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PYC Sailors off to the Netherlands

Hobie Multiworlds and Europeans 2017 by Sophie Thompson Half a dozen Hobie sailors from Point Yacht Club will soon be packing their kit bags and heading over to Noordwijk in the Netherlands to compete in the Hobie Multiworlds and Europeans 2017 in July. The ten day regatta will have over 250 entries from 24 countries competing in eight multihull classes. The highly competitive and colourful event will be sailed on the North Sea, offshore of Noordwijk with the Hobie 14s ... Read More »

Review. The Art and Science of Sails

The Art and Science of Sails by Tom Whidden & Michael Levitt Published by North Sails Group Review by Brian Hancock The subject of sails and sailmaking can be quite complex, but in this terrific revised edition of ‘The Art and Science of Sails’ authors Tom Whidden and Michael Levitt have done a superb job distilling the complexities into a narrative that we can all understand. From the intricacies of how wind and water conspire to propel a boat forward ... Read More »

For Sale: Catana 582 Caligo model catamaran

‘Corsica Cat’ is For Sale at €715,000 This boat is berthed in the V&A Marina, and must be sold. A suitable property swop might be considered. ‘Corsica Cat’ was used in the Mediterranean from new in 2002 and when on delivery to Madagascar the carbon mast was lost overboard in a vicious squall in the Red Sea. The boat was shipped to Reunion Island and then motored to Nose Be in Madagascar. She then did a very limited amount of ... Read More »

Fountaine Pajot’s Helia 44 Evolution

A ‘Perfect Fit’ for Cape Town Waters Fountaine Pajot’s new edition Helia 44 Evolution will debut in South Africa later this year, according to Boating World, the official African agent for Fountaine Pajot. The vessel will be available for sale on a co-ownership basis while interested Fountaine buyers will be able to view the boat with a look to ordering their own. Boating World CEO Derrick Levy said the company was mindful that “purchasing a boat is not within everyone’s ... Read More »

Louis Vuitton Cup. Elimination Looms

by Richard Crockett It’s amazing how just a few knots of wind can turn these giant America’s Cup cats from hot raging speed machines into something more like a yawn! Last nights racing had little going for it and really lacked any action. But there were some ‘moments’ that one could keep for posterity – one of those bing Sir Ban asking ‘what happened’ after a particularly poor tack in which the boat buried itself and stuck to the water ... Read More »

Musto Skiff Worlds. RSA to the Fore

by Richard Crockett South African sailors are dominating the Musto Skiff Worlds being sailed in Spain. Well, let me first get this strait as Bruce Keen is sailing for the UK, although he is originally a Capetonian so we can ‘claim’ him. He is second overall and has won 1 race so far. Plus he is a former World Champion in the class. Andrew Tarboton, the product of KZN sailing and Henley Midmar Yacht Club is a ‘wholly owned’ Saffer! ... Read More »

America’s Cup. Some Essential Rules Worth Knowing

America’s Cup Race management is responsible for managing and administering the sporting and competitive rules of the 35th America’s Cup. ACRM is headed by the Regatta Director, Iain Murray, who has been appointed by a majority vote of the Competitors. Iain Murray has independently established ACRM in consultation with the Competitors to serve as the entity responsible for overseeing the functions of the 35th America’s Cup Regatta Officials. How do ACRM & the teams communicate? A) ACRM is in radio ... Read More »

Louis Vuitton Cup – day 5 (Thursday). Some Fascinating Duels Scheduled

With the wind not playing ball yesterday, the daily dose of foiling was something missed by many. So let’s hope that the wind arrives on cue this afternoon in Bermuda, and that we can get back to watching the speedsters in action. There are some fascinating match ups today, with a few teams needing to put in some really good performances – or face going home. First up is Japan vs France. Both are in dire need of points, so ... Read More »

Louis Vuitton Cup day 3. Artemis Penalty Explained

In their race against Emirates Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing was penalised at the final mark, letting the Kiwi team win the race. Many saw this as an unnecessary penalty which completely gutted the Artemis crew. Here is the official explanation for that penalty. America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM), the independent organization that oversees the sporting and competitive rules of the America’s Cup, has announced its perspective on the contentious penalty given to Artemis Racing in race 14 of the ... Read More »

Louis Vuitton Cup day 3. Controversy & Tight Racing

by Richard Crockett There were just 3 races yesterday, with the best being kept for last when Emirates Team New Zealand took on Artemis – or was Artemis taking on Emirates Team New Zealand! This was a tough race, too close to call at any stage as the lead changed 9 times – yes, 9 times in under 20 minutes. This is what these foiling cats can bring to the party and is what true yachties want – close, tight ... Read More »