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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 »

Atlantic Cup. A Brutal Passage For Donald Alexander

by Richard Crockett The lone South African entry in this two-handed race, survived the brutal conditions on the 360nm second leg, to finish, while others were not as fortunate. For Donald Alexander (yes, the brother of that highly passionate Laser sailor from Durban), started the leg badly as his electronic nav and weather systems all failed to ‘talk’ to each other – which even had the experts baffled! Then not long after the start he had to make a passage ... Read More »

June 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailor of the Month – Blaine Dodds

Now here’s a man who is no stranger to this award, and even has the prestige ‘Sailor of the Year’ title to his credit, yet he continues to mellow and shine as he climbs the ‘age ladder’ in our wonderful sport! He is of course the evergreen Blaine Dodds – Hobie Cat supremo and doyen of the fleet for so many years now. He was nominated for the award simply because so far this year he has won the Hobie ... Read More »

New Ownership for Volvo Ocean Race

As the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 builds towards an exciting finish in June in The Hague, organisers can confirm the next edition of the race will start in 2021, under new ownership. Atlant Ocean Racing Spain, led by Richard Brisius, Johan Salén and Jan Litborn, will take over the Volvo Ocean Race from Volvo Group and Volvo Cars, the co-owners of the event for the past 20 years. Brisius, Salén and Litborn have extensive experience in the premier round the ... Read More »

Atlantic Cup. RSA 7th on Leg 1

by Richard Crockett Donald Alexander and his crew Paul Peggs had a tough slow ride into the finish covering just 85nm in the final 24 hours, and finished under the watchful eye of the Statue of Liberty. Their extreme inshore leg looked as if it was going to pay big dividends at one point, but light winds and a poor heading away from the coast put paid to that strategy. However their 7th place over the line on this first ... Read More »

SA Olympians Giving Back

Two-time Olympic sailor Asenathi Jim will be sharing some of the knowledge he’s gained over many years of international competition. That’s after he was appointed as one of the training coaches to the junior team that will be representing South Africa at the Youth World Sailing Championships in the USA in July. Joining Jim as team leader and coach will be fellow Rio Olympic sailor Stefano Marcia, who will also travel with the team, thanks to the backing of Frontier ... Read More »