Now Here’s A Mean Looking Machine – The IMOCA 60 ‘Charal’

by Richard Crockett During the last few days the latest IMOCA 60 monohull was launched amid much fanfare – and just looking at the pics should reveal why! She’s shiny bright, she looks slippery and fast, she has chiselled lines and she has been built with the 2020 Vendee Globe Challenge as the main goal. She is CHARAL, an IMOCA 60 (International Monohull Open Class Association) which was designed by VPLP design for Jérémie Beyou, and built by CDK Technologies, ... Read More »

Sprog Memories

Regrettably with each passing day the Sprog becomes less and less significant in terms of local sailing, which is a great pity as this used to be on our ‘powerhouse’ classes. In the last few days I enjoyed some picture posts on a Sprog WhatsApp group, and now have permission to share them. Sprog 240 This was posted by Roger Day who says that he and his brother have been collating info about their Dad, and specifically around his passion ... Read More »

The Yacht Racing Forum

This is a must attend event for media representatives, yacht racing photographers, cameramen and TV production companies from all over the world: • The annual conference for the business of sailing and yacht racing. • The place where you will meet your future clients and partners. • The time in the year when the present and future of the sport gets debated by its key personalities. • Award ceremonies for the best sailing photographer and sailing video production. The two-day ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. Southern limit in Indian Ocean raised

As race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede closes on a very stormy Cape of Good Hope, Race organisers posted two navigation warnings to the fleet on Sunday, and have now raised the southern limit to 42°S from Longitude 40°E to keep the fleet clear of the worst conditions in the South Indian Ocean. Don McIntyre, the Race Chairman explains: “This is early Spring in the Southern Ocean and the fleet will be 2-weeks or more ahead of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston ... Read More »

Lipton Cup Classes for 2019 and 2020 – Facts, Figures & Sage Commentary

By Roy Dunster As you’re aware, the class for future Lipton Cup regattas is up for review and, of course, there’s a debate about whether the L26 should be dropped / what the new class should be. It’s worth reviewing some facts about the Cup. 1. In 2016 at RCYC, there were 15 boats with 4 of those from out of Cape Town (RNYC, LDYC, KYC and PNYC). RCYC won every race with HBYC 2nd in 3 out of 4 ... Read More »

USCG Marine Safety Alert

Let us enlighten you about LED lighting! Potential interference of VHF-FM Radio and AIS Reception. The U.S. Coast Guard has received reports from crews, ship owners, inspectors and other mariners regarding poor reception on VHF frequencies used for radiotelephone, digital selective calling (DSC) and automatic identification systems (AIS) when in the vicinity of light emitting diode (LED) lighting on-board ships (e.g., navigation lights, searchlights and floodlights, interior and exterior lights, adornment). All boat owners using VHF marine radio and AIS ... Read More »

SAS. What’s it Doing for Me?

By Richard Crockett That headline is a question the hierarchy of SAS should be asking every time they make decisions about the sport – as it is the single most asked question of all yachties in this country. For those ‘doubters’ out there, SAS does in fact do things for it’s members, often things that are not really visible, but which need to be done to maintain the sport on an even keel. Now here is something that SAS is ... Read More »

Books on Sailing – FOR SALE

SAILING has a massive library of books for sale – with the oldest dating way back to 1863 (yes, 1863!) – covering almost every single conceivable subject on the sport from anchoring to yarns. Authors include Bernard Moitessier; Uffa Fox, Sir Francis Chichester; Erick Hiscock and many, many more. If you are interested in buying some books, please send an email to: – and you will be sent the full list as an Excel file. Read More »

Lipton Cup. It’s Future is Now in the Hands of the Clubs

by Richard Crockett The well-being and future of this unique inter-club challenge now lies in the hands of Clubs to decide it’s future. All those with a say in this matter have a huge responsibility – so please consider ALL the alternatives very carefully before casting your vote. The full letter from the Lipton Trustees to the Clubs is included in this post as it contains a lot of background and additional information. It is a ‘MUST READ” and can ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. Philippe Péché heads for Cape Town

Over the weekend, French yachtsman Philippe Péché fashioned a repair to the aluminium tiller on his Rustler 36 PRB, but without self steering, has decided to head to Cape Town under reduced sail. This morning, the 57-year old professional from La Trinité Sur Mer, who had led the Golden Globe Race almost continuously since the start from Les Sables d’Olonne on 1 July, was making 2.9 knots in 25 knot headwinds and expecting to take 13 to 17 days to ... Read More »


The story of Dongfeng Race Team’s triumph in the Volvo Ocean Race. Think you know what it takes to win the Volvo Ocean Race? Think again. Check this out – the full story of how Dongfeng Race Team conquered the unofficial world championship of fully-crewed offshore ocean racing… VIEW THE VIDEO HERE Read More »

Polish tall ship “Dar Młodzieży” to Visit Cape Town

The year 2018 is a very special and important date for Poland. One hundred years ago in November 1918, after 123 years of foreign rule, captivity and oppression, Poland regained its independence. As part of the centenary celebrations of Polish independence, the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation of the Republic of Poland and Gdynia Maritime Academy initiated the organization of an Independence Sail. “Tell the world how beautiful Poland is” – the minister of Maritime Economy and Inland ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. Loss of Steerage in 50 Knot Winds

Philippe Péché made an emergency call to the Golden Globe Race HQ to report that the tiller on his Rustler 36 yacht PRB had broken in 45 – 50 knot winds and he had no steering. The Frenchman, who was lying in second place, reported that he had dropped all sail and was leaving the yacht to drift until the winds abate before assessing his options. He told race organisers last night that the spare parts he carried for the ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Bruce McCurrach

by Richard Crockett It’s not often one can refer to someone as a ‘legend’, but Bruce Mc was simply that and I am very privileged to have known and worked with him. He was a very fine sailor, but modest, humble and liked by everyone. I am not going to write much more than this about him as his nephew Steve McCurrach has supplied some good insights into this legend. I am indeed honoured that several years ago Bruce sent ... Read More »

Historical. ‘JAG Voortrekker’?

By Richard Crockett In archiving 2 very large boxes of material I have on the original Voortrekker from dream to conception, I came across reference to it being named ‘JAG Voortrekker’ for the 1969 European season. I have so far come across no further reference to that name, other than in the crew selection correspondence. David Abromowitz was one of the crew, and he too cannot shed any light on this reference! He can however remember doing Cowes Week, The ... Read More »