NSRI. Two Free Services. Get them NOW

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has two free services available for boat users and owners. Both are worth checking out. BravoBravo, Online Learning. Developed by the technology team who developed GETSMARTER, this is online learning at its best. Easy to follow from your computer, tablet or phone – the material is in bite size modules that you can do in your own time and at your own pace. The design is very professional. Lots of information – but not ... Read More »

The World’s 80 Best Sailing Pictures of the Year!

The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2018 international Jury has selected the top 80 yacht racing images taken this year throughout the world. The public is now invited to vote. Click here to see the images and make your choice! 109 pictures were submitted this year, by photographers spanning 25 countries! The competition will be tight once again, with extraordinary images from the Volvo Ocean Race, Olympic sailing events, Clipper Race, Extreme Sailing Series and much more. “Once again this year, ... Read More »

Viper 640. It’s Beginning to Turn Heads Locally

  by Richard Crockett Some time ago I wrote a short editorial on the Viper 640, and the fact that it was coming to our shores. That was no empty promise as the first batch of boats are now here, and turning heads whenever they sail. This is the brainchild of Alex Schon and Greg Plunkett. “The concept of looking for a boat to regenerate some interest, and stimulate growth, within the ageing fleet in SA, started about a year ... Read More »

52 SUPER SERIES. Last Regatta of Season

by Richard Crockett The 52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week is the last event of the season, so understandably each of the TP52 teams are all focussed on the same objective, to finish the 2018 season on a high. However, the overall podium places are almost secured now, but with the final event having started yesterday, there is still lots to play for. Tina & Hasso Plattner and their crew aboard ‘Phoenix’ have no chance, not even a slight mathematical ... Read More »

Etchells Worlds. Voermann to the Fore!

by Richard Crockett Some may be wondering whether I have finally lost it completely as I write about this event! Well maybe, but this class and it’s competitors fascinates me every time I read about them, and this year we have a lone ‘Japie’, or more correctly former ‘Japie’, in the fleet in the form of William Voermann. But this is not about him at all, other than to note he was a damn fine sailor and a loss to ... Read More »

Race against the skipper of the trimaran MACIF on the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe course !

Are you dreaming of competing in the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe against the trimaran MACIF, while keeping your feet dry? Register now for the MACIF – François Gabart Challenge on Virtual Regatta, as part of the “Challenge the Champions” project, and participate next week in the virtual Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe regatta against one of the greatest skippers in solo ocean racing. The French sailor will be at the (virtual) helm of MACIF; the actual trimaran ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race Day 78. Just 1 Mile Apart

73-year old Jean-Luc Van Den Heede continues to defy his age and best efforts of the chasing pack of Golden Globe Race skippers to extend his lead across the South Indian Ocean to 9+ days over the past week. The Frenchman is now a complete weather system ahead of his closest rivals and expects to pass Cape Leeuwin, the second of the three main Capes next weekend. He also remains on course for his compulsory stop in Hobart at the ... Read More »

Carkeek Celebrates One Ton Cup Hat-Trick

After an even more dominant display by ‘Rán VII’ over the weekend, Carkeek Design Partners have been celebrating completing a hat-trick of victories in the 119-year-old One Ton Cup. Carkeek’s elation was increased by three generations of their boats occupying the top four spots of this round 5 of the 2018 Fast40+ Circuit, the Wight Shipyard One Ton Cup, hosted by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. In a dream season for a designer, Carkeek boats have ruled this high-performance planing ... Read More »

12 Metre North Americans to be Hotly Contested

From Friday 21 September through to Sunday 23 September, nine historic 12 Metre yachts (including four past winners of the America’s Cup) and 150 of some of the world’s top sailors will be racing on Rhode Island Sound and Narragansett Bay in quest of the title 12 Metre North American Champion. In addition to being the capstone of the 2018 12 Metre racing season, the 2018 North American Championship will be the last major regatta before the 2019 World Championship ... Read More »

Laser Masters Worlds – Wrap

by Richard Crockett After a very promising start to the event with a 1 & 2 in the opening races, Alan Keen had the hopes of all his sailing mates riding high as they wished him to overall victory. But his regatta chances evaporated after those opening races as he consistently placed 5th in most of the races thereafter – in fact five 5th place finishes in 11 races. However he was never far off a podium position, and finished ... Read More »

Some Interesting Reading

by Richard Crockett While archiving an extensive amount of info I have on Voortrekker 1 and the formation of the Trust which was formed to raise funds for her build and OSTAR campaign in 1968 under Bruce Dalling, I looked for a few books in my library to get additional info on that singlehanded race, and some of the people competing. First up I read ‘Separate Horizons’ by Stephen Pakenham, which is a definitive survey of the Singlehanded Transatlantic Race. ... Read More »

Carkeek Hoping for 1-2-3 At One Ton Cup

by Richard Crockett South African crew, sometimes referred to as ‘Japies’ on the international sailing circuit, often feature as crew on the top boats. The One Ton Cup starts today, and there is a smattering of ‘Japies’ on the crew of some of the top yachts, whilst South African naval architect Shaun Carkeek is hoping that his designs will occupy all 3 podium places. Leading the ‘Japie’ challenge is perennial campaigner Mike Bartholomew and his trusty steed ‘Tokoloshe’, while a ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. And Then There Were 10

On day 71 as Jean-Luc Van Den Heede continues to set the pace across the South Indian Ocean, fellow Frenchman Loïc Lepage docked his Nicholson 32 Laaland in Cape Town, and Finland’s Tapio Lehtinen surprised himself and American/Hungarian Istvan Kopar by meeting up in mid-ocean. 73-year old Van Den Heede and his Rustler 36 Matmut now have a healthy 7-day lead over Dutchman Mark Slats whose rival Rustler Ohpen Maverick lost a further day on the leader this week. He ... Read More »

Laser Masters Worlds. Not So Keen, Keen!

By Richard Crockett After a stunning day 1 performance where Alan Keen topped the leader board in the Great Grand Master division with a 1 & 2 to be on the top step of the podium, things changed the following day when he finished with a 6 & 7. According to his mates he “was not a happy bunny” which is understandable as everyone who knows him was rooting for him to do well. He followed day 2 with 5ths ... Read More »

Laser Masters Worlds. Alan Keen is top Great Grand Master

by Richard Crockett Once hooked on the ‘Masters’ championships, Laser sailors tend to head back year in and year out not just for the sailing, but for the friendships forged and camaraderie amongst competitors from all over the world – over 300 this year. But the great news is that Alan Keen scored a 2 & 1 to be on the top step of the Great Grand Master division where 15 over 65 year olds are competing. Keen is no ... Read More »