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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Previewed

by Richard Crockett Before many of you will read this on Boxing Day the race will have started, so let’s cut through all the clutter and get down to the nitty gritty of the race as we all know its reputation – and we all know it’s a tough race which ever way you look at it. And that’s simply why it keeps attracting good entries, and why many yachties have it on the bucket list. This is a comprehensive ... Read More »

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Virtual Regatta open to all

Anyone can take part in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race through Virtual Regatta. With the Boxing Day start fast approaching, registrations are open for what will be the blue water classic’s second year of partnership with Virtual Regatta, the world’s leader in cutting-edge sailing simulation games. Following the enormous success of its debut last year, with more than 30,000 virtual sailors taking part, Virtual Regatta is back to again permit sailors all over the world to share the excitement ... Read More »

Boxing Day Start for Cape to St Helena Race

The most famous race of them all – the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race – is not the only yacht race to start on Boxing Day as our very own race from Cape Town to St Helena also starts on the same day. The only real difference being that the St Helena Race has a far more laid back feel to it. Imagine ten or more days on a yacht with nothing but the vast ocean surrounding you, in the company ... Read More »

Gradual Changes Prompting A Rethink

The Optimist is a small, singlehanded sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. It was designed in 1947 to offer low-cost sailing for young people, but it has, like many examples in youth sports, gone far beyond that. Maybe too far. New Zealand International Optimist Dinghy Association president David Kayrouz provides an update on how his country is viewing the situation. Read the full report HERE This report is reprinted with the permission of ... Read More »

Youth Nationals. It’s a Wrap

Andrew Tough has kindly supplied the results for this event daily, and some pics too. Congratulations to the winners, plus all those who competed. You are all future sailing stars. Read More »

Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. Clynton Wade-Lehman Skippering Ragamuffin

by Richard Crockett The Sydney Hobart race is one of those iconic ocean races that the average yachtie can compete in, something Clynton Wade-Lehman has done several times previously. This year he goes one better as a post I saw on the official race website piqued my interest as it showed him to be skippering the TP52 Ragamuffin. Clynton is another one of our ‘Japies’ who is doing exceptionally well in international competition, just like William Voermann did in the ... Read More »

Christmas Gift Idea from Victorinox

Stuck for a Christmas gift idea for the yachtie in your life? Victorinox, manufacturers of the original Swiss Army knife, solves that problem with two different and very versatile sailing knives. Recently released is the new Navy Camouflage Collection with 3 different options of a small, medium and large pocket knife in a navy camouflage look. With these knives one will be able to tackle any situation. The small knife comes with a blade; nail file; screwdriver; scissors; key ring; ... Read More »

The Melges 14 Dinghy

by Richard Crockett In this country we are starved of modern boats, both dinghies and keelboats, and as a result once a class is established with good numbers there is huge resistance to change and especially change to other classes. It’s a pity as on occasions a really good new dinghy class comes onto the international market and instantly makes a huge hit. The Melges 14 is one of these, with the good news being that Alex Schon has seen ... Read More »

Cape Town Race Week – Overall Results

This year-end regatta is done and dusted. Here are the results and a selection of pics. 181217 CTRW Overall Results A B C31 181217 CTRW Cape 31s Races 1 – 9 181217 CTRW Class A Races 1 – 9 181217 CTRW Class B Races 1 – 8 181217 CTRW Coastal Class Overall 181217 CTRW Coastal Class Races 1 – 3 Read More »

Youth Nationals – Racing Underway

Andrew Tough reports that there was a 07h00 start to racing this morning due to there being no racing yesterday. 3 races were sailed this morning and results will be posted when they become available. Enjoy the pics below. Read More »

Cape Town Race Week. Cape 31 Race 7, 8 & 9 Summaries

Cape 31 Race 9 Summary by Luke Scott The second discard came into play with the completion of the final race for the Cape 31 fleet in Cape Town Race Week 2019. And it’s likely to be a game changer for a boat like TnT, who are on fire today – and were fourth overall coming into the final day. The start was all clear, and committee boat end favoured, with Scud lowest at about mid-line and above them, Nitro, ... Read More »

Cape Town Race Week. Day 2 Reports

by Richard Crockett Day two was a rather subdued day compared to day one as the winds were lighter bringing a more tactical element to duels on the water. Yet that did not deter the top boats who fought it out fiercely and in close quarters for much of the time. Read the Cape 31 reports HERE Class A Report by Neil Gregory aboard Hollard Jacanca The Class A boats headed out with no wind in parts of the bay ... Read More »

CTRW. Day 2. Cape 31 Race 4; 5 & Summaries

by Luke Scott Race 4 Summary With racing brought forward by an hour, the fleet were out on the water ready to race by 10h00, but the wind, fickle as usual, was not settled in the south-east corner and ironically the fleet waited 70 minutes before racing got underway. The course was set up close to the beach in a small band of southerly wind, just strong enough to break the ripple crests on a pretty flat sea. The same ... Read More »

What A Way to Go

by Richard Crockett Yesterday the news wires and social media were abuzz with news of a French solo sailor whose decomposed body was found aboard his yacht which has run aground on the KZN South coast. Solo sailors are a different breed from the rest of us as they can endure long periods of loneliness, hardship, survival conditions and more with not a single other soul close by to share it with them. To me this guy was lucky as ... Read More »

Cape Town Race Week. Day 2 Starts. Day 1 Pics

by Richard Crockett Day 1 of the Cape Town Race Week was tough for some, but great for the on-water photographer Ashleigh de Villiers who took some stunning pics. Day 2 has started, so expect reports and more action pics as they day progresses. In the mean time enjoy these stunning pics courtesy of Ashleigh de Villiers. Read More »