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SAMSA Marine Notice No. 14 of 2019

  Open Test Phase for newly established very High Frequency (VHF) Digital Selective Calling (DSC) Maritime Radio Coastal Infrastructure. Summary 1. VHF DSC Testing 2. Short Range Certificate (SRC) Requirements 3. Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) Numbers 4. Global Positioning System (GPS) Inputs 5. Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Sea Area A1 – declaration 1. VHF DSC TESTING An extensive technical audit of the upgraded maritime radio coastal infrastructure took place on-board the M/V SA Agulhas during October 2018. ... Read More »

Man Crosses Atlantic in A Barrel

by Brian Hancock Some stories that you see floating by on your Facebook feed seem too ridiculous to be true and in many cases they are. But not this one. This one I first learned about last December when a Frenchman announced that he was leaving to float across the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel. No sail, no motor, nothing. He was planning (and hoping) that the prevailing wind, currents and waves would propel him all the way across the ... Read More »

RS Aero – Top Scorer in Olympic Single-Hander Evaluation Report

by Richard Crockett Will the decision to have the RS Aero as the Olympic singlehander from 2024 sound the death-knell for the Laser singlehanded dinghy? One would hope not as the trusty Laser has served so many yachties so well for so long now, that it almost has a cult-like following. I certainly know people who are besotted with their Lasers and the great sailing it has offered, not just on their local sailing patch, but internationally too as the ... Read More »

May 2019 Raymarine Sailor of the Month – Paul Lagesse

After several years of trying, and coming so close last year, Paul Lagesse finally won the Hobie 16 Nationals in 2019 offshore Durban. He managed this feat against a fleet that was smaller than usual, some 21 boats, but included perennial champion Blaine Dodds and regular Durban front runner Garth Louden, so was as high quality as ever. Making the feat more impressive Lagesse was without his long time experienced crewman, and was crewed this time by his 10 year ... Read More »

Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing Partners with the NSRI

Last week the first of two new Search and Rescue vessels was launched in Cape Town. After extensive research and development, the decision was made to have the first vessel, a 14m SAR ORC ‘Alick Rennie’ built to completion in France and the second vessel, the ‘Donna Nicholas’ built as a hull, deck and bulkheads in France, to be completed locally in South Africa. Both vessels were designed by naval architects Pantocarene and manufactured by Bernard Shipyard in France. ‘It ... Read More »

NSRI Welcomes Their New Generation Search and Rescue Vessel

The official welcoming party of the National Sea Rescue Institute’s new class of Search and Rescue vessel took place at Quay 4 last Saturday. About 400 guests joined the Sea Rescue team to celebrate the new highly sophisticated rescue vessels inclusion in the volunteer organisation’s Search and Rescue fleet. The NSRI is currently the only maritime rescue service operating in South African territorial waters and, although most rescues are coastal and inshore, an increasing number of these operations require search ... Read More »

Laser Nationals Final Results & Pics

Just a single race was permitted today, the final day, giving competitors a tally of 9 races and 2 discards. There were some standout performances with Chiara Fruet winning 7 of the 9 races in the 4.7 class. Cullen Keytel also achieved similar results in the Radial Class. In the Standard Laser Class Stefano Marcia won all but one race – discarding a 1st and 2nd. That was a fine result in a star-studded fleet littered with previous National Champions ... Read More »

Laser Nationals 2019 – Final Day & Results after 8 races

Today is the final day of this event, with at least 2 races scheduled.   The results in some of the divisions look settled, while in others there is some jockeying still to be done and old scores settled.   Liesl King has taken some great pics – so enjoy them here.   RESULTS HERE:   Read More »

Raymarine’s New LightHouse OS Update Revealed

New LightHouse Annapolis 3.9 operating system unlocks exciting new features and functionality for Raymarine MFDs Home to thousands of boaters, steeped in rich maritime tradition and a magnet for generations of sailors, powerboaters and fishermen, the coastal city of Annapolis is the inspiration behind the name of Raymarine’s latest LightHouse operating system update. Beginning with LightHouse 3.9, Raymarine is adopting alphabetical names for LightHouse OS updates that pay homage to the great boating destinations of the world. Whether you sail, ... Read More »

The Ocean Race Partners with Bluewater

The Ocean Race will partner with pure water provider Bluewater in a bid to reduce global reliance on single-use plastics. The collaboration builds upon the partnership during the past edition of the race to highlight the broad range of impacts plastic are having on ocean health and biodiversity. The new programme of work, with the official drinking water provider of The Ocean Race, will also explore ways education and science can help advance our understanding of the long-term effects of ... Read More »

Interview With Libby Greenhalgh

Two times Volvo Ocean Race navigator Libby Greenhalgh admits she is still in consolidation mode, looking for projects, after a mentally tough race on Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag. She joined the team in Melbourne as a replacement, stepping on board for Leg 4 which they went on to win. She admits she struggles daily trying to come to terms with the loss of John Fisher just over one year ago, but she is quietly determined to move her career on ... Read More »

Lessons Learned From Sailing Small Yachts in Extreme Conditions

by Richard Crockett When people like Sir Robin Knox-Johnston publish a report on the lessons learned from sailing small yachts in extreme conditions, including the 5 dismastings suffered during the 2018 GGR, we should ALL sit up and take note. Sadly too few people could be bothered to read, let alone study a report of this nature as too often the attitude is “I know it all anyway”; “It will NEVER happen to me” – and so much more. People ... Read More »

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede Crowned Winner of the Golden Globe Race

Exactly 50 years to the day that Sir Robin Knox-Johnston returned to Falmouth UK after 312 days at sea to become the first man to sail solo non-stop around the Globe, 73-year old Frenchman Jean-Luc Van Den Heede was crowned winner of the second Golden Globe Race in Les Sables d’Olonne, France. And all but two of Van Den Heede’s rivals made the pilgrimage to the Race finish port to applaud his performance in besting Sir Robin’s original circumnavigation by ... Read More »

Eden District Inter Schools Regatta

by Malcolm Osborne George Lakes Yacht Club hosted the annual Eden District Inter Schools Regatta this year. Entries were received from eight High Schools and seven Primary Schools from Mossel Bay, Knysna and George. The fleet sailing in the High Schools division had 29 boats and the Primary Schools division had 20 boats. On Saturday, a moderate south-easter was blowing, providing excellent sailing conditions for the more experienced, but the novices in both fleets found the going difficult and had ... Read More »

Racing with Purpose for Ocean Health

The Ocean Race and 11th Hour Racing have forged an historic partnership that brings sustainability initiatives to the heart of the race. The Ocean Race is building on its position as the sustainability leader in global sport by announcing a visionary partnership with 11th Hour Racing — the largest of its kind in sport. The legendary round-the-world sailing event and its premier partner will focus on a broad range of initiatives to promote the restoration of ocean health, embedding sustainability ... Read More »