
36:01
May 02, 2021
Neal McDonald
The renowned British yachtsman Neal McDonald is Justin Chisholm’s guest on the latest episode of The Yacht Racing Podcast EXTRA. McDonald is perhaps best known for his ocean racing achievements in the Whitbread and Volvo Ocean Race, but he is also an Olympic campaigner and won world and European dinghy titles in his time – as well as spending eight years campaigning on the Australian 18-foot skiff circuit. As well as six Whitbread and Volvo Ocean appearances as a sailor – including twice as a skipper – Neal coached Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Team to victory in the 2014-15 edition, and took on the same role with the Spanish Mapfre team in the 2017-18 race. Away from the fully crewed racing Neal has put his technical analysis skills to good use as part of Alex Thomson’s last two Hugo Boss Vendee Globe campaigns. Neal is one of professional yacht racing’s great characters and always great to chat to, so this was a fun interview to record and one we are sure our listeners will enjoy.
01:24:10
April 13, 2021
Charlie Dalin
Justin Chisholm’s guest on the latest episode of The Yacht Racing Podcast is the French solo offshore racing skipper Charlie Dalin. Dalin hit the headlines earlier this year after he claimed the line honours victory in the Vendee Globe 2020-21 singlehanded non-stop around-the-world race. Despite being first home Charlie was not the overall winner. The time allowance awarded to fellow Frenchman Yannick Bestaven for his part in the search and rescue operation to save PRB skipper Kevin Escoffier put Dalin down to second place in the overall rankings. Nevertheless, to lead the Vendee Globe fleet home at his first attempt at sailing’s toughest around-the-world race is an incredible achievement. During the interview Dalin shares his insight on what it is like to race around the world alone on a state-of-the-art foiling IMOCA 60. He shares the highs and the low points of his race and explains what it is like to race through the Southern Ocean – arguably the world’s most inhospitable environment – for the first time. We also find out about the extra pressure Dalin felt being amongst the leaders in the most tightly fought Vendee Globe race ever, and discover just how tough that foil bearing repair was to carry out – all alone at the bottom of the world.
01:13:56
April 07, 2021
Ray Davies
Justin Chisholm's guest is New Zealand sailor Ray Davies – a key member of the Emirates Team New Zealand syndicate that recently successfully defended the America’s Cup on their home waters off Auckland, New Zealand. As well as having been instrumental in introducing the original concept of a foiling monohull that so successfully evolved into the astonishing AC75s that the teams raced in the 36th America’s Cup, Ray was also in charge of the Team New Zealand sailing programme – including driving the team’s chase boat in mock match races to help hone Peter Burling’s pre-start tactics. During the more than an hour long interview the pair discuss: - how the AC75 concept first saw the light of day and how it subsequently evolved into a high-performance match racing boat - the various design paths taken by the four teams with their two AC75s - how the AC75 rule might evolve now for the next edition of the America’s Cup and beyond - the importance of attracting more teams to future editions of the America’s Cup Ray also explains how he saw the 36th America’s Cup Match against Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli play out from his unique vantage point on the Team New Zealand chase boat; and how – despite having the weight of responsibility of an entire nation on their shoulders – the Kiwi team tried their best to make each race day “just another day on the water”. As an added bonus Davies also revealed what the timescales might be before we find out more about the format of the 37th America’s Cup.
01:17:00
March 31, 2021
Kyle Langford
Justin Chisholm’s guest this time is Australian professional yachtsman Kyle Langford. Kyle won the 34th America’s Cup as wing trimmer for Jimmy Spithill with Oracle Team UK and also won the first season of the SailGP international series as wing trimmer for Tom Slingsby’s Australian SailGP Team. He is now based in Gothenburg, Sweden but the conversation takes him all the way back to his first experiences of sailing as a demanding four-year-old in Australia on Lake Macquarie, his early years of dinghy sailing, and an aborted Olympic campaign in the Tornado class that turned out to be the trigger for him to set his sights on somehow finding a route into the America’s Cup through the World Match Racing Tour. It’s a long interview in which the pair dig into Kyle's two America’s Cup cycles with Oracle Team USA, his first ever ocean racing experience on the last edition of The Ocean Race, as well as his new found love for ice boating which he tried his hand at in Sweden earlier this year.
01:30:14
March 19, 2021
Ian Williams
Justin Chisholm is joined by six-time world match racing champion Ian Williams to discuss the first four races of the 36th America’s Cup Match between the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand and the Challenger Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team. With the points so far having been shared equally between the teams at two points apiece, Justin quizzes Ian for his expert analysis of the races and asks him to breakdown the pre-start strategies, tactics and mistakes that ultimately led to both teams’ victories.
