VOR. Team SCA Round Cape Horn & Pay Tribute to Their Late Coach

Team SCA passed the mystical and legendary Cape Horn where the Pacific Ocean meets the Atlantic Ocean. When passing the Horn the crew paid a tribute to their late coach Magnus Olsson who passed away close to two years ago. A wreath with hundreds of small messages and greetings to Magnus, written by many of his friends at the memorial ceremony in Stockholm in June 2013, was placed in the water off Cape Horn. “We have been looking forward to ... Read More »

VOR. Cape Horn, Tough Stories, stunning pics and more…

More people have climbed the Mount Everest, than sailors have sailed around this infamous Cape. Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA) had the considerable honour of leading the battered fleet past the fabled point, just 15 minutes clear of overall race leaders Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR). MAPFRE (Iker Martínez/ESP) and Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED) were hot on their heels as the fleet prepared to head north at last and back in to the Atlantic for the first time since last ... Read More »

SAS 505 Worlds – Wednesday racing cancelled

High Winds Close Port and Halt Sailing The expected westerly started making it’s presence known early on Wednesday morning. Some anxious and eager faces in the boat park of the 60th SAP 5O5 World Championships told the tale of who was expecting to do well and … who not. With the wind reaching 45 knots in Algoa Bay the Port of Port Elizabeth closed the port to any vessels wishing to leave or enter the harbour and the postponement flag ... Read More »

Old Sailing Pic to Identify

Can anyone out there give any detail on the pics – all of the same boat. The pic itself is 59cm x 39cm and was likely to have been taken with a plate camera as the detail is very fine. The owner would like information such as: the type of yacht, the sailor’s uniforms, its age, where it could have been taken – and anything else that is relevant. Please comment or mail: Read More »

SAP 505 Worlds – Day 3, races 4 & 5

Pinnell Wins A Race But Holt Still on Top Day 3 of the SAP 505 World Championships saw the return of stronger breezes to Algoa Bay in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Mike Holt and Carl Smit were the pathfinder boat for the first race of the day, but the reigning World Champions found no benefit in having to sail to the right-hand side of the course, while early-out-of-the-gate Ian Pinnell was pleased that his hunch about the left proved correct. ... Read More »

SAP 505 Worlds – Highlights of day 3 by Thomas Funke

The breeze increased in strength and with that it brought along a big sea that provided excellent sailing conditions in races 4 & 5 Two races were sailed in 13 – 17 knots of south-easterly breeze and the battle for the top position, was yet again, hot and fast. In race 4 Ian Pinnell and Johannes Tellen showed the fleet what sailing was all about and led the fleet around the course in style. Sandy Higgins and Luke Payne chased ... Read More »

SAP 505 Worlds – day 3 highlights by Thomas Funke

Race 3 got underway at the 60th SAP 5O5 World Championship in light conditions. After a lengthy delay to that start due to a wind shift, the race committee could lay a course and racing could get underway at around 14h00. As Day 2 was a 1 race day, sailors could braced themselves for a long day on the water and a long race. Conrads/Haines opened the gate and headed to the right on the required port tack, which seemed ... Read More »

VOR BREAKING NEWS – Dongfeng Dismasts

Volvo Ocean Race HQ can confirm that Dongfeng Race Team broke its mast early on Monday (GMT, March 30) but fortunately nobody has been injured and there is no immediate danger to the crew. The incident happened 240 nautical miles west of Cape Horn at 0315 UTC on Monday, in the final hours of the night onboard Dongfeng. The crew reported that the mast broke above the third spreader. They are not planning to continue racing on this leg and ... Read More »

VOR – Gybing for Cape Horn

The distance of a Fastnet Race to go, but the Volvo Ocean Race fleet will probably cover it in under 2 days as they surf their way east, pushing along by a classic Southern Ocean swell and an ever increasing following wind. A ‘classic’ Cape Horn seems on the menu for the determined men of Dongfeng, only 3 of which have passed the mythical rock before. Having held the lead for much of the last two days, as the conditions ... Read More »

SAP 505 Worlds day 2 – report, pics & results

Only one 11 leg race was sailed on day 2 on a traditional Olympic course of windward leeward legs combined with a fast soldiers reach. Sailed in a 150 degree south east rising from 7 to 12 knots and settling in at 10 knots for the final two legs the course had sailors guessing which side would pay as the steady 150 degree wind direction shifted to 125 degrees and back in the rising wind. The first few days have ... Read More »

505 Worlds – Day 1 report, pics & results

Two Bullets Fire Holt into Early Lead Mike Holt and Carl Smit put the hammer down on day one of the SAP 505 World Championships to nail the first two races in sunny Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The first race, held in steady, 15-knot easterly winds on a lumpy Algoa Bay, saw a four-way battle develop between some of the hot favourites. Australians Sandy Higgins/Paul Marsh and Michael Quirk/ Luke Payne were up at the front from early on, with double ... Read More »

SAP 505 Worlds – Day 1 highlights by Thomas Funke

The 60th SAP 5O5 World Championship got under way on Saturday with two races being sailed back to back. The breeze came out of an easterly direction and conditions for sailing were great. Race 1 was started in 7 knots of breeze but this was always going to build and by mid-afternoon, was forecast to strengthen to 16 knots. Race 1 was led by a number of different sailors but in the end was won by the defending World Champion, ... Read More »


Head-torches on, Howie Hamlin and Jeff Nelson were working another late night in the boat park, on the eve of the SAP 505 World Championships in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Forced to fit out a brand new boat in record time, the former 505 World Champions are in a race against time to be ready for the first heat at midday on Algoa Bay. Hamlin wasn’t even aware of who had won the two-day Pre-Worlds which concluded yesterday, as he ... Read More »

SAP 505 Pre-Worlds – day 2 report, pics & results

by Thomas Funke Race 2 of the pre-worlds got under way in strong westerly conditions – a good indication of what PE can offer the sailors. After an abandoned start, the fleet got clean away in the conditions and raced towards the lighthouse at Cape Recife. After an eventful beat, the front runners, hoisted spinnakers and gybed away for the mark. Teams that gybed and set spinnakers immediately caught up slightly. On the second beat the wind changed slightly and ... Read More »

Vasco da Gama Ocean Race – 16th entry received

Nigel Milln, a previous multiple winner of this tough ocean race, has entered his trusty steed Skitzo – a Fast 42. Milln is no stranger to racing along the East Coast, although it is believed that this will be his first foray southwards on a Vasco da Gama Race. Sailing 8-up, he always manages to cobbled together a really good crew who drive his boat hard and usually end up on the winners podium. He’s a wiley old salt is ... Read More »