Welcome to AZAB 2015, the 2,400 mile ocean race, in the unlikely event of you sailing in a straight line!
Having enjoyed my first AZAB Race in 2011, I now find myself as Race Director of 2015.
Colin Drummond a founder /competitor of the AZAB in 1973 has passed the Race Director baton to me and has threatened to race again in 2015.
It is an international ocean race for all comers, from experienced yachtsmen sailing 60 footers to the inexperienced guys like me with smallish boats. I had never raced my Moody 336 or sailed further than Brittany!
Forward planning for the 2015 Azores and Back Race is now in progress and potential competitors are invited to register a preliminary interest - email details to
Good timing, now that the Transat Jacques Vabre, the MiniTransat and the Cape2Rio (well, that's still on) came to an end.Timeline PhotosAttention, ça bouge à Brest !
A Canadian amateur sailor goes solo around the world, nonstop, against the wind. Unfortunately, a rig failure forced him to head back to Fremantle, Australia. It's already his second attempt, a few years back he made it into the Atlantic and lost his boat there (start and finish is in Victoria, BC). Great story.
That would be the cherry on this year's expedition: to climb a Scottish sea stack. There are also two others, slightly easier candidates.Old Man of Hoy (BBC outside broadcast)www.youtube.com
In 7 days the Cape to Rio Race starts. It has been created to encourage South-African yachtsmen to participate in large off-shore races after the corrected time win of Bruce Dalling (SA) in OSTAR 1968. In the Cape to Rio the boats are crewed and usually head north in search of the trade winds around the St. Helena high.
During the delivery back to Brest from the Transat Jacques Vabre Bernard Stamm had to be rescued 200nm off Cornwall. Previously, he and his co-skipper have lost the mast and the boat finally sank. That boat was just opposite Ntombifuti during my stop-over in Brest. It's humbling to see that this happens even to the most experienced skippers. The wind blew with 35kn, this is rough but every off-shore sailor has seen worse. And still.
About the refit of Ntombifuti last year: Jurica Huljev did a great job!‘Ntombifuti’ – Sail Boat Redesign, Ralph Villiger, 2011 – 2012 | Synthesiswww.synthesis.hr
The website is updated with weather forecast for the places I want to visit in 2014.RALPH VILLIGER * * * NTOMBIFUTIwww.ralphvilliger.com
For some odd reason I am not even nominated for the Swiss Sport Award. On the other hand, neither is Ueli Steck. Only people who mind-numbingly play a ball over or in a net or have to race in circles or between gates. Maybe that award is just compensation?