01:07:11
March 12, 2021
Andy Rice
Justin Chisholm’s guest on the latest episode of the Yacht Racing Podcast is fellow British sailing journalist Andy Rice – creator of sailjuice.com and co-founder of the ‘Road to Gold’ online course on how to mount a professional racing campaign. Andy and Justin mull over the happenings of the last few weeks on the international sailing scene, including: the unusually close racing in the Vendee Globe; whether a fully crewed IMOCA 60 will be the best solution from a communications point of view for the next edition of The Ocean Race; the quality of the TV coverage emanating from Auckland for the 36th America’s Cup; the prospects for the British and Italian teams in the upcoming Prada Cup Final. The pair also get into the detail of the Road to Gold 12 step course on how to put together a world class sailing campaign that Andy recently launched in conjunction with renowned New Zealand sailor Hamish Wilcox – the coach to Olympic stars Peter Burling and Blair Tuke and to Emirates Team New Zealand in the 36th America’s Cup. Find out more about Road to Gold here: https://go.roadtogold.net/yachtracinglife
01:08:22
February 11, 2021
Vendee Globe 2020-21 Week 12
Yacht Racing Life website editor Justin Chisholm is joined by Vendee Globe skipper Conrad Colman for the final episode of the Vendee Globe special series. After more than 11 weeks of racing the leading group have finally made it back to Les Sables D’Olonne and Yannick Bestaven has been confirmed as the winner of the ninth edition of the Vendee Globe. But Bestaven's Maitre Coq IV was not the first boat home – in fact he finished after line honours winner Charlie Dalin on Apivia, Louis Burton on Bureau Vallee, and Thomas Ruyant on LinkedOut. So how did he win? Conrad and Justin talk through how the leaders' final week at sea played out as they each closed in on the finish of their epic marathon circumnavigations of the planet. There was plenty of action on the night the leading group finished – not least including some major drama for German skipper Boris Herrmann. All that and lots more besides...
47:07
January 30, 2021
Giles Scott
Justin Chisholm’s guest on this episode of The Yacht Racing Podcast is reigning Olympic champion in the Finn class and British America’s Cup sailor Giles Scott. Giles is of course calling tactics for Ben Ainslie’s so far all-conquering Ineos Team UK syndicate who last weekend secured a berth in the Prada Cup Challenger Series final. They did so with a hard-fought victory in a breathtaking race against the Italian Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team. It was an amazing race in which after no less than nine lead changes was decided on the final port and starboard cross within a few hundred metres of the finish. Amongst other things discussed in the interview Scott gives his personal account of how he saw that final cross play out and explains why the team’s Cunningham issue made it all the closer.
21:36
January 27, 2021
Vendee Globe 2020-21 Week 11
Yacht Racing Life website editor Justin Chisholm and his expert co-host, Vendee Globe skipper Conrad Colman, pore of the possibilities for the final 2,000 miles of the Vendee Globe solo around-the-world race and try to guesstimate which of the three front-runners – Charlie Dalin on Apivia, Louis Burton on Bureau Vallee, or Boris Herrmann on Seaexplorer Yacht Club de Monaco – will make it to the finish in Les Sables D’Olonne ahead. Among the topics discussed: –  How the last week played out to set up such a tightly fought race so close to the finish – A tip of the hat for a bold strategy from Louis Burton to split from his rivals – and has it paid off? – A recap of how the race has played out for each of the top three skippers – Why a massive storm system coming across the Atlantic will likely play a huge role in deciding the winner – Which of the three skippers might cope best with the pressure of such a close race? – Put your money where your mouth is time – who do Justin and Conrad think are going to win, and why?
30:16
January 22, 2021
Vendee Globe 2020-21 Week 10
Our guest on this episode of The Yacht Racing Podcast is the highly accomplished German ocean racer Boris Herrmann. Herrmann has an impressive track record that includes competing in two double handed around the world races – the Global Ocean Race in 2014 (which he won with Felix Oehme) and the Barcelona World Race with Ryan Breymaier in 2010/11 when they finished fifth. He racked up over 80,000 miles sailing with Italian legend Giovanni Soldini aboard his supercharged VO70 Maserati and set a bagful of ocean passage records along the way. He has also sailed as part of Francis Joyon’s crew on the maxi trimaran IDEC and led the Team Malizia campaign on the GC32 foiling catamaran circuit. Last year he made major mainstream media headlines when he and co-skipper Pierre Casiraghi ferried the high-profile teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg across the Atlantic from the UK to New York aboard his IMOCA 60 so that she could take part in the UN Climate Action Summit. Justin Chisholm – Yacht Racing Life editor and host of The Yacht Racing Podcast – caught up with Herrmann via Zoom at his home in Hamburg, at the end of another long day of Vendee Globe planning.
