Sailing diverges from the old tradition of comparing every large object to the size of London bus

A little snippet from the Transat Jacques Vabre, the two-handed race from Le Havre to Costa Rica which begins this weekend. Lots more dockside stuff to come.

Sam Davies, who is racing the crash-dieted Artemis 2 with French sailor Sidney Gavignet, revealed that she has a huge new spinnaker to help propel the ultra-wide and comparatively heavy boat in the light stuff.

This great little piece of artwork shows its size.

It’s a funny thing but in British journalism large objects are invariably compared either to a double-decker London bus or Nelson’s Column.

In sailing, areas are always approximated to tennis courts.

But if you prefer it the old-fashioned newspaper way, that makes the Artemis mega-kite 12.7 times the size of a Routemaster, but about half the height of Nelson’s Column.