Armel Le Cléac’h Crowned IMOCA Champion

The winner of the Vendée Globe has had a double success taking the title of IMOCA world champion for the second time, for the period 2015-2016, which ended with the Vendée Globe. This is the second time Armel Le Cléac’h has been crowned champion after his first win in 2008. The skipper of Banque Populaire follows in the footsteps of Jean Le Cam and can now happily move towards new horizons with the feeling that he has accomplished all he ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Tussles at Both Ends.

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 WATCH. CLICK HERE   A big gamble by MAPFRE and a slick recovery on Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag set the scene for a drag race to Porto Santo, the mark of the course the fleet are converging on. The last 24 hours has been tricky sailing through light and fickle breeze. Leaders Vestas 11th Hour Racing are now within 200 nautical miles of the waypoint, a tiny island that forms part of Portugal’s Madeira archipelago. At ... Read More »

Free Classified Adverts

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 WATCH. CLICK HERE   One of the most popular pages in SAILING Magazine was 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 ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Light Winds May Compress Fleet

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 WATCH. CLICK HERE   by Richard Crockett The fleet has not even been racing for 3 days, yet I find the early skirmishes, tactics and the whole aura of the race fascinating. After the first 65 hours of racing Vestas 11th Hour Racing still occupies the top spot, with MAPFRE and AkzoNobel the only two close enough to be a threat – at this stage. Those who follow ocean racing will know that anything can ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Vestas 11th Hour Racing Leads the Way

by Richard Crockett It is never easy to predict what will happen in an ocean race, but if one were to go by the ‘form book’ and the race ‘favourites’, the fleet positions may not well be what they are right now! Vestas 11th Hour Racing skippered by Charlie Enright heads the fleet and has a 22nm on second placed MAPFRE. Surprisingly at the tail of the fleet are Dongfeng and Brunel. Vestas is navigated by Simon Fisher who has ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. They’re Off At A Blistering Pace Too

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 WATCH. CLICK HERE     by Richard Crockett The start was a great spectacle for both good and not so good reasons. The photography on the livestream coverage was simply superb, but the boat handling and some dubious tactics and sail handling around the cans off Alicante asked questions as to whether these really were the best sailors in the world! I am prepared to overlook those as simply being part of the pre-start nerves ... Read More »

The Volvo Ocean Race. Seven skippers. One goal. “We all want to win”

  The ultimate test in team sport, the Volvo Ocean Race, starts today (12:00 UTC) when seven of the best sailing teams in the world cross the starting line off Alicante, Spain. The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will test the crews on a 45,000 nautical mile race course, through some of the most challenging waters in the world, including more miles in the extremes of the Southern Ocean. And after some short course racing off the beachfront of Alicante, the ... Read More »

2017 Cape Town Boat Show is Underway

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 SAILING WATCH. CLICK HERE   It’s a gorgeous day in Cape Town and the 17th iteration of the continent’s premier boat show is underway at the iconic V&A Waterfront. Boasting one of the largest-ever water displays of powered cruisers, power and sailing catamarans, fishing and leisure craft, as well as stand-up paddles and all the kit to go with them, this year’s Show promises to have something for everyone. Alongside the water exhibits is a ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race Ocean Summit ‘Clean Seas’ Campaign

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 WATCH. CLICK HERE   “Our oceans are under attack” – Wendy Schmidt The Volvo Ocean Race has used the first of seven Ocean Summits it is hosting around the world in 2017-18 to launch a unique programme that will gather data from parts of the oceans that are otherwise inaccessible to scientists – while the Spanish government pledged its backing for UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign. Wednesday’s Ocean Summit in Alicante – held four days ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race Announce Race Broadcast Partners

WIN A GARMIN QUATIX 5 WATCH. CLICK HERE   Supersport to feature the Volvo Ocean Race. Good news for South African yachties is that Supersport will cover the Volvo Ocean Race according to the Volvo Ocean Race and its global distribution agency Sunset+Vine, the TV sports producer and distributor. They have announced their initial list of broadcast partners with an emphasis on core countries featuring boats, stopovers and sailors in the race – and a shift towards digital coverage. Twitter, ... Read More »