28:58
January 15, 2021
Matt Sheahan – 37th America's Cup
Yacht Racing Life editor Justin Chisholm is joined from Auckland, New Zealand by British sailing journalist and broadcaster Matt Sheahan.  As well as producing all the excellent content we enjoy from the PlanetSail YouTube channel Matt is also part of the TV production team at the 36th America’s Cup. In his many years as a sailing journalist Matt has covered more America’s Cups than he might care to mention and so knows all the protagonists and is pretty much a guru on all things America’s Cup. So, with the official racing at the Prada Cup scheduled to start in just a few days, who better to quiz about the current state of play amongst the teams in Auckland?
58:26
January 09, 2021
Vendee Globe 2020-21 Week 9
Yacht Racing Life website editor Justin Chisholm is joined once again by ocean racing expert Conrad Colman to mull over the latest goings on in the Vendee Globe solo around-the-world yacht race. Amongst the topics discussed are: – Pip Hare’s daring and heroic mid-ocean rudder replacement – Should Alex Thomson have packed a spare rudder? – The needle match going on between Charlie Dalin and Thomas Ruyant for second place – Will Yannick Bestaven’s lead dwindle away over coming days? – Hats off to Damien Seguin and Louis Burton for their performances so far on non-foiling boats: at the time of recording they are fourth and fifth respectively – What happens next? Who might suffer most from a restart?
33:16
January 08, 2021
Elliot Hanson
Yacht Racing Life website editor Justin Chisholm speaks to British Sailing Team member Elliot Hanson –– the current Laser Class European champion who will be representing Great Britain at the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this summer in Enoshima. Full disclosure, this interview was recorded at the beginning of December and we had hoped to bring it to you before Christmas – but with all the Vendee Globe and America’s Cup activity unfortunately it has taken until now to edit and publish. The good news is that it is well worth the wait, as it’s a great open and honest interview in which Elliot really shares a lot and helps us understand what it must be like campaigning to win an Olympic medal in the sport of sailing.
38:04
January 04, 2021
Vendee Globe 2020-21 Week 8
Yacht Racing Life editor Justin Chisholm and Vendee Globe skipper Conrad Colman begin with new year with a round-up of the eighth week at sea for the fleet of intrepid solo skippers – including the milestone moment after 55 days at sea as the leading duo Yannick Bestaven and Charlie Dalin round the notorious Cape Horn and turn their bows north towards home.
33:16
January 02, 2021
Vendee Globe 2020-21 Week 7
Yacht Racing Life website editor Justin Chisholm and Vendee Globe skipper Conrad Colman catch up on Christmas Eve to chat about the latest challenges facing the fleer of Vendee Globe solo skippers out on the Indian and Pacific Oceans on Day 46 of their around the world quest. Amongst other topics, the pair discuss: – what it is like to spend Christmas Day isolated and alone on a 60-foot yacht at the very bottom of the world – Louis Burton’s daring mast climbs to effect the repairs that have got him back in the race – how the skippers feel about passing Point Nemo – officially the most inaccessible location on the planet – why the race has been so slow compared to last time and how that might be affecting the sailors’ stomach and minds – Conrad’s take on who might fare best at the front of the fleet over the Christmas period All this and plenty more besides….
33:26
December 24, 2020
Vendee Globe 2020-21 Week 6
On the latest episode of The Yacht Racing Podcast, Yacht Racing Life editor Justin Chisholm is joined once again by 2016-17 Vendee Globe competitor Conrad Colman for another Vendee Globe special episode breaking down the action from out on the racecourse. As the Vendee Globe fleet goes into the final weekend of its sixth week at sea Justin and Conrad break down the on the water action over the last seven days, including: - a lead change (or two) after long-time leader Charlie Dalin suffered his first major breakdown of the race so far - a scary incident for second-placed Thomas Ruyant that, happily, works out OK in the end - some insight into the background of new race leader – Yannick Bestaven on Maître Coq IV - Sam Davies’ exit from Cape Town to continue her circumnavigation outside the race All this and plenty more besides…
33:22
December 18, 2020
Vendee Globe 2020-21 Week 5
The fifth week at sea for the Vendee Globe solo skippers has proved to be a stormy affair with the leading duo Charlie Dalin on Apivia and Thomas Ruyant on LinkedOut both riding the leading edge of a fast-moving Southern Ocean cold front and the chasing pack experiencing some ferocious winds and waves in its wake. On this latest Vendee Globe special episode of The Yacht Racing Podcast 2016-17 Vendee Globe skipper Conrad Colman joins Yacht Racing Life website editor Justin Chisholm to pore over the key points of what’s been going on out on the Southern Ocean, including:  – How the skippers have been dealing with the Southern Ocean storms – Charlie Dalin’s composure continues to impress – Le Cam sails on alone after Escoffier extraction – Sam Davies’ plans to complete her circumnavigation outside the race – Why this edition is unexpectedly proving to be much slower than the last one – In the Jules Verne Trophy – Conrad wonders about the slowdown he witnessed today on the tracker for Sodebo and ponders what it might mean for the team's around the world record attempt All this and more besides….
