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Study Shows Rogue Waves Are Becoming More Extreme

by gCaptain They are every mariner’s worst nightmare. A wave twice the height of the average sea state that seemingly comes out of nowhere. Rogue waves have been blamed for countless lost vessels throughout history, but not only are they dangerous to ships and mariners at sea, they can also sweep unsuspecting beach goers out to sea – often with fatal results. To get a better understanding of the phenomena, a team of researchers with the University of Southampton set ... Read More »

The Bermudes 1000 – an IMOCA Event

by Brian Hancock The IMOCA class, operated mostly out of France, is one example of how a class association can really grow an idea into an international movement. IMOCA, which stands for the International Monohull Open Class Association, was originally formed in 1998 as a way to promote the rapidly growing Open 50 and 60 classes as well as a number of single-handed or short-handed races. In 2001 it was formally recognized as an international class and the movement has ... Read More »

Geologists Baffled by Remote Island That’s Covered in Mysterious Rocks

There’s no way these types of rocks could have formed there. By Bryan Nelson There exists a remote tropical island between mainland Africa and Madagascar where one of the greatest geological mysteries in history is unfolding. Anjouan is an autonomous high island formed by undersea volcanoes 4 million years ago, known for its steep, mountainous terrain and black sand beaches. Due to its volcanic origins, the island should be uniformly composed of basalt, a lava-derived rock — and it mostly ... Read More »

The Ocean Race Enters New Era with Global Launch Event

The Ocean Race revealed its new brand identity and confirmed two team entries during an online launch event hosted in Alicante, Spain. Formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Race (1973 to 1997) and the Volvo Ocean Race (2001 to 2018), The Ocean Race is the premiere, fully-crewed, offshore race in the world, and a pinnacle event in the sport of sailing. Although now under new ownership, The Ocean Race retains Volvo as a premier race partner. “This is ... Read More »

Childhood Friends to Represent Cape Town in Global Yacht Race

Following a competitive and worldwide search, two sailors from Cape Town have been selected to skipper teams in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Experienced yachtsmen Nick Leggatt and David Immelman have been named among the eleven professionals who will lead teams aboard a 70-foot ocean yacht when the 40,000 nautical mile, eleventh month Clipper 2019-20 Race begins this summer in the UK. Nick and David have known each other since their school days and have remained friends as ... Read More »

Sir Robin Turns 80

by Brian Hancock One of my favourite books growing up was “A World of my Own” by Robin Knox-Johnston. It recounted his solo circumnavigation and ultimate win in the first Golden Globe Race that took place 50 years ago. What I recall most about the book was the fervour with which Robin took on the gruelling task of sailing alone around the world stating on many occasions that he was doing it “for Queen and Country.” I though that was ... Read More »

Modernizing the Laser Design

(This article may be best read HERE as it contains 2 excellent videos to illustrate what can be done) by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt Sailing News A good relationship between one design classes and their builders is vital for the success of class associations. Reliable supply is good for the class members while a poorly administered class is bad for the supplier. Everything is either win-win or lose-lose. A variable all class organizations face is change, and the International Laser Class ... Read More »

America’s Cup. Arbitration Panel Rules Late Challengers Valid

The America’s Cup Arbitration Panel decision finding all three Late Entry challenges to be valid has been released. The Challenger of Record and the Defender had already reached a settlement agreement under which the validity of the Challenges was accepted and issued a Protocol amendment allowing for the Late Entry to be paid by deferred instalments. However, despite this collaborative agreement, the New York Yacht Club elected to continue to pursue the case. This anti-competitive action has caused further delays ... Read More »

Book Review. Nautical Works

Book Review – by Richard Crockett Nautical Works by Jacques Devaulx Published by Taschen It is not often that when one opens a book one’s breath is taken away! This book is one of those that piques the interest from the outset as it is beautifully packaged, beautifully presented in every way and printed on sumptuous eco-friendly paper too. It has a WOW factor that simply escalates as one pages through this coffee table tome which is liberally illustrated in ... Read More »

Scouting ‘Around the Island’

Participating in the 61st Round the Island Regatta at Vaal Dam, Scouts and Scouters from 3rd Kensington Sea Scouts, Eastleigh Sea Scouts, and Harmelia Air Scouts set sail in a regatta fleet of 215 boats this year. 8 keelboats and 5 dinghies were crewed by a total of 51 members of Scouts South Africa, the biggest contingent to the annual event to date. The event this year was fortunate to have at least some wind to keep the fleet moving ... Read More »

Wright Secures Spot At Youth Sailing World Champs

Her first ever trip sailing didn’t end too well, but only a few years later Isabella Wright is headed to the Youth Sailing World Championships. The global event will take place in Gdynia, Poland from 13 to 20 July and brings together hundreds of the world’s finest sailors aged 19 and under. It’ll certainly be a far cry from the first time she got in a boat six years ago. “I first started sailing when I was 11 when a ... Read More »

America’s Cup. 24 Months to Go

It seems like a long time, but this is the America’s Cup and time is the biggest issue – you never have enough of it. Every day is important. Is two years long enough? “Not even close, we could use four,” explains America’s Cup veteran and Skipper of American Magic, Terry Hutchinson. “Every single day is already accounted for as we work and prepare for the 36th America’s Cup.” Each of the teams will now be at varying stages of ... Read More »

SWI-TEC Bosuns Chair

We all love our boats and it is fact that we have to climb up the mast regularly to effect repairs. It can be very labourious, especially when you have to fix or clean something where you need further equipment. In order that you can concentrate on the work, SWI-TEC has designed a Bosuns Chair that is fully equipped with all conveniences. The sitting surface consists of an integrated wooden board that allows one to sit comfortably – even for ... Read More »

GPS Date Rollover Affects Older GPS Units

Published by PANBO the Marine Electronics Hub and written by Ben Stein On 6 April 2019 older GPS units may experience a range of problems because of a limitation in how they handle dates. Those problems could include not being able to receive location data. It turns out the way dates are stored in older GPS units has a rollover event every roughly 20 years and we are about to experience the second one since the GPS constellations came online. ... Read More »

Stu Bannatyne: ‘Never Say Never…’

When Kiwi Stu Bannatyne won the final Volvo Ocean Race with Dongfeng Race Team last year he was completing his eighth Whitbread or Volvo Race. His win rate is probably the best in the business, the 2017-18 success being his fourth after New Zealand Endeavour in 1993-94, Illbruck in 2001-2 and Ericsson 4 in 2008-9. In his capacity with Doyle Sails he has recently been spending time in France with the Figaro Beneteau 3 comes on stream, helping the four ... Read More »