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MSC Week About to Begin

by Richard Crockett Usually a very popular event on the sailing calendar, numbers are no longer anything like they used to be, although this year things are looking up as two classes used the regatta as either their national or provincial champs from 2 – 6 July. Plus, immediately after the MSC Week, the Lipton Challenge Cup will be sailed off Durban, and this has brought 17 teams to Durban who are using the MSC Regatta s a warm-up. Joining ... Read More »

Wrecked Vessel Identified

by Richard Crockett I should never be amazed by the power of the sea having spent so much time sailing, but there are times when one has to be in awe of how the ocean currents work, and how they take abandoned boats long distances over long periods of time and deposit them in places no-one would ever expect. This is exactly the situation with the catamaran Llama Lo which, in October 2015, was sailing from Durban to Cape Town ... Read More »

South Africa’s Biggest Power Catamaran in Production

Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing currently has a 110-foot Day Charter Power Catamaran in production. She is designed for commercial day charters for large groups of people in her home waters, which will be in the Seychelles. This 110 Day Charter Catamaran will be the biggest composite power catamaran ever to be launched in South Africa. She has both an upper and lower deck and a flybridge. The upper deck has plenty of casual seating, and storage space for snorkelling gear ... Read More »

Dave Shilton Gets Exclusive World Champs Invitation

Knysna sailor Dave Shilton is one of just eight sailors to be invited by World Sailing to take part in the Emerging Nations Programme (ENP) in Aarhus, Denmark ahead of the 2018 Sailing World Championships. He’ll be joined by Cape Town-based Constantin Hatzilambros, who represents Namibia, along with sailors from Bermuda, Cuba, Iran, Hong Kong, Serbia, and Venezuela, who will all benefit from coaching and support before and during the championship, which take place from 30 July to 12 August. ... Read More »

Dongfeng. The Emotions of Their Success

In the closing stages, skipper Charles Caudrelier and navigator Pascal Bidegorry followed the pre-race advice of the team’s shore-based meteorologist Marcel Van Triest and chose an inshore route to the finish line along the German and Dutch coasts which paid handsome dividends. Dongfeng’s victory into The Hague was its first leg win of the 11-stage race. However the Chinese-flagged crew was always in the fight for stage wins and scored seven podium finishes on its way to overall victory. It ... Read More »

52 Super Series. Tina Almost Outshines the Male Dominated Fleet

Tina Plattner, Ed Baird and the crew of 2018 52 SUPER SERIES debutants Phoenix gave themselves a fighting chance of winning the second circuit regatta of the season after delivering another consistent, low scoring day at the Zadar Royal Cup in Croatia on the penultimate day. It was sadly not to be. If she had steered the new generation Botin design to overall victory and leave closest rivals Platoon and Luna Rossa in the shade, she would have marked a ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Dongfeng Race Team Win

by Richard Crockett WOW – what an exciting and close finish that literally went down to the wire and has been billed the closest finish in race history. If you, like me, have faithfully watched and followed the race as it has wound its way around the world, that final leg into The Hague was an absolute nail-biter that had me fixated throughout the 970nm it took to finish. With four hours to go I was absolutely convinced that MAPFRE ... Read More »

Dongfeng Race Team and MAPFRE in Tense Match Race

Dongfeng Race Team holds a narrow lead over MAPFRE after one day of racing in the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. Team Brunel is in fourth place, behind Vestas 11th Hour Racing. Rivals Dongfeng Race Team and MAPFRE were locked in a bitter tussle for the Leg 11 lead – and overall Volvo Ocean Race victory – on Friday as they led the fleet towards the Danish city of Aarhus. One third of the way through the 970-mile ... Read More »

Tracking Your Race

Raymarine are the official tracking partner of the Round the Island Race in the UK, and are offering a free, live tracking system. Following a successful trial of the Automatic Identification System (AIS) system in 2017, they are hoping as many yachts as possible will use AIS and devices like Raymarine’s AIS700 transceiver to provide their tracking data for the 2018 Race. As well as logging positions, boats with AIS will have the advantage of an enhanced awareness of other ... Read More »

52 Super Series. Tina Plattner Wins Race

Tina Plattner won her first 52 SUPER SERIES race yesterday steering Phoenix, and now lies in 3rd spot overall in the series being sailed in Croatian waters in a day of light winds. This too in a highly competitive fleet full of some of the best sailing stars on the international sailing circuit. It was the third race she won, and this is how it was described: Race 3 Once again in the NW’ly light breeze there was no one ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Who Will Win?

By Richard Crockett The talking point around the world right now amongst those following the race is who will be crowned the overall winner – as one of 3 boats can win? At yesterdays final leg start it looked as if Brunel and MAPFRE had literally shot themselves in the foot as they jockeyed for position at the pin end of the line, harassing each other and taking their eyes off the third player in this equation – Dongfeng. MAPFRE ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Three Teams Poised to Take the Prize

Three teams will start Leg 11 in a few hours time – the final 700 nautical mile sprint leg of the Volvo Ocean Race – in a virtual tie for the lead, setting up an epic, dramatic and unprecedented denouement. After racing over 44,000 nautical miles around the world, two teams now sit tied at the top of the overall leader board on 65 points – MAPFRE and Team Brunel – with Dongfeng Race Team currently just one point behind ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. Joshua and Suhaili Unite

Two great men of the sea, Britain’s Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and French hero Bernard Moitessier never met or communicated with each other during the first Golden Globe solo round the world Race 50 years go, but their equally famous yachts, Suhaili and Joshua finally came together for the only the second time in history yesterday. In an historic moment, the two classic yachts will mark opposite ends of the start line when Sir Robin fires a canon from the deck ... Read More »

The Golden Globe Race. Back to the Traditional ‘Roots’ of Sailing

by Richard Crockett It’s been likened to ‘stepping back to the Golden Age of solo sailing’ as the Golden Globe Race is a 30,000 miles non-stop passage around the world via the five Great Capes – ALONE – and with NO outside assistance. For those who follow sailing closely they will know that the race is being reenacted to celebrate Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s historic 1968/9 world first solo non-stop circumnavigation in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Yacht Race – that’s ... Read More »

Ocean Summit Sets Royal Standard for Ocean Health Solutions

The first ever Gothenburg summit, attended by HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, saw progressive announcements to tackle the plastic crisis from the Swedish Government and Volvo Cars. Karolina Skog, Swedish Government Minister for the Environment, revealed that the Swedish Government has allocated €7.8 million to 15 projects related to Ocean health at the event in the Volvo Ocean Race Village. Karolina Skog said: “The Swedish government has decided to allocate the funds to specifically work on projects that focus ... Read More »