36:34
December 11, 2020
Paul Goodison
The fifth week at sea for the Vendee Globe solo skippers has proved to be a stormy affair with the leading duo Charlie Dalin on Apivia and Thomas Ruyant on LinkedOut both riding the leading edge of a fast-moving Southern Ocean cold front and the chasing pack experiencing some ferocious winds and waves in its wake. On this latest Vendee Globe special episode of The Yacht Racing Podcast 2016-17 Vendee Globe skipper Conrad Colman joins Yacht Racing Life website editor Justin Chisholm to pore over the key points of what’s been going on out on the Southern Ocean, including:  – How the skippers have been dealing with the Southern Ocean storms – Charlie Dalin’s composure continues to impress – Le Cam sails on alone after Escoffier extraction – Sam Davies’ plans to complete her circumnavigation outside the race – Why this edition is unexpectedly proving to be much slower than the last one – In the Jules Verne Trophy – Conrad wonders about the slowdown he witnessed today on the tracker for Sodebo and ponders what it might mean for the team's around the world record attempt All this and more besides….
29:04
December 08, 2020
Anderson Reggio
This is the first of a two-part America’s Cup special focusing on the US Challenger syndicate New York Yacht Club’s American Magic All the teams are understandably generally pretty tight lipped about what’s going on behind the fences of their team bases down in Auckland – this is the America’s Cup after all – but Yacht racing Life website editor Justin Chisholm has been lucky enough to speak to two members of the American Magic squad – Testing Manager Anderson Reggio and mainsail trimmer Paul Goodison. In this first episode we find out from Anderson exactly what the role of testing manager is all about and what it is like to spend your days chasing the American Magic AC75 around the waters of the Hauraki Gulf. In the second episode – also out now – Justin catches up with British sailor Paul Goodison who is in the thick of the onboard action as mainsail trimmer aboard the American AC75.
30:36
December 08, 2020
Torvar Mirsky
Australian World Match Racing Tour skipper Torvar Mirsky is the guest on the latest episode of The Yacht Racing Podcast. Now 34, Torvar has been competing on the World Match Racing Tour on and off since 2006 and was crowned champion in 2017. He has been based in Europe for the last several years and happily that meant Yacht Racing Life editor Justin Chisholm was able to record this interview in person in Palma, Mallorca Justin sat down with Torvar not long after he had returned from the 2020 Match Racing World Championship at the Bermuda Gold Cup and as you will hear it’s a really insightful interview in which there is plenty of chat about the art of Match Racing – but also lots more besides.
59:12
December 06, 2020
Glenn Ashby
With just a fortnight left until the start the opening regatta of the 36th America’s Cup cycle Yacht Racing Life editor Justin Chisholm caught up with Emirates Team New Zealand sailor Glenn Ashby to find out more about the team’s campaign to retain the America’s Cup. Discussed during the interview: – the atmosphere in and around the America’s Cup race village in Auckland – the impact of this year’s Covid 19 restrictions on the campaign – the ratio of time the sailors have spent on the simulator and on the water – the performance potential of the Kiwi’s second generation AC75 – what it is like to sail an AC75 in race mode – what we can expect from the Auckland America’s Cup World Series and Christmas Cup regattas All this and plenty more besides….
