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Sailing Superstitions: Friday 13th April

Considered to be an unlucky day for some, 2018 sees Friday the 13 occurring twice, the first one today and the next in July. In a number of sporting codes, superstitions are rife! Sailors also fall into the superstitious bunch. Traditionally, sailors believed that having bananas on board, aside from their peels causing many a comedic moment of tripping and falling, bananas have long been thought to bring bad luck. Having ladies on board was said to bring bad luck ... Read More »

Clipper Fleet Fends Off Hurricane Force Winds

Very few professional sailors can say they have sailed in hurricane force winds and a phenomenal sea state with waves greater than 14 metres, but at 1800 yesterday this was the official situation facing the Clipper Race fleet in the North Pacific Ocean. The low-pressure system that arrived close to the north of the fleet yesterday delivered a heavy weather blow which resulted in record-breaking surfing speeds and awe-struck observations of the full power and beauty of Mother Nature in ... Read More »

For Sale. Maxim 38 Catamaran

The 38 Maxim 380 is a great catamaran option. She is well built and this particular one is the 3-cabin owner version. She is well equipped and in very well maintained condition with low usage. They are hard to find … so don’t miss out on this great opportunity. See the Full description & Specs HERE:  maxim 38 CAT38-0088 – 38 Maxim – R2400k TOTAL BERTHS: 6 – 3 double cabins, 2 heads, 2 showers, 2 basins, 2 black-water tanks, material ... Read More »

Sailing Won’t Get You Into College

by Richard Crockett In the Scuttlebutt Sailing News #5058 which I read this morning I was struck by the headline and comments made by its author Lou Sandoval. This is what was said, verbatim: SAILING WON’T GET YOU INTO COLLEGE (#5057) I can’t tell you how many parent’s I’ve run into that want their child to become the next Jimmy Spithill. As much as we’d like this to be the case, it seldom works out that way and often imposing ... Read More »

New Coastal Current Discovered Off Madagascar

South African, Malagasy and French researchers have discovered the existence of a coastal current off Madagascar. The newly-described current, the South-west Madagascar Coastal Current, flows poleward off the south-west coast of Madagascar. Knowledge about and a thorough understanding of it will help scientists understand ocean circulation in the region and have direct implications for the management of local fisheries south of Madagascar. “Revealing the existence of the new coastal current is an important discovery for South Africa as it adds ... Read More »

RCYC Seniors Pursuit Race

by Neil Gregory The talk of the sailing season, The Seniors Pursuit Race, was sailed this past Saturday. With the entry list at 43 boats , a number of very prominent sailors were seen, Rick Nankin , Etienne Van Cuyck ,Teddy Kuttel, JJ Provoyeur and many others arrived to an immaculately prepared hall with all the prizes for the day on display. A special thanks to both Judy Provoyeur and Judy Alison for securing so many prizes and for setting ... Read More »

J22 Mpumalanga’s 2018

by Paige Haddock What was predicted to be a light wind sailing weekend, with the forecast averaging between 2 to 3 knots, turned out to be just that. Light winds, but as eventful as only J22 sailors can make it. Racing started on Friday the 30th – Race Officer Ronnie Gurnell managed to get three races in before calling it a day. This was when the fun began; 3 boats did not make the start of the first race – ... Read More »

Book Review. Tactics to Win

Tactics to Win by Nick Craig Published by Fernhurst Books Orders & enquiries: books@sailing.co.za Gold medallist Saskia Clark writes in the Foreword to this book: “Boatspeed is what most sailors concentrate on because, if you are faster than the other boats, you are going to win! However most top boats in a class go at pretty much the same speed, so sailing a shorter distance than your competitors, or in less disturbed wind or waves, are also vital ingredients to ... Read More »

Copernicus Enters Legends Race

Polish yacht Copernicus, the smallest yacht to complete the very first Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973-74, will compete in the Legends Race starting on 21 June from Gothenburg and finishing in The Hague. Copernicus was built especially for the first Whitbread by the Gdanska Stocznia Jachtowa ‘Stogi’ boatyard in Poland, with a lot of help from the members of the Yacht Klub ‘Stal’ Gdynia on the Baltic Sea coast, who has owned her ever since. She is their ... Read More »

Book Review. Exposed. The Dark Side of the America’s Cup.

Exposed. The Dark Side of the America’s Cup. By Alan Sefton and Larry Keating Published by Bloomsbury Orders & Enquiries from: books@sailing.co.za There has always been a massive amount of intrigue as to the real inner workings of the America’s Cup and the authors of this book exposes much of that. Alan Sefton is a former yachting journalist and publisher who has been following and covering the America’s Cup since 1980. Larry Keating built a strong interest in America’s Cup ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. It’s Been A Very Tough 7th Leg

This was always a leg billed as the toughest, yet the one crew were most looking forward to. It was also the leg in which a man was lost overboard and in which Vestas was dismasted. Plus, MAPFRE had mast damage which she chose to affect temporary repairs too just shy of Cape Horn, and having suspended racing for 13 hours, she ruled herself out of the running for the leg. And then, after the leading two finished within 15 ... Read More »

Redhouse Coca Cola Inter Schools

by Phillippa Stephenson In March we celebrated the 42nd Coca Cola Inter schools regatta at Redhouse. Who would have thought that this event would live for such a long time. Admittedly the numbers are not what they used to be, but happily, this year we were slightly up on last years entries. The weather played ball and it was as much fun as it has always been. The biggest fleet were the Teras with a cheerful mixture of Pros and ... Read More »

36th America’s Cup Class Rule Published

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Circolo della Vela Sicilia, together with their respective teams Emirates Team New Zealand and the Challenger of Record – Luna Rossa, have published the AC75 Class Rule for the 36th America’s Cup. The AC75 Class Rule defines the parameters within which teams can design a yacht eligible to compete in the 36th America’s Cup. It regulates all aspects of the boat to ensure fair and exciting racing, whilst leaving plenty of freedom for ... Read More »

US Virgin Islands Defy Hurricane Wrath

Just six months after the devastation caused by Irma and Maria, two category 5 hurricanes that swept through Caribbean last year, life in some areas, including on the US Virgin Island of St Thomas, St Croix and St John, is beginning to return to some sort of normality writes Sue Pelling. I use the word normality fairly loosely because following a visit to the US Virgin Islands during the three-day 45th St Thomas International Regatta (STIR) the week before last ... Read More »