VOR Leg 7. The Worst 24 Hours of the Race So Far

For Dongfeng yesterday was probably the worst 24 hours of the race so far in terms of position loss – at one point from leading most of the way since Newport, the disappointed, but still determined, men of Dongfeng were 35 miles behind Brunel, a huge distance in the current conditions and in this One Design fleet. Fortunately Pascal’s wish for a better day today at least came partly true and overnight things started to get a little better with ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Young South Africans complete intensive UK training

Ten young South Africans, some of whom have never seen the ocean before, are celebrating the completion of an intensive four week training programme in the UK to compete in the world’s longest ocean challenge: The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. They were shortlisted from nearly 200 applicants, aged 18-23, by the Sapinda Rainbow Foundation. They come from a wide range of challenging backgrounds across South Africa and have been put through their paces in preparation for a leg ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – Match racing masterclass as fleet leaves Newport

Spanish boat MAPFRE (Iker Martínez/ESP), winners of the in-port race a day earlier, were again the class act as they led the six-boat fleet out of Newport at the start of leg seven after a hugely successful stopover. The crews now face an Atlantic crossing to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon that will test their seamanship to the full, but they could be forgiven for taking one, last, backward glance to the packed docks of the sailing-crazy Rhode Island town. ... Read More »

Garda Olympic Regatta – final RSA report

by Graeme Willcox & Andrew Tarboton The final day of racing dawned with the ‘peler wind’, the name the locals call the northerly wind, blowing. The RC had scheduled and early start for the Lasers with an 08h30 start. We were sharing the same course with them as well as the 470’s and FX fleets, so we were scheduled for an 11h00 start. The earlier classes got some good racing in the morning and by the time we launched the ... Read More »

Garda Olympic Regatta – Stefano Marcia reports

Garda, typically known as the wind factory in this part of the world, has kept myself and others on our toes with racing on this Great Lake. This is my first regatta on these waters and it’s a totally different ball game when compared to the hours I’ve spent training. The past two days of racing have had their ups-and-downs on and off the water. I didn’t come into this week of racing looking to achieve a spectacular result, but ... Read More »

Garda Olympic Regatta – RSA Day 2 Report

by Andrew Tarboton & Graeme Willcox After waiting for the southerly wind to fill in the FX fleet was sent out to race for the scheduled 13h00 start. The 49er fleet was held ashore waiting for the FX fleet to complete their 3 races. We were then sent out and got to the race area at 15h00 only to find the FX fleet had only done 2 races. So the 49ers were started first followed by the FX fleet. This ... Read More »

Garda Olympic Week – RSA Sailors Competing

report by Graeme Willcox & Andrew Taboton With a light mist covering the lake we prepped our ourselves for the first day of the Garda Olympic week. With three races planned on a course shared by the 49ers, FX and 470 fleets it was going to be a day of waiting for our turn on the course. At the last minute the fleet petitioned the RC to change the split fleet format in favour of a single fleet. So once ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – Leg 6 Itajai to Newport – Dongfeng Victorious

Dongfeng Victorious 39 days ago, they were in the middle of the Southern Ocean, their mast broken. And today, May 7 at 02:03:00 UTC, Dongfeng Race Team triumphed in Leg 6 from Itajaí, Brazil to Newport, Rhode Island, USA. “I’d like to give our shore crew this victory.” Charles Caudrelier’s voice shakes a bit. Maybe it’s the exhaustion – or the emotion. “The goal for this leg was to be ready in Itajaí, and the shore crew did a fantastic ... Read More »

Keel design scrutinised in UK Marine Accident report on Cheeki Rafiki

Almost a year ago the Beneteau First 40.7 Cheeki Rafiki was found capsized 720nm off the coast of Nova Scotia. Her four crew, delivering the cruiser/racer back to UK, were never found. The upturned hull of the boat sunk before it was able to be recovered. The yacht’s liferaft was found strapped into its well in the aft end of the cockpit by divers from the US Coastguard. The relevant UK Government agency, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has completed ... Read More »

Vasco da Gama Race – heading for a thrilling finish

  Okay all you landlubbers following the 2015 Vasco da Gama Race. The finish line has been set and now we await the arrival of the leading boats. It’s tough out there, very tough – but that’s what ocean racing is all about. It’s certainly not for sissies! Both Gumption and AL Mount Gay Rum are trading places for line honours at the moment as they head into Algoa Bay . Gumption is heading inshore and AL Mount Gay Rum ... Read More »