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Volvo Ocean Race. Tense Times in Light Conditions

by Peter Rusch The images of Volvo Ocean Race boats in near calm conditions during the first 24-hours of the Prologue leg from Lisbon to Alicante may give the impression of a relaxing cruise down the coast to the gates of the Mediterranean. The reality is the contrary. Light, variable conditions are a nightmare for the sailors, who end up agonising over every tack or gybe in search of each little zephyr. Sails are adjusted, course corrections are a constant, ... Read More »

Garmin Honours & Awards

Garmin has earned top NMEA honour and eight product awards, AND has been named Manufacturer of the Year for the third consecutive year by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) Garmin also dominated the NMEA’s Product of Excellence Awards with eight wins in the following categories: radar, autopilot, multi-function display (MFD), mobile application – aid to navigation, mobile application – utility, fishfinder, AIS, and multimedia entertainment. “As the world’s leading marine electronics manufacturer, we’re honoured to again be recognized by ... Read More »

Living the Dream with Volvo Ocean Race Skipper Dee Caffari

Skipper Dee Caffari talks about her love of life on the water in the latest episode of Volvo Penta’s online film series, Boating Dreams.  As the head of a team that is circumnavigating the globe in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018, Dee Caffari knows that skippering a yacht in all weather for more than eight months is a big challenge. But it’s a challenge that she and her crew are looking forward to meeting. “Mother nature lets you know she’s ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Race to the Scoring Gate Hots up

Whilst the Finish Line in Cape Town remains the ultimate goal for the Clipper Race fleet in the Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms, at least three teams currently have the Scoring Gate in their sights. Dare To Lead has dipped south of the rhumb line, but remains in front of the rest of the fleet. Skipper Dale Smyth reports: “Another fast day down south here and it’s hard to believe we have covered just shy of 1000 nautical ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Prologue Leg From Lisbon to Alicante is Underway

The Prologue Leg of the Volvo Ocean Race began on Sunday afternoon, after the start was delayed by just over 2 hours and moved nearly 20 miles south in order to find better racing conditions. The Prologue is a non-scoring race to deliver the seven-boat fleet from The Boatyard in Lisbon, Portugal to the home start port of the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante, Spain ahead of the race start on 22 October. At the scheduled start time of 14h00 ... Read More »

36th America’s Cup Pairs Two Successful American Racing Programmes with New York Yacht Club

After a decade and a half away from sailing’s flagship competition, the New York Yacht Club, represented by Bella Mente Quantum Racing Association, will challenge for the 36th America’s Cup. The New York Yacht Club held the ornate silver trophy from 1851, when it was won by the yacht America (above), through 1983 -a run often known as the longest winning streak in sports. The Club regularly challenged for the trophy in the years that followed the historic loss to ... Read More »

NSRI Cautions

National Spring Tide Safety Warning The Full Moon Spring Tide, which peaked last night, 05 October, will result in the normal Spring Tide conditions around the coastline for the duration of this weekend. Higher than normal high tides and a lower than normal low tides and stronger than normal rip currents lasting into the early part of next week are being experienced. NSRI urge the public to be cautious around the coast today and this weekend due to the Full ... Read More »

Hunter Class Nationals

by James King The 2017 Hunter Nationals are now a thing of the past, but what a fantastic regatta. This year the Nationals were incorporated with Keelboat Week 2017 which once again was an exceptionally well run affair. Kudos to the team at Deneysville Aquatic Club. I always like to take a look at the representation of clubs on the entry list. The greater the variety the healthier the class. Not many keelboat classes can boast a representation of nine ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” by Richard Crockett – issue 53

To Subscribe:  Mail ( with the words ‘SUBSCRIBE TO TALKING SAILING’ in the subject line.   Issue 52 19 April 2017 by Richard Crockett Publisher & Editor of the SAILING Magazine Blog (incorporating SA Yachting) My sincere apologies for the lengthy break since the last issue.  No, “Talking Sailing” has not been committed to Davey Jones’ Locker – and it’s still very much alive and kicking! A lot of water has passed under the keel since the last one in ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Leg to Cape Town Started

The twelve Clipper Race teams officially got underway yesterday off Punte Del Este, Uruguay, in northwesterly winds gusting over 35 knots under clear sky and warm weather, starting with a round the cans inshore circuit in the Bay of Maldonado. The South Atlantic was set to provide a strong welcome back to the Clipper Race fleet, with the overnight weather forecast predicting wind speeds in the mid-20s to mid-30s, but with strong gusts, estimated at 50 knots at times. It ... Read More »

Low Friction Rings: Like A Donut, But Sweeter

by Richard Crockett The above heading got my attention, so naturally I delved a little more and liked what I saw as it is aimed specifically at cruisers. What’s the deal with Low Friction Rings? Why choose a block with more friction and a sneaky name? Several reasons: • No moving parts! • Really strong! • Lightweight and tough! • Low cost! READ THE FULL STORY HERE Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race Holds Landmark Sustainability Workshop

Over 100 Volvo Ocean Race sailors, shore crew, stakeholders and industry leaders came together at the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard in Lisbon to learn more about ocean health and share ideas on how to tackle plastic pollution during the 2017-18. Those present learnt more about plastic pollution, heard more about the Volvo Ocean Race’s sustainability plans for the next edition, and shared ideas on how to optimise collective efforts during the race, which begins on 22 October 2017. Led by ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race Virtual Regatta

Volvo Ocean Race has teamed up with Virtual Regatta for 2017-18 race game, and is back, better than ever, offering up the ultimate virtual sailing challenge. The new edition of the game, to be launched to coincide with the Prologue leg of the race on October 8, now features offshore and inshore racing, just like the real thing. The Volvo Ocean Race is sailing’s toughest challenge – a 45,000 nautical mile test of skill and character as crews race around ... Read More »

‘Revolutionary’ 50hp DTorque Turbo Diesel Outboard

Seascape Marine, through its agency agreement with Yanmar Marine International (YMI), are now offering the Neander Shark DTorque turbo diesel outboard to targeted customers in the commercial offshore, military, fishing, rescue and charter-marine sector. This engine would also perfectly serve tender boat requirements on large yachts which only store diesel fuel. The DTorque outboard develops 50hp using a small 804 cm³ turbocharged, twin cylinder diesel aluminium crankcase engine with common-rail fuel injection and a unique dual counter-rotating crankshaft. This means ... Read More »

October 2017 Sailor of the Month – Alex Burger

Alex Burger and Benji Daniel have each previously done a 29er Worlds, but earlier this year they teamed up for the 2017 worlds – and ultimately won it in fine style too! Alex was on trapeze and Benji on the helm. They had intense training sessions in both Durban and Cape Town, and were expertly guided and coached by Roger Hudson of RaceAhead. Plus several other sailors trained with them to give them valuable boat-on-boat experience – all of which ... Read More »