Interview. Benji Daniel – 29er World Champion

by Richard Crockett Very recently Benji Daniel and Alex Burger won the 29er World Championships off Long Beach, California. Theirs was an interesting and somewhat unconventional win in that 29ers are few and far between in this country, making their preparations something of an individual thing. But along the way they received some very solid help from a few key people, all of which ultimately saw them win the World Champs. These are two very exciting sailors who could well ... Read More »

Lipton Cup – The Future

by Richard Crockett The Lipton Cup trustees have sent a letter to a broad spectrum of people spelling out some choices available in terms of the future boat for this event. Read the Letter HERE:  170810 Class of Boat 2018 To me this is the single most important document the Lipton Trustees have sent out in many years. Plus, it could signal a new beginning for the event if change is embraced. Simply, a same-old-same-old approach has added little stature ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Peter Burling is the Latest Signing

Kiwi sailing superstar Peter Burling will compete in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 onboard Team Brunel. Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup winning helmsman Peter Burling has joined Team Brunel for the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race – and he’s already out sailing with his new teammates in pre-race qualifying. The signing of the world’s most in-demand sailor is a major coup for Brunel skipper Bouwe Bekking, and sets up what should be a compelling rivalry with Burling’s ... Read More »

Rolex Fastnet Race. Volvo Boats in Titanic Duel

Dongfeng won a knife-edge battle with MAPFRE in Rolex Fastnet Race as the Chinese entry pipped MAPFRE just moments from the line after an intense battle overnight. China’s Dongfeng Race Team edged out MAPFRE by just 56 seconds in a Rolex Fastnet Race thriller as an intense night of lead changes and fickle winds ended with the entire fleet separated by less than 40 minutes after more than 600 miles of racing. MAPFRE and Dongfeng had the best start back ... Read More »

Rolex Fastnet Race. Line Honours

Concise 10 Takes Line Honours Unchallenged, Concise 10 blazed into Plymouth as the first boat home in the 47th Rolex Fastnet Race. Tony Lawson’s MOD70 trimaran crossed the finish line off Plymouth breakwater with a race time of 42 hours and 55 minutes. This time didn’t come close to the overall multihull record for the Rolex Fastnet Race but it was still respectable considering they sailed upwind all the way to the Fastnet Rock. Dockside at Plymouth Yacht Haven, a ... Read More »

Rolex Fastnet Race. Dongfeng First VOR Yacht to Ease Sheets At the Fastnet Rock

      After a night of close-quarters tacking in the Celtic Sea into a 15-knot northwesterly breeze Dongfeng Race Team, which had been in second place in the seven-strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet, was the first to round the famous Fastnet Rock this morning. Charles Caudrelier and his crew managed to overhaul former class leader AkzoNobel and were the first to ease sheets and begin the leg back to Plymouth with the wind now behind Dongfeng and set to ... Read More »

Rolex Fastnet Race. The Rock is Being Reached!

Tony Lawson’s MOD70 trimaran Concise 10 became the first boat to round the Fastnet Rock off southwest Ireland. At the time the next boat in the race, George David’s Rambler 88, was 111 miles astern. However thanks to their upwind passage, their time of 28 hours 49 minutes was well outside of record to the Rock of 22 hours and 21 minutes, set in 2011 by the Loick Peyron-skippered 40m Banque Populaire Maxi trimaran. Meanwhile the monohull leaders have been ... Read More »

Rolex Fastnet Race. A Classic upwind start

by Richard Crockett   There were ‘classic’ conditions at the start of the 47th Rolex Fastnet Race. In brilliant sunshine and with brisk westerly winds gusting up to 20 knots, the giant fleet tacked up the western Solent before compressing through the usual bottleneck at Hurst Narrows. A record-sized fleet of 368 boats started the race, 12 more than two years ago, confirming the Rolex Fastnet Race’s position as the world’s largest offshore yacht race. The first start got underway ... Read More »

Zhik 29er Worlds. RSA on Top of the Podium – on Top of the World

by Richard Crockett Benji Daniel and Alex Burger are the 29er World Champions. They did not just win this event, they annihilated the rest of the feet to win with 30 points separating them and 2nd place. They secured victory on the final day with a 3; 33 & 1 to give them the world title after an uncharacteristic bottom-half-of-the-fleet finish in the day’s second race, threatened their success. Coming into the final day of racing, Daniel said the pair ... Read More »

Zhik 29er Worlds. RSA Team Extend Overall Lead

by Richard Crockett Our young, and should I say up-and-coming 29er team, have so far outperformed a hot fleet, all the while racing far beyond where they ever expected to be in this competition. And believe me, it’s not luck that has seen them get this far, it’s sheer guts, determination and smart training under the guidance of smart people that have seen them scale to these heights – and absolutely nothing else. Yesterday they finished the day with a ... Read More »

Gul Mirror Worlds. Leoto & White Finish 8th as Top RSA Team

by Richard Crockett Frustration in not being able to access good information has been a hallmark of this event. Sad, as we have had some good RSA performances, yet very little feedback. However Howard Leoto & Shane White put the disappointment of their penultimate race OCS behind them and had a cracker final race finishing 4th – and being the top South Africans in 8th overall, equal on points with 7th overall. What a great performance by this pair who ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Onboard Reporters Are the Most Important People in the Race

Often unsung heroes and out of the limelight, the Volvo Ocean Race On Board Reporters (OBRs) are in many respects the most important people in this marathon race as they alone send the news, pics, excitement and ups and downs of the race back ashore for all of us to be kept up-to-date – while turning the race into an almost ‘live’ event. Featuring hardened media pros from six nations around the world, the group of Onboard Reporters for the ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Mapfre Sign Up Two Female Stars

Mapfre have completed their squad for 2017-18 by naming two female sailors – Spanish Olympic gold medallist Támara Echegoyen and Volvo Ocean Race star Sophie Ciszek. The addition of Echegoyen is notable for two reasons – she is the first Spanish woman ever to compete in the race, and she takes Mapfre’s Olympic medal count to five. “It’s been months of hard work, but I am very happy with the result because thanks to the help of everyone and especially ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Liz Wardley Joins Turn the Tide on Plastic

Turn the Tide on Plastic skipper Dee Caffari has named her first crew member of the 2017-18 edition by signing up two-time Volvo Ocean Race veteran Liz Wardley. The Australian, who first competed in the Race in 2001-02 onboard Amer Sports Too, and more recently was part of Team SCA’s 2014-15 campaign, joins the team as Boat Captain. Liz made her name winning numerous titles in the Hobie Cat 16 class, before becoming the first woman to win the Sydney-Hobart ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Dee Caffari will lead ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’

Britain’s Dee Caffari will lead ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ – a mixed, youth focussed team with a strong sustainability message in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. Her campaign, already backed by the Mirpuri Foundation and Ocean Family Foundation, is dedicated to the issue of ocean health. Caffari’s ambition is to build a multi-national, 50-50 male/female squad, with the majority under 30 years of age. As part of the sustainability focus, the messages around diversity in age and gender will ... Read More »