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Volvo Ocean Race. Clouds Bring Beauty But More Challenges

As temperatures rise and strong winds give way to localised storm activity on the approach to the Doldrums, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet is picking its way through the cloud systems, attempting to connect the dots, joining the wind pressure cells. It’s exhausting work for navigators and skippers in terms of decision-making, and for the crew moving the stack of sails on each gybe. At least some if not all of the teams have elected to ‘split the stack’, piling ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. It’s Been Wet, Wet Wet… !

The opening days of this first skirmish south towards Cape Town has been wet, tough and demanding for the Volvo Ocean Race boats and crew as the winds have been in excess of 30 knots most of the time. This series of pics shows just how fierce life in the Atlantic Ocean can be. The teams are dehydrated, exhausted and constantly wet. Slaves to the position reports that are delivered to the boats every 6 hours, each team, each sailor, ... Read More »

World Sailing Awards. Bouwmeester and Burling the Big Winners

  Marit Bouwmeester (NED) and Peter Burling (NZL) were the big winners at the inaugural World Sailing Awards in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico as they were announced male and female 2017 Rolex World Sailor of the Year. Held at Patio Los Arcos in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the sport of sailing was celebrated in a star-studded evening that welcomed leading sailors and influencers. The 2017 World Sailing Awards also saw the presentation of the Beppe Croce Trophy and the President’s Development Award. ... Read More »

Point Yacht Club to Host Lipton Cup 2018

Sailing in Durban received the generous news from the Royal Cape Yacht Club, the victorious 2017 Lipton Cup winners, with the offer to host the prestigious event in warmer waters. In a letter presented to the Commodore of Point Yacht Club, Greg de Beyer, Commodore of the Royal Cape Yacht Club, Vitor Medina graciously offered the opportunity to host the respected event offshore of Durban mid-year in 2018. In Medina’s letter, he referred to the 2013 event sailed offshore of ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Was West the Best?

Yesterday the big question was whether ‘west was best’? To some degree that question has been answered as the entire fleet is now all heading west, including Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag who were the furthest east by a significant margin. But now the entire fleet is on a starboard gybe heading west, and all passed north of Madeira. Will they ‘follow the leader’ or will there be someone brave enough, or stupid enough, to make a break in an attempt to ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. On their Way to Cape Town

Dongfeng Race Team converted a strong start into an early lead as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet embarked on Leg 2, a 7,000 nautical mile race from Lisbon to Cape Town. Conditions were perfect for the start, with bright blue skies, and a 15-20 knot Northerly breeze that allowed the fleet to reach up and down the Tagus River past the city front of Lisbon. After exiting the river and heading offshore past the protection of Cascais, the wind built ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. In-Port Race & Leg 2 Preview

Team Brunel won the second In-Port Race in the Volvo Ocean Race. The team sailed almost the entirety of the race in first place and took the victory after a fierce battle with Mapfre on the last beat to the finish. Conditions were challenging, to say the least, with squalls bringing rain and gusty, shifting winds. Not only that, but the confines of the mouth of the Tagus River meant a short leg length, with four laps of the race ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Some top Pics from Leg 1

‘Best Of’ content from Leg 1 – this is what we couldn’t let you miss as it’s the best of digital content delivered to you from the Onboard Reporters (OBR) of the Volvo Ocean Race, live from the ocean. Enjoy the work of these OBRs who work as hard, and put in long hours to get you these images from the middle of the ocean. Read More »

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image. Top 20 Announced

The top twenty pictures from the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award will be exhibited at World Sailing’s Annual Conference in Puerto Vallarta (November 4 – 12), and then at the Yacht Racing Forum (Aarhus, Denmark, November 27-28). The photographers selected have been discolsed after being selected by an international jury. The top twenty photographers (in alphabetical order): Cristina Balcells (SPA) Stephanie Billarant (FRA) Olivier Blanchet (FRA) Chris Cameron (NZL) Sharon Green (USA) Sören Hese (GER) Nicolas Jutzi (SUI) Harry Kenney ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Greenings Aground

The third stage of the Clipper 2017-18 Race got underway in Cape Town yesterday (31 October) with the highly anticipated 4,754 nautical mile Southern Ocean sleigh ride towards Fremantle, Australia. But early on, and within hours of the start, the winner of the first 2 leg, Greenings, ran aground. The NSRI report stated: At 22h34, Tuesday, 31st October, NSRI Kommetjie duty crew were activated following a report from MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) of a yacht run aground at Olifantsbospunt, ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Vestas win Leg 1

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 WATCH. CLICK HERE   Vestas 11th Hour Racing won Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race, crossing the finish line in the River Tagus in Lisbon, Portugal – a tremendous victory for American skipper Charlie Enright. The wind shut down on the final approach, and an early morning lead of 34-nautical miles over second-placed MAPFRE was soon whittled down to 10-miles. The finish line was in sight, but the current in the river was pushing ... Read More »

Lipton Cup Trustee ANNOUNCEMENT: Lipton Challenge 2018

DATES: The Lipton Cup Deed of Gift requires that “The Club winning the Cup in each year shall within two months thereafter notify the dates on which the next Cup races shall be sailed….” In compliance with this requirement Royal Cape Yacht Club yesterday informed the Lipton Trustees that the dates for the next Contest will be 6th to 13th July 2018. VENUE: It is well known that the Lipton Cup Deed of Gift stipulates that each year the “races ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Setting Up for A Thrilling Finish

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 WATCH. CLICK HERE   Vestas 11th Hour Racing led the fleet around the Porto Santo North Waypoint during the night, and has increased here lead over second placed MAPFRE to 26.6nm – this despite MAPFRE pulling back a gain of 6.4nm between the 6-hourly position reports. The whole fleet is now around that waypoint and setting course for the finish in Lisbon – and speeds are up as the fleet heads downwind. Simon Fisher, the ... Read More »

South Africa’s ‘My Side’ Wins Slow Race to Shenzhen

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 WATCH. CLICK HERE   The 11th edition of the China Cup International Regatta opened with the passage race from Hong Kong to Shenzhen. With around 1,500 sailors from 40 different nations and regions, this event is more international than ever and the competition tougher by the year. In the hotly contested one-design fleet of Beneteau 40.7s, Ellian Perch’s crew on ‘My Side’ Team from South Africa threw down the gauntlet by winning their fleet. Yiihua ... Read More »

Armel Le Cléac’h Crowned IMOCA Champion

The winner of the Vendée Globe has had a double success taking the title of IMOCA world champion for the second time, for the period 2015-2016, which ended with the Vendée Globe. This is the second time Armel Le Cléac’h has been crowned champion after his first win in 2008. The skipper of Banque Populaire follows in the footsteps of Jean Le Cam and can now happily move towards new horizons with the feeling that he has accomplished all he ... Read More »