Author Archives: Sailing website

Lipton Cup 2018. Day 1

by Richard Crockett What A Dramatic Finish! Today was a long hard first day of this 6 day regatta as the wind really did not play ball by refusing to give any hint of providing enough pressure to sail in, and then when it did come though continued to switch for the duration of the race. But it was right on the finish line, literally less than a few metres from the line, that the race was won and lost. ... Read More »

10 Socio-Emotional Benefits of Sailing

There’s something about sailing that makes it quite unlike other sports. More than just skill and strategy, it teaches certain values that shape sailors into the unique athletes that they are. Yet, we’re often so focussed on the physical aspects of sailing that we forget how much we stand to gain from the sport – both socially and emotionally. So CLICK HERE for a list of the top 10 socio-emotional benefits of sailing. The extract below is also from Singapore ... Read More »

From The Archives. Voortrekker Regatta for Spearheads

by Richard Crockett Now here’s a real blast from the past for those who used to sail Spearheads. By now there can only be a smattering of them left on our local waters, with a guess being that most can now be found on inland waters. While archiving two huge boxes of Voortrekker archive material I came across mention of a trophy for Spearheads made from a sheet lead block from Voortrekker. Then yesterday I found this A3 poster – ... Read More »

Historical. NCS Regatta 1997

This was the year that PYC changed the format somewhat and included the dinghies – a positive move which regrettably did not find favour in certain circles and was dropped. As can be seen from the results, so top boats and very well known sailors competed. In the keelboats were Hanno Teuteberg; Shaun Ferry (better known as a top Hobie sailor); Dave Cox; Ernie Shaw; Mike Hopley and Patrick Holloway. In the dinghies were Mark Sadler; Dave Hibberd; Gareth Blanckenberg; ... Read More »

For Sale. L26 ‘Tiletoria’

The boat is in good race condition, having sailed six Lipton Cup’s in the last 8 years and will also sail in Durban this year in it’s 7th. It has been sponsored by Tiletoria for the past 4 years and boasts a selection of designer sails, as well as a designer hull. The boat comes with: • Working outboard engine, recently serviced. • 3 good number 1 jibs (two of them only two regattas old). • 3 number 2 jibs ... Read More »

Historical. The NCS Regatta 1993

Way back in 1993 the NCS Regatta was followed immediately by the J22 Worlds. This year the MSC Regatta is being followed by the Lipton Challenge Cup. In this press cutting from 9 July 1993 are some names of people and boats who have made a mark in sailing in this country. Read More »

July 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailor of the Month – Tina Plattner

Sailing in the TP 52 Super Series during June in Croatia, Tina Plattner and her crew, with a generous number of South Africans aboard, scored a number of ‘firsts’ which have tipped the scales in her favour to win this award for the second time this year. It is rare that anyone gets to win the “Sailor of the Month’ title twice in one year, yet Tina Plattner has done just that, and added another ‘first’ to the following achievements ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. IMOCA 60 Boats Invited to Next Race

A partnership agreement has been made with the International Monohull Open Class Association (IMOCA), which provides the exclusivity to use the IMOCA 60 for crewed round the world yacht races. Last week, during the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race in The Hague, an Educational Session for interested parties was held around the IMOCA Class Rules. Sailors from the most recent Volvo Ocean Race and IMOCA events, along with yacht designers currently involved in construction of new IMOCA Class boats ... Read More »

From the Voortrekker Archive

Now here’s a very interesting and unique pic from the Voortrekker archive I have in my posession. This archive has all the details of the concept of competing in the OSTAR, the formation of what is now the South African Ocean racing Trust (SAORT), crew selections, fund-raising and much much more … . Read More »

Grounding of Clipper Yacht – Investigation Report

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) in the UK has concluded its report on the grounding and loss of commercially operated yacht CV24 (Clipper sailing vessel ‘Greenings’ off the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. The investigation report, published on 27 June 2018, includes what happened, safety lessons learned and recommendations. Here is a summary: Summary On the first night of the Cape Town to Fremantle leg of the 2017 – 2018 Clipper round the world race, the UK registered and commercially ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. They’re Off Around the World

They have 30,000 miles to sail over the next 9 – 10 months, but judging from the start yesterday of the 2018 Golden Globe solo non-stop around the world yacht race from Les Sables d’Olonne, the leaders will be fighting over every mile. First to cross the line at Noon (CEST) was the fiercely competitive Frenchman Philippe Péché aboard his Rustler 36 PRB. He has ensured that she is one of the lightest in the 18-strong fleet, and carrying a ... Read More »

Climate Change. Ramp-Up in Antarctic Ice Loss Speeds Sea Level Rise

Ice losses from Antarctica have tripled since 2012, increasing global sea levels by 3 millimetres in that time frame alone, according to a major new international climate assessment funded by NASA and ESA (European Space Agency). According to the study, ice losses from Antarctica are causing sea levels to rise faster today than at any time in the past 25 years. Results of the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise (IMBIE) were published Wednesday in the journal Nature. “This is ... Read More »

Book Review. SAIL & Rig. The Tuning Guide.

Book Review. SAIL & Rig. The Tuning Guide. By Magne Klann & Øyvind Bordal Published by Fernihurst Books Info & Orders HERE This book is ultimately the complete guide to sail trim and rigging to make the boat sail faster and safer. With hundreds of colour photographs and illustrations throughout, the text is concise and precise, divided into sections to make it easy to find exactly what you need. Research was carried out with professional riggers, sailmakers and elite sailors ... Read More »

Book Review. Multihull Seamanship

Book Review. Multihull Seamanship by Gavin Le Sueur Published by Fernhurst Books Orders & Enquiries HERE This book has been one of the most popular books SAILING Books has ever had as multihull sailors are starved of good info on this aspect of their boats and the sport. This new volume has been updated and republished in a completely different format – now a smaller more user-friendly sized book. The sub-title is an A-Z of Skills for Catamarans & Trimarans. ... Read More »

Cox Powertrain Appoint Seascape Marine Services

British marine diesel innovator, Cox Powertrain, has announced Seascape Marine Services (Pty) Ltd as its exclusive distributor for South Africa & the Sub Saharan region. Seascape Marine is the first distributor of Cox’s game-changing CXO300, the world’s first 300hp diesel outboard engine, to be named outside of Europe, the USA & Australasia as Cox finalises its global distributor network ahead of the engine’s launch later this year. As a specialist importer of marine propulsion systems since 1983, Seascape Marine has ... Read More »