April 2019 Raymarine Sailor of the Month – Malcolm Hall

Since winning the Far East 28 Worlds in China in October last year, Hall has competed with distinction in the Cape 31 Class – which is the only keelboat class producing really tough and competitive sailing. It’s fast, it’s relentless, and it’s close, exceptionally close in fact, with a mere minor error being exceptionally costly in terms of overall placings. But that cut ‘n thrust is undoubtedly what drives Hall as he is able to soak up the pressure, bounce ... Read More »


The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) examines and investigates all types of marine accidents to or on board UK vessels worldwide, and other vessels in UK territorial waters. Located in offices in Southampton, the MAIB is a separate, independent branch within the Department for Transport (DfT). The head of the MAIB, the Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents, reports directly to the Secretary of State for Transport. This Safety Digest draws the attention of the marine community to some of ... Read More »

Hunter Nationals 2019

By James King Flat water sailing at it’s trickiest best. That’s probably the best way to describe the 2019 Hunter National Championships at Witbank Yacht & Aquatic Club over the March long weekend. Wind speed light to 8 – 10 knots maximum. We had 16 boats this year, up 4 from last year. One boat from Cape Town, two boats from Midmar Dam and two from the Vaal Dam. There were eleven local entries. This regatta saw action both on ... Read More »

Maritime Emergencies. A Real Threat for South Africa: SAMSA

by Richard Crockett It came as quite a shock to read that SAMSA believes South Africa’s state of readiness for maritime emergencies is under severe threat. Maybe my choice of the words “under sever threat” is harsh, but maritime emergency services are something we all think are under control and well catered for, until we hear otherwise, and expecting nothing less. That’s where we are at right now – hearing that they are not prepared. From a yachtie perspective, rescues ... Read More »

The Marine Technology Experience – ‘Proven by Adventure’

For many adventure-seekers travelling to their dream destinations, a power yacht or catamaran is typically how the journey of a lifetime begins. The yacht charter industry has long had the ability to capture the hearts of boaters and non-boaters alike. However, as in other sectors, continuous innovation is vital in order to keep pace with the needs of consumers. As modern society moves from material to experiential spending, power yachts and catamarans remain the ideal platform for those with a ... Read More »

Monument Opened At the Southernmost Tip of Africa

The ‘Iconic Map of Africa Monument’ has been unveiled at the Southernmost tip of Africa in the Agulhas National Park in the Southern Overberg region of the Western Cape. The map pays homage to the mighty African continent and boasts a circumference of 30 metres. The ‘Iconic Map of Africa Monument’ was commissioned and developed at the Agulhas National Park by the Department of Tourism in collaboration with South African National Parks (SANParks) to enhance visitor experience and boost the ... Read More »

Study Shows Rogue Waves Are Becoming More Extreme

by gCaptain They are every mariner’s worst nightmare. A wave twice the height of the average sea state that seemingly comes out of nowhere. Rogue waves have been blamed for countless lost vessels throughout history, but not only are they dangerous to ships and mariners at sea, they can also sweep unsuspecting beach goers out to sea – often with fatal results. To get a better understanding of the phenomena, a team of researchers with the University of Southampton set ... Read More »

The Bermudes 1000 – an IMOCA Event

by Brian Hancock The IMOCA class, operated mostly out of France, is one example of how a class association can really grow an idea into an international movement. IMOCA, which stands for the International Monohull Open Class Association, was originally formed in 1998 as a way to promote the rapidly growing Open 50 and 60 classes as well as a number of single-handed or short-handed races. In 2001 it was formally recognized as an international class and the movement has ... Read More »

Geologists Baffled by Remote Island That’s Covered in Mysterious Rocks

There’s no way these types of rocks could have formed there. By Bryan Nelson There exists a remote tropical island between mainland Africa and Madagascar where one of the greatest geological mysteries in history is unfolding. Anjouan is an autonomous high island formed by undersea volcanoes 4 million years ago, known for its steep, mountainous terrain and black sand beaches. Due to its volcanic origins, the island should be uniformly composed of basalt, a lava-derived rock — and it mostly ... Read More »

The Ocean Race Enters New Era with Global Launch Event

The Ocean Race revealed its new brand identity and confirmed two team entries during an online launch event hosted in Alicante, Spain. Formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Race (1973 to 1997) and the Volvo Ocean Race (2001 to 2018), The Ocean Race is the premiere, fully-crewed, offshore race in the world, and a pinnacle event in the sport of sailing. Although now under new ownership, The Ocean Race retains Volvo as a premier race partner. “This is ... Read More »

Childhood Friends to Represent Cape Town in Global Yacht Race

Following a competitive and worldwide search, two sailors from Cape Town have been selected to skipper teams in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Experienced yachtsmen Nick Leggatt and David Immelman have been named among the eleven professionals who will lead teams aboard a 70-foot ocean yacht when the 40,000 nautical mile, eleventh month Clipper 2019-20 Race begins this summer in the UK. Nick and David have known each other since their school days and have remained friends as ... Read More »

Sir Robin Turns 80

by Brian Hancock One of my favourite books growing up was “A World of my Own” by Robin Knox-Johnston. It recounted his solo circumnavigation and ultimate win in the first Golden Globe Race that took place 50 years ago. What I recall most about the book was the fervour with which Robin took on the gruelling task of sailing alone around the world stating on many occasions that he was doing it “for Queen and Country.” I though that was ... Read More »

Modernizing the Laser Design

(This article may be best read HERE as it contains 2 excellent videos to illustrate what can be done) by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt Sailing News A good relationship between one design classes and their builders is vital for the success of class associations. Reliable supply is good for the class members while a poorly administered class is bad for the supplier. Everything is either win-win or lose-lose. A variable all class organizations face is change, and the International Laser Class ... Read More »

America’s Cup. Arbitration Panel Rules Late Challengers Valid

The America’s Cup Arbitration Panel decision finding all three Late Entry challenges to be valid has been released. The Challenger of Record and the Defender had already reached a settlement agreement under which the validity of the Challenges was accepted and issued a Protocol amendment allowing for the Late Entry to be paid by deferred instalments. However, despite this collaborative agreement, the New York Yacht Club elected to continue to pursue the case. This anti-competitive action has caused further delays ... Read More »

Book Review. Nautical Works

Book Review – by Richard Crockett Nautical Works by Jacques Devaulx Published by Taschen It is not often that when one opens a book one’s breath is taken away! This book is one of those that piques the interest from the outset as it is beautifully packaged, beautifully presented in every way and printed on sumptuous eco-friendly paper too. It has a WOW factor that simply escalates as one pages through this coffee table tome which is liberally illustrated in ... Read More »