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 website.
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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
On this bumper episode of the Yacht Racing Podcast your host 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
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.
Image by Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race.
For the very first episode of the Yacht Racing Podcast we travel to New York for the finish of The Bridge transatlantic race to speak exclusively to French record breaking solo round the world multihull skipper Thomas Coville.