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Guangzhou Welcomes the Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet was treated to a warm welcome in Guangzhou, China on Thursday afternoon, after arriving 70 miles up the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. The Chinese Dongfeng Race Team was in the spotlight for the festivities upon arrival. Sitting in second place on the overall leader board, behind race leaders MAPFRE, Dongfeng was feted by the local fans. After proceeding with the public arrival festivities, the skippers then met the local media. Her are some ... Read More »

From the Archives. Traditional Boats

This country used to have a Traditional Boat Association which, as I have not heard much about it for some years, must now assume it is defunct. Sad, but probably due to many of the old codgers who established and nurtured it no longer being with us. This pic, from the Cape Argus of 14 March 1992 shows a very youthful Rafe Axelson with George Askew preparing boats for a weekend rally. It seems though that the powerhouse of traditional ... Read More »

Super-fast Sailing Grand Prix Debuts in Adelaide

  Many of the world’s best sailors have gathered in Adelaide, South Australia, to test their skills in a new series that is set to shake up the sport. The first of five SuperFoiler Grand Prix regattas begins this weekend on the outer harbour of Port Adelaide, pitting six of the new ultra-fast trimaran superfoilers against each other on a 2km circuit. The brainchild of Australian sailing entrepreneur Bill Macartney, who shook up yachting in the 1990s with his 18-foot ... Read More »

Microplastic Particles Found in Antarctic Waters

Microplastic particles have been found in the oceans close to Antarctica, data collected during the Volvo Ocean Race has revealed. The new data comes from the Volvo Ocean Race Science Programme, funded by Volvo Cars. Scientists analysed water samples, gathered at points during Leg 2 of the Race, between Lisbon and Cape Town and Leg 3 from Cape Town to Melbourne. The groundbreaking results, announced at the Volvo Ocean Race Hong Kong Ocean Summit, found microplastics in the Southern Ocean ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Dare to Lead Pulls Away

In the opening hours of Race 7, The Forever Tropical Paradise Race, Dare To Lead managed to pull away and currently has a two nautical mile advantage on the pack which, after the first Le Mans start of the 2017-18 edition, remains tightly compacted. Whilst the Dare To Lead team settles in as it gears up for the first long race since Race 3 from Cape Town to Fremantle, speaking from on board, Skipper Dale Smyth said: “Today, the temperature ... Read More »

From the Archives. Young J22 Crew

This newspaper cutting refers to David Rae (18) as a top Pretoria yachtsman who has been selected to skipper a South African entry in the J22 Worlds in the USA. Rae has gone on to achieve great this in his sailing career, and is now a sailmaker with North Sails in Cape Town. But what of his crew Steven Kruger and Brett van Rooyen? Are they still around and more importantly still sailing? Read More »

Cruising. Great Circle Loops of Europe and North America

Ocean Cruising Club members Ed and Sue Kelly have completed exploration of America’s connecting inland waterways via the American Great Loop in 329 days. Angel Louise is the first boat known to complete both American & European Great Loops. The American Great Loop is a system of waterways that encompasses the eastern portion of the United States and part of Canada. It is made up of both natural and man-made waterways, including the Atlantic and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, the Great ... Read More »

Book Review. Lost & Found

Sir John Franklin’s ‘Erebus’ and ‘Terror’ Expedition Lost & Found by Gillian Hutchinson Published by Bloomsbury For history buffs and those fascinated by the North-West Passage, this book has it all in terms of expeditions, history, intrigue, human endeavour and indeed the jubilation and revelations of wrecks being found almost 170 years later. The 1845 expedition to the Arctic, commanded by Sir John Franklin, was the largest, best-equipped expedition that Britain ever sent north – yet it ended in tragedy. ... Read More »

Sunsail. New Fleet Investment & Extended Antigua Season

The new look London Boat Show in January was the perfect place for Sunsail to announce that 81 new yachts will be joining its global fleet in 2018. A combination of Jeanneau monohulls and Leopard catamarans, 41 new yachts will be going into the British Virgin Islands and 22 new yachts heading to Croatia. Sunsail’s British Virgin Islands base re-opened on 9 December 2017 and the St Martin base is scheduled to open on 1 February 2018. The local teams ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. A Battle for ‘Top Dog’ Status

by Richard Crockett This weekends racing was a battle for top dog’ status between Dongfeng and Mapfre the two top contenders in this round the world race. After the HGC In-Port Race in Hong Kong, despite finishing second overall, and the series leader MAPFRE finishing fourth, Dongfeng vaulted to the top of the table. But the overall honours reverted back to MAPFRE after she won the around Hong Kong Island Race. These two have been the top two teams, and ... Read More »

From the Archives. Facilities and Iron Ore

This newspaper cutting from the EP Herald published on 1 February 1985 highlights infrastructure issues within sailing in this country. And now, 30-plus years later, not a lot has changed! It was recently announced by Transnet that the planned relocation of the Iron Ore stack has been delayed until the next decade – a very unsatisfactory situation. It’s sad that in 30 years little progress has been made on many different fronts, and that our sport, and the infrastructure it ... Read More »

Vestas 11th Hour Racing Won’t Compete in Hong Kong Or China

Vestas 11th Hour Racing has informed Volvo Ocean Race that the team will not be participating in inshore racing in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China, as well as Leg 5 from Hong Kong to Guangzhou. The team is currently coordinating necessary repairs to the boat caused by the collision with a non-racing vessel on Saturday 20th January. “First and foremost, our thoughts and condolences are with the families affected by this tragic incident,” said Mark Towill from Hong Kong. “At ... Read More »

Round the Island Race Diamond Jubilee

2018 is the Diamond Jubilee of the ‘LDYC Round-the-Island Race’. Friday 2 to Sunday 4 February 2018. Sail the 60th Annual Race to Smash Our Guinness World Record Calling all sailors to make South African sailing history! Let’s celebrate by breaking our international Guinness World Record awarded in 2007, when 389 boats crossed the finish line. Read More »

From the Archives. Voortrekker I & II

  This cutting from the Cape Argus on 10 January 1990 report that these two famous yachts were lying ‘neglected’ at their moorings. We know that Voortrekker II sank during the last Cape to Rio Race – but what has happened to Voortrekker I – and where is she now? Both yachts hold a soft spot in many peoples hearts as they were not only famous, but also sailed by some of our very best sailors who all became sailing ... Read More »

Cape 31 Summer in the South Regatta

by Luke Scott Table Bay provides an exceptionally beautiful setting for yacht racing, under the immense majestic gravitas of Table Mountain. However, in the middle of summer, the powerful south-easterly wind often wreaks havoc on the best sailing intentions: apart from the broaches and damage infliction, this wind and the airborne nippy seawater can also make for cold, wet and unpleasant sailing. Perhaps it is well deserving then that the colourful burst of energy and potential that is the Cape ... Read More »