Volvo Ocean Race. Three Teams Poised to Take the Prize

Three teams will start Leg 11 in a few hours time – the final 700 nautical mile sprint leg of the Volvo Ocean Race – in a virtual tie for the lead, setting up an epic, dramatic and unprecedented denouement. After racing over 44,000 nautical miles around the world, two teams now sit tied at the top of the overall leader board on 65 points – MAPFRE and Team Brunel – with Dongfeng Race Team currently just one point behind ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. Joshua and Suhaili Unite

Two great men of the sea, Britain’s Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and French hero Bernard Moitessier never met or communicated with each other during the first Golden Globe solo round the world Race 50 years go, but their equally famous yachts, Suhaili and Joshua finally came together for the only the second time in history yesterday. In an historic moment, the two classic yachts will mark opposite ends of the start line when Sir Robin fires a canon from the deck ... Read More »

The Golden Globe Race. Back to the Traditional ‘Roots’ of Sailing

by Richard Crockett It’s been likened to ‘stepping back to the Golden Age of solo sailing’ as the Golden Globe Race is a 30,000 miles non-stop passage around the world via the five Great Capes – ALONE – and with NO outside assistance. For those who follow sailing closely they will know that the race is being reenacted to celebrate Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s historic 1968/9 world first solo non-stop circumnavigation in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Yacht Race – that’s ... Read More »

Ocean Summit Sets Royal Standard for Ocean Health Solutions

The first ever Gothenburg summit, attended by HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, saw progressive announcements to tackle the plastic crisis from the Swedish Government and Volvo Cars. Karolina Skog, Swedish Government Minister for the Environment, revealed that the Swedish Government has allocated €7.8 million to 15 projects related to Ocean health at the event in the Volvo Ocean Race Village. Karolina Skog said: “The Swedish government has decided to allocate the funds to specifically work on projects that focus ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. The RSA Connection

by Richard Crockett The days of South African singlehanders competing in world class races is now a distant memory, with nobody at present following in their wakes. It’s sad, but singlehanded racing is not for the feint hearted. The Golden Globe Race starts on 1 July, and despite not having a South African entry, we do have a South African designed and built boat competing under an Australian skipper. The boat is Coconut, a Lello 34, and she is being ... Read More »

Falmouth Celebrates

Falmouth has celebrated the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s departure at the start of the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. Fifty years to the day after Sir Robin Knox-Johnston set out from Falmouth UK in his rugged 32ft yacht Suhaili to become the first man to sail solo non-stop around the Globe, the British master mariner returned to lead a celebratory parade of sail around the harbour. Watched by visitors on every headland, the 200-strong armada of sail ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race Village Opens

The Golden Globe Race Village was officially opened to the public on Saturday. Cutting the ribbon with local and regional officials, Yannick Moreau, President of the Les Sables d’Olonne Agglomeration said: “This is an historic race that follows in the wake of Bernard Moitessier’s famous yacht Joshua and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Suhaili. The 2018 GGR marks the start of a very special adventure with 2-weeks of public festivities in the Race Village. Everything is ready to welcome the world to ... Read More »

Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing Supports ‘The Little Optimist’

Cape Town marine manufacturer, Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing, has become the platinum sponsor for charity ‘The Little Optimist’, and is appealing to the global boating community to join the company in supporting a worthwhile cause. The Little Optimist’s story is an inspirational one: In April 2016, Greg Bertish sailed an 8-foot Children’s Optimist dinghy around the Cape of Storms on the Cape Town coast of South Africa. He crossed False Bay, rounded Cape Point and headed for Langebaan Lagoon on ... Read More »

Can Anyone Identify this Wreckage?

The pictures showing the wreckage of a yacht, probably at catamaran, were sent to me by John Titterton who had obtained them from a contact he has on St Helena Island. This wreckage was discovered on the North Eastern side of St Helena island on Turks Cap Beach, and authorities are very keen to identify the type of boat, and even the name of it is at all possible. There are no markings of any sort on the pieces found. ... Read More »

Brunel Now Equal First on Leader Board

Brunel has completed one of the great comebacks in sailing, setting up an epic final leg to The Hague next week in what will be the closest Volvo Ocean Race in history. Three teams – MAPFRE, Team Brunel and Dongfeng Race Team – will start the final leg in a dead heat at the top of the table, with the overall title on the line. It’s an unprecedented scenario in the 45-year history of the race. On a rainy, blustery ... Read More »

VOR. Storm Hector Produces Some of the Biggest Weather

Dongfeng Race Team is pushing hard in the final stages of a thundering Leg 10 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 from Cardiff to Gothenburg, as the fleet rampages towards Sweden in 35 knots of wind and big seas produced by Storm Hector. This short 1,300-nautical mile sprint leg is producing some of the wildest weather of the entire race as the crews head east across the North Sea towards the southern tip of Norway, with the finish expected late ... Read More »

MAPFRE Leads Fleet North of Scotland

The Spanish team MAPFRE shot into the lead of the penultimate Volvo Ocean Race leg as the fleet rocketed round the coast of Scotland. The painfully light and fickle winds that dogged the seven teams as they crossed a high pressure ridge was been replaced by powerful south-westerlies that were blasting them north-east at breakneck speeds. The onboard speedos were screaming into the mid-20s as winds built to more than 25 knots around ten miles off the coast of Scotland’s ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race Fleet Tackles Tricky Transition

The Volvo Ocean Race teams were pointing in completely the opposite direction to the Leg 10 finish line on Tuesday as they attempted to cross a windless ridge of high-pressure that could hold the key to overall victory. In a bizarre twist, the seven teams found themselves heading due west on Tuesday afternoon (UTC), away from the finish port of Gothenburg, Sweden, as they battled to get across the ridge 100 miles off the Irish coast. After almost two days ... Read More »

Dongfeng Race Team Leads Past Fastnet Rock

The Volvo Ocean Race’s overall leaders Dongfeng Race Team were at the head of the fleet on Monday as the teams passed the iconic Fastnet Rock off Ireland’s southern tip. With just under 24 hours of Leg 10 complete less than three miles split the top six boats as the light wind start to the penultimate stage of the race continued. Since leaving the Welsh capital city Cardiff on Sunday the fleet has been dogged by fickle breeze, covering less ... Read More »

Book Review. Knox-Johnston on Seamanship & Seafaring

Book Review Knox-Johnston on Seamanship & Seafaring by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston Published by Fernhurst Books Orders & Enquiries HERE It is fitting that this book has been published just days before the Falmouth Parade of Sail for Suhaili and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston on Sunday 14 June. On 14th June 1968 Robin Knox-Johnston set sail from Falmouth to take part in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race – the first, non-stop, single-handed sailing race around the world. He was an unknown ... Read More »