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Route du Rhum. They’re Off

by Richard Crockett The 11th edition and 40th anniversary staging of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race got underway in spectacular style today off the Brittany port of Saint Malo, as a record entry of 123 skippers set sail for Guadeloupe. Conditions could not have been better for spectators and sailors alike as the fleet revelled in 20 knots of breeze coming off the land on a beautiful Autumn afternoon. After a very conservative start with no one ... Read More »

Route du Rhum. Donald Alexander on the Enormity of this Race

by Donald Alexander Debra and I are in St Malo, and suddenly it’s the night before my departure on the Route du Rhum, the solo sailing race from St Malo, France to Guadeloupe in the Caribbean. I cannot begin to describe what a spectacle this event is and the reverence it has amongst the French. To get the best impression its definitely worth checking out the website ( which also enables you to follow the race. I must confess to ... Read More »

Route du Rhum. The South African Connection

by Richard Crockett As we are starved of local sailors competing on the world stage, the local sailing community quickly latches onto anyone with a South African connection sailing internationally, and especially in high profile classes or events. Malcolm Hall and his crew recently won the Fareast 28 Worlds, while William Voermann and his crew won the last race of the Etchells Worlds, finishing 10th overall in a start-studded fleet. These recent events saw the guys enjoy a high level ... Read More »


by Brian Hancock The Route du Rhum is one of the greats and this years race looks to be one of the greatest ever. The race is run every four years and goes from the beautiful walled city of Saint Malo on the north coast of France to Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe. It’s a solo Atlantic crossing and in 2014 there were 91 competitors. When the start gun goes this Sunday there will be 125 sailors on the line ready to ... Read More »

November 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailor of the Month – Stefano Marcia

Stefano Marcia is a worthy candidate as he has just won the 2018 Laser National Championships in style, while showing that he is the top Laser sailor in the country. He also holds the SAS Northern Region provincial championship title and finished fifth in the 2018 American Nationals. He represented South Africa at the 2016 Olympics and now spends most of his spare time on the water bettering his skills. All this knowledge and experience is not wasted as he ... Read More »

GGR. Susie Goodall 4th At Hobart

29-year old Golden Globe Race skipper Susie Goodall made good use of her time in Hobart to repair her wind vane self-steering and dive to clear barnacles clinging to the bottom of her Rustler 36 yacht ‘DHL Starlight’. Looking fit and relaxed, she remained at anchor for 12 hours, using the opportunity to try and catch up on sleep before starting maintenance work on her boat at first light. The barnacles were not nearly as bad as on Uku Randmaa’s ... Read More »

Equipment for 2024 Olympics and Beyond

World Sailing is currently meeting and making decisions that affect all sailors, especially those who aspire to compete in the Olympics as the class of boat will be determined in the next few days. Roy Dunster has some pretty hard-hitting views on this subject. Delegates at the World Sailing Conference in Sarasota are going to be asked to vote again on Olympic Equipment Selection. Undoubtedly, each delegate and the MNA (Member National Authority) they represent wants to do what’s best ... Read More »

World Sailing Awards. And the Winners Are…

Carolijn Brouwer (NED) / Marie Riou (FRA) and Pavlos Kontides (CYP) were crowned female and male Rolex World Sailors of the Year as the stars of sailing were recognised at the 2018 World Sailing Awards in Sarasota, Florida, USA. Brouwer and Riou were recognised for their success in the Volvo Ocean Race and Kontides for winning consecutive World Championship titles. Three news Awards were introduced in 2018. Corpus Christi Yacht Club claimed the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award, ... Read More »

VOR Report Makes Suggestions for Safer Sailing in Congested Waters

The Volvo Ocean Race commissioned an independent report to examine ocean racing at night in areas of high vessel traffic density. By Chris Oxenbould, Stan Honey and Chuck Hawley The Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) organisers commissioned an independent report following the collision between Vestas 11th Hour Racing and a non- racing vessel in the final stages of the leg into Hong Kong during the most recent edition of the race. The report has examined ocean racing at night in areas ... Read More »

Changes afoot for the Volvo Ocean Race

by Brian Hancock There are changes afoot for the Volvo Ocean Race and some of them were outlined at the Yacht Racing Forum that’s currently going on in France this week. Richard Mason, the Executive Director of the race’s leadership team updated attendees on the various changes that we can expect for the next race. First of all it won’t be called the Volvo Ocean Race. Volvo still remains involved but their name will not be in the race title. ... Read More »

Virtual Regatta – Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe

The Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe, famous solo transatlantic regatta between Saint-Malo and Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe), will start on 4 November in Saint-Malo. The online race organized by Virtual Regatta offers many innovations, and is about to break its records. Virtual Regatta, the world leader in online racing, is the official game of the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe, a solo transatlantic race between Saint-Malo and Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe), which will start on 4 November in Saint-Malo. Around 300,000 players ... Read More »

Etchells Worlds. Voermann Wins Final Race

by Richard Crockett From all accounts the final day was a perfect day’s sailing as Brisbane pretty much offered the classic mix of sun, and just enough wind for the last two races of the 2018 Etchells World Championship. This is how the official press release reported on Race 9, the final race in the series which Voermann and his crew won: Race Nine was set to an axis of 090 degrees as the breeze continued to move left. It ... Read More »

2018 Etchells Worlds. Voermann 11th Overall

by Richard Crockett ‘Our man’ William Voermann is knocking on the door for a top 10 finish as right now after 7 races he is in 11th spot, and with discards taken into account he is just a single point behind 10th place. His last 3 races have seen him finish 27th; 15th and 8th – so he now has two top 10 finishes in an extremely HOT fleet of world class sailors. Those of us who know, or knew ... Read More »

Ricardo Pinto Wins the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image of 2018

109 photographers representing 25 nationalities took part in the 9th edition of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image photo competition. The photos submitted, of great quality, illustrate the 2018 sailing season and highlight the extraordinary diversity of the sport, which combines both crewed round the world regattas and junior sailing, with events taking place all over the world. The international jury decided to honour Portuguese photographer Ricardo Pinto (POR) and his image taken during the Volvo Ocean Race. Based in Lisbon, ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Dale Smyth is Deputy Race Director

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, one of the most challenging endurance events on the planet and the only sailing event which trains everyday people to circumnavigate the globe, is pleased to announce that Dale Smyth, 37, from Cape Town, South Africa is set to join its Race Office team after being appointed Deputy Race Director. Dale, who has gained extensive first-hand experience of the circuit after Skippering the ‘Dare to Lead’ team in 2017-18 edition, is British born, ... Read More »