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RSA Optimist Sailors Take on the World in Thailand

An unexpected podium finish at last year’s Optimist African Championships has given Cape Town sailor Matt Ashwell just the boost he needed heading into the Optimist World Championship in Thailand this month. Ashwell is part of a team of five South Africans heading for the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya to compete against teams from 61 other nations, with over 280 sailors taking part from today until 21 July. “I was very surprised at my result at Africans, as ... Read More »

470 Worlds Day 1. Young RSA The Talk of the World

by Richard Crockett The exciting young South African pairing of Asenathi Jim and Sibu Sizatu are a little on the light side, so when the wind is up they are unlikely to perform until they master the technique of strong wind sailing. Yesterday had wind which was almost at the limit of their range to be competitive, yet they sailed exceptionally well and managed to hang on in a really talented fleet of Olympic medalists and world champions. The venue ... Read More »

Book Review: The Rules in Practice 2017 – 2020

by Bryan Willis Published by Fernhurst Available from SAILING Books. Enquiries HERE As of 1 January 2017 the new RRS came into play in this country, so if you have any rule book other than the current one, throw it away as it is now useless to you! If you have not seen them, nor downloaded them, then maybe the book ‘The Rules in Practice’ by Bryan Willis is for you as it covers the changes from the old rules ... Read More »

RSA’s Most Talented Young Team Start the 470 World Champs Today

by Richard Crockett South Africa is well represented at the two-person 470 dinghy World Champs in Greece from 7 – 15 July, with a team in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Asenathi Jim and Sibu Sizatu are competing in the men’s division. They are the backbone of the RaceAhead Foundation, and an exciting new sailing combination, with Roger Hudson as the coach. Tammy Holden (19) and Leah Smit (16) from Mossel Bay will also be competing in the 470 ... Read More »

RSA 505 European Championships. No Wind on Final Day

The 2017 European Championships in Warnemuende came to an end with flat calms and simply not enough wind to race in, so the racing was cancelled. The fleet launched early at 09h00 and used the best of today’s wind to get out to the race course, but once there the wind died down and the fleet was left bobbing around until the race committee called the regatta off at 12h00. The event was superbly organised, all credit to the race ... Read More »

Day 3. RSA 505 Team at Warnemuende Woche

by Warwick Ham So today, Day 3 of the 505 European Championships in Warnemuende, the wind forecast looked good. We started launching at 10h30 to get to the racing area before the start at 12h00. On the way out as we rounded the pier a cold, steady 16-20 knots greeted us, just our wind! The first race was started in overcast conditions, but every now and then we had a bit of sunshine. We had a good start at speed ... Read More »

Charter. Experience An Adriatic Adventure with Sunsail

Follow in the footsteps of famous explorers and discover Sunsail’s newest flotilla route in Korčula, Croatia, available to book now for the summer of 2018. The ancient Greeks dubbed Korčula ‘The Black Island’ because of its dense, dark forests, and it remains one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic. Korčula Town is a medieval walled city that was occupied by the Venetians for 800 years from the tenth century onwards, leaving their distinctive mark on the culture and architecture ... Read More »

Cruising. Impi’s Advice to Wannabee World Cruisers

by Ana & Brent Grimbeek (currently enjoying New Caledonia) Most human beings are creatures who love comfort and are on the whole uncomfortable with change. So how did we decide to go sailing around the world in our mid-forties, rather than build up a comfortable retirement nest, watch our children have children, and retire in the comfort of a home on land? Sometimes life throws interesting curve balls at us and dishes up events that make us evaluate what we ... Read More »

Lone RSA 505 Team Take on the Warnemuende Woche

Warwick and Jonathan Ham are a lone South African team competing in the 505 European Championships against competitors from 11 different countries. Warwick Ham has reported as follows on Thursday’s race: Great sailing today at the 505 European Championships in Warnemuende. The opening ceremony was a colourful affair, with representatives from 11 sailing countries. The weather was sunny and warm, and we sailed 2 races with over 90 boats on the start line. The wind was quite light, about 6-9 ... Read More »

NSRI Spring Tide Safety Warning THIS Weekend

NSRI are urging the public to be cautious around the coastline during this weekends Full Moon Spring Tide that peaks on Sunday 9 July. From now and until towards the end of next week expect the higher than normal high tide and the lower than normal low tide, brought on by the Full Moon Spring Tide, to cause stronger than normal rip currents and higher tides engulfing higher along the shoreline. At all times bathers and anglers should be aware ... Read More »

470 Men’s Pre-Worlds. RSA Finish on the Podium

by Richard Crockett After 9 races the exciting new 470 men’s pairing of Asenathi Jim and Sibu Sizatu finished 3rd overall in the 470 pre-worlds event. This is a great result for a new combination in their first ever international event, and one which will stand them in good stead going into the World Championships in a few days time. They were comfortably ahead of the 4th placed Spaniards by almost 30 points, with finishes as follows: 4; 2; 10; 12; ... Read More »

82-foot Carbon High Performance Sailing Cat

A new 82′ all-carbon High Performance Catamaran (HPC) is currently under construction at Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing in Cape Town. She is designed by Du Toit Yacht Design. The ‘Windoor’ is one of the newest features incorporated into the design. It allows for huge amounts of natural ventilation with infinite adjustment options at the touch of a button. The design is a take on a ‘Gullwing’ style door, which hinges on the forward end of the coachroof top with mechanical ... Read More »

Counter Piracy News. EU Naval Force Somalia

For those who sail the oceans and enjoy experiencing new destinations, the threat of piracy is always real. Somalia has always been a hot-spot for pirates, and as a result the European Union Naval Force has a strong presence in the area to combat piracy. This task force is doing great work in the area, so here are some brief reports on what they are doing to keep seafarers safe. Spanish Sailors and Marines Train with Malagasy Navy The sailors ... Read More »

Garmin quatix 5 Marine GPS Smartwatch Series

Garmin has now added autopilot control, the ability to mark MFD waypoints – and more to its new quatix® 5 marine GPS smartwatch. Garmins next-generation quatix 5 marine GPS smartwatch is specifically designed for life on the water. More than a watch, the quatix 5 provides comprehensive boat connectivity with compatible Garmin chart plotters and other marine electronics to offer autopilot control, remote multifunction display (MFD) waypoint marking, data streaming – including speed, depth, temperature and wind – sail racing ... Read More »

Cape Town Boat Show. Growing a Winning Formula

Now in its 17th year, the Cape Town International Boat Show will be building on a winning formula: keeping the event to one location at the V&A Waterfront Marina and increasing the on-land exhibitor space due to increased demand. “Last year was one of the most successful events, reflected in the number of large vessels sold during the show,” said organiser Dana Whiting. “There’s no doubt that shows really work when it comes to selling, particularly with life-style items like ... Read More »