Sailing


HENRY Bomby admitted to mixed emotions after he finally rounded Cape Horn following one of the most relentless Southern Ocean legs in the history of the Volvo race. The 26-year-old Devon sailor and his colleagues on board the yacht, Turn The Tide On Plastic, have endured a miserable week. News that a member of the …

WEST Country circumnavigators Annie Lush and Abby Ehler were celebrating as their yacht, Team Brunel, took the lead in the Volvo Ocean Race after a navigational gamble appeared to pay off. With the fleet of six one-design 65-footers closing down on the latest leg finish in Auckland, the Dutch-flagged boat, with Weymouth Olympian Lush and …

FOUR friends from their days at University have just completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, rowing more than 3,000 nautical miles across the world’s second-largest ocean from San Sebastian in La Gomera to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour in Antigua. Mark Gibson, the skipper of nine-metre Nuts Over The Atlantic, designated medic Steve Baker and his …

ONE OF the West Country’s most tragic sporting mysteries is probed in a new film to be released this week, starring Colin Firth. The Mercy tells the story of yachtsman Donald Crowhurst’s disastrous attempt to complete the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in 1968. The title comes from the sailor’s enigmatic last entry in his …

ONE OF the West Country’s most experienced inshore racers is off to the Arabian Peninsula this week in a bid to win the latest edition of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour. Stevie Morrison has taken part in the regatta before but his past involvement in a two-week programme, which mixes both inshore and offshore …

Health concerns have led to Weymouth Olympian Annie Lush being pulled off the crew of a Volvo Ocean Race yacht taking part in an around-the-world competition. Lush, who represented Great Britain in the Elliott six-metre women’s match racing event at London 2012, was injured during the third leg of the Volvo from Cape Town to …

A young offshore racer from the West Country has survived a harrowing knockdown on board a 98-ft yacht to take line honours in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s fourth annual transatlantic race from Lanzarote to Grenada. Cornishman Robin Elsey was a key member of Australian Ludde Ingvall’s multi-national crew on the canting keel maxi, CQS, …

For most people following the Clipper around-the-world leg from Cape Town to Fremantle, the prospect of West Country skipper Bob Beggs leading his ‘rookie’ crew of fare-paying passengers to the podium had long disappeared. They could trace that moment back to when the experienced Torpoint yachtsman turned around to assist a rival yacht that had …