25:59
December 04, 2020
Vendee Globe 2020-21 Week 4
Yacht Racing Life website editor Justin Chisholm and 2016-17 Vendee Globe skipper Conrad Colman breakdown what has proved to be a thrilling seven days in the Vendee Globe solo around the world yacht race. Amongst other things the pair discuss: – Alex Thomson's shock withdrawal from the race, including speculation on what the British skipper might do next  – Kevin Escoffier's spectacular mid-ocean sinking and equally amazing night time liferaft rescue by fellow competitor Jean Le cam – The repair prospects for Sam Davies and Sebastien Simon as they both head towards Cape Town in search of calmer conditions – Louis Burton's impressive surge into second place on a tried and trusted boat that won the previous edition – A quick update from Conrad on the Sodebo Ultim crew's progress on their Jules Verne Trophy record attempt
36:23
December 04, 2020
Vendee Globe 2020-21 Week 3
On this latest Vendee Globe special episode of The Yacht Racing Podcast our co-hosts British sailing journalist Justin Chisholm and ocean racing expert/past Vendee Globe competitor Conrad Colman analyse the excitement and drama of the solo fleet’s third week out on the Atlantic, including: •How leader Charlie Dalin managed to wriggle his way through the frustratingly light winds of the Saint Helena high pressure system and into the stronger winds of the Southern Ocean •Alex Thomson’s damage discovery and his remarkable one-man repair programme that has kept him in the race – albeit hundreds of miles behind the leader •How the damage to the port foil on second-placed Thomas Ruyant’s LinkedOut may impact his chances of a podium result •Justin quizzes Conrad on exactly what it is like to race solo through the Southern Ocean     •The pair’s excitement over the Gitana and Sodebo Ultim crews setting off on their quest to complete a lap of the world in under 40 days All this and more besides….
35:25
November 27, 2020
Vendee Globe 2020-21 – Week 2
With the Vendee Globe skippers approaching the end of an action packed second week at sea there is plenty to discuss for host Justin Chisholm and past Vendee Globe competitor Conrad Colman, including: – a dismasting for Nicolas Troussel on Corum – a badly torn mainsail for Japanese skipper Kojiro Shiraishi on DMG Mori – the restart of Jérémie Beyou on Charal Plus, the leading pack led by Alex Thomson have crossed the equator and are into the Southern Hemisphere. Also on the podcast: – why the skippers of the other new boats may well be feeling nervous after Troussel’s dismasting – what – if anything – we learned about the extent of the damage to Charal and how Beyou might fare as he tries to chase down the fleet – Doldrums? What Doldrums? – why the foilers are coming to the fore – why Alex Thomson’s lead may not really be as narrow as it seems – How the weather scenario over the next few days could have a race changing impact – or not – on the leading trio
35:13
November 20, 2020
Vendee Globe 2020-21 Week 1
It may only have been five days since the 33 Vendee Globe skippers set off from Les sables D’Olonne on their solo around-around-the-world adventure but there has been plenty of going on out on the wilds of the north-Atlantic for podcast host Justin Chisholm to quiz his expert co-host Conrad Colman about on their second Vendee Globe special episode. The biggest news of the week of course is that one of the hottest tipped race favourites Jérémie Beyou on Charal has been forced to return to Les Sables D’Olonne after suffering damage which the French skipper felt he could not effectively repair on his own. It’s a crushing blow for a skipper who had only one goal – to win the race – and had spent the last four years in painstaking preparation to be as competitive as he possibly could. What is going through Beyou’s mind now as he sails the lonely 600 nautical miles back to France? Is he focused solely on making as fast a turn-around as he can to get back in the race? Or might his spirit have been broken by the stark reality that lifting the Vendee Globe trophy may now be beyond his grasp? Conrad – who knows Beyou and his team well – lays out the options available and shares his personal view on which decision Beyou might make. Also on the show: * Justin and Conrad pay due respect to the wily skills of French veteran Vendee Globe campaigner Jean Le Cam who aboard his daggerboard IMOCA 60 has been duking it out for the lead with the modern foilers * We find out just how AlexThomson managed to wriggle his way from mid-fleet to leading the race – and it was not all about raw boat speed * Conrad answers a listener question about how the solo skippers generate the electrical power they need to run all their instruments aboard their IMOCA 60s as they race around the world * We find out from Conrad what all the fuss is about Tropical Storm Theta – how it might impact the race and what route he expects the skippers to take when they get close to it All that and lots more besides.
38:46
November 13, 2020
Vendee Globe 2020-21 Preview
On the eve of the start of the 2021-22 edition of the Vendee Globe solo, nonstop, around the world yacht race 2016-17 Vendee Globe skipper Conrad Colman joins regular host Justin Chisholm for the first of a special series of weekly Vendee Globe updates. With just one more night left to sleep ashore in a comfortable bed for the 33 solo skippers assembled in the start port of Les Sables D'Olonne Conrad describes what it is likely to be going through their minds as they count down the hours to the start. Speaking from his own personal experience Conrad explains some of the daunting challenges the skippers are likely to face and relates just how brutal his own Vendee Globe experience was in the last edition – including dealing with an on board fire, a severely malfunctioning autohelm, multiple knockdowns, being washed overboard, and ultimately dismasting in the final 1000 miles of the race.
