Seaman Sails the World

Another individual has completed the ridiculous task of sailing across the globe in a vessel that most would consider terrifying. Captain John Barry the Third, a resident of the Durango Region, finished his adventure on November 11th. It was an adventure that saw him travel to South America, the Antarctic and everywhere in between. This […]

Sailing the Gulf of Mexico

Starting your cruise at southern Florida you will pass (and stop if you wish!) at the more prominent centres such as Sarasota, Naples and Fort Myers, to mention just a few, but try to see the lesser-known places such as Little Shark River and cruise and explore the Barrier Islands of Pine Island Sound. Useppa […]

Sailing the Antarctic Seas

The first-ever t 25 yachts will test the Antarctic waters. Some of these are commercial cruises, but the others are brave sailors who will take the risk. Don’t be fooled- these are remote and dangerous seas to sail. The obvious hazards are the ice and the weather, and if things go wrong, don’t expect the […]

Small Yachts and Dingys

The Dabchick The Dabchick is a proven, easy to build dingy that has been a trainer for many aspiring yachtsmen in South Africa and Australia. First established in 1955, over 4000 have been produced and have been popular amongst teenagers. The dimensions are 3.61m in length, 1.15m in the beam and with a draught of […]

Sailing the Meddeterian

The Med has many destinations to suit all yachtsmen’s tastes. Many of these coastlines and islands have a tremendously exciting history, so read up on the areas you intend to tour before you leave your home port. The Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s idyllic destinations, and it is close to Naples, Pompei, Capri, etc. […]

Icebreakers

An icebreaker is a specially designed ship to clear ice at the poles, either to rescue frozen in ships caught by the closing winter or to force routes through the ice to make passes for other shipping. The hull is designed thicker than average so that it can break up and push the ice aside […]

Ancient Ships

Chinese Junk’s origin is from the second century BC, and it is still used today. The stern was high, and the bows were pointed. The Junk can have as many as five masts. The sails are square set and are made from matting or linen, strengthened by bamboo batons. The sails are opened or closed […]

1866 Tea Race

In 1866 four clippers set off from China with cargoes of tea and the race was on to get to London first. The spanking new clipper, the Ariel, was loaded with 560 tonnes of tea, the first and second pickings, packed in 12000 tea chests – mooted to be the best! Lighters had brought the […]

The Boat Race

The first boat race between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held in 1829 but was only an annual event after 1856. The only years missed since then have been the years of the Two World Wars. In 1927 the first woman’s race took place, with significant opposition from some men who believed women should […]

Cape Town Rio Yacht Race

Forty-Nine years ago a yacht race from South Africa to South America began and was the Vice-Admiral Biermann of the South African Navy who suggested a continent to continent race and the South African Ocean Racing Trust took the idea forward and chose South America as the end port. At the start, Rio de Janeiro […]

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