SAILING Mag Blog Raymarine Sailor of the Year 2018 is TINA PLATTNER

This is always a pleasurable time of the year as it’s when I get to announce the Raymarine SAILING Mag Blog Sailor of the Year. This award is made in conjunction with MDM Marine Services who are the local RSA importers of Raymarine sailing electronics. Sincere thanks to them for their on-going support and sponsorship of the cash prize the winner receives. It is also appropriate at this juncture to thank the anonymous judges who evaluate the nominations each month ... Read More »

St Helena Race. Provisional Standings – Saturday 29/12/2018

by Richard Crockett The race is progressing well now as the boats appear to have picked up consistent winds and ‘lifting their skirts’ as they fly towards the finish and that all important milestone of “less that 1000nm to go”. Heading the fleet in terms of the distance to the finish is the trimaran ‘Banjo’, followed by ‘Rocket’ and ‘Naledi’. These three are comfortably ahead of the rest, with ‘Naledi’ appearing to be sailed exceptionally well as she heads the ... Read More »

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: Wild Oats XI takes line honours

Val Oatley described ‘Wild Oats XI’s’ line honours victory perfectly alongside the dock in Hobart this morning: “Three years of misery to this moment,” and you could not wipe the smile from her face or that of her sons, Sandy and Ian, as they waited for their super maxi to moor alongside Kings Pier. Watching four super maxis dicing from the start of the 628 nautical mile race, Sandy Oatley commented: “I was very nervous watching the tracker last night ... Read More »

St Helena Race. Results after 24 Hours

  by Richard Crockett There is never a dull moment when a fleet of yachts are at sea, and this race to the island of St Helena is absolutely no different. While there is not much news from the boats yet as crew adapt to a new life at sea, there are some interesting snippets. Most are in high spirits – which I suppose is a good thing as most boats have another 10 days or more at sea before ... Read More »

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Line Honours is Anyone’s Guess

The prospect of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race finishing in an historic four-way tussle on the Derwent River is on the cards, believes Mark Richards, skipper of eight times winner ‘Wild Oats XI’. Richards was speaking on Wednesday afternoon as ‘Wild Oats XI’, ‘Black Jack’ and ‘InfoTrack’ were hot on the trails of race leader and last year’s winner, ‘Comanche’, in a race that was poised to end in an unprecedented battle between the four super maxis for line ... Read More »

Cape to St Helena Race. A Slooow Start!

Suboptimal conditions, with little wind and bumpy seas, favoured the racier of the cruising yachts at race start. A light Westerly wind of around 8 knots was sufficient to just keep the boats moving. And true to form, the more relaxed cruisers, as opposed to the serious racing type, were mainly ‘chilled’ – no anxiety was picked up from the sailors who will be spending the next ten days or so on the water. One crew was reported to even ... Read More »

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Champagne Start

A perfect sunny summer day, and lovely 10-12 knot north easterly breeze made for one of the most exciting starts with all five super maxis vying for the lead at one stage before leaving Sydney Heads. After clean starts on all three lines, the Oatley family’s ‘Wild Oats XI’ and Peter Harburg’s ‘Black Jack’ were neck-and neck, while ‘InfoTrack’ and ‘Sun Hung Kai Scallywag’ gave chase and ‘Comanche’ made a swooping tack to the east of the Harbour. ‘Black Jack’s’ ... Read More »

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Previewed

by Richard Crockett Before many of you will read this on Boxing Day the race will have started, so let’s cut through all the clutter and get down to the nitty gritty of the race as we all know its reputation – and we all know it’s a tough race which ever way you look at it. And that’s simply why it keeps attracting good entries, and why many yachties have it on the bucket list. This is a comprehensive ... Read More »

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Virtual Regatta open to all

Anyone can take part in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race through Virtual Regatta. With the Boxing Day start fast approaching, registrations are open for what will be the blue water classic’s second year of partnership with Virtual Regatta, the world’s leader in cutting-edge sailing simulation games. Following the enormous success of its debut last year, with more than 30,000 virtual sailors taking part, Virtual Regatta is back to again permit sailors all over the world to share the excitement ... Read More »

Boxing Day Start for Cape to St Helena Race

The most famous race of them all – the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race – is not the only yacht race to start on Boxing Day as our very own race from Cape Town to St Helena also starts on the same day. The only real difference being that the St Helena Race has a far more laid back feel to it. Imagine ten or more days on a yacht with nothing but the vast ocean surrounding you, in the company ... Read More »

Gradual Changes Prompting A Rethink

The Optimist is a small, singlehanded sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. It was designed in 1947 to offer low-cost sailing for young people, but it has, like many examples in youth sports, gone far beyond that. Maybe too far. New Zealand International Optimist Dinghy Association president David Kayrouz provides an update on how his country is viewing the situation. Read the full report HERE This report is reprinted with the permission of ... Read More »

Youth Nationals. It’s a Wrap

Andrew Tough has kindly supplied the results for this event daily, and some pics too. Congratulations to the winners, plus all those who competed. You are all future sailing stars. Read More »

Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. Clynton Wade-Lehman Skippering Ragamuffin

by Richard Crockett The Sydney Hobart race is one of those iconic ocean races that the average yachtie can compete in, something Clynton Wade-Lehman has done several times previously. This year he goes one better as a post I saw on the official race website piqued my interest as it showed him to be skippering the TP52 Ragamuffin. Clynton is another one of our ‘Japies’ who is doing exceptionally well in international competition, just like William Voermann did in the ... Read More »

Christmas Gift Idea from Victorinox

Stuck for a Christmas gift idea for the yachtie in your life? Victorinox, manufacturers of the original Swiss Army knife, solves that problem with two different and very versatile sailing knives. Recently released is the new Navy Camouflage Collection with 3 different options of a small, medium and large pocket knife in a navy camouflage look. With these knives one will be able to tackle any situation. The small knife comes with a blade; nail file; screwdriver; scissors; key ring; ... Read More »

The Melges 14 Dinghy

by Richard Crockett In this country we are starved of modern boats, both dinghies and keelboats, and as a result once a class is established with good numbers there is huge resistance to change and especially change to other classes. It’s a pity as on occasions a really good new dinghy class comes onto the international market and instantly makes a huge hit. The Melges 14 is one of these, with the good news being that Alex Schon has seen ... Read More »