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How to make a distance scale for faster navigation

If you are anything like me, sailing navigation can be a challenge when short- or single-handed sailing. But you still need to be able to plot fast and accurate positions for sailing safety. Here one little-known sailing tip used by the pros that will help you do just that! Distance scale measurements on a chart can be a pain–in particular on an unstable platform like a sailboat in a seaway. Sure, you can use the Latitude scale, but that requires ... Read More »

New Maps of the Polar Regions Reveal Unseen World Beneath the Ice

New maps of the sub-ice features in Antarctica and the Arctic, featured in the new edition of The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World published on 25 September 2014, reveal an unseen world of canyons, lakes, trenches and mountains. The 14th edition of the Atlas also includes a new double page map of the Arctic Ocean, which highlights the dramatic long-term decline of Arctic sea ice cover. The sub-ice maps draw on bedrock data, provided by the British Antarctic Survey, ... Read More »

Dart Singlehanded Nationals

Luan Gray reports Four Dart 18’s made the short trip from The Catamaran Club (TCC) in Bronkhorstspruit to Stilbaai Yacht Club on the Vaal. This helped swell the SA Dart 18 Single Handed Nationals fleet to 29 boats. Since Stilbaai YC are the hosts for the Dart World Championships to be held in December this year, the stated intent of the TCC group was to ‘learn what we could about sailing at the venue’. We wanted to observe the locals ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – Leading the Charge

by BEN GLADWELL – BOATING NEW ZEALAND For the first time, the Volvo Ocean Race is to be contested in a strict, one-design class. The emphasis is shifted from who has the best boat to suit the conditions to who has the best men – or women – onboard. The race will be decided on who can push themselves the hardest, for the longest and who makes the best decisions. The skipper’s responsibilities are huge: trying to win the race ... Read More »

RSA TV Coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race

by Richard Crockett I have just receive the official TV schedule of broadcasters who will be flighting coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race. Initially I could not find any South African stations listed, so before letting the old blood boil I searched more carefully and found good old RSA listed under ‘Pan Africa’ with M-Net-Supersport as the broadcaster. Despite a thorough search on the Supersport website to find exactly what was being broadcast and when, I could find absolutely noting ... Read More »

The Volvo Ocean Race at your fingertips

  The Volvo Ocean Race at your fingertips – New app carries all you need to stay in touch every minute – Click here for the Volvo Ocean Race App on iOS – Click here for the Volvo Ocean Race App on Android ALICANTE, Spain – Volvo Ocean Race fans can now carry the world’s toughest ocean race in their pocket, thanks to the launch of a new official mobile app. Developed for both iOS and Android systems, the app ... Read More »

WIN with SAILING Publications & Rovos Rail

SAILING Publications, in conjunction with Rovos Rail, are giving away a luxurious train journey for two people valued at R45 800. The prize is for a trip from Pretoria to either Cape Town or Durban for two people sharing a Deluxe suite. It is fully inclusive of all meals, alcoholic and other beverages, the off-train excursions, room service and a limited laundry service. The prize is valid for a year. Please note that transport to and from the points of ... Read More »

Andrea Giovannini – the October issue Sailor of the Month When one wins in the ‘Big Apple’ it’s a noteworthy achievement and one deserving of this award which is why Giovannini is your man this month. ‘Dre’ he is known to his sailing mates put together a team of sailors from the RCYC to compete in the Dennis Connor Invitational Cup. Sailed in J24s, a boat none of the team had ever been aboard, they put their typical ‘Jaapie’ skills ... Read More »

SAILING Magazine – October issue highlights

The October issue of SAILING Magazine is out – and as usual is crammed full of great features, articles and news items. But to read them all you will need to go out and get the mag which is available in all good book and magazine outlets. SUBSCRIBERS. Please not that although the mag has been posted, there is a Post Office strike which may affect delivery – so your mag may arrive later than usual. Regrettably this delay is ... Read More »

KZN Youth Provincials

Sean Fennessy reports The 2014 KZN Youth Provincials held off Vetch’s beach at Durban’s Point Yacht Club on 13 and 14 September was a real contrast over the two days – the beastly easterly started blowing earlier than expected on the Saturday, and sailors were greeted by a choppy sea and a freshening 12 knot breeze when they got down to the beachsite. After registration with Lucy de Freitas, PYC’s new sailing secretary, followed by a safety briefing, the youngsters ... Read More »

Competition – win B&G sailing instruments

Competition Check out the accompanying image and see how you can win yourself some impressive B&G sailing instruments. Better still, go to the Cape Town Boat Show from 10-12 October and see the instruments first-hand at the MRAD stand. Read More »

49er ISAF Worlds in Santander, Spain – RSA Team Reports

© 2014 Pedro Martinez/Sailing Energy This event attracted nations from around the world competing in the Olympic classes for the first of the Rio 2016 slots. There are 50% of the Olympic slots up for grabs. In the 49er class this means that the top 10 nations will qualify to participate in Rio. For us this was always going to be a tough ask at our first World champs, but with such a large and close fleet, anything is possible. ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – Frostad on Boat Design and final changes (Part II)

The seven One Design VOR 65s were built by a consortium led by Green Marine in the UK. The first of those for the Team SCA women wad delivered in October 2013, the last was supplied to Team Vestas Wind in August 2014. Since the end of Race Zero, the boats have been out of the water, here in Alicante on the Spanish coast, with a team of Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard shipwrights making sure all the boats were strictly ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race 10 days to go – Frostad on cultural change (Part I)

Over the last year we have interviewed Knut Frostad, the CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race four times, at times the stress has shown but yesterday just eleven days before the start of the 2014-2015 Race, he was like a different person, when we met with him again, at Volvo Ocean race headquarters portside in Alicante. In the distance across the port the Volvo Ocean Race boats including the Mapfre badged Spanish boat were still on the hard. Upstairs overlooking ... Read More »

New Association with

SAILING Publications, the publishers of SAILING Magazine, SAILING Gybeset and “Talking SAILING” blog, now have an association with Sail-World ( Sail-World is the biggest circulating sailing news blog in the world, and is expected to reach 1 million subscribers soon. We commence this association by sharing their excellent coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race. If you want to receive their information regularly, subscribe at: Read More »