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 ( The trip forms part of a new charitable mentoring programme, ‘Marine Inspirations’ ( 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 »

WIN with SAILING Publications & Rovos Rail

SAILING Publications, in conjunction with Rovos Rail, are giving away a luxurious train journey for two people valued at R45 800. The prize is for a trip from Pretoria to either Cape Town or Durban for two people sharing a Deluxe suite. It is fully inclusive of all meals, alcoholic and other beverages, the off-train excursions, room service and a limited laundry service. The prize is valid for a year. Please note that transport to and from the points of ... Read More »

Andrea Giovannini – the October issue Sailor of the Month When one wins in the ‘Big Apple’ it’s a noteworthy achievement and one deserving of this award which is why Giovannini is your man this month. ‘Dre’ he is known to his sailing mates put together a team of sailors from the RCYC to compete in the Dennis Connor Invitational Cup. Sailed in J24s, a boat none of the team had ever been aboard, they put their typical ‘Jaapie’ skills ... Read More »

SAILING Magazine – October issue highlights

The October issue of SAILING Magazine is out – and as usual is crammed full of great features, articles and news items. But to read them all you will need to go out and get the mag which is available in all good book and magazine outlets. SUBSCRIBERS. Please not that although the mag has been posted, there is a Post Office strike which may affect delivery – so your mag may arrive later than usual. Regrettably this delay is ... Read More »

Competition – win B&G sailing instruments

Competition Check out the accompanying image and see how you can win yourself some impressive B&G sailing instruments. Better still, go to the Cape Town Boat Show from 10-12 October and see the instruments first-hand at the MRAD stand. Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – Frostad on Boat Design and final changes (Part II)

The seven One Design VOR 65s were built by a consortium led by Green Marine in the UK. The first of those for the Team SCA women wad delivered in October 2013, the last was supplied to Team Vestas Wind in August 2014. Since the end of Race Zero, the boats have been out of the water, here in Alicante on the Spanish coast, with a team of Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard shipwrights making sure all the boats were strictly ... Read More »