Cape 31 Regatta. One-design Racing At its Very Best

by Richard Crockett In a pre-event comment I mentioned that the Cape 31 was being raced in anger for the first time over the weekend – and what close racing with many lead changes it was too. The comments form those who competed, plus from those relegated to watching from the sidelines who simply had to savour the moments, have been more than positive. In short, the Cape 31 quite simply provides far better one-design racing than ever expected. The ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Debutants Want More

Peter Burling, Carlo Huisman and Kyle Langford, the three under thirty sailors of Team Brunel, had their first real offshore stage in the Volvo Ocean Race. They look back on Leg 2 with satisfaction, but have higher ambitions for the rest of the race. Burling: we really made some big improvements. Burling: “It was an awesome leg. The conditions where quite changeable. We had plenty of heavy running to start with. It’s a bit of a shame we couldn’t challenge ... Read More »

Cape 31. Being Put to its First Real Test

by Richard Crockett Much was written and has been said about the Cape 31 project this year, although all has been relatively quiet since the launch of the first boat. That silence is not a bad thing as it has given the designer, builders and all involved in this project, time to sail the boat and make changes and improvements where necessary to make it the super-slick, super-fast and super-slippery boat everyone is expecting. Plus it has given those tasked ... Read More »

Clipper Race Yacht Salvage Operation Update

It’s been less than one month since Greenings ran aground on the opening day of leg 3: Whilst the rest of the fleet has now completed the race into Fremantle, Western Australia, the salvage operation to remove the yacht from the Cape Peninsula is also now close to completion. At the time of the incident on 31 October, all crew were quickly and safely evacuated from the yacht by local rescue services, the NSRI, with no injuries reported. After being ... Read More »

Land Rover Bar to Recycle and Reuse Carbon Fibre

Land Rover BAR are working with ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd (ELG) to ensure that the carbon fibre process waste and end-of-use components from their America’s Cup test and race boats are recycled as far as possible, to promote the most economic and environmentally efficient use of this valuable material. WATCH: How Land Rover BAR recycle and reuse America’s Cup test and race boats Carbon fibre is energy intensive to manufacture and most waste currently goes into landfill. With ELG onboard ... Read More »

Yacht Racing Forum Success

More than 270 delegates and experts from around the world gathered in Aarhus, Denmark, to discuss some of the sport’s biggest opportunities and challenges at the tenth edition of the Yacht Racing Forum. There were different points of view aired and shared, and ideas to propagate from Denmark and back out to the wider world. Top of the Sport Giving the keynote speech to open the forum, Andy Claughton, former chief technology officer of Land Rover BAR, was not a ... Read More »

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Award

SEE ALL THE WINNING PICS HERE. German photographer Sören Hese wins the 2017 award. 134 photographers spanning 27 countries submitted a picture for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2017. Sören Hese wins the main prize, whilst the delegates from the Yacht Racing Forum and World Sailing’s annual conference elected Tomàs Moya. Zita Kovács obtained most votes on the social networks and wins the Public Award. The international jury decided to honour German photographer Sören Hese and his surprising picture ... Read More »

SAILING Books – Book Sale

Books make an ideal Christmas gift, so get your favourite sailor a sailing book NOW as stocks are limited – and prices have been SLASHED dramatically! Queries and orders to: Prices DO NOT include postage & packing. Postage – Insured Parcel post – delivery about 5 working days ; R60 – R90 depending on the size and number of books. Postage – Postnet to Postnet – 2 working days up to 5kgs ; R99   Read More »

NSRI Issue Full Moon Spring Tide Warning

The NSRI are urging extreme public caution around the coast over this coming weekend and during the December vacation period and festive season that is now upon us. The FULL MOON SPRING TIDE peaks on Sunday 3 December. With the approaching full moon Spring Tide beach bathers and shoreline anglers are most at risk. This full moon Spring Tide which peaks on Sunday 3 December means that from about Thursday 30 November high tide and low tides will gradually start ... Read More »

Mirabaud Sailing Video Awards

Fifty-five TV producers spanning twelve countries submitted their best video for the inaugural Mirabaud Sailing Video Award. SEE ALL THE WINNING VIDEOS HERE. The winner, selected by the international jury, is Swiss TV producer Roman Brunisholz, thanks to a video that mixes emotion and great imagery with a strong message. Vendée Globe veteran Kito de Pavant won the Special Jury Award. OPTIMISM – By Roman Brunisholz, wins the Mirabaud Sailing Video Award! His video features a 10 years old girl, ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. AkzoNobel 5th

The nine-strong international crew of AkzoNobel finished leg 2 in 5th place. Team AkzoNobel started the final week at sea in fifth but with high hopes of being in contention for a podium place on the final run in to Cape Town. However overnight on Tuesday November 21 the crew was the first to drop off the back of a fast-moving easterly-tracking storm system. This allowed the top four teams – Mapfre, Dongfeng Race Team, Vestas 11th Hour Racing and ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Brunel Finished Fourth

Skipper Bekking was realistic on arrival in Cape Town. Bekking: “In general we are satisfied at this stage. Of course the last three days are a shame. At the time of the front passage we were only ten nautical miles behind the front runners. The moment you just miss that front passage, the difference quickly becomes one hundred nautical miles and you cannot claw that back anymore. It’s frustrating, but that’s sailing. Overall, I think we can be satisfied with ... Read More »

Safety At Sea. Two Lessons to Be Learnt

  Two separate reports received from the NSRI with about a day of each other highlight, yet again, just how important it is to wear lifejackets or compact self-inflating personal flotation devices, and even to carry personal flares or PLBs (personal locator beacons). Luckily the victims in these two incidents survived – although they are very lucky they did. There are so many choices of personal safety devices on the market today that one wonders why people do not invest ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Vestas 11th Hour Racing Finishes

The Danish and American flagged vessel left Lisbon with a bullseye on their back after winning Leg 1 from Alicante, Spain, and the crew were pleased with a podium finish. “For us, it continues to be about the process. We are trying to get faster through the water and fine tune our decision-making process,” said skipper Charlie Enright (USA) upon docking into V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. “Lucky for us, this isn’t going to be decided until June, so we ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Dongfeng Second

Dongfeng crossed the finish line under the shadow of Table Mountain at dusk after a voyage lasting 19 days, four hours, two minutes and 39 seconds. With an average speed of 17.2 knots, she reached the end of the 7,000-nautical mile leg from the Portuguese capital Lisbon two hours and 52 minutes behind leg winner and new race leader MAPFRE, skippered by Xabi Fernandez. Frenchman Charles Caudrelier, who is leading Dongfeng Race Team for the second successive Volvo Ocean Race, ... Read More »