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Brunel Now Equal First on Leader Board

Brunel has completed one of the great comebacks in sailing, setting up an epic final leg to The Hague next week in what will be the closest Volvo Ocean Race in history. Three teams – MAPFRE, Team Brunel and Dongfeng Race Team – will start the final leg in a dead heat at the top of the table, with the overall title on the line. It’s an unprecedented scenario in the 45-year history of the race. On a rainy, blustery ... Read More »

VOR. Storm Hector Produces Some of the Biggest Weather

Dongfeng Race Team is pushing hard in the final stages of a thundering Leg 10 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 from Cardiff to Gothenburg, as the fleet rampages towards Sweden in 35 knots of wind and big seas produced by Storm Hector. This short 1,300-nautical mile sprint leg is producing some of the wildest weather of the entire race as the crews head east across the North Sea towards the southern tip of Norway, with the finish expected late ... Read More »

From the Archives – Crystic Week 1992

By Richard Crockett The MSC Regatta gets going again on 2 July. The July week of sailing off Durban is an event steeped in history, and which started off in the ‘70s as Mainstay Week, became the Crystic Ocean Challenge, Crystic Week and then the NCS Week. Here are some archived press cuttings from the 1992 Crystic Week event. Click on each of the links below to open them. NCS Regatta 1992 01 NCS Regatta 1992 02 NCS Regatta 1992 ... Read More »

MSC Week incorporating J22 Nationals and L26 Provincials

Offshore of Durban: 2 – 6 July With the annual MSC Week almost upon us, crews are busy getting their boats in ship-shape for the five day regatta hosted by Point Yacht Club offshore of Durban from 2 – 6 July. Joining the MSC fleet are two of the biggest one class design classes in South African sailing. The J22s will be hosting their highly competitive nationals, together with the L26 Provincials. The L26s will be using this event as ... Read More »

MAPFRE Leads Fleet North of Scotland

The Spanish team MAPFRE shot into the lead of the penultimate Volvo Ocean Race leg as the fleet rocketed round the coast of Scotland. The painfully light and fickle winds that dogged the seven teams as they crossed a high pressure ridge was been replaced by powerful south-westerlies that were blasting them north-east at breakneck speeds. The onboard speedos were screaming into the mid-20s as winds built to more than 25 knots around ten miles off the coast of Scotland’s ... Read More »


The Notice of Race for Cape to Rio 2020 has been posted on the event website ( The Cape to Rio is an Ocean Race across the South Atlantic between Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro, linking two of the world’s most beautiful sea ports. The first edition of the race dates back to 1971, and many legends of international yachting have competed in the event. “The race connects the iconic, exotic and historic into an incredible cocktail of deep ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race Fleet Tackles Tricky Transition

The Volvo Ocean Race teams were pointing in completely the opposite direction to the Leg 10 finish line on Tuesday as they attempted to cross a windless ridge of high-pressure that could hold the key to overall victory. In a bizarre twist, the seven teams found themselves heading due west on Tuesday afternoon (UTC), away from the finish port of Gothenburg, Sweden, as they battled to get across the ridge 100 miles off the Irish coast. After almost two days ... Read More »

1973 Cape to Rio Race Captured

  by Richard Crockett This image is just one of many that appeared in the Weekend Argus on the day after the start of the 1973 race. I was fortunate enough to have been given a complete copy of that Weekend Argus, so have been able to extract all references to the race. In that issue of the Weekend Argus alone there were 13 different articles, many accompanied with pics, on the start of this iconic race. It’s a treasure-trove ... Read More »

Dongfeng Race Team Leads Past Fastnet Rock

The Volvo Ocean Race’s overall leaders Dongfeng Race Team were at the head of the fleet on Monday as the teams passed the iconic Fastnet Rock off Ireland’s southern tip. With just under 24 hours of Leg 10 complete less than three miles split the top six boats as the light wind start to the penultimate stage of the race continued. Since leaving the Welsh capital city Cardiff on Sunday the fleet has been dogged by fickle breeze, covering less ... Read More »

Harbour Clean Up

As part of the World Ocean’s Day, Point Yacht Club hosted a harbour clean up last Saturday. Over 300 people flocked down to the marina-based yacht club, with teams cleaning the shore and others being ferried to the island by boat. 400 bags of litter were collected in just over two hours and included in the clean-up were two plastic yellow road barriers that were buried on the island. The event co-organised by PYC sailor, Neil Millar from Winds of ... Read More »

Book Review. Knox-Johnston on Seamanship & Seafaring

Book Review Knox-Johnston on Seamanship & Seafaring by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston Published by Fernhurst Books Orders & Enquiries HERE It is fitting that this book has been published just days before the Falmouth Parade of Sail for Suhaili and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston on Sunday 14 June. On 14th June 1968 Robin Knox-Johnston set sail from Falmouth to take part in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race – the first, non-stop, single-handed sailing race around the world. He was an unknown ... Read More »

Suhaili 50 – Falmouth Parade of Sail Commemoration

On 14 June 1968 Robin Knox-Johnston left Falmouth in his 32-foot boat Suhaili, one of the smallest boats to enter the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. Knox-Johnston won the race and become officially the first person to circumnavigate the globe non-stop and single-handed on 22 April 1969, the day he returned to Falmouth. It is fitting that 50 years after starting this race, Suhaili and Sir Robin are being honoured with a parade of sail this weekend (11 – 14 ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race 2020. Updated Notice of Race

An updated version of the Cape to Rio Race ‘Notice of Race’ has been published. The UPDATED Notice of Race is: version 1.2 issued on 5 June 2018. Starts time for the various divisions are of interest: 10 START TIME AND PLACE, COURSES, FINISH 10.1 The Start will be in Table Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. There will be two starts and courses: a) Start 1: Cape to Rio via St Helena Island •·Start Thursday 2nd January 2020 at 1400B ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. The Final Showdown

by Richard Crockett The race is now at the ‘do or die’ stage, with the final two legs being absolutely crucial to winning overall. With just two days to go until the start of Leg 10, the 1,300nm sprint from Cardiff to Gothenburg, Charles Caudrelier, skipper of Dongfeng Race Team, says winning one of the final two legs is the top priority. Caudrelier knows his crew has to do a lot more than simply defend its position as this race ... Read More »

Free Classified Adverts

Like most yachties, you in all likelihood have a garage bursting with old sailing equipment – whether old boats, fittings, sails, spars, winches, rudders, centerboards, dollies or trailers. Our Free Classified adverts on the SAILING Mag Blog now provide you with an easy way to de-clutter and turn some of your old ‘stuff’ into cash with the SAILING Mag Blog FREE Classifieds so that you free up space in your garage. Adverts can now be submitted online HERE So if ... Read More »