Lipton Cup Day 2 – Report, Results & Pics

by Richard Crockett A Day of Redemption Having had victory snatched from his team within metres of the finish line yesterday in Race 1, Roger Hudson and his team from the Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC) sailed an almost flawless race today – and won in fine style. Flawless? Simply because by his high standards, and that of his team, Hudson would have been mightily annoyed at not finishing the job and winning that first race yesterday. Conditions were absolutely ... Read More »

Lipton Cup 2018. Day 1

by Richard Crockett What A Dramatic Finish! Today was a long hard first day of this 6 day regatta as the wind really did not play ball by refusing to give any hint of providing enough pressure to sail in, and then when it did come though continued to switch for the duration of the race. But it was right on the finish line, literally less than a few metres from the line, that the race was won and lost. ... Read More »

10 Socio-Emotional Benefits of Sailing

There’s something about sailing that makes it quite unlike other sports. More than just skill and strategy, it teaches certain values that shape sailors into the unique athletes that they are. Yet, we’re often so focussed on the physical aspects of sailing that we forget how much we stand to gain from the sport – both socially and emotionally. So CLICK HERE for a list of the top 10 socio-emotional benefits of sailing. The extract below is also from Singapore ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. IMOCA 60 Boats Invited to Next Race

A partnership agreement has been made with the International Monohull Open Class Association (IMOCA), which provides the exclusivity to use the IMOCA 60 for crewed round the world yacht races. Last week, during the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race in The Hague, an Educational Session for interested parties was held around the IMOCA Class Rules. Sailors from the most recent Volvo Ocean Race and IMOCA events, along with yacht designers currently involved in construction of new IMOCA Class boats ... Read More »

Grounding of Clipper Yacht – Investigation Report

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) in the UK has concluded its report on the grounding and loss of commercially operated yacht CV24 (Clipper sailing vessel ‘Greenings’ off the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. The investigation report, published on 27 June 2018, includes what happened, safety lessons learned and recommendations. Here is a summary: Summary On the first night of the Cape Town to Fremantle leg of the 2017 – 2018 Clipper round the world race, the UK registered and commercially ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. They’re Off Around the World

They have 30,000 miles to sail over the next 9 – 10 months, but judging from the start yesterday of the 2018 Golden Globe solo non-stop around the world yacht race from Les Sables d’Olonne, the leaders will be fighting over every mile. First to cross the line at Noon (CEST) was the fiercely competitive Frenchman Philippe Péché aboard his Rustler 36 PRB. He has ensured that she is one of the lightest in the 18-strong fleet, and carrying a ... Read More »

Climate Change. Ramp-Up in Antarctic Ice Loss Speeds Sea Level Rise

Ice losses from Antarctica have tripled since 2012, increasing global sea levels by 3 millimetres in that time frame alone, according to a major new international climate assessment funded by NASA and ESA (European Space Agency). According to the study, ice losses from Antarctica are causing sea levels to rise faster today than at any time in the past 25 years. Results of the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise (IMBIE) were published Wednesday in the journal Nature. “This is ... Read More »

Wrecked Vessel Identified

by Richard Crockett I should never be amazed by the power of the sea having spent so much time sailing, but there are times when one has to be in awe of how the ocean currents work, and how they take abandoned boats long distances over long periods of time and deposit them in places no-one would ever expect. This is exactly the situation with the catamaran Llama Lo which, in October 2015, was sailing from Durban to Cape Town ... Read More »

Dave Shilton Gets Exclusive World Champs Invitation

Knysna sailor Dave Shilton is one of just eight sailors to be invited by World Sailing to take part in the Emerging Nations Programme (ENP) in Aarhus, Denmark ahead of the 2018 Sailing World Championships. He’ll be joined by Cape Town-based Constantin Hatzilambros, who represents Namibia, along with sailors from Bermuda, Cuba, Iran, Hong Kong, Serbia, and Venezuela, who will all benefit from coaching and support before and during the championship, which take place from 30 July to 12 August. ... Read More »

Dongfeng. The Emotions of Their Success

In the closing stages, skipper Charles Caudrelier and navigator Pascal Bidegorry followed the pre-race advice of the team’s shore-based meteorologist Marcel Van Triest and chose an inshore route to the finish line along the German and Dutch coasts which paid handsome dividends. Dongfeng’s victory into The Hague was its first leg win of the 11-stage race. However the Chinese-flagged crew was always in the fight for stage wins and scored seven podium finishes on its way to overall victory. It ... Read More »

52 Super Series. Tina Almost Outshines the Male Dominated Fleet

Tina Plattner, Ed Baird and the crew of 2018 52 SUPER SERIES debutants Phoenix gave themselves a fighting chance of winning the second circuit regatta of the season after delivering another consistent, low scoring day at the Zadar Royal Cup in Croatia on the penultimate day. It was sadly not to be. If she had steered the new generation Botin design to overall victory and leave closest rivals Platoon and Luna Rossa in the shade, she would have marked a ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Dongfeng Race Team Win

by Richard Crockett WOW – what an exciting and close finish that literally went down to the wire and has been billed the closest finish in race history. If you, like me, have faithfully watched and followed the race as it has wound its way around the world, that final leg into The Hague was an absolute nail-biter that had me fixated throughout the 970nm it took to finish. With four hours to go I was absolutely convinced that MAPFRE ... Read More »

Dongfeng Race Team and MAPFRE in Tense Match Race

Dongfeng Race Team holds a narrow lead over MAPFRE after one day of racing in the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. Team Brunel is in fourth place, behind Vestas 11th Hour Racing. Rivals Dongfeng Race Team and MAPFRE were locked in a bitter tussle for the Leg 11 lead – and overall Volvo Ocean Race victory – on Friday as they led the fleet towards the Danish city of Aarhus. One third of the way through the 970-mile ... Read More »

52 Super Series. Tina Plattner Wins Race

Tina Plattner won her first 52 SUPER SERIES race yesterday steering Phoenix, and now lies in 3rd spot overall in the series being sailed in Croatian waters in a day of light winds. This too in a highly competitive fleet full of some of the best sailing stars on the international sailing circuit. It was the third race she won, and this is how it was described: Race 3 Once again in the NW’ly light breeze there was no one ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Who Will Win?

By Richard Crockett The talking point around the world right now amongst those following the race is who will be crowned the overall winner – as one of 3 boats can win? At yesterdays final leg start it looked as if Brunel and MAPFRE had literally shot themselves in the foot as they jockeyed for position at the pin end of the line, harassing each other and taking their eyes off the third player in this equation – Dongfeng. MAPFRE ... Read More »