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July 2017 – From the Archives

Blast from the Past by Richard Crockett I have selected some pics from the Vaal Dam, and hope that some of the stalwarts of those waters can give some info on the boats and people depicted.   Responses to Previous Issues Dr Tim Kerry (Pietermaritzburg and Hunter 19 sailor – not in the running for foiling!) May 2017 pg 28 Regarding your photographs in the May issue, I think the lady at the helm was Kate Steward. I cannot remember ... Read More »

Raymarine Launch New Axiom Pro Multifunction Displays

Raymarine has expanded the range of Axiom multifunction displays (MFD) with the introduction of the new Axiom Pro. Designed for serious enthusiasts and professional captains, Axiom Pro is packed full of exciting new features. Offshore Rated • Available RealVision 3D sonar with a 1 kW CHIRP sonar built-in • All-in-one MFD and sonar solution for serious anglers Intuitive Control • LightHouse 3 OS with HybridTouch control • Multi-touch interaction and rough weather keypad control • Easy-to-use multi-function rotary control Powerful ... Read More »

RSA Optimist Sailors Take on the World in Thailand

An unexpected podium finish at last year’s Optimist African Championships has given Cape Town sailor Matt Ashwell just the boost he needed heading into the Optimist World Championship in Thailand this month. Ashwell is part of a team of five South Africans heading for the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya to compete against teams from 61 other nations, with over 280 sailors taking part from today until 21 July. “I was very surprised at my result at Africans, as ... Read More »

470 Worlds Day 1. Young RSA The Talk of the World

by Richard Crockett The exciting young South African pairing of Asenathi Jim and Sibu Sizatu are a little on the light side, so when the wind is up they are unlikely to perform until they master the technique of strong wind sailing. Yesterday had wind which was almost at the limit of their range to be competitive, yet they sailed exceptionally well and managed to hang on in a really talented fleet of Olympic medalists and world champions. The venue ... Read More »

Book Review: The Rules in Practice 2017 – 2020

by Bryan Willis Published by Fernhurst Available from SAILING Books. Enquiries HERE As of 1 January 2017 the new RRS came into play in this country, so if you have any rule book other than the current one, throw it away as it is now useless to you! If you have not seen them, nor downloaded them, then maybe the book ‘The Rules in Practice’ by Bryan Willis is for you as it covers the changes from the old rules ... Read More »

RSA’s Most Talented Young Team Start the 470 World Champs Today

by Richard Crockett South Africa is well represented at the two-person 470 dinghy World Champs in Greece from 7 – 15 July, with a team in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Asenathi Jim and Sibu Sizatu are competing in the men’s division. They are the backbone of the RaceAhead Foundation, and an exciting new sailing combination, with Roger Hudson as the coach. Tammy Holden (19) and Leah Smit (16) from Mossel Bay will also be competing in the 470 ... Read More »

RSA 505 European Championships. No Wind on Final Day

The 2017 European Championships in Warnemuende came to an end with flat calms and simply not enough wind to race in, so the racing was cancelled. The fleet launched early at 09h00 and used the best of today’s wind to get out to the race course, but once there the wind died down and the fleet was left bobbing around until the race committee called the regatta off at 12h00. The event was superbly organised, all credit to the race ... Read More »

Day 3. RSA 505 Team at Warnemuende Woche

by Warwick Ham So today, Day 3 of the 505 European Championships in Warnemuende, the wind forecast looked good. We started launching at 10h30 to get to the racing area before the start at 12h00. On the way out as we rounded the pier a cold, steady 16-20 knots greeted us, just our wind! The first race was started in overcast conditions, but every now and then we had a bit of sunshine. We had a good start at speed ... Read More »

Charter. Experience An Adriatic Adventure with Sunsail

Follow in the footsteps of famous explorers and discover Sunsail’s newest flotilla route in Korčula, Croatia, available to book now for the summer of 2018. The ancient Greeks dubbed Korčula ‘The Black Island’ because of its dense, dark forests, and it remains one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic. Korčula Town is a medieval walled city that was occupied by the Venetians for 800 years from the tenth century onwards, leaving their distinctive mark on the culture and architecture ... Read More »

Cruising. Impi’s Advice to Wannabee World Cruisers

by Ana & Brent Grimbeek (currently enjoying New Caledonia) Most human beings are creatures who love comfort and are on the whole uncomfortable with change. So how did we decide to go sailing around the world in our mid-forties, rather than build up a comfortable retirement nest, watch our children have children, and retire in the comfort of a home on land? Sometimes life throws interesting curve balls at us and dishes up events that make us evaluate what we ... Read More »