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FLIR Introduces Assisted Docking Technology

FLIR Systems, Inc. today announced the Raymarine DockSense™ assisted docking system, the marine industry’s first intelligent object recognition and motion sensing assisted docking solution for recreational boating. DockSense system uses FLIR machine vision camera technology and video analytics to integrate intelligence gathered from surrounding imagery with the vessel’s propulsion and steering system to assist boat owners in tight quarter docking manoeuvring. Additionally, FLIR announced that Prestige Yachts, a Groupe Beneteau brand, will become the first to demonstrate the technology. Docking ... Read More »

GGR Day 204. Van Den Heede Regains the Initiative – for Now

The elastic between Jean-Luc Van Den Heede and Mark Slats has stretched in the Frenchman’s favour over the weekend allowing him to open up a 215-mile lead over his Dutch rival. A week ago, the difference in terms of distance to finish was just 28 miles. Both skippers have used up what remained of their 160 litre supply of diesel fuel, with Slats expending the last drop pushing his way through the windless high pressure system sitting over the Azores. ... Read More »

Jules Verne Trophy: Equator Record

At 07h45 UTC this morning, ‘Spindrift 2′ broke her own record by just over an hour, by crossing the Equator in 4 days 19 hours 57 minutes. This also gave the black and gold team an advantage of more than 23 hours (180 miles) over the current holders of the Trophy Jules Verne, ‘IDEC Sport’. This is the first challenge in the team’s quest to beat the round the world record. The time for the passage from Ushant to the ... Read More »

Dee Caffari: “I Love the Idea of the IMOCA”

Fresh back from a month in Australia where she finished sixth across the finish line on ‘Wild Oats X’, the Reichel Pugh 66, second overall in IRC, in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, Dee Caffari is taking time to plan for a future in which she wants to include The Ocean Race and does not discount a second attempt at the Vendée Globe. Skipper of the first mixed gender youth team ‘Turn The Tide On Plastic’ in the last Volvo, ... Read More »

Seascape Marine Services Appointed Zipwake Dealer

Seascape Marine Services in Cape Town have now added Zipwake Dynamic Trim Control Systems to its portfolio of quality marine products. Sweden’s Zipwake has teamed up with Seascape Marine Services in South Africa – a leading supplier of marine products and services representing brands such as Yanmar Marine, Hamilton Jet, Kohler Marine, D torque, Eliche Radice and Cox diesel outboards. Seascape, which is based in Cape Town, will represent Zipwake Dynamic Trim Control Systems in order to focus on the ... Read More »

Some Historic Sailing Pics

Mike Spruce, a follower of this blog has sent in two interesting pics. The first he titled “Launch day – ‘Voortrekker 1′” – so it dates back to 1968 – 51 years ago! The second is of the Sprog ‘Smokey’ – and is captioned as “Fred & Mike Spruce on Germiston Lake (VLC) in the dark ages. ‘Smokey’ sold to (I think) “Van” Milne, a lost Canadian in Africa. Memory fading – can’t recall who built Smokey (son’s name was ... Read More »

Jules Verne. Spindrift 2 on Her Way

Yann Guichard and his crew have started their world tour at Ushant, and to win the Jules Verne Trophy they have to re-cross the line by February 26 at 11h 16m 57sec UTC to break the record, held since 2017 by Francis Joyon and his crew, of 40 days 23h 30m 30s. The weather conditions were favourable at the Créac’h lighthouse, which marks one end of the start and finish line of the Jules Verne Trophy course, the round the ... Read More »

Lipton Cup. A “Battle Royal” is on the Cards!

The opening salvo has been fired in the annual contest for the Lipton Challenge Cup, one of SA’s oldest sporting trophies. In a letter yesterday to Royal Cape Yacht Club, current holders of the Cup, the Royal Natal Yacht Club’s Commodore Graham Rose formally issued the challenge. It was promptly accepted this morning by Royal Cape’s Commodore Vitor Medina, so it’s game on between the two long-standing rival clubs. Both Royal Natal and Royal Cape were recognised in the original ... Read More »

New Raymarine Element Sonar

Raymarine have launched a completely new line of Sonar/GPS navigation displays. This new Element line features Raymarine’s new HyperVision™ 1.2 megahertz sonar technology, quad-core performance, and their new LightHouse Sport operating system. Element Sonar: Turn Up the Resolution With an unprecedented built-in 6-channel sonar, Element delivers the sharpest view of the underwater world. HyperVision™ 1.2 megahertz super-high resolution CHIRP technology takes DownVision, SideVision, and RealVison 3D sonar to the next level of precision imaging and fish identification, letting anglers identify ... Read More »

GGR. Just 50 Miles Between Leading Boats

With less than 1,700 miles back to the finish in Les Sables d’Olonne, second placed Dutchman Mark Slats has sliced a further 393 miles out of Jean-Luc Van Den Heede’s lead In terms of distance to finish over the past 8 days. The gap is just 49 miles after Slats gained 205 miles in the past 48 hours. Jean-Luc, whose Rustler 36 ‘Matmut’ has led the Golden Globe Race since passing the Cape of Good Hope and at one stage ... Read More »

2300 Books About Sailing.

The oldest one dates from 1863 and the newest from 2017, and they include first editions and other collectibles. They cover every topic a sailor might want to know about: cruising, racing, navigation, design, boat building, repair, cruising destinations, dinghies, keelboats, great voyages, survival at sea (when a race or cruise didn’t go according to plan). Some have been a source of enjoyment, knowledge and reference and have contributed to Sailing Magazine over the last 30-plus years. Others are brand ... Read More »

New Attempt on Jules Verne Trophy Imminent

After two and a half months of stand-by, ‘Spindrift 2′ is preparing to leave for a new attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy. The crewed round the world sailing record has been held since 2017 by Francis Joyon, who completed the non-stop course in 40 days 23 hours 30 minutes. ‘Spindrift 2′, the giant black and gold 40 metre trimaran, is planning to leave the port of Brest for the start line off Ushant today. The time of just over ... Read More »

Earth’s Magnetic Field is Acting Up and Geologists Don’t Know Why

Erratic motion of north magnetic pole forces experts to update model that aids global navigation. Something strange is going on at the top of the world. Earth’s north magnetic pole has been skittering away from Canada and towards Siberia, driven by liquid iron sloshing within the planet’s core. The magnetic pole is moving so quickly that it has forced the world’s geomagnetism experts into a rare move. On 15 January, they are set to update the World Magnetic Model, which ... Read More »

Leave Beer Can Racing to the Amateurs

by Richard Crockett This title caught my eye as sometimes what we call ‘Wednesday Night Sailing’ and the Americans call ‘Beer Can Racing’, simply gets too competitive as the hot-shots try to exert their authority on those less experienced who are simply out to have fun while learning in a relaxed environment. The hot-shots shout loudly, call others rude names, pretend they know the Racing Rules of Sailing, and regularly threaten protests and other dastardly deeds. This is simply intimidation ... Read More »

George Lakes Yacht Club New Year Regatta & GP14 National Championships

by Malcolm Osborne George Lakes Yacht Club hosted the GP14 class National Championships as part of its annual New Year Regatta at the end of December. The National Championships for the Fireball class was also scheduled, but insufficient boats of this type entered. The two that did still sailed in the club regatta. The GP14 class mustered ten boats, with entrants from Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as the local fleet. There were eight boats in both the senior ... Read More »