Missing PYC Pie Found

by Richard Crockett Who would have ever guessed that today (23 January) is ‘world pie day’? It’s inconsequential unless of course you still drool over and dream about those famous PYC pies of yesteryear. Yes they were good, damn good in fact – and they have legendary status all over the world as wave after wave of yachtie kept scoffing them as fast as they could be made. But somewhere along the line the maker of the famous PYC went ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Elation & Sadness At Finish

by Richard Crockett Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag won Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, leading the fleet into their home port of Hong Kong. It’s an historic win for skipper David Witt and his team who had to overcome significant setbacks on the leg before grabbing the lead with a bold tactical call out of the Doldrums last weekend. “We had a bit of a plan and we stuck to it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t and this ... Read More »

Safety Warning – Important

  The United Kingdom Marine Accident Investigation Branch has issued a safety warning on the use of safety harness tethers on sailing yachts. An urgent safety lesson has been issued after a fatal man overboard incident from the sailing yacht CV30 in the Indian Ocean on 18 November 2017. All offshore sailors should read and understand this. View the Report HERE Read More »

Long-Term Warming Trend Continued in 2017

Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2017 ranked as the second warmest since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA. Continuing the planet’s long-term warming trend, globally averaged temperatures in 2017 were 0.90 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. That is second only to global temperatures in 2016. In a separate, independent analysis, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) concluded that ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race.Scallywag Battle the Elements to Hold Lead

Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag were showing no signs of relinquishing their grip on the Leg 4 lead as they went under the 1,000-miles-to-go barrier. Hell-bent on arriving in their home port of Hong Kong as heroes, Scallywag have maintained their comfortable lead of 73 miles over closest rivals Vestas 11th Hour Racing as the action reaches fever pitch. The only team not to lose miles to Scallywag in the six hours leading up to the position report was third-placed Dongfeng ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Youngest Ever Skipper Claims Line Honours

Visit Seattle, led by 24-year-old British sailor Nikki Henderson, the youngest ever Skipper to lead a team in the Clipper Round Race, held off a strong challenge from three other teams to chalk up a thrilling maiden victory in Race 6 which finished in Whitsundays. During one of the most challenging stages so far, Visit Seattle completed the 1,600-nautical mile sprint up the east coast of Australia from Hobart in eleven days. Arriving into Abell Point Marina where the Clipper ... Read More »

Sailing Over Challenger Deep

Report from OBR Amory Ross onboard Vestas 11th Hour Racing: Lat/Long: 12.147N / 139.938E Wind: 20 kts Air Temp: 29c Sea Temp: 30c Boatspeed: 22 kts Heading: 307-degrees In the very early hours of this morning we sailed over the Mariana Trench just south of the deepest known point in Earth’s oceans, Challenger Deep. It is nearly 11,000 metres deep (37,000 feet, 7 miles, 11 km), which is deeper than Mt Everest, Earth’s highest mountain, is tall. It’s practically space. ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Drag Racing to Hong Kong

Crossing the doldrums on this leg has been described as one of the longest and most painful doldrums crossings in memory! Certainly it created some excitement and tense moments for race followers as the fleet bunched up, and then rocketed off, only to slow again in another light patch. For the crews, the less said the better as they were “gatvol” of the conditions and needed to leave them behind. For some the doldrums created opportunities, and for others the ... Read More »

Spindrift Dismasts. An Ignominious Start to A Record Circumnavigation

Yesterday, as the giant trimaran made its way to the Créac’h lighthouse (Isle of Ouessant) for a second attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy, Spindrift 2 dismasted south of Pointe Saint-Mathieu in a strong 30 knot westerly breeze and rough seas. Spindrift 2 was ready for this new attempt around the world with a relatively favourable weather window, after a long two-month stand-by at La Trinité sur Mer and then in Brest, Brittany. Once Spindrift was into the Iroise, an ... Read More »

Jules Verne Trophy. Spindrift Starts Today

There is another attempt on the Jules Verne around the world record about to start, this time with Spindrift which is skippered by Yann Guichard. They abandoned an attempt last week after a few hours as the wind simply did not play ball. Despite a good though not ideal weather window, after two months on stand-by Spindrift racing has decided to take its chance and will leave the dock late this morning to be at the Créac’h lighthouse in the ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Man overboard on Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag

Crew member Alex Gough was washed overboard by a wave during a sail change on Sunday afternoon, in winds of 15-20 knots. The team swung into recovery mode, and Gough was back on board within seven minutes, unharmed. Scallywag resumed racing immediately. “He went out on the outrigger, I was driving, and we went off a big sea and it picked him up threw him off, like a horse,” skipper David Witt said. “The main thing is, we got him ... Read More »

ICOMIA Launches ‘Grow Boating Guide’

Safeguard the future of our industry: Ideas for creating new, life-long boaters. The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has launched the first ever ‘Grow Boating Guide’ – a collection of strategies and tactics to increase participation in recreational boating globally. The Guide is aimed at both new and established trade associations, as well at special interest groups wishing to start a national trade association and/or develop a unified campaign to attract new boaters. It is also a key ... Read More »

New York Yacht Club. Global Invitational Keelboat Team Racing

  Following an active discussion with World Sailing, the NYYC are developing a new, global, invitational keelboat team race to be sailed October 4-7, 2018 at NYYC Harbour Court in Newport, Rhode Island. The event is planned as a ‘2 v 2’ team race, sailed in their fleet of identical Sonars. Their goal, beyond a great regatta, is to demonstrate to World Sailing the global interest in adult, keelboat team racing and to provide a proof of concept for both ... Read More »

Tales (of Woe) From the Doldrums

Now that the boats are moving and it’s not as stifling hot below as it is when there is no wind, several tales of woe have made their way back from the boats. It’s tough out there and certainly not for the feint hearted. Dee Caffari on Turn the Tide on Plastic All it takes is just one cloud – and what a cloud it was. The radar showed a pretty intense cell of activity, we knew it would contain ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. The Parking Lot is Behind Them

by Richard Crockett The past 3 days of flappy sails and glassy seas have been torture for the fleet as the light conditions frustrated progress and the intense heat sapped all energy from the crews bodies. Used to sailing hundreds of nautical miles per day, they were reduced to about 100nm in a 24 hour period. But overnight things have changed and the fleet is once again on the move, moving at 10+ knots. For these three days the crews ... Read More »