Author Archives: Sailing website

From the Archives. Worcester Yacht Club

by Richard Crockett This cutting from the Worcester Standard Advertiser on 3 March 1989 caught my eye as it’s no longer a Club that gets mentioned much, or ever! Does it still exist? If so maybe someone from the club would like to enlighten members about their activities. Read More »

Volvo Penta. Put the Boat in the Palm of Your Hands

Volvo Penta’s new product, Easy Connect, lets boat owners connect to their boat via their smart device – enhancing the experience both onboard and at home. Boat owners can now take to the water with all the information they need in the palm of their hands. Volvo Penta’s new Easy Connect app gives boat owners access to engine, boat and route data – directly on their smartphone or tablet. The free-to-download app is paired with an onboard Bluetooth interface installed ... Read More »

Missing PYC Pie Found

by Richard Crockett Who would have ever guessed that today (23 January) is ‘world pie day’? It’s inconsequential unless of course you still drool over and dream about those famous PYC pies of yesteryear. Yes they were good, damn good in fact – and they have legendary status all over the world as wave after wave of yachtie kept scoffing them as fast as they could be made. But somewhere along the line the maker of the famous PYC went ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Elation & Sadness At Finish

by Richard Crockett Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag won Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, leading the fleet into their home port of Hong Kong. It’s an historic win for skipper David Witt and his team who had to overcome significant setbacks on the leg before grabbing the lead with a bold tactical call out of the Doldrums last weekend. “We had a bit of a plan and we stuck to it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t and this ... Read More »

From the Archives. Southstar Race 1989

Featured here are Patrick Holloway and Gary Farrow who were last minute entrants into the Southstar Race, having obtained some late and much needed sponsorship. They won this race against some stiff competition, even beating Bertie Reed! In this two-page feature they tell their story of the race.           Read More »

Safety Warning – Important

  The United Kingdom Marine Accident Investigation Branch has issued a safety warning on the use of safety harness tethers on sailing yachts. An urgent safety lesson has been issued after a fatal man overboard incident from the sailing yacht CV30 in the Indian Ocean on 18 November 2017. All offshore sailors should read and understand this. View the Report HERE Read More »

Long-Term Warming Trend Continued in 2017

Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2017 ranked as the second warmest since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA. Continuing the planet’s long-term warming trend, globally averaged temperatures in 2017 were 0.90 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. That is second only to global temperatures in 2016. In a separate, independent analysis, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) concluded that ... Read More »

Sprog Nationals 2017

by John Wright The Sprog Nationals had a disappointing entry of just ten boats as many promises were not fulfilled, and many entries that were expected just didn’t turn up. Regrettably that is sailing today as also experienced by the GP14 and Fireball fleets over the same period. On the positive side the racing was keen and close with Ricky and Ryan Robinson dominating the racing. Phillip Bennett & Helen gave a good chase as runners-up. The fight for the ... Read More »

From the Archives. Round the Island Race

With the Round the Island Race on the Vaal Dam due to start at the end of this month, here’s a reminder of what it was about in 1988. This cutting from The Star on 18 January 1988, has this caption: About 600 boats turned out on a beautiful Vaal Dam for the Round the Island Race yesterday. The full race around Grooteiland has not been sailed during the drought because the island has become a peninsula. Abundant rains have ... Read More »


Yanmar Marine International is launching the latest addition to its family of new generation common rail (CR) diesel engines, the compact Yanmar 3JH40 inboard engine, at boot Düsseldorf. The 3-cylinder 3JH40 has been developed by leading manufacturer Yanmar as the marine industry’s smallest CR inboard diesel engine. With an output of 40mhp, it will enable a whole new category of smaller leisure boat owners and commercial vessel operators to benefit for the first time from the efficiency and performance advantages ... Read More »

For Sale. Van de Stadt Madeira 44

Want an adventure cruiser to take down to the Antarctic, Tierra del Fuego or traverse the Northwest Passage? If so this ‘go anywhere’ monohull is the boat for you, and was bought and refitted by its current owner to do just that type of adventure cruising. Launched in 2003 she is designed by van de Stadt & Partners B.V., Wormerveer, Netherlands, and built by Jachtbouw Folmer B.V., Netherlands, and finished by Visser Jachtbetimmering B.V. Description Hull #32 is a semi-custom ... Read More »

Book Review. Rogue Waves

Published by Bloomsbury Review by Richard Crockett I have for many years now I have firmly believed that the term Rogue Wave is far preferable to that of Freak Wave. It’s simply because Rogue Waves do exist, that we have to be aware of them, and that there is nothing ‘freaky’ about them. We now also have a pretty good idea as to how they are formed. To quote from the book: “To be a true rogue wave, a wave ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race.Scallywag Battle the Elements to Hold Lead

Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag were showing no signs of relinquishing their grip on the Leg 4 lead as they went under the 1,000-miles-to-go barrier. Hell-bent on arriving in their home port of Hong Kong as heroes, Scallywag have maintained their comfortable lead of 73 miles over closest rivals Vestas 11th Hour Racing as the action reaches fever pitch. The only team not to lose miles to Scallywag in the six hours leading up to the position report was third-placed Dongfeng ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Youngest Ever Skipper Claims Line Honours

Visit Seattle, led by 24-year-old British sailor Nikki Henderson, the youngest ever Skipper to lead a team in the Clipper Round Race, held off a strong challenge from three other teams to chalk up a thrilling maiden victory in Race 6 which finished in Whitsundays. During one of the most challenging stages so far, Visit Seattle completed the 1,600-nautical mile sprint up the east coast of Australia from Hobart in eleven days. Arriving into Abell Point Marina where the Clipper ... Read More »

An ‘Ancient’ Team Re-United

by Richard Crockett I do love the history of our sport, especially the personalities involved and the vivid memories of sailing in ‘their days’ which they recall with great gusto, enthusiasm and a touch of nostalgia. We have a wonderful sport. Regrettably its history is being trashed every single day as mementoes, pics, newspaper and magazine cuttings on the sport are tossed into trash cans – instead of being preserved. So when John Wright sent me some the info below, ... Read More »