Suhaili 50 – Falmouth Parade of Sail Commemoration

On 14 June 1968 Robin Knox-Johnston left Falmouth in his 32-foot boat Suhaili, one of the smallest boats to enter the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. Knox-Johnston won the race and become officially the first person to circumnavigate the globe non-stop and single-handed on 22 April 1969, the day he returned to Falmouth. It is fitting that 50 years after starting this race, Suhaili and Sir Robin are being honoured with a parade of sail this weekend (11 – 14 ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race 2020. Updated Notice of Race

An updated version of the Cape to Rio Race ‘Notice of Race’ has been published. The UPDATED Notice of Race is: version 1.2 issued on 5 June 2018. Starts time for the various divisions are of interest: 10 START TIME AND PLACE, COURSES, FINISH 10.1 The Start will be in Table Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. There will be two starts and courses: a) Start 1: Cape to Rio via St Helena Island •·Start Thursday 2nd January 2020 at 1400B ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. The Final Showdown

by Richard Crockett The race is now at the ‘do or die’ stage, with the final two legs being absolutely crucial to winning overall. With just two days to go until the start of Leg 10, the 1,300nm sprint from Cardiff to Gothenburg, Charles Caudrelier, skipper of Dongfeng Race Team, says winning one of the final two legs is the top priority. Caudrelier knows his crew has to do a lot more than simply defend its position as this race ... Read More »

Free Classified Adverts

Like most yachties, you in all likelihood have a garage bursting with old sailing equipment – whether old boats, fittings, sails, spars, winches, rudders, centerboards, dollies or trailers. Our Free Classified adverts on the SAILING Mag Blog now provide you with an easy way to de-clutter and turn some of your old ‘stuff’ into cash with the SAILING Mag Blog FREE Classifieds so that you free up space in your garage. Adverts can now be submitted online HERE So if ... Read More »

Atlantic Cup. A Brutal Passage For Donald Alexander

by Richard Crockett The lone South African entry in this two-handed race, survived the brutal conditions on the 360nm second leg, to finish, while others were not as fortunate. For Donald Alexander (yes, the brother of that highly passionate Laser sailor from Durban), started the leg badly as his electronic nav and weather systems all failed to ‘talk’ to each other – which even had the experts baffled! Then not long after the start he had to make a passage ... Read More »

New Ownership for Volvo Ocean Race

As the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 builds towards an exciting finish in June in The Hague, organisers can confirm the next edition of the race will start in 2021, under new ownership. Atlant Ocean Racing Spain, led by Richard Brisius, Johan Salén and Jan Litborn, will take over the Volvo Ocean Race from Volvo Group and Volvo Cars, the co-owners of the event for the past 20 years. Brisius, Salén and Litborn have extensive experience in the premier round the ... Read More »

Atlantic Cup. RSA 7th on Leg 1

by Richard Crockett Donald Alexander and his crew Paul Peggs had a tough slow ride into the finish covering just 85nm in the final 24 hours, and finished under the watchful eye of the Statue of Liberty. Their extreme inshore leg looked as if it was going to pay big dividends at one point, but light winds and a poor heading away from the coast put paid to that strategy. However their 7th place over the line on this first ... Read More »

Atlantic Cup Teams Consolidate Off Maryland

South African Donald Alexander on Power of One is into 5th place now and handily placed on an inshore leg. In the last 24-hours of the Atlantic Cup there’s been a significant consolidation in the fleet. Yesterday afternoon the boats were sailing north fast and furiously and were divided into three strategic camps–left, centre and right. Overnight, the French team skippered by Catherine Pourre and Pietro Luciani on Eärendil decided to change course and head west across the top of ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean race. Brunel Win Leg 9

The Team Brunel crew held its nerve to take a hard-fought win in Leg 9 and move within striking distance of the overall Volvo Ocean Race lead. Since arriving in Auckland with a disappointing sixth place finish, the Dutch team has posted a 1-2-1 scoreline, including wins on the final two double-point scoring legs and moved from also-ran to a firm podium position with an eye on the top spot. To get the leg win, Bekking had to fend off ... Read More »

Atlantic Cup. RSA Class 40 Two-Man Team Competing

by Richard Crockett There is many a local RSA sailor who will remember Donald Alexander as a tough and wiley competitor on the race course when he sailed, Dabbies, Sprogs, Fireballs and Lasers. In fact in juts about anything he sailed he was able to go fast and always be a threat. Having recently hit the ripe old age of 60, Donald, the younger brother of Campbell Alexander a doyen of the RSA Laser Class, decided to embark on this ... Read More »

Team Akzonobel Breaks 600-nautical Mile Barrier

Team Akzonobel has become the first crew in Volvo Ocean Race history to exceed 600 nautical miles (1,111 kilometres) in a 24-hour period during Leg 9 across the Atlantic from the United States to the United Kingdom. The team clocked up 602.51nm (1,115.8 kilometres) in a single 24-hour period, averaging 25.1 knots (46.48 kilometres per hour), and beating the previous record of 596.6nm (1,104.9 km) set by the Volvo Open 70 Ericsson 4 in the 2008-09 race. Only hours earlier ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Advantage Ebbs and Flows – and Record Being Eyed!

The fleet is beginning to converge after a big split early in Leg 9. But who will come out with the advantage is not yet clear. Conditions for the next 30 hours are favourable for posting big miles – and some sailors are talking about breaking the 24-hour distance record. With the wind above 25 knots, the sea relatively flat, and the wind angle favourable to the Volvo Ocean 65s, there is a possibility of breaking the 24-hour distance sailed ... Read More »

Twin Spacecraft Launch to Track Earth’s Water Movement

A joint U.S./German space mission to track the continuous movement of water and other changes in Earth’s mass on and beneath the planet’s surface successfully launched on Tuesday from the California coast. The twin spacecraft of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO), a joint NASA/German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) mission, lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, sharing their ride into space with five ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Advantage to the South As Fleet Splits

by Richard Crockett Now a few days in to the leg, and all settled down to their routines at sea, we have a fascinating battle on our hands with two distinct groups in the fleet both looking for supremacy from their chosen routes. Most telling is that both MAPFRE and Dongfeng are not letting each other out of their sights so to speak, as MAPFRE covered Dongfeng when she went north. These two teams are slugging it out for overall ... Read More »

Richards Bay Lighthouse Demolished

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has erected a temporary light and structure on the site of the old Richards Bay lighthouse to guide vessels navigating the surrounding waters. This follows the recent demolition of the 39-year-old lighthouse due to severe coastal erosion. The new, temporary structure was successfully commissioned on 1 April 2018 after a period of testing and calibration. The steel structure was fabricated by a local company, while the LED long range beacon was shipped from the United ... Read More »