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International Olympic Committee. It’s Time for Africa!

By Richard Crockett The IOC has issued a press release, which is of interest to all sports persons in this country, Africa as a whole and youth sailors. For the Buenos Aires games from 6 – 18 October, sailing is included, but in a very watered down manner, with the following 5 categories/events: MEN – 2 EVENTS Men’s Windsurfer – RS:X Men’s Kiteboarding – IKA WOMEN – 2 EVENTS Women’s Windsurfer – RS:X Women’s Kiteboarding – IKA MIXED – 1 ... Read More »

From The Archives. Castaway Ant

by Richard Crockett Due to the huge following my first post a couple of days ago created, I though another may be appropriate. ‘Castaway Ant’ is a legend throughout the sailing world – and a man highly respected as a yachtie. Interestingly he did somewhat hog the news headlines when he made contact at every landfall. The number of press cuttings I have of his exploits is simply phenomenal. Thanks for all the enjoyment Ant. Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Leg 6 is Going to Be Tough, Complicated and Dangerous

Charles Caudrelier, the skipper of Dongfeng Race Team in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, is quite open about his goal for Leg 6 that takes the fleet from Hong Kong to Auckland – that’s to try to avoid having a bad result. The Frenchman who is leading the Chinese team sponsored by Dongfeng Motor Corporation on its second successive campaign, has always regarded this leg and the one that preceded it as potential trip hazards. The reason is that, for ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Akzonobel Leads Fleet Out of Hong Kong

Simeon Tienpont’s team AkzoNobel led the Volvo Ocean Race fleet away from the Hong Kong. Racing started in a light, 8-10 knot easterly with AkzoNobel, SHK/Scallywag, and Team Brunel the first across the line, slipping upwind under full sail, with the spectator fleet in tow. But shortly after clearing land, the wind started to increase to 15 – 20 knots, and the enormous Code 0 sails were furled in favour of smaller headsails. Conditions are forecast to deteriorate further over ... Read More »

February 2018 Sailor of the Month – Calvin Gibbs

This young man who matriculated last year is has received this accolade before as he is simply a very fine and talented young sailors. He caught the eye of Roger Hudson of RaceAhead who has been mentoring and coaching him for the past year or more, resulting in a sailor with more refined skills, more confidence, and a far better understanding of what it takes to win big on the international stage. His results in the past year have improved ... Read More »

From the Archives. Ant Steward

Ant Steward was a household name in sailing circles in this country thanks mainly to his solo ‘open boat’ circumnavigation. He was in the news big time, and his following from landlubbers and sailors alike was huge. And then he was lost! He was wrecked on a remote island somewhere in the Seychelles, and lived like Robinson Crusoe until rescued. His wrecked yacht was ultimately shipped to Durban for repairs, before being shipped back to where he was wrecked so ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Preview of Leg 6 to Auckland

Leg 6 to Auckland takes the teams on a 6,100 nautical mile race to the City of Sails. The fleet will start by crossing the South China Sea to the northern tip of the Philippines. After that, it’s out into the Pacific and a long drag race to the south-east, dodging the many island chains of Polynesia until they reach Auckland. It’s another leg that will be dominated strategically by the north to south transit of the Doldrums, which proved ... Read More »

For Sale. Simonis 35 – “Zing”.

Moored in Durban, Zing is sailed regularly and kept in good racing condition. Her owner is wishing to down-size. Price: R450 000. Contact: Gavin Smith – 082 444 9090 INVENTORY Sails: Main – Age unknown – Not bad but due for replacement soon. No 1 Genoa – Good – New in the last couple of years No 2 Genoa – Ditto No 2 Genoa – Old – Good enough for pottering about. No 3 Jib – Age unknown but ... Read More »

World Sailing – Presidential Newsletter

My fellow Sailors and friends, Let me start my first newsletter of 2018 by wishing you all a happy new year and much success, both on and off the water. In my last note I expressed my excitement and optimism about 2018, and I truly hope that we are able to share very special moments throughout the year. 2018 is a crucial one for sailing, and I expect to see us make clear progress in all our priorities, including increasing ... Read More »

Yacht Moulds For Sale

The following moulds are For Sale – and include hulls, decks and interior modules. Monohulls Stadt 23 Stadt 26 Stadt 34 Stadt 40 Caribbea 30 (designed by Dudley Dix) Multihulls Ocean Spirit 34 Ocean Spirit 40 Contact: Milton 083 6315196 or Read More »


The Spanish MAPFRE team took victory in Guangzhou to open a five-point lead at the top of the In-Port Race Series leader board. More importantly though, she is alone at the top of the In-Port Race Series leader board, after a wire to wire win. “It was very tricky racing in the river of course,” said MAPFRE skipper Xabi Fernández. “We had a very good start and then we were able to stay in phase with the wind and current ... Read More »

Guangzhou Welcomes the Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet was treated to a warm welcome in Guangzhou, China on Thursday afternoon, after arriving 70 miles up the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. The Chinese Dongfeng Race Team was in the spotlight for the festivities upon arrival. Sitting in second place on the overall leader board, behind race leaders MAPFRE, Dongfeng was feted by the local fans. After proceeding with the public arrival festivities, the skippers then met the local media. Her are some ... Read More »

From the Archives. Traditional Boats

This country used to have a Traditional Boat Association which, as I have not heard much about it for some years, must now assume it is defunct. Sad, but probably due to many of the old codgers who established and nurtured it no longer being with us. This pic, from the Cape Argus of 14 March 1992 shows a very youthful Rafe Axelson with George Askew preparing boats for a weekend rally. It seems though that the powerhouse of traditional ... Read More »

Super-fast Sailing Grand Prix Debuts in Adelaide

  Many of the world’s best sailors have gathered in Adelaide, South Australia, to test their skills in a new series that is set to shake up the sport. The first of five SuperFoiler Grand Prix regattas begins this weekend on the outer harbour of Port Adelaide, pitting six of the new ultra-fast trimaran superfoilers against each other on a 2km circuit. The brainchild of Australian sailing entrepreneur Bill Macartney, who shook up yachting in the 1990s with his 18-foot ... Read More »

Microplastic Particles Found in Antarctic Waters

Microplastic particles have been found in the oceans close to Antarctica, data collected during the Volvo Ocean Race has revealed. The new data comes from the Volvo Ocean Race Science Programme, funded by Volvo Cars. Scientists analysed water samples, gathered at points during Leg 2 of the Race, between Lisbon and Cape Town and Leg 3 from Cape Town to Melbourne. The groundbreaking results, announced at the Volvo Ocean Race Hong Kong Ocean Summit, found microplastics in the Southern Ocean ... Read More »