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Safety Warning About Keel Failures on Sailing Yachts

The British Government Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has issued a safety bulletin following the failure of a shallow draught, lead keel fitted to a commercial yacht on 7 December 2017. The bulletin contains details on the background of the incident, the initial findings, yachts fitted with similar keels and a safety lesson. A full report will be published when the investigation is complete. In the interim Read More HERE Read More »

Finn Gold Cup. A BIG Day for Shilton Today

by Richard Crockett To many the Finn Class Gold Cup, effectively their World Championship, is ‘the’ ultimate dinghy sailing championship. It’s a tough boat that takes tough men to tame it and ultimately sail it fast. It’s not for the feint-hearted. Dave Shilton started off this event with a huge first race in this grouping by finishing 5th overall, a result which would have been good for his moral and confidence on what is likely to be the biggest event ... Read More »

Finn Gold Cup. Dave Shilton Opens with A Top Result.

The Hempel Sailing World Championships 2018 in Aarhus, Denmark for the Finn Gold Cup got off to a slow start on Thursday after only one race was possible as the gradient and thermal breezes fought all day long. When the sea breeze finally won late in the afternoon, racing was in a shifty race in 8-12 knots of wind. The Finns were unusually split into groups, and even more unusually the groups were sailing separately, meaning that yellow group was ... Read More »

Bermuda Triangle Mystery ‘Solved’?

The infamous body of water in the North Atlantic ocean stretches 700,000km between Florida, Bermuda and Puerto-Rico BRITISH scientists believe 100ft ‘rogue’ waves could be the reason why so many boats have been sunk in the mysterious Bermuda Triangle. The infamous body of water in the western part of the North Atlantic ocean stretches 700,000 square km between Florida, Bermuda and Puerto-Rico. Also known as the Devil’s Triangle, the area features multiple shipping lanes and has claimed over 1,000 lives ... Read More »

Flying Dutchman Class History – circa 1965.

By Richard Crockett Now here is some serious history on this magnificent two-man spinnaker trapeze dinghy from an A5 ring bound booklet in the SAILING Publications archives. Read the pages selected from the booklet HERE:  Flying Dutchman booklet South Africa had a strong association with the class back then as in the list of Founders of the IFDCO (International Flying Dutchman Class Association) the names of two prominent South African sailors – Jack Koper and Dr. Ken Warr. Don Ord was ... Read More »

Trimaran MACIF Exits From Refit

  The MACIF trimaran left Keroman Technologies, the yard which created her in 2015, after a seven-month refit designed to further optimise the performance of this reference Ultime multihull, with the Route du Rhum race looming. Already a solo round the world record holder in the time of 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes 35 seconds, the trimaran MACIF has been thoroughly optimised by CDK and Keroman Technologies. The scope of work by the yard proved to be both intense ... Read More »

August 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailor of the Month – Roger Hudson

The month in which the Lipton Cup is sailed always highlights some interesting characters and even more important, some incredible performances. It’s hardly surprising then that Roger Hudson is the one to be singled out as he skippered the RCYC team to a Lipton victory on ‘foreign’ waters by winning 4 of the 5 races. While this was an emphatic win, it simply does not tell the whole story. Hudson is the kind of sailor who takes nothing at face ... Read More »

ANT ARCTIC LAB World Record Attempt

On Sunday extreme sailor Norbert Sedlacek started from Les Sables d’Olonne, France to circumnavigate the world Singlehanded, Nonstop and Without Assistance through all five oceans including the Arctic oceans and the Northwest Passage. Should he succeed he will achieve something unique after about 34,000 nautical miles of sailing through all climate zones, freezing cold, heat, storms and calms. Innovation Yachts built this Open60AAL which is 18.3m long, and was built over 26 months by Norbert Sedlacek and his team, with ... Read More »

Wendy Tuck wins Clipper Race

The Clipper Race Made history in Liverpool on the weekend when Australian sailor, Wendy Tuck, became the first ever woman to win a round the world yacht race after leading her Sanya Serenity Coast team to overall victory in the Clipper 2017-18 Race. Thousands of people from around the globe flocked to the banks of the River Mersey to watch the spectacular Race Finish Sprint. After an intense 18 nautical mile duel, it was Garmin, PSP Logistics and home team ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Captonian Skipper Completes Round the World Yacht Race

The Clipper Race, which is unique in that it trains every day, non-professional sports people to be ocean racing sailors, saw thousands of spectators line the River Mersey as the teams sprinted home after sailing 40,000 nautical miles over eleven months. One of the stopovers of the race was Cape Town, with the teams sailing to the city back in October last year. As the Dare to Lead team finished their final race, Skipper Dale Smyth said: “I can hardly ... Read More »

VOR. Next Race is Taking Shape

The 2021-22 edition of the world’s premiere fully-crewed around the world race will feature two classes of boats, the IMOCA 60 and the VO65 class. Each class has its distinct characteristics, and the inclusion of both means the race will be more open and inviting to sailors and designers as well as more engaging to a broad spectrum of fans, increasing value for stakeholders. Crews will race boats within their own classes and two trophies will be awarded. Teams will ... Read More »

Le Boat South Africa Beats International Competitors

At a presentation in Canada, South Africa’s Le Boat office received the award for the best growth in the world, beating the USA, Australia, Canada, Germany, France and the rest of Europe. This was the fourth time in five years that South Africa posted the best growth for all international Le Boat offices. The number of South Africans booking international canal boat and yachting holidays increased by 35% the past year. At the same event, the head of Le Boat ... Read More »

Why Isn’t this Happening Everywhere?

This was the heading SAILING ANARCHY chose to use for an article sent to them by the winning RCYC Lipton Team. See the link HERE The annual Lipton Challenge Cup in South Africa is a popular event on the calendar for many sailors from all over the country. Maybe it’s the desire to pit oneself against the best that the country has to offer, maybe it’s the desire to win the Cup for your club, or maybe it’s a group ... Read More »

J22 Nationals. An Amazing Regatta

Well with an amazing Nationals behind us we look forward to some great Vaal sailing! The J22 Nationals, sailed from PYC as part of MSC, was a great success! As always our fleet of 19 Js out shone all other classes. The first day of racing was blown out, but going forward the wind and weather could not have been better, providing highly competitive racing with the top boats being within 1 point of each other, making it so tight ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. Leaders Break Out of the Doldrums

The last few days has seen frustration sweep across the entire Golden Globe Race fleet as these solo circumnavigators experience the intense heat and humidity of the Tropics while trying to escape the clutches of the Doldrums. But today, the leaders at least can turn the page as they hit the refreshing South East Trades and extend their lead on the remainder of the fleet. French leader Philippe Péché (Rustler 36 PRB) was first to tack on to port and ... Read More »