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Zhik 29er Worlds. RSA Team Extend Overall Lead

by Richard Crockett Our young, and should I say up-and-coming 29er team, have so far outperformed a hot fleet, all the while racing far beyond where they ever expected to be in this competition. And believe me, it’s not luck that has seen them get this far, it’s sheer guts, determination and smart training under the guidance of smart people that have seen them scale to these heights – and absolutely nothing else. Yesterday they finished the day with a ... Read More »

Gul Mirror Worlds. Leoto & White Finish 8th as Top RSA Team

by Richard Crockett Frustration in not being able to access good information has been a hallmark of this event. Sad, as we have had some good RSA performances, yet very little feedback. However Howard Leoto & Shane White put the disappointment of their penultimate race OCS behind them and had a cracker final race finishing 4th – and being the top South Africans in 8th overall, equal on points with 7th overall. What a great performance by this pair who ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Onboard Reporters Are the Most Important People in the Race

Often unsung heroes and out of the limelight, the Volvo Ocean Race On Board Reporters (OBRs) are in many respects the most important people in this marathon race as they alone send the news, pics, excitement and ups and downs of the race back ashore for all of us to be kept up-to-date – while turning the race into an almost ‘live’ event. Featuring hardened media pros from six nations around the world, the group of Onboard Reporters for the ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Mapfre Sign Up Two Female Stars

Mapfre have completed their squad for 2017-18 by naming two female sailors – Spanish Olympic gold medallist Támara Echegoyen and Volvo Ocean Race star Sophie Ciszek. The addition of Echegoyen is notable for two reasons – she is the first Spanish woman ever to compete in the race, and she takes Mapfre’s Olympic medal count to five. “It’s been months of hard work, but I am very happy with the result because thanks to the help of everyone and especially ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Liz Wardley Joins Turn the Tide on Plastic

Turn the Tide on Plastic skipper Dee Caffari has named her first crew member of the 2017-18 edition by signing up two-time Volvo Ocean Race veteran Liz Wardley. The Australian, who first competed in the Race in 2001-02 onboard Amer Sports Too, and more recently was part of Team SCA’s 2014-15 campaign, joins the team as Boat Captain. Liz made her name winning numerous titles in the Hobie Cat 16 class, before becoming the first woman to win the Sydney-Hobart ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Dee Caffari will lead ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’

Britain’s Dee Caffari will lead ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ – a mixed, youth focussed team with a strong sustainability message in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. Her campaign, already backed by the Mirpuri Foundation and Ocean Family Foundation, is dedicated to the issue of ocean health. Caffari’s ambition is to build a multi-national, 50-50 male/female squad, with the majority under 30 years of age. As part of the sustainability focus, the messages around diversity in age and gender will ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Brazil’s Olympic Gold Medallist Martine Grael to Race

Team AkzoNobel have added Martine Grael, the Brazilian sailing gold medallist from the 2016 Olympics in Rio, to their crew for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. The 26-year-old is the daughter of race legend Torben Grael – Brazil’s most successful Olympic sailor of all-time, with five medals – and she will be joining an AkzoNobel squad that features three members of her father’s all-conquering Ericsson 4 team in 2008-09: British navigator Jules Salter, and watch leaders Brad Jackson from New ... Read More »

Gul Mirror Worlds. Leoto & White Still in Top 10 Despite OCS

by Richard Crockett An OCS in the final race of the day blotted what was looking like a good day for Howard Leoto & Shane White who opened the day with a 7th. With an OCS and a DNF they have in effect sailed their discards as the second discard has come into play – yet remain in 9th spot overall with just 1 race remaining today. Paul & Polly Changuion had a 20 & 14 for the day, with ... Read More »

Zhik 29er Worlds. RSA on TOP Podium Step

by Richard Crockett My sailing mentor, a guy by the name of Robin Standing, who crewed for John Sully on FDs way back in the ‘60s, always said, and indeed drummed into our heads, that consistency wins regattas, not just a string of first places. How true this is, and just looking at the results the dynamic duo of Benji Daniel and Alex Burger have strung together in the first 4 races of the 29er Worlds Gold Fleet (the finals!), ... Read More »

Rolex Fastnet Race. Why It’s Such A Compelling Race

This classic race starts on Sunday 6 August, just a few days away. It’s well known as a classic, but why? All is revealed here. A True Test The Rolex Fastnet Race is legendary within the world of ocean racing. First run in 1925 and held biennially since the 1930s, the 605 nautical mile race is one of the true tests of offshore sailing. Rolex has been a committed partner of the organizers, the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), for ... Read More »