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 »

Abu Dhabi Volvo Ocean Race Stopover Calls for Volunteers

Exciting on- and off-shore roles available (ED. This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to experience something more than just a holiday job. During the last Volvo Ocean Race I was able to interact first-hand with many of the volunteers who had come from many different countries, had many interesting stories to tell, and who were experiencing our country first hand. In my opinion it is an opportunity not to be missed.) As preparations ramp up for Abu Dhabi’s ... Read More »

New World Record in Speed Sailing by a Disabled Kiteboarder!

Yesterday (23 October 2014) in Lüderitz, Namibia, will go down in the history books as French kite surfer Chris Ballois set a new World Record for disabled riders, ratified by the WSSRC and ISAF-IFDS. In only 25 knot average winds and after reaching 39.14 knots on his very first run down the multiple-record breaking channel, Ballois took off on his second run and reaching 42.94 knots (80 kph!) (average speed) over the official 500 metre long course to claim the ... Read More »

Interview – Phillipa Hutton-Squire prior to the Route du Rhum singlehanded race

by Richard Crockett Phillippa is well known in Cape sailing circles as a no-nonsense committed sailor with tons of ability and enough drive to make most of us feel tired! She has, at her tender age, already circumnavigated the globe with Nick Leggatt in a two-handed race, so her sojourn into singlehanded sailing is really not surprising. I suppose it’s a case of, if you can sail two-up you should be able to do it singlehanded, as in many instances ... Read More »

RSA Optimists in Argentinian Optimist Worlds – report and some results

William Brooks reports It has been an interested few days. I will try to describe them in a few short chapters. The trip over A rather rushed and early start in ct was followed by an equally long check in at jbrg where we eventually managed to check all the gear through to ba as planned. We were so enjoying the time to relax in the departure area that we almost missed the boarding on our flight to sao paulo, ... Read More »

Ahoy from the Barque PICTON CASTLE

Ahoy from the Barque PICTON CASTLE – currently on a voyage on route to Cape Town! While we are in the midst of an epic voyage around the world – currently in Bali, but soon leaving to cross the Indian Ocean and head to Cape Town – we at the PICTON CASTLE are very excited to be announcing our next voyage: the Transatlantic Voyage. She has been so far away from home for such a long time, we are eagerly ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 turns inside out in Doldums

by Richard Gladwell, Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race would seem to have gone from being a tightly fought contest to being a procession to Cape Town. Even though only 40% of the course has been sailed, the distance between the boats are significant (other than the two lead boats) and look set to increase. The big change came as the boats entered the Doldrums and the two westernmost boats Abu Dhabi and Team Brunel sailed through the ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – Playing the Doldrums lottery

by Agathe Armand A day and a night of uncertainty – later, the Doldrums will come to an end for the Volvo Ocean Race teams. By tomorrow morning, the fleet should be sailing safely in the southeasterly trade winds. So – who won this equatorial lottery? What was the best place to cross this convergence zone, where two hemispheres and two weather systems collide? ‘People like to say west is best and maybe there is something to it,’ admits Bouwe ... Read More »

Young SA Optimist team take on the world in Argentina

A young South African Optimist team have just arrived in Argentina to compete at the 2014 Optimist World Championship which starts on Wednesday. The racing in this year’s championship will be held off the coast of San Isidro just south of Buenos Aires, where 213 competitors from 51 countries will compete for the world title. The five SA sailors selected to represent South Africa are: Jemima Baum, Alexander Brooks, Elsje Dijkstra, Campbell Tiley and Arin Long. Philip Baum will act ... Read More »

ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao – Final RSA Results

The two South African teams finished with a mixed bag of results. 9th overall were Asenathi Jim & Roger Hudson who were DSQ in one race, dropping them back a few places. Their final results were: 11; 2; 6; 8; (18); DSQ; 1; 4; 9; 18 26th overall was Stefano Marcia in the Men’s Laser Class. He received a ‘U’ flag penalty as well as a Black Flag, so his 26th was not such a poor result, especially after such ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – A Ballsy Move

So what do you know about Cape Verde and Pascal Bidégorry? Cape Verde: A country that is a horseshoe-shaped cluster of ten volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean spanning 4033 km². Pascal Bidégorry: A man that is a force of nature and considered by his peers to be one of the most talented sailors of his generation, feisty at times and won’t suffer fools. Navigator for Dongfeng. Replace broken rudder? Check. Win back first position? Check. If only it ... Read More »

Sailing fans support Team Brunel in the middle of the ocean

Brunel has launched the ultimate platform for fans to support Team Brunel in the Volvo Ocean Race. Via fans can literally drop online buoys with support messages to the team on a virtual map, following the actual course of the boat. The most creative messages, closest to Team Brunel’s race route will have a chance to cheer for the team in person at the finish of the race in Gothenburg, Sweden. “Drop a Buoy is a great way to ... Read More »

Vasco da Gama Ocean Race 2015 – Durban to Port Elizabeth – 7th entry

Vasco da Gama Ocean Race 2015 – Durban to Port Elizabeth 7th Entry for the Vasco da Gama Race received Nicholas Mace, a previous winner of this race on two occasions, has entered Gumption and now becomes the 7th entry. Mace won the race in 2005 and 2007, and makes a welcome comeback, embracing the change of course the race has for 2015. Gumption is a Simonis 40 and will carry 7 crew – and knowing Mace the crew will ... Read More »

Optimist African Championship 2014 – results after 6 races

South Africa have 9 Optimist sailors competing in the IODA Optimist Africans Championship in Agadir, Morocco. There are 73 sailors from 12 countries competing with the RSA team being coached by Claire Walker Results of the RSA team so far are, after 6 races: 4 Arin Long 19 Kai Leslie 26 Lawrence Wilson 29 Benji Daniel 36 Greg Hoyle 44 Amber De Decker 46 Calum Gaughran 52 Liam Fennessy 64 Sophie Holtus Read More »

ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao – RSA Results

Big breeze, strong current and tight battles are the stories of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao. The 171 sailors enjoyed plenty of waves as they battled it out for the top spots. Check out the Day 2 highlights on the ISAF YouTube channel here RSA Results 470 Men 6th Asenathi Jim & Roger Hudson (11); 2; 6; 8 Laser Men 20th Stefano Marcia 13; 12; (37); DNF; 25 Read More »