54:02
November 07, 2020
Ken Read
In this episode Justin Chisholm’s guest is the world-renowned American yachtsman Ken Read.  As well as winning nine world championship titles, taking part in multiple campaigns in the America’s Cup and The Ocean Race – Ken has also skippered iconic race boats like the record setting 100-footer Comanche and the stunning J-Class Hanuman.  Aside from all that racing he also has one of the best jobs in sailing – as the President of the global North Sails empire.  And if that were not enough, Read has also done a fantastic job providing expert  commentary at the last two editions of the America’s Cup. Who better then to take stock of the current professional yacht racing scene? The conversation was wide ranging – from the impact of Covid 19 on professional yacht racing and the business of sailing, to the increasing popularity of double-handed sailing, the upcoming start of the Vendee Globe, Read’s thoughts on The Ocean Race, Sail GP, the America’s Cup, and a few other topics too.
01:10:34
November 02, 2020
Simon Fisher
Justin Chisholm’s guest on the show this time is British ocean racer Simon Fisher. SiFi – as he is universally known – is one of the world’s most well respected and best liked professional sailors and is very much sought after on the international Grand Prix racing circuit.  He is though perhaps best known for around the world racing exploits which feature no less than five Volvo Ocean Race campaigns – including of course a resounding victory in the 2014-15 edition with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.  And now he is back for campaign number six, having signed up for The Ocean Race 2022=-23 with the American 11th Hour Racing Team led by Charlie Enright and Mark Towill , with whom SiFi finished fifth in the 2017-18 edition. Justin caught up with SiFi on Zoom in Newport where – while their new boat is under construction in France – the 11th Hour Racing Team is currently in training mode aboard what used to be Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss IMOCA 60.
52:16
October 23, 2020
Terry Hutchinson – American Magic
The latest episode of the Yacht Racing Podcast sees NYYC American Magic skipper Terry Hutchinson make a return appearance with an update on the US America's Cup syndicate’s response to the Covid-19 global pandemic.  Speaking to Yacht Racing Life website editor and podcast host Justin Chisholm via Zoom from his home in Annapolis, Maryland on Memorial Day in the United States Hutchinson gives a characteristically frank and open assessment of the American campaign’s current status.  During the fast paced 50-minute conversation the pair cover off a wide range of topics, including:  the support he received from team’s three principals – Doug Devos, Hap Fauth and Roger Penske – when formulating the team’s response to the pandemic the impact on the team of the cancellation of the Italian and American America's Cup World Series events what Hutchinson thinks of the four teams’ differing first generation AC75 designs – and which one of his rivals' boats he likes the look of most how the American Magic sailors have tried to offset lost on the water time with in-house two boat sparring on the simulator and the ensuing banter between him and principal helmsman Dean Barker why Hutchinson says his own role on the boat as tactician/strategist is not guaranteed some fascinating insight into what racing the revolutionary AC75s might actually be like latest details of the team’s second AC75 and why Hutchinson is yet to see it in the flesh the timetable for the team's ongoing move to Auckland and their action plan for once they get there  whether the lack of ACWS racing prior to the Challenger Selection Series might well be to the advantage of the three Challengers? All this and much more....
51:59
May 26, 2020
Bouwe Bekking
Our guest on the latest episode of The Yacht Racing Podcast is the legendary Dutch ocean racing skipper Bouwe Bekking.  Bekking is best known as an around-the-world race campaigner and has eight Whitbread and Volvo Ocean Races to his name. Even more impressive is his track record of results which features six top three overall finishes. 2017-18 Brunel – 3rd 2014-15 Brunel – 2nd  2008-09 Telefónica Blue – 3rd 2005-06 movistar – 6th 2001-02 Amer Sports One – 3rd   1997-98 Merit Cup – 2nd  1993-94 Winston  – 4th  1985-86 Philips Innovator – 2nd  Away from round the world racing Bekking is highly active on the international regatta circuit skippering the J Class Lionheart as well as several other top flight big boat or superyacht programmes.  However, as you will hear on the podcast this Dutchman may not yet be finished with around-the-world racing, as he has hopes of mounting a Swedish-flagged entry in the 2021-22 edition of The Ocean Race, to help promote the work of the World Childhood Foundation. Justin Chisholm – editor of the Yacht Racing Life website and host of The Yacht Racing Podcast – spoke to Bekking on Zoom at his family home in Denmark.
