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“Talking Sailing” by Richard Crockett – issue 14

If you know someone who would like to receive “Talking Sailing” either forward this mail to them and let them subscribe, or simply send an e-mail to with the words ‘SUBSCRIBE TO TALKING SAILING’ in the subject line – and the e-mail address in the message section. Readers are welcome to share this with friends and colleagues. A Subject Close to my Heart In numerous ‘Log Entry’ editorials in SAILING Magazine over the years I have mentioned the issue ... Read More »

North Sails – Oakley Capital Acquires Majority Stake in North Technology Group

North Technology Group (NTG) is pleased to announce Oakley Capital Private Equity (“Oakley”) has acquired a majority stake in their diverse family of companies. Oakley is an investment vehicle founded by UK businessman and sailing enthusiast Peter Dubens. Utilizing their collective experience, Dubens and his partners make investments in companies to support their brand development and growth. “We are delighted to be backing North Technology Group and an iconic brand like North Sails,” said Dubens. “This investment further demonstrates Oakley’s ... Read More »

Hobie 16 Nationals – entries close Friday 7 March

18 Days to go!!!!!!!!!!!!! – Come on – get your entries in. NB: Early entries close this coming Friday, 7 March – if you enter after this date you will be paying an additional R100.00 – we need you to enter to facilitate our organising and finalising numbers – it is extremely difficult guessing! The 2014 Boardwalk Hobie 16 Nationals – Thursday 20 March 2013 to Sunday 23 March 2013 (Friday 21 March is a Public Holiday) We are once ... Read More »

Sailor of the Month – William Edwards

March 2014 issue – Sailor of the Month William Edwards Hobie sailors have done our country proud for many years as they have consistently finished on the podium in World Championship events. One of these is William Edwards, who together with his wife Lucinda, make an awesome on-the-water team. In Australia’s Jervis Bay they set the world stage alight in the opening event of the 2014 Hobie 16 worlds by winning the Hobie Masters title in a tight battle, edging ... Read More »

Clipper Race – Race 9 restarts after repairs

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Chairman and Founder of the Clipper Race, has repaired the forestay bottlescrews of nine of the 12-strong Clipper 70 fleet with the rest being completed over the next day. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said inevitably there are things that need adjusting with a new fleet of boats. Race 9, Singapore to Qingdao, China was halted and the boats diverted to Hong Kong so the repairs could be carried out quickly before the race restarted less than a day ... Read More »

ISAF Resources iOS Application

The International Sailing Federation has launched a new ISAF Resources Application available for all iOS devices via iTunes and the Apple App Store. The ISAF Resources App currently has a number of existing publication titles available for purchase in an e-format, with more resources being added over coming months: • ISAF Guide to Offshore Personal Safety • ISAF Beginners Guide to Dinghy Sailing • ISAF Beginners Guide to Kiteboarding • ISAF Coaching Fundamentals • ISAF Guide to Yachting – Crewing ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – Charles Caudrelier to Skipper Dongfeng Race Team

Frenchman Charles Caudrelier was announced as skipper of Dongfeng Race Team at the Official Christening in Sanya. The Volvo Ocean 65 was officially christened ‘Dongfeng’ (meaning East Wind) in the presence of famous Chinese sporting stars Zhang Ning and Guo Chuan alongside Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Knut Frostad, Mr Li Quan-Hai, of the China Yachting Association and Director of Watersports National Centre of the China and Gary Huang, General Manager of Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle Company, Title Sponsor of Dongfeng Race ... Read More »

Mykonos Race 2014 – results & pics

From all accounts another great event. Despite the wind not playing ball on Friday and the bulk of the fleet retiring due to no wind (there were 10 finishers) the pursuit race on Saturday made up for it. Results for the race are below, as well as links to pics from Trevor Wilkins.–vzPtFvT3B11x7Q4CsoddvP4wRlP1tX4ArCfdkHySAo_IN5OdNTIpZnegdtjLnbqPnX5WqZ6qzAmcyJoTqm-mZNGvSgAqu3KZiyNyPbmmEjuU&cfem=1   RESULTS mykonos Class_Results mykonos Division_OA mykonos Divisions_Results Mykonos_PHRF_Overall mykonos Division_OA mykonos Class_Results mykonos Divisions_Results Read More »

Mykonos Race – 2014

The Mykonos race fleet of nearly 100 boats has had a mixed bag of conditions with light winds at the start, some 25 knot north westerlies which died back to about 12 knots, and now some fog. The guys will be stoked to get to the finish as its been a tough upwind slog all the way so far. Check out the start pics which Trevor Wilkins took: Read More »

Remote Controlled Volvo Ocean 65 with Gennaker

A unique boat for a unique race. That was the credo of the model boat developers of stockmaritime, starting with the construction of a new model for the VOLVO OCEAN RACE. The result was a global technological innovation: A model boat with gennaker, capable to go offshore – remote controlled. With this model boat, everyone can sail his own Volvo Ocean Race. Because the VOLVO OCEAN 65 is extremely seaworthy and saltwater resistant. The racing yacht of 1.1m is vacuum-manufactured ... Read More »

World Odyssey – Round the World Race 2016-2017 for Production Monohulls

Jimmy Cornell, the founder of the ARC and organiser of five round the world sailing events, has launched a global race for amateur sailors. “I want to give ordinary sailors the opportunity to race on their own terms,” declared the three times circumnavigator whose successful rallies, websites and books have always responded to the aims and interests of amateur sailors. “In recent years I have spoken to many owners of production boats who are keen to race around the world ... Read More »

Vaavud Smartphone Wind Meter

by Richard Crockett Many of us have tried handheld anemometers over the years. I have, and often not with particularly good results, so my interest was piqued when I saw a news release about a smartphone anemometer which works with iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones. Once you have the anemometer you need to download the free Vaavud wind app. This app will give you all your basic measurement needs including graph, history and a live map. The unit has two ... Read More »