Cape to Rio Race – day 26

day 26 WPM$2RA9 Just 4 boats have under 200nm to go to finish with the cat Windgat being closest with 61nm to go, followed by Cool Runnings with 87nm. Two other boats have under 200nm to go, so Rio will be buzzing in the next 24 hours when these guys finish. With YOLO being the only boat in Class 2 finished, she leads her class overall on handicap. Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – SCA all-female crew in training – watch the video

Two years ago SCA announced it would enter a boat into the Volvo Ocean Race. They then took another bold move when they decided to enter the race with an all-female team. It’s not the first all-female crew in the history of the race, but this is the first time an all-female team will receive the same support as their male competition – from start to finish. Why an all-female team? Globally, about 80 percent of the retail products SCA ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – new pit-stop

24-hour pit-stop in The Hague offers exciting twist to Volvo Ocean Race The Hague, The Netherlands – An exciting 24-hour pit-stop which will bring fans to within touching distance of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 boats has been introduced for the final leg in the iconic Dutch port of The Hague. The news will delight fans in The Netherlands who were already celebrating last month the entrance of Team Brunel for the 12th edition starting on October 4 this year ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race – Yolo has finished

YOLO – You Only Live Once – has finished in Rio. This 2-up team headed by RCYC Commodore Dale Kushner with Ian Coward as crew sailed hard on a small boat to finish respectably. Another night time finisher, there are some good pics as always by Trevor Wilkins at this link: Read More »

Cape to Rio race. Day 24 results and position reports

Day 24. Day 24 Tue 280800GMT Daily Position Report There are still 13 boats at sea with the next finisher likely to be Yolo, skippered by RCYC Commodore Dale Kushner. All boats have less than 800nm to go to finish with the boat furthest from Rio being Hot Ice. Some of these guys still have a loooong time left to finish! Read More »

Cape to Rio race. HQ2 has finished

Trevor Wilkins reports that he was mobilised at 02h00 to go and meet HQ2 – a 75-foot cat. It was a balmy morning with a gentle breeze and we met them about 4 miles off cruising in under full sails at about 5 knots – what a sight! The crew reported that they sailed through the first night storm with just a minuscule headsail and no main, doing about 22 knots in relative comfort. And yes, the growlers did break ... Read More »

Cape to Rio race. Amtec Wits and Nomad have now finished.

Nomad is the first cat to finish, with Juliana due in within a few hours Check out the album of pics from Trevor Wilkins as each of theses yachts finished. Elapsed times are still to be announced. Read More »

Cape to Rio race – Rotary Scout news from Day 21

Day 21 – Saturday 25 January. By Grant Chapman. The wind blew from the east for most of the morning, giving us a good start to the day with gusts up to 26 knots while we had the big bag up. We eventually took the bag down at lunch time when the wind became blustery and started coming from the north east, making the spinnaker uncontrollable, especially as we were running across the swell to maintain our position north of ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race – Mussulo has finished

  The Angolan entry Mussulo has an elapsed time of: 22days 11hrs 25mins 25secs Check out the Pics of her finishing here: Read More »

Hobie Longhaul – Durban to Richards Bay – Live NOW

The annual Hobie longhaul between Durban and Richards Bay started with the no-spinnaker cats leaving Vetchies Pier in Durban at 06h00. The spinnaker cats leave at 08h00 – about 15 minutes from now. It appears as if they have ideal conditions with about 15 knots from the SSW – and which may build during the day. There is talk of the course being shortened at the halfway mark if the wind gets up too strong. After almost 2 hours of ... Read More »

Cape to Rio race – day 19 results & position reports

Copy_of_Day_20_Friday_240800GMT_Daily_Position_Report_WEB The closest boat to the finish is now Rocket/Stop Rhino Poaching with 426nm to go, followed by Investec Ciao Bella with 551 to go. At their average speeds they have another 2 and three days left to sail – assuming the wind doesn’t get any lighter than they are! With all the key positions now filled and confirmed, it’s really a case of those at sea having to accept the fact that they are now ‘also rans’ who are ... Read More »

Marine Industry Association of SA (MIASA) News

CEO’s MESSAGE by Vanessa Davidson We have started the year on a positive note, with in principal approval from the Department of Science and Technology to make funds available to the boating industry for innovation and R&D projects. R15M will be allocated over three years on an 80:20 cost sharing basis with industry putting in the twenty percent. I will be organising scoping workshops around the country to present the Sector Innovation Fund in the second quarter of the ... Read More »