Ocean Crossings. What Equipment Works, and What Does Not

What are the most common repairs at sea for yachts sailing across the Atlantic? The ARC race survey results tell all. A very interesting report from Yachting World is something all keelboat owners should read BEFORE they begin their ocean passages. Yachting World surveyed nearly all 290 yachts in the 2016 ARC transatlantic to find out what broke and how it was fixed; what worked and what didn’t. Read more HERE Read More »

Hurricane Irma

by Richard Crockett The devastation, chaos and wanton destruction caused by hurricanes is simply astounding. World news reports, social media and every single method of communication available is following and commenting on Hurricane Irma which is reported to be one of the most powerful hurricanes ever, and which may be followed by Hurricane Jose. It has clubbed Saint Martin and has devastated Paraquita Bay which is known as Tortola’s hurricane hole, and where row upon row of boats have been ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Doldrums Tactics Play Out

Most of the Clipper Race teams are now within the Doldrums Corridor which is making for some interesting tactical decisions. Qingdao still leads the fleet with Sanya Serenity Coast up to second place and GREAT Britain not far behind in third. Skipper of Qingdao, Chris Kobusch, reports: “The past 24 hours have been pretty uneventful. We are sailing through the Doldrums Corridor at a steady course and speed in somehow steady winds (who would have thought!?). The majority of the ... Read More »

An Open Letter to the Sailing Community about Safety

The CEO of US Sailing has written an open letter to his consituents. While not all of it is relevant to our local South African situation, the subject itself is important enough to share with readers of this SAILING Mag Blog. Here’s hoping you find it interesting and useful? An Open Letter to the Sailing Community about Safety From: Jack Gierhart, CEO of US Sailing From all of us at US Sailing, we hope you have had an enjoyable summer ... Read More »

Bart’s Bash 2017 – The Biggest Sailing Event in the World

16-17 September The Andrew Simpson Foundation, the UK-based Sailing Charity with a global reach, sits at the epicentre of the unique annual sailing event, the biggest sailing event in the world, Bart’s Bash, which this year takes place over the weekend of 16-17 September. This is the 4th Bart’s Bash and the event management team is delighted to announce the launch of the 2017 SIGN-UP campaign marked by a Call to Action video created by their supporter Sunset+Vine. Watch the ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Approaching the Doldrums

The Doldrums Corridor is fast approaching and with current weather predictions favouring teams towards the back of the fleet, it will be tactically fascinating to watch over the coming days. While yet to officially enter the Doldrums Corridor, the latest weather reports show the Intertropical Convergence Zone, or dreaded Doldrums as it is commonly known, is north, giving the fleet a taste of what is to come. Visit Seattle Skipper Nikki Henderson, currently in fourth place, reports: “Last night we ... Read More »

Garmin Competition. Win a Garmin Quatix 5 Watch

To enter the competition one must read the review on this product, written by William Crockett, and then answer the question. Read the Garmin Quatix 5 Review HERE • The competition is open to residents in South Africa ONLY. • Restricted to 1 entry per email address. • A simple question must be answered as part of the entry requirements. • The prize may not be exchanged for cash or any other product. • There is just 1 prize which ... Read More »

NEW: Western Cape Offshore Circuit

  by Richard Crockett Now here’s a great concept that will give an additional boost to Western Cape offshore sailing, not that it needs it as it is already booming. But every new initiative simply lifts the bar, gives those really competitive individuals an opportunity to strutt their stuff, while those who simply want to compete and get hard earned experience are catered for too. This circuit not only takes the interests of ‘round the cans’ sailors into account, but ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Teams Eye Scoring Gate Points

The battle for positions continues with Qingdao holding onto its narrow lead. GREAT Britain is hot on its stern however, with Sanya Serenity Coast moving back up into third place and the rest of the fleet continuing to jostle for positions in the heat. As the routine of racing and living on board the Clipper 70s becomes increasingly normal, and as the Trade Winds continue to drive the fleet south, talk has now turned to the first opportunity to get ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Turn the Tide on Plastic Add Four Young Crew

Turn the Tide on Plastic have added another four young sailors to their crusading campaign in the Volvo Ocean Race – with Welsh America’s Cup sailor Bleddyn Mon, fellow Briton Henry Bomby and Portuguese pair Bernardo Freitas and Frederico Pinheiro de Melo all joining Dee Caffari’s team. The multinational quartet, all 30 or under, earned their places after an intense trial period in Lisbon, Portugal and will be part of the Turn the Turn squad that takes on the round-the-world ... Read More »