Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. All-Female Crew Announced

In a bid to encourage stronger female representation in Australian sailing, and to promote ocean health and sustainability, the first all-female professional crew to enter the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has announced its campaign to win the coveted Tattersall Cup in Hobart. The 13-strong crew, led by Skipper Stacey Jackson, will race under the team name Ocean Respect Racing, in partnership with 11th Hour Racing, an organization that promotes sustainability through sport. The team name expresses the message this ... Read More »

Route du Rhum. Donald Alexander Romping Towards the Finish

by Richard Crockett Not getting much info from a yachtie while racing is concerning to family and friends, but for an old hack it’s simply an understanding that the man is on a mission and simply too busy sailing his steed to keep up with the pleasantries. So when my phone started pinging incessantly late one night over the weekend, I knew that Donald was in a good space and happy to share his experiences. In fact he was so ... Read More »

Strictly for Women! New Concept Automatically Connects Car and Trailer

by Richard Crockett Well not strictly for women, as the issue of connecting boat and luggage trailers and more to vehicles is something those who only do it occasionally battle with – men too. So there is a solution which has been designed by women – so it is sure to be user friendly. Here’s the story: Why should connecting a trailer be such a hassle? So much so, in fact, that 50 per cent of people prefer not to ... Read More »

World Sailing’s Nations Cup Match Racing

Expression of Interest South African Sailing (SAS) has been offered two entries (one male team and one female team) for the Nations Cup Match Racing finals in San Francisco from 9 to 14 April 2019. The event will take place in the J22 class. This is an event in which we have been successful in the past and we feel it provides a unique opportunity to re-introduce this form of sailing into South Africa and to compete against the best ... Read More »

Route du Rhum. 2 New Winners

by Richard Crockett Pierre Antoine and Yoann Richomme are the convincing winners in Rhum Multis and Class 40s respectively. And still in the race and doing remarkably well after a really torrid first week at sea is Donald Alexander who is in 23rd place in Class 40, and who has his sights firmly set on finishing the race. In snippets from ‘Power of One’ Alexander explained that after pumping 400 litres of water from a leeward ballast tank, his trusty ... Read More »

Alex Thomson. Good sportsmanship or Good PR?

by Richard Crockett Alex Thomson made this statement: “I do not deserve to win the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe”. That was after finishing the race having run aground and extricated himself by using his engine – for which he was hit with a 24-hour penalty. As British yachtsman Alex Thomson stood on board his damaged yacht Hugo Boss, moored to the quayside in Guadeloupe, he told the assembled media that he did not deserve to win the Route du Rhum-Destination ... Read More »

Route du Rhum. Alex Thomson Runs Aground

by Richard Crockett Alex Thomson has sailed a pretty smart race so far, and had established a pretty impressive and solid lead over his rival, but that was until he ran aground last night in the closing stages of the race. A statement issued early this morning by Alex Thomson Racing is as follows: “Alex Thomson Racing is currently managing a developing incident, which occurred during the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe. Today between 21:45 and 22:00 AST Alex Thomson’s IMOCA ... Read More »

Route du Rhum. Donald Alexander Slowly Grinding Away

by Richard Crockett Since Donald Alexander restarted the Route du Rhum race on Sunday, he has not had an easy time – hence little news. Experienced yachties know that when there is little news coming off a boat, times are tough, and the crew, or in this case ‘The Man’ does NOT want to be disturbed! He has battled with headwinds, system breakdowns and more – yet our man continues to grind away at the race with his sights firmly ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. Van Den Heede to Earn His Passage Around Cape Horn

The embattled French leader nursing a damaged mast on his Rustler 36 ‘Matmut’ after the yacht was pitchpoled in a storm a week ago, has the prospect of having another Southern Ocean buster roll over him this weekend followed by two more when rounding the infamous Cape. The 73-year old veteran is now within 1,300 miles of the Horn, speeding along at 5.3 knots, having ‘fixed’ the damage to his mast by climbing up and lashing the lower shroud fixing ... Read More »

Raymarine Showcases Industry-Leading Innovations

Unique technologies and product updates harness the benefits of augmented reality, drone integration, and advanced MFD integration to open up new possibilities for boat owners. Leading the industry in bringing a new era of navigation and awareness capabilities to boat owners through the most innovative developments in marine electronics, Raymarine is bringing together its game-changing range of technology advancements at this year’s METSTRADE. Its unique product range for 2018 includes the new award-winning Raymarine® ClearCruise™ AR (Augmented Reality), Axiom® XL ... Read More »

Route du Rhum. Closest Finish Ever

In the closest finish since it was first staged in 1978, the French ocean racing veteran Francis Joyon won the 40th anniversary Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race from Saint Malo to Pointe-À-Pitre early this morning. In the clammy heat and very light winds of the Caribbean night, Joyon, 62, glided across the finish line on ‘IDEC Sport’ at 23:21.47 local time (03:21.47 UTC) to pip the poster boy of French sailing, François Gabart on ‘MACIF’ by just seven ... Read More »

Donald Alexander. Repairs Before Returning to Racing

by Richard Crockett Donald Alexander has been dealt a cruel blow on his debut solo ocean race across the Atlantic when on his third night at sea, during a stonking gale and massive seas, his main bulkhead started cracking and delaminating. Being the tenacious type that he is, and with his normal never-say-die attitude he hoped to be able to shore things up with locker doors and continue racing. But after sending pics to his shore team he was strongly ... Read More »

Route Du Rhum. Another Pasting to Come for Class 40s

by Richard Crockett Followers of Donald Alexander, who is sailing his Class 40 ‘Power of One’ under the Point Yacht Club burgee, will be pleased to hear that he is safely docked in La Coruna, Spain, and busy effecting repairs so that he can get back onto the race course as quickly as possible. Way down south, more than 1,800 nautical miles southwest of Saint Malo, in the warmer climes and flatter seas west of the Canaries, François Gabart continues ... Read More »

A Brilliant Innovation – Electronic Telltales

by Brian Hancock Michel Desjoyeaux is one of the most successful solo offshore sailors in the world. He not only won the Vendee Globe twice, he also won the Route du Rhum as well as numerous other offshore races. Now semi-retired from offshore racing he has a company in France called Mer Agitée. Desjoyeaux and his partner Régine Bornens created Mer Agitée in 1999 to bring innovation to the sailing world. Their latest product, an electronic telltale is pure genius. ... Read More »

Route du Rhum. Things Improving But More Bad Weather to Come

by Richard Crockett On day 3, with such a big fleet now spread over a large area of ocean, skippers in the solo transatlantic Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe are beginning to experience wide variations in weather conditions after three very challenging days at sea. There are few exceptions to this, and our very own lone sailor Donald Alexander has succumbed to the frenzied conditions as his boat is damaged and he is heading to port. Since my report last evening, ... Read More »