‘Stormy’. Her First Preview

by Richard Crockett Last week I posted info about ‘Stormy’ and the fact that she is being saved from destruction by someone in the USA who is going to restore her to her former glory. There was a good response to this news and the pic I posted of her. Just by change I happened to come across some of the first words ever written about this highly successful ocean racer. Enjoy them, as here they are … . Read More »

Sprogs – There’s LOOONG Life in These Magnificent Dinghies

A few days ago I posted some info and pics of Sprogs from Chris Grylls – and this solicited some great response from followers, and a pic by Jane Hudson of she and Dave rigging a Sprog in Sedgefield in 1969. Jane said: “Here’s one for the books – Sedgefield 1969 with David Hudson.” Dave Hudson responded with this: “David Hudson I don’t know the number. I think this boat belonged to Acland Bertie. He had started building MSM Sprogs ... Read More »

Kees Bruynzeel’s ‘Stormy’

by Richard Crockett The very first Cape to Rio Race in 1971 attracted worldwide interest, and entries too, with a fine array of yachts in the 69 boat fleet. In those days van de Stadt designs were very popular, with many featuring on our local racing circuit, and the fleet saw many E G van de Stadt designs competing. First and third overall we van de Stadt designs, being ‘Albatross II’ and ‘Stormy’. ‘Stormy’ was skippered by Cornelis ‘Kees’ Bruynzeel, ... Read More »

Sprog ‘Sensation’

In August last year I published some info and pics under the heading “Sprog Memories’. (READ IT HERE) Just recently Chris Grylls, now living in the Hamble, sent me the following info and pics. He writes that: The original Sprog 2 was ‘Smiler’ also owned by Peter Senn. ‘Sensation’ was built for Peter Senn by Beehive Builders in Port Elizabeth. They built many Sprogs, and later Wingers, amongst some other dinghies. She originally had an all-varnished hull with a pale ... Read More »

The Ocean Race. Kids Invited Aboard Learning Programme

The online, curriculum-based modules give children the opportunity to immerse themselves in the thrilling round the world ocean race, learn about how ocean plastic pollution is damaging our blue planet – and how they can be part of the solution. The Ocean Race Learning Programme provides stimulating resources to give schoolchildren aged 6-12 years of age, a unique insight into the problems and positive, practical solutions to combat the ocean plastic crisis. Building on the programme from the previous edition ... Read More »

Volvo Penta Collaborates with Leading Catamaran Builder Fountaine-Pajot on Electromobility Venture

With the intention of creating greater onboard convenience and a more natural sailing environment, Fountaine-Pajot will assist in the installation, trials and demonstration of Volvo Penta’s pioneering electromobility technology. Volvo Penta has announced that it is to collaborate with leading French boat builder Fountaine-Pajot as it prepares to demonstrate its latest prototype electromobility technology. The initiative is part of Volvo Penta’s commitment to offer electrified solutions in its marine and industrial product ranges. This is being driven by Volvo Penta’s ... Read More »

Hannah Stodel: Paralympic sailor on tackling the Vendee Globe and the Round the Island Race

By Katie Falkingham/BBC Sport “I am a strong person, I’m pretty tough stuff.” You have to be, when you’re planning on racing non-stop around the world, on your own, in a 60ft yacht. At face value, the Vendee Globe is a remarkable challenge. But for British four-time Paralympic sailor Hannah Stodel, it is a different beast entirely. Born without her lower right arm, starting next year’s race would be Stodel’s greatest achievement – the “icing on the cake”, as she ... Read More »

Raymarine Axiom Now Fully Supports Oceanic’s Volumetric Fuel Senders

Raymarine’s latest LightHouse software upgrade release now fully supports Oceanic Systems’ Fuel Sender Volumetric output and tank shape calibration! LightHouse Annapolis 3.9 software has just been released which can now calibrate and display Oceanic’s Fuel Sender Volumetric data. This means the user can know exactly how much fuel they have on board no matter what shape their tank is. This AXIOM software release allows the installer or user to input their volumetric calibration information directly into the AXIOM and display ... Read More »

Is this Where Foul Weather Clothing is Headed?

By Richard Crockett I still very clearly, and fondly I may add, remember my first forays into coastal passage making and overnight races way back in the mid-‘70s. Those were the days BEFORE GPS, sat-coms, radar – and of course really good ‘foulies’ that did not leak and let the wind through. RDFs (Radio Direction Finders – what’s that Dad!!) and depth sounders, plus good log-keeping were the navigators best friends. It was the keeping warm and dry bit back ... Read More »

Neal McDonald: “Co-skipper of Hugo Boss is A Very Exciting Added Bonus”

British sailor Neal McDonald has been involved in seven Volvo Ocean races. After being Performance Manager to the Ian Walker skippered ‘Abu Dhabi’, winners in 2014-15, McDonald played a similar key role on the last Volvo with Xabi Fernandez’ ‘MAPFRE’ team. He has been full time with Alex Thomson Racing since last year, but has known and worked with Alex on a project basis for the last three or four years. McDonald, now 55 years old, has been announced as ... Read More »

Yacht Racing Forum 2019 in Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao is a flamboyant city in northern Spain, with a growing passion for the sport of sailing The 12th edition of the Yacht Racing Forum (November 25-26) promises to be exciting. It will bring together some of the most prominent players in the nautical world, and will offer a unique commercial platform to companies active in competitive sailing. Members of the yacht racing community and sailing industry from all over the world will meet in six months’ time in the ... Read More »

How the New 5G Network Could Wreak Havoc on Weather Forecasts

by Christian Cotroneo While Americans are getting a next-generation cellular network — along with all the speed, increased coverage and efficiency it brings — weather forecasts may start to seem eerily familiar. Like 1980s familiar. That’s how badly meteorologists expect the 5G network will set back weather detection. “If you look back in time to see when our forecast scale was roughly 30 percent less than today, it was 1980,” Neil Jacobs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ... Read More »

Nelson Mandela Bay bids to host the 2021-22 Ocean Race

Last week the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) hosted the Technical Task Team of the 2021-22 Ocean Race. The Bay is one of two cities that have been shortlisted in South Africa, in the bid to host the African leg of one of the international stop-overs of the prestigious yacht race, scheduled to take place late in 2021. Should the Nelson Mandela Bay be announced as the host city for the South African ... Read More »

TP52 Series. Platoon Prevails

by Richard Crockett Although not on the podium at this event, the South Africans teams of ‘Phoenix 11′ and ‘Phoenix 12′ did not disgrace themselves, although youth did trump age and experience as Tina Plattner took ‘Phoenix 12′ to victory over her father, Hasso Plattner’ who campaigned the newer ‘Phoenix’. ‘Phoenix 12′ closed off the event by scoring 4; 3 & 8 in the closing 3 races, while ‘Phoenix 11′ had to contend with a DNF & DNS – indicating ... Read More »

52 SUPER SERIES. A Tight Fit at the Top

by Richard Crockett Day 3 was not a spectacular day for the two South African boats although ‘Phoenix 11′ and Hasso Plattner improved her performance of the day, starting with an 11 and finishing with a 6 and 5. Unfortunately ‘Phoenix 12′ and Tina Plattner were unable to improve their positions with 7, 8 and 9th place finishes in the three races. After missing Day 2’s scheduled races due to the lack of breeze, the third day was a gift ... Read More »