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Volvo Ocean Race. Advantage Ebbs and Flows – and Record Being Eyed!

The fleet is beginning to converge after a big split early in Leg 9. But who will come out with the advantage is not yet clear. Conditions for the next 30 hours are favourable for posting big miles – and some sailors are talking about breaking the 24-hour distance record. With the wind above 25 knots, the sea relatively flat, and the wind angle favourable to the Volvo Ocean 65s, there is a possibility of breaking the 24-hour distance sailed ... Read More »

Twin Spacecraft Launch to Track Earth’s Water Movement

A joint U.S./German space mission to track the continuous movement of water and other changes in Earth’s mass on and beneath the planet’s surface successfully launched on Tuesday from the California coast. The twin spacecraft of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO), a joint NASA/German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) mission, lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, sharing their ride into space with five ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Advantage to the South As Fleet Splits

by Richard Crockett Now a few days in to the leg, and all settled down to their routines at sea, we have a fascinating battle on our hands with two distinct groups in the fleet both looking for supremacy from their chosen routes. Most telling is that both MAPFRE and Dongfeng are not letting each other out of their sights so to speak, as MAPFRE covered Dongfeng when she went north. These two teams are slugging it out for overall ... Read More »

Richards Bay Lighthouse Demolished

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has erected a temporary light and structure on the site of the old Richards Bay lighthouse to guide vessels navigating the surrounding waters. This follows the recent demolition of the 39-year-old lighthouse due to severe coastal erosion. The new, temporary structure was successfully commissioned on 1 April 2018 after a period of testing and calibration. The steel structure was fabricated by a local company, while the LED long range beacon was shipped from the United ... Read More »

New Data Reveals Microplastics in World’s Remotest Ocean

The samples were taken close to Point Nemo, the furthest point from land on Earth, where the nearest humans are on the International Space Station. The Volvo Ocean Race Science Programme found levels of plastic in areas of the Southern Ocean that have never before been tested. The groundbreaking data is set to be released today (18th May) at the Volvo Ocean Race Ocean Summit, which explores the issues and solutions to the plastic crisis, at the Race stopover in ... Read More »

South African Clipper Race Skipper Claims First Win

Dare To Lead, skippered by Capetonian Dale Smyth, has taken first place in the 4,100 nautical mile Race 10 from Seattle, USA, to Panama, one of the closest races so far in the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race. Race 10, officially known as the Garmin American Challenge, was dominated by light winds, which compressed the Clipper Race fleet of eleven identical 70-foot ocean racing yachts. This resulted in the teams being in either visual or AIS range for ... Read More »

Is Calling A Bucket “Innovative” An Exaggeration?

The word “innovative” is oft-used, but rarely in reference to a pail. With Shurhold Industries’ One Bucket System, the term is almost insufficient. Creatively designed and engineered, it stores and organizes boat cleaning products in one convenient, portable location and functions as a highly effective wash station. The One Bucket System starts with the World’s Best Rope Handle Bucket. Made in the USA of durable moulded plastic that’s thicker than average, it has a soft 2cm braided nylon rope handle ... Read More »

World Sailing Olympic Decisions

World Sailing fully embrace IOC Olympic Agenda 2020 with proposed events for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition that are gender equal, youthful, universal and include four mixed events following the decisions made at the 2018 Mid-Year Meeting in London. From 10-15 May 2018, more than 200 delegates met in London for the meetings of the Board, Events Committee, Equipment Committee and World Sailing’s Council. Discussions on the Paris 2024 Olympic Events ebbed and flowed and the sports stakeholders sought ... Read More »

Response to World Sailing Petition re 2024 Olympics Equipment Selection

by Roy Dunster Anyone has the right to start a petition. However, when it’s as misleading as the one about the equipment for the 2024 Sailing Olympic Games, it deserves a response. Some of the impressions that you might have from the petition motivation: 1. Our sport is under imminent threat! 2. The very future of our sport is at risk! 3. Accessible classes like the Laser Radial will be excluded from the Olympics! 4. Up to 8 of the ... Read More »

Lorima Joins the Wichard Group

  Lorima, one of the leaders in carbon masts and boom manufacturing, joins the Wichard Group, which reinforces its position in the boating industry. This union is the result of the collaboration between Lorima and Sparcraft – one of the Group subsidiaries – for the rigging equipment supplied on the new foiled Figaro 3. Lorima has achieved a high level expertise in carbon technologies as well as a great knowledge of the ocean offshore racing, maxi yachts and shipyards. Thanks ... Read More »

In Memoriam – Ankie Roux

by Richard Crockett Harken South Africa this morning announced the passing of Ankie Roux, their CEO, on Thursday evening after post-operative complications. I have always enjoyed a very good relationship with Ankie who was always a man willing to listen and support thoughts and ideas put to him. He was a great supporter of our sport, and especially SAILING Magazine, which is how I got to know him. A passionate sailor, astute businessman and friend to many who will be ... Read More »

A Record Wave Height Measured in the Southern Ocean

On 9 May the MetOcean Solutions wave buoy moored in the Southern Ocean recorded a massive 23.8 m wave. “This is a very exciting event and to our knowledge it is largest wave ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere,” says Senior Oceanographer Dr Tom Durrant. “Our own previous record was one year ago when we measured a 19.4 m wave, and before that in 2012 an Australian buoy recorded a maximum individual wave (Hmax) of 22.03 m. So, this is ... Read More »

Where is Sailing Actually Headed?

By Richard Crockett Has World Sailing (WS), the governing body of our sport, finally lost the plot? It’s tough enough as it is getting bums on boats, but now they have launched the eSailing World Championship – or should it be ‘Chumpionship’! Yes, a world championship where one does not have to leave the comfort of your armchair, nor get your favourite slippers wet, all the while having limitless stocks of your favourite tipple close to hand! It’s simply all ... Read More »

An Uneasy Feeling

by Richard Crockett I have followed the ‘politics’ of sailing in this country for many years now, especially the role our various State Owned Entities and other government bodies that affect our sport – that being recreational boating, and in my case, specifically recreational sailing. My uneasiness comes from the fact that Transnet, and more specifically TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority), appears to have placed a target on the back of recreational boating, and is slowly but surely shooting arrows ... Read More »

Hunter News &  Nationals 2018

by James King Another year another Nationals. For a number of reasons we didn’t have a particularly large fleet this year, but by jolly did we have a competitive one. I got to watch the action from the back of the fleet and it was fierce. Small mistakes were punished. The first weather mark rounding’s can only be described as a dog show. For me it was a real privilege to get to sail in and amongst these boats, albeit ... Read More »