Tag Archives: Cape Town

Volvo Ocean Racers Battered in the Southern Ocean

The third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race from Cape Town to Melbourne has subjected the fleet to the fury of the Southern Ocean.  With steady winds of 50 knots with gusts to over 60, the seven boats have been surfing … Continue reading

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The Last Voyage of RMS St Helena & Oh, About That Airport…

The RMS St Helena, the last true Royal Mail Ship, recently departed from the UK on its final voyage for its namesake island.  St. Helena, which lies around 1,150 miles off the coast of Angola in the South Atlantic, is the most … Continue reading

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Laura Dekker & the Volvo Ocean Racers

I was struck by the juxtaposition.  Laura Dekker, the Dutch 16 year old who is sailing around the world alone, arrived in Cape Town at roughly the same times as the mega-racers of the Volvo Ocean Race.  Well, she arrived … Continue reading

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Second Leg of the Velux Five Oceans Race Underway

The second leg of the Velux Five Oceans singlehanded around the world race began today with the five  competitors  setting  sail from Cape Town, South Africa bound for Wellington, NZ, a 7,000 mile voyage across the wild Southern Ocean.  Brad Van Liew, … Continue reading

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Van Liew wins 1st leg of Velux 5 Oceans Round the World Race

Brad Van Liew has won the first leg of the Velux 5 Oceans Singlehanded Round the World Race arriving in South Africa in only 28 days after his departure from La Rochelle, France. Van Liew wins 1st leg of race – … Continue reading

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Abby Heads for Cape Town and Jessica Battles Huge Waves

Abby Sunderland’s attempt to become the youngest sailor to sail around the world non-stop ended as she decided to put into Cape Town due to mechanical failures.  The boat’s main autopilot has been giving her problems during the voyage recently … Continue reading

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A Bad Week for Bulk Carriers – Black Rose Sinks, Seli 1 Aground

Last week was a bad week for bulk carriers.   The MV Black Rose, a bulk carrier with a crew of  27 which had loaded 23,847 tons of iron ore,  sank near the port of Paradip on the east coast of … Continue reading

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