When it comes to double-handed endurance sailing, the Barcelona World Race (BWR) is Mount Everest: 23,322 miles, nonstop, leaving the three great capes to port and Antarctica to starboard. The BWR kicked off on December 31 and within weeks Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam, sailing aboard the IMOCA 60 Cheminées Poujoulat, were in pole position. By Cape Horn they commanded a 1,000-plus mile lead, which they meticulously maintained. All told, Stamm and Le Cam sailed 27,950 nautical miles at a blistering pace of 13.82 knots and set a new course record of 84 days, 5 hours, 50 minutes and 25 seconds. Bravo!
Electronic “Flares” for Cruisers
The United States Coast Guard requires that all boats operating in coastal waters or on the high seas carry a selection of visual distress signals. Almost invariably, such signals include the pyrotechnic type, either handheld or fired from a flare pistol, but surely there are ...read more