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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 »

KZN Halcat Championships

Held over 21/22/23 March in Durban Bay by Island Sailing Club a disappointing turnout of 14 boats entered. Friday sailing was held in a good breeze of 12-18 knots near the container terminal. Unfortunately breakages were the order of the day with 5 boats retiring with collapsed masts and torn sails! Saturday saw 3 races sailed, and sailing stopped early in the afternoon due to 20 knot plus winds. Again breakages of several boats occurred. After seeing the ISC lawn ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” issue 15 – by Richard Crockett

issue – 15 26 March 2014 by Richard Crockett Last Issue Response The response to the last “Talking Sailing”(issue 14) was phenomenal as mails simply poured in. What this proves is that the topics touched on were close to people’s hearts. More importantly it shows that there is a lot wrong with our sport – and that there are people out there who are concerned, thinking and looking at ways to improve the sport for everyone. I was initially hoping ... Read More »

Extreme Sailing – Muscat. Big breeze final race shoot out

Big breeze final race shoot out in Muscat sees The Wave, Muscat snatch victory – Four teams – The, Wave, Muscat, Emirates Team New Zealand, Alinghi and SAP Extreme Sailing Team – in the running heading into the final race, with no room for error and just four points between them – and 20 points on the table for the taking. – Emirates Team New Zealand snatch second from the grasp of Alinghi with just one point in it after ... Read More »

Hobie 16 Nationals – Dodds Victorious

4 days of sailing and 9 races later Blaine and Roxanne Dodds sailing for Knysna Yacht Club finally clinched the 2014 Boardwalk Hobie 16 Nationals – a title that has eluded them for the last three years of keen competition in Algoa Bay. The three days of sailing presented a range of conditions but Port Elizabeth saved the best for last. A mid morning start for bridge and officials saw the support team dotted around the still bay in the ... Read More »

Nations Rally For Global Development Of Sailing in South Africa

ISAF Development Symposium Cape Town, South Africa Twenty four ISAF Member National Authorities attended the ISAF Development Symposium in Cape Town, South Africa from 14-16 March 2014. With more than 50 international delegates, ISAF Nominated Experts and invited speakers, including ISAF Vice-President Nazli Imre, in attendance, 17 unique presentations were delivered touching on a variety of subjects within the sport of sailing. Representatives of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) joined delegates to see first-hand how ISAF ... Read More »