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GGR. Uku Randmaa Claims 3rd Podium Place

Uku Randmaa crossed the Les Sables d’Olonne finish line yesterday to secure third place in Golden Globe Race. Thousands lined the river entrance to catch a glimpse of this quiet spoken 56 year old Estonian solo circumnavigator and his boat. Waiting for him at the dock was his wife Maibi and young twins Thor and Orm who were born shortly before his departure, together with the family of fellow circumnavigators who he had kept each other going through good times ... Read More »

Youngest Ever Clipper Race Skipper Scoops Prestigious Yachting Award

Clipper 2017-18 Race Skipper Nikki Henderson has been awarded the prestigious Yachting Journalists’ Association (YJA) Yachtsman of the Year Award after making history when, at 24, she became the youngest ever skipper to compete in the biggest round the world yacht race. The award, which was presented jointly to the 25 year old, and Tracy Edwards MBE for her work with ‘Maiden’, during a ceremony in London. Cliff Webb, YJA Chairman, said: “The YJA is delighted to recognise Nikki’s achievement ... Read More »

March 2019 Raymarine Sailor of the Month – Mike Hayton

Mike Hayton is no stranger to the competitive racing scene, and a man who likes to surround himself with a dedicated crew who like to sail and play hard. Plus, with two top keelboats in his stable he is able to give both women and men the opportunity to sail on top boats. The annual Mykonos Race is always a favourite on his calendar and he works his crew hard on the passage to Mykonos, and then even harder during ... Read More »

For Sale – Southerly 49

Fully equipped for cruising including a swing keel offering 0.9m draft when up and 3.5 m down. Electric winches, in-mast furling, bow thruster etc etc. A true blue water cruiser, built in the UK by NorthShore. Read the FULL spec HERE:  southerly 49 MON49-0346 SPECS Info from: Chris de Kock +27 (0)83 444 3630 chris@yachtandpowersales.com Read More »

New Ultime ‘Sodebo’ Launched for Thomas Coville

by Brian Hancock So this is how it’s done in France when it comes to sailing sponsorship. Take a mainstream company, one that started out specializing in frozen pizzas which are consumed broadly across France on a daily basis, and have their marketing people decide that the best way to increase brand awareness is to get involved with sailing; yes sailing. Not soccer, not rugby, not tennis, but our sport. Sailing. Who would have thought? When you try and pitch ... Read More »

10 Amazing Message-in-a-bottle Stories

From the words of a shipwrecked castaway to a sailor looking for love, these bottle-bound missives have tales of their own to tell. There’s something undeniably romantic about tossing a message into the ocean and seeing to whom fate — abetted by the currents and wind — might deliver the marine missive. Messages have been slipped into bottles and shipped on mysterious voyages at least since 310 B.C., when Greek philosopher Theophrastus employed the tactic to test his theory that ... Read More »

The Ocean Race Bags Hat-trick of Shortlists

Following an unprecedented amount of entries, The Ocean Race has been shortlisted in three key categories at the prestigious BT Sport Industry Awards 2019. The Race, formerly known as the Volvo Ocean Race, has been nominated for prizes by sports industry selectors in a trio of areas – Fan or Community Engagement Award, Cutting Edge Sport Award, Social and Sustainable Development Award – following a record-breaking 2017-18 edition. The BT Sport Industry Awards 2019, with 19 categories of outstanding competition, ... Read More »

29er FOR SALE

29er Advert GD 2019.02.03 FULL HOUSE INVENtORY & MORE… 2017 World Champions training boat Contact Benji Daniel/Becky Daniel tel. 072 228.2943. SEE THE FULL SPEC HERE:  29er Advert GD 2019.02.03 Read More »

Promote All Lanes on the Youth Highway

The following editorial has been published with permission from Scuttlebutt News. It was published today HERE The International Optimist Class has a massive footprint in the sport, and without debate the Optimist World Championship is the shiniest prize for youth sailors up to 15 years. But for those believing the class is the only option for a young person, think again. In a reminder that the goal is to introduce a lifelong sport to a young person, and not bury ... Read More »

2019 Knysna Yacht Club Inter Club Regatta

by Malcolm Osborne There was good support from the Eastern Cape at the 2019 Knysna Yacht Club Interclub Regatta, with 11 out of 26 dinghies and 6 out 12 catamarans, but just two of 13 juniors. Two Dart 18s came all the way from East London. George Lakes YC also fielded many in the senior and junior dinghies. Three races were sailed in a light, patchy south westerly breeze on Saturday. With a high tide in the afternoon, currents weren’t ... Read More »

2018 Was the Fourth Warmest Year

Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest since 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Global temperatures in 2018 were 0.83 degrees Celsius warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. Globally, 2018’s temperatures rank behind those of 2016, 2017 and 2015. The past five years are, collectively, the warmest years in the modern record. “2018 ... Read More »

Magnetic North Shifting by 30 Miles A Year

The magnetic pole is moving faster than at any time in human history, causing major problems for navigation and migratory wildlife writes BRYAN NELSON. Magnetic north in the Arctic Circle is shifting so quickly now that it’s affecting navigation. Whenever you hold a compass, the needle points to magnetic north near the North Pole. For centuries, magnetic north has led navigators and explorers around the world. But the magnetic north pole is currently shifting at a faster rate than at ... Read More »

Interview with Don McIntyre

“The Next Golden Globe Winner Might Be 21 Or Younger” Don McIntyre is the founder, chairman and CEO of the Golden Globe Race. The charismatic, outspoken Australian adventurer and circumnavigator has realised many of his dreams over the course of his career. When he set out to replicate and honour the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race 50 years after Sir Robin Knox Johnston became the first sailor to complete a solo non stop circumnavigation, he achieved a groundswell of ... Read More »

February 2019 Raymarine Sailor of the Month – Dale Kushner

It’s been a few decades since South Africans performed with class and distinction on the world singlehanded stage, and while race from Cape Town to the Island of St Helena is anything but ‘on the world stage’, Dale Kushner was the only singlehanded competitor. Singlehanded sailing is something he has dreamt about for many years, and having completed this course he may yet set his sights higher and pit himself against the best in the world at an international level. ... Read More »

GGR. Mark Slats Finishes 2nd

42-year old Dutch sailor Mark Slats and his Rustler 36 ‘Ophen Maverick’ took second place overall in the 2018 Golden Globe Race last night, and despite the late hour, received a rousing welcome from Dutch, French and British supporters there to applaud his super-human efforts in trying to overhaul race winner Jean-Luc Van Den Heede back up the Atlantic Ocean. Slats, a record breaking Atlantic rower, was challenging for the lead from the start, but a tactical decision to follow ... Read More »