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Singlehanded Round the World Record Attempt. Records Galore!

After 30 days at sea François Gabart has passed Cape Horn and is well ahead of the record at this point. Gabart has set the absolute record for crossing the Pacific after passing Cape Horn after 29 days 3 hours and 15 minutes at sea since the start. Gabart’s trimaran MACIF improved the record by 2 days 8 hours and 15 minutes the reference time for singlehanders, held since 2016 by Thomas Coville. His performance is all the more remarkable ... Read More »

Cape 31 Regatta. One-design Racing At its Very Best

by Richard Crockett In a pre-event comment I mentioned that the Cape 31 was being raced in anger for the first time over the weekend – and what close racing with many lead changes it was too. The comments form those who competed, plus from those relegated to watching from the sidelines who simply had to savour the moments, have been more than positive. In short, the Cape 31 quite simply provides far better one-design racing than ever expected. The ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Debutants Want More

Peter Burling, Carlo Huisman and Kyle Langford, the three under thirty sailors of Team Brunel, had their first real offshore stage in the Volvo Ocean Race. They look back on Leg 2 with satisfaction, but have higher ambitions for the rest of the race. Burling: we really made some big improvements. Burling: “It was an awesome leg. The conditions where quite changeable. We had plenty of heavy running to start with. It’s a bit of a shame we couldn’t challenge ... Read More »

Cape 31. Being Put to its First Real Test

by Richard Crockett Much was written and has been said about the Cape 31 project this year, although all has been relatively quiet since the launch of the first boat. That silence is not a bad thing as it has given the designer, builders and all involved in this project, time to sail the boat and make changes and improvements where necessary to make it the super-slick, super-fast and super-slippery boat everyone is expecting. Plus it has given those tasked ... Read More »

Yacht Were You Thinking?

An A-Z of Boat Names Good and Bad. By Jonathan Eyers review by Richard Crockett Boat names are something we all have different thoughts on. Some we love, some we hate and at others we simply shake our heads in despair as they are quite simply embarrassing. Good ones are very rare. One also needs to remember that a boat name could affect its resale value as some people are superstitious enough NOT to want to rename it. What I ... Read More »

December 2017 Sailor of the Month – Mike Hayton

Mike Hayton’s Nitro sailing team are now in their fourth year of campaigning in Cape Town, and not only do their results continue to impress, but they’ve now started competing in the offshore races being offered, and their results there are nothing to be scoffed at! In the two offshore races this year, Nitro has taken both line and handicap honours twice, while setting a new record in the Mossel Bay race. They have just won, both on line and ... Read More »

Book Review. Voyaging with Kids

A guide to family life afloat. by Behan Gifford, Sarah Dawn Johnson & Michael Robertson review by Richard Crockett So many dreams of sailing the world are dashed because families cannot reconcile the matter of kids aboard. Hopefully this book will dispel that and turn dreams into realities. After all, heading out to sea with your children may be the most rewarding thing you do. The three authors have each voyaged thousands of miles with children aboard, so they provide ... Read More »

Clipper Race Yacht Salvage Operation Update

It’s been less than one month since Greenings ran aground on the opening day of leg 3: Whilst the rest of the fleet has now completed the race into Fremantle, Western Australia, the salvage operation to remove the yacht from the Cape Peninsula is also now close to completion. At the time of the incident on 31 October, all crew were quickly and safely evacuated from the yacht by local rescue services, the NSRI, with no injuries reported. After being ... Read More »

Land Rover Bar to Recycle and Reuse Carbon Fibre

Land Rover BAR are working with ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd (ELG) to ensure that the carbon fibre process waste and end-of-use components from their America’s Cup test and race boats are recycled as far as possible, to promote the most economic and environmentally efficient use of this valuable material. WATCH: How Land Rover BAR recycle and reuse America’s Cup test and race boats Carbon fibre is energy intensive to manufacture and most waste currently goes into landfill. With ELG onboard ... Read More »

Yacht Racing Forum Success

More than 270 delegates and experts from around the world gathered in Aarhus, Denmark, to discuss some of the sport’s biggest opportunities and challenges at the tenth edition of the Yacht Racing Forum. There were different points of view aired and shared, and ideas to propagate from Denmark and back out to the wider world. Top of the Sport Giving the keynote speech to open the forum, Andy Claughton, former chief technology officer of Land Rover BAR, was not a ... Read More »

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award

SEE ALL THE WINNING PICS HERE. German photographer Sören Hese wins the 2017 award. 134 photographers spanning 27 countries submitted a picture for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2017. Sören Hese wins the main prize, whilst the delegates from the Yacht Racing Forum and World Sailing’s annual conference elected Tomàs Moya. Zita Kovács obtained most votes on the social networks and wins the Public Award. The international jury decided to honour German photographer Sören Hese and his surprising picture ... Read More »

SAILING Books – Book Sale

Books make an ideal Christmas gift, so get your favourite sailor a sailing book NOW as stocks are limited – and prices have been SLASHED dramatically! Queries and orders to: Prices DO NOT include postage & packing. Postage – Insured Parcel post – delivery about 5 working days ; R60 – R90 depending on the size and number of books. Postage – Postnet to Postnet – 2 working days up to 5kgs ; R99   Read More »

NSRI Issue Full Moon Spring Tide Warning

The NSRI are urging extreme public caution around the coast over this coming weekend and during the December vacation period and festive season that is now upon us. The FULL MOON SPRING TIDE peaks on Sunday 3 December. With the approaching full moon Spring Tide beach bathers and shoreline anglers are most at risk. This full moon Spring Tide which peaks on Sunday 3 December means that from about Thursday 30 November high tide and low tides will gradually start ... Read More »

Introducing the Next Generation of Powered Hatch Screens

New Product Introducing the Next Generation of Powered Hatch Screens For 27 years, Oceanair have been providing simple yet elegant hatch screens to the marine industry. The SKYSCREEN Powered brings the latest advancement in almost three decades of designing blinds for hatches, and the most innovative yet! Using Oceanair’s DAME Nominated Powered Roof Blind System, the SKYSCREEN Powered is available with recessed or concealed installation and the modular design keeps simplicity at its heart. Available with white or beige hardware, ... Read More »

Mirabaud Sailing Video Awards

Fifty-five TV producers spanning twelve countries submitted their best video for the inaugural Mirabaud Sailing Video Award. SEE ALL THE WINNING VIDEOS HERE. The winner, selected by the international jury, is Swiss TV producer Roman Brunisholz, thanks to a video that mixes emotion and great imagery with a strong message. Vendée Globe veteran Kito de Pavant won the Special Jury Award. OPTIMISM – By Roman Brunisholz, wins the Mirabaud Sailing Video Award! His video features a 10 years old girl, ... Read More »