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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 »

On This Day – 15 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 »

On This Day – 14 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. It’s Surely Demoralising Out There?

By Richard Crockett It is surely demoralising out there when you are doing a few knots under 10 knots of boat speed in mid-ocean and a massive trimaran buzzes past you well in excess of 20 knots. Well that’s how the crew of ‘JM Busha 54′ and ‘Mojie’ must feel as ‘Love Water’ will cross within 10nm of the bow of the former, and ‘Maserati’ a similar distance astern of the latter! While the crew of the two monohulls are ... Read More »

Cape to Rio 2020. The ‘Northern Fleet’ versus the “Southern Fleet’

By Richard Crockett Where to start today? With two distinct groups on the water it’s difficult to give a single overview, so once again I will cover the two groups separately. But before that one just has to stand back in awe at the sheer speed and distance covered by the two big dogs, ‘Maserati’ and ‘Love Water’ as they are stripping miles off the chart quicker than a marauding gamefish strips line off a reel! ‘Love Water’ has covered ... Read More »

On This Day – 13 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. This is my personal crusade to save the rich history of our sport, and to share it in the hope that you will enjoy ... Read More »

On This Day – 12 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. This is my personal crusade to save the rich history of our sport, and to share it in the hope that you will enjoy ... Read More »