African Optimist Champs. Ashwell Heading the Leaderboard

This event is underway off Maputo – with local RSA sailor Matt Ashwell having it all his own way in the opening 4 races with ‘bullets’ in each race. It has been tough out there as on Wednesday at the end of Race 4 the had increased to 20 knots out of the ESE. The sea state became very challenging especially for the younger sailors and the increasing intensity of the wind meant that the decision was taken by the ... Read More »

Record-breaking Results in EVERY Respect From 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race

The most recent edition of the Volvo Ocean Race raised the bar, both on and off the water – and so it should being the most prominent sailing race in the world. The last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, which started in Alicante, Spain in October 2017 and finished in The Hague in the Netherlands in June 2018, will be remembered as the closest in race history, as well as a record-breaking event on many levels. After racing 45,000 ... Read More »

South Africa’s Team MAGIC Won the 2018 Fareast 28R World Championship

Watch the VIDEO HERE The second FAREAST 28R World Championship came to an end after four days of racing at the beautiful venue of Fuxian Lake, Yunnan, China. Located on 1,750m above sea level, this fresh water lake provided some challenging conditions during the 11 races. The first days started off in light conditions, but during the last two days some nice breeze picked up with gust up to 20 knots and sunny weather, which turned this second FAREAST 28R ... Read More »

Raymarine: FLIR Launches Next Generation Raymarine VHF Radios

FLIR has launched its next-generation Raymarine VHF radios. The compact Ray53, full-sized Ray63 and the multifunction Ray73 with AIS are all full-function VHF marine radios with Class D Digital Selective Calling (DSC). Each new VHF model is equipped with a built-in GPS receiver and connection point for an optional GPS/GNSS antenna, which improves the GPS reception when the radio is mounted below deck or in an enclosed pilothouse. Designed to complement the modern style of Raymarine Axiom multifunction displays, these ... Read More »

PredictWind Daily Briefing Release

The PredictWind meteorological & development team has been working hard to make a concise and easy to understand interpretation of their world leading forecast models. For those wanting to get a quick forecast analysis from the experts, the team have developed code to process the data used in the forecast tables/graphs and summarise the forecast into a simple, “Daily Briefing”. The day has been divided into 4 periods – Early, Morning, Afternoon and Evening – and then analysed for each ... Read More »

GGR. Day 148: Jean-Luc Van Den Heede Rounds Cape Horn

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede led the Golden Globe Race fleet of solo sailors round Cape Horn on Friday having extended his lead on all but second placed Dutchman Mark Slats during a week when those trailing up to 8,500 miles behind all faced serious trials. Both Australian Mark Sinclair and Russia’s Igor Zaretskiy are now heading for ports in Australia to clean off barnacles and make repairs. Sinclair, who is also running perilously short of drinking water, is heading for ... Read More »

Maritime Youth Innovation Challenge

The fourth Youth Innovation Challenge, Innovate Durban’s flagship programme, is wrapping up with 26 finalists grouped into 12 teams, presenting their final pitch and the four category winners being announced on 30 November. The Youth Innovation Challenge with a core focus on maritime, began in May this year with 120 keen participants. The various stages of the maritime programme whittled down the participants from the initial 120 to the tenacious resilient final 26 participants. Interested innovators between the ages of ... Read More »

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 »