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Yacht Racing Forum 2017

The Yacht Racing Forum is the leading annual conference for the business of sailing and yacht racing. Business & Marketing The Business & Marketing conference focuses on the commercial aspects of the sport: sponsorship, event organisation, marketing, communication, venues, yacht clubs… It is a must attend event for organisers, sailing teams, venues, sponsors, yacht clubs and agencies in the yacht racing industry. Design & Technology Held on Day 1 only, the Design & Technology Symposium focuses on the latest developments ... Read More »

Clipper Race. PSP Logistics Back in the Race

PSP Logistics slipped lines from Piriapolis (Uruguay) yesterday evening to bring the Clipper Race fleet back to its full complement as the leaders approach the halfway point to Cape Town in the Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms. After spending the past five days receiving repairs to rudder damage sustained after a whale collided with the boat earlier in Leg 2, the team of PSP Logistics will resume racing once they reach the closest position to the collision. There ... Read More »

Jeanneau – 60 Years of Boatbuilding

In 1957, when Henri Jeanneau was just 37 he created the Hall Nautique de l’Ouest. From humble beginnings, and after building his first wooden hulled speedboat, Henri Jeanneau began a career in boatbuilding, and eventually taking his Jeanneau brand to ‘world leader’ status. In 1961 the company moulded their first GRP hull on a wooden matrix in secret. They had discovered a way to build hundreds of identical hulls from a single mould – saving time and money and revolutionising ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Garmin Supply Action Cameras

WIN a Garmin Quatix 5 watch. CLICK HERE Garmin International, Inc. has announced that it has been selected as an official supplier for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018, providing its action and 360 cameras to the seven teams competing in the 45,000-mile race around the world. As an official supplier, Garmin’s flagship waterproof action cameras, the VIRB 360 and VIRB Ultra 30, will be used on each boat to capture high-quality video that can be easily edited and shared with ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. MAPFRE Wins Prologue Leg

The Spanish MAPFRE team won the Volvo Ocean Race Prologue Leg on Wednesday, holding off a late charge from Team Brunel after Race Management shortened the course, converting the compulsory gate at Cabo de Gata into the finishing line. For skipper Xabi Fernández and his team, it’s a continuation of the success MAPFRE found on Leg 0, where the team was the overall winner of the four-stage leg. “It’s all good on board,” Fernández said shortly after crossing the ‘virtual’ ... Read More »

Book Review. The Laser Book (6th edition)

by Tim Davidson review by Richard Crockett The sub-head reads ‘Laser Sailing from Start to Finish’ – so this book covers EVERY aspect of Laser sailing. There are two important aspects about this book. Firstly it is bang up-to-date and covers the new Mk2 sail and top section mast, and secondly it has input from Jon Emmett who is a gold medal winning Laser Radial coach and world champion in his own right. There are three parts to the book: ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race Prologue Leg Course Shortened

The Volvo Ocean Race Prologue Leg has been shortened, with the compulsory gate off Cabo de Gata now becoming the finish line. Race Director Phil Lawrence informed the teams at 0800 UTC on Wednesday morning when the leading boats were approximately two hours from the gate. The teams are currently sailing in winds near 10 knots. But the forecast is for the wind to ease significantly on the other side of the cape. With the shortened course, the fleet is ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Qingdao Secures Top Scoring Gate Points

All eyes have been firmly fixed on the Race Viewer during the sixth day of racing as the twelve Clipper Race teams battled it out to reach the Scoring Gate. Following a fierce battle with Liverpool 2018 and Visit Seattle, Qingdao, currently in ninth place, crossed the Scoring Gate at 1349 UTC to secure three bonus points, a repeat of its Scoring Gate success during Race 1. Liverpool 2018, currently standing in tenth place, crossed just four nautical miles later, ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. MAPFRE and Team Brunel lead the charge to Alicante

Skipper Xabi Fernández’s MAPFRE crew is leading the charge into the Mediterranean Sea. The Spanish team made a jump on the rest of the fleet by heading further inshore in search of favourable sea breezes following Sunday’s start, with Team Brunel benefiting from following a similar track. Forty-eight hours later, their tactics have paid huge dividends. At the 13h00 UTC position update on Tuesday, MAPFRE enjoyed a seven nautical mile lead on Team Brunel, who were themselves almost 40 miles ... Read More »

A Case of Sound Seamanship

by Richard Crockett As most South Africans know, Durban was devastated by rains storms, big wind and flooding yesterday. And one man, Neville Bransby, bore the brunt of it singlehanded aboard his Shearwater 45 ‘Ocean Spirit’. Knowing that there was inclement weather coming, Bransby who likes sailing singlehanded, decided to go sailing and test himself and his boat in some strong conditions. Just how strong and how bad the conditions were revealed only as the storm hit. Bransby has done ... Read More »