West Around the World 2020

West Around the World 2020

25 August, 2020

As you all know I live in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and am passionate about the place that made me ‘swallow the anchor’ after 20 years living out of a bag as a professional sailor.  Since… Read more ›

The Mariner Chris Stanmore-Major

The Mariner Podcast 19: 1000 Nm on the Formula 40 Trimaran ‘Spirit’

25 August, 2020

Podcast Episode 19: 1000 Nm on the Formula 40 Trimaran ‘Spirit’ In this episode, I share where I have been for the past few weeks and take you through the wonderful voyage I had up… Read more ›

The Mariner Chris Stanmore-Major

The Mariner Podcast 18: These are the Days of our Lives

25 August, 2020

Podcast Episode 18: These are the Days of our Lives In this episode, I examine the concept of ‘Chronoception’ our in-built ability to assess the passing of time and how it changes in times of… Read more ›

The Mariner Chris Stanmore-Major

The Mariner Podcast 17: The Voyage Home

25 August, 2020

Podcast Episode 17: The Voyage Home In this final instalment of the story of sailing solo around the world covers the last leg of the Velux 5 Oceans Race from Charleston, USA to La Rochelle,… Read more ›

The Mariner Chris Stanmore-Major

The Mariner Podcast 16: Lunar Exploration

25 August, 2020

Podcast Episode 16: Lunar Exploration In this episode, I take you for a whirlwind tour of the Moon our closest partner in the heavens and the single most important element – potentially- in the development… Read more ›

The Mariner Chris Stanmore-Major

The Mariner Podcast 15: Between the Devil & Dehydration

25 August, 2020

Podcast Episode 15: Between the Devil & Dehydration In this episode, I describe the 6,500Nm race from Punta Del Este in Uruguay to Charleston, South Carolina.  The sailing was nothing to write home about but… Read more ›

The Mariner Chris Stanmore-Major

The Mariner Podcast 14: Climbing Mount Stupid

25 August, 2020

Podcast Episode 14: Climbing Mount Stupid In this podcast, I put on my black turtleneck sweater, horn-rimmed glasses and ask you to lie down on the Mariner couch as we discuss some interesting aspects of… Read more ›

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 ›

Spartan Survives 2018

20 December, 2018

To paraphrase Queen Elizabeth II speaking to the Guildhall in 1992: [2018]… is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents,… Read more ›

Better Late than Never

10 December, 2018

Update: After a quiet first seven days we finally have an update from Challenger and it seems Chris and the ARC crew have been hard at work. So far so good on Challenger. After being… Read more ›

Temet Nosce – Know Thyself

23 March, 2018

I keep making changes for the better in my life- but I’m not sure my life is getting any better When I first got into offshore sailing at 18 I was a volunteer working with… Read more ›

50% of the Caribbean 600 Fleet Fail to Finish but a Deep-Reefed Challenger Sees it Through

8 March, 2018

The crew from Frenchman’s Bay YC could not have known when they booked with us last Fall what kind of event this year’s Caribbean 600 would turn out to be. With winds on start day… Read more ›

Better Bankruptcy of purse…

6 February, 2018

CSM has a think about what really matters to Spartan. Since the very first day I sat down to write the business plan for Spartan it has been my personal dream to find a way… Read more ›

CSM Peers back through the Fog at 2017

16 January, 2018

I have been reliably informed that 2017 is a train that has now left the station and any saved up phone minutes, last year’s resolutions or Christmas turkey sandwiches are to be considered past their… Read more ›

Vendee Globe

12 September, 2017

The Vendee Globe represents the pinnacle of offshore yachting- one sailor, totally alone, circumnavigating the world is a competitive concept anyone can grasp very quickly and equally quickly understand this is no ordinary pursuit. The… Read more ›

Fastnet Foolishness?

11 September, 2017

So, yeah the Fastnet. After a protracted period beating myself up for our less than stellar result I have decided two things- 1. Everybody had a great time so actually the result on the water… Read more ›

Start of the Line- New Rope for Spartan

30 July, 2017

Arriving initially in California to work on Charger it was sad as always to see the results of the heavy pollution in the Port of LA area. The light gray deck was almost black with… Read more ›

Last Stretch

13 December, 2016

After 3300Nm we finally have Grenada in sight and the crew are elated. Whilst this has been a race and we have not won(!) the scale of the challenge we have completed is not lost… Read more ›

Closer to the Barn

10 December, 2016

Not far to go now- Challenger continues to head ever West and life onboard is a finely oiled machine. Watch changes, on deck evolutions, food preparation & cleaning- after 2500Nm together 14 people have made… Read more ›

Froggy Bows Out

8 December, 2016

When you buy a race boat there are a number of things you always get as part of the package; 1. A box of spares that do not seem to fit anywhere on the boat,… Read more ›

The Level Playing Field of Sailing

7 December, 2016

Still out here… Yep certainly getting our money’s worth with this edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race- BUT seems the race office have finally flipped the switch on the weather and suddenly its everything every… Read more ›

Slow Going & No Voice

4 December, 2016

Keen observers will have noted that everyone and his dog in this race has now ground to a halt as the high we were all looking to skirt round took a quick step to the… Read more ›

Wind Hole

1 December, 2016

After a decent night making steady headway alternating between headsails and the Code zero we thought life was pretty good onboard Challenger until with the coming up of the sun, the Zero started to wilt,… Read more ›

Just Off Africa

1 December, 2016

So, has anyone noticed this race is taking forever? Now granted we are not leading the pack but hell’s teeth we’re still within spitting distance of Africa! Where are the white fluffy clouds? Where is… Read more ›

The Joy of Sailing

31 August, 2016

There is almost never a moment these days when I can sail our boats quietly and peacefully just for the sheer joy of sailing. For the past ten years all of my sailing has been… Read more ›

Route Halifax-St.Pierre Race 2016

30 July, 2016

The Route Halifax St.Pierre Race 2016 sailed last week and Challenger was right there once again proudly flying the flag for Spartan R/T, Nova Scotia and the Ocean Class. We were lucky to be joined… Read more ›

Double Handed back from St.Pierre

6 July, 2016

With the race done and the prize-giving finished we turned our attention to the return trip back to Halifax. With the weather on the race course having been headwinds the whole way one might be… Read more ›

Newport Bermuda Race 2016

30 June, 2016

The Newport Bermuda Race is one of the premier offshore events in North America and Challenger was one of only 200 boats invited to attend. After a mad dash North to Newport from St.Maarten at… Read more ›

Stay Calm & Sail ON

27 May, 2016

Challenger was originally designed for 12 professional sailors to push as hard as is humanly possible, far offshore at speeds in excess of 25kts. The fastest of her class (Illbruck) has covered 478Nm in a… Read more ›

70 knots+ in an Atlantic Weather Bomb

10 January, 2016

Challenger W60 Update. 29 N, 57 W, 2000hrs. Monday February 15, 2016. What an incredible past 10 days it has been on board Chris Stanmore‐Major’s (CSM) Whitbread 60 Challenger, en‐route from Nova Scotia to the… Read more ›