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Subaru Flying Fifteen Worlds. RSA 15th Overall

by Richard Crockett The old Bullets, Campbell Alexander and Dave Herridge, closed the regatta with a 9th in the final race to pull themselves back to 15th overall in the 72-boat fleet. A great result for a new combination who only got together for this event at the pre-worlds, and who were in the top 20 throughout the regatta. These guys were not there just to make up the numbers as on many occasions they were in the hunt at ... Read More »

British Contender Class Nationals. Willcox 4th – RSA Archive Pics

by Richard Crockett I just happened to notice a few days ago that Graeme Willcox competed in the British Contender class Nationals – and finished very well in 4th spot, with his best result a 2nd. The Contender is a class no longer sailed in this country to my knowledge anyway, although some of the older yachties will remember it from ‘way back when’! My old mate Rob Martin keeps reminding me that he sailed one of these back in ... Read More »

Subaru Flying 15 Worlds. Age NOT On Their Side

by Richard Crockett A lay-day and a day away from computers brings us towards the end of this regatta where the Old Bulletts of Durban, Campbell Alexander and Dave Herridge have been fighting gamely in a tough fleet to keep in the top 15 overall. At the moment with just the final day left, they are 17th (out of 72), having dropped two places yesterday. After the layday on Wednesday three more races were held in typical puffy and choppy ... Read More »

Wharram Cats Celebrate First North Atlantic Crossing in 1959

On 30 September 1959 the 40ft catamaran ‘Rongo’ sailed into the Conway River in North Wales after crossing the North Atlantic from New York. This 60th Anniversary of the First West-to-east Crossing of the North Atlantic by Catamaran is now being celebrated. ‘Rongo’ was the first catamaran to have made this difficult voyage, sailed by the now world famous catamaran designer James Wharram and his two German women companions, Ruth Merseburger and Jutta Schultze-Rohnhoff. ‘Rongo’ was designed and built by ... Read More »

NEW. PredictWind Streamline Graphics

Over the last few months PredictWind have been refining their new Streamline maps and after a considerable amount of development work have released Streamlines on all platforms. The PredictWind Streamlines are now the most advanced weather graphics available. Animating streamlines for a fixed time period is technically straightforward, but it is essential to track weather system movements over a 7 day period. Other streamline implementations reload between time steps, which makes it difficult to visualize the movement of a weather ... Read More »

Subaru Flying Fifteen Worlds. RSA Top 10 Finish

by Richard Crockett Let’s refer to them as “the old bullets’ as they are far from being “old f…ts”! Campbell Alexander and Dave Herridge are having a great time in the worlds, with Alexander being particularly stoked about the sailing, while Herridge – a very silent type – simply gets on and does what has to be done at the front of the boat exceptionally well. In the first race yesterday Alexander told me that “20 knots came through on ... Read More »

Clipper. Punta Del Este Wins Race to Portimão

Punta del Este will be racing to its home port on a huge high after claiming a win in the opening race to Portimão in Portugal. Despite being as low as sixth in the standings earlier in the day, the Spanish Skipper of Punta del Este Skipper, Jeronimo Santos Gonzalez, used his local knowledge and, along with his crew, navigated the light winds off Portugal with precision to cross the finish line in first place. Says Sir Robin Knox-Johnston: “This ... Read More »

Flying 15 Worlds. RSA ‘Flying”

by Richard Crockett There is absolutely no information nor pics about the racing on this event in Ireland, other than the results – not even in the media or news section of the event either! That aside we have an old team of RSA sailors competing – and for their advancing age (both past the mid 60s and edging ever closer to their 70s) they are doing remarkably well in the 72-boat fleet. Campbell Alexander and Dave Herridge are lying ... Read More »

What the World Has Been Waiting For! Emirates Team New Zealand Launch Their First AC75

Emirates Team New Zealand has christened their first AC75 at their team base in the heart of the America’s Cup village in Auckland. The significant milestone was celebrated with the team, their families, sponsors and suppliers. The boat was christened “Te Aihe” (Dolphin) by Marcus Gerbich – member of the MND Foundation – and blessed by Ngati Whatua. Emirates Team New Zealand COO Kevin Shoebridge, who has overseen the development and launch of plenty of boats over the years, was ... Read More »

Marlow Ropes Partnership Strives for a Greener Future

The sixteenth year of partnership between the Clipper Race and Marlow Ropes will be marked with a shift towards a greener future. The world’s first mooring line to be made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles, Marlow Ropes Blue Ocean Dockline, has been rolled out across the fleet of 70′ racing yachts for the start of the biennial round the world yacht race. The latest initiative from British manufacturer, Marlow Ropes, has resulted in all mooring lines, for the 11 ... Read More »

Enright & Towill Set Sights on Third Race Around the World

Two-time Volvo Ocean Race participants Charlie Enright and Mark Towill, Co-Founders of 1 Degree, have announced that they have formally renewed their team’s sponsorship with 11th Hour Racing for a long-term and visionary campaign, with their eyes set on the 2021-22 “The Ocean Race.” The team will be named “11th Hour Racing” after its title sponsor with the team’s primary goal to win the world’s toughest crewed round-the-world sailing race, while engaging a broad audience and sailing fans across the ... Read More »

For the First Time in 360 Years, Some Compasses Will Actually Be Right

by Christian Cotroneo reproduced from Mother Nature Network ( If you try walking to the North Pole for some strange and ill-considered reason, you will be let down badly by your compass. It’s not as simple as following the “N” on the dial until you reach Santa’s workshop. Following the arrow would, in fact, take you to Ellesmere Island — the most northerly settlement in Canada. At more than 500 miles from the North Pole, you would still have a ... Read More »

Clipper Race. They’re Off

Some 220 ordinary people from all walks of life, representing 29 different nationalities, departed from St. Katharine Docks, London, in front of thousands of spectators, to embark on the twelfth edition of the epic 40,000 nautical mile global sailing challenge, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The Clipper Race is unique in that it trains everyday people to sail around the world. And 40 percent of participants have no sailing experience before signing up for the four weeks of ... Read More »

September 2019 Raymarine Sailors of the Month – Mike Hayton & David Rae

The Lipton Cup was a ‘hot’ event this year with the Cape 31s making their debut – and they did not disappoint as the racing was slick, fast and incredibly competitive. But one team ultimately stood out as the boat to beat as they were consistent, quick on all points of the wind, and managed to extricate themselves from being ‘dead on the water’ to real contenders by simply keeping their heads out of the boat and sailing hard and ... Read More »

African Optimist Champs. The Podium Was One Step Too High

by Richard Crockett Going into the final day Sean Kavanagh was on the podium in third place, and he had every chance of retaining that spot. But the final day was a tough one for him as he could only manage a 4 & 7 which pushed him off that coveted podium place. He sailed exceptionally well all week with results all in the top 10, his discard being an 8, and two fine victories in race 3 and 7. ... Read More »