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NSRI Issue Full Moon Spring Tide Warning

The NSRI are urging extreme public caution around the coast over this coming weekend and during the December vacation period and festive season that is now upon us. The FULL MOON SPRING TIDE peaks on Sunday 3 December. With the approaching full moon Spring Tide beach bathers and shoreline anglers are most at risk. This full moon Spring Tide which peaks on Sunday 3 December means that from about Thursday 30 November high tide and low tides will gradually start ... Read More »

Introducing the Next Generation of Powered Hatch Screens

New Product Introducing the Next Generation of Powered Hatch Screens For 27 years, Oceanair have been providing simple yet elegant hatch screens to the marine industry. The SKYSCREEN Powered brings the latest advancement in almost three decades of designing blinds for hatches, and the most innovative yet! Using Oceanair’s DAME Nominated Powered Roof Blind System, the SKYSCREEN Powered is available with recessed or concealed installation and the modular design keeps simplicity at its heart. Available with white or beige hardware, ... Read More »

Mirabaud Sailing Video Awards

Fifty-five TV producers spanning twelve countries submitted their best video for the inaugural Mirabaud Sailing Video Award. SEE ALL THE WINNING VIDEOS HERE. The winner, selected by the international jury, is Swiss TV producer Roman Brunisholz, thanks to a video that mixes emotion and great imagery with a strong message. Vendée Globe veteran Kito de Pavant won the Special Jury Award. OPTIMISM – By Roman Brunisholz, wins the Mirabaud Sailing Video Award! His video features a 10 years old girl, ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. AkzoNobel 5th

The nine-strong international crew of AkzoNobel finished leg 2 in 5th place. Team AkzoNobel started the final week at sea in fifth but with high hopes of being in contention for a podium place on the final run in to Cape Town. However overnight on Tuesday November 21 the crew was the first to drop off the back of a fast-moving easterly-tracking storm system. This allowed the top four teams – Mapfre, Dongfeng Race Team, Vestas 11th Hour Racing and ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Brunel Finished Fourth

Skipper Bekking was realistic on arrival in Cape Town. Bekking: “In general we are satisfied at this stage. Of course the last three days are a shame. At the time of the front passage we were only ten nautical miles behind the front runners. The moment you just miss that front passage, the difference quickly becomes one hundred nautical miles and you cannot claw that back anymore. It’s frustrating, but that’s sailing. Overall, I think we can be satisfied with ... Read More »

Safety At Sea. Two Lessons to Be Learnt

  Two separate reports received from the NSRI with about a day of each other highlight, yet again, just how important it is to wear lifejackets or compact self-inflating personal flotation devices, and even to carry personal flares or PLBs (personal locator beacons). Luckily the victims in these two incidents survived – although they are very lucky they did. There are so many choices of personal safety devices on the market today that one wonders why people do not invest ... Read More »

Novamarine West Coast Offshore Race

by Richard Crockett Having a passion for offshore racing I always do my best to follow these races as best as one can. Regrettably for me, the tracker system was not up to scratch and kept losing the entire fleet or groups of boats at regular intervals, and which simply does not supply sufficient info. I suppose though that it was better than nothing! I was impressed by one boat in particular – that being Indaba, the Stadt 34 sailed ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Vestas 11th Hour Racing Finishes

The Danish and American flagged vessel left Lisbon with a bullseye on their back after winning Leg 1 from Alicante, Spain, and the crew were pleased with a podium finish. “For us, it continues to be about the process. We are trying to get faster through the water and fine tune our decision-making process,” said skipper Charlie Enright (USA) upon docking into V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. “Lucky for us, this isn’t going to be decided until June, so we ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Dongfeng Second

Dongfeng crossed the finish line under the shadow of Table Mountain at dusk after a voyage lasting 19 days, four hours, two minutes and 39 seconds. With an average speed of 17.2 knots, she reached the end of the 7,000-nautical mile leg from the Portuguese capital Lisbon two hours and 52 minutes behind leg winner and new race leader MAPFRE, skippered by Xabi Fernandez. Frenchman Charles Caudrelier, who is leading Dongfeng Race Team for the second successive Volvo Ocean Race, ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. MAPFRE Win Epic Leg to Cape Town

The Spanish MAPFRE team has won Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race, a 7,000 nautical mile marathon from Lisbon, Portugal to Cape Town, South Africa. “It’s amazing, we’re super-happy. We came here in one piece and in front of the others, we can’t ask for more,” skipper Xabi Fernández said moments after finishing. “This is what we will see all the way around the world. Super-tight racing, everyone has good speed and small mistakes are very expensive. This time ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race Water Management Plan

Ingenious Plan to Minimise Impact on City of Cape Town’s Water Supply With the holiday season fast approaching, and dam levels at their lowest in 100 years, organisers of the Volvo Ocean Race Cape Town Stopover have come up with plans to save as much water as possible to not affect the water crisis. Says Bruce Parker-Forsyth, CEO of the Cape Town Stopover delivery partner WorldSport, “Together with the V & A Waterfront, we have adopted an innovative water management ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Closing in on Cape Town Fast

by Richard Crockett MAPFRE looks good to take line honours into Cape Town. At the last position report she had 200nm to go to finish, and was 39nm ahead of Dongfeng. While that 39nm looks almost unbeatable, those who follow ocean racing closely know that it is anything but ‘safe’, although the MAPFRE team would need to make some seriously poor decisions from here not to win. The breeze is up, and in the last 24 hours MAPFRE had a ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. The Pace Hots Up & A Record Too

“Cold, wet, and no escape…” is an apt description of conditions in the South Atlantic as the competition heats up, even as temperatures plummet… MAPFRE continue to lead the fleet, but their lead has been whittled down to just 26 miles as the chasing pack close in. “We’ve managed to get ourselves into the lead, but it’s a pretty tight battle with Vestas 11th Hour Racing, Dongfeng Race Team and Brunel Racing,” said Blair Tuke from on board the leading ... Read More »


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Volvo Ocean Race. Team Brunel in Stealth Mode

by Richard Crockett Team Brunel went into stealth mode yesterday so her actual position will only be known at the next ‘sched’ later this afternoon. It is going to be interesting to see what her tactics were during her stealth period, and whether she has made a radical move that will catch the fleet unawares. Or was it a move simply to unnerve her closest competition? As everything in this race, only time will tell. Abby Ehler gave an update ... Read More »