• Sydney Hobart – Latest Update

      ROLEX SYDNEY HOBART YACHT RACE NEWS RELEASE 27 December, 2015 2200 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: 2015 the toughest race since 2004 After a decade of, by Rolex Sydney-Hobart standards, comparatively benign weather the race has returned with a vengeance to its classic persona. The mean southerly that made life [...]

  • Olympics: Rio to close airport for sailing events

      November 5, 2015 3:25 AM Relaxnews Rio de Janeiro’s domestic airport will close for four-and-a-half hours a day during the 10-day Olympic sailing competition in the Brazilian city’s iconic Guanabara Bay, the government said Wednesday. Operations at Santos Dumont Airport, which sits at the edge of the bay, must be [...]

  • Tenders invited for title sponsorship of the Round the Island Race

    The Round the Island Race will enter a new era from 2017 The Island Sailing Club invites tenders for title sponsorship of the Round the Island Race™from 2017 onwards, as J.P. Morgan Asset Management announces the successful conclusion of its 12 year sponsorship of the Race in 2016. Enjoyed by [...]

  • Tragic news from the 2015 Clipper Race

    The thoughts and prayers of all at First Port of Call are with the family and friends of Andrew Ashman. What follows is the official statement on the tragic accident. Further information is available at http://clipperroundtheworld.com We are deeply saddened to report the death of crew member Mr Andrew Ashman (49) [...]


    The twelve teams made up of international amateur sailors competing in the Clipper 2015-16 Race have passed under Tower Bridge, London, at the start of the 40,000 nautical mile global race in front of thousands of spectators. Home team GREAT Britain led the fleet under Tower Bridge which lifted twice to salute [...]

  • Louis Vuitton returns to the America’s Cup – Why it matters

        After being a Cup sponsor since 1983, Louis Vuitton is back and will be the title sponsor of all stages of the competition: from the America’s Cup World Series to the qualifiers, challenger playoffs and the America’s Cup match itself. While the proclamation of a new event sponsor [...]

  • Cheeki Rafiki – How can the keel break off a CE Cat 1 yacht?

    Cheeki Rafiki: A UK production yacht builder speaks out by George Stead May 6, 2015, 11:08:00 (CEST) Cheeki Rafiki – close up of sheared keel bolts – including corroded after keel bolt George Stead operated the Southern Ocean Shipyard in Poole England for many years. They built the first large production yacht, [...]

  • Round The Island – Latest

    ENTRIES ON TARGET AS NEW SPONSOR IS ANNOUNCED FOR THE SEAMANSHIP AWARD Early Bird Entries close 7 February First entry news Haven Knox-Johnston sponsors Seamanship Award Ian Bowker’s take on the Race from his half-tonner The Race organisers at the Island Sailing Club (ISC) opened entries to the 84th edition of the [...]

  • Google Earth Discovers Woman Trapped On Deserted Island For 7 YEARS

    In 2007, Gemma Sheridan and 2 friends set out on a voyage that was to take them from their home town of Liverpool, across the Atlantic to the Panama Canal and then onwards to the beautiful island of Hawaii. The first stage of the voyage went without incident. However, after [...]

  • Rory Mcllroy: “My admiration for Volvo Ocean Race Sailors”

    McIlroy: My admiration for Volvo Ocean Race sailors ABU DHABI, January 18 – Surf met turf when the world’s top-ranked golfer, Rory McIlroy, swapped tales and compared lifestyles with Volvo Ocean Race skipper Ian Walker of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing nearly 3,000 miles away via satellite link (watch the full [...]