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On This Day – 12 November. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. Bruce Dalling swapped sail for power as he signed up as 3rd mate aboard a freighter, while American John Snowden sailed his 25ft. Masthead sloop single-handed into Durban three years after buying it as a weekend pleasure cruiser. The Rio Race start was brought forward by 90 minutes to start at 16h30 and not 18h00. Dennis Conner was dealt a heavy defeat by Britain’s White ... Read More »

Brest Atlantiques. Is it Now Down to Two?

By Richard Crockett On Sunday, after five days of racing, the Doldrums delivered a favourable advantage for ‘Maxi Edmond de Rothschild’ as the team was hardly slowed down compared to its rivals. Just after crossing the equator Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier had a 163 mile lead over their immediate competitor after 5 days 3 hours and 45 minutes at sea, trimaran ‘MACIF’. However, the two co-skippers will have to make a technical stopover in Salvador de Bahia for repairs ... Read More »

IMOCA Podium Decided as PRB Hold Off Charal in Epic Finish

After ‘Apivia’ coasted to a moonlit victory in the IMOCA class 15 hours earlier, the Bay of All Saints witnessed one of the closest podium finishes in the history of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre in glorious sunshine on Sunday. ‘PRB’ held off ‘Charal’ to take second place by just six minutes and 18 seconds, little over a mile after both had covered over 5,000 from Le Havre since the start a fortnight ago. Kévin Escoffier and Nicolas ... Read More »

On This Day – 11 November. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. Remember ‘Cariad’? Well on this day in 1969 it was reported that her two year restoration was almost complete, and that she would head to the West Indies to do charter work. And work of a different kind as this report tells how a world cruise for kids is just the thing to brighten up school. I would have thought that nearly two months prior ... Read More »

On This Day – 10 November. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 10 November was a very busy day in the newspaper history of sailing, so much so that I have really battled to cull many a good story today. But what is here will hopefully tickle the tastebuds! It’s also quite heavy on build-up news to the very first Cape to Rio race – all of which is interesting. But first four more overseas yachts berthed ... Read More »

On These Days – 8 & 9 November. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. We kick off with news of offshore yachting in Durban in 1969, and immediately fast forward to 1995 and some anger in the Whitbread race. In 1999 there were claims of a US bias in the America’s Cup – who would have guessed! Jakaranda arrived by freighter in Cape Town where scores of small craft converged to get their first glimpse of her. A wonderful ... Read More »

Joyon Has Shattered the Mauritius Route Record

Francis Joyon has just beaten his own record, set ten years ago, of the Mauritius Route and made it all look so easy. 19 days, 18 hours, 14 minutes and 45 seconds, or an improvement of 6 days and 10 hours in comparison to ten years ago. The Mauritius Route started from Port Louis in Brittany with part of the round the world route that Francis knows so well having sailed it many times both alone and with a crew. ... Read More »

Brest Atlantiques Race. Flying At Over 30 Knots Off Gibraltar

Thirty hours into racing and all four of the trimarans competing on the Brest Atlantiques race have already reached the latitudes of Gibraltar, most of them averaging around 30 knots with top speeds over 40! Ahead lies one gybe to be taken between the Azores and Madeira before a fast surf down to the equator. The fleet has not been hanging around having set off cautiously on Tuesday in very rough seas, the four trimarans taking part in the “Brest ... Read More »

Transat Jacques Vabre. Class40 ‘Crédit Mutuel’ Breaks 24-hour Record

by Richard Crockett Never has a Class40 boat travelled as fast before as Ian Lipinski and Adrien Hardy on ‘Crédit Mutuel’. Last night they peaked at 415.86 miles at average speed of 17.3 knots over 24 hours. That beat the old record of 377.7 miles at average speed of 15.7 knots by 2017 winners ‘V and B’, set in the last edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre. It is no one-off wonder. They have broken the old ... Read More »

On This Day – 7 November. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. A slight change in headline this morning to better represent the origin of this history. We open today with a delightful tale of a Sandefjord crewman who received a “broomstick whopping” It’s a wonderful read. Bruce Dalling announced that his crew of 9 would start training immediately after ‘Jakaranda’ arrived in Durban. Another delightful story about a BOC skipper and his sad tale of flags! ... Read More »

A Grand Departure for Brest Atlantiques

The four Ultim Class trimarans departed yesterday on the “Brest Atlantiques” race, a new 14,000 mile double-handed race that will take them non-stop to Rio and then Cape Town, before heading back to Brest. After five hours of racing at an average speed of 30 knots, the ‘Macif’ (François Gabart/Gwénolé Gahinet) and the ‘Edmond de Rothschild’ (Franck Cammas/Charles Caudrelier) were in the lead. A white and frothing sea, average winds of 28/30 knots, gusts a little below 40, clear skies ... Read More »

On This Day – 6 November. A Peek Into Our Sailing History

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. With most cruisers doing their circumnavigations from East to West, Durban was always the first South African city they stopped in after a tough passages in the Indian Ocean. The city, “back in the day”, always received high praise from these intrepid yachties. The second leg of the BOC Challenge was in countdown mode to the second leg start with John Martin and Bertie Reed ... Read More »

On This Day – 5 November. A Peek Into Our Sailing History

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. One aspect of our sport few give any thought to is that sailing is a sport one can participate in from a very young kid until old age. There is no better example of this, which is highlighted today, by the fact that 62-year-old Harry Mitchell, the oldest skipper in the BOC Solo race was due into Cape Town. “Cudmore’s Cunning Saves Crusader” said the ... Read More »

Transat Jacques Vabre. ‘Hugo Boss’ Decides to Cut Keel

‘Hugo Boss’ has reported that after exhausting all the options, they had decided to cut the keel off their 60ft monohull after damage forced them to withdraw from the 14 edition of the Transat Jacque Vabre Normandie Le Havre on Sunday. “Last night Alex and Neal were both able to get some rest on board ‘Hugo Boss’,” Ross Daniel, Technical Director at Alex Thomson Racing, said. “In the early hours of this morning the skippers resumed their attempts to stabilise ... Read More »

Brest Atlantiques. The Atlantic Race Track

by Richard Crockett Four maxi-trimarans of the Ultim Class 32/23 are all set for the start of the double-handed Brest Atlantiques race, departing from Brest today. The 14,000-mile non-stop loop, or the equivalent of sailing halfway around the globe, will see the trimarans round an island off Rio de Janeiro and then Cape Town before returning to Brest. Depending on how the teams tackle the strong wind and sea conditions, the descent into the Bay of Biscay could be extremely ... Read More »