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Sailor of the Month – May 2014 issue

Blaine Dodds needs little introduction as he is an incredibly accomplished sailor who holds 31 South African National sailing titles, and countless others on the international scene. In recent months he has been in the spotlight at the Hobie 16 Worlds in Australia, and closer to home he has just won a hard-fought battle to take the South African Hobie 16 nationals title. So let’s make 32 national titles shall we! After an eventful four days of racing off Port ... Read More »

SAILING Magazine – May 2014 issue

Check out the latest issue of SAILING Mag – the May issue – at www.sailing.co.za. Better still, if you don’t subscribe go out and buy one now or subscribe by e-mailing: subscriptions@sailing.co.za The issue has a great feature by Aussie Bray on how equipment has progressed and improved over the years. The latest Maverick 440 cat is reviewed by Matthew Thomas, while for the dinghy sailors Paul Allardice reviewed the Sonnet dinghy. In our Book Review section get all the ... Read More »

J22 Worlds – Race 5 – top 5 results

Conditions look very light but this did not stop David Rae and his crew from taking the race. With discards still not in play, Rae and his team are looking very strong indeed! The top 5 in race 5 are: provisional results 1 Dave Rae 2  John Bruckmann 3 Svend Hartog 4 Taylor Kennedy 5 Stefano Marcia For full results follow this link: http://www.windsail.co.za/resultsseries.php?sid=18 Read More »

J22 Worlds – Results after 4 races

UPDATE 13h45 Wednesday. The pic shows David Rae rounding the first mark during the first race of the day (and race 5 in the series)  in what appears to be a very handy position way ahead of his competitors. But it is the Vaal Dam – and we all know what to wind can do there! The results after 4 races are now available provisionally, so check them out at this link: http://www.windsail.co.za/resultsseries.php?sid=18 We will post results as and when ... Read More »

Mirror Nationals 2014 – results & pics

There is a great album of pics by master photographer Trevor Wilkins on this link: https://plus.google.com/photos/+TrevorWilkins/albums/6007380734090767425?cfem=1 Follow this link to the results: 2014 Mirror Nationals Provisional Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – All-Girl Team Sets Off on First Transatlantic

Team SCA have set off on their first transatlantic passage, sailing from their training base in Lanzarote, Spain to Newport Rhode Island, USA.  The 3750-nautical mile passage is due to take about twelve days. The team will be sailing to a waypoint east of the Caribbean so that the last few days will be sailed in similar waters to Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Itajai, Brazil to Newport, USA. “This transatlantic sail allows us to put into ... Read More »

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères – video highlights

Follow the 2 links below to see video highlights of this event, and the RESULTS link to check on our boys – Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson in the 470 and Stefano Marcia in the Laser Class. 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères – Day 4 Highlights – Part 1 There’s very little separating the top Nacra 17 and Laser sailors after the fourth day… Check out part 1 of ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres day 4 highlights. http://youtu.be/Wf6ArynAr6g 2014 ... Read More »

22 APRIL 1969 – BRITON BECOMES FIRST MAN TO SAIL SOLO NON-STOP AROUND THE WORLD

Legendary British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston marks the 45th anniversary of his record-breaking circumnavigation At 75 he not only remains active in competitive sailing but is also planning to compete in another solo transatlantic race this autumn Man hadn’t yet walked on the moon. 45 years ago, sailing solo non-stop around the world was as big an adventure as space travel is today and even now, fewer people have sailed solo around the planet than have orbited it above the ... Read More »

49er palma49er World Series of Sailing – Palma 2014

  by Graeme Willcox and Andrew Tarboton After a long winter of boathandling training, we packed the boat and van up and headed south. 2 ferry trips and 1000 miles later we arrived in Palma early on a rainy morning. Once disembarked and heading in the general direction of the yacht club, we got the satnav address entered and got to the venue. Personally, it has been a while since I have launched off a sandy beach and it brings ... Read More »

Clipper Race – Mency Modolo Takes on the Pacific

A young Mtubatuba resident is preparing to take part in the penultimate race of the 40,000 mile long Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Mency Modolo, 20, is one of ten young South Africans aged 18 to 23 who have been chosen to take part in the Sapinda Rainbow Project. The aim is to develop young community leaders of the future and the ambassadors will also raise international awareness and funds for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital through their participation in ... Read More »

Hobie 14 KZN Champs – results & pics

RESULTS HERE – click this link: Hobie 14 KZN Champs Results 2014 It has been many years since a Hobie 14 provincials has been held in KZN, but there has been a revival of the class both in Durban and around the country, and it was great to see more than 20 of these cats at Vetch’s Beach over the Easter weekend. As it turned out, only two of them were from the Vaal, the rest being locals – with ... Read More »

Southern Charter Easter Regatta – picture albums

Southern Charter Easter Regatta Check out the pics on the following links – all of which were taken by master photographer Trevor Wilkins: https://plus.google.com/photos/117086593120942909819/albums/6004717562184008849 https://plus.google.com/photos/+TrevorWilkins/albums/6004362091777591169?cfem=1 https://plus.google.com/photos/117086593120942909819/albums/6004362091777591169   Read More »