GAC IRC Nationals – Tough, Competitive, High-Profile

  by William Crockett Tough, competitive, high-profile; these are all terms synonymous with the Volvo Ocean Race. It was fitting, then, that as the Volvo Ocean Race rolled into Cape Town, the IRC fleet headed out to hold their National championships in what would prove to be a tough, competitive and high-profile event. Hosted by the V & A Marina in conjunction with the RCYC, the IRC Class hosted their nationals in a ‘first of its kind’ event for South ... Read More »

Route Du Rhum – Loick Peyron Wins

Thirty two years after the first of his seven attempts, French ocean racing star Loick Peyron won the mythical Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe this Monday morning (TU) when he crossed the finish line of the solo race from Saint-Malo France to Pointe-a-Pitre in a time of 7d 15h 8m 32s aboard the 31.5m (103ft) Ultime trimaran Maxi Solo Banque Populaire VII. His elapsed time is a new outright record for the course passage, which was first raced in 1982, breaking ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race village an awesome experience

The fleet are in with the last 2 boats having finished with the girls on Team SCA beating the boys on Mapfre across the finish line. Having played catch-up for much of race their finish ahead of Olympic gold medallist Iker Martinez has proven that one must simply never give up – and that if you sail hard until the very end the rewards will be there too. Their victory over the boys is a popular one. So let me ... Read More »

Let’s All Support the Volvo Race in Cape Town

Calling all sailors, landlubbers and anyone who follows us crazy people who venture out into the might blue ocean on small boats. Get on down to the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Cape Town – and support the race, the sailors and the sport. There are boats in now, the race village is in full swing, and as of tomorrow, the IRC National Keelboat Champs will be taking place from the Volvo Race area – so check that out too. ... Read More »

Historic first result for Chinese team

Historic first result for Chinese team in Volvo Ocean Race, as Dongfeng finish 2nd on Leg 1 It was a close fight all the way to Volvo Ocean Race Leg 1 finish in Cape Town that saw the determined men of Dongfeng racing for China cross the finish line in second place at 15:22:48 UTC today 5th November, just 12 minutes and 4 seconds behind Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. From Dongfeng skipper, Charles Caudrelier: “As a team we might not ... Read More »

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing win by just 12 minutes

Dongfeng Race Team chase Azzam all the way to the finish Ian Walker (GBR) and his Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing crew have barely snatched a wink of sleep for nearly 48 hours, but they will surely be celebrating deep into the night after an epic first leg victory in the Volvo Ocean Race on Wednesday. There have been many close finishes in the 41-year history of the event, but few will have been quite so tense for the victors, who ... Read More »

VOR – No time to sleep for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing

The next 24 hours could well be the longest of Ian Walker’s 44-year-old life. The British skipper of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and his crew have led for the majority of the 6,847 nautical mile (nm) first leg from Alicante to Cape Town since the fleet raced through the Cape Verde Islands before the halfway stage. But there’s been literally no time to relax ever since, and even with the leading pack just over 24 hours from completing the opening ... Read More »

Support the Volvo Ocean Race in Cape Town

The leading boats in leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean race are scheduled to finish today. This is an URGENT plea to all yachties and those landlubbers who enjoy the exploits of those who put to sea in small boats to support the race village, and the competitors, throughout the period Cape Town hosts the Volvo Ocean Race. Cape Town was not originally a stopover for this race which meant that the fleet would have bypassed the ‘Tavern of the ... Read More »

Phillippa forced to retire from Route du Rhum

Phillippa Hutton-Squire has been forced to retire from the Route du Rhum race due to a compression crack at the spreaders of her mast after colliding with another boat in her class. ED. As my coms have been down for the past few days my info is a little sketchy, but will post something in more detail soon. In my book Phillippa has been such an inspiration to many as she has gone about this campaign with such a positive ... Read More »

ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year Announced

ISAF and Rolex have have announced that the winners of the 2014 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards are: Male: James Spithill (AUS) Female: Martine Grael & Kahena Kunze (BRA) Australian James Spithill was nominated for leading ORACLE TEAM USA to one of the greatest comebacks in all sporting history. Trailing Emirates Team New Zealand 8-1 in a first to nine quest for one of yachting’s greatest prizes, the America’s Cup, skipper Spithill inspired a comeback of epic ... Read More »

Optimist Worlds 2014 – Final Report

report by William Brooks Tuesdays conditions After two days of R&R the team was amped to get back onto the water and race. We knew that the forecast was for strong wind and on arrival at Club Nautico we were not disappointed. A strong 25kt southerly was sweeping across the Rio del Plata against a fierce tidal current. The net effect was a mini version of conditions on our east coast, 5 to 6 ft growlers covered the whole course. ... Read More »

Let’s ALL Keep Cape Town a Volvo Ocean Race Stopover

This is an URGENT plea to all yachties and those landlubbers who enjoy the exploits of those who put to sea in small boats to support the race village throughout the period Cape Town hosts the Volvo Ocean Race. Cape Town was not originally a stopover for this race which meant that the fleet would have bypassed the ‘Tavern of the Seas’. To keep Cape Town as a first-choice stopover in the future we need to make sure that as ... Read More »

Come on South Africa – Let’s all get behind Phillippa Hutton-Squire

On Sunday Phillippa Hutton-Squire sets out alone (singlehanded) as the first South African ever to compete in the Route du Rhum race from St Malo to Guadeloupe – a distance of 3500 nautical miles. This is a tough race and a challenge Phillippa is up for. She is just one of 4 women competing. So let’s all get behind her and wish her luck. Like this post or send personal messages via her facebook page: Follow the race at:  ... Read More »

Bart’s Bash FINAL RESULTS published

Over 30,000 people took to the water for the first Bart’s Bash! (go to the end to see some RSA results) Our final results, now PUBLISHED!!!, show an amazing 30,717 participants took to the water, many for their first time, around the world, for the first “Bart’s Bash” on 21 September 2014. As you know, the sailing race was a fund raising event in memory of Andrew Simpson, the Olympic sailor who died in a training accident in May 2013. ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – A Lot Can Happen in a Week at Sea

A lot can happen in a week at sea, and for the seven international teams competing in the first leg of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race the last seven days have dished up one challenge after another.A week ago the fleet passed Cape Verde, a cluster of 10 islands 350 miles (570 km) off the coast of western Africa. Four teams, lead by Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, chose a safe path to the north of the island chain, Team Vestas ... Read More »