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Listen Now: Episode 8 of BOAT Briefing, with Sailing Star Ken Read


In this week's edition of our BOAT Briefing podcast, the team discuss why the explorer Planet Nine is suddenly the toast of Hollywood, and bring you an exclusive interview with superstar sailor Ken Read.

With all the news about big 100-metre-plus superyachts in the news, from Project Opus to Project Signature, deputy editor Caroline White also digs into the stats on these huge yachts.

She examines the current fleet and takes a closer look at the 20 100-metre-plus yachts currently in build globally, from REV Ocean, to Oceanco's super-sailer, Project Y721.

The team also discuss the latest launches, including Feadship's speedy Totally Nuts, examine a statement from organisers of the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, and talk waterbikes, after Monaco's Princess Charlene "cycled" 180 kilometres from Corsica to Monaco in aid of her foundation.

For our interview this week, executive editor Cecile Gauert sits down with two-time America's Cup helmsman and president of North Sails Ken Read, to talk about how he got into the sport and how Covid-19 has affected the regatta scene.

Image courtesy of Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing.

Far from being downbeat about so many big regattas being cancelled, Read sees an opportunity to pivot from large-scale, over-organised events into more informal, low-key racing.

Hear more from Ken Read and the BOAT International team on this week's edition of BOAT Briefing.