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Mark Turner pense que la voile doit prendre un virage sociétal

Mark Turner: “The most important question is what is the meaning to what we do”

With the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the whole planet, it has meant a great deal of uncertainty for sport in general and sailboat races are no exception. What will the impact be on our sport? What changes will there be to the economic model? How do races need to change? How will sponsors behave? To try to get to grips with this new situation, Tip & Shaft is carrying out a series of five interviews about the future of sail racing. Our first interviewee, Mark Turner, cofounder with Ellen MacArthur, of Offshore Challenges, which became OC Sport, was head of the Volvo Ocean Race between 2016 and 2017, and now works as a consultant.

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Maxi Class Association

Andrew McIrvine: “This will be a big, big reset for everyone”

Andrew McIrvine is the driving force behind the success of the International Maxi Association over recent years. The Secretary General is also a consultant vascular surgeon at three prominent hospitals and a past president of the Section of Surgery, Royal Society of Medicine and served as a council member of the British Medical Association, so he has a very close eye on the COVID-19 developments around the world. Tip & Shaft caught up with him.

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Conrad Humphreys was the sailing master during the TV Show Mutiny

Conrad Humphreys: “Don’t fear the isolation, see it as an opportunity”

When there appears to be dozens of solo sailors giving us their positive ideas for surviving or indeed profiting from isolation it is interesting to turn to Conrad Humphreys. His peak as a solo racer was a very tough Vendée Globe in 2004-5 placing seventh in 107 days, after repairing and replacing his rudder off South Africa and finishing with no power. In 2016 Humphreys was sailing master on Mutiny, a 4000 mile reality TV 60 day voyage from Tonga to Timor with a crew of nine on a 23 foot (7m) open boat recreating Captain Bligh’s voyage…..

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Les America's Cup World Series de Cagliari ont été reportés

Coronavirus: How Sailing is being hit by the virus

The World Championships of the 470 class (March 16-21), the giant Trofeo Princesa Sofia Olympic regatta (March 27-April 4), the Sailing World Cup Genoa (11-19 April), the 44Cup Portoroz (22-26 April), the GC32 Racing Tour in Oman (25-29 March), the ACWS Cagliari (22-26 April), these events are all either cancelled or postponed. In France the list of events to be rescheduled include Easter’s Spi Ouest France, the Massila Cup, the SNIM, the Solo Maitre CoQ The coronavirus outbreak is affecting the whole of the competitive sailing world. Tip & Shaft takes a view. 

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Will Oxley a remporté la Sydney-Hobart, navigateur sur Ichi Ban

Will Oxley: “I’d like to be involved with at least one more Ocean Race”

Australian ace Will Oxley, 54, had a truly stellar 2019 as navigator contributing significantly to the unprecedented double on David and Peter Askew’s US flagged VO70 Wizard, victors on the RORC Caribbean 600 and then also the Fastnet Race which saw them crowned RORC Yacht of the Year. His season just finished on a high with his second overall Sydney Hobart win as navigator on the TP52 Ichi Ban, adding to their overall win in 2017… 

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Vicky Low: “Gender discrimination is not just on the water”

The World Sailing Trust released its Strategic Review into Women in Sailing on December 5th. The report was initiated to explore the gender balance, or indeed imbalances, which exist across the whole sport of sailing. It was authored by Vicky Low, who presented the report at World Sailing’s Annual Conference in Bermuda and then at the Yacht Racing Forum in Bilbao. Tip & Shaft spoke with her…..

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