Author Archives: Sailing website

Where is Sailing Actually Headed?

By Richard Crockett Has World Sailing (WS), the governing body of our sport, finally lost the plot? It’s tough enough as it is getting bums on boats, but now they have launched the eSailing World Championship – or should it be ‘Chumpionship’! Yes, a world championship where one does not have to leave the comfort of your armchair, nor get your favourite slippers wet, all the while having limitless stocks of your favourite tipple close to hand! It’s simply all ... Read More »

An Uneasy Feeling

by Richard Crockett I have followed the ‘politics’ of sailing in this country for many years now, especially the role our various State Owned Entities and other government bodies that affect our sport – that being recreational boating, and in my case, specifically recreational sailing. My uneasiness comes from the fact that Transnet, and more specifically TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority), appears to have placed a target on the back of recreational boating, and is slowly but surely shooting arrows ... Read More »

Hunter News &  Nationals 2018

by James King Another year another Nationals. For a number of reasons we didn’t have a particularly large fleet this year, but by jolly did we have a competitive one. I got to watch the action from the back of the fleet and it was fierce. Small mistakes were punished. The first weather mark rounding’s can only be described as a dog show. For me it was a real privilege to get to sail in and amongst these boats, albeit ... Read More »

This is the Longest Sailable Straight Line Path on Earth

by Mike Schuler In 2012, reddit user kepleronlyknows posted a map claiming to show the longest straight line a vessel could theoretically sail on earth without hitting land. The map showed a route from Pakistan, through the Mozambique Channel, around the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn, and north through the Pacific to eastern Russia. The user provided no details about how he came to his conclusion, writing only “The Longest straight line: you can sail almost 20,000 miles ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. MAPFRE Win Into Newport

The Spanish team MAPFRE stunned the Volvo Ocean Race fleet on Tuesday morning by stealing a win in Leg 8, with a shocking come-from-behind victory into a foggy Newport, Rhode Island. One day before the finish, with just 300 miles to go, MAPFRE was in fifth place. As Tuesday morning dawned, and with the fleet ghosting towards the finish line in extremely light and shifty winds, Xabi Fernández’s team was among the leading quartet, battling in slow motion with Team ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. What a close Finish

by Richard Crockett 24 Hours ago MAPFRE was in 5th position overall having had a tough leg with keel canting problems and electronic issues, yet pure determination, skill and a never-say-die attitude saw them win the 8th Leg by 61 seconds. The finish was in tough, light conditions, and with a tide against the boats as they battled through fog to get to the finish. It was neck and neck between Brunel and MAPFRE, with no team giving an inch. ... Read More »

L26 Nationals 2018. Willcox the Champ

Ten boats entered and forty-four sailors weighed in during registration. Adding the list of volunteers, the race committee, family and supporters to that number, LDYC witnessed an exciting congregation of many sailing enthusiasts over the long weekend. On Friday 27 April conditions were light and challenging and the race officer managed only one race. On Saturday conditions improved and four races were sailed. It was good tight racing through the fleet and by the end of the day one could ... Read More »

Vasco da Gama Ocean Race 2018

by Richard Crockett This was a ‘David and Goliath’ race – one of extreme contrasts and a battle between big and small. The weather, as I suppose one has come to expect, played a tough hand to competitors, with a complete compliment of good running downwind, strong headwinds to put it mildly, and patches of very light or no wind at all. That’s the Vasco da Gama Race – full stop. Tough and unrelenting. That’s what makes it challenging, that’s ... Read More »

Hobie 16 Nationals 2018

by Malcom Osborne The 2018 Hobie 16 National Championships was held at one of its root venues in this country – Hobie Beach, Port Elizabeth. There was good participation of 34 from all parts of the country. On the first day, after the initial NW had eventually swung to the SE, the first race of the 2018 Hobie 16 Nationals got under way in very light breeze. But not without a general recall and the deployment of the U flag. ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Closing the Game Out

The final 36 hours of Leg 8 will be decisive with the teams set to choose their final approach line into the finish in Newport, Rhode Island… Team Brunel continue to hold the lead although Bouwe Bekking’s team have an advantage of less than nine miles on second-placed Dongfeng Race Team. What’s more, the top five boats are only 36 miles apart after 14 days at sea and with just over 500-miles of race track still remaining. The positions are ... Read More »

Holiday 23 Masters – Vaal Dam 27 April – 1 May

by Marlize Rossouw This is the time of year that all the H23’ers look forward to as the Holiday 23 Masters brought a total of 18 boats together in the racing and cruising divisions. This event surely did leave room for racing, having fun and getting to know all the owners of the H23’s. With very little wind on the first day, the yachts still managed to have a good sail, ending at VCA (Vaal Cruising Association) with a funny ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Small Changes Making the Difference

The Volvo Ocean Race crews were putting the pedal to the metal as they enjoyed fast sailing conditions in the northern hemisphere trade winds. At 1300 UTC on Thursday every team apart from Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag had broken the magical mark of sailing 500 miles in 24 hours, lapping up the fast sailing that the stable north easterly breeze has granted them. Dutch-flagged Team Brunel continued to lead the charge, opening up their advantage on second-placed Dongfeng Race Team to ... Read More »

May 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailor of the Month – Bernard Farmer

Bernard Farmer took his Charger 33 to a stunning handicap win in the Vasco da Gama Ocean race between Durban and Port Elizabeth at the end of April. This was a very tough race with the fleet being clubbed by two gale force South Westerlies in excess of 40 knots. But this did not deter Farmer and his crew who took it all in their stride, knuckled down, and simply sailed hard all the time. At one point, according to ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Fleet Speeds Towards Newport

The Volvo Ocean Race teams were enjoying full-speed trade wind sailing as they knocked off the miles to the Leg 8 finish in Newport, Rhode Island. Stage leaders Team Brunel continue to set the pace as they blast along at more than 22 knots, matching the wind for speed, and holding a narrow 15-mile jump on second-placed Dongfeng Race Team. The top trio, which also includes Turn the Tide on Plastic, were less than 30 miles apart as the battle ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Tactical Battles Ensue

Dongfeng Race Team snuck into the lead on Tuesday as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet continued to skirt Leg 8’s first major obstacle – the St Helena High. The famed anticyclone is renowned for dominating the South Atlantic and making tricky sailing for Volvo Ocean Race teams heading north or south. Constantly expanding and contracting, the St Helena High – also known as the South Atlantic High Pressure Cell – is currently centred around 1,300 miles east of the Leg ... Read More »