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Round the Island Race – provisional results

Provisional results are available here: LDYC-RTIR 2014 Provisional 320 entrants registered of whom 194 finished – which is extraordinary considering the absolutely foul storm which erupted about an hour after the third and last start (Keelboats). Pelting rