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2014 J22 World Championships – update

This years J22 Worlds is on the Vaal Dam as international competitors seldom sail on the sea and apparently are not keen on the conditions this can sometimes present. Consideration of this factor has secured entries from the Cayman Islands and Germany. So far there is a total of 29 confirmed entries. The Jury is made up of ISAF accredited judges from Germany, United Kingdom and South Africa with Dave Rushton as the Race Officer. With Denysville having three established ... Read More »

Southern Charter Grand Slam Easter Regatta – ENTER NOW

southern charter easter regatta ENTRIES 20140403 Entries for GS4 Entries currently stand at 82 – with the full list attached. Optimists lead the way with 15 entries closely followed by Full Rig Laser (13) and 29er (11). Are we going to see Extras, 505, Hobie Tiger, or Hobie 14 at the event? Sonnets, Tera and Finns bring up the bottom of the entry list with 2 each – I am sure we are expecting far bigger fleets in these classes! ... Read More »

“Harry S. Truman” Disturbs Racing

The arrival of US military air carrier “Harry S. Truman” in the bay Palma transformed the organisation of races into a big jigsaw puzzle at the 45 Trofeo Princesa Sofia, in which 1130 sailors from 55 nations are participating, with Olympic medallists and World and continental champions on the way to the Río 2016 Olympics among them. The vessel has anchored in the bay of Palma with a 1.000 meter restriction area in which no boat can sail and a ... Read More »

Garmin announces their African Collection for 2014

Last week Garmin held our exclusive partner event where we showcased the African product Collection for 2014 and launched our brand campaign “My Africa. My Garmin. For Life.” From Cape to Cairo, from navigation to health, Garmin is helping to change the face of Africa. It’s time to celebrate our roots, our soul, our fire, in Living Africology. Get excited about the coming year, it’s time to live “A Life less Ordinary”. The event was held in Johannesburg on Wednesday ... Read More »

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston Announces Return to Solo Ocean Racing

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, 75, will return to his solo ocean racing roots this November when he takes part in French single-handed classic, the Route de Rhum on his Open 60 entry, Grey Power. The British founder of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and first ever man to sail solo, non-stop around the world in 1968/69, will compete in the tenth anniversary edition of the 3,500 mile Transatlantic race from St Malo, France to Guadeloupe, which starts on 2 ... Read More »

ISAF Sailing World Cup in Mallorca

South Africa has four teams competing in this event, all with sights set on qualifying for the Rio Olympics. Stefano Marcia and Rudolph Holm are competing in the Laser mens division. The ‘old team’ of Roger Hudson and Asenathi Jim are competing in the 470 mens division. Graeme Willcox and Andrew Tarboton are competing in the 49er mens division. For the 1,130 sailors from 55 nations the second day of racing meant do-or-die as the places for the final series ... Read More »

Hobie Alter tribute

Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who started out shaping surfboards, and ended up shaping a culture, passed away peacefully at his Palm Desert home on March 29 surrounded by his loving family. Born on October 31, 1933 in Ontario, California, he was 80 at the time of his passing. The recently published biography “Hobie: Master of Water, Wind and Waves”reveals the story of this true Renaissance man. The son of a second-generation orange farmer, Hobie flourished spending time at his family’s Laguna ... Read More »

Sailor of the Month – Robert van Rooyen

Robert has led his team on **Mount Gay Rum AL to crushing victories in every major regatta in Cape Town this season. From victory in the season opening ‘Gaul Regatta’ to his latest victory in the Mid-Summer Fling Regatta, Robert has won them all. His impressive list of major race results, in which he has been placed first in every one is as follows: Gaul Regatta – 1st Spring Regatta – 1st Crocs Regatta – 1st Mid Summer Fling Regatta ... Read More »

Clipper Race – Crew Rescued After Falling Overboard

A British man was rescued from the Pacific Ocean in the early hours of this morning after falling overboard during the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Derry~Londonderry~Doire crew member, Andrew Taylor (46) from London went over the side at 00.43 BST last night in rough weather and was sighted again at 01.55 BST before being recovered at approx. 02.13 BST this morning (13.13 local time, 30 March). The incident happened in rough weather with 35 knots of wind and clear ... Read More »

Hobie Hout Bay Haul

As can be seen from the poster and the picture, this will be the revival of an event that was last held in the 80’s! Many people perceive Hout Bay to be a fluky sailing venue, however the south-westerly as well as the northerly and north-westerly’s offer fantastic racing in the bay with clear, steady breezes. Should the wind be out of the south, we will have an informal race off the beach to the bridge boat which will be ... Read More »

Celebrating Forty Years – Whitbread Race Winner Recalls the Past

Forty years ago, Mexican businessman Ramón Carlin won the first Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race (1973-74) with his Swan 65 Sayula II, crossing the finish line on April 9, 1974. The production Swan 65 Sayula II took 152 days to sail 32,500 nautical miles. Not many people associate competitive sailing with Mexico. In the mid 1970s, a group of enthusiastic sailors got together to create a series of races that would give Mexican sailors a new opportunity to compete ... Read More »

International Coastal Cleanup

Saturday 20 September 2014 This year will see South Africa’s 19th International Coastal Cleanup. Cleanups have increasingly become monthly events in various parts of South Africa as South Africans realise that we all should work together for a better South Africa – especially as it is the 20th year of our democracy. In support of these efforts we are also sending out Source Reduction Plan forms based on our Tangaroa Blue Foundation Friends in Australia’s work in this field to ... Read More »

Margo Mackay night race 2014

I had the pleasure of sailing the Margo Mackay night race this past weekend. After arriving nice and early at SYC, I managed to carry out some maintenance on my “magic ‘Pora Fly” I was ready to launch by 14h30. Due to crew issues my colleague Ben Mienie, who had just finished launching his Krokodil, suggested that we “join up” and sail on one of our Dragonflies. So after having my Dragonfly on the slip way, I returned it to ... Read More »

Hobie 16 Nationals – Results

Results as of 8:36 on March 24, 2014 Overall Sailed: 9, Discards: 1, To count: 8, Entries: 30, Scoring system: Appendix A Rank BowNumber SailNo Club HelmName CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Nett 1st 25 888 KYC Blaine Dodds Roxanne Dodds 1.0 (8.0) 4.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 13.0 2nd 24 1001 KYC William Edwards Lucinda Edwards (3.0) 1.0 1.0 3.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 15.0 3rd 15 109132 FHBSC Belinda Hayward ... Read More »