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B&G Vulcan 7” & 9” Chartplotter Displays

B&G have launched a new family of Vulcan sailing chartplotters. The updated and extended series now offers a fully refreshed 7”, a 9” and an all – new, large-format 12”; all with Broadband Radar™ compatibility. B&G Vulcan is a great value sailing chartplotter designed for coastal cruising and club racing. This easy-to-use intuitive multi-touch screen is packed with B&G’s unique sailing features including SailSteer and Race Panel. Simply integrate with your existing system as expansion is simple due to Vulcan being ... Read More »

International Coastal Clean-up Day Success

“We coordinated more than 400 beach clean-up points around the Cape and 40 in KZN in partnership with the KZN Marine Waste Network members on Saturday alone. This excludes the various clean-ups that took place during the course of last week as part of our “Clean-Up and Recycle SA Week” and inland clean-ups that were held at rivers and streams…” said Douw Steyn, Sustainability Director for Plastics|SA. This past weekend saw the 21st year in which South Africa participated in ... Read More »

Point Yacht Club Bart’s Bash Success

by Sophie Thompson Jethro Brophy-Tintinger stormed to victory in this year’s Bart’s Bash that took place ahead of the huge south westerly buster late on Saturday afternoon. Sailing on his Hobie 14, this is the second time in the four year history of Bart’s Bash, that the Glenwood High School lad took line honours in the Durban leg of the World’s Largest Sailing event. For most of the race he was hunting down the typically fast Hobie Tiger of Struan ... Read More »

A High Tech Mini

  On Sunday 1 October, Swiss sailor Simon Koster will start his third Mini Transat, the solo race between La Rochelle (France) and Le Marin, in Martinique. With a prototype in development since 2015 and more intense preparation, the Zurich sailor feels ready for a challenging and technological transatlantic this autumn, intended as a springboard to other offshore races. The 29 year old Swiss sailor has worked relentlessly for two years in preparation for this race. In 2015 he came ... Read More »

12m Champs. Old Classics Still Compete Seriously

Ten historic 12 Metres are sailing their North American Championship off Newport later this week. Ranging in length between 65 and 75 feet, the Twelves – as they are fondly called – are best known as the America’s Cup yachts sailed during the “Golden Era” of that event, which filled the years between 1958 and 1987. Since the America’s Cup was held in Newport from 1930 to 1983 and many of the Twelves now call Newport their home, these yachts ... Read More »

Finn Class – Archive Pics

by Richard Crockett With the Finn nationals due to kick off very soon and the Class boasting an expected entry of 30 boats, I have raided my archives and found some really interesting old Finn pics. So all you FINN-atics out there, please put your heads together and see if you can fill in the gaps, or add additional info, to what I have provided from what is on the pics. Additional info, anecdotes about those in the pics and ... Read More »

Hobie GP1 Results from TCC

RESULTS HERE:  results Hobie GP 1 2017 Results for Hobie Gp 1 which was held on 16 & 17 September 2017 at TCC. Sailed in nice wind of 12 – 15 knts on both days, which made for good racing and an amazing 10 races Well done to Rolf Eggars who won the regatta on his Hobie 14. Read More »

Kraken Yachts 66. An Award-Winning Cruising Yacht

by Richard Crockett The Kraken 66 is the Flagship of the Kraken range of luxury blue water cruising yachts designed by award winning yacht designer, Kevin Dibley, and epitomises the key features the brand prides itself on; safety, comfort, reliability and performance. The Kraken 66 has just been awarded the ‘Best Blue water cruising yacht’ accolade from Sailing Today magazine. The award was presented at the Southampton Boat Show. Best of all though is that their flagship model, the Kraken ... Read More »

Stringent Croatian Marina Legislation Abolished. Good News for Cruisers

ICOMIA’s “crucial role” in joining forces with its member, Marina Punat, to help remove barriers to trade in Croatia’s marina sector. The Croatian Customs Administration – the organisation within the Ministry of Finance managing economic development policy including customs and excise duties – announced all Croatian marinas will be released from the stringent bonded-warehouse regime that was crippling the sector. This means marinas will no longer be considered collateral in the country’s VAT rule for non-EU yachts. As of 1 ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Mixed Results From Stealth Mode Tactics

As several teams have re-emerged from Stealth Mode, the leader board is looking a little clearer and Sanya Serenity Coast remains in the lead. More than half the teams in the fleet have now employed their ‘invisibility cloaks’ during Race 1 with the latest to hide from public view. Visit Seattle ended its period of Stealth Mode at 1200 (UTC) yesterday, re-emerging in second place, but things did not go to plan. Skipper Nikki Henderson explains: “A combination of ... Read More »

Sunsail Offers Sailing Adventures to Suit Every Level of Experience

“We are passionate about helping both first time and experienced sailors to find their perfect holiday. That’s why all of our bareboat, flotilla, and skippered holidays, and our sailing schools are in incredible locations. From Croatia and Sicily to St Lucia and Thailand, whatever time of year that you want to get out on the water, we have a sailing destination to suit you. A Sunsail holiday offers you the freedom and flexibility to explore” says Alexis Eyre, UK Marketing ... Read More »

North Sails 3Di NORDAC. Game Changing Cruising Sail Technology

International Boat Show awards on September 15th. Introduced in Spring of 2017, 3Di NORDAC transforms polyester fibre into seamless, one-piece sails that are uniquely strong, beautiful, and long-lasting. And, referred to as ‘Game Changing Cruising Sail Technology’. The panel described 3Di NORDAC as a game-changer for cruising sailors. “We think this is going to give any cruising or recreational sailboat owner a much better sailing experience, regardless of how they are using the boat.” Sally Helme, Group Publisher for Cruising ... Read More »


Three of the twelve teams, Visit Seattle, Unicef and GREAT Britain, are in Stealth Mode hiding their positions from the rest of the fleet. With this, the leader board currently has a very different feel, with Sanya Serenity Coast, Qingdao and PSP Logistics in the top three spots. Visit Seattle’s position will show again from 1200 UTC; Unicef’s and GREAT Britain’s positions will be hidden until 0600 UTC tomorrow. We will have to wait until tomorrow to see what tactical ... Read More »

Look what Hurricane Washed Up

A dugout canoe reportedly washed ashore during Hurricane Irma on the north side of Cocoa, Florida. A local resident reports that he was riding his bicycle after the storm and spotted the canoe by the shore. Familiar with state laws, he suspected the canoe came from Sovereign Submerged Lands and reported it to the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, Division of Historical Resources, Department of State. The canoe was evaluated by a professional archeologist based in Canaveral on Thursday, September ... Read More »


SELECTION NOTICE FOR SOUTH AFRICAN TEAM 48th World Sailing Youth Sailing World Championship 2018 The event will take place in Corpus Christi, USA from 14 to 22 July 2018 ( ) and will be sailed in the classes listed below (please note that South African Sailing (SA Sailing) will not necessarily fill all the slots and this will be at the sole and final discretion of SA Sailing). This list is subject to change if, and only if, World Sailing ... Read More »