Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing win by just 12 minutes

Dongfeng Race Team chase Azzam all the way to the finish Ian Walker (GBR) and his Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing crew have barely snatched a wink of sleep for nearly 48 hours, but they will surely be celebrating deep into the night after an epic first leg victory in the Volvo Ocean Race on Wednesday. There have been many close finishes in the 41-year history of the event, but few will have been quite so tense for the victors, who ... Read More »

VOR – No time to sleep for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing

The next 24 hours could well be the longest of Ian Walker’s 44-year-old life. The British skipper of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and his crew have led for the majority of the 6,847 nautical mile (nm) first leg from Alicante to Cape Town since the fleet raced through the Cape Verde Islands before the halfway stage. But there’s been literally no time to relax ever since, and even with the leading pack just over 24 hours from completing the opening ... Read More »

Support the Volvo Ocean Race in Cape Town

The leading boats in leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean race are scheduled to finish today. This is an URGENT plea to all yachties and those landlubbers who enjoy the exploits of those who put to sea in small boats to support the race village, and the competitors, throughout the period Cape Town hosts the Volvo Ocean Race. Cape Town was not originally a stopover for this race which meant that the fleet would have bypassed the ‘Tavern of the ... Read More »

Phillippa forced to retire from Route du Rhum

Phillippa Hutton-Squire has been forced to retire from the Route du Rhum race due to a compression crack at the spreaders of her mast after colliding with another boat in her class. ED. As my coms have been down for the past few days my info is a little sketchy, but will post something in more detail soon. In my book Phillippa has been such an inspiration to many as she has gone about this campaign with such a positive ... Read More »

ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year Announced

ISAF and Rolex have have announced that the winners of the 2014 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards are: Male: James Spithill (AUS) Female: Martine Grael & Kahena Kunze (BRA) Australian James Spithill was nominated for leading ORACLE TEAM USA to one of the greatest comebacks in all sporting history. Trailing Emirates Team New Zealand 8-1 in a first to nine quest for one of yachting’s greatest prizes, the America’s Cup, skipper Spithill inspired a comeback of epic ... Read More »

Optimist Worlds 2014 – Final Report

report by William Brooks Tuesdays conditions After two days of R&R the team was amped to get back onto the water and race. We knew that the forecast was for strong wind and on arrival at Club Nautico we were not disappointed. A strong 25kt southerly was sweeping across the Rio del Plata against a fierce tidal current. The net effect was a mini version of conditions on our east coast, 5 to 6 ft growlers covered the whole course. ... Read More »

Let’s ALL Keep Cape Town a Volvo Ocean Race Stopover

This is an URGENT plea to all yachties and those landlubbers who enjoy the exploits of those who put to sea in small boats to support the race village throughout the period Cape Town hosts the Volvo Ocean Race. Cape Town was not originally a stopover for this race which meant that the fleet would have bypassed the ‘Tavern of the Seas’. To keep Cape Town as a first-choice stopover in the future we need to make sure that as ... Read More »

Come on South Africa – Let’s all get behind Phillippa Hutton-Squire

On Sunday Phillippa Hutton-Squire sets out alone (singlehanded) as the first South African ever to compete in the Route du Rhum race from St Malo to Guadeloupe – a distance of 3500 nautical miles. This is a tough race and a challenge Phillippa is up for. She is just one of 4 women competing. So let’s all get behind her and wish her luck. Like this post or send personal messages via her facebook page: Follow the race at:  ... Read More »

Bart’s Bash FINAL RESULTS published

Over 30,000 people took to the water for the first Bart’s Bash! (go to the end to see some RSA results) Our final results, now PUBLISHED!!!, show an amazing 30,717 participants took to the water, many for their first time, around the world, for the first “Bart’s Bash” on 21 September 2014. As you know, the sailing race was a fund raising event in memory of Andrew Simpson, the Olympic sailor who died in a training accident in May 2013. ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – A Lot Can Happen in a Week at Sea

A lot can happen in a week at sea, and for the seven international teams competing in the first leg of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race the last seven days have dished up one challenge after another.A week ago the fleet passed Cape Verde, a cluster of 10 islands 350 miles (570 km) off the coast of western Africa. Four teams, lead by Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, chose a safe path to the north of the island chain, Team Vestas ... Read More »

The toughest job on the ocean? Apply Now!

The search is on for what could be the toughest job on the ocean: The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is currently searching for twelve highly skilled sailors for the challenging role of race skipper. Race Director, Justin Taylor, who has previously been a skipper in this unique global event, said the recruitment process was intentionally gruelling: “We have a duty to make sure we search out the best skippers who can lead effectively through the raw elements. “You ... Read More »

DSS to revolutionise IMOCA 60s, both new and old

Dynamic Stability Systems welcomes last week’s decision by IMOCA to place no further restrictions on its class rule. This permits both the six new IMOCA 60s currently under construction, as well as the existing fleet, to be fitted with the lateral lifting foils which DSS has spent the last decade pioneering. The foils are already fitted to performance production yachts from Infiniti and Quant, and also helped the 100ft maxi Wild Oats XI to its victory in last year’s Rolex ... Read More »

Optimist Worlds – RSA Report & Results

Report number 3 from Optiworlds 2014: by William Brooks Conditions The Rio del Plata race course was always going to be a big challenge for a young team with very little experience of big fleet racing and dealing with courses with current. Racing has been very tricky with huge emphasis on the starts and positioning for the correct shift on the first beat. The starts have typically involved one or two U flag starts invariably resulting in general recalls then ... Read More »

Dutch boy on a mission to rid the world’s oceans of floating plastic

Following is an extract from a BBC story. Boyan Slat is a 20-year-old on a mission – to rid the planet’s oceans of floating plastic. He has dedicated his teenage years to finding a way of collecting it. But can the system really work – and is there any point when so much new plastic waste is still flowing into the sea every day? ‘I don’t understand why ‘obsessive’ has a negative connotation, I’m an obsessive and I like it,’ ... Read More »

Airbus and Oracle Team USA forge technology partnership

AIRBUS, the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer and ORACLE TEAM USA, the defending champion of the America’s Cup, have forged a technology partnership. As Official Innovation Partner of ORACLE TEAM USA for the 35th America’s Cup, AIRBUS will share the know-how of its engineers and experts in fields such as aerodynamics, instrumentation and simulation, composites, structures, hydraulics and data analysis to work with the ORACLE TEAM USA design team. “This is a completely new endeavor for us,” said Fabrice Brégier, AIRBUS ... Read More »