Jules Verne Record Attempt: Close Call with An Iceberg

IDEC SPORT has regained 200 miles in 24 hours. The Furious Fifties are pushing the big, red trimaran at high speed across the Indian Ocean. But they need to watch out for icebergs. Yesterday, Francis Joyon’s crew came within a mile of one of these ice monsters, as big as a cargo ship… They are now enjoying the Southern Ocean. “Yesterday we were engulfed in the mist and came to within a mile of an iceberg, which cooled down our ... Read More »

Jules Verne Trophy: IDEC Sport Speeding Towards the Ocean Wilderness

Petrels, albatrosses, a longer and longer swell, and clear skies since the front went over… all these elements noted by Francis Joyon and part of his crew are signs that they are about to enter the vast, wilderness of the Southern Ocean. The High parked under South Africa is preventing them from now from taking the traditional route towards the Cape of Good Hope at around 45 degrees south. IDEC SPORT will be joining the Indian Ocean diving right down ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Young Mpumalanga Resident To Compete In Rolex Sydney Hobart Race

Thulisile Lekalake, a 22 year-old from Kwamhlanga is one of eight young South Africans aged 18 to 23 who have been chosen to take part in the world’s longest ocean race as part of the Sapinda Rainbow Foundation relay team. After completing her matric in 2013 Thulisile wanted to study journalism but because both parents were not working it was difficult for her to further her studies. She then started a small business in hospitality that in return assisted her ... Read More »

Sailing took the top honours at the 2015 Eden District Sports Awards

by Malcolm Osborne The Sportsman of the Year Award was presented by Ilana Meyer to Blaine Dodds, in recognition of his achievements over the past year, including winning the Hobie 14 World Championships and 2nd place in the Hobie Tiger Worlds. Ilana Meyer was guest speaker at this event. Sailing triumphed over finalists from Golf and Modern Pentathlon. Also at the 2015 Eden Sports Awards, Team ClemenGold, comprising William and Douglas Edwards was awarded the Team of the Year Trophy, ... Read More »

Paper. Ruler. Dividers.

        Unlike, Paper, Rock, Scissors, this is no game and literally, utterly deadly serious. The following is actually about more traditional forms of navigation and your obligations as a skipper. It is the definitive statement in the great digital versus analogue debate. GPS and Chartplotters have been a tremendous development aiding in both the accessibility and ease of use when it comes to navigation. As such, they have also introduced a whole new category of sailor to ... Read More »

Clipper Race: Young Limpopo Man Celebrates Sailing From South Africa to Australia

Before being awarded a bursary to compete in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race by the Sapinda Rainbow Foundation, Sewisa ‘Lourance’ Magane had never been on board a boat before. Now, after 25 days at sea, he is celebrating crossing the Southern Ocean, a feat many sailors can only dream of. The 23-year-old from Groberlsdal, Limpopo was part of the crew on South African sponsored entry ‘IchorCoal’. Lourance is one of eight young South Africans aged 18 to 23 ... Read More »

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image: Top 20 Images HERE

The international Jury and the public have made their choice! The top 20 pictures will be printed and exhibited during the Yacht Racing Forum, in Geneva. The winners will be celebrated on December 8. More than 1,4 million pages have been viewed on the event website! The votes are now closed and the top twenty pictures – chosen by the public – are being printed in order to be exhibited at the Yacht Racing Forum and allow the delegates from ... Read More »

Jules Verne Record Attempt: The whims of St. Helena

After a favourable North Atlantic passage, the Southern Hemisphere is proving to be more complicated. That is however what Francis Joyon and his crew of five were expecting when they set out from Brest on this attempt to grab the outright round the world record, the Jules Verne Trophy. Their goal of getting to the Equator in record time in just over five days was achieved. Now they have to face the huge, sleepy St Helena high, which determines what ... Read More »

Is it safe to use a tether? A MUST READ for all offshore sailors

If you are an offshore sailor- this is a MUST READ. Every now and then, you come across a story of life changing importance. This is one of those. Extract from a very important Practical Boat Owner article, by Ben Meakins Perceived wisdom is that if you fall overboard, staying tethered to the boat will keep you safe. But is that the case? The tragic drowning of the skipper of the Reflex 38 Lion 15 miles south of Selsey Bill ... Read More »

Jules Verne Challenge. Now Spindrift 2 Crosses the Equator

4 days, 21 hours, 29 minutes! Spindrift 2 crossed the equator at 0131hrs UTC on Friday 27 November, just under five days after setting off! Yann Guichard and his crew are on world-record pace. Current Jules Verne Trophy holder Banque Populaire V crossed the equator in 5 days, 14 hours, 55 seconds in 2011. The trimaran must now negotiate the trade winds of the Southern Hemisphere as she makes her way to Cape of Good Hope. Spindrift 2 (and the ... Read More »

Jules Verne Record Attempt. IDEC Sport Has Crossed the Equator

IDEC Sport crossed the Equator on Friday 27 November at 03:03:52 UTC. Francis Joyon and his crew of five took 5 days 01 hour 52 seconds to sail from Ushant to the line separating the two hemispheres. They are more than half a day ahead of the record. After making their way through the Doldrums in around fifteen hours, IDEC Sport is already in the South Atlantic and in record time, as 13 hours 55 minutes and 18 seconds less ... Read More »

TJV. ‘The Pips’ Have finished 9th

by Matthew Thomas They’re in! Well done, Bravo! A well deserved 9th place after a fight to the very end, where they managed to close the gap to around 2nm. Now it’s time to celebrate! Drink those ice cold caipirinha’s and then I’ll bet it’s a hot shower and some well earned sleep! They took the bit between their teeth, sailed hard and fought right to the end. Phillippa and Pip, we’re very proud of you. We’ll done! Read More »

TJV Day 29. The Lights of Italjaï Beckon and the Caipirinha’s Await

by Matthew Thomas It’s been nearly a month since our ‘Two Pips’ set off from Le Havre on this adventure and adventure it has been. They’re now only 14nm from the finish and about 2 hours out, which will have them finish just before sunrise. It’s been a challenging sail down the Brazilian coast as Pip brings us up to date: “I haven’t written a blog for a few days now, the pace in this final phase of the race ... Read More »

Jules Verne Record Attempt. Now Spindrift 2 Joins the Challenge

Yesterday, Sunday (November 22nd) the trimaran ‘Spindrift 2′, led by Yann Guichard, crossed the start line that runs from Créac’h lighthouse (Ushant island, France) to Lizard Point (England) for the start of her crewed non-stop circumnavigation. The boat crossed the line in a north wind of around 10 knots, under a full mainsail and a solent. The record attempt by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard and their crew began four years to the day since the current record-holder, Loïck Peyron, ... Read More »

49er Worlds. RSA Wrap-up and Thanks to All Supporters

Graeme Willcox reports The last day of the worlds served up the best sailing conditions we experienced in the 3 weeks we were there. We had a 15-20 knot NE with sunny skies. The gold fleet set off first to get their 3 races in before the medal race contenders were decided. We launched for a 12h30 start. We had a great 2-sail reach at full pace all the way out to the starting area where the FX gold fleet ... Read More »