Author Archives: Sailing website

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Heavy Weather

by Richard Crockett The Frank Wightman feature I ran about a week ago certainly created immense interest, so when I came across a file labelled “Frank Wightman” in the archives a few days ago, I had to stop everything a read it. Basically it consisted of two letters to SA Yachting Editor, Brian Lello, and made reference to the ‘Mischief’ article, so I searched the SA Yachting pages and found the article. It was an intriguing read as it was ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. The Sharpie Saga

By Richard Crockett I have always heard from those old hardened yachties from days of yore as to how special and exhilarating it was to sail a Sharpie. Sadly I never got to experience the thrills of a Sharpie. So when I read this teaser headline in the 1959 January/February issue of SA Yachting, I had to read further to see just what I had missed. “A whole generation of South African yachtsmen can thank the Sharpie for their greatest ... Read More »

Frank Wightman Tells How He Found Saldanha’s Flamingo Lagoon

by Richard Crockett As I completed digitising every issue of SA Yachting magazine today, I decided to go back to that issue to see what was worth digging out and sharing with followers. I had originally missed this piece when scouring it for material to use some months ago, and when I came across it I knew that it was right for today. There is plenty more of Frank Wightman I have to publish, and which I will get to ... Read More »

SA Yachting Magazine Completely Digitised

Today I completed digitising every issue of SA Yachting Magazine published since the very first issue in November/December 1957 until October 1999. These are all now word-searchable PDF files. That is a total of 461 magazines, with an estimated total number of pages between 25 and 30 000. It’s a lot of info to digest, and a great relief to have now completed this task. I have the final 13 years of SAILING Magazine digitised, and will soon start completing ... Read More »

Raymarine LightHouse Charts Now Available with New Chart Store and RayConnect Mobile App

FLIR Systems has announced the availability of Raymarine LightHouse™ Charts cartography, bringing new levels of clarity and control to marine navigation. Further, LightHouse Charts customers will realize increased convenience and enhanced product purchase and delivery options via the new Raymarine Chart Store and RayConnect mobile app. New Raymarine LightHouse Charts are crafted from trusted, official hydrographic sources – the same data used by maritime professionals. LightHouse Charts offer Raymarine users a new level of clarity, customization, and detail, making it ... Read More »

Yanmar Showcases Complete Power and Sailboat Engine Line-up At Virtual Nautic

Yanmar Marine International (YMI) is showcasing its latest engines and technology to an expected audience of 30,000 visitors on two stands at the new Virtual Nautic, an online version of the Paris Boat Show. Described as Europe’s largest virtual boat show, the interactive Virtual Nautic on 12th and 13th March is free of charge for visitors, bringing together over 1,000 professionals from the global boating industry and featuring 150 booths. YMI joins with the strengthened Yanmar France regional office to ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Self Rescue From the Southern Ocean

by Richard Crockett I have always admired those who have been able to help themselves and share their experiences, both good and bad, so that others can learn from them. This is one of those stories. Its author, Ron Llewellyn, was sailing ‘Sula’ 380 miles west of Cape Horn when he was hit by a massive wave and rolled, dismasted and partially flooded. The story tells of how he brought her to safety, single handed, and without assistance. Instead of ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. A Circumnavigation of Africa

by Richard Crockett While a circumnavigation of Africa is not common, there are several local yachties who have completed one. Their courses have varied, but ultimately they completed the mission and had a “circumnavigation of sorts” to their credit. I have often been asked the question as to how many people have circumnavigated our continent, and am never able to give a definitive answer, so here’s an opportunity to get positive feedback from those who have, and keep it for ... Read More »

America’s Cup – Past, Present, Future – a Marine Inspirations Webinar.

TONIGHT – MONDAY 8 MARCH AT 17h00 GMT – 18h00 CET AND 19h00 IN SOUTH AFRICA. Our Event is shaping up really well and we have a professional Zoom expert now running it so a whole new ball game. We have broken up the recorded debate into sections and after each bit the panel will make a few comments and then when it is over you, the audience, will have the chance to ask questions given some potential time restraints. ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. An Evening with Bertie

By Richard Crockett We have many sailors in the country whom we look up to. But in his day Bertie Reed was one of them as he was a friendly guy, easily approachable, always one with a story, but importantly simply put his head down, and went to sea and just did it, and on most occasions did himself proud in terms of his achievements. This is not intended as a history of Bertie, but is a well-written editorial about ... Read More »

Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Seamanship, Seamanship & More Seamanship

By Richard Crockett Seamanship is a subject one has to learn through going to sea regularly in different conditions, all the while learning what your boat is capable of, how it reacts in different conditions, and so much more, which is why I have chosen this series of articles from the April 2006 issue of SAILING Magazine. They were written by two sailors who have been out there and done it, and who can speak with authority on the subject. ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Ferry & Le Sueur World Champs

By Richard Crockett The past two months have seen saturation coverage of the 1971 Cape to Rio Race, and little else. That was with good reason as it was such an iconic event which elevated the status of offshore sailing in our country. A class that I have given little coverage to in this forum has been the Hobie Class, and this through no malice or prejudice. It is a class which has produced multiple South African World Champions over ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. It’s A Wrap

By Richard Crockett A most fitting way to conclude this series of coverage of the 1971 Cape to Rio race and celebrate its 50th anniversary, is to wrap it all up with the elements presented today. The image of the chart is the original chart as used by Albatros II, the overall handicap winner of the race. Some years ago it was presented to the Knysna Yacht Club, and still takes pride of place in the Club today. Thanks to ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Pilot Sent Girl Crew Diving for Covering

by Richard Crockett My sincere and humble apologies for the unscheduled break in transmission. My trusty iMac crashed on me and needed to be replaced, and once received, still needed all programmes and backed-up work re-installed, and all my settings reconfigured with the new updated software and operating system. So with a smile on my dial, a new iMac and renewed energy, it’s back to work and wrapping up the 50th anniversary coverage of the 1971 Cape to Rio Race. ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Scouts Swam Among the Porpoises

by Richard Crockett Now that the fleet is beginning to crowd the mooring facilities in Rio, and the crew relax in the fine facilities of the yacht club, the stories from sea are beginning to be told. And delightful they are too. I suppose it was inevitable that the Scouts aboard ‘Active’ wanted ice cream and fruit salad, although I bet the bulk of the crew of all yachts wanted nothing but beer – and lots of it! And of ... Read More »