VOR Report Makes Suggestions for Safer Sailing in Congested Waters

The Volvo Ocean Race commissioned an independent report to examine ocean racing at night in areas of high vessel traffic density. By Chris Oxenbould, Stan Honey and Chuck Hawley The Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) organisers commissioned an independent report following the collision between Vestas 11th Hour Racing and a non- racing vessel in the final stages of the leg into Hong Kong during the most recent edition of the race. The report has examined ocean racing at night in areas ... Read More »

Changes afoot for the Volvo Ocean Race

by Brian Hancock There are changes afoot for the Volvo Ocean Race and some of them were outlined at the Yacht Racing Forum that’s currently going on in France this week. Richard Mason, the Executive Director of the race’s leadership team updated attendees on the various changes that we can expect for the next race. First of all it won’t be called the Volvo Ocean Race. Volvo still remains involved but their name will not be in the race title. ... Read More »

Virtual Regatta – Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe

The Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe, famous solo transatlantic regatta between Saint-Malo and Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe), will start on 4 November in Saint-Malo. The online race organized by Virtual Regatta offers many innovations, and is about to break its records. Virtual Regatta, the world leader in online racing, is the official game of the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe, a solo transatlantic race between Saint-Malo and Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe), which will start on 4 November in Saint-Malo. Around 300,000 players ... Read More »

Etchells Worlds. Voermann Wins Final Race

by Richard Crockett From all accounts the final day was a perfect day’s sailing as Brisbane pretty much offered the classic mix of sun, and just enough wind for the last two races of the 2018 Etchells World Championship. This is how the official press release reported on Race 9, the final race in the series which Voermann and his crew won: Race Nine was set to an axis of 090 degrees as the breeze continued to move left. It ... Read More »

2018 Etchells Worlds. Voermann 11th Overall

by Richard Crockett ‘Our man’ William Voermann is knocking on the door for a top 10 finish as right now after 7 races he is in 11th spot, and with discards taken into account he is just a single point behind 10th place. His last 3 races have seen him finish 27th; 15th and 8th – so he now has two top 10 finishes in an extremely HOT fleet of world class sailors. Those of us who know, or knew ... Read More »

Ricardo Pinto Wins the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image of 2018

109 photographers representing 25 nationalities took part in the 9th edition of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image photo competition. The photos submitted, of great quality, illustrate the 2018 sailing season and highlight the extraordinary diversity of the sport, which combines both crewed round the world regattas and junior sailing, with events taking place all over the world. The international jury decided to honour Portuguese photographer Ricardo Pinto (POR) and his image taken during the Volvo Ocean Race. Based in Lisbon, ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Dale Smyth is Deputy Race Director

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, one of the most challenging endurance events on the planet and the only sailing event which trains everyday people to circumnavigate the globe, is pleased to announce that Dale Smyth, 37, from Cape Town, South Africa is set to join its Race Office team after being appointed Deputy Race Director. Dale, who has gained extensive first-hand experience of the circuit after Skippering the ‘Dare to Lead’ team in 2017-18 edition, is British born, ... Read More »

Broken Gear, Broken Wrist

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), a UK government agency authorized to investigate maritime accidents, provides this sobering account of a keelboat winch failure. A privately-owned, 52-year-old maxi-yacht was at sea and the crew was training for a forthcoming race; conditions were ideal, in sheltered waters: a steady breeze, calm seas and good visibility. On its coach-roof, the yacht was fitted with two pedestal-style winches (Figure 1), known as coffee-grinders. The winches were operated by two crewmen working together to ... Read More »

2018 Etchells Worlds. A 5th for Voermann

by Richard Crockett When the Race Committee sent the 94 boat fleet out for racing, and it looked like there was more than a great chance of getting two races in. Opting for the shorter Course Two, which is two complete windward returns, also set it up beautifully, and having them radio everyone to indicate most strongly that this was a Code Flag U start, meant there were no prisoners to be taken. Despite this both races claimed victims! But ... Read More »

GGR. Loïc Lepage Rescue Successful

French solo yachtsman Loïc Lepage has been successfully transferred from his dismasted yacht ‘Laaland’ by the Japanese bulk carrier ‘Shiosai’. The rescue, which took place in the South Indian Ocean some 670 miles SW of Perth Western Australia, commenced shortly after first light once the Australian P-8A search and rescue plane was overhead. Members of the ‘Shiosai’ crew were lowered down in the ship’s recovery vessel, and though the rolling swell presented a few challenges, Lepage was plucked from his ... Read More »

Mirabaud Sailing Video Award

Rob Dickinson (Orillo Films) is the winner of the second edition of the Mirabaud Sailing Video Award. The winning video was selected by the international jury of the Mirabaud Sailing Video Award video competition. It is a very dynamic clip, which summarizes team AkzoNobel’s journey in the Volvo Ocean Race. English producer Rob Dickinson submitted a film recounting team AkzoNobel’s journey in the Volvo Ocean Race ‘17-‘18. A very dynamic and entertaining one-minute clip that combines sailing, emotions and human ... Read More »

2018 Etchells World Championship. Voermann 26th Overall

Just 1 race again today due to the vagaries of the wind – which also played havoc with some of the top guns, yet our man William Voermann took it all in his stride to finish 31 – and lie 26th after 2 races. Not bad at all for a “Japie” in a 95-boat fleet! Course One was designated, meaning an extra leg back to windward for the finish, but there was a long way to go before that. There ... Read More »

GGR. Susie Goodall Survives ‘Horrific’ Storm

In a satphone call to Race HQ today, British skipper Susie Goodall spoke for the first time about an ‘horrendous’ few days when her Rustler 36 yacht ‘DHL Starlight’ was caught in a horrific Southern Ocean storm some 250 miles south of Cape Leeuwin, Australia. The storm developed just as suddenly and with the same ferocity as the one that led to Gregor McGuckin and Abhilash Tomy being rolled and dismasted two weeks ago. “The storm really kicked in between ... Read More »

In Memoriam. Barry Cullen

by Richard Crockett Barry Cullen passed away last week after a long illness. Together with his brother Patrick they were cruising pioneers in this country after fully restoring an old Norwegian lifeboat named ‘Sandefjord’ and sailing her around the world from Durban to Durban. They made a full-length movie of this circumnavigation, and after its premier in Durban, it went on a national circuit. The movie ‘Sandefjord’ inspired many people to take up sailing as a sport and pastime. I ... Read More »

2018 Etchells Worlds. Day One – What a tease!

By Richard Crockett The first day of any regatta is a nervy one, more so when the wind does not play ball – which is what happened in Brisbane this morning as just one late race was possible. The Race Officers had been clear about the use of the U Flag, so it was good to see that the fleet adopted a no nonsense policy when it came to starting, even if it did mean the spectators were not going ... Read More »