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Volvo Ocean Race. Turn the Tide on Plastic Led the Dive South

Dee Caffari’s Turn the Tide on Plastic got an early jump on their Volvo Ocean Race rivals as Leg 7 from Auckland to Itajai entered its second day. Monday brought little let-up with winds hovering around 25 knots producing similar boat speeds as the teams charge deeper into the Southern Ocean on the 7,600-mile leg. An opening day lead for Dongfeng Race Team and MAPFRE was cut short when Turn the Tide on Plastic and Team AkzoNobel skirted round the ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. MAPFRE Leads Into the Southern Ocean

It was a spectacular start to Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday afternoon, as the fleet left Auckland in perfect conditions. The sun was out, the wind was near 20 knots, and as they have for 10 stopovers, the Auckland fans took to the water by the thousands to farewell the fleet. It wasn’t a surprise – over the course of the Auckland stopover, over 500,000 fans came through the Race Village at the Viaduct Basin. On ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Ready to Tackle Southern Ocean

by Richard Crockett For many crew in this race, the Southern Ocean legs are what they really signed up to do. It’s where the action is, it’s where the super-fast sailing will be done, it’s where the adrenalin really gets pumping, and it’s where the graceful Albatross glide so effortlessly. The Southern Ocean leg starts on Sunday at 01h00 UTC. Seven Volvo Ocean Race teams will embark on one of the most classic legs in offshore racing from Auckland, New ... Read More »

SAMSA Marine Notice 7 of 2018

by Richard Crockett I am not a great supporter of SAMSA as I firmly believe that they have little or no interest in the leisure boating community. Despite that they do on occasions, do something that will assist all those who go to sea in small boats, so here is the good news. Installation and commissioning of new coastal radio infrastructure equipment. Summary This Marine Notice serves to provide notification to affected parties of the installation and commissioning of new ... Read More »

In Memoriam. Trevor Wilkins

by Richard Crockett I am honoured to be able to call Trevor a friend, particularly as our friendship was a long distance one as we lived on opposite sides of the country. Instead of meeting regularly in person, we would spend an inordinate amount of time on the phone chatting about all manner of subjects – especially the sport of sailing for which we both have a massive passion. Not just a kind man, but a very generous man too, ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. This is the hardest leg.

Reference to the “hardest Leg’ is attributed to Neil Maclean-Martin, the human performance manager for Dongfeng Race Team “We know that it is going to be very cold. We know that the sea-state is going to be tough… and we know that this is not just for a couple of days of even a week, but for a large part of this leg which could last up to 20 days,” Neil Maclean-Martin. The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 is tough, extremely ... Read More »

NSRI Strategic Alliance

A Memorandum of Agreement was signed by Dr Cleeve Robertson, CEO of National Sea Rescue Institute and the Captain Keith Burchell, Chairman of Bursary Fund. “One of the NSRI’s strategies in achieving a society with fewer drownings is collaboration. Our agreement with the General Botha Old Boys Association Bursary Fund and partnership with Lawhill Maritime Centre has two objectives: Firstly, we are taking a long term view on the future, recognising that the sustainability of maritime rescue services and drowning ... Read More »

Oldest-known Message in A Bottle Found

A Perth family has made an extraordinary historical discovery after becoming bogged on a West Australian beach. Tonya Illman was walking across sand dunes just north of Wedge Island, 180 kilometres north of Perth, when she noticed something sticking out of the sand. “It just looked like a lovely old bottle, so I picked it up thinking it might look good in my bookcase,” she said. But Mrs Illman realised she had likely uncovered something far more special when out ... Read More »

The Most Iconic Female Skippers in Volvo Ocean Race History

by Jonno Turner On International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating those female sailors who wrote their own story. Did you know that prior to this edition, only 112 women had competed in the Volvo Ocean Race compared to over 2000 men? With over 20 females already having raced in 2017-18, we’re well on the way to correcting that – and to celebrate International Women’s Day, we thought it would be good to recap some of the female skippers who have changed ... Read More »

Marlow’s Inspirational Women in Sailing

This international Women’s Day, Marlow Ropes celebrates the success of the many inspirational women in sailing from around the world that it is proud to work with and support as official supplier. The following great women sailors are part of Marlow Ropes long and successful voyage across the world’s oceans: These include: Dame Ellen Macarthur OBE, Sailor and World Record Holder The relationship between Marlow Ropes and Dame Ellen Macarthur started more the 17 years ago, and continues to this ... Read More »

Lipton Cup. Interview with Hannah Fokkens

by Sophie Thompson Bringing some elegance and flair to the mostly male dominated sport of sailing, gorgeous Hannah Fokkens is turning heads on South African waters. A first year student studying a Bachelor of Medical Sciences in Physiology at UKZN, Fokkens has a busy year ahead aside from her studies. The Durban sailing community will be a buzz with action, including the most prestigious and historic event in South Africa, the 65th Lipton Cup taking place offshore of Durban in ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. One of the Most Emotional Finishes of All Time

An Amazing Leg with A Heart-breaking Finish It was a heart-breaking finish to Leg 6 for Dee Caffari’s Turn the Tide on Plastic. The hard-working young crew sailed the 6,100 nautical mile leg from Hong Kong to Auckland fighting relentlessly for a podium position, only to have it snatched from them in the final moments. Half way through the race a podium position for this team would have been the perfect story. The world has watched as Dee Caffari has ... Read More »

The Great Circle Sails Blog. Talking Guns

Brian Hancock, a former ‘Japie’ writes exceptionally well on sailing matters, and more often than not touches on subjects many fear to broach. This one, entitled “Talking Guns Here” covers the issue of guns on board boats. It’s well worth reading for those contemplating carrying a gun when cruising, or who already carry a gun. READ IT HERE:  Read More »

Golden Globe Race. 4 months to Start

With 4 months to the start of the 2018 Golden Globe Race from Les Sables d’Olonne, France on July 1, the number of entrants now stands at 20, representing 13 countries. These skippers have a remarkable range of backgrounds. Professional sailors and adventurers dominate, but they also include an engineer, foreign exchange trader, hydrographer, pilot, tailor and university lecturer. All have considerable short – and single-handed sailing experience, one having logged five solo circumnavigations. They hail from Australia (2), Estonia ... Read More »

Cruising Club of America Award Recipients

Webb Chiles, Rich Wilson and Jessica Watson are among Cruising Club of America’s (CCA) 2017 award recipients selected for outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing and the history of yachting. The CCA, which co-organizes the biennial Newport to Bermuda Race and was founded nearly 100 years ago, is a prestigious invitation-only organization whose approximately 1,300 members are qualified by their experience in offshore passage making. The awards will be presented at the organization’s annual Awards Dinner in New York ... Read More »