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On This Day – 21 January. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett From the overwhelming response I receive from these posts, from all over the world I may add, the interest is cranking up rapidly and I am being connected with some wonderful people thirsty for more. Thank you all who have made contact. Should you wish to copy, forward or share material from here, PLEASE acknowledge the source as: Sourced From the SAILING Mag Archives & Historical Records. To read the full reports, click on the LINK following ... Read More »

A New International Experience for RSA Sailors

by Richard Crockett South African sailors have for too long now been deprived of top quality international competition due the fact that distance, and costs due to our ailing currency, simply makes even qualifying for the Olympic Games out of the reach of almost every single sailor. Sad but true! Now there is a real opportunity for our local sailors to literally “reach for the stars” and compete internationally thanks to a new world initiative by the Star Sailors League ... Read More »

Cape to Rio 2020. There is Life After Line Honours

by Richard Crockett Ocean racing is sometimes difficult to understand as there is life after line honours, in fact, loads more life. Line honours is just one aspect of the race, and is often interpreted by landlubbers to be the main award and the only one to watch. Well put that assumption to bed as the real winners of an ocean race are the handicap winners – and in this race they are all still at sea with loads to ... Read More »

On This Day – 20 January. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett I am scanning and archiving press cuttings I have accumulated and which I guestimate run into tens of thousands! A daunting task which I believe to be necessary as for many years I have been concerned about the lack of interest Clubs, Classes and other sailing related organisations give to preserving their history. From the overwhelming response I have received to these posts in the past few days the interest is cranking up rapidly and I am ... Read More »

Cape to Rio 2020. I Goofed – Love Water Takes a Rare Double

By Richard Crockett In my report this morning I suggested that the honours were likely to be shared between ‘Love Water’ and ‘Maserati’. How wrong I was as the wind closing the finish line was far lighter than that shown on the tracker. So no, they did not share the honours. ‘Love Water’ scored a rare “double” in ocean racing by taking both line and handicap honours, and ‘Maserati’ second in both. ‘Love Water’ also broke the race record by ... Read More »

Cape to Rio 2020. Blame the Wind, Always the Wind!

By Richard Crockett I can safely say that it looks almost certain that the big dogs duel has the honours even matched! How so? At the 10h00 YB Tracker update they had not finished, although ‘Love Water’ was just less than 6nm from the finish, and ‘Maserati’ 30nm behind. So ‘Love Water’ will wear the line honours crown and ‘Maserati’ should wear the handicap crown. Theirs has been a fierce battle from the start line in Cape Town, and has ... Read More »

On This Day – 19 January. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett I am scanning and archiving press cuttings I have accumulated and which I guestimate run into tens of thousands! A daunting task which I believe to be necessary as for many years I have been concerned about the lack of interest Clubs, Classes and other sailing related organisations give to preserving their history. From the overwhelming response I have received to these posts in the past few days the interest is cranking up rapidly and I am ... Read More »

Cape to Rio 2020. The Big Dogs Are on the Final Runway

by Richard Crockett As I thought yesterday the two big dogs did cross to the south of the rhumbline route to Rio from Cape Town, and quite substantially too by almost 100nm. This was a deliberate move by both navigators who saw some good pressure down there to line them up for the final 500nm into the finish line. Yes, that’s right, ‘Love Water’ has less than 500nm to go, and ‘Maserati’ 536nm, which extrapolates to approximately 18 hours to ... Read More »

On This Day – 18 January. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett I am scanning and archiving press cuttings I have accumulated and which I guestimate run into tens of thousands! A daunting task which I believe to be necessary as for many years I have been concerned about the lack of interest Clubs, Classes and other sailing related organisations give to preserving their history. From the overwhelming response I have received to these posts in the past few days the interest is cranking up rapidly and I am ... Read More »

Cape to Rio 2020. Please Marvel at the YB Trackers

By Richard Crockett One has to continue to marvel at modern technology, especially the YB Trackers, which bring the race live to so many followers the world over. Back in the old days when the South Atlantics Races were big attractions, the SA Navy would provide a Guardship to follow the fleet and act as communications vessel for the yachts to report in to on a daily basis via SSB (Single Side Band) radio, providing their position and an opportunity ... Read More »

On This Day – 17 January. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett I am scanning and archiving press cuttings I have accumulated and which I guestimate run into tens of thousands! A daunting task which I believe to be necessary as for many years I have been concerned about the lack of interest Clubs, Classes and other sailing related organisations give to preserving their history. From the overwhelming response I have received to these posts in the past few days the interest is cranking up rapidly and I am ... Read More »

NASA, NOAA Analyses Reveal 2019 Second Warmest Year on Record

According to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2019 were the second warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880. Globally, 2019 temperatures were second only to those of 2016 and continued the planet’s long-term warming trend: the past five years have been the warmest of the last 140 years. This past year, they were 0.98 degrees Celsius warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA’s ... Read More »

Cape to Rio 2020. Dive, Dive, Dive!

by Richard Crockett Was it a surprise to see the big dogs dive south so dramatically? Probably not as one has to really keep one eye on the tracker and another on the weather. Those who toggle the wind on in YB Tracker will see that ‘Maserati’ and ‘Love Water’ are diving south into some big wind which they hope will slingshot them into Rio at record pace. The fact that the two big bogs are shadowing each other, with ... Read More »

On This Day – 16 January. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett I am scanning and archiving press cuttings I have accumulated and which I guestimate run into tens of thousands! A daunting task which I believe to be necessary as for many years I have been concerned about the lack of interest Clubs, Classes and other sailing related organisations give to preserving their history. From the overwhelming response I have received to these posts in the past few days the interest is cranking up rapidly and I am ... Read More »

Cape to Rio 2020. Opportunities and Obstacles

by Richard Crockett Something the landlubbers following this race may not know about ocean racing is that outside assistance is simply not permitted and at its worst can be punishable by disqualification, or with a time penalty at the finish. So the crews out there are self-sufficient – or better yet, have to be self-sufficient in absolutely every respect from victuals to water and even navigation. If one receives water from a passing vessel, penalties can apply, and should one ... Read More »