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Old Flying 15 Gaffers make a Gaff!

By Richard Crockett The Old Gaffers of Campbell Alexander and Jeremy Kriek made a real hash of things on Tuesday after failing to read the Sailing Instructions carefully, and did not go through the start line each round! “We were first round every buoy today in moderate to fresh breeze with nice chop or wave, but didn’t read the SIs properly, so was DSQ in first race. Things are a bit quirky here, and I just didn’t expect that clause ... Read More »

Announcement on the 36th America’s Cup

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Circolo della Vela Sicilia as the Challenger of Record, together with their respective representative teams Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge, are pleased to announce that the Protocol establishing the parameters for the 36th America’s Cup will be released in September 2017. The proposed dates for the event will be further detailed in the Protocol, but the Defender and the Challenger of Record are considering the possibility of the 36th America’s ... Read More »

‘Old Gaffers’ Win Flying Fifteen 70th Anniversary Race

by Richard Crockett Two dyed-in-the wool Flying Fifteen diehards, Campbell Alexander and Jeremy Kriek, are difficult to keep out of their boats, especially Alexander who at an age where many have pensioned off their sailing boots, still actively sails a full rig Laser too. As this year is the Flying 15 70th anniversary, they headed to the home of the F15 at Cowes to compete in a few regattas. Yesterday they won the 70th Anniversary one-off race against some stiff ... Read More »

Hartbeespoort Dam Hyacinth Menace

by Richard Crockett An NSRI headline – Canoeists caught in hyacinth – caught my attention this morning. Michael Saunders, NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam station commander, said: “At 12h30 on Saturday 15 July, NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of 2 canoeists appearing to be stranded in the Hyacinth on Hartbeespoort Dam. “Our duty crew launched the rescue craft Rotary Endeavor and proceeded to make their way through the thick and compacted Hyacinth. “With two crew on the ... Read More »

Durban Flying 15 ‘Old Gaffers’ UK Campaign

Two Durban sailors, Campbell Alexander Jeremy Kriek, are campaigning in the UK at the moment as part of the F15 70th anniversary celebration , and Cowes Week Their first regatta over this last weekend was the Flying Fifteen Southern Area Championship, run by the COWES CORINTHIAN YACHT CLUB, and which included the 70th Anniversary race. In a fleet of 39 boats our ‘flying Durban duo’ finished 12th overall with a best finish of 8th in the final race. This week, ... Read More »

470 Men’s Worlds. Hudson Speaks about the Teams Performance

by Roger Hudson – Coach, Manager & Mentor Thanks for all of the support. We had some long days out there, sometimes starting races at 19h00! We are all very much in good spirits over here. We had a few cold beers and a nice team dinner last night and celebrated a unique gold fleet result for SA. In context, this is a very solid and fair result for the boys and where they stand in the overall scheme of ... Read More »

Inter-Varsity Match Racing- Stellies Wins

by Sophie Thompson Defending their title, the team from University of Stellenbosch made it two in a row claiming the title of the Inter-Varsity Match Racing Champs hosted by Point Yacht Club this week. In a replay of last year’s finals, Stellenbosch met their nearest rival, University of Cape Town. Helmed by Iliana Boura, who drove the boat for Stellenbosch for the second year running, the deserving team took the win 2 – 1 in the best of three finals. ... Read More »

Optimist World Championship. Day 2 Wind

by Richard Crockett A sunny, windy day greeted sailors on the second day of the Optimist World Championships 2017, setting the stage for a day of perfect racing conditions with a dramatic ending sure to remembered for years to come. White caps offshore of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club heralded winds of 15 to 18 knots that lasted through the day. As Local Race Officer Neil Dunkley put it, “Bigger wind sailors are going to have their day today.” He ... Read More »

470 Worlds – It’s a Wrap

by Richard Crockett Our local RSA guys were not able to sustain their good early event results on the final day, and slumped to 27th overall, with 25; 22 & 34th position results on the final day. Their dreams of a top 20 result were not realised, but a lot of good has come from this event – especially when one realises that Asenathi Jim, and in particular crewman Sibu Sizatu was competing at this level for the first time. ... Read More »

Blair Tuke for the Volvo Ocean Race

by Richard Crockett At the age of just 27 Blair Tuke has achieved more in sailing than most people have achieved in a lifetime – yet he still wants to fulfill a childhood dream and compete in the world’s toughest ocean race. In just 10 month Tuke has won a gold medal in the Rio Olympics and the America’s Cup. If he and his team win the VOR, he will become the first person ever to win sailing’s ‘Triple Crown’ ... Read More »