Testing AIS MOB Beacons

Now here is a very interesting editorial that all owners of offshore keelboats should read as the info contained herein may well stand them in good stead at some point in the future. It opens as follows: Given my accidental activation of an AIS MOB beacon a few weeks ago, it seemed like a good time to test beacons again. I hoped to at least see all the major brand multifunction displays properly react to an AIS MOB test transmission, ... Read More »

150 years of the Shipping Forecast

For the last 150 years, mariners have been receiving the Shipping Forecast, helping them to decide whether to put to sea or stay on dry land. Read all about it and find out 10 interesting facts you probably didn’t know about the service… As British as cricket, strawberries and cream and a cup of tea, the Shipping Forecast marked its 150th anniversary on 24 August. According to The Met Office, it is believed to be the longest running continuous forecast ... Read More »

The World Sailing Show

The World Sailing Show provides a monthly view of the racing world. From non-stop around the world racers, to Olympic campaigns; from seasoned professionals, to grass roots sailors, the joint initiative between TV producers Sunset+Vine and the sport’s governing body World Sailing covers a wide range of racing activity around the world. The programme is distributed globally to 51 broadcasters in 197 territories. The series is produced by renowned sailing journalist Matthew Sheahan. Featured in this issue is: • The ... Read More »

Free Classified Adverts on the SAILING Mag Blog

One of the most popular pages in SAILING Magazine was always the Free Classified ads page. It was a page often turned to first to see what bargains, boats and equipment were to be had with readers wanting to be first to make contact with the seller, or provide those wanting something for their boats with the item. This section has now been completely revamped on the SAILING Mag Blog, and can be viewed HERE Plus ads can now be ... Read More »

Clipper Race. First Tough Test for Fleet

There have been leader board changes with shifting winds and variable conditions resulting in teams experiencing some of the most demanding on board conditions of the race so far. Unicef, which had enjoyed four consecutive days in the lead, has now slipped behind Sanya Serenity Coast and Visit Seattle which now take first and second place respectively. Nikki Henderson, Skipper of Visit Seattle: “It’s been our toughest 24 hours yet. “The crew worked their socks off yesterday in very shifty ... Read More »

Lipton Cup. RCYC Victorious

RCYC successfully defend the Lipton Cup with a 4th place finish in the final race. The final race got off to a late start as the wind was not settled. Conditions were sub-optimal for racing, with the wind changing directions and unpredictable gusts coming up as swiftly as they vanished. All eyes were on rivals Royal Cape Yacht Club and Hout Bay Yacht Club, RCYC the defending champions and HBYC strong contenders for overall second place. It soon became clear ... Read More »


by Polly Changuion (aged 10) I had an awesome time in England sailing the British Mirror Nationals and the Mirror World Championships. I enjoyed walking along the beach from the car park to the yacht club and my daddy let me drive along the beach site to the yacht club. I liked stopping at the ice cream shop on the way home from sailing. We had to dress up very warmly when we went out sailing. Every day, I wore ... Read More »

Clipper Race. The Pre-Doldrum Doldrums

Light winds continue to challenge during the fourth day of racing, which have caused the fleet to condense by 20 nautical miles in the last 24 hours in the Bay of Biscay. Andy Burns, Skipper of ‘GREAT Britain’, currently in sixth place, reports that the light weather conditions bring with them real lessons of light wind sailing which will be valuable later on in the race. Andy reports: “The Doldrums have come early!!! Or so it feels without the heat. ... Read More »

Lipton Cup. Another Late Charge by HBYC

Hout Bay Yacht Clubs (HBYC) team won today’s exciting race after overhauling the Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC) team in the final 100 metres of the race. Sailing a triangular course, the RCYC team led from the start and seemed certain of a fourth ‘bullet’, but the determined HBYC team pulled one out of the bag and with superior boat speed overhauled their opponents less than 100 metres from the finish – and taking an unexpected win. After day 5 ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Tackling the Bay of Biscay

On day 3 as the fleet makes steady progress south past the UK and towards Northern France, skippers and crew are focussing on the next challenge; the Bay of Biscay, notorious for violent storms and heavy seas. Skipper of second placed ‘Sanya Serenity Coast’, Wendy Tuck, reports: “This morning we wake to a breeze still on the nose and we are about to start our passage across the Bay of Biscay. At the moment, it is being kind to us, ... Read More »