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Sailor of the Month – William Edwards

March 2014 issue – Sailor of the Month William Edwards Hobie sailors have done our country proud for many years as they have consistently finished on the podium in World Championship events. One of these is William Edwards, who together with his wife Lucinda, make an awesome on-the-water team. In Australia’s Jervis Bay they set the world stage alight in the opening event of the 2014 Hobie 16 worlds by winning the Hobie Masters title in a tight battle, edging ... Read More »

Clipper Race – Race 9 restarts after repairs

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Chairman and Founder of the Clipper Race, has repaired the forestay bottlescrews of nine of the 12-strong Clipper 70 fleet with the rest being completed over the next day. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said inevitably there are things that need adjusting with a new fleet of boats. Race 9, Singapore to Qingdao, China was halted and the boats diverted to Hong Kong so the repairs could be carried out quickly before the race restarted less than a day ... Read More »

ISAF Resources iOS Application

The International Sailing Federation has launched a new ISAF Resources Application available for all iOS devices via iTunes and the Apple App Store. The ISAF Resources App currently has a number of existing publication titles available for purchase in an e-format, with more resources being added over coming months: • ISAF Guide to Offshore Personal Safety • ISAF Beginners Guide to Dinghy Sailing • ISAF Beginners Guide to Kiteboarding • ISAF Coaching Fundamentals • ISAF Guide to Yachting – Crewing ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – Charles Caudrelier to Skipper Dongfeng Race Team

Frenchman Charles Caudrelier was announced as skipper of Dongfeng Race Team at the Official Christening in Sanya. The Volvo Ocean 65 was officially christened ‘Dongfeng’ (meaning East Wind) in the presence of famous Chinese sporting stars Zhang Ning and Guo Chuan alongside Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Knut Frostad, Mr Li Quan-Hai, of the China Yachting Association and Director of Watersports National Centre of the China and Gary Huang, General Manager of Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle Company, Title Sponsor of Dongfeng Race ... Read More »

Mykonos Race – 2014

The Mykonos race fleet of nearly 100 boats has had a mixed bag of conditions with light winds at the start, some 25 knot north westerlies which died back to about 12 knots, and now some fog. The guys will be stoked to get to the finish as its been a tough upwind slog all the way so far. Check out the start pics which Trevor Wilkins took: https://plus.google.com/photos/117086593120942909819/albums/5985413143065545665 Read More »

Remote Controlled Volvo Ocean 65 with Gennaker

A unique boat for a unique race. That was the credo of the model boat developers of stockmaritime, starting with the construction of a new model for the VOLVO OCEAN RACE. The result was a global technological innovation: A model boat with gennaker, capable to go offshore – remote controlled. With this model boat, everyone can sail his own Volvo Ocean Race. Because the VOLVO OCEAN 65 is extremely seaworthy and saltwater resistant. The racing yacht of 1.1m is vacuum-manufactured ... Read More »

World Odyssey – Round the World Race 2016-2017 for Production Monohulls

Jimmy Cornell, the founder of the ARC and organiser of five round the world sailing events, has launched a global race for amateur sailors. “I want to give ordinary sailors the opportunity to race on their own terms,” declared the three times circumnavigator whose successful rallies, websites and books have always responded to the aims and interests of amateur sailors. “In recent years I have spoken to many owners of production boats who are keen to race around the world ... Read More »

Clipper Race Halted for Rigging Repairs

Monday 24 February 2014 Owing to the failure of three of the forestay bottlescrews in the fleet of twelve Clipper 70s in the current Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the fleet has been instructed to stop racing as a precaution and make its way to Hong Kong. “There is clearly a fault with this part of the rigging and we are not prepared to take any risks with the remaining boats so far unaffected,” explained Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, founder ... Read More »

Extreme Sailing – Resounding victory for Alinghi on the Singapore Stadium Racecourse

It was down to the wire for second and third place – with a penalty in the final race for Emirates Team New Zealand throwing away their chances of a podium finish. The opening Act of the Extreme Sailing Series more than lived up to all the pre-season hype and expectation, where the new teams got stuck in on the Singapore stadium racecourse – but couldn’t quite topple the old order – with three returning teams from 2013 taking honours. ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – Team Brunel Boat Launched

Green Marine, a world leader in the construction of high performance composite racing yachts, has officially handed over the third Volvo Ocean 65 to Team Brunel, to begin preparations for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 starting in October. Team Brunel has successfully completed its sea trials in the Solent, UK and is now heading off to its base in Lanzarote to prepare for the Race. “The Volvo Ocean 65 is a well thought-out and executed racing boat. During the sail ... Read More »

ISAF Guidelines for the Use of Social Media by ISAF Race Officials

ISAF GUIDELINES FOR THE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA BY ISAF RACE OFFICIALS GENERAL 1. 1.1 With the increasing use of new communication tools on the web such as blogs, social networks, call and text message services, it is necessary for ISAF Race Officials to consider how their own use of such tools interacts with their role as an official. 1.2 Restricting the use of social media is not designed to inhibit freedom of speech or rights to privacy, but it ... Read More »

Hobie 16 Worlds – SA Teams Compete With Distinction

Despite not being anywhere near the podium in the Hobie 16 Open Worlds, two South Africans represented our country with distinction by finish on the podium in two different categories. In the Open Worlds Blaine & Roxanne Dodds finished 27th and William & Lucinda Edwards 29 out of 56 boats. It was in the Masters and Grand Masters events where the ‘Japies’ showed the mettle. William & Lucinda Edwards won the Masters Worlds with Blaine Dodds and Roxanne Dodds 2nd. ... Read More »

Qualification System for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Qualification Has Been Published

The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition regatta venue is the Marina da Glória with racing taking place inside and outside the Guanabara Bay and will feature 380 athletes competing across the following 10 events: Men’s Windsurfer – RS: X Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Men’s One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) – Finn Men’s Two Person Dinghy – 470 Men’s Skiff – 49er Women’s Windsurfer – RS: X Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial Women’s Two Person Dinghy – 470 ... Read More »

Clipper Race Reaches Halfway Mark

Just over one point now separates the top two teams as Henri Lloyd wins Race 8, The Old Pulteney Navigator Cup, into Singapore The Clipper Race fleet has arrived in One15 Marina, Sentosa Cove, Singapore after a gruelling 33 days at sea since departing Brisbane, Australia. Race 8: The Old Pulteney Navigator Cup – part of the 16 stage Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – was particularly long and challenging due to unfavourable weather conditions which saw severe squalls, ... Read More »

49er News from Graeme Willcox & Andrew Tarboton

  Help These Olympic Hopefuls Raise Campaign Funds With the short break in the weather pounding which the UK has had this winter, we took the opportunity to take “Betty” our newer 49er out for her first sail. Weather was perfect for this, and allowed us to add to the never ending boat-list to make sure all the systems are to our liking. With a 10-15 knot South Westerly we put Betty through her paces, with only one near capsize ... Read More »