World Odyssey – Round the World Race 2016-2017 for Production Monohulls

Jimmy Cornell, the founder of the ARC and organiser of five round the world sailing events, has launched a global race for amateur sailors. “I want to give ordinary sailors the opportunity to race on their own terms,” declared the three times circumnavigator whose successful rallies, websites and books have always responded to the aims and interests of amateur sailors. “In recent years I have spoken to many owners of production boats who are keen to race around the world ... Read More »

Clipper Race Halted for Rigging Repairs

Monday 24 February 2014 Owing to the failure of three of the forestay bottlescrews in the fleet of twelve Clipper 70s in the current Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the fleet has been instructed to stop racing as a precaution and make its way to Hong Kong. “There is clearly a fault with this part of the rigging and we are not prepared to take any risks with the remaining boats so far unaffected,” explained Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, founder ... Read More »

Extreme Sailing – Resounding victory for Alinghi on the Singapore Stadium Racecourse

It was down to the wire for second and third place – with a penalty in the final race for Emirates Team New Zealand throwing away their chances of a podium finish. The opening Act of the Extreme Sailing Series more than lived up to all the pre-season hype and expectation, where the new teams got stuck in on the Singapore stadium racecourse – but couldn’t quite topple the old order – with three returning teams from 2013 taking honours. ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – Team Brunel Boat Launched

Green Marine, a world leader in the construction of high performance composite racing yachts, has officially handed over the third Volvo Ocean 65 to Team Brunel, to begin preparations for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 starting in October. Team Brunel has successfully completed its sea trials in the Solent, UK and is now heading off to its base in Lanzarote to prepare for the Race. “The Volvo Ocean 65 is a well thought-out and executed racing boat. During the sail ... Read More »

ISAF Guidelines for the Use of Social Media by ISAF Race Officials

ISAF GUIDELINES FOR THE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA BY ISAF RACE OFFICIALS GENERAL 1. 1.1 With the increasing use of new communication tools on the web such as blogs, social networks, call and text message services, it is necessary for ISAF Race Officials to consider how their own use of such tools interacts with their role as an official. 1.2 Restricting the use of social media is not designed to inhibit freedom of speech or rights to privacy, but it ... Read More »

Hobie 16 Worlds – SA Teams Compete With Distinction

Despite not being anywhere near the podium in the Hobie 16 Open Worlds, two South Africans represented our country with distinction by finish on the podium in two different categories. In the Open Worlds Blaine & Roxanne Dodds finished 27th and William & Lucinda Edwards 29 out of 56 boats. It was in the Masters and Grand Masters events where the ‘Japies’ showed the mettle. William & Lucinda Edwards won the Masters Worlds with Blaine Dodds and Roxanne Dodds 2nd. ... Read More »

Qualification System for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Qualification Has Been Published

The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition regatta venue is the Marina da Glória with racing taking place inside and outside the Guanabara Bay and will feature 380 athletes competing across the following 10 events: Men’s Windsurfer – RS: X Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Men’s One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) – Finn Men’s Two Person Dinghy – 470 Men’s Skiff – 49er Women’s Windsurfer – RS: X Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial Women’s Two Person Dinghy – 470 ... Read More »

Clipper Race Reaches Halfway Mark

Just over one point now separates the top two teams as Henri Lloyd wins Race 8, The Old Pulteney Navigator Cup, into Singapore The Clipper Race fleet has arrived in One15 Marina, Sentosa Cove, Singapore after a gruelling 33 days at sea since departing Brisbane, Australia. Race 8: The Old Pulteney Navigator Cup – part of the 16 stage Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – was particularly long and challenging due to unfavourable weather conditions which saw severe squalls, ... Read More »

49er News from Graeme Willcox & Andrew Tarboton

  Help These Olympic Hopefuls Raise Campaign Funds With the short break in the weather pounding which the UK has had this winter, we took the opportunity to take “Betty” our newer 49er out for her first sail. Weather was perfect for this, and allowed us to add to the never ending boat-list to make sure all the systems are to our liking. With a 10-15 knot South Westerly we put Betty through her paces, with only one near capsize ... Read More »

Former RSA Sailor Nominated for Irish Sailing Association Award

Philip Bendon grew up in Glandore, Co. Cork, Ireland before moving to Cape Town. He started sailing Optimists before progressing to Laser 4.7s and Radials representing South Africa at multiple World and European championships. When Philip finished school he moved to Dublin before moving to Southampton to study Naval Architecture. He also spent time working for the Chicago Match Race Centre where he learned to Match Race from the world champion Taylor Canfield. In 2013 Philip and his team won ... Read More »

A-Class Cat Worlds Champs

There are some very interesting top names in the sport competing in this event. And some awesome pics coming from the event too. Does the America’s Cup have anything to do with the interest being show? Follow it at: Read More »

Hobie Grand Masters Class – Dodds Second

Blain Dodds teamed up with Thorin Zeilmaker for the Grand Masters series, and although sailing well, was simply not able to convert his positions into an overall win, although his second overall is still brilliant. His best positions in the five races were a 1; 2 and 3. The title went to Australians Rod and Kerry Waterhouse, with Dobbs and Zeilmaker second overall. Racing in the Open 16 Worlds was not possible today and will be resumed tomorrow. Read More »

Help Set A Guinness World Sailing Record with Bart’s Bash

‘Bart’s Bash’ 11h00 BST on Sunday 21st September. South African Yacht Clubs – here’s your chance to participate in a global sailing event. So just what is Bart’s Bash? The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation is planning a monster sized attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for ‘The Largest Sailing Event in the World’, which we are calling ‘Bart’s Bash’! The idea is to have a mass participation club race across the UK and the whole World. We know ... Read More »

Round the Island Race – provisional results

Provisional results are available here: LDYC-RTIR 2014 Provisional 320 entrants registered of whom 194 finished – which is extraordinary considering the absolutely foul storm which erupted about an hour after the third and last start (Keelboats). Pelting rain, thunder and lightning and pea soup mist which reduced visibility to less than 15 meters at times. A dozen or so catamarans following a Dart completely missed the turn at the Island because they simply couldn’t see it and ended up at ... Read More »