Volvo Ocean Race. The 25 Best Pics of Leg 3

by Richard Crockett Before we look at these impressive pics from Leg 3, give a thought not only to the crew sailing the boats, but also to the OBRs (on board reporters) who take the pics and send them ashore for us to enjoy. Their job can be as taxing as those sailing the boat, and confines them below deck to their cramped quarters for long periods while they write reports, edit and send pics. Leg 4 to Hong Kong ... Read More »

Sailors of the Year – Alex Burger & Benji Daniel

by Richard Crockett It is never easy as a judge deciding who is the SAILING Mag Blog ‘Sailor of the Year’ as competition for the top spot is always tight. This year was no different, although two young sailors stood out head and shoulders above everyone else, and were a unanimous choice of the four anonymous judges in this competition. This competition has always been about one individual, not a team, but the judges felt that this year that rule ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. MAPHRE’s Slaughter of the Southern Ocean

by Richard Crockett Now that AkzoNobel has finished the leg from Cape Town to Melbourne after some damage early in the leg, it’s worth just stepping back and taking a look at MAPHRE’s great victory, how the fleet finished and what changes the teams are making for the next leg to Hong Kong. MAPFRE slaughtered this Southern Ocean leg, and the opposition too, and she did it in style and without significant breakages. Xabi Fernández and his crew sailed the ... Read More »

Rolex Sydney Hobart. It was all for ‘Nought’!

Having traversed the Sydney to Hobart race course in record time, Wild Oats XI had her line honours victory and race record taken away from her after an International Jury applied an penalty as she ‘failed to keep clear’ shortly after the start. LDV Comanche has now been awarded line honours PLUS the race record. International Jury Chairman, John Rountree said: “Wild Oats XI on port had to keep clear of LDV Comanche under Rule 10. Wild Oats XI failed ... Read More »

Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. A Record on the Cards

The two leading supermaxis LDV Comanche and Wild Oats XI are heading to a race record finish in the Derwent later today. They are each sailing down the Tasmanian east coast at 20-30 knots before a strong north-easterly wind, LDV Comanche 11 miles ahead of the eight-time winner. The computer prediction shows a finish for both after 10h00 today, although that could be later once they turn at Tasman Island and tackle Storm Bay and the river. The good news ... Read More »

Podium Christmas Gift for Asenathi & Alex

Yesterday in Palamos, Spain, Asenathi Jim and Alex Ham plucked a great Christmas gift from under the tree when they finished 3rd overall in the Christmas Regatta for Olympic classes. Alex Ham sent this brief report: “The medal race was tough, we were leading by quite a margin, but confusion caused by the Race Committee not displaying the correct course saw us lose out. Second place was within our reach if we won, but we had to settle for third ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Pushing to the Limit

by Richard Crockett It’s been a physical battle and a mental challenge as the crews fight off exhaustion on a final push to the south – with MAPFRE being the first to have broken through the 1000nm to go barrier. She has also extended her lead over rivals Dongfeng Race Team, but with Dongfeng having chosen to go into ‘Stealth Mode’, her performance and position is unknown at the moment. While the finish line isn’t quite in sight, the most ... Read More »

Ham & Jim in 470 Medal Race Today

Yesterday in Palamos, Spain, the day started with a Northerly wind of about 15 knots which by early afternoon had dropped to about 10 knots. Alex Ham reported: “Today was super tricky sailing; lighter wind with choppy sea state. The fleet was far more bunched up. We’re lying comfortably 3rd now with the medal race tomorrow”. Their results after 7 races are: 3rd overall Asenathi JIM & Alexander HAM 11; 4; 2; 2; 3; 3; 4 Good luck guys, all ... Read More »

Exceptional Fleet Braced for Rolex Sydney Hobart

The 73rd Rolex Sydney Hobart promises much, with 107 yachts currently scheduled to cross the start line in Sydney Harbour on 26 December. Some 30 international entrants will participate, with a high-profile battle for line honours and fierce contest for the overall win expected. The 628-nautical mile race has never yet failed to deliver intense drama and great spectacle – the 2017 edition looks set to be no exception. First held in 1945, the Rolex Sydney Hobart is organized by ... Read More »

470 men. Podium Place for Asenathi and Alex

Asenathi Jim and Alex Ham are competing in the Christmas Regatta off Palamos, Spain. It’s been a tough event so far with just 4 races sailed in 3 days. But our boys are on the Podium at this stage, lying in 3rd place after extreme conditions yesterday. Following the morning absence of wind just after midday, the strong Tramuntana North wind reaching 30 knots, blew in the bay with waves of over 2 metres. Capsizes and broken equipment abounded. Yet ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. MAPFRE Gets A Jumps on Dongfeng

by Will Carson It’s nip and tuck at the front as MAPFRE eke out a narrow advantage over Dongfeng. Spanish crew MAPFRE broke the Leg 3 deadlock on Wednesday after 10 days at sea, snatching the lead from Dongfeng Race Team with just 1,500 nautical miles left to Melbourne. Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng briefly regained the top spot when their choice of line around 35 miles to the north of the AIEZ put them closer to the finish, but a better ... Read More »

From the Southern Ocean – A Letter to Santa

Dee Caffari, skipper of Turn the Tide on Plastic, penned this from the Southern Ocean: It’s been a physically relentless day of manoeuvres as Turn the Tide on Plastic pushed through the 7th day of Leg 3 in the Southern Ocean. The pace is expected to continue over the next 24 hours. But despite the countless gybes and the little sleep the crew onboard Turn the Tide on Plastic have made sure to get their Christmas wish list to Santa. ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Trading Blows in the Southern Ocean

The leaders have put in some big miles over the past 24 hours, while the trailing boats fend of the passage of a front… A little over 2,000 miles now stand between the Volvo Ocean Race pace setters and the Leg 3 finish line in Melbourne – and with just eight miles splitting the first two teams, it couldn’t be tighter at the top. Dongfeng Race Team still maintained the lead they have enjoyed for the majority of the leg ... Read More »

‘Extreme’ Christmas Wishes

The Christmas and New Year wishes from the Extreme Sailing Series, a Christmas themed poem, is too good not to share. Enjoy. ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and those with sea legs, Were dreaming of waves as high as mastheads; The stockings were shackled to the transom with glee, In hopes that St Nick would find them at sea; The sailors were nestled all snug in their quarters, With visions of sun, fair winds and calm waters. The salty old ... Read More »

World Sailing. Changes to the RRS Effective 1 January 2018

World Sailing can, and does, on occasions make urgent changes to the RRS (Racing Rules of Sailing) Coming into effect on 1 January 2018 are changes to: • The Definition of ‘Party’ • Rule 63.1 – plus a new rule 63.9 • Rule 64.4. See the FULL text of changes HERE Read More »