Author Archives: Sailing website

Garmin Celebratory Offer

Garmin is celebrating its 25th year anniversary by offering you a trade in, of a lifetime! This exciting trade-in is the first that Garmin has introduced, and has been much anticipated in the market! Garmin is offering our customers the chance to bring in any automotive GPS, yes any automotive GPS whether it’s old or new, functional or not, even if it is another brand, and Garmin will give you R300 off the purchase price of the new incredible nüvi ... Read More »

SA sailors take on the world in Portugal

Johannesburg sailor Emma Clark is relishing the prospect of facing the toughest competitors in her class when she represents South Africa at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships in Tavira, Portugal from 12-19 July. Clark, who competes in the Laser Radial class, is one of a team of eight sailors announced by SA Sailing. And although she’s just 17, the talented teenager is no stranger to international competition. “I first represented South Africa in 2011, when I was in grade ... Read More »

The MAC Club Champs 2014

By Angela Gray The MAC CLUB CHAMPS held on the 17 & 18 May was a great success with the weather playing ball at long last.  16 boats participated over the weekend & they enjoyed moderate wind conditions along with the much appreciated sun shine. The sailors enjoyed a marvellous weekend of sailing & the beaming faces was testament to that.  We were thrilled to have two Dabchick National Champions sailing at MAC that weekend, namely Jonathan Kukard, who sailed ... Read More »

WANTED – Sail Designer

WANTED – Sail Designer North Sails Cape Town is looking to employ someone with immediate effect to join our Sail Design Team. The Cape Town sail loft in Paarden Eiland is looking to bolster it’s Design staff by employing someone, preferably a young person with sailing knowledge, as an assistant in the Design office. The successful applicant will become a trainee with a view to becoming an assistant sail designer and the intention is that this person will, after a ... Read More »

SA’s Hudson and Jim claim breakthrough win in Holland – with a GOLD MEDAL

South African sailors Roger Hudson and Asenathi Jim took a massive stride towards achieving their Olympic goal by winning their first ever major international event at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Holland on Saturday. Going into the final medal race in fourth position, the duo managed to negotiate their way through the fleet to finish second and take the overall gold ahead of Britain’s Olympic silver medallist Luke Patience and teammate Elliot Willis. The win in Medemblik marks the first ... Read More »

NUMBER 1 – Hudson & Jim win GOLD

The 470 men was wide open going into the medal race. Any of nine boats could theoretically have won a medal. Onan Barreiros Rodriguez and Juan Curbelo Cabrera (ESP) had a five point lead over Luke Patience and Elliot Willis (GBR) and Giulio Desiderato and Andrea Trani (ITA). On the first leg the British and Spanish teams splits sides, and at the top the right came in strong with Patience and Willis round clear ahead of Asenathi Jim and Roger ... Read More »

SAS Dolphin Nationals Championships 2014

Follow this link to the results: dolphin nationals 2014 RESULTS by Marius Fourie The 2014 Dolphin Nationals was hosted by Pretoria Sailing Club at Rietvleidam from 26 – 28 April 2014. The Regatta was fairly well attended with 14 Dolphins competing for the National trophy. The event was well organized by the Dolphin Class Association and the hosting club, PSC. Much appreciation goes to those that took the effort to find sponsors, enabling everyone to receive a token of gratitude ... Read More »

PE’s famous wind abandons sailors

The Port Elizabeth based Algoa Bay Yacht Club sails it’s annual prestige regatta – ABYC Week – annually before the close of the sailing season. Traditionally the regatta has been one that offers mixed sailing conditions, keen competition and loads of laughs. In this year’s regatta it was the idyllic windless conditions over four days that had the most laughs, though. Held over four days from 1 to 4 May 2014, the ‘racing’ was frustrating for sailors used to high ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race boats clock up around 30,000 miles

Five Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 boats have already covered around 30,000 nautical miles in their pre-event preparations giving both teams and event organisers the opportunity to test equipment and crews on land and sea. The training runs have visited seven ports in the United States, China, Portugal, Spain (Lanzarote) and the United Kingdom ahead of the race that will start in October this year. “We’re delighted with how our new one-design boat, the Volvo Ocean 65, is shaping up so ... Read More »

Young SA sailors dominate African champs

South Africa dominated the recent Laser 4.7 African Championship with podium places in both the boys and girls fleets. The second edition of the continental championship took place in Algeria at the Beni-Haroune Dam and was contested by sailors from seven African nations, with Georgou Divaris emerging as the pick of the South Africans. The five-day event consisted of 10 races with two discards on races four and 10. The first days racing saw South African Calvin Gibbs with a ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” by Richard Crockett – issue 17

issue – 17 19 May 2014 by Richard Crockett Reader response is welcome – mail to: All the public holidays in late April and early may were certainly not good for business, but good for those needing time off for sailing! So apologies for the rather large time gap between issues. Blame it on the holidays! In Memoriam – David Cox David Cox passed away in late April after a short illness. He was a formidable sailor as well ... Read More »

Dinghy Review – The Sonnet

Dinghy Review The Sonnet by Paul Allardice I had the pleasure of sailing the 2013 Sonnet Nationals late last year on a borrowed new glass Sonnet. These boats have been built by Stephen du Toit of Performance Craft and represent his many years of Sonnet building experience and development. He is one of the last local boat builders over the last couple of decades to have modernised the Jack Koper-designed double-handed Sonnet. Follow this link to read the full review: ... Read More »

Boat Review – Maverick 440

BOAT REVIEW – MAVERICK 440   A Cat Grows up by Matthew Thomas It’s always interesting to follow the development of boat builders and their yachts as it really gives one an insight into their design philosophy as well as their commitment to producing the very best they can. Follow this link to read the full review:  may 2014 maverick 440 review pg 10 – 13 Read More »

Boat Review – Matrix Explorer 760

BOAT REVIEW Matrix Explorer 760 by Matthew Thomas It’s always interesting to follow the pedigree of a new yacht and Matrix Yachts’ latest addition to their range, the Explorer 760, is a progression of their highly successful Silhouette 760, which was the fi rst yacht the company built. Follow this link to read the full review:  april 2014 matrix cat review pg 12 – 13 Read More »