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Hobie Legends Party

Hobie Western Cape are hosting a Hobie Legends Party as part of the upcoming H16 Nationals which are being sailed from Hobie Beach Club Mykonos. The legends party is on Sunday 1 October 2017 at the Boesmanland Restaurant – Hobie Beach Club Mykonos @ 18h30. So who are the Hobie Legends? Let’s have your thoughts – MAIL HERE Enter the Hobie 16 Nationals HERE Event Info HERE Read More »

150 years of the Shipping Forecast

For the last 150 years, mariners have been receiving the Shipping Forecast, helping them to decide whether to put to sea or stay on dry land. Read all about it and find out 10 interesting facts you probably didn’t know about the service… As British as cricket, strawberries and cream and a cup of tea, the Shipping Forecast marked its 150th anniversary on 24 August. According to The Met Office, it is believed to be the longest running continuous forecast ... Read More »

The World Sailing Show

The World Sailing Show provides a monthly view of the racing world. From non-stop around the world racers, to Olympic campaigns; from seasoned professionals, to grass roots sailors, the joint initiative between TV producers Sunset+Vine and the sport’s governing body World Sailing covers a wide range of racing activity around the world. The programme is distributed globally to 51 broadcasters in 197 territories. The series is produced by renowned sailing journalist Matthew Sheahan. Featured in this issue is: • The ... Read More »

Free Classified Adverts on the SAILING Mag Blog

One of the most popular pages in SAILING Magazine was always the Free Classified ads page. It was a page often turned to first to see what bargains, boats and equipment were to be had with readers wanting to be first to make contact with the seller, or provide those wanting something for their boats with the item. This section has now been completely revamped on the SAILING Mag Blog, and can be viewed HERE Plus ads can now be ... Read More »

Archive Pics & Hunter Class 50th Anniversary

by Richard Crockett Some call it the largest keelboat class in South Africa, and whether it is or not is irrelevant as it has stood the test of time. This year the class will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with its national championships being sailed in conjunction with Keel Boat Week at Deneysville Aquatic Club on the Vaal Dam. 60 is the number of boats expected. It is a very active class with good numbers with sizeable fleets in the ... Read More »

Clipper Race. First Tough Test for Fleet

There have been leader board changes with shifting winds and variable conditions resulting in teams experiencing some of the most demanding on board conditions of the race so far. Unicef, which had enjoyed four consecutive days in the lead, has now slipped behind Sanya Serenity Coast and Visit Seattle which now take first and second place respectively. Nikki Henderson, Skipper of Visit Seattle: “It’s been our toughest 24 hours yet. “The crew worked their socks off yesterday in very shifty ... Read More »

Lipton Cup. RCYC Victorious

RCYC successfully defend the Lipton Cup with a 4th place finish in the final race. The final race got off to a late start as the wind was not settled. Conditions were sub-optimal for racing, with the wind changing directions and unpredictable gusts coming up as swiftly as they vanished. All eyes were on rivals Royal Cape Yacht Club and Hout Bay Yacht Club, RCYC the defending champions and HBYC strong contenders for overall second place. It soon became clear ... Read More »

The Life of Marlow Rope: Making the Clipper Race Ropes

To celebrate its 16 year long relationship with Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, Marlow Ropes has created a short film on the lengths it goes to, to produce the market-leading high performance Clipper Race ropes. From the initial research and development to the final rigging of the 70-foot Clipper Race fleet, Marlow’s film is an illuminating insight into the entire process of creating the strong, light and durable ropes. Focussing on Marlow’s expertise, craftsmanship and manufacturing techniques developed over ... Read More »

Clipper Race. The Pre-Doldrum Doldrums

Light winds continue to challenge during the fourth day of racing, which have caused the fleet to condense by 20 nautical miles in the last 24 hours in the Bay of Biscay. Andy Burns, Skipper of ‘GREAT Britain’, currently in sixth place, reports that the light weather conditions bring with them real lessons of light wind sailing which will be valuable later on in the race. Andy reports: “The Doldrums have come early!!! Or so it feels without the heat. ... Read More »

Lipton Cup. Another Late Charge by HBYC

Hout Bay Yacht Clubs (HBYC) team won today’s exciting race after overhauling the Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC) team in the final 100 metres of the race. Sailing a triangular course, the RCYC team led from the start and seemed certain of a fourth ‘bullet’, but the determined HBYC team pulled one out of the bag and with superior boat speed overhauled their opponents less than 100 metres from the finish – and taking an unexpected win. After day 5 ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Harken Returns As Official Supplier

Harken has been named official supplier of winches, blocks, traveller systems and mast car systems for the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. It is the second consecutive race that the USA and Italy-based manufacturer has equipped the One Design Volvo Ocean 65 fleet with some of the most advanced deckware products on the market. The agreement ensures Harken hardware will continue to be a fixture of the racing boats when they line up in Alicante on 22 October ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Tackling the Bay of Biscay

On day 3 as the fleet makes steady progress south past the UK and towards Northern France, skippers and crew are focussing on the next challenge; the Bay of Biscay, notorious for violent storms and heavy seas. Skipper of second placed ‘Sanya Serenity Coast’, Wendy Tuck, reports: “This morning we wake to a breeze still on the nose and we are about to start our passage across the Bay of Biscay. At the moment, it is being kind to us, ... Read More »

What Would A Port Elizabeth Waterfront Be Without A Yacht Club?

* Algoa Bay Yacht Club and Transnet Port Authority agree on an interim settlement over R1 906 594.95 ‘arrear rental’ * Parties agree to negotiate over 6 months as high court action is settled before trial * Could this be a body blow to the much vaunted PE Waterfront * Algoa Bay Yacht Club rental increased by 310% The Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) was established on 14 September 1959 and has become a landmark in the city. From paying ... Read More »

Lipton Cup Race 4. Hout Bay Controlled this Race

Hout Bay Yacht Club showed some excellent sailing skills today, and a desire to win at least one race in this Lipton Cup series after retiring from race 3 and destroying any chance of an overall victory. They were rewarded with a win having led from the start. Day 4 was sailed on a windward/leeward course as the compulsory 3 ‘Lipton Courses’ have all been completed. At the start of the race, a collision between defending champions Royal Cape Yacht ... Read More »

Clipper Race. It’s Off Around the World Again

The biggest ever edition of the Clipper Race – one of the world’s toughest endurance challenges – got underway on Sunday on the River Mersey, in Liverpool, in front of thousands of supporters. The day started with Departure Ceremonies with family, friends and supporters looking on from the Albert Dock colonnades as each team had their moment on stage before boarding their yachts. After an emotional slipping of the lines, the teams paraded under sail up the River Mersey for ... Read More »