Is Their Life After an Olympic Class is Abandoned?

By Richard Crockett With all the shenanigans that have been going on about Olympic Classes, and what appeared to be a good chance of the Laser being booted, I looked for answers to the question, and found them in the Star Class. If one simply looks at the really top quality sailing the star class is having at their combined Star European Championship and Star Sailors League Breeze Grand Slam in Riva del Farda, Italy, the answer is a resounding ... Read More »

Olympic Classes. World Sailing’s Council Made Key Decisions

World Sailing’s Council made key decisions on the Equipment to be used at the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition on Sunday 19 May as the Mid-Year Meeting concluded in London. The Laser was selected as the Men’s and Women’s One Person Dinghy, the IKA Formula Kite as the Mixed Kiteboard and the 470 as the Mixed Two Person Dinghy. A Board of Directors recommendation to select the RS:X as the Men’s and Women’s Windsurf Equipment was rejected meaning a new ... Read More »

Mariana Trench: Deepest-ever Sub Dive Finds Plastic Bag

By Rebecca Morelle Science Correspondent, BBC News An American explorer has found plastic waste on the seafloor while breaking the record for the deepest ever dive. Victor Vescovo descended nearly 11km (seven miles) to the deepest place in the ocean – the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench. He spent four hours exploring the bottom of the trench in his submersible, built to withstand the immense pressure of the deep. He found sea creatures, but also found a plastic bag and sweet ... Read More »

Laser Realities

by Richard Crockett I always enjoy receiving mail from my old mate Roy Dunster as it is always thought-provoking and often controversial. For the dyed-in-the-wool types his out-of-the-box thinking is sometimes simply too much for those with a narrow view. His latest is about the Laser dinghy under the title “Laser Realities”. It’s important to know up front that Roy is a pretty competitive Laser sailor, despite his advancing years, and recently bought one of the handful of brand new ... Read More »

A Celebration of Yachting History

When the 12 Metre World Championship takes place in Newport over July 8-13, it will celebrate one of the greatest classes in world sailing history. The 112-year-old International 12 Metre Class encompasses a living history of racing yacht design by the world’s foremost naval architects who pushed their designs to the very limits of innovation. The resulting boats represented the pinnacle of yacht development from 1907-1987 for the highest levels of international sailing competition: the Olympic Games (1908-1920) and the ... Read More »

Man Rows From New Zealand to Chile

  by Brian Hancock In this world there are people who like adventure and then there are adventurers; professional adventurers. Russian born Fedor Konyukhov is the latter. This man has more courage than just about anyone on the planet. Either that or he is downright stupid. Here is a short list of his accomplishments. He is the first and only person in the world, so far, to have reached the five extreme Poles on earth. Those poles being the North ... Read More »

Clipper Race Crew Revealed

Four hundred crew members pose on the steps of Portsmouth Guildhall, with sailing legend and Clipper Race Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, after discovering their Skippers and which teams they will be sailing around the world with. The Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race Crew are the most global ever, made up of 44 nationalities, with ages ranging from 18-76 with professions such as hairdresser, roofer, chiropractor and CEO. Almost 700 adventurers will be taking part in the British run ... Read More »

Mariette of 1915 and Naema Are Schooner Winners in Capri

by Richard Crockett I am sure that a few followers of my blog thought that the sea air has rusted a few ‘brain parts’ when I first published info on this event last week! But no, it was simply due to the fact that here in isolated South Africa we simply don’t get to see magnificent schooners such as the four competing in this event, so it was about the boats, the pics and not the racing which was keenly ... Read More »

Quantum Racing Win TP52 Warm-up

With just over one week before the TP52 class starts racing on nearby Menorca for the first points races of the 2019 52 Super Series, the 16th Sail Racing PalmaVela has been an intense, no compromise warm-up for the highly competitive, very evenly matched fleet of 10 boats. ‘Quantum Racing’, the 2018 circuit champions, have made five changes to their title-winning line-up, but proved they are adapting fast and are in much better shape to defend the five regatta series ... Read More »

Mega-Schooner Match Race on the Bay of Naples

Out on a sunny but chilly Bay of Naples, there was a remarkably action-packed opening day of racing at the inaugural Capri Classica, with lead changes galore, a David v Goliath competition and an encounter with a Neapolitan fishing net best forgotten. Organised by the Circolo Remo e Vela Italia, the Yacht Club Capri and the International Schooner Association with the support of the International Maxi Association the Capri Classica is an exclusive invitation-only event for large classic schooners. Racing ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Nick Leggatt to Lead Chinese City’s Team

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has announced the Skipper who will lead the ‘Zhuhai’ team in its 2019-20 edition. South African Nick Leggatt, who has impressive accolades and over 280,000 nautical miles under his belt, will lead the ‘City of Islands’ team in its debut entry in the global sailing event. Leggatt will bring a wealth of experience to the role of Skipper of the ‘Zhuhai’ team. The 52-year-old from Cape Town has accomplished a lot since he ... Read More »

SAMSA Marine Notice No. 14 of 2019

  Open Test Phase for newly established very High Frequency (VHF) Digital Selective Calling (DSC) Maritime Radio Coastal Infrastructure. Summary 1. VHF DSC Testing 2. Short Range Certificate (SRC) Requirements 3. Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) Numbers 4. Global Positioning System (GPS) Inputs 5. Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Sea Area A1 – declaration 1. VHF DSC TESTING An extensive technical audit of the upgraded maritime radio coastal infrastructure took place on-board the M/V SA Agulhas during October 2018. ... Read More »

Man Crosses Atlantic in A Barrel

by Brian Hancock Some stories that you see floating by on your Facebook feed seem too ridiculous to be true and in many cases they are. But not this one. This one I first learned about last December when a Frenchman announced that he was leaving to float across the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel. No sail, no motor, nothing. He was planning (and hoping) that the prevailing wind, currents and waves would propel him all the way across the ... Read More »

RS Aero – Top Scorer in Olympic Single-Hander Evaluation Report

by Richard Crockett Will the decision to have the RS Aero as the Olympic singlehander from 2024 sound the death-knell for the Laser singlehanded dinghy? One would hope not as the trusty Laser has served so many yachties so well for so long now, that it almost has a cult-like following. I certainly know people who are besotted with their Lasers and the great sailing it has offered, not just on their local sailing patch, but internationally too as the ... Read More »

May 2019 Raymarine Sailor of the Month – Paul Lagesse

After several years of trying, and coming so close last year, Paul Lagesse finally won the Hobie 16 Nationals in 2019 offshore Durban. He managed this feat against a fleet that was smaller than usual, some 21 boats, but included perennial champion Blaine Dodds and regular Durban front runner Garth Louden, so was as high quality as ever. Making the feat more impressive Lagesse was without his long time experienced crewman, and was crewed this time by his 10 year ... Read More »