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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 »

Volvo Ocean Race. ‘Mapfre’ Blazes to Victory

‘Mapfre’ took first blood in the opening battle of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet – with Xabi Fernández and his Spanish team finding faultless form to smash the established record time for a monohull around the Isle of Wight. ‘Mapfre’ clocked 3 hours 13 minutes 11 seconds in strong conditions off England’s south coast to hold off ‘Team Brunel’ and notch up victory in the Around the Island Race – the first in a series of four ‘Leg Zero’ tests ... Read More »

Gul Mirror Worlds. Howard Leoto & Shane White Still in top 10

by Richard Crockett Maybe the sever storm which passed over the competition and camping area of this event during the previous night affected some, will never be known, but most RSA teams had an ‘off’ day, with the exception of Howard Leoto & Shane White. Leoto & White are the only RSA team in the top 10. Yesterday they had 2 races in the top 10, but their 3rd race will hopefully be a discard as they were 24th – ... Read More »

29er Worlds. The REAL Test Starts Now

by Richard Crockett The qualifying series is now over, and the Gold Fleet are set for battle for the world championship title and podium places. The RSA team of Benji Daniel & Alex Burger are in 3rd place after the first of these gold fleet races, with 50 boats in the fleet. Prior to that they won race 7 of the qualifiers, but ended badly with a 17 and 12 – yet still 3rd overall in the qualifiers. In five ... Read More »

Figaro Beneteau 3. First Production Foiling One-design Monohull

The Figaro Beneteau 3 is the first production foiling one-design monohull ever to be designed, with the first one on the water now undergoing sea trials. It is a distillation of technology and innovation, and results from a collaboration between group Beneteau’s best experts and the Van Peteghem Lauriot-Prévost (VPLP) office, the architects of the two last boats to win the Vendée Globe. Here are some early pics of her on the water.   Specifications LOA 10.85m Hull Length 9.75m ... Read More »