2018 Was the Fourth Warmest Year

Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest since 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Global temperatures in 2018 were 0.83 degrees Celsius warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. Globally, 2018’s temperatures rank behind those of 2016, 2017 and 2015. The past five years are, collectively, the warmest years in the modern record. “2018 ... Read More »

Magnetic North Shifting by 30 Miles A Year

The magnetic pole is moving faster than at any time in human history, causing major problems for navigation and migratory wildlife writes BRYAN NELSON. Magnetic north in the Arctic Circle is shifting so quickly now that it’s affecting navigation. Whenever you hold a compass, the needle points to magnetic north near the North Pole. For centuries, magnetic north has led navigators and explorers around the world. But the magnetic north pole is currently shifting at a faster rate than at ... Read More »

Interview with Don McIntyre

“The Next Golden Globe Winner Might Be 21 Or Younger” Don McIntyre is the founder, chairman and CEO of the Golden Globe Race. The charismatic, outspoken Australian adventurer and circumnavigator has realised many of his dreams over the course of his career. When he set out to replicate and honour the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race 50 years after Sir Robin Knox Johnston became the first sailor to complete a solo non stop circumnavigation, he achieved a groundswell of ... Read More »

February 2019 Raymarine Sailor of the Month – Dale Kushner

It’s been a few decades since South Africans performed with class and distinction on the world singlehanded stage, and while race from Cape Town to the Island of St Helena is anything but ‘on the world stage’, Dale Kushner was the only singlehanded competitor. Singlehanded sailing is something he has dreamt about for many years, and having completed this course he may yet set his sights higher and pit himself against the best in the world at an international level. ... Read More »

GGR. Mark Slats Finishes 2nd

42-year old Dutch sailor Mark Slats and his Rustler 36 ‘Ophen Maverick’ took second place overall in the 2018 Golden Globe Race last night, and despite the late hour, received a rousing welcome from Dutch, French and British supporters there to applaud his super-human efforts in trying to overhaul race winner Jean-Luc Van Den Heede back up the Atlantic Ocean. Slats, a record breaking Atlantic rower, was challenging for the lead from the start, but a tactical decision to follow ... Read More »

Spindrift 2 Forced to Abandon Record Attempt

Yann Guichard, the skipper of ‘Spindrift 2′, contacted his technical team ashore to report damage to the structure of the starboard rudder. Spindrift racing is challenging for the Jules Verne Trophy. Having made a full assessment of the damage and possible repairs, the team has reluctantly concluded that they are unable to make the necessary repairs without compromising the safety and performance of the 40m trimaran. “Because of this technical problem we have no choice but to stop this record ... Read More »


by Brian Hancock It was a fun final few days for Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, the seasoned Frenchman who this morning claimed victory in the inaugural Golden Globe Race. After some brutal conditions in the North Atlantic the wind finally swung into the northwest allowing him a downwind slide into the finish where he crossed the line off Les Sables-d’Olonne on the west coast of France with a full main and spinnaker flying. He completed his lap of the planet ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. Van Den Heede Wins

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede wrote his name into the record books by not only winning the 2018 Golden Globe solo non-stop round the world race, but becoming the oldest in history to complete such a race. The 73-year old French veteran of six solo circumnavigations takes over both titles from Britain’s Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the sole finisher of the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race 50 years before. Until the finish gun fired at 09:12 UTC, Sir Robin had held the ... Read More »

GGR. Storm Clouds Surround Mark Slats

Second placed Golden Globe Race skipper Mark Slats is facing a time penalty for a breach of satellite communication rules, and direct outside assistance from his Dutch team manager Dick Koopmans. Slats is facing a dilemma: To run ahead of an approaching north-westerly storm and hope to reach the finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne on Thursday evening before it strikes the Vendee coast – a lee shore; lie hove-to outside the Bay of Biscay until the storm has passed, ... Read More »

GGR. Van Den Heede – Last 100 Miles to Finish

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede endured another tough night with 45 knots winds and 6-7m seas, but his Rustler 36 ‘Matmut’ is now within 100 miles of the finish line at Les Sables d’Olonne, and the 73-year old Frenchman is expected to arrive to a huge welcome at 08:00 UTC tomorrow (Tuesday). His great rival, Dutchman Mark Slats sailing a second Rustler 36 ‘Ophen Maverick’, narrowed the lead by 91 miles over the weekend, but remains 312 miles astern. He is ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. Van Den Heede expected Tomorrow (Tuesday)

by Richard Crockett It’s been a tough few days out there for Jean-Luc Van Den Heede as he battles his way towards the race finish with rig which was damaged on his way to Cape Horn. In the last few days he has been becalmed while his closest rival Mark Slats was making good progress. And then, almost as the final nail in the coffin, a looming depression promises to make the final miles of his race very uncomfortable – ... Read More »

Interview with Dale Kushner

by Richard Crockett Singlehanded sailing gets massive publicity right around the world, probably due to the fact that those who follow it are in awe of the sailors who have to do everything on their own without any outside assistance. These are hardy men and women, and generally damn fine sailors too. Since the heady days of Bertie Reed, John Martin, JJ Provoyeur and Neal Petersen, South Africans have not participated in this aspect of our sport. That was until ... Read More »

Ocean Race Science Programme Scoops Award

Efforts to increase understanding of ocean health recognised by prestigious Ocean Tribute Awards. The seven boats in the last Volvo Ocean Race collected new scientific data during the nine-month fully-crewed, round the world yacht race. This helped increase scientific understanding of the impacts plastic pollution and other human activity are having on ocean health. The award was presented during a ceremony held at the boot Düsseldorf International Boat Show. Panel judge Frank Schweikert, Chairman of the German Marine Foundation, said: ... Read More »

Emirates Team New Zealand. Building A Base to Build the Boat

For the first time in the history of Emirates Team New Zealand, the team has begun construction of its own America’s Cup boat in their own purpose-built boatyard on Auckland’s North Shore. Led by Emirates Team New Zealand Build Operations Manager Sean Regan, the facility which has been a long-term vision of the team, has been started from the ground up turning a clean factory floor into one of the most up to date, purpose-built composite boat building facilities in ... Read More »

Kraken Cup. French Canadian Team Take the Spoils

Earlier this month ‘Team Village Monde’ crossed the finish line as winners of the Kraken Cup (sponsored by Garmin) one of the World’s most adventurous, yet basic, sailing races. Whilst most of us were nursing hangovers, New Year’s Day in Zanzibar saw an international field of 22 teams (made up of 66 sailors), set sail in the Kraken Cup, which, in the modern age of fibreglass hulls and carbon fibre sails, strips things back to basics. The Cup tests the ... Read More »