Cruising Club of America Award Recipients

Webb Chiles, Rich Wilson and Jessica Watson are among Cruising Club of America’s (CCA) 2017 award recipients selected for outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing and the history of yachting. The CCA, which co-organizes the biennial Newport to Bermuda Race and was founded nearly 100 years ago, is a prestigious invitation-only organization whose approximately 1,300 members are qualified by their experience in offshore passage making. The awards will be presented at the organization’s annual Awards Dinner in New York ... Read More »

First Indian All-Women Circumnavigation Sailing Crew Arrives in Cape Town

  The Indian Navy’s second ocean going sailboat INSV Tarini, embarked on the first Indian all-women circumnavigation of the globe on 10 September 2017 from Goa, India, flagged by Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s Defence Minister. In its circumnavigation, the boat has visited Fremantle, Australia; Lyttelton, New Zealand and Port Stanley, Falklands, and has now arrived in Cape Town for its final port call. For a sail boat’s voyage to qualify as circumnavigation, the voyage has to start and finish at ... Read More »

Viper 640 by Rondar Boats For RSA

by Richard Crockett Recently Alex Schon and a few of his mates competed in the Viper 640 Worlds in Australia, finishing 17th in a fleet of 25 boats. Their best two races were a 5th and an 8th overall. The reason he was there with Greg Plunkett, Bo Szalek and Gavin Davies is that he and Plunkett intend to start a class in this country. “It is our (Greg Plunkett and myself) intention is to hopefully start a new one ... Read More »

Advanced NOAA Weather Satellite Launched

NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S) has been launched. The satellite will provide faster, more accurate and more detailed data, in near real-time, to track storm systems, lightning, wildfires, coastal fog and other hazards that affect the western United States. “We at NASA Science are proud to support our joint agency partner NOAA on today’s launch of GOES-S, a national asset that will impact lives across the Western Hemisphere each and every day,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for ... Read More »

World Sailing. Presidential Newsletter

My fellow Sailors and friends, The start of 2018 has been a busy one for the sailing community. With the major task focussed primarily on the decision process needed to fulfil the requirements of World Sailing regulations with regards to the 2024 Olympic events. As this is a very important issue, I would like to take this month’s newsletter to provide our MNAs, our athletes and the sailing community at large with an overview of the entire process so that ... Read More »

Vestas 11th Hour Racing. Q&A Regarding Their Collision

Vestas 11th Hour Racing co-founder, Mark Towill, spent time at home with family and friends after departing the Volvo Ocean Race Hong Kong stopover where the team’s VO65 was involved in a tragic accident with a fishing vessel. Towill has now regrouped with the team and their VO65 yacht in Auckland, New Zealand, ahead of the next leg of the race. The team has now been informed that investigations by the Hong Kong and mainland China authorities will be closed ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Repaired Vestas Ready to Rejoin Race

When Vestas 11th Hour Racing rejoins the Volvo Ocean Race for the gruelling Leg 7 from New Zealand, across the Southern Ocean, past Cape Horn and into Brazil, the crew will do so with a mixture of heavy hearts and anxiousness. The team hasn’t raced since the collision in the latter stages of Leg 4, during the final approach to Hong Kong. Just after 0100 hours on the morning of January 20 (local Hong Kong time), Vestas 11th Hour Racing ... Read More »

March 2018 Sailor of the Month – Tina Plattner

Tina is one of those sailors who gives the sport her all as a tough competitor who never gives up. Plus she is game to sail a variety of boats – and all very well too as she competes at the top of the sport. She was one of the first to get a new Cape 31 and has campaigned it with relish. In the recent ‘international’ regatta in which two top overseas teams competed, she won the regatta in ... Read More »

Yacht Clubs in the Media – ALL for the Wrong Reasons

by Richard Crockett Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) has made the mainstream media in the last week – and all for the wrong reasons as they are being evicted from their premises by Transnet. While Transnet may have, in their view, good reasons for taking the Club to court and evicting them, one just wonders whether the ABYC premises will be put to good use in the near future – or simply be left to degenerate through a lack of ... Read More »

24-hour America’s Cup ‘Grind-athon’ for Sport Relief

STARTS TONIGHT (Thursday 22 March)  – FOLLOW IT HERE:   Britain’s America’s Cup Challenger, Land Rover BAR, led by Sir Ben Ainslie, is supporting Sport Relief by hosting a 24 hour America’s Cup ‘grind-athon’ and 12-hour disco ‘Spin-athon’ led by Bestival Founder Rob da Bank and Longplay founder, Tim Weeks at the team’s Portsmouth HQ. The challenge starts at 22h00 on Thursday 22nd March, with team members keeping the grinding going for 24 hours non-stop. The ‘spin-athon’ will come into ... Read More »

Sailing Suhaili

by Brian Hancock I read online that there is a push afoot to raise money to get Fazisi restored and back out sailing after being wrecked in the recent hurricanes, and I fully support that effort. Fazisi was the first, and by happenstance, last entry from the Soviet Union to race in the Whitbread Round the World Race. I think that the old girl is a bit like a cat with nine lives and still has a few left so ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Epic Final Sprints to the Finish

by Richard Crockett If anyone thought that ocean race finishes were not epic, you are mistaken as this was as close as it could get as just 2 minutes separate 1st and 2nd, and just 3 minutes separated 3rd and 4th. This was a leg of contrasts, changing fortunes – and that desire to simply not give up until the finish line was crossed. At some stages there were hundreds of miles separating boats, and then they would converge before ... Read More »

Sailor of the Month – NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN for The MARCH Award

Nominations close on Tuesday 27 February for the SAILING Mag Blog Sailor of the Month. This is YOUR opportunity to nominate your favourite sailor – or even hardworking crew. Calvin Gibbs (pictured) was Sailor of the Month for February. There have been several noteworthy performances in recent weeks, so give this some thought and nominate the person you think deserves this award. But DO IT Now please. SEND YOUR NOMINATION TO: Who can make nominations? Anyone (individuals, clubs, class ... Read More »

“My Passion for Sailing” – Daryl Wislang

Here’s something different – a nice blog from Dongfeng Race Team watch captain Daryl Wislang written during his off-watch in the Doldrums. Daryl offers a fascinating insight into how he developed into one the world’s top offshore ocean racers…and it all started with his parents trying to find a solution to stop a young Daryl and his brother Craig fighting so much… I was born in 1981 in Nelson, New Zealand, and I was never too far from the water. ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Splitting the Reefs

British yachtswoman Dee Caffari was preparing to lead her Volvo Ocean Race team through the middle of the world’s second-largest barrier reef on Thursday in a bid to defend first place in Leg 6 as the finish line draws nearer. Caffari said she will thread her Turn the Tide on Plastic crew through the Grand Passage, a narrow gap in the barrier reef surrounding the South Pacific island chain of New Caledonia, in the hunt for the tiniest of time ... Read More »