Welcome to the Azab

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!

AZAB 2015

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

JanKees Lampe does it again.

Line Honours for JanKees as La Promesse takes Hayai during the last day of his run to the finish line. The face says it all. Well done.

Exciting times ahead. Thomas Coville took a slow start but should catch up (virt...

Exciting times ahead. Thomas Coville took a slow start but should catch up (virtually) in the coming days.

Good timing, now that the Transat Jacques Vabre, the MiniTransat and the Cape2Ri...

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....

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.

Two Suisse-Romands have cruised the North-West Passage. First Swiss boat, 147th...

Two Suisse-Romands have cruised the North-West Passage. First Swiss boat, 147th in total. I have been following them already for a while but only now discovered that video.

That would be the cherry on this year's expedition: to climb a Scottish sea stac...

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 2.5 hours the Cape to Rio Race starts.

In 2.5 hours the Cape to Rio Race starts.XTra-Track :DashBoardwww.xtra-track.com

2013 offered unforgettable adventures. And now we take off to an even better 2014.

2013 offered unforgettable adventures. And now we take off to an even better 2014.

In 7 days the Cape to Rio Race starts. It has been created to encourage South-Af...

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.

Austrians in the NW-Passage

Austrians in the NW-PassageGoPro: Nordwest Passage segelnwww.youtube.comMit der Segelyacht durch die Nordwest Passage 2013

During the delivery back to Brest from the Transat Jacques Vabre Bernard Stamm h...

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.

Next year I hope to see another one of my personal big fives (polar bear is one,...

Next year I hope to see another one of my personal big fives (polar bear is one, walrus would be the next one). Just saw this perfect picture of walrus zombies, isn't it great?

About the refit of Ntombifuti last year: Jurica Huljev did a great job!

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 2...

The website is updated with weather forecast for the places I want to visit in 2014.RALPH VILLIGER * * * NTOMBIFUTIwww.ralphvilliger.com

The cameraman (Bernd Mansholt) just drank his fifth espresso. With Bernd Alexand...

The cameraman (Bernd Mansholt) just drank his fifth espresso. With Bernd Alexander Mansholt .Between the icebergs off Nanortalik

After some research it seems that Harald and I did a first ascent on the mountai...

After some research it seems that Harald and I did a first ascent on the mountain, which is located at 62° 52.2'N 041° 34.5'W in East Greenland. We rated the route French 5c. Thanks to Marmot, Pieps, Dolomite, and Gloryfy.

For some odd reason I am not even nominated for the Swiss Sport Award. On the ot...

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?

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