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Youth Nationals Begin Today

by Richard Crockett Yesterday there was little action on the Vaal Dam where our up-and-coming young sailors had to get their ‘paperwork’ of measurements and registration completed. It was a very hot and still day, but as the sun began setting the ‘mixing of the waters’ ceremony signifying the opening of the regatta took place. Racing begins in earnest today – so standby for pics and results as and when they are received. Here’s a hotch potch of pics taken ... Read More »

Cape Town Race Week. Results & Coastal Class Report

by Richard Crockett Day 1 of the Cape Town Race Week has ended with some bruised egos and red faces over errors made on the race course. Yet despite this it appeared to be a good day overall with good winds – just what every yachtie wants. The Cape 31 Racing report can be found HERE Andrew Collins Reports on the Coastal Fleet Race The Coastal Racing Class were set a simple course from the committee boat to Barker Rock, ... Read More »

Cape Town Race Week. Cape 31 Summaries of Races 1; 2 & 3

by Luke Scott. C31 Race 3 After a 90 minute wait, the south-easterly eventually won its battle over the westerly, and the breeze filled in from a more easterly angle than earlier, and was in the mid 20s with a beautiful flat sea. This last race of the day was going to be a treat! The same course as the first two races was used. The boats lined up closely at the start, with one boat which (looked like Nemesis) ... Read More »

Bringing Back Memories of Rothmans Sailing Week

by Richard Crockett Mention the name ‘Rothmans Week’ in any yacht club pub and old salts start salivating, reminiscing and calling for copious amounts of “more beer” as they reflect on the past! It’s simply because Rothmans Week was the pinnacle of sailing in this country at that time, and everyone, no matter what they sailed and where they lived in the country, wanted to compete. It was almost like a ‘who’s who’ of sailing in its day. Not that ... Read More »

Cape Town Race Week Starts Today

by Luke Scott Excitement is mounting for the start of Cape Town Race Week today despite the tune-up race being cancelled last evening. This is the second of four premier regional inshore regattas on the South African Sailing Western Cape Keelboat Circuit 2018/9. The regatta is scored exclusively on the ORC rating platform. With an entry of 28 boats across three racing classes, and a small coastal cruising class, the most competitive fleet will undoubtedly be the 9 boat Cape ... Read More »

Youth Nationals Begin This Weekend

by Richard Crockett The most important youth sailing event in this country, the Youth Nationals, kicks off this weekend from Stilbaai on the Vaal Dam, and runs until 20 December. It’s an event that attracts all the top youth sailors from across the country, and others who simply attend to gain experience as they climb the youth sailing ladder. So well over 100 young sailors will be pitting their skills against the elements and other sailors. More importantly it attracts ... Read More »

The IMOCA Class Continues to Push Forward

The IMOCA class held its annual general meeting in Paris this week. This gathering enabled the class to present its appraisal of what was a very positive 2018 season coming to a climax with an outstanding edition of the Route du Rhum, destination Guadeloupe. The IMOCA has now included both of the emblematic round the world races in its race calendar: the 2020 Vendée Globe and the 2021-2022 Ocean Race (formerly the Volvo Ocean Race). 2019 looks like being an ... Read More »

Stars & Stripes Team USA confirm acceptance as 5th America’s Cup Challenger

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has confirmed the identity of the 5th accepted challenger for the 36th America’s Cup is the Long Beach Yacht Club, another historic and internationally respected yacht club. It will be represented by ‘Stars & Stripes Team USA’ which brings the number of Challengers that will race in Auckland in 2021 to five, with Defender Emirates Team New Zealand the 6th team. Stars & Stripes Team USA is the second US challenge after American Magic ... Read More »

Interview. Donald Alexander

by Richard Crockett Donald Alexander, a born and bred ‘Durbanite’ recently completed the Route du Rhum singlehanded race – his first ever solo race, sailing under the Point Yacht Club burgee. Here he chats about the race and his experiences. What made you take up singlehanded offshore sailing as I never saw that side of you – I remember a small boat sailor & kiteboarder? You were there at the beginning of this adventure as you advised me to look ... Read More »

GGR. Istvan Kopar Faces Major Storm

As French race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede works to protect his shrinking lead over second placed Dutch rival Mark Slats, the focus is once more on a violent storm in the Southern Ocean that looks likely to overtake fourth placed American/Hungarian Istvan Kopar on Friday. Race HQ has given permission for Istvan to take evasive action and move south into the NO-GO Zone, just as Estonian Uku Randmaa did to avoid the same storm that left Susie Goodall dismasted ... Read More »

Passage Making in the Company of Sandefjord

Intro. This blog recently carried an announcement on the passing of Barry Cullen, and requested anyone who had sailed the boat to submit their thoughts and pics too. Jack Hargraves was quick to respond with both words and pics. Despite not sailing aboard her, he sailed alongside her for many thousands of miles and has vivid memories of those times. It’s a great read, so take your time to enjoy it. The recent passing of Captain Barry Cullen, who with ... Read More »


  by Brian Hancock I have followed the online comments about the rescue of Susie Goodall, some with bemusement and some with disdain. Before I explain let’s recap what happened. Susie Goodall, a 28 year old British sailor was competing in the Golden Globe Race when her yacht was pitchpoled in the Southern Ocean. The yacht was dismasted and in pretty bad shape and Susie made the decision to seek rescue. Last Friday the Hong Kong registered cargo ship MV ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. Some Wonder Why?

Here is a personal view about the inspirational ethos of adventure by Golden Globe Race Founder, Don McIntyre. The latest rescue of British yachtswoman Susie Goodall from her dismasted yacht ‘DHL Starlight’ after being pitch poled during a storm some 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn earlier this week has led some to wonder if the event safe? Should the Golden Globe Race be stopped after five boats dismasted and three rescues? This forgoes the simplest fact that the master ... Read More »

GGR. Update on Susie Goodall Rescue

British yachtswoman Susie Goodall remains safe and secure aboard her yacht DHL Starlight after being pitchpoled and dismasted in the Southern Ocean some 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn. Chilean rescue authorities have tasked another ship, the 38,000 ton Hong Kong registered bulk carrier MV ‘Tian Fu’ bound from China to Modran, Argentina, to go to her aid – and it is due to reach her position today (Friday). Conditions have moderated overnight, but seas remain challenging, making life onboard ... Read More »

Airbus Locates Maxi-trimaran Banque Populaire IX

Airbus’ Ocean Finder service located the maxi-trimaran ‘Banque Populaire IX’ (Ultime class) in less than a day after it capsized halfway between Portugal and the Azores on 6 November during the latest Route du Rhum transatlantic race. As soon as the request was received from Team Banque Populaire, Airbus activated the Ocean Finder service and immediately programmed its satellites to collect very high resolution images as quickly as possible, in case the trimaran’s beacon system had failed. Airbus’ maritime experts ... Read More »