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Golden Globe Race. Leaders Break Out of the Doldrums

The last few days has seen frustration sweep across the entire Golden Globe Race fleet as these solo circumnavigators experience the intense heat and humidity of the Tropics while trying to escape the clutches of the Doldrums. But today, the leaders at least can turn the page as they hit the refreshing South East Trades and extend their lead on the remainder of the fleet. French leader Philippe Péché (Rustler 36 PRB) was first to tack on to port and ... Read More »

Rolex TP52 World Champs. Quantum Racing Are Masters Under Pressure

by Richard Crockett Ten years after their first world title together in the class’ formative years in Lanzarote, Quantum Racing has lifted the Rolex TP52 World Championship crown in Cascais, winning a spirited ding-dong battle with rivals Azzurra in the typically muscular Atlantic breezes that the Portuguese hotspot has long since been renowned for. With Dean Barker steering and Terry Hutchison leading a concerted, big Quantum team effort, they mastered what proved a challenging, breezy race area, which often favoured ... Read More »

Rolex TP52 World Champs. The Phoenix Has Risen

by Richard Crockett The coastal race off Cascais, Portugal, yesterday produced some back-to-basics ‘Seat-of-the-pants’ sailing, while Phoenix, carrying the South African flag on her mainsail, rose from her slumber of the previous 4 races to score a hard-earned 2nd place. Quantum Racing won the coastal race, and while the five-time world title winners delivered an accomplished victory – never far enough ahead of the pack to relax even for a moment – they had to rely on ‘seat-of-the-pants’, intuitive sailing ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. It Was Never Going to Be Easy

by Richard Crockett This was never going to be an easy race, and so it is proving to be. With old slow boats, only traditional methods of navigation permitted, and adventurers as the singlehanded skippers, one always knew that the race would be slow and the attrition rate high. From a fleet of 17 boats, there have been 5 retirements to date, with the race not even into its third week. But those soldiering on all appear to be overcoming ... Read More »

Rolex TP52 World Champs. Phoenix is Not Rising

by Richard Crockett Holding high expectations after winning the Royal Cup in Zadar, Croatia last month, the opening day of the Rolex TP52 World Championship proved to be a big disappointment for the Luna Rossa team. A hydraulic failure less than one minute before the start of Race 1 doused their hopes immediately. And in the second breezy race – the windiest they have sailed as team – they struggled to find speed and balance to be competitive in the ... Read More »

For Sale. Farr 38 – ‘AL’

‘AL’ formerly known as ‘AL Mount Gay Rum’, has a formidable race pedigree in this country, including back-to-back victories in the tough Vasco da Gama Ocean race. She will do her new owner proud on the race course as she is fully equipped to race, or can simply be a comfortable cruiser – depending on the wish of the owner. Immaculately and professional maintained. ‘AL’ has a huge inventory as detailed below, and is sold with her mooring at the ... Read More »

Hardcore in Cascais

by Richard Crockett The 52 Super Series has moved to Atlantic waters off Cascais, Portugal, and any one of the nine teams competing at the Rolex TP52 World Championship would be entirely justified in harbouring a hope of winning the world title. Such is the universally high standard among the nine all-new 2018-built fleet that it would be no surprise at all if any one of these teams lift the world title. As the circuit was bidding farewell to the ... Read More »

Lipton Cup 2018. A Masterclass in Light Wind Sailing

by Richard Crockett The final day of the Lipton Cup had the Royal Cape Yacht Club team give the fleet a ‘masterclass’ in light wind sailing. It’s just a pity that they were all so far behind that they could not benefit! The final race was sailed in an Easterly wind which ranged from about 8 to 10 knots at the start to about 4 to 5 knots at the finish. The boats maintained reasonable speeds throughout the race. The ... Read More »

Lipton Cup 2018 – Prize Giving

It’s now only about the winners who have earned a special place on the podium for their outstanding performances on the water during the last week. At a glittering sit-down dinner function at the Point Yacht Club last night the winners were presented their trophies – and congratulations to them all as they were thoroughly deserving of the accolades they earned. Read More »

Lipton Cup Winners 2018

The winning Royal Cape Yacht Club team who won 4 of 5 races in the Lipton Cup which finished off Durban today. Here they celebrate with the Lipton Cup as they stepped ashore from the final race. The team are L-R: William Crockett (Manager); Alex Burger; Roger Hudson with the Lipton Cup; obscured is Asenathi Jim; Joweal Klaase; Benji Daniel and Rivaldo Arendse. Read More »

Lipton Cup Race 4 – Olympic Triangle

by Richard Crockett Back to Some Old Traditions Today saw competitors sail in the strongest wind and confused sea so far in the event as a steady north easterly blew, bringing with it very confused and lumpy seas. Originally forecast to pick up substantially, the big winds did not arrive. The race was sailed in testing 12 to 16 knot winds although at the start there was 16 to 19 knots with one gust hitting 21 knots. Whilst RCYC won ... Read More »

Lipton Cup Race 3. Defenders & Challengers

by Richard Crockett Today was a day all about the Defenders (Royal Cape Yacht Club) and Challengers (Point Yacht Club) – and boy did they go head to head all the way around the course in a titanic duel on the compulsory triangular course. The race was sailed in a moderate North Easterly with the race starting in 6 knots and finishing in 12 knots. Probably due to the fact that racing was cancelled yesterday, the fleet was raring to ... Read More »

Historical Lipton Cup – the 1958 Contest

by Richard Crockett Few of those sailing the ‘modern’ Lipton Cup contests know the real history of the event. What even fewer people know is that in 1958 Wilfred Hancock scored a ‘grand slam’ of victories by winning ALL 5 races in that contest. In the ‘70s David Cox also scored a ‘grand slam’ of victories – and to my knowledge this has not been achieved again, and looks less and less likely to happen as time passes. These 3 ... Read More »

Lipton Cup Day 2 – Report, Results & Pics

by Richard Crockett A Day of Redemption Having had victory snatched from his team within metres of the finish line yesterday in Race 1, Roger Hudson and his team from the Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC) sailed an almost flawless race today – and won in fine style. Flawless? Simply because by his high standards, and that of his team, Hudson would have been mightily annoyed at not finishing the job and winning that first race yesterday. Conditions were absolutely ... Read More »