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Yanmar Showcases Complete Line-Up

Yanmar is highlighting the advanced technology and innovations behind its complete lineup of sailboat and powerboat engines at this year’s boot Düsseldorf show. The leading supplier of innovative engines and technology-driven marine propulsion systems is introducing its new 4LV250 sterndrive marine diesel engine to showcase for the first time alongside the popular Yanmar 6LY and 8LV series and the proven JH common rail (CR) series of sailboat engines. Offering exceptional acceleration, fuel efficiency, quiet and virtually smoke and odour free ... Read More »

St Helena Race Wrap

The race is now over and has undoubtedly been replayed many times over in the pub on St Helena Island. Line honours went to the trimaran ‘Banjo’, followed by the monohull ‘Rocket’ about 8 hours behind. The real winner is the handicap winner, and this honour went to ‘Indaba’, the Stadt 34 sailed by John Levin, which was in second spot for much of the race. ‘Naledi’, a J120 sailed by Felix Scheider-Bieschen was second overall. The multihull ‘Compromise’ won ... Read More »

505 Worlds. Largier & Hutton-squire Are Top South Africans

by Richard Crockett 5 RSA teams competed in the event with the top RSA team being that of James Largier and Richard Hutton-Squire in 22nd spot in a fleet of 89 boats. That’s not too shabby a result in what is always a hot fleet. In 26th spot were Alexander and Jonathan Ham who were also the second youth team overall – this too being a not too shabby result. From all accounts the competition was red hot despite Americans ... Read More »

GGR. Day 185 – Istvan Kopar Rounds Cape Horn

Istvan Kopar has rounded Cape Horn, giving the 65-year old American/Hungarian a perfect New Year boost. To have got this far has been a triumph over adversity in every sense since the start from Les Sables d’Olonne on July 1st last year. Kopar’s Tradewind 35 ‘Puffin’ has suffered continued self-steering issues from Day 1 that led him to consider throwing in the towel at the Cape Verde islands. His SSB radio has been on the blink almost as long, preventing ... Read More »

CRAZY IS AS CRAZY DOES

by Brian Hancock Happy New Year – let’s hope that 2019 is a year filled with crazy sailing stunts. I know, that’s an odd wish, but two sailing related stories in the news caught my eye this past week and it’s worth commenting on them. But first… It used to be a big deal to sail across an ocean or around the world. My first circumnavigation was in 1981 and we were part of a small group that had made ... Read More »

St Helena Race. Provisional Standings – Tuesday 1/01/2019

‘Tis the new year so one can understand why there is a festive spirit spread amongst the fleet as they saw 2019 in at sea whilst racing towards St Helena. ‘Banjo’ reported as follows: “We had a fantastic new year’s eve formal dinner (at the saloon table) as the sun set. Went into the night in mild but pleasant conditions, only to be woken up at 03h30 with Sarel shouting “torn spinnaker”.” “By the time we scrambled out of bed ... Read More »

Back to Basics Boat Race Sets Sail

Whilst most of us nurse hangovers, New Year’s Day in Zanzibar sees 22 teams, made up of 66 sailors, set sail in one of the World’s most basic, yet exciting, races. The sixth edition of the Kraken Cup (previously called the Ngalawa Cup) is expected to take around eight days, depending on weather conditions, and winds its way 500km around the coast of Tanzania, between the Zanzibar Archipelago and the stunning Lindi region, taking in some of best sailing in ... Read More »

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The Winner is ‘Alive’!

For Phillip Turner the dream of winning the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race began “five or six years ago” when he was watching the finish and suddenly thought: “I’d like to win that one day.” That dream became real for Turner, a retired professional gambler, when his yacht ‘Alive’ was formally declared the overall winner of this year’s race and he received the Tattersall Cup from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Commodore, Paul Billingham. However, as he prepared to ... Read More »

SAILING Mag Blog Raymarine Sailor of the Year 2018 is TINA PLATTNER

This is always a pleasurable time of the year as it’s when I get to announce the Raymarine SAILING Mag Blog Sailor of the Year. This award is made in conjunction with MDM Marine Services who are the local RSA importers of Raymarine sailing electronics. Sincere thanks to them for their on-going support and sponsorship of the cash prize the winner receives. It is also appropriate at this juncture to thank the anonymous judges who evaluate the nominations each month ... Read More »

St Helena Race. Provisional Standings – Saturday 29/12/2018

by Richard Crockett The race is progressing well now as the boats appear to have picked up consistent winds and ‘lifting their skirts’ as they fly towards the finish and that all important milestone of “less that 1000nm to go”. Heading the fleet in terms of the distance to the finish is the trimaran ‘Banjo’, followed by ‘Rocket’ and ‘Naledi’. These three are comfortably ahead of the rest, with ‘Naledi’ appearing to be sailed exceptionally well as she heads the ... Read More »

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: Wild Oats XI takes line honours

Val Oatley described ‘Wild Oats XI’s’ line honours victory perfectly alongside the dock in Hobart this morning: “Three years of misery to this moment,” and you could not wipe the smile from her face or that of her sons, Sandy and Ian, as they waited for their super maxi to moor alongside Kings Pier. Watching four super maxis dicing from the start of the 628 nautical mile race, Sandy Oatley commented: “I was very nervous watching the tracker last night ... Read More »

St Helena Race. Results after 24 Hours

  by Richard Crockett There is never a dull moment when a fleet of yachts are at sea, and this race to the island of St Helena is absolutely no different. While there is not much news from the boats yet as crew adapt to a new life at sea, there are some interesting snippets. Most are in high spirits – which I suppose is a good thing as most boats have another 10 days or more at sea before ... Read More »

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Line Honours is Anyone’s Guess

The prospect of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race finishing in an historic four-way tussle on the Derwent River is on the cards, believes Mark Richards, skipper of eight times winner ‘Wild Oats XI’. Richards was speaking on Wednesday afternoon as ‘Wild Oats XI’, ‘Black Jack’ and ‘InfoTrack’ were hot on the trails of race leader and last year’s winner, ‘Comanche’, in a race that was poised to end in an unprecedented battle between the four super maxis for line ... Read More »

Cape to St Helena Race. A Slooow Start!

Suboptimal conditions, with little wind and bumpy seas, favoured the racier of the cruising yachts at race start. A light Westerly wind of around 8 knots was sufficient to just keep the boats moving. And true to form, the more relaxed cruisers, as opposed to the serious racing type, were mainly ‘chilled’ – no anxiety was picked up from the sailors who will be spending the next ten days or so on the water. One crew was reported to even ... Read More »

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Champagne Start

A perfect sunny summer day, and lovely 10-12 knot north easterly breeze made for one of the most exciting starts with all five super maxis vying for the lead at one stage before leaving Sydney Heads. After clean starts on all three lines, the Oatley family’s ‘Wild Oats XI’ and Peter Harburg’s ‘Black Jack’ were neck-and neck, while ‘InfoTrack’ and ‘Sun Hung Kai Scallywag’ gave chase and ‘Comanche’ made a swooping tack to the east of the Harbour. ‘Black Jack’s’ ... Read More »