52 Super Series. Falling Off the Podium

by Richard Crockett The Bay of Palma served up a week of mostly atypical, unsettled and changeable summer sea breeze conditions for the fourth regatta of the 2018 52 SUPER SERIES, and after a promising start Phoenix fell off the podium in the closing stages of the regatta. Tina Plattner and her crew were simply unable to keep their results inside the top 5, while a 10th in race 6 effectively put them out of the running for a podium ... Read More »

Lipton Cup. The Final Say – With Response to Questions

By Roy Dunster As of 22/08/2018, the Letter from the Lipton trustees in Sailing Magazine had reached 3834 people and had 20 shares. My subsequent article, also in Sailing Magazine, about the Lipton classes had reached 2711 people and had 9 shares. It’s always good to see that Lipton appears to be important to a lot of people. The objective of this piece is to respond to some of the points raised in the Facebook comments, both for my original ... Read More »

52 Super Series. Phoenix Climbing the Podium Steps

by Richard Crockett Both Quantum Racing and Phoenix mastered the unusual Palma Seabreeze Conditions yesterday, and are now the top two on the podium. It may have looked like a relatively straightforward summer sea breeze on the Bay of Palma, but yesterdays two races contested by the ten TP52s at the Puerto Portals 52 Super Series Sailing Week proved particularly hard to read. The fact that is was difficult to retain a high level of consistency across both races is ... Read More »

TP52 – Phoenix Steady in the Middle

by Richard Crockett The Bay of Palma served up a typical Pandora’s Box of sea breeze delights for the first three races of the Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week. Although the general trend was for the gains to be made on the right side of the upwinds on the three windward-leeward races contested, it was never that simple and straightforward and there were small gains and losses to be made all the way through each race. Tina Plattner ... Read More »

Now Here’s A Mean Looking Machine – The IMOCA 60 ‘Charal’

by Richard Crockett During the last few days the latest IMOCA 60 monohull was launched amid much fanfare – and just looking at the pics should reveal why! She’s shiny bright, she looks slippery and fast, she has chiselled lines and she has been built with the 2020 Vendee Globe Challenge as the main goal. She is CHARAL, an IMOCA 60 (International Monohull Open Class Association) which was designed by VPLP design for Jérémie Beyou, and built by CDK Technologies, ... Read More »

Sprog Memories

Regrettably with each passing day the Sprog becomes less and less significant in terms of local sailing, which is a great pity as this used to be on our ‘powerhouse’ classes. In the last few days I enjoyed some picture posts on a Sprog WhatsApp group, and now have permission to share them. Sprog 240 This was posted by Roger Day who says that he and his brother have been collating info about their Dad, and specifically around his passion ... Read More »

The Yacht Racing Forum

This is a must attend event for media representatives, yacht racing photographers, cameramen and TV production companies from all over the world: • The annual conference for the business of sailing and yacht racing. • The place where you will meet your future clients and partners. • The time in the year when the present and future of the sport gets debated by its key personalities. • Award ceremonies for the best sailing photographer and sailing video production. The two-day ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. Southern limit in Indian Ocean raised

As race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede closes on a very stormy Cape of Good Hope, Race organisers posted two navigation warnings to the fleet on Sunday, and have now raised the southern limit to 42°S from Longitude 40°E to keep the fleet clear of the worst conditions in the South Indian Ocean. Don McIntyre, the Race Chairman explains: “This is early Spring in the Southern Ocean and the fleet will be 2-weeks or more ahead of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston ... Read More »

Lipton Cup Classes for 2019 and 2020 – Facts, Figures & Sage Commentary

By Roy Dunster As you’re aware, the class for future Lipton Cup regattas is up for review and, of course, there’s a debate about whether the L26 should be dropped / what the new class should be. It’s worth reviewing some facts about the Cup. 1. In 2016 at RCYC, there were 15 boats with 4 of those from out of Cape Town (RNYC, LDYC, KYC and PNYC). RCYC won every race with HBYC 2nd in 3 out of 4 ... Read More »

USCG Marine Safety Alert

Let us enlighten you about LED lighting! Potential interference of VHF-FM Radio and AIS Reception. The U.S. Coast Guard has received reports from crews, ship owners, inspectors and other mariners regarding poor reception on VHF frequencies used for radiotelephone, digital selective calling (DSC) and automatic identification systems (AIS) when in the vicinity of light emitting diode (LED) lighting on-board ships (e.g., navigation lights, searchlights and floodlights, interior and exterior lights, adornment). All boat owners using VHF marine radio and AIS ... Read More »

SAS. What’s it Doing for Me?

By Richard Crockett That headline is a question the hierarchy of SAS should be asking every time they make decisions about the sport – as it is the single most asked question of all yachties in this country. For those ‘doubters’ out there, SAS does in fact do things for it’s members, often things that are not really visible, but which need to be done to maintain the sport on an even keel. Now here is something that SAS is ... Read More »

Books on Sailing – FOR SALE

SAILING has a massive library of books for sale – with the oldest dating way back to 1863 (yes, 1863!) – covering almost every single conceivable subject on the sport from anchoring to yarns. Authors include Bernard Moitessier; Uffa Fox, Sir Francis Chichester; Erick Hiscock and many, many more. If you are interested in buying some books, please send an email to: – and you will be sent the full list as an Excel file. Read More »

Lipton Cup. It’s Future is Now in the Hands of the Clubs

by Richard Crockett The well-being and future of this unique inter-club challenge now lies in the hands of Clubs to decide it’s future. All those with a say in this matter have a huge responsibility – so please consider ALL the alternatives very carefully before casting your vote. The full letter from the Lipton Trustees to the Clubs is included in this post as it contains a lot of background and additional information. It is a ‘MUST READ” and can ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. Philippe Péché heads for Cape Town

Over the weekend, French yachtsman Philippe Péché fashioned a repair to the aluminium tiller on his Rustler 36 PRB, but without self steering, has decided to head to Cape Town under reduced sail. This morning, the 57-year old professional from La Trinité Sur Mer, who had led the Golden Globe Race almost continuously since the start from Les Sables d’Olonne on 1 July, was making 2.9 knots in 25 knot headwinds and expecting to take 13 to 17 days to ... Read More »


The story of Dongfeng Race Team’s triumph in the Volvo Ocean Race. Think you know what it takes to win the Volvo Ocean Race? Think again. Check this out – the full story of how Dongfeng Race Team conquered the unofficial world championship of fully-crewed offshore ocean racing… VIEW THE VIDEO HERE Read More »