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Volvo Ocean Race. Turn the Tide on Plastic Led the Dive South

Dee Caffari’s Turn the Tide on Plastic got an early jump on their Volvo Ocean Race rivals as Leg 7 from Auckland to Itajai entered its second day. Monday brought little let-up with winds hovering around 25 knots producing similar boat speeds as the teams charge deeper into the Southern Ocean on the 7,600-mile leg. An opening day lead for Dongfeng Race Team and MAPFRE was cut short when Turn the Tide on Plastic and Team AkzoNobel skirted round the ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. MAPFRE Leads Into the Southern Ocean

It was a spectacular start to Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday afternoon, as the fleet left Auckland in perfect conditions. The sun was out, the wind was near 20 knots, and as they have for 10 stopovers, the Auckland fans took to the water by the thousands to farewell the fleet. It wasn’t a surprise – over the course of the Auckland stopover, over 500,000 fans came through the Race Village at the Viaduct Basin. On ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Ready to Tackle Southern Ocean

by Richard Crockett For many crew in this race, the Southern Ocean legs are what they really signed up to do. It’s where the action is, it’s where the super-fast sailing will be done, it’s where the adrenalin really gets pumping, and it’s where the graceful Albatross glide so effortlessly. The Southern Ocean leg starts on Sunday at 01h00 UTC. Seven Volvo Ocean Race teams will embark on one of the most classic legs in offshore racing from Auckland, New ... Read More »

SAMSA Marine Notice 7 of 2018

by Richard Crockett I am not a great supporter of SAMSA as I firmly believe that they have little or no interest in the leisure boating community. Despite that they do on occasions, do something that will assist all those who go to sea in small boats, so here is the good news. Installation and commissioning of new coastal radio infrastructure equipment. Summary This Marine Notice serves to provide notification to affected parties of the installation and commissioning of new ... Read More »

In Memoriam. Trevor Wilkins

by Richard Crockett I am honoured to be able to call Trevor a friend, particularly as our friendship was a long distance one as we lived on opposite sides of the country. Instead of meeting regularly in person, we would spend an inordinate amount of time on the phone chatting about all manner of subjects – especially the sport of sailing for which we both have a massive passion. Not just a kind man, but a very generous man too, ... Read More »

FBYC Youth Training Programme

False Bay Yacht Club have established a youth training programme that sources students from the Lawhill Maritime school, Fish Hoek High School and Reddam House to name just a few. Despite the weather not playing ball in recent weeks and sailing being blown out for most of our training weekends, the students have been kept busy learning various important sailing skills, such as: • winch maintenance • swimming a hull clean • maintenance and care of an outboard motors • ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. This is the hardest leg.

Reference to the “hardest Leg’ is attributed to Neil Maclean-Martin, the human performance manager for Dongfeng Race Team “We know that it is going to be very cold. We know that the sea-state is going to be tough… and we know that this is not just for a couple of days of even a week, but for a large part of this leg which could last up to 20 days,” Neil Maclean-Martin. The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 is tough, extremely ... Read More »

RCYC Double Handed Race

by Andrew Collins The best sailing format in the club (in my biassed opinion), delivered another excellent race on Saturday. As summer slowly fades, we had sublime typical winter conditions, perfect for short-handed racing. A flat sea and a consistent 12 knots of westerly, except for a brief lull when the wind dropped to about 6 knots. This allowed the fleet to enjoy a wonderful afternoon on the water. As always, we had a good turnout of 20 boats. Class ... Read More »

From the Archives. A Postcard from Napoleon!

by Richard Crockett While archiving a scrapbook collection of newspaper and other cuttings I was given for safekeeping some years ago, I could not help but be amused by this postcard of Napoleon’s arrival off St Helena. But what tickled me more was the inscription on the back, showing the date as 24 April 1816 – and being ‘signed’ by Napoleon! This postcard was sent to the Pragnell’s in 1968. Read More »

NSRI Strategic Alliance

A Memorandum of Agreement was signed by Dr Cleeve Robertson, CEO of National Sea Rescue Institute and the Captain Keith Burchell, Chairman of Bursary Fund. “One of the NSRI’s strategies in achieving a society with fewer drownings is collaboration. Our agreement with the General Botha Old Boys Association Bursary Fund and partnership with Lawhill Maritime Centre has two objectives: Firstly, we are taking a long term view on the future, recognising that the sustainability of maritime rescue services and drowning ... Read More »

Mossel Bay Yacht & Boat Club Inter-Club Regatta

by Malcolm Osborne Mossel Bay Yacht & Boat Club hosted its annual Inter Club Regatta at the end of February. This year, the event also incorporated the Western Cape Championships for the Tera Class. There were three fleets competing – a 6 boat Catamaran fleet (4 Darts and 2 Mosquitos), a 14 boat `Rating Under 1200’ fleet (10 Lasers, 2 Dabchicks and 2 420s) and a 31 boat ‘Rating over 1200’ fleet (16 Tera Sport, 4 Tera Pro, 4 Optimists, ... Read More »

Oldest-known Message in A Bottle Found

A Perth family has made an extraordinary historical discovery after becoming bogged on a West Australian beach. Tonya Illman was walking across sand dunes just north of Wedge Island, 180 kilometres north of Perth, when she noticed something sticking out of the sand. “It just looked like a lovely old bottle, so I picked it up thinking it might look good in my bookcase,” she said. But Mrs Illman realised she had likely uncovered something far more special when out ... Read More »

The Most Iconic Female Skippers in Volvo Ocean Race History

by Jonno Turner On International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating those female sailors who wrote their own story. Did you know that prior to this edition, only 112 women had competed in the Volvo Ocean Race compared to over 2000 men? With over 20 females already having raced in 2017-18, we’re well on the way to correcting that – and to celebrate International Women’s Day, we thought it would be good to recap some of the female skippers who have changed ... Read More »

Marlow’s Inspirational Women in Sailing

This international Women’s Day, Marlow Ropes celebrates the success of the many inspirational women in sailing from around the world that it is proud to work with and support as official supplier. The following great women sailors are part of Marlow Ropes long and successful voyage across the world’s oceans: These include: Dame Ellen Macarthur OBE, Sailor and World Record Holder The relationship between Marlow Ropes and Dame Ellen Macarthur started more the 17 years ago, and continues to this ... Read More »