The scary video at this site shows why spectators and photographers should stay clear of the pin when 90 ft. boats cross the start line at 20+ kts! Notice the unflinching way these professionals force their right of way.
This inspiring documentary can be found here. It runs about 20 min. This should get you all fired up planning for next year’s race! The law of averages says there should be ideal conditions this time, but Murphy and Parkinson are heavily invested in this enterprise to guarantee a challenge.
This film documents Ben Harris’ love of wood work and boat building, how he acquired his skills, and how incredible it is to be able to take something that you’ve built with your own hands out onto the water and sail it across the sea.
Who is Ben Harris?
Ben has always loved wood. His mother said that his first word was ‘log’. He has been working with wood throughout the UK since the age of 15. First as an assistant to a cabinet maker, where he started by sharpening the tools and clearing up. He then developed his skills in furniture making and his passion for wood and forestry by working in broadleaf woodlands. Later he tuned his skills in bespoke oak-framed carpentry and went on to establish a sawmill and oak framing business in Scotland, sourcing timber from the local estates. In 2005 Ben moved to Cornwall to study boatbuilding. He has been building boats and sailing them ever since.
Thanks, Jak, for the tip.
A tough first day again breaks boats.
Just like on your boat but different …
The not so quiet grace of sailboat racing. 2015 Block Island Race Week GoPro video footage compilation from the J29 STOUT’s bowman.