Author Archives: Sailing website

Announcement of the Protocol of the 36th America’s Cup

by Richard Crockett This is announcement is what we have all been waiting for. Or is it? There are many who will be pleased with what has been published as the defenders of The Cup are true to their word in trying to take the event back to its roots and reflect the ‘true spirit of the America’s Cup”. The return to monohulls may not be to everyone’s taste, but to many ‘flying’ in the 35th America’s Cup event, or ... Read More »

Laser Masters Worlds. A ‘Keen’ Day

by Richard Crockett With little or no useful news coming out of Split in Croatia about this event, all that can be gleaned is that conditions are still on the light side – and that Alan Keen had a good day yesterday finishing the 5th race with a 2nd. This pushes him one place further up the overall leader board into 4th, and has him knocking at the door for a podium place. Good luck Alan. Campbell Alexander dropped 4 ... Read More »

AIS Overview and Installation Considerations

Cruising Club of America AIS Overview and Installation Considerations The Cruising Club of America (CCA), in its continuing efforts to aid mariners who are passionate about offshore sailing, has published a paper on how to choose and install an Automatic Identification System (AIS). The paper is available to all boaters, at no charge, via PDF download from the CCA website. Read the full report HERE Read More »

2017 Finn National Championships. What a Great Event

  Swartvlei Lagoon in the Southern Cape proved to be a successful choice of venue for the 2017 Finn National Championships – it attracted a fleet of 33 boats. These came from Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Knysna and Gauteng. The resort of Pine Lake Marina was made available as the regatta centre. Ten races were completed in the four days of the event. Three races were sailed on Friday afternoon in a strong and switchy south wester that proved challenging ... Read More »

Laser Masters. Good Day For RSA

by Richard Crockett With absolutely no news nor pictures of the racing from the organisers, it is very difficult to cover this event effectively. From all accounts, and also from some WhatsApp banter, conditions have continued to be on the light side, yet the RSA contingent – well some of them anyway – managed to have a good day. The best performance by far came from Lance Burger who rose 10 places in the overall standings after another 2 solid ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. When You Just Can’t Get Enough

‘Team Brunel’ have named two Volvo Ocean Race veterans in their crew – legendary navigator Andrew Cape and two-time racer Abby Ehler. The pair will join skipper Bouwe Bekking as he bids to win the trophy at his eighth attempt after almost three decades of obsession. Ehler, who made her debut onboard ‘Amer Sports Too’ in 2001-02 and returned last edition as part of ‘Team SCA’, is one of two females onboard the Dutch boat alongside her SCA teammate, British ... Read More »

Laser Masters – RSA Battling the Light Conditions

by Richard Crockett The winds have been exceptionally light since the event started with the first 2 days being unsailable. So yesterday, (Wednesday) was the first day of racing. The only bit of news I can glean is that Lance Burger won his protest against an Italian boat for a Port & Starboard incident. Results Standard (69 boats) 63 Henri Frencken Grand Master (68 boats) 33 Campbell Alexander 40 Lance Burger Great Grand Master (21 boats) 6 Alan Keen Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. In At the Deep End

by Conrad Colman The Volvo Ocean 65s are high and dry in Lisbon as they get their final tune up before the race – but the sailors are wet to the bone in Newcastle, UK for a sea survival course. Just 27 days separate the Volvo Ocean Race crews from the start line, but first they must all pass through the Marine and Offshore Safety Training Centre, just outside Newcastle, for two days of intensive first aid training, firefighting and ... Read More »

Finn Class – Archive Pics part 2

by Richard Crockett I was hoping for far more response from Finn sailors – both old and new – to the pics posted earlier this week! Hopefully they may all have time this weekend to digest them and submit feedback? With the Finn nationals due to kick off very soon and the Class boasting an expected entry of 30 boats, I have raided my archives and found some really interesting old Finn pics. So all you FINN-atics out there, please ... Read More »

New Simrad GO Series Displays

The GO12 XSE and GO7 XSR multi-touch displays are the perfect fit for those looking for high-quality all-in-one navigation products. GO12 XSE offers a new 12-inch display option for the GO Series, while the upgraded GO7 XSR features a restyled, glass-helm design, along with radar compatibility, not previously available on the GO7 XSE. Featuring super-bright displays and a simple interface, GO series displays offer easy control of powerful functionality via simple, multi-touch controls that allow users to tap the screen ... Read More »

RSA Hobie 16 Nationals – World Champs to Compete

The BIG NEWS is that the current Hobie 16 world champion Daniel Bjornholt Christensen and his brother Nicolaj are coming to Langebaan to sail in the RSA Hobie 16 nationals. With the likes of Blaine Dodds, William Edwards, Shaun Ferry – all previous World Champions competing, this is going to be one cracker of an event. Club Mykonos from 29 September to 3 Oct is the venue for this years event. High Performance Clinic Daniel will be holding a High ... Read More »

Mossel Bay Race

The race starts at 09h00 today (Friday 22 September). This is the second race to Mossel Bay in this format, and follows the success of the 2016 race. Regrettably just 16 boats will be on the start line. Entry List HERE:  Entrants Master – 2017-09-20-paul_TCF7_print3 Follow the race on the XtraLink Tracker HERE Read More »

Clipper Race. Sanya Serenity Coast Claims Line Honours

Sanya Serenity Coast claimed line honours into Punta del Este, Uruguay, in the longest ever individual race of the Clipper Race’s eleven edition history. On her team’s achievement, Skipper Wendy Tuck, 52, from Sydney, Australia, said: “During the last big wind hole, which changed the leader board so much, I was pouring over the weather files for hours. I was pretty happy with my tactics, but when you get to the wind hole and the wind completely drops, even though ... Read More »

B&G Vulcan 7” & 9” Chartplotter Displays

B&G have launched a new family of Vulcan sailing chartplotters. The updated and extended series now offers a fully refreshed 7”, a 9” and an all – new, large-format 12”; all with Broadband Radar™ compatibility. B&G Vulcan is a great value sailing chartplotter designed for coastal cruising and club racing. This easy-to-use intuitive multi-touch screen is packed with B&G’s unique sailing features including SailSteer and Race Panel. Simply integrate with your existing system as expansion is simple due to Vulcan being ... Read More »

International Coastal Clean-up Day Success

“We coordinated more than 400 beach clean-up points around the Cape and 40 in KZN in partnership with the KZN Marine Waste Network members on Saturday alone. This excludes the various clean-ups that took place during the course of last week as part of our “Clean-Up and Recycle SA Week” and inland clean-ups that were held at rivers and streams…” said Douw Steyn, Sustainability Director for Plastics|SA. This past weekend saw the 21st year in which South Africa participated in ... Read More »