Vendee Globe: UFO’s

As you may know, three of the Vendee Globe yachts have already had to retire from the race after hitting UFO’s (unidentified floating objects). It’s no surprise: There is much debris, flotsam and jetsam floating around the oceans. Forgive me for reiterating the danger posed to yachts with vulnerable steering systems, light lay-up hulls and […]

A year of Ocean Sailor

By Dick Beaumont – Chairman of Kraken Yachts It’s hard to believe that January 2021 marks Ocean Sailor’s first birthday. All of the team have been on a vertical learning curve creating each edition and the year has simply flashed past. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the whole Ocean Sailor team for […]


By Dick Beaumont, Chairman of Kraken Yachts My thanks to Ocean Sailor reader, John Buckley, of Harbour Marine Services, for bringing the following to my attention: ‘Statement from the Chief Inspector of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch This report builds on the Safety Bulletin the MAIB issued last year, and there are some important safety […]

First Kraken 50 to go to the United States

By Dick Beaumont Chairman of Kraken Yachts I’m very pleased to announce we have now sold the first Kraken 50 that will go to the United States. Annapolis businessman and yachtsman Brian Ward has confirmed his purchase and his Kraken 50 will go into production on 1st November 2020. Congratulations Brian! I’m delighted that a […]

Designer Rob Humphreys’ defends Twin Rudders for ocean cruising

An Ocean Sailor reader has responded to the article, Twin Rudders on a Blue Water Yacht ‘The Ultimate Crime’, writes Dick Beaumont. Ian Bellis pointed out that naval architect Rob Humphreys had written an article which contradicted my vehemently held position that twin rudders have no place on a blue water cruising yacht. I […]

Getting Kracking Again

I’m pleased to be able to report that our yard in Tuzla Turkey will be back to full production as of today 1st June 2020. In common with business’s all over the world, the pandemic caused the closure of the yard, but fortunately for only two months.  Turkey has reported much lower infection and death […]

New novel published by Ocean Sailor’s Editor

Dead Reckoning by Dick Durham

Dick Durham, Editor of Ocean Sailor, has just published his second novel, Dead Reckoning, on Amazon books. Inspired by a real-life Man Overboard story he covered for the yachting press, Dick’s novel explores the darker side such an incident could offer.  A yachtsman, Duff Bundock, tries to rebuild his fractured marriage with a voyage aboard […]

J Class start line collision

Two crew were thrown overboard and seriously injured in a top-speed collision between J Class superyachts jockeying for position on the start line of the Antigua Superyacht Challenge.  Both Svea and Topaz retired immediately with severe damage. The 140ft, 180 tonne yacht smash was filmed by a guest aboard another competitor. The video went viral. […]

Joyon brews up Tea Route record

Champion ocean yachtsman Francis Joyon has knocked four days off the Tea Route record, sailing from Hong Kong to London in 31 days and 23 hours. The new record, achieved by Joyon and crew aboard the maxi-trimaran IDEC SPORT overtakes Giovanni Soldini’s record in his mod70, Maserati. The Tea Route celebrates the great clipper ships […]

Covid-19’s impact on world sailing

Under the microscope the Covid-19 virus looks like planet earth impregnated with spikes and this image appropriately symbolises the pandemic’s global effect on the world of sailing. Everywhere you plant a pin on the world a yachting event has been cancelled, postponed or banned. The list is endless: the America’s Cup World Series, cancelled, the  […]