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For Sale: Dudley Dix design Hout Bay 40 – ‘Carpe’ Diem’

Price: R700 000.00. Mooring: NOT included Contact Rick: 072 600 1009; 021-842 2781 or Carpe’ Diem, a Dudley Dix designed Hout Bay 40, was professionally built by Brian Allcock and Colin van Oudtshoorn and their team. She is a really good looking old fashioned traditional steel Gaff Cutter. Launched in November 1992 at the False Bay Yacht Club, Simon’s Town. Carpe’ Diem has just been fitted with new window “glass” and has been antifouled and painted. She has a ... Read More »

Bart’s Bash 2017 – The Biggest Sailing Event in the World

16-17 September The Andrew Simpson Foundation, the UK-based Sailing Charity with a global reach, sits at the epicentre of the unique annual sailing event, the biggest sailing event in the world, Bart’s Bash, which this year takes place over the weekend of 16-17 September. This is the 4th Bart’s Bash and the event management team is delighted to announce the launch of the 2017 SIGN-UP campaign marked by a Call to Action video created by their supporter Sunset+Vine. Watch the ... Read More »

Volvo Penta. ‘Made to Move You’

“We spin, roll, propel, lift and power those who move with the elements. This is what we stand for at Volvo Penta. This is who we are,” says Kina Wileke, senior vice president, brand, communication and marketing at Volvo Penta. “In this way, our new ‘Made to move you’ tagline complements our brand across all the different types of business that we support. Customers within different industries and areas of interest will be able to make their own interpretations of ... Read More »

Book Review: The Cape Horner’s’ Club

by Adrian Flanagan Published by Bloomsbury Review by Richard Crockett Until I read this, I was unaware that there is an official Cape Horners Club – aptly named the International Association of Cape Horners (IACH). The association keeps a register of those who apply for membership – those who don’t do not feature. The reason for bringing this up front is that there are no South Africans on their register that I can see. A pity! Cape Horners are a ... Read More »

First Full Carbon Sailing Cat Launched

Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing, one of South Africa’s most experienced boat builders, has recently launched the M60 Full Carbon High-performance Sailing Catamaran, which will be on display at this year’s Cape Town International Boat Show. Built from lightweight and extremely strong carbon throughout, this vessel is designed for high performance cruising in the Caribbean and beyond. With an overall length of 18m, an 8.76m beam, 167m2 sail area – and supplemented with two 38hp diesel motors – this is an ... Read More »

Finn Winter Challenge at Pretoria Sailing Club

The weather is always unpredictable in August, but sailing conditions are usually good. This year a minor cold front was passing to the south of Pretoria, resulting in a stiff and gusty northerly berg wind on Saturday, which dissipated overnight and left behind a light and fluky north-westerly on Sunday. Sixteen Finns took part in the regatta; a smaller turnout than usual, but it was a very competitive fleet. Only two ‘Classics’ were on the entry list this time; all ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Approaching the Doldrums

The Doldrums Corridor is fast approaching and with current weather predictions favouring teams towards the back of the fleet, it will be tactically fascinating to watch over the coming days. While yet to officially enter the Doldrums Corridor, the latest weather reports show the Intertropical Convergence Zone, or dreaded Doldrums as it is commonly known, is north, giving the fleet a taste of what is to come. Visit Seattle Skipper Nikki Henderson, currently in fourth place, reports: “Last night we ... Read More »

Garmin Competition. Win a Garmin Quatix 5 Watch

To enter the competition one must read the review on this product, written by William Crockett, and then answer the question. Read the Garmin Quatix 5 Review HERE • The competition is open to residents in South Africa ONLY. • Restricted to 1 entry per email address. • A simple question must be answered as part of the entry requirements. • The prize may not be exchanged for cash or any other product. • There is just 1 prize which ... Read More »

Product Review: Garmin Quatix 5

by William Crockett I’m a lover of gadgets, and especially new technology. ‘Wearables’ is a buzzword in the tech world these days. The latest offering from Garmin, specifically a wearable designed for sailors, is the Quatix 5. This is more than just an upgrade on the popular ‘Quatix 3’. The Quatix 5 is built on the popular and widely regarded ‘Fenix’ platform. To start off, I was given the Fenix 5 ‘Sapphire’ variant for two weeks to test, and that ... Read More »

NEW: Western Cape Offshore Circuit

  by Richard Crockett Now here’s a great concept that will give an additional boost to Western Cape offshore sailing, not that it needs it as it is already booming. But every new initiative simply lifts the bar, gives those really competitive individuals an opportunity to strutt their stuff, while those who simply want to compete and get hard earned experience are catered for too. This circuit not only takes the interests of ‘round the cans’ sailors into account, but ... Read More »