Yacht Racing Forum 2017

The Yacht Racing Forum is the leading annual conference for the business of sailing and yacht racing. Business & Marketing The Business & Marketing conference focuses on the commercial aspects of the sport: sponsorship, event organisation, marketing, communication, venues, yacht clubs… It is a must attend event for organisers, sailing teams, venues, sponsors, yacht clubs and agencies in the yacht racing industry. Design & Technology Held on Day 1 only, the Design & Technology Symposium focuses on the latest developments ... Read More »

Clipper Race. PSP Logistics Back in the Race

PSP Logistics slipped lines from Piriapolis (Uruguay) yesterday evening to bring the Clipper Race fleet back to its full complement as the leaders approach the halfway point to Cape Town in the Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms. After spending the past five days receiving repairs to rudder damage sustained after a whale collided with the boat earlier in Leg 2, the team of PSP Logistics will resume racing once they reach the closest position to the collision. There ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. MAPFRE Wins Prologue Leg

The Spanish MAPFRE team won the Volvo Ocean Race Prologue Leg on Wednesday, holding off a late charge from Team Brunel after Race Management shortened the course, converting the compulsory gate at Cabo de Gata into the finishing line. For skipper Xabi Fernández and his team, it’s a continuation of the success MAPFRE found on Leg 0, where the team was the overall winner of the four-stage leg. “It’s all good on board,” Fernández said shortly after crossing the ‘virtual’ ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race Prologue Leg Course Shortened

The Volvo Ocean Race Prologue Leg has been shortened, with the compulsory gate off Cabo de Gata now becoming the finish line. Race Director Phil Lawrence informed the teams at 0800 UTC on Wednesday morning when the leading boats were approximately two hours from the gate. The teams are currently sailing in winds near 10 knots. But the forecast is for the wind to ease significantly on the other side of the cape. With the shortened course, the fleet is ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Qingdao Secures Top Scoring Gate Points

All eyes have been firmly fixed on the Race Viewer during the sixth day of racing as the twelve Clipper Race teams battled it out to reach the Scoring Gate. Following a fierce battle with Liverpool 2018 and Visit Seattle, Qingdao, currently in ninth place, crossed the Scoring Gate at 1349 UTC to secure three bonus points, a repeat of its Scoring Gate success during Race 1. Liverpool 2018, currently standing in tenth place, crossed just four nautical miles later, ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. MAPFRE and Team Brunel lead the charge to Alicante

Skipper Xabi Fernández’s MAPFRE crew is leading the charge into the Mediterranean Sea. The Spanish team made a jump on the rest of the fleet by heading further inshore in search of favourable sea breezes following Sunday’s start, with Team Brunel benefiting from following a similar track. Forty-eight hours later, their tactics have paid huge dividends. At the 13h00 UTC position update on Tuesday, MAPFRE enjoyed a seven nautical mile lead on Team Brunel, who were themselves almost 40 miles ... Read More »

A Case of Sound Seamanship

by Richard Crockett As most South Africans know, Durban was devastated by rains storms, big wind and flooding yesterday. And one man, Neville Bransby, bore the brunt of it singlehanded aboard his Shearwater 45 ‘Ocean Spirit’. Knowing that there was inclement weather coming, Bransby who likes sailing singlehanded, decided to go sailing and test himself and his boat in some strong conditions. Just how strong and how bad the conditions were revealed only as the storm hit. Bransby has done ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Tense Times in Light Conditions

by Peter Rusch The images of Volvo Ocean Race boats in near calm conditions during the first 24-hours of the Prologue leg from Lisbon to Alicante may give the impression of a relaxing cruise down the coast to the gates of the Mediterranean. The reality is the contrary. Light, variable conditions are a nightmare for the sailors, who end up agonising over every tack or gybe in search of each little zephyr. Sails are adjusted, course corrections are a constant, ... Read More »

Living the Dream with Volvo Ocean Race Skipper Dee Caffari

Skipper Dee Caffari talks about her love of life on the water in the latest episode of Volvo Penta’s online film series, Boating Dreams.  As the head of a team that is circumnavigating the globe in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018, Dee Caffari knows that skippering a yacht in all weather for more than eight months is a big challenge. But it’s a challenge that she and her crew are looking forward to meeting. “Mother nature lets you know she’s ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Race to the Scoring Gate Hots up

Whilst the Finish Line in Cape Town remains the ultimate goal for the Clipper Race fleet in the Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms, at least three teams currently have the Scoring Gate in their sights. Dare To Lead has dipped south of the rhumb line, but remains in front of the rest of the fleet. Skipper Dale Smyth reports: “Another fast day down south here and it’s hard to believe we have covered just shy of 1000 nautical ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Prologue Leg From Lisbon to Alicante is Underway

The Prologue Leg of the Volvo Ocean Race began on Sunday afternoon, after the start was delayed by just over 2 hours and moved nearly 20 miles south in order to find better racing conditions. The Prologue is a non-scoring race to deliver the seven-boat fleet from The Boatyard in Lisbon, Portugal to the home start port of the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante, Spain ahead of the race start on 22 October. At the scheduled start time of 14h00 ... Read More »

36th America’s Cup Pairs Two Successful American Racing Programmes with New York Yacht Club

After a decade and a half away from sailing’s flagship competition, the New York Yacht Club, represented by Bella Mente Quantum Racing Association, will challenge for the 36th America’s Cup. The New York Yacht Club held the ornate silver trophy from 1851, when it was won by the yacht America (above), through 1983 -a run often known as the longest winning streak in sports. The Club regularly challenged for the trophy in the years that followed the historic loss to ... Read More »

NSRI Cautions

National Spring Tide Safety Warning The Full Moon Spring Tide, which peaked last night, 05 October, will result in the normal Spring Tide conditions around the coastline for the duration of this weekend. Higher than normal high tides and a lower than normal low tides and stronger than normal rip currents lasting into the early part of next week are being experienced. NSRI urge the public to be cautious around the coast today and this weekend due to the Full ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Leg to Cape Town Started

The twelve Clipper Race teams officially got underway yesterday off Punte Del Este, Uruguay, in northwesterly winds gusting over 35 knots under clear sky and warm weather, starting with a round the cans inshore circuit in the Bay of Maldonado. The South Atlantic was set to provide a strong welcome back to the Clipper Race fleet, with the overnight weather forecast predicting wind speeds in the mid-20s to mid-30s, but with strong gusts, estimated at 50 knots at times. It ... Read More »

Low Friction Rings: Like A Donut, But Sweeter

by Richard Crockett The above heading got my attention, so naturally I delved a little more and liked what I saw as it is aimed specifically at cruisers. What’s the deal with Low Friction Rings? Why choose a block with more friction and a sneaky name? Several reasons: • No moving parts! • Really strong! • Lightweight and tough! • Low cost! READ THE FULL STORY HERE Read More »