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Volvo Ocean Race – A Ballsy Move

So what do you know about Cape Verde and Pascal Bidégorry? Cape Verde: A country that is a horseshoe-shaped cluster of ten volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean spanning 4033 km². Pascal Bidégorry: A man that is a force of nature and considered by his peers to be one of the most talented sailors of his generation, feisty at times and won’t suffer fools. Navigator for Dongfeng. Replace broken rudder? Check. Win back first position? Check. If only it ... Read More »

Sailing fans support Team Brunel in the middle of the ocean

Brunel has launched the ultimate platform for fans to support Team Brunel in the Volvo Ocean Race. Via teambrunel.com fans can literally drop online buoys with support messages to the team on a virtual map, following the actual course of the boat. The most creative messages, closest to Team Brunel’s race route will have a chance to cheer for the team in person at the finish of the race in Gothenburg, Sweden. “Drop a Buoy is a great way to ... Read More »

Vasco da Gama Ocean Race 2015 – Durban to Port Elizabeth – 7th entry

Vasco da Gama Ocean Race 2015 – Durban to Port Elizabeth 7th Entry for the Vasco da Gama Race received Nicholas Mace, a previous winner of this race on two occasions, has entered Gumption and now becomes the 7th entry. Mace won the race in 2005 and 2007, and makes a welcome comeback, embracing the change of course the race has for 2015. Gumption is a Simonis 40 and will carry 7 crew – and knowing Mace the crew will ... Read More »

Optimist African Championship 2014 – results after 6 races

South Africa have 9 Optimist sailors competing in the IODA Optimist Africans Championship in Agadir, Morocco. There are 73 sailors from 12 countries competing with the RSA team being coached by Claire Walker Results of the RSA team so far are, after 6 races: 4 Arin Long 19 Kai Leslie 26 Lawrence Wilson 29 Benji Daniel 36 Greg Hoyle 44 Amber De Decker 46 Calum Gaughran 52 Liam Fennessy 64 Sophie Holtus Read More »

ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao – RSA Results

Big breeze, strong current and tight battles are the stories of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao. The 171 sailors enjoyed plenty of waves as they battled it out for the top spots. Check out the Day 2 highlights on the ISAF YouTube channel here RSA Results 470 Men 6th Asenathi Jim & Roger Hudson (11); 2; 6; 8 Laser Men 20th Stefano Marcia 13; 12; (37); DNF; 25 Read More »

Qingdao ISAF World Cup event – RSA sailors have a good day

Roger Hudson reports A quick hi from the 3 of us here in Qingdao, China where racing started today. It’s famously tricky sailing here, very variable wind and really strong and complex tide – exactly what the 3 of us want to practice and improve on at this stage. And today was exactly as expected in terms of conditions, but a pretty good day for the SA sailors. Stef Marcia did a great job with a 12th and 13th in ... Read More »

The B&G Report: Volvo Ocean Race – Leg 1’s Pitfalls and Challenges

Top Volvo Ocean race correspondent and analyst, Mark Chisnell writes a regular report for B&G on the current race and trends he sees developing. Here’s his first report. The Volvo Ocean Race is, after all, a round the world race and that part starts on Saturday – Leg 1; Alicante to Cape Town. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s nearly here. In the coming months we’ll be following the weather, the moves and counter-moves, the big plays and ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race: Womens crew lead fleet by big margin past Gibraltar

The all-womens crew of Team SCA have led the other six male crewed boats through the Straits of Gibraltar – the first major milestone of the Volvo Ocean Race. A daring split with the fleet paid a big dividend for the womens crew and they picked up a handy lead of around 5nm, sailing in a 12kt breeze which looks set to hold through the Staits which mark the entrance to the Mediterranean. At the 0340hrs UTC report, Team Vestas ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – Planning the menu for over 20 days at sea

When Team SCA departs for Leg 1of the Volvo Ocean Race on October 11th, the crew will be carrying enough food for over 20 days at sea. Consuming enough food and drink during an offshore race is a prerequisite for high performance and to maintain body weight, both crucial success factors in this kind of race. Dee Caffari gives us a brief summary of what a 24-hour food and drink cycle onboard looks like. ‘First of all, I want to ... Read More »

Simon’s Town Maritime Students Selected for Super-yacht Sailing Regatta in Spain

Bradley Felix and Ronaldo Strauss from Simon’s Town School’s Lawhill Maritime Centre have been invited to participate in the Ibiza Rendezvous, the first super-yacht sailing regatta to embrace the island of Ibiza (http://ibizarendezvous.com/) The trip forms part of a new charitable mentoring programme, ‘Marine Inspirations’ (www.marineinspirations.org) which aims to expose young South Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds to hands-on seamanship experience and possible career opportunities in the world of yachting. ‘Marine Inspirations’ is the brainchild of two South African super-yacht captains, ... Read More »

How to make a distance scale for faster navigation

If you are anything like me, sailing navigation can be a challenge when short- or single-handed sailing. But you still need to be able to plot fast and accurate positions for sailing safety. Here one little-known sailing tip used by the pros that will help you do just that! Distance scale measurements on a chart can be a pain–in particular on an unstable platform like a sailboat in a seaway. Sure, you can use the Latitude scale, but that requires ... Read More »

New Maps of the Polar Regions Reveal Unseen World Beneath the Ice

New maps of the sub-ice features in Antarctica and the Arctic, featured in the new edition of The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World published on 25 September 2014, reveal an unseen world of canyons, lakes, trenches and mountains. The 14th edition of the Atlas also includes a new double page map of the Arctic Ocean, which highlights the dramatic long-term decline of Arctic sea ice cover. The sub-ice maps draw on bedrock data, provided by the British Antarctic Survey, ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – Leading the Charge

by BEN GLADWELL – BOATING NEW ZEALAND For the first time, the Volvo Ocean Race is to be contested in a strict, one-design class. The emphasis is shifted from who has the best boat to suit the conditions to who has the best men – or women – onboard. The race will be decided on who can push themselves the hardest, for the longest and who makes the best decisions. The skipper’s responsibilities are huge: trying to win the race ... Read More »

RSA TV Coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race

by Richard Crockett I have just receive the official TV schedule of broadcasters who will be flighting coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race. Initially I could not find any South African stations listed, so before letting the old blood boil I searched more carefully and found good old RSA listed under ‘Pan Africa’ with M-Net-Supersport as the broadcaster. Despite a thorough search on the Supersport website to find exactly what was being broadcast and when, I could find absolutely noting ... Read More »

The Volvo Ocean Race at your fingertips

  The Volvo Ocean Race at your fingertips – New app carries all you need to stay in touch every minute – Click here for the Volvo Ocean Race App on iOS – Click here for the Volvo Ocean Race App on Android ALICANTE, Spain – Volvo Ocean Race fans can now carry the world’s toughest ocean race in their pocket, thanks to the launch of a new official mobile app. Developed for both iOS and Android systems, the app ... Read More »