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Cape Storms Keep the NSRI busy

The following National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) stations have been called out due to the Cape Storms and the Knysna fires: Station 12 Knysna. Station 14, Plettenberg Bay. Station 26, Kommetjie. Station 2, Bakoven. Southern Cape: From just after midday on Wednesday 7 June, NSRI Knysna and NSRI Plettenberg Bay have been engaged in assisting the Eden District emergency services and Eden, George, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay Fire and Rescue Services at runaway fires that have engulfed the district from ... Read More »

Product News. Winch Seat

Tides, a Norwegian boat equipment provider, launched their first product, a winch seat, in 2015. The product named ‘WinchSeat’ is an innovative product raising the cockpit experience on sailboats. The seat has a peg which fits into the swivel hole on top of the winch, providing a new elevated sitting spot with great overview. The seat can be used when the winch is idle, typically during calm sailing or when the boat is docked. Depending on the number of winches ... Read More »

Cruising: A Sailing Artist

Travel is an absolute necessity for an artist. Johnny Morant has sailed the Mediterranean with a view to producing oil paintings for his fourth solo exhibition at Rountree Tryon Gallery, London, this September. Together with Julia Oleksy, who quit her job in renewable energy for the five month voyage, the couple had no previous sailing experience. “It was imperative that I gained my RYA Day Skipper qualification and VHF license,” says Johnny. “After which we began searching for a boat. We ... Read More »

Skip a Straw – Save a Turtle

by: Robyn Albritton, Sustainability Director, Sailors for the Sea Straws are consistently on the top 10 lists for marine debris collected every year during the International Coastal Cleanup. It is estimated that Americans use a whopping 500 million straws per day – a number that, end-to-end, could circle the planet 2.5 times. Now imagine this number compounded on a global scale. While it seems simple, straws create a pressing threat to our oceans because they are made to be disposable, ... Read More »

TODAY is World Oceans Day

Yes, today, Thursday 8 June 2017 is World Oceans Day. It can be celebrated in many different ways according to individual tastes, although the best way would be to get involved and do something positive for the oceans and our environment as a whole. The theme for 2017 is: “Our oceans, our future”. The oceans cover about two-thirds of the surface of the Earth and are the very foundations of life. They generate most of the oxygen we breathe, absorb ... Read More »

LVC Semi Finals. Japanese Shut Out Artemis Racing

SoftBank Team Japan dominated the America’s Cup Challenger Playoff action on day two of racing beating Artemis Racing in both races despite the white-knuckle conditions on the Great Sound. With the two wins, the Japanese team now lead the Swedes 3-1 in this Semi-Final first-to-five round. Sustained winds of 23 knots with gusts past 25 knots and rain squalls littered a treacherous racetrack that hosted the fastest and wettest day of racing to date in the 2017 America’s Cup. “Really ... Read More »

LVC Semi Finals. GBR vs NZ

Yesterday, Tuesday, was a big day in Bermuda as Land Rover BAR faced off against Emirates Team New Zealand. The first race got underway after a slight delay waiting for the wind to drop below the 24 knots average limit. Emirates Team New Zealand only just made the start after damage sustained to their wing after docking out. It was panning out to be a full on day with both teams sailing at the limits hitting speeds in excess of ... Read More »

LVC semi finals. Demolition Derby!

By Richard Crockett We were all promised some seriously good action last night, and it came in spectacular style in winds which were at the limit of racing in terms of the rules. That pitchpole from Emirates Team New Zealand was as spectacular as it was sad. Boat bits flying around during the races added more intrigue, as did the huge penalty the umpires hit Artemis with. All this added up to a spectacular day. Let’s go back to ETNZ ... Read More »

NKA MOD Winter Series Results

by Kathy Manten Ahoy there! We have finally got our first series of races in the MOD Winter Series on the board. The first races were abandoned due to a lack of wind. There were eleven starters on the line on Sunday morning. A fair to middling fleet. We would love to have more participants and make this series really special. The winter winds are normally fantastic and the competition is up to you. Sharpen your skills and take on ... Read More »

Yanmar powers the 35th America’s Cup

Yanmar Co. Ltd. is the Official Marine Engines Partner for the 35th America’s Cup. Yanmar’s marine diesel engines will be used on the VIP shuttle boat, which takes guests out to the race course area to watch the best sailors in the world compete for the oldest trophy in international sport. “Through our partnership with Yanmar, we can deliver a VIP experience for our guests,” said Russell Coutts, the CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority. “We need reliability, performance ... Read More »