• Mini-Transat
  • A look back at the 2017 Mini-Transat

    Ian Lipinski helming his mimi 6.50

    Ian Lipinski was the standout figure of the 2017 mini-transat. Ian not only won the mini-transat, he dominated the 2016-2017 mini season. Winning 10 races in a row. Notable wins include a win in the mini-fastnet with the boats architect David Raison as co-skipper. They smashed the race record in 3 days, 8 hours and 52 minutes. Ian also won the trans-gascogne, coming first in both legs.

  • Safety
  • Clipping in from the Companionway

    Machine laying filament to make a laminate sai

    One of the winter jobs I have planned on Faial is to install a wichard folding pad eye in the cockpit. This is so that I can more easily clip in with a tether when getting out of the companionway into the cockpit. I currently clip on to the jacklines but they are not ideally positioned for this….

  • Sails
  • Vendée Globe Sails Roundup

    Machine laying filament to make a laminate sai

    North Sails dominated the last Vendée Globe. They provided sails for 22 out of 29 boats taking part in the race; 12 out of 29 competitors were using North Sails exclusively , including the winner Armel Le Cléach. But Doyle and Incidences are determined to wrest the Vendée Globe crown from North; both have developed technologies that are viable alternatives to North’s 3Di. Second placed, Alex Thomson was using sails made by Doyle out of laminate sailcloth. French sailmaker Incidences has also put in place the seeds of a come back to the forefront of the Vendée with its own new laminate sailcloth…

  • Mini-Transat
  • SEAir's Flying Foiling Mini

    SEAir's new foiling boat flying fully out of the water

    SEAir, a French startup focused on foil technology, has modified David Raison’s famous mini- Magnum 747, and converted it to a foiling design capable of full continuous flight out of the water. On January 25, 2017, the boat achieved stable and balanced flight on its second outing; flying above the waves, at a speed of 15 knots in a wind of 8 knots.

  • Seamanship
  • Don't use knots with dyneema line

    Testing strength of a dyneema bowline vs a dyneema eye splice

    Don’t use knots with dyneema line. Dyneema is very slippery and it is difficult to make a good knot that won’t slip with it. In addition the sharp-turns of the knots, will significantly reduce the strength of dyneema line. Ino-Rope recently conducted a test measuring the holding power of dyneema line with some common knots and am eye splice. The results were: