Polish tall ship “Dar Młodzieży” to Visit Cape Town

The year 2018 is a very special and important date for Poland. One hundred years ago in November 1918, after 123 years of foreign rule, captivity and oppression, Poland regained its independence. As part of the centenary celebrations of Polish independence, the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation of the Republic of Poland and Gdynia Maritime Academy initiated the organization of an Independence Sail. “Tell the world how beautiful Poland is” – the minister of Maritime Economy and Inland ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. Loss of Steerage in 50 Knot Winds

Philippe Péché made an emergency call to the Golden Globe Race HQ to report that the tiller on his Rustler 36 yacht PRB had broken in 45 – 50 knot winds and he had no steering. The Frenchman, who was lying in second place, reported that he had dropped all sail and was leaving the yacht to drift until the winds abate before assessing his options. He told race organisers last night that the spare parts he carried for the ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Bruce McCurrach

by Richard Crockett It’s not often one can refer to someone as a ‘legend’, but Bruce Mc was simply that and I am very privileged to have known and worked with him. He was a very fine sailor, but modest, humble and liked by everyone. I am not going to write much more than this about him as his nephew Steve McCurrach has supplied some good insights into this legend. I am indeed honoured that several years ago Bruce sent ... Read More »

Historical. ‘JAG Voortrekker’?

By Richard Crockett In archiving 2 very large boxes of material I have on the original Voortrekker from dream to conception, I came across reference to it being named ‘JAG Voortrekker’ for the 1969 European season. I have so far come across no further reference to that name, other than in the crew selection correspondence. David Abromowitz was one of the crew, and he too cannot shed any light on this reference! He can however remember doing Cowes Week, The ... Read More »

Finn Gold Cup. Consistency an Issue

By Richard Crockett Only a handful of Finn sailors managed anything approaching consistency yesterday on the fifth day of the 2018 Finn Gold Cup at the Hempel Sailing World Championships 2018 in Aarhus, Denmark. Scoring a second from last and then a second place, European champion Ed Wright took a seven-point lead at the top after two more races on Tuesday. With racing lost on Monday, three races were scheduled for Tuesday, however delay followed delay as the day got ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. Day 37: East is least … but is West best?

This week should determine who leads the Golden Globe Race. Forget the computer standings. As this fleet of singlehanders bash their way through the South East Trade winds towards the Roaring Forty latitudes of the South Atlantic, all eyes are on the South Atlantic High pressure system and the effect this will have on the leaders. Dutchman Mark Slats sailing the Rustler 36 Ohpen Maverick may be back in 11th on the leader board, but is the furthest south on ... Read More »

Hot off the dock – NEW Sunsail website for South Africa

Liesl Nel, Sales & Marketing Manager – South Africa for Sunsail; The Moorings and Le Boat Marine Divisions has announce the launch of the NEW Sunsail South Africa website @ Sunsail Sailing Holidays continue to offer the best bareboat, skippered and flotilla holidays in Croatia, Greece, Spain, the Seychelles, Thailand and the Caribbean. Our holidays are about seeing the world from a different perspective, discovering unspoilt spots only reachable by water. It is now easier than ever to book ... Read More »

Safety Warning About Keel Failures on Sailing Yachts

The British Government Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has issued a safety bulletin following the failure of a shallow draught, lead keel fitted to a commercial yacht on 7 December 2017. The bulletin contains details on the background of the incident, the initial findings, yachts fitted with similar keels and a safety lesson. A full report will be published when the investigation is complete. In the interim Read More HERE Read More »

Finn Gold Cup. A BIG Day for Shilton Today

by Richard Crockett To many the Finn Class Gold Cup, effectively their World Championship, is ‘the’ ultimate dinghy sailing championship. It’s a tough boat that takes tough men to tame it and ultimately sail it fast. It’s not for the feint-hearted. Dave Shilton started off this event with a huge first race in this grouping by finishing 5th overall, a result which would have been good for his moral and confidence on what is likely to be the biggest event ... Read More »

Finn Gold Cup. Dave Shilton Opens with A Top Result.

The Hempel Sailing World Championships 2018 in Aarhus, Denmark for the Finn Gold Cup got off to a slow start on Thursday after only one race was possible as the gradient and thermal breezes fought all day long. When the sea breeze finally won late in the afternoon, racing was in a shifty race in 8-12 knots of wind. The Finns were unusually split into groups, and even more unusually the groups were sailing separately, meaning that yellow group was ... Read More »

Bermuda Triangle Mystery ‘Solved’?

The infamous body of water in the North Atlantic ocean stretches 700,000km between Florida, Bermuda and Puerto-Rico BRITISH scientists believe 100ft ‘rogue’ waves could be the reason why so many boats have been sunk in the mysterious Bermuda Triangle. The infamous body of water in the western part of the North Atlantic ocean stretches 700,000 square km between Florida, Bermuda and Puerto-Rico. Also known as the Devil’s Triangle, the area features multiple shipping lanes and has claimed over 1,000 lives ... Read More »

Trimaran MACIF Exits From Refit

  The MACIF trimaran left Keroman Technologies, the yard which created her in 2015, after a seven-month refit designed to further optimise the performance of this reference Ultime multihull, with the Route du Rhum race looming. Already a solo round the world record holder in the time of 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes 35 seconds, the trimaran MACIF has been thoroughly optimised by CDK and Keroman Technologies. The scope of work by the yard proved to be both intense ... Read More »

ANT ARCTIC LAB World Record Attempt

On Sunday extreme sailor Norbert Sedlacek started from Les Sables d’Olonne, France to circumnavigate the world Singlehanded, Nonstop and Without Assistance through all five oceans including the Arctic oceans and the Northwest Passage. Should he succeed he will achieve something unique after about 34,000 nautical miles of sailing through all climate zones, freezing cold, heat, storms and calms. Innovation Yachts built this Open60AAL which is 18.3m long, and was built over 26 months by Norbert Sedlacek and his team, with ... Read More »

Wendy Tuck wins Clipper Race

The Clipper Race Made history in Liverpool on the weekend when Australian sailor, Wendy Tuck, became the first ever woman to win a round the world yacht race after leading her Sanya Serenity Coast team to overall victory in the Clipper 2017-18 Race. Thousands of people from around the globe flocked to the banks of the River Mersey to watch the spectacular Race Finish Sprint. After an intense 18 nautical mile duel, it was Garmin, PSP Logistics and home team ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Captonian Skipper Completes Round the World Yacht Race

The Clipper Race, which is unique in that it trains every day, non-professional sports people to be ocean racing sailors, saw thousands of spectators line the River Mersey as the teams sprinted home after sailing 40,000 nautical miles over eleven months. One of the stopovers of the race was Cape Town, with the teams sailing to the city back in October last year. As the Dare to Lead team finished their final race, Skipper Dale Smyth said: “I can hardly ... Read More »