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Yacht Clubs in the Media – ALL for the Wrong Reasons

by Richard Crockett Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) has made the mainstream media in the last week – and all for the wrong reasons as they are being evicted from their premises by Transnet. While Transnet may have, in their view, good reasons for taking the Club to court and evicting them, one just wonders whether the ABYC premises will be put to good use in the near future – or simply be left to degenerate through a lack of ... Read More »

24-hour America’s Cup ‘Grind-athon’ for Sport Relief

Britain’s America’s Cup Challenger, Land Rover BAR, led by Sir Ben Ainslie, is supporting Sport Relief by hosting a 24 hour America’s Cup ‘grind-athon’ and 12-hour disco ‘Spin-athon’ led by Bestival Founder Rob da Bank and Longplay founder, Tim Weeks at the team’s Portsmouth HQ. The challenge starts at 22h00 on Thursday 22nd March, with team members keeping the grinding going for 24 hours non-stop. The ‘spin-athon’ will come into play from 10h00 on Friday 23rd and both activities will ... Read More »

Sailing Suhaili

by Brian Hancock I read online that there is a push afoot to raise money to get Fazisi restored and back out sailing after being wrecked in the recent hurricanes, and I fully support that effort. Fazisi was the first, and by happenstance, last entry from the Soviet Union to race in the Whitbread Round the World Race. I think that the old girl is a bit like a cat with nine lives and still has a few left so ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Epic Final Sprints to the Finish

by Richard Crockett If anyone thought that ocean race finishes were not epic, you are mistaken as this was as close as it could get as just 2 minutes separate 1st and 2nd, and just 3 minutes separated 3rd and 4th. This was a leg of contrasts, changing fortunes – and that desire to simply not give up until the finish line was crossed. At some stages there were hundreds of miles separating boats, and then they would converge before ... Read More »

Sailor of the Month – NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN for The MARCH Award

Nominations close on Tuesday 27 February for the SAILING Mag Blog Sailor of the Month. This is YOUR opportunity to nominate your favourite sailor – or even hardworking crew. Calvin Gibbs (pictured) was Sailor of the Month for February. There have been several noteworthy performances in recent weeks, so give this some thought and nominate the person you think deserves this award. But DO IT Now please. SEND YOUR NOMINATION TO: Who can make nominations? Anyone (individuals, clubs, class ... Read More »

Knysna Inter-Club

by Malcolm Osborne Knysna Yacht Club hosted its annual Inter-Club Regatta on 10-11 February. The event attracted competitors from Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, as well as from the local clubs – Mossel Bay and George Lakes. The Knysna estuary was filled with 67 boats racing around the courses. The largest fleet was the faster rated fleet of dinghies (Lasers etc.), which had 36 boats; the slower rated fleet (Optimist, Tera, etc) had 27 boats, while the Catamarans had just ... Read More »

“My Passion for Sailing” – Daryl Wislang

Here’s something different – a nice blog from Dongfeng Race Team watch captain Daryl Wislang written during his off-watch in the Doldrums. Daryl offers a fascinating insight into how he developed into one the world’s top offshore ocean racers…and it all started with his parents trying to find a solution to stop a young Daryl and his brother Craig fighting so much… I was born in 1981 in Nelson, New Zealand, and I was never too far from the water. ... Read More »

J22 Mpumalanga Provincials

Witbank are looking forward to hosting the J22 Mpumalanga Provincials Friday 30th March to Monday 2ndApril. The meal booking form will follow shortly but in the meantime enter on Windsail, by far the easiest way, and avoid the late entry fee. As always WYAC has excellent camping facilities, the meals supplied by the kitchen are superb, the bar is well stocked and an efficient well run race team will there to make the most of the weather conditions. Please make ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Splitting the Reefs

British yachtswoman Dee Caffari was preparing to lead her Volvo Ocean Race team through the middle of the world’s second-largest barrier reef on Thursday in a bid to defend first place in Leg 6 as the finish line draws nearer. Caffari said she will thread her Turn the Tide on Plastic crew through the Grand Passage, a narrow gap in the barrier reef surrounding the South Pacific island chain of New Caledonia, in the hunt for the tiniest of time ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. No Pain, No Gain, As Doldrums Take Their Toll

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is facing another 48 hours of excruciating sailing as the teams plugged deeper into a massive expanse of windless ocean. Lying ahead of them is a 400-mile gulf that stretches as far south as New Caledonia, severely hampering progress towards New Zealand as Leg 6 enters its 14th day. And with the finish line in Auckland still more than 1,500 miles away, a glance at the forecast provides little relief with no sign of breeze ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Leaders hold On

It’s all about pressure, wind pressure that is as on Monday afternoon the back markers had made big gains until the wind pressure returned for the leaders. Heartbreaking stuff for MAPFRE and Dongfeng, but these guys are all made of stern stuff and will bounce back. As team AkzoNobel and Scallywag bumped up against an area of calm, those chasing were enjoying 10 to 15 knots of wind and making impressive gains. In fact, the distance from first to last ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Fleet Compressing Again

by Richard Crockett The past week has been very interesting as the fleet positions have changed – and changed again. Conditions are tough and relentless out there, with big gains and losses having been made. Interestingly the two top placed boats overall, MAPFRE and Dongfeng, slipped way off the back of the bus for several days, and looked dead and buried. But this is a game of never giving up, having the courage to choose a course and stick with ... Read More »

SAS Annual Awards Announced

South African Sailing announced the winners of the annual SA Sailing awards at Victoria Lake Club in Germiston last week. Leading the way were the pair of Benji Daniel and Alex Burger who were awarded the Owen Aisher Trophy as the 2017 SA Sailors of the Year. The young pair made their mark in winning the 29er World Championships in California last August. This followed a podium position in the USA National Championships and was achieved in a world class ... Read More »

A Hot Tip from Sophie Ciszek, crew on MAPFRE

Sophie is hot property on the Volvo Ocean race as she is a top crew who adds immense value to every boat she sails on. Here she offers advice on how to prepare for bad weather. How do you prepare mentally for a stage with conditions as hard as those that can be found in the Volvo Ocean Race? Mentally I always prepare for the worst scenario. That is, if the forecast is for 40 knots, I tell myself it ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Brunel leads into the Luzon Strait

Team Brunel has been leading the Volvo Ocean Race fleet into the Luzon Strait between Taiwan and the Philippines. The six boats are tucked towards the southern tip of Taiwan, anticipating a turn to the north after leaving Taiwan to port. “We’ve been bouncing upwind. Everyone is still pretty close. Whoever puts their bow down for a little while goes a little bit faster than the other,” said team AkzoNobel skipper Simeon Tienpont. “Brunel is a little bit ahead, we ... Read More »