The Mariner Chris Stanmore-Major

Stranger in a Strange New World

11 May, 2020

‘Sailor’ is something I used to do So, basically I am a sailor. People who know me or work with me will be happy to agree to that much but previously if I started to… Read more ›

The Mariner Chris Stanmore-Major

The Mariner Podcast Episode 13: My Sailing Heroes

8 May, 2020

Podcast Episode 13: My Sailing Heroes In this episode, I answer a listener question about who inspires me in sailing and why. Dame Naomi James, Joshua Slocum, Sterling Hayden & Jean Luc Van Den Heede/… Read more ›

The Mariner Chris Stanmore-Major

The Mariner Podcast Episode 12: Punta or Bust

8 May, 2020

Podcast Episode 12: Punta or Bust In this episode, I return to the story of my solo round the world race and the exciting conclusion of leg 3 that saw us speed North from Cape… Read more ›

The Mariner Chris Stanmore-Major

The Mariner Podcast Episode 11: Meaning & Function

8 May, 2020

Podcast Episode 11: Meaning & Function This episode after a few tangents (including a trip to Miami to buy a truck!) I get round to the main subject of the show which is answering the… Read more ›

The Mariner Chris Stanmore-Major

The Lightning Bowline – Your #1 Chance to be a Hero

28 April, 2020

This week’s episode is about RopeWork & Knot Tying. In this introductory video, I walk you through the ‘Lightning’ Method’ of casting a Bowline which is great for posts and large rings. This can be… Read more ›

The Mariner Chris Stanmore-Major

The Mariner Podcast Episode 10: Sailors & Covid 19

28 April, 2020

Podcast Episode 10: Sailors & Covid 19 In this episode, I take a look at the transferable skills sailors possess that could prove useful in the global crisis we are all facing. With a unique… Read more ›

The Mariner Chris Stanmore-Major

The Mariner Podcast Episode 9: Racing to Cape Horn

12 April, 2020

Podcast Episode 9: Racing to Cape Horn In this episode, I get to the exciting conclusion of my transit across the Southern Ocean in my Open 60 Spartan. After ending up 500Nm behind the fleet… Read more ›

The Mariner Chris Stanmore-Major

The Mariner Podcast Episode 8. Sailing: You Don’t Have to Shout!

12 April, 2020

Podcast Episode 8: You don’t have to shout! In this episode, I take a look at shouting and the intimidation techniques often employed by skippers who feel it is OK to speak to their crew… Read more ›

The Mariner Chris Stanmore-Major

The Mariner Podcast Episode 7: 36 Hour Mega Sail Repair- Solo

12 April, 2020

The Mariner Episode 7: 36 Hour Mega Sail Repair In this podcast episode, I describe fixing the mainsail on Spartan and deciding to go ‘hell for leather’ from now on in the Velux 5 Oceans… Read more ›

The Mariner Chris Stanmore-Major

The Mariner Podcast Episode 6. Serious Mainsail Damage in the Southern Ocean

12 April, 2020

The Mariner Podcast Episode 6. ‘Broken Wing’ In this episode I talk about heading out from New Zealand, solo on an Open 60 racing around the world in the Velux 5 Oceans Race in 2010/11…. Read more ›

The Mariner Chris Stanmore-Major

The Mariner Episode 5. Sailing Into the Southern Ocean

12 April, 2020

Episode 5. Sailing Into the Southern Ocean In this episode, I take you through an overview of Southern Ocean sailing that can be applied to any wild stretch of ocean and any long passage made… Read more ›

The Mariner Chris Stanmore-Major

The Mariner Podcast Episode 4. Learning How to Sail an Open 60 Fast

12 April, 2020

Episode 4. Learning How to Sail an Open 60 Fast In this episode, I continue the story of my first serious solo offshore passage and delve into what makes Open 60’s such serious offshore racing… Read more ›

The Mariner Chris Stanmore-Major

The Mariner Podcast Episode 3. First Solo Offshore Passage

12 April, 2020

Episode 3. First Solo Offshore Passage In this episode, I discuss the start of the Velux 5 Oceans Solo Race Around the World. Safe to say it was not the slick operation you may have… Read more ›

The Mariner Chris Stanmore-Major

The Mariner Podcast Episode 2. Preparing to Sail Solo Round the World

12 April, 2020

Episode 2. Preparing to Sail Solo Round the World In this episode, I explain how after only a few days being back from sailing round the world with the Clipper Race I get the opportunity… Read more ›

The Mariner Chris Stanmore-Major

The Mariner Podcast Episode 1: He That Would Go To Sea

12 April, 2020

Podcast Episode 1: Starting a Career at Sea In this first episode, I talk about how I ended up starting a career at sea: it’s not what you might expect! I was actually over 18… Read more ›

Rolex Middle Sea Race

Rolex Middle Sea Race Break Down

20 November, 2019

Rolex Middle Sea Race Break Down For those of you who watched on during the 2019 Middle Sea Race, you will have seen that Challenger did not have a competitive race after the first 48hrs. … Read more ›

Approaching the Fastnet Rock

27 August, 2019

Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 From Challenger GBR301R we are excited to be approaching the Rock which we will pass just after dark with our octogenarian crewman Mr. Christopher Hope. Born in 1938 this is Chris’s… Read more ›

What drives those who compete in the Rolex Fastnet Race?

27 August, 2019

Why does it hold such a special place in the hearts of sailors all over the world? On the face of it, it’s just another boat race; it’s flags in the high street in Cowes,… Read more ›

Catching mini water balloons in the middle of the Atlantic

25 July, 2019

Marconi Transat 2019, Day 5 and 6 onboard Challenger COG 11 SOG N50 10.8 W31 54.7 It’s watch change on Challenger and it is POURING outside. Heavy cold droplets seemingly the size of mini water… Read more ›

A mouse gnawing through main halyards, how to rerig the main halyard?

25 July, 2019

Marconi Transat 2019, Day 7, rerig the main halyard COG 079 SOG 6.2 N50 55.3 W012 30.5 It seems there is a mouse in our mast or a rat or at least something sharp that… Read more ›