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America’s Cup Class Ac75 Boat Concept Revealed

An exciting new era in America’s Cup racing has been unveiled as the concept for the AC75, the class of boat to be sailed in the 36th America’s Cup is released illustrating a bold and modern vision for high performance fully foiling monohull racing yachts. The Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa design teams have spent the last four months evaluating a wide range of monohull concepts. Their goals have been to design a class that will be challenging ... Read More »

Western Cape Championships on Table Bay in 2018

Notice of Intention V & A Waterfront 30 March 2018 – 2 April 2018 (Inclusive) On behalf of SA Sailing WC Exco we are pleased to announce that it is our intention to sail our Western Cape Championships 2018 in Table Bay, launching/docking at the Waterfront Basin. Various meetings have already taken place regarding logistics etc and there are more to follow. The venue was chosen with the intention of capitalising on vast numbers of both local and foreign visitors ... Read More »

NASA Launches NOAA Weather Satellite

NASA has successfully launched for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the first in a series of four highly advanced polar-orbiting satellites, equipped with next-generation technology and designed to improve the accuracy of U.S. weather forecasts out to seven days. The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) lifted off on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at 1:47 a.m. PST Saturday. Approximately 63 minutes after launch the solar arrays on JPSS-1 deployed and ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Waiting for the Slingshot!

By Richard Crockett It’s been a fascinating weekend watching the tactics of the boats as they literally jockeyed for position in an attempt to position themselves in the perfect spot for the ‘slingshot’ which will take them to the finish at great speed. There was quite a lot of gybing, with Brunel even pointing away from the finish as she tried to position herself. For me though, I think MAPFRE have played their tactics the best, and as this is ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Another Race Tragedy

by Richard Crockett This race has been marred by tragedy before, and regrettably again on Saturday when crew member, Simon Speirs, was swept overboard from the Great Britain Clipper. He was recovered, but was pronounced dead after all efforts by crew and an onboard GP were in vein. Tragedies at sea do happen, as they do on dry land, but for some reason sea-going tragedies tend to whip up a media frenzy and a need to apportion blame. I am ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Rolling the Dice in the South Atlantic

by Richard Crockett Yesterday afternoon the first boat to make a move eastwards was AkzoNobel. Their move immediately had them hit the top of the leaderboard. For the big question is whether this was a ‘media move’ to get attention for a campaign which has received media coverage for the wrong reasons, or a genuine attempt at breaking from the fleet to get a jump on them and win the leg into Cape Town. Time will tell. While they are ... Read More »

Garmin Quatix 5 Competition Winner

The winner of the Garmin Quatix 5 watch for the October competition is Becky Daniel (pictured). Becky is the mother of the 29er World Champion helmsman – Benji Daniel. Congratulations Becky – and thanks to everyone who entered.   TO SEE THE FULL GARMIN RANGE CLICK HERE   Read More »

Clipper Race. Fast Downwind Conditions Replaced by Shifting Winds

The Dell Latitude Rugged Race has seen mixed conditions for the Clipper Race fleet with fast downwind conditions being replaced by shifting winds and lighter airs for many teams. Sanya Serenity Coast remains in the lead with less than 2,000 nautical miles to go to Fremantle and Skipper, Wendy Tuck, reports: “Yes, we got a kite up, but it was only for a few hours as the wind increased and it was getting to be a bit much. We still ... Read More »

South African Sailing. Rescheduling Special General Meeting

Notification to SAS Members Dear Member The President’s email on the 17th October 2017 giving notice of a Special General Meeting (SGM)to vote on the adoption of an amended South African Sailing Constitution did not include details of the intended venue. It, therefore, could not represent an official notice for an SGM although it complied with all other aspects required for such notification. The notice of an SGM sent out on the 19th October 2017, which included the required details ... Read More »

World Sailing launches revolutionary eSailing World Championships

World Sailing, the world governing body, has moved into the world of eSports with the launch of the first virtual World Sailing Championships. In partnership with the leading digital sailing platform, Virtual Regatta, the eSailing World Championships will be held every year starting from 2018. The Virtual Regatta platform provides the perfect vehicle for the eSWC, with their established Inshore Regatta games. A new set of World Sailing regulations will be used to allow the sports Racing Rules of Sailing ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Spinnakers Emerge As Westerlies Fill in

The westerly winds that the Clipper Race fleet has been waiting for finally arrived for many of the teams as they pass the halfway mark of Race 3: The Dell Latitude Rugged Race to Fremantle, Australia. With under 2,400 nautical miles to go until Fremantle, Sanya Serenity Coast is in the lead. Having taken a more northerly route, the team has not yet found the right sailing conditions to hoist a spinnaker but Skipper Wendy Tuck reports: “For the first ... Read More »

New Leader Appointed for Volvo Ocean Race

by Richard Crockett When the Volvo Ocean Race appointed Mark Turner to take the helm of this tough ocean race, those who knew his reputation were excited as they knew BIG changes were on the cards. Sadly Turner pulled the plug on his tenure heading this race, but the announcement of Richard Brisius and Johan Salén, appointed as President and co-President of the Volvo Ocean Race, is likely to be a good one. Former ‘Japie sailor’ Ant Spillebeen, has worked ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Back to business in the South Atlantic

With Monday’s Equator crossings already a fading memory for the Volvo Ocean Race crews, gone too is any respite, however brief, from the relentless action that’s characterising the second leg. Many sailors awoke on Tuesday sporting new haircuts or with the faint whiff of days-old food about them, or both. These were the only reminders of the momentary reprieve that came in the form of the traditional ceremonies to induct first timers into the court of King Neptune. However stomach-churning, ... Read More »

François Gabart Cracks 24-Hour Record

by Richard Crockett It’s ‘hot’ out there in the South Atlantic as the Volvo Ocean Race boats and the giant MACIF trimaran share the same waters – all with the same objective – that being to sail as fast as possible. The Volvo boats will soon be ‘turning the corner’ for Cape Town, and when they do we are likely to see some big performances and high-numbered days runs coming from them. However the Volvo sailors must be in awe ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Equator Now Conquered

By Richard Crockett Having been travelling for some days now with ‘iffy’ coms, I have been out of touch with the race, but am delighted to see that the fleet has crossed the equator and is heading for Cape Town. The pace will quicken significantly now, especially once they have been freed from the doldrums and pick up the trade winds again. While the Doldrums are often considered an area of no wind, in reality, it is more often an ... Read More »