Sailing Uncovered - EXTRA Alex Thomson

January 12, 2018

Alex Thomson shares his plans for 2018 and updates us on his team's progress as they begin to design the boat he aims to win the 2020 Vende Globe in. 

Sailing Uncovered 16 - Tracy Edwards at the London Boat Show

December 12, 2017

The first woman to skipper an all female crew around the world talks about her big plans for her iconic boat Maiden. Plus behind the scenes gossip at BBC Radio 4's Shipping Forecast with announcer Zeb Soanes as Alec Wilkinson previews the last ever London Boat Show.


Guests: Tracy Edwards @4'30"

            Zeb Soanes@14'45"

Sailing Uncovered 15 - The BIG debate & Freestyle Windsurfing

November 22, 2017

East coast or West coast - we debate the USA's best side. Plus Sarah Quita Offringa the Aruban freestyle superstar and multi-world Champion talks all things windsurfing and what sailing could learn from her sport.

Guests: Jesse Falcone & Mike Holt (3x 505 World Champ) @2'00", Sarah Quita Offrings@12'30"

Sailing Uncovered-EP15 USA’s big sailing debate & Freestyle windsurfing

November 22, 2017

East coast or West coast - we debate the USA's best side. Plus Multi-world champ and Aruban freestyle superstar Sarah-Quita Offringa on what the rest of sailing could learn from windsurfing.

Guests: Jesse Falcone & Mike Holt (3x 505 World Champ) @2.00, David Bergehr (AUT) on the 470 @11.00, Sarah-Quita Offringa @12.30


Sailing Uncovered - EP13 The Adventurers

August 23, 2017

Paddleboarding the Danube, rowing the Atlantic and the 14 year old who sailed round the world. Adventurer and TV presenter Ben Fogle joins paddleboarder and broadcaster Tim Kruse and sailor Jorgen Mohr Ernst.

Sailing Uncovered - Ep10 Mutiny star Conrad Humphreys & Ellen MacArthur

April 23, 2017

Dehydration, hunger and crossing the Pacific - Mutiny star and round the world sailor Conrad Humphreys explains the hardships of recreating Cpt. Bligh's voyage of survival on TV. Dame Ellen MacArthur announces her latest voyage with her Cancer Trust. Presented by Alec Wilkinson.


  • Ellen MaCarthur @4mins
  • Conrad Humphreys @7mins


Sailing Uncovered - Ep9 Magenta project, Volvo Ocean Race, Eco-sailing

March 16, 2017

Equality and ecology in sailing. Don't yawn, tune in - it's actually quite entertaining. Ocean racers Abby Ehler and Annie Lush tell us about the Magenta project. There's an update from Volvo Ocean Race director Phil Lawrence. Vendee Globe hopeful Phil Sharp aims to be the first to circumnavigate the world in a fossil fuel-free boat. 

Presenter Alec Wilkinson

Guests: Phil Lawrence @2mins

            Magenta Project @7mins

            Phil Sharp @15mins

Sailing Uncovered-Ep8 Vendee Globe Special

January 22, 2017

Dame Ellen MacArthur, Alex Thomson, Mike Golding, Francois Gabart join Sam Davies and Alec Wilkinson in Les Sables D'Olonne for a Vendee Globe special as the race comes to an amazing climax. A who's who of ocean racing stars!

Guests: Alex Thomson@5.15, Ellen MacArthur@11.15, Mike Golding@12.30, Francois Gabart@20.30  

Presented by Alec Wilkinson with Sam Davies

Duration: 30mins

Sailing Uncovered -Episode 7 Preview London Boat Show 2017

December 12, 2016

Ticket giveaways and top guests from 2017 London Boat Show including BBC R4 announcer and presenter of the Shipping Forecast Zeb Soanes and Olympic silver medallist and ocean rower Guin Batten. Win tickets to the show and a chance to appear on stage alongside your sailing heroes.

Listen to this episode for details of how to enter. (Terms&Conditions on our Facebook page; Sailing Uncovered)

PRESENTER: Alec Wilkinson

GUESTS: Mike Enser (British Marine) @0.40, Guin Batten @4.40, Zeb Soanes @15.00

Tot Dur:23.46

Sailing Uncovered - Episode 6 America’s Cup & Vendee Globe

December 2, 2016

Could Lance Armstrong compete in the next America's Cup? Has the winning boat already been decided? America's Cup veteran and commentator Kenny Read gazes into his crystal ball of forthright views. Sir Ben Ainslie, Jimmy Spithill and Peter Burling also look ahead to their Bermuda showdown in 2017.

And we hear about a British project aiming to snatch the Vendee Globe Race from its French masters.