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Low Friction Rings: Like A Donut, But Sweeter

by Richard Crockett The above heading got my attention, so naturally I delved a little more and liked what I saw as it is aimed specifically at cruisers. What’s the deal with Low Friction Rings? Why choose a block with more friction and a sneaky name? Several reasons: • No moving parts! • Really strong! • Lightweight and tough! • Low cost! READ THE FULL STORY HERE Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race Holds Landmark Sustainability Workshop

Over 100 Volvo Ocean Race sailors, shore crew, stakeholders and industry leaders came together at the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard in Lisbon to learn more about ocean health and share ideas on how to tackle plastic pollution during the 2017-18. Those present learnt more about plastic pollution, heard more about the Volvo Ocean Race’s sustainability plans for the next edition, and shared ideas on how to optimise collective efforts during the race, which begins on 22 October 2017. Led by ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race Virtual Regatta

Volvo Ocean Race has teamed up with Virtual Regatta for 2017-18 race game, and is back, better than ever, offering up the ultimate virtual sailing challenge. The new edition of the game, to be launched to coincide with the Prologue leg of the race on October 8, now features offshore and inshore racing, just like the real thing. The Volvo Ocean Race is sailing’s toughest challenge – a 45,000 nautical mile test of skill and character as crews race around ... Read More »

‘Revolutionary’ 50hp DTorque Turbo Diesel Outboard

Seascape Marine, through its agency agreement with Yanmar Marine International (YMI), are now offering the Neander Shark DTorque turbo diesel outboard to targeted customers in the commercial offshore, military, fishing, rescue and charter-marine sector. This engine would also perfectly serve tender boat requirements on large yachts which only store diesel fuel. The DTorque outboard develops 50hp using a small 804 cm³ turbocharged, twin cylinder diesel aluminium crankcase engine with common-rail fuel injection and a unique dual counter-rotating crankshaft. This means ... Read More »

October 2017 Sailor of the Month – Alex Burger

Alex Burger and Benji Daniel have each previously done a 29er Worlds, but earlier this year they teamed up for the 2017 worlds – and ultimately won it in fine style too! Alex was on trapeze and Benji on the helm. They had intense training sessions in both Durban and Cape Town, and were expertly guided and coached by Roger Hudson of RaceAhead. Plus several other sailors trained with them to give them valuable boat-on-boat experience – all of which ... Read More »

Garmin OCTOBER Competition. Win a Garmin Quatix 5 Watch

If you entered the competition during September, and did not WIN, you now have another chance as we are giving away ANOTHER Garmin Quatix 5 Watch! To enter the competition one must: • LIKE the Sailing Mag Facebook page HERE • ANSWER a simple product question (see entry form below) • READ the review the Garmin Quatix 5 Watch to find the answer HERE • COMMENT on the SAILING Facebook Page by telling us your favourite feature of this great watch – or ... Read More »

Garmin Quatix 5 Competition WINNER

The WINNER is Lars Kessel of Cape Town. Lars will undoubtedly put his prize to very good use as he is from a sailing family who own a fleet of yachts – including a keelboat, Optimist, Sonnet and Argie 15 dinghy. And he works at Harken in Cape Town too! DISAPPOINTED THAT YOU DID NOT WIN? Well, there is another opportunity for you to win a Garmin Quatix 5 watch as we have a NEW competition running for the month ... Read More »

Announcement of the Protocol of the 36th America’s Cup

by Richard Crockett This is announcement is what we have all been waiting for. Or is it? There are many who will be pleased with what has been published as the defenders of The Cup are true to their word in trying to take the event back to its roots and reflect the ‘true spirit of the America’s Cup”. The return to monohulls may not be to everyone’s taste, but to many ‘flying’ in the 35th America’s Cup event, or ... Read More »

Laser Masters Worlds. A ‘Keen’ Day

by Richard Crockett With little or no useful news coming out of Split in Croatia about this event, all that can be gleaned is that conditions are still on the light side – and that Alan Keen had a good day yesterday finishing the 5th race with a 2nd. This pushes him one place further up the overall leader board into 4th, and has him knocking at the door for a podium place. Good luck Alan. Campbell Alexander dropped 4 ... Read More »

AIS Overview and Installation Considerations

Cruising Club of America AIS Overview and Installation Considerations The Cruising Club of America (CCA), in its continuing efforts to aid mariners who are passionate about offshore sailing, has published a paper on how to choose and install an Automatic Identification System (AIS). The paper is available to all boaters, at no charge, via PDF download from the CCA website. Read the full report HERE Read More »