01:05:14
May 01, 2020
Boris Herrmann
Boris Herrmann is highly accomplished ocean racer with an impressive track record that includes competing in two double handed around the world races – the Global Ocean Race in 2014 (which he won with Felix Oehme) and the Barcelona World Race with Ryan Breymaier in 2010/11 when they finished fifth – and sailing over 80,000 miles with Italian legend Giovanni Soldini aboard his supercharged VO70 Maserati when they set a bagful of ocean passage records along the way. He has also sailed as part of Francis Joyon's crew on the maxi trimaran IDEC and led a campaign on the GC32 foiling catamaran circuit.   Last year he made major mainstream media headlines when he and co-skipper Pierre Casiraghi ferried the high-profile teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg across the Atlantic from the UK to New York aboard his IMOCA 60 so that she could take part in the UN Climate Action Summit. Justin Chisholm – Yacht Racing Life editor and host of The Yacht Racing Podcast – caught up with Herrmann via Zoom at his home in Hamburg, at the end of another long day of Vendee Globe planning.
45:37
April 23, 2020
Nicolai Sehested
Our guest on Episode 13 of The Yacht Racing Podcast is Danish yachtsman Nicolai Sehested – a sailor who, despite having just reached the age of thirty, has already established himself as a major figure on the international professional sailing scene. Although he does not come from classic sailing family, Sehested began his competitive sailing career in Optimists before making his professional debut as a skipper on the World Match Racing Tour.  From there he leapfrogged to ocean racing with two notable round the world Ocean Race campaigns – first with Team Vestas Wind and then with team AkzoNobel – before this season joining the heady high-octane world of the SailGP circuit, as helmsman of the Danish Rockwool team. Justin Chisholm spoke to Sehested via Zoom from his family’s farm in Denmark – where like the rest of us he was waiting for an end to the COVID-19 lockdown.  
52:08
April 16, 2020
Tom Burnham and Rome Kirby
Tom Burnham and Rome Kirby are, respectively, the coach and skipper of the American SailGP team. Burnham is an ex-Olympic campaigner who has been involved in four America’s Cup challenges – one with Young America, twice with Luna Rossa and once as head coach with Artemis Racing He has also won multiple world championships in the Swan 45, TP52, and RC 44 classes and as a match racer. Kirby meanwhile is renowned in the professional yacht racing world as an America’s Cup winner, a Volvo Ocean Race competitor and a regular on several top-flight grand prix raceboat campaigns. As well as steering the American SailGP catamaran he is also the team’s CEO. With the third event of the inaugural SailGP season in New York looming Justin Chisholm spoke to Rome and Tom on Skype at breakfast time from their nearby homes in Newport, Rhode Island prior to another busy day of preparation. This episode of the Yacht Racing Podcast is brought to you courtesy of Seahorse magazine – a fantastic monthly source of news, interviews and feature articles from around the world of yacht racing. Wherever you are on the planet you can subscribe to receive a copy delivered to your door or on your digital device every month. It’s easy to do, just go to https://www.seahorse.co.uk/shop and use the code YRPOD to let them know that we sent you.
33:10
June 18, 2019
Ed Baird
American sailor Ed Baird is the man who coached Team New Zealand to victory in the 1995 America’s Cup and then two cycles later in 2007 helped defeat the Kiwis as helmsman of the Swiss challenger Alinghi.  In the eighties Baird won the Laser and the J24 world championships and in 1995 he won the World Match Racing Championships, and was named the US's Yachtsman of the Year. In recent years Baird has been a regular on the TP52 circuit. As skipper of the American Quantum Racing team he won four seasons of the Audi MedCup and 52 Super Series along with three TP52 World Championships. Now Baird has returned to lead the Quantum Racing crew for the 2019 season and I caught up with him Mahon, Spain during the warm up training session for the first 52 Super Series event of the year.
33:15
May 29, 2019
Conrad Colman
On this episode of the Yacht Racing Podcast, host Justin Chisholm speaks to New Zealand solo ocean race skipper Conrad Colman. Colman is probably best known for his participation in the last Vendee Globe around the world race, when – despite being dismasted with fewer than a thousand miles to go – he jury rigged his stricken boat and made it to the finish line. In doing so he became the first person to complete the race using only renewable energy sources like hydro and solar power. Now Colman is hoping for the chance to take another crack at the Vendee Globe in 2020 and has partnered with British renewable energy company Ethical Power to help him get there.
