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Volvo Ocean Race – All-Girl Team Sets Off on First Transatlantic

Team SCA have set off on their first transatlantic passage, sailing from their training base in Lanzarote, Spain to Newport Rhode Island, USA.  The 3750-nautical mile passage is due to take about twelve days. The team will be sailing to a waypoint east of the Caribbean so that the last few days will be sailed in similar waters to Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Itajai, Brazil to Newport, USA. “This transatlantic sail allows us to put into ... Read More »

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères – video highlights

Follow the 2 links below to see video highlights of this event, and the RESULTS link to check on our boys – Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson in the 470 and Stefano Marcia in the Laser Class. 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères – Day 4 Highlights – Part 1 There’s very little separating the top Nacra 17 and Laser sailors after the fourth day… Check out part 1 of ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres day 4 highlights. http://youtu.be/Wf6ArynAr6g 2014 ... Read More »

22 APRIL 1969 – BRITON BECOMES FIRST MAN TO SAIL SOLO NON-STOP AROUND THE WORLD

Legendary British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston marks the 45th anniversary of his record-breaking circumnavigation At 75 he not only remains active in competitive sailing but is also planning to compete in another solo transatlantic race this autumn Man hadn’t yet walked on the moon. 45 years ago, sailing solo non-stop around the world was as big an adventure as space travel is today and even now, fewer people have sailed solo around the planet than have orbited it above the ... Read More »

49er palma49er World Series of Sailing – Palma 2014

  by Graeme Willcox and Andrew Tarboton After a long winter of boathandling training, we packed the boat and van up and headed south. 2 ferry trips and 1000 miles later we arrived in Palma early on a rainy morning. Once disembarked and heading in the general direction of the yacht club, we got the satnav address entered and got to the venue. Personally, it has been a while since I have launched off a sandy beach and it brings ... Read More »

Clipper Race – Mency Modolo Takes on the Pacific

A young Mtubatuba resident is preparing to take part in the penultimate race of the 40,000 mile long Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Mency Modolo, 20, is one of ten young South Africans aged 18 to 23 who have been chosen to take part in the Sapinda Rainbow Project. The aim is to develop young community leaders of the future and the ambassadors will also raise international awareness and funds for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital through their participation in ... Read More »

Hobie 14 KZN Champs – results & pics

RESULTS HERE – click this link: Hobie 14 KZN Champs Results 2014 It has been many years since a Hobie 14 provincials has been held in KZN, but there has been a revival of the class both in Durban and around the country, and it was great to see more than 20 of these cats at Vetch’s Beach over the Easter weekend. As it turned out, only two of them were from the Vaal, the rest being locals – with ... Read More »

Southern Charter Easter Regatta – picture albums

Southern Charter Easter Regatta Check out the pics on the following links – all of which were taken by master photographer Trevor Wilkins: https://plus.google.com/photos/117086593120942909819/albums/6004717562184008849 https://plus.google.com/photos/+TrevorWilkins/albums/6004362091777591169?cfem=1 https://plus.google.com/photos/117086593120942909819/albums/6004362091777591169   Read More »

Southern Charter Easter Grand Slam

Following exceptional sailing on the first day, and the blow out on day 2 of the regatta, the sailors awoke to a fresh breeze on day 3.  The first start was set for 10h00 and all boats set off in a strengthening South Easter breeze.  Racing was started on all courses however racing was abandoned for all Course 1 boats (Optimists, Mirror, Dabchick and Tera)  after the first beat.  This lead to a challenging time for some sailors to return ... Read More »

David Cox – In Memoriam

by Richard Crockett The name Dave Cox has been synonymous with the sport of sailing for well over 60 years. He was a great dinghy sailor, and then moved into keelboats where he also made his mark as one of the ‘greats’. David was one of those rare highly accomplished seamen who did everything in his life in a seamanlike manner. His knowledge of seamanship was something he was always prepared to share with young and old, and he had ... Read More »

Sailing World Cup Hyeres – Hudson reviews the event

Roger Hudson speaks frankly about the poor result he and Asenathi Jim achieved in their last World Cup event. “To me, their total honesty is a breath of fresh air and something all sailing teams should take note of and implement” Richard Crockett. Roger Hudson In the wake of a very bad result at Palma we feel it is important to communicate a few thoughts to our sponsors, supporters and some followers. Asenathi and I had our worst ever % ... Read More »

The Sturrock Shipping Cape Point Challenge

12th / 13th April at Fishhoek Beach Sailing Club This turned out to be a wonderful event with some excellent ‘calls’ by the race committee. I think everybody underestimates the amount of work that goes into organising an event like this. Generous sponsorship once again by Sturrock shipping enabled FHBSC to donate over R 20,000 of our entry fees to the NSRI. The NSRI were on standby on both Saturday and Sunday and if you saw how quickly that the ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” issue 16 – by Richard Crockett

issue – 16 16 April 2014 by Richard Crockett Reader response is welcome. An attempt to move even further forward with the last bumper issue and take “Talking Sailing” deeper into the digital era unfortunately backfired. Due to the format and manner in which it was sent, the normal interaction with readers was lost as the reply function was non-existent. Pity as it was a bumper issue with many pertinent topics covered, and which in normal circumstances would have elicited ... Read More »