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Volvo Ocean Race. MAPFRE Gets A Jumps on Dongfeng

by Will Carson It’s nip and tuck at the front as MAPFRE eke out a narrow advantage over Dongfeng. Spanish crew MAPFRE broke the Leg 3 deadlock on Wednesday after 10 days at sea, snatching the lead from Dongfeng Race Team with just 1,500 nautical miles left to Melbourne. Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng briefly regained the top spot when their choice of line around 35 miles to the north of the AIEZ put them closer to the finish, but a better ... Read More »

Youth Nationals 2017 – Final Overall Results

Here are the final results for the Youth Nationals 2017 – held at Midmar Dam. Optimist Results:  youth nationals results OptimistYN_Results_Final Dabchick Results:  youth nationals results DabchickYN_Results_Final Dart, Hobie 16 & Laser Radial Results:  youth nationals results dart-hobie 16-laser radial Course2YN_Results_Final_By_Class Cats & Open Fleet Results:  youth nationals results cats – open fleet Course2YN_Results_Final_By_Fleet RS Tera Results:  youth nationals results RSTeraYN_Results_Final     Read More »

From the Southern Ocean – A Letter to Santa

Dee Caffari, skipper of Turn the Tide on Plastic, penned this from the Southern Ocean: It’s been a physically relentless day of manoeuvres as Turn the Tide on Plastic pushed through the 7th day of Leg 3 in the Southern Ocean. The pace is expected to continue over the next 24 hours. But despite the countless gybes and the little sleep the crew onboard Turn the Tide on Plastic have made sure to get their Christmas wish list to Santa. ... Read More »

Hobie GP Series Results

Congratulations to Gerhard and Divan Van Niekerk for winning the 2017 series. Mike and Jennifer Goodyer were a close second while Kyle and Dylan Lambie followed in 3rd and 4th places respectively. Results GP 5 Series HERE:  results Hobie Gp 5 Overall GP Series Results HERE: results Hobie Gp Series 2017 Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Trading Blows in the Southern Ocean

The leaders have put in some big miles over the past 24 hours, while the trailing boats fend of the passage of a front… A little over 2,000 miles now stand between the Volvo Ocean Race pace setters and the Leg 3 finish line in Melbourne – and with just eight miles splitting the first two teams, it couldn’t be tighter at the top. Dongfeng Race Team still maintained the lead they have enjoyed for the majority of the leg ... Read More »

‘Extreme’ Christmas Wishes

The Christmas and New Year wishes from the Extreme Sailing Series, a Christmas themed poem, is too good not to share. Enjoy. ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and those with sea legs, Were dreaming of waves as high as mastheads; The stockings were shackled to the transom with glee, In hopes that St Nick would find them at sea; The sailors were nestled all snug in their quarters, With visions of sun, fair winds and calm waters. The salty old ... Read More »

World Sailing. Changes to the RRS Effective 1 January 2018

World Sailing can, and does, on occasions make urgent changes to the RRS (Racing Rules of Sailing) Coming into effect on 1 January 2018 are changes to: • The Definition of ‘Party’ • Rule 63.1 – plus a new rule 63.9 • Rule 64.4. See the FULL text of changes HERE Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Epic Wipeout Footage From the Southern Ocean

The Volvo Ocean Race sailors are experiencing the full impact of Mother Nature as they battle through the rough conditions of the Southern Ocean. As the Volvo Ocean Race fleet continue the 6,500 nautical mile leg from Cape Town to Melbourne the sailors are experiencing one of the most hostile environments the ocean has to offer. Thousands of miles from land, people and more importantly help – watch this incredible footage of the Turn the Tide on Plastic crew recover ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Duelling in the Southern Ocean

by Richard Crockett The last few days of racing in the Southern Ocean have been very interesting, especially the duel between MAPFRE and Dongfeng. It’s relentless yet ongoing and without any letup. The determination to win the leg simply keeps these two crews pushing boundaries – and it’s physically demanding too. Both teams have been zig-zagging along the southern boundary of the ice exclusion zone, which prompted Charles Caudrelier, skipper of Dongfeng to say: “During the next 30 hours we ... Read More »

Done and Dusted – New Record Set

by Brian Hancock I don’t think that I have enough superlatives in my already superlative soaked vocabulary to describe how amazing the new solo, nonstop circumnavigation record just set by French sailor François Gabart is. His immaculate performance is a feat that will, in my opinion be unmatched in a generation. Yes I know I said that last year when Thomas Coville set the record that Gabart has just obliterated, but this is beyond superhuman. François Gabart is, in my ... Read More »

Cape Town Race Week Kicks Off this Weekend

One of the country’s most popular sailing events due to start on Saturday 16 December, with a warm-up twilight race happening on Friday evening 15 December. Owing to its position surrounded by the ocean, Cape Town sees some fantastic water sport events happening throughout the year – but the December summer sun seems to lend everything that happens on the water a touch of extra sexiness. Locals and tourists are drawn to our shores every summer to taste some of ... Read More »

Flying Fifteen Nationals and Hobie 16 Provincials

by Sophie Thompson Two classes will be heading offshore to compete in the Flying Fifteen Nationals and Hobie 16 Provincials hosted by Point Yacht Club this weekend from the 16 – 18 December. Defending champs in the modern fleet of Flying Fifteens are Patrick Harris and Jeremy Kriek who keep raking in the awards, they will be back on the water in the hopes of being crowned yet again. In the hunt to topple them off the top spot on ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Feeling the Sting of the Southern Ocean

by Will Carson Steady winds from 25-35 knots with gusts of up to 50 knots have been a stark reminder that the Southern Ocean packs a punch… The Volvo Ocean Race teams were feeling the full strength of the Southern Ocean on Thursday as they were pummelled by winds gusting as high as 50 knots and surfing down mountainous waves. The deep low-pressure system that has been forming for the past few days has now engulfed the seven crews, forcing ... Read More »

SAS Youth Nationals. Day 4 & All to Play For

by Richard Crockett Today is the final day, and the day when all the final moves can be made, and overall results changed after either a good or bad performance on the water. In the Optimist fleet there is a titanic duel for first spot overall with the defending champion, Matt Ashwell, trailing Ian Walker in second spot by a mere 2 points after 2 discards. So racing today will be intense at the front of the pack as each ... Read More »

Youth Worlds. Calvin Gibbs Wins the Final Race

by Richard Crockett For some months now word out there has been that Calvin Gibbs has some very special sailing talent, and this was finally proven today when he won the final race of the Laser Youth Worlds in Sanya, China. His biggest disappointment must be his performance in the penultimate race where he finished 19th, as had he been just a single place higher he would have finished with the Bronze Medal, as his results show that he tied ... Read More »