39:43
May 10, 2019
Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell
The glamorous lifestyle of an Olympic campaigner is often described as “living the dream”, but if ever there were two people whose lives match up to that description it is British Olympic 49er pairing Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell. As well as winning the 49er World Championship in 2017 and being one of the hot favourites to represent Great Britain at Tokyo 2020, this dynamic duo are also a key part of the British SailGP crew – with Dylan on the wheel and Stu in the role of flight controller. Yacht Racing Podcast host Justin Chisholm caught up with the two of them on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca where they had just arrived for a month of training ahead of the Olympic Classes Princess Sofia Trophy regatta at the beginning of April.
37:47
March 08, 2019
Ben Ainslie
British sailor Sir Ben Ainslie is the most successful Olympic yachtsman of all time and skipper and team principal at America’s Cup challenger Ineos Team UK. Ainslie knows better than most what it is like to experience the highs and lows of the America’s Cup.  He was an integral part of Oracle Team USA’s amazing comeback victory at the 34th Cup in San Francisco, but came home from the 35th Cup in Bermuda a disappointed man after his Land Rover BAR syndicate failed to make it past the Louis Vuitton challenger series. Now for the 36th edition Ainslie is back with a fully funded campaign bankrolled by patriotic British businessman Jim Ratcliffe and he is more determined than ever to bring the America’s Cup back to the UK. 
34:17
February 14, 2019
Terry Hutchinson
As well as winning countless world championships in a long and illustrious career American yachtsman Terry Hutchinson has also been involved in four America’s Cup campaigns, but is perhaps best known recently for his leading roles in both Doug DeVos’ all-conquering Quantum Racing TP52 and Hap Fauth’s highly successful Maxi 70 Bella Mente campaign. It’s hardly surprising then that when DeVos, Fauth and fellow business titan Roger Penske joined forces with the New York Yacht Club to mount a challenge for the America’s Cup – it was Hutchinson they turned to lead the all-new American Magic syndicate.
35:11
January 31, 2019
The Ocean Race Update
On this episode of the Yacht Racing Podcast we get an update on what’s been going on behind the scenes at The Ocean Race – the fully crewed around the world race formerly called the Volvo Ocean Race.  Speaking to Yacht Racing Podcast host Justin Chisholm from the race’s HQ in Alicante, Spain are: Ocean Race executive director Richard Mason; IMOCA 60 class president Antoine Mermod; and race director at the Ocean Race, Phil Lawrence. Topics they discuss include:  – why rumours circulating recently of a 12-month delay to the next edition of the race are unfounded – what the course for the next race might be and when it will be announced – how many teams the race organisers are hoping for in both the VO65 and IMOCA 60 fleets – what sort of budgets are being sought for by the IMOCA 60 teams – the possibility of an Around Europe Race in 2023 to mark the-around-the-world race’s 50th anniversary All that and very much more…
41:60
January 24, 2019
Ian Walker
Our guest on this episode of the Yacht Racing Podcast is British Olympian and ocean race skipper, Ian Walker. Walker has had a broad and illustrious career in professional sailing having won two Olympic silver medals – one as crew and one as helmsman – and having skippered Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing to victory in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race around the world.  Walker has also led America's Cup campaigns and coached fellow Brit Shirley Robertson and her Yngling crew to an Olympic gold medal – as well as successfully plying his trade as an inshore tactician for many years on the international Grand Prix racing circuit. More recently Walker has taken on a new land-based challenge as director of racing at Britain's Royal Yachting Association where – amongst many other responsibilities – he is in charge of the British Sailing Team's Olympic prospects. 
41:47
January 09, 2019
Will Harris, Ray Davies, Mike Buckley & Taylor Canfield
On this bumper episode of the Yacht Racing Podcast PLUS Justin Chisholm talks to: – British solo skipper Will Harris who recently announced that he has secured a sponsorship deal with British clean energy company Hive Energy to compete on the French dominated Figaro circuit in 2019 – Emirates Team New Zealand sailor and coach Ray Davies about the current state of play as the current America’s Cup holders prepare to defend it on home waters in Auckland in 2021 – young American sailors Taylor Canfield and Mike Buckley, the co-founders of Stars and Stripes Team USA – the second American campaign to challenge for the 36th America’s Cup
01:06:49
December 31, 2018
Nick Bice
The second episode of the Yacht Racing Podcast takes us to the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard facility in Lisbon, Portugal to meet Nick Bice – the race's director of boats and maintenance.
46:35
August 24, 2017
Thomas Coville
For the very first episode of the Yacht Racing Podcast Justin Chisholm travels to New York for the finish of The Bridge – a transatlantic race for Ultim trimarans to speak exclusively to French record-breaking solo around-the-world multihull skipper Thomas Coville.
38:37
July 18, 2017