Author Archives: Sailing website

USCG Marine Safety Alert

Let us enlighten you about LED lighting! Potential interference of VHF-FM Radio and AIS Reception. The U.S. Coast Guard has received reports from crews, ship owners, inspectors and other mariners regarding poor reception on VHF frequencies used for radiotelephone, digital selective calling (DSC) and automatic identification systems (AIS) when in the vicinity of light emitting diode (LED) lighting on-board ships (e.g., navigation lights, searchlights and floodlights, interior and exterior lights, adornment). All boat owners using VHF marine radio and AIS ... Read More »

SAS. What’s it Doing for Me?

By Richard Crockett That headline is a question the hierarchy of SAS should be asking every time they make decisions about the sport – as it is the single most asked question of all yachties in this country. For those ‘doubters’ out there, SAS does in fact do things for it’s members, often things that are not really visible, but which need to be done to maintain the sport on an even keel. Now here is something that SAS is ... Read More »

Books on Sailing – FOR SALE

SAILING has a massive library of books for sale – with the oldest dating way back to 1863 (yes, 1863!) – covering almost every single conceivable subject on the sport from anchoring to yarns. Authors include Bernard Moitessier; Uffa Fox, Sir Francis Chichester; Erick Hiscock and many, many more. If you are interested in buying some books, please send an email to: – and you will be sent the full list as an Excel file. Read More »

Vixen of Victoria B.C.

By Richard Crockett While working on the SAILING Mag archives in the last few days I stumbled across 2 pics of a very old yacht taken in Durban Bay, so chose to do some super sleuthing to find out more. My sleuthing took me to some editorial David Cox wrote in the January 2010 issue of SAILING. Having refreshed my memory I took to the internet and found a Blog entitled: Vixen’s Voyage – Around the World in a 34-foot ... Read More »

Lipton Cup. It’s Future is Now in the Hands of the Clubs

by Richard Crockett The well-being and future of this unique inter-club challenge now lies in the hands of Clubs to decide it’s future. All those with a say in this matter have a huge responsibility – so please consider ALL the alternatives very carefully before casting your vote. The full letter from the Lipton Trustees to the Clubs is included in this post as it contains a lot of background and additional information. It is a ‘MUST READ” and can ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. Philippe Péché heads for Cape Town

Over the weekend, French yachtsman Philippe Péché fashioned a repair to the aluminium tiller on his Rustler 36 PRB, but without self steering, has decided to head to Cape Town under reduced sail. This morning, the 57-year old professional from La Trinité Sur Mer, who had led the Golden Globe Race almost continuously since the start from Les Sables d’Olonne on 1 July, was making 2.9 knots in 25 knot headwinds and expecting to take 13 to 17 days to ... Read More »


The story of Dongfeng Race Team’s triumph in the Volvo Ocean Race. Think you know what it takes to win the Volvo Ocean Race? Think again. Check this out – the full story of how Dongfeng Race Team conquered the unofficial world championship of fully-crewed offshore ocean racing… VIEW THE VIDEO HERE Read More »

Polish tall ship “Dar Młodzieży” to Visit Cape Town

The year 2018 is a very special and important date for Poland. One hundred years ago in November 1918, after 123 years of foreign rule, captivity and oppression, Poland regained its independence. As part of the centenary celebrations of Polish independence, the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation of the Republic of Poland and Gdynia Maritime Academy initiated the organization of an Independence Sail. “Tell the world how beautiful Poland is” – the minister of Maritime Economy and Inland ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. Loss of Steerage in 50 Knot Winds

Philippe Péché made an emergency call to the Golden Globe Race HQ to report that the tiller on his Rustler 36 yacht PRB had broken in 45 – 50 knot winds and he had no steering. The Frenchman, who was lying in second place, reported that he had dropped all sail and was leaving the yacht to drift until the winds abate before assessing his options. He told race organisers last night that the spare parts he carried for the ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Bruce McCurrach

by Richard Crockett It’s not often one can refer to someone as a ‘legend’, but Bruce Mc was simply that and I am very privileged to have known and worked with him. He was a very fine sailor, but modest, humble and liked by everyone. I am not going to write much more than this about him as his nephew Steve McCurrach has supplied some good insights into this legend. I am indeed honoured that several years ago Bruce sent ... Read More »

Historical. ‘JAG Voortrekker’?

By Richard Crockett In archiving 2 very large boxes of material I have on the original Voortrekker from dream to conception, I came across reference to it being named ‘JAG Voortrekker’ for the 1969 European season. I have so far come across no further reference to that name, other than in the crew selection correspondence. David Abromowitz was one of the crew, and he too cannot shed any light on this reference! He can however remember doing Cowes Week, The ... Read More »

Finn Gold Cup. Consistency an Issue

By Richard Crockett Only a handful of Finn sailors managed anything approaching consistency yesterday on the fifth day of the 2018 Finn Gold Cup at the Hempel Sailing World Championships 2018 in Aarhus, Denmark. Scoring a second from last and then a second place, European champion Ed Wright took a seven-point lead at the top after two more races on Tuesday. With racing lost on Monday, three races were scheduled for Tuesday, however delay followed delay as the day got ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. Day 37: East is least … but is West best?

This week should determine who leads the Golden Globe Race. Forget the computer standings. As this fleet of singlehanders bash their way through the South East Trade winds towards the Roaring Forty latitudes of the South Atlantic, all eyes are on the South Atlantic High pressure system and the effect this will have on the leaders. Dutchman Mark Slats sailing the Rustler 36 Ohpen Maverick may be back in 11th on the leader board, but is the furthest south on ... Read More »

Historical. Ratsey & Lapthorn Sailmakers

by Richard Crockett In sorting through my archives I am coming across some really interesting items, and this professionally compiled 3-ring binder ‘sample book’ from Ratsey & Lapthorn, Ltd Sail Makers in 1960, caught my attention for several reason. Incidentally Ratsey & Lapthorn was founded in 1790 – and is a company still in business today with their loft in Cowes, and consider themselves to be ‘The Rolls Royce of Sail Making’. The samples and explanations of each different sailcloth ... Read More »

Hot off the dock – NEW Sunsail website for South Africa

Liesl Nel, Sales & Marketing Manager – South Africa for Sunsail; The Moorings and Le Boat Marine Divisions has announce the launch of the NEW Sunsail South Africa website @ Sunsail Sailing Holidays continue to offer the best bareboat, skippered and flotilla holidays in Croatia, Greece, Spain, the Seychelles, Thailand and the Caribbean. Our holidays are about seeing the world from a different perspective, discovering unspoilt spots only reachable by water. It is now easier than ever to book ... Read More »