Sir Ben Ainslie wins UK Yachtsman of the Year Award - congratulations, even if there's no surprise there! Ian Williams was runner-up - he now has four World Champion match racing titles to his credit, equalling Peter Gilmour, and is looking to break the record. With the likes of Ainslie and Williams out there, it's a mystery why there isn't a fully-funded British AC campaign.
Big oaks from little acorns, and all that. A glance at Sail-World's Cruising edition a couple of weeks ago - the story of Moroccan sailor Yassine Darkaoui - a phone call to UK Sailmakers, and hey presto Darkaoui is back in business - one world record distance attempt in a Laser coming up.
We're still watching the progress of the Vendee Globe leaders up the Atlantic - it's nail-biting stuff. The positions haven't changed, but the bungy cord that connects them all gets a lot of stretching. Alex Thomson's effort in an older-generation boat is right up there with rookie Francois Gabart's overall lead. Actually, from the comfort of my office, I'm pretty damn impressed by ALL the sailors in the Vendee Globe!
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