Industry News

Boat Review: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 349

by Matthew Thomas It’s always great to be asked to review and test sail a new yacht, especially one that has already garnered numerous awards and not only was voted Cruising Worlds 2015 “Best Import Boat Of The Year and Best Pocket Cruiser”, but was also awarded the 2014 Consumer Choice award for Best Monohull over 30″ at the recent Miami International Boat Show. Walking down the dock, my first look at this ‘pocket cruiser’ was of a smart, well ... Read More »

Product Review: PredictWind

by William Crockett In this modern day and age with a plethora of technology, apps and online services for sailors to use to try gain a performance edge, it is almost expected that accurate weather information should be easily available. PredictWind has been at the forefront of development in terms of accurate weather forecasting and making it available. It’s no secret that certain weather services, while free, just don’t measure up in South Africa in terms of their forecast accuracy ... Read More »

Boat Review: SmartTri 40

by Matthew Thomas In yachting, sailboats are usually broken into two simple areas, monohulls and multihulls – and while this seems to be correct, it doesn’t do justice to the multihulls, which can be separated into two very different and distinct categories, trimarans and catamarans. Catamaran building has grown worldwide with an emphasis on comfortable, stable platforms suited for cruising and specialising in the charter business. Often referred to as slow with little or not much upwind capability, it is ... Read More »

Boat Review: FarEast 28R

by Richard Crockett Recently a youthful Western Cape team headed to China to compete in a keelboat event, where they finished on the podium in third spot – a really good effort since they had never sailed the boat before. The boat was the FarEast 28R, designed by the Simonis-Voogd partnership, and built in China. With Simonis being Cape Town-based, the dearth of new monohulls in this country, and no monohull builders locally, it is a design worth exploring – ... Read More »

Product Review: Awlgrip Allwood Varnish

by Richard Crockett There is something deeply satisfying and therapeutic about a really good varnish finish – that’s when you’ve done it yourself of course! Achieving a really to quality varnish finish takes dedication and time, lots of time – and one must not be rushed. That’s the mistake I made as I was keen to try the new Awlgrip Allwood varnish that Seaport Supply sent me to evaluate. I decided that my chart table lid was looking a little ... Read More »

Boat Review: Open Ocean 750

Breaking the mould is a spectacular achievement. The team of Two Oceans and Du Toit Designs have taken a gigantic leap in recent years and propelled the standards of semi-custom ‘expedition boating’ to a new level of excellence with the latest iteration of the Open Ocean marque. I had the privilege of experiencing the Open Ocean 750 at sea against the majestic backdrop of Hout Bay, and had Mark Delaney, MD of Two Oceans spend a few hours with us. ... Read More »

Beneteau 5-Year Expansion Plan

Rob Sharp, director of David Abromowitz & Associates, South Africa’s Sales and Marketing Agents for Beneteau, and Chris Roberts, Principal and owner of Ocean Sailing Academy and Beneteau dealer, attended the annual Beneteau Sales conference in Nantes, France where over 400 dealers from all over the globe gathered to learn about Beneteau’s exciting 5-year plan, including expansion plans and new products lined up. The Beneteau range of Sailing Yachts incorporates the Oceanis, First and Sense models, all ideally suited for ... Read More »

Product Review – Garmin Fenix 3 Timepiece

by William Crockett What a device! In this fast paced, fast changing world where everyone is putting an emphasis on keeping moving, staying active and staying connected, the Fenix 3 from Garmin is a new wearable, smart device designed to aid with all three of those. This is wearable technology – and one of the first timepieces to combine advanced smartwatch capabilities with leading-edge GPS sport tracking technology, making it the perfect fusion of style and function. No doubt we’ve ... Read More »

Boating World to showcase 2 sailing yachts at DBN Boat Show

Leading South African sail and power vessel importers, Boating World will be showcasing two vessels from the well know French sailing and power vessel manufacturers, Fountaine Pajot and Jeanneau. These yacht brands are the most recent agencies to have joined Boating World’s world class quality list of yacht manufacturers being imported to Africa. The show starts on Friday 17 July and finishes on Sunday. THAT’S THIS WEEKEND. JEANNEAU SUN ODYSSEY 379 The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 379 monohull sailing yacht represents ... Read More »


SAILING INSTRUCTOR REQUIRED by the Offshore Sailing Academy – Durban This is: a. A junior position where there is potential to grow and increase and expand your horizons and experience –  in a unique, friendly and professional environment. b. Temporary Part time – mainly week ends – experience will be an advantage. Minimum qualifications for BOTH (a) and (b) are a SAS Coastal Skipper, Although a Yachtmaster qualification would be preferred. Start immediately or 1 March 2015. CV plus picture ... Read More »

Win with Raymarine WIN! an a98 MFD with DownVision™ & Wi-Fi. To celebrate the new Raymarine aSeries model line-up, we are giving away an a98 multifunction display. Find out more about the aSeries here: As well as a bright 9″ touchscreen display, the a98 also features built-in CHIRP DownVision™ sonar technology so you can see the real world beneath your boat, built-in Wi-Fi so you can take advantage of Raymarine’s free mobile apps, and Raymarine’s intuitive LightHouse II user interface. Enter ... Read More »

David Rae joins North Sails South Africa

David Rae, World J22 champion and America’s Cup sailor has joined North Sails in Cape Town. He has vast experience in sailmaking having cut his teeth in the industry working first for Rob De Vlieg in Johannesburg as a young man and then moving to live in Sydney, Australia where he worked for North Sails for a number of years before returning to RSA. He has worked as a professional racing sailor, was part of the Shosholoza America’s Cup campaign ... Read More »