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Inside the Volvo Ocean Race: the Boatyard and North Sails

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 WATCH HERE   With the Alicante in-port race kicking off this weekend and the start of Leg 1 fast approaching, the Volvo Ocean Race’s Boatyard Sail Loft manager Nathan Quirk and Neil Cox, head of the Boatyard, explain how North Sails 3Di technology has changed the game in port. It’s been 30 years since North Sails began making sails for the Volvo Ocean Race. During that time North Sails has equipped VOR teams with the ... Read More »

Jeanneau – 60 Years of Boatbuilding

In 1957, when Henri Jeanneau was just 37 he created the Hall Nautique de l’Ouest. From humble beginnings, and after building his first wooden hulled speedboat, Henri Jeanneau began a career in boatbuilding, and eventually taking his Jeanneau brand to ‘world leader’ status. In 1961 the company moulded their first GRP hull on a wooden matrix in secret. They had discovered a way to build hundreds of identical hulls from a single mould – saving time and money and revolutionising ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Garmin Supply Action Cameras

WIN a Garmin Quatix 5 watch. CLICK HERE Garmin International, Inc. has announced that it has been selected as an official supplier for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018, providing its action and 360 cameras to the seven teams competing in the 45,000-mile race around the world. As an official supplier, Garmin’s flagship waterproof action cameras, the VIRB 360 and VIRB Ultra 30, will be used on each boat to capture high-quality video that can be easily edited and shared with ... Read More »

Garmin Honours & Awards

Garmin has earned top NMEA honour and eight product awards, AND has been named Manufacturer of the Year for the third consecutive year by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) Garmin also dominated the NMEA’s Product of Excellence Awards with eight wins in the following categories: radar, autopilot, multi-function display (MFD), mobile application – aid to navigation, mobile application – utility, fishfinder, AIS, and multimedia entertainment. “As the world’s leading marine electronics manufacturer, we’re honoured to again be recognized by ... 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 »

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 »

New Simrad GO Series Displays

The GO12 XSE and GO7 XSR multi-touch displays are the perfect fit for those looking for high-quality all-in-one navigation products. GO12 XSE offers a new 12-inch display option for the GO Series, while the upgraded GO7 XSR features a restyled, glass-helm design, along with radar compatibility, not previously available on the GO7 XSE. Featuring super-bright displays and a simple interface, GO series displays offer easy control of powerful functionality via simple, multi-touch controls that allow users to tap the screen ... Read More »

B&G Vulcan 7” & 9” Chartplotter Displays

B&G have launched a new family of Vulcan sailing chartplotters. The updated and extended series now offers a fully refreshed 7”, a 9” and an all – new, large-format 12”; all with Broadband Radar™ compatibility. B&G Vulcan is a great value sailing chartplotter designed for coastal cruising and club racing. This easy-to-use intuitive multi-touch screen is packed with B&G’s unique sailing features including SailSteer and Race Panel. Simply integrate with your existing system as expansion is simple due to Vulcan being ... Read More »

Sunsail Offers Sailing Adventures to Suit Every Level of Experience

“We are passionate about helping both first time and experienced sailors to find their perfect holiday. That’s why all of our bareboat, flotilla, and skippered holidays, and our sailing schools are in incredible locations. From Croatia and Sicily to St Lucia and Thailand, whatever time of year that you want to get out on the water, we have a sailing destination to suit you. A Sunsail holiday offers you the freedom and flexibility to explore” says Alexis Eyre, UK Marketing ... Read More »

North Sails 3Di NORDAC. Game Changing Cruising Sail Technology

International Boat Show awards on September 15th. Introduced in Spring of 2017, 3Di NORDAC transforms polyester fibre into seamless, one-piece sails that are uniquely strong, beautiful, and long-lasting. And, referred to as ‘Game Changing Cruising Sail Technology’. The panel described 3Di NORDAC as a game-changer for cruising sailors. “We think this is going to give any cruising or recreational sailboat owner a much better sailing experience, regardless of how they are using the boat.” Sally Helme, Group Publisher for Cruising ... Read More »

Own You Own Canal Boat in Europe and Earn Euros

Many South Africans are always looking for a creative and profitable business deal. If the transaction makes financial sense, eliminates red tape and in addition provides pleasure, it makes the decision so much easier. Europe’s leader in boat holidays, Le Boat, has announced a surprising boat owner’s offer. It enables you to own one of the prestige canal boats with a guaranteed rental income of 7% per year, paid to you in Euro. Your boat is also available for your ... Read More »

Volvo Penta. ‘Made to Move You’

“We spin, roll, propel, lift and power those who move with the elements. This is what we stand for at Volvo Penta. This is who we are,” says Kina Wileke, senior vice president, brand, communication and marketing at Volvo Penta. “In this way, our new ‘Made to move you’ tagline complements our brand across all the different types of business that we support. Customers within different industries and areas of interest will be able to make their own interpretations of ... Read More »

First Full Carbon Sailing Cat Launched

Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing, one of South Africa’s most experienced boat builders, has recently launched the M60 Full Carbon High-performance Sailing Catamaran, which will be on display at this year’s Cape Town International Boat Show. Built from lightweight and extremely strong carbon throughout, this vessel is designed for high performance cruising in the Caribbean and beyond. With an overall length of 18m, an 8.76m beam, 167m2 sail area – and supplemented with two 38hp diesel motors – this is an ... Read More »

The Life of Marlow Rope: Making the Clipper Race Ropes

To celebrate its 16 year long relationship with Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, Marlow Ropes has created a short film on the lengths it goes to, to produce the market-leading high performance Clipper Race ropes. From the initial research and development to the final rigging of the 70-foot Clipper Race fleet, Marlow’s film is an illuminating insight into the entire process of creating the strong, light and durable ropes. Focussing on Marlow’s expertise, craftsmanship and manufacturing techniques developed over ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Harken Returns As Official Supplier

Harken has been named official supplier of winches, blocks, traveller systems and mast car systems for the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. It is the second consecutive race that the USA and Italy-based manufacturer has equipped the One Design Volvo Ocean 65 fleet with some of the most advanced deckware products on the market. The agreement ensures Harken hardware will continue to be a fixture of the racing boats when they line up in Alicante on 22 October ... Read More »