COVID-19 pandemic decimates global sailing calendar


Rob Kothe takes stock of the impact the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic on the worldwide yacht racing calendar...   Corona virus, major events cancelled – what next? Sailing events are now being cancelled and there are many more which will surely follow. World Sailing has cancelled the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Genoa event

SailGP: Rob Kothe assess the teams ahead of Season 2 opener


Sailing razzamatazz on Sydney Harbour for the first SailGP event of season two, which starts at 4 pm local time on Friday 28th and continues Saturday 29th February 2020. It was a giant offseason for the SailGP circuit. Two new teams Denmark and Spain were launched while Team China sailed away. A

Sydney Hobart 2019: The Wrap and more firestorms

Rob Kothe rounds up the action from the 2019 edition of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race... I titled my Yacht preview 'Sydney Hobart -Between the Fires', and sadly it was. There was a break in the weather across the east coast of Australia at Christmas and Boxing Day dawned

Iain Murray: The “Big Fella” of the America’s Cup on SailGP


Rob Kothe speaks to multiple-America's Cup race director Iain Murray about his role at SailGP at the end of the international circuit's inaugural season. One of Australia's most respected sailor Iain Murray, 61, is the Regatta Director for SailGP. He was Regatta Director for the 34th America's Cup in 2013 and 35th

SailGP: Cowes aftermath…


After a tempestuous weekend of weather at the SailGP Cowes event which saw racing abandoned on Saturday Rob Kothe follows up with the bruised and battered teams as they pick up the pieces ahead of the season closer in France next month. In 1966, the Rolling Stones released an album called Aftermath.

SailGP: Rob Kothe scene-setter Part 2


The second part of Rob Kothe's scene-setter article ahead of this weekend's first ever British SailGP event scheduled to take place in Cowes, England. Click here for Part 1. With many Australian sailors very experienced sailing the America's Cup AC50 foiling catamarans, it's not been surprising that they were fast out of