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TODAY is Black Tot Day

Black Tot Day memorialises the day on which the Royal Navy discontinued its daily rum ration, known as the daily tot. “Round the world” in every ship of the Royal Navy, glasses were raised in their final salute, and it’s no exaggeration to say that at that moment, many a strong man shed a tear at the passing of a tradition so old and fine that was to be no more. (Courtesy of Pussers Rum) So before the sun sets ... Read More »

Hobie Worlds. Another Podium for Dodds

by Richard Crockett As the final two days of the event were cancelled due to wind issues competitors had to be content with their overall placings after just 6 or 8 races. So for those who were hoping for a late charge at a podium position, it was a case of too little too late! In the Hobie Wildcat Class Blaine Dodds and Charles Girard ended up 2nd overall and must have rued their OCS in race 3, especially as ... Read More »

Moth Worlds – Jof Heathcote Shows His Class

by Richard Crockett Paul Goodison may have smashed it on the final day at the 2017 McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds at Lake Garda against the hottest fleet of Moths ever assembled. Goodison is the first foiling Moth sailor to win back to back world titles. Considering the high calibre of competition from the most recent top Americas Cup skippers and sailors with more Olympic medals around their necks than any other regatta with exception of the Olympic Games itself, ... Read More »

420 Worlds. RSA Teams do Our Country Proud

by Richard Crockett A little over a week ago I wrote an opening piece on this event under the heading “Something Very Special is About to Happen in RSA Sailing”, and went on to say that this was “no ordinary team – this is a mouth-watering mixed team of both race and gender – all exciting up-and-coming born and bred young RSA sailors”. It was everything I said, and loads more as these sailors did not disgrace themselves in any ... Read More »

Moth Worlds. Jof Heathcote Mixing it with Sailing’s Greats

by Richard Crockett Garda’s breezes provide contrasting fortunes in qualification on day 3 due to the early morning ‘Peler’ from the North. After a lunchtime break to repair boats and refuel with more pasta, all fleets were sent back out for a much more sedate afternoon of racing, but again the Garda wind gods had other ideas. By 16h00 the weak afternoon breeze shut down for the day determining the all important Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets for the Final ... Read More »

420 Europeans. Asenathi Jim & Elsje Dijkstra Moving up

by Richard Crockett Asenathi Jim is undoubtedly giving his crew, Elsje Dijkstra, a very real taste of what top flight competition is all about as after a disappointing day 2, they bounced back with 2 results just outside the top 10 – and climbed up 3 places on the overall leader board. This was especially good due to the prevailing conditions. Their 11th and 12th are just the kind of results they are wanting and which will give them confidence, ... Read More »

Hobie Worlds. RSA Climbing Up the Rankings

by Richard Crockett Things are looking brighter for the RSA contingent racing in the Hobie 16 Gold Fleet and in the Hobie Wildcats. After being in 3rd spot after the first day Blaine Dodds and Charles Girard climbed to second spot on the podium, but not after starting the day with an OCS! Fortunately they managed to get 4 races in and had sufficient races completed to discard that OCS. From there on they steadily improved and finished the day ... Read More »

Lipton Challenge Cup – Historical Article From the 1958 Event

by Richard Crockett There are 11 entries for this year’s event, sadly just 1 lone entry from Gauteng and absolutely no interest from Durban or KZN in general. That gives a strong Cape bias and interest in the ONLY national Interclub event in the country. Sad but true – and kudos to those clubs who have taken up the challenge. This article is not about the numbers – no, the Lipton Cup is not a numbers game – it’s about ... Read More »

Moth Worlds. Most competitive Ever

The largest and most competitive Moth World Championship began yesterday at one of the most glamorous racing locations in world sailing, Lake Garda. A record 240 Moths are entered from 25 countries from all over the globe, making this world championship one of the sailing events of the year. The fleet is split between four groups for two days of a qualifying series, then split into Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets for the final series held over three days. Windward ... Read More »

420 Europeans. RSA Slip Down Rankings

by Richard Crockett Day 2 and two more races brings the number of races sailed so far to 4 – and a day in which both our RSA teams slipped down the rankings. Racing was in 11 knots, building to 15-16 knots, before decreasing to around 12-13 knots for the final stages of the day’s second races. Reading the pressure and spotting the windshifts was critical and a huge test for the young teams on the challenging race track of ... Read More »