Volvo Ocean Race. Vestas 11th Hour Racing Leads the Way

by Richard Crockett It is never easy to predict what will happen in an ocean race, but if one were to go by the ‘form book’ and the race ‘favourites’, the fleet positions may not well be what they are right now! Vestas 11th Hour Racing skippered by Charlie Enright heads the fleet and has a 22nm on second placed MAPFRE. Surprisingly at the tail of the fleet are Dongfeng and Brunel. Vestas is navigated by Simon Fisher who has ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. They’re Off At A Blistering Pace Too

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 WATCH. CLICK HERE     by Richard Crockett The start was a great spectacle for both good and not so good reasons. The photography on the livestream coverage was simply superb, but the boat handling and some dubious tactics and sail handling around the cans off Alicante asked questions as to whether these really were the best sailors in the world! I am prepared to overlook those as simply being part of the pre-start nerves ... Read More »

The Volvo Ocean Race. Seven skippers. One goal. “We all want to win”

  The ultimate test in team sport, the Volvo Ocean Race, starts today (12:00 UTC) when seven of the best sailing teams in the world cross the starting line off Alicante, Spain. The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will test the crews on a 45,000 nautical mile race course, through some of the most challenging waters in the world, including more miles in the extremes of the Southern Ocean. And after some short course racing off the beachfront of Alicante, the ... Read More »

2017 Cape Town Boat Show is Underway

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 SAILING WATCH. CLICK HERE   It’s a gorgeous day in Cape Town and the 17th iteration of the continent’s premier boat show is underway at the iconic V&A Waterfront. Boasting one of the largest-ever water displays of powered cruisers, power and sailing catamarans, fishing and leisure craft, as well as stand-up paddles and all the kit to go with them, this year’s Show promises to have something for everyone. Alongside the water exhibits is a ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race Ocean Summit ‘Clean Seas’ Campaign

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 WATCH. CLICK HERE   “Our oceans are under attack” – Wendy Schmidt The Volvo Ocean Race has used the first of seven Ocean Summits it is hosting around the world in 2017-18 to launch a unique programme that will gather data from parts of the oceans that are otherwise inaccessible to scientists – while the Spanish government pledged its backing for UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign. Wednesday’s Ocean Summit in Alicante – held four days ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race Announce Race Broadcast Partners

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 WATCH. CLICK HERE   Supersport to feature the Volvo Ocean Race. Good news for South African yachties is that Supersport will cover the Volvo Ocean Race according to the Volvo Ocean Race and its global distribution agency Sunset+Vine, the TV sports producer and distributor. They have announced their initial list of broadcast partners with an emphasis on core countries featuring boats, stopovers and sailors in the race – and a shift towards digital coverage. Twitter, ... Read More »

Clipper Race. So Near & Yet So Far for Smyth

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 WATCH. CLICK HERE   by Richard Crockett It was a case of being so near and yet so far for Dale Smyth, skipper of Dare to Lead, as he was just 17 minutes shy of taking line honours on leg 2, and leading the fleet into his home port. Victory for leg 2 went to Greenings. Let’s face it though, with many more legs to still complete, Smyth and his crew have ample opportunity to ... Read More »

Discover the world’s best sailing pictures of the year!

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 WATCH. CLICK HERE   The best sailing photographs taken in 2017 are now online and the public is invited to vote! The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image international Jury has selected the top 80 yacht racing images taken this year throughout the world and the public is now invited to vote: Click here to see the images and make your choice! No less than 134 pictures have been submitted by photographers spanning 27 countries: a record ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Dale Smyth – Will he or won’t he?

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 WATCH. CLICK HERE   By Richard Crockett Dale Smyth is the skipper of ‘Dare to Lead’ in this race, and being a proudly South African sailor, despite being British born, he wants nothing more than to hit the finish line in Cape Town as the first boat home. This was his stated goal prior to start of this second leg, and so desperate to prove himself into his home port, he played his ‘Joker’. The ... Read More »

Mini Transat. First leg Round-Up

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 WATCH. CLICK HERE       With the arrival of Julien Mizrachi (UNAPEI), 78 racers have now made it safely into the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Of the 81 competitors at the start, just three solo sailors are no longer officially racing: Matteo Rusticali due to a dismasting, Luca Sabiu who triggered his distress beacon offshore of La Coruña and Frédéric Guérin, who following his dismasting was not able to effect repairs ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Meet the Teams (part 2)

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX WATCH. CLICK HERE   The Volvo Ocean Race starts on Sunday 22 October in Alicante, Spain, with the fleet heading for Lisbon and then Cape Town.   The 4 teams we now meet are: vor Guide to AkzoNobel vor Guide to BRUNEL vor Guide to sun hung kai scallywag vor Guide to TURN THE TIDE ON PLASTIC Did you Know? Two crew members will act as onboard medics , trained to clear air-ways, apply dressing and ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Light Airs Hinder Fleet

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 WATCH. CLICK HERE With less than two days before the fleet is scheduled to start descending upon the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, light wind conditions are bringing last minute frustrations for the majority of the fleet, with leader board positions still very much up for grabs. With Dare to Lead and Garmin activating Stealth Mode, Greenings leads the fleet once again with less than 350 nautical miles until the finish line. Talking about the ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Brad Jackson to lead team AkzoNobel

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 WATCH. CLICK HERE Three-time Volvo Ocean Race winner Brad Jackson has been announced as skipper of the Dutch Volvo Ocean Race entry team AkzoNobel for the 2017-18 edition of the 45 000nm around the world race – just 6 days ahead of the leg 1 start. This last minute change is due to Simeon Tienpont’s sudden departure from the team last weekend. The 49 year-old from Auckland, New Zealand, is competing in his seventh Volvo ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Meet the Teams (part 1)

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 WATCH. CLICK HERE The Volvo Ocean Race starts on Sunday 22 October in Alicante, Spain, with the fleet heading for Lisbon and then Cape Town. In Cape Town the race village opens on Friday 24 November, with the fleet ETA being Monday 27 November. The start of leg to Melbourne is on Sunday 10 December. This race, unlike previous editions of this round-the-world epic, is that crews can mixed, with all-men crew being penalised by ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Battle At the Top

Two teams are fighting hard for the honour of taking first place in this leg to Cape Town, with the finish just days away. Greenings has emerged from Stealth Mode in second place, with its time off the grid failing to maintain its leading position. Dare To Lead now maintain first place by three nautical miles. Both teams have completed the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint, though the bonus points won’t be announced until the rest of the fleet crosses the ... Read More »