Microplastic Particles Found in Antarctic Waters

Microplastic particles have been found in the oceans close to Antarctica, data collected during the Volvo Ocean Race has revealed. The new data comes from the Volvo Ocean Race Science Programme, funded by Volvo Cars. Scientists analysed water samples, gathered at points during Leg 2 of the Race, between Lisbon and Cape Town and Leg 3 from Cape Town to Melbourne. The groundbreaking results, announced at the Volvo Ocean Race Hong Kong Ocean Summit, found microplastics in the Southern Ocean ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Dare to Lead Pulls Away

In the opening hours of Race 7, The Forever Tropical Paradise Race, Dare To Lead managed to pull away and currently has a two nautical mile advantage on the pack which, after the first Le Mans start of the 2017-18 edition, remains tightly compacted. Whilst the Dare To Lead team settles in as it gears up for the first long race since Race 3 from Cape Town to Fremantle, speaking from on board, Skipper Dale Smyth said: “Today, the temperature ... Read More »

Cruising. Great Circle Loops of Europe and North America

Ocean Cruising Club members Ed and Sue Kelly have completed exploration of America’s connecting inland waterways via the American Great Loop in 329 days. Angel Louise is the first boat known to complete both American & European Great Loops. The American Great Loop is a system of waterways that encompasses the eastern portion of the United States and part of Canada. It is made up of both natural and man-made waterways, including the Atlantic and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, the Great ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. A Battle for ‘Top Dog’ Status

by Richard Crockett This weekends racing was a battle for top dog’ status between Dongfeng and Mapfre the two top contenders in this round the world race. After the HGC In-Port Race in Hong Kong, despite finishing second overall, and the series leader MAPFRE finishing fourth, Dongfeng vaulted to the top of the table. But the overall honours reverted back to MAPFRE after she won the around Hong Kong Island Race. These two have been the top two teams, and ... Read More »

Vestas 11th Hour Racing Won’t Compete in Hong Kong Or China

Vestas 11th Hour Racing has informed Volvo Ocean Race that the team will not be participating in inshore racing in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China, as well as Leg 5 from Hong Kong to Guangzhou. The team is currently coordinating necessary repairs to the boat caused by the collision with a non-racing vessel on Saturday 20th January. “First and foremost, our thoughts and condolences are with the families affected by this tragic incident,” said Mark Towill from Hong Kong. “At ... Read More »

Missing PYC Pie Found

by Richard Crockett Who would have ever guessed that today (23 January) is ‘world pie day’? It’s inconsequential unless of course you still drool over and dream about those famous PYC pies of yesteryear. Yes they were good, damn good in fact – and they have legendary status all over the world as wave after wave of yachtie kept scoffing them as fast as they could be made. But somewhere along the line the maker of the famous PYC went ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Elation & Sadness At Finish

by Richard Crockett Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag won Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, leading the fleet into their home port of Hong Kong. It’s an historic win for skipper David Witt and his team who had to overcome significant setbacks on the leg before grabbing the lead with a bold tactical call out of the Doldrums last weekend. “We had a bit of a plan and we stuck to it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t and this ... Read More »

Safety Warning – Important

  The United Kingdom Marine Accident Investigation Branch has issued a safety warning on the use of safety harness tethers on sailing yachts. An urgent safety lesson has been issued after a fatal man overboard incident from the sailing yacht CV30 in the Indian Ocean on 18 November 2017. All offshore sailors should read and understand this. View the Report HERE Read More »

Long-Term Warming Trend Continued in 2017

Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2017 ranked as the second warmest since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA. Continuing the planet’s long-term warming trend, globally averaged temperatures in 2017 were 0.90 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. That is second only to global temperatures in 2016. In a separate, independent analysis, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) concluded that ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race.Scallywag Battle the Elements to Hold Lead

Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag were showing no signs of relinquishing their grip on the Leg 4 lead as they went under the 1,000-miles-to-go barrier. Hell-bent on arriving in their home port of Hong Kong as heroes, Scallywag have maintained their comfortable lead of 73 miles over closest rivals Vestas 11th Hour Racing as the action reaches fever pitch. The only team not to lose miles to Scallywag in the six hours leading up to the position report was third-placed Dongfeng ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Youngest Ever Skipper Claims Line Honours

Visit Seattle, led by 24-year-old British sailor Nikki Henderson, the youngest ever Skipper to lead a team in the Clipper Round Race, held off a strong challenge from three other teams to chalk up a thrilling maiden victory in Race 6 which finished in Whitsundays. During one of the most challenging stages so far, Visit Seattle completed the 1,600-nautical mile sprint up the east coast of Australia from Hobart in eleven days. Arriving into Abell Point Marina where the Clipper ... Read More »

Sailing Over Challenger Deep

Report from OBR Amory Ross onboard Vestas 11th Hour Racing: Lat/Long: 12.147N / 139.938E Wind: 20 kts Air Temp: 29c Sea Temp: 30c Boatspeed: 22 kts Heading: 307-degrees In the very early hours of this morning we sailed over the Mariana Trench just south of the deepest known point in Earth’s oceans, Challenger Deep. It is nearly 11,000 metres deep (37,000 feet, 7 miles, 11 km), which is deeper than Mt Everest, Earth’s highest mountain, is tall. It’s practically space. ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Drag Racing to Hong Kong

Crossing the doldrums on this leg has been described as one of the longest and most painful doldrums crossings in memory! Certainly it created some excitement and tense moments for race followers as the fleet bunched up, and then rocketed off, only to slow again in another light patch. For the crews, the less said the better as they were “gatvol” of the conditions and needed to leave them behind. For some the doldrums created opportunities, and for others the ... Read More »

Spindrift Dismasts. An Ignominious Start to A Record Circumnavigation

Yesterday, as the giant trimaran made its way to the Créac’h lighthouse (Isle of Ouessant) for a second attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy, Spindrift 2 dismasted south of Pointe Saint-Mathieu in a strong 30 knot westerly breeze and rough seas. Spindrift 2 was ready for this new attempt around the world with a relatively favourable weather window, after a long two-month stand-by at La Trinité sur Mer and then in Brest, Brittany. Once Spindrift was into the Iroise, an ... Read More »

Jules Verne Trophy. Spindrift Starts Today

There is another attempt on the Jules Verne around the world record about to start, this time with Spindrift which is skippered by Yann Guichard. They abandoned an attempt last week after a few hours as the wind simply did not play ball. Despite a good though not ideal weather window, after two months on stand-by Spindrift racing has decided to take its chance and will leave the dock late this morning to be at the Créac’h lighthouse in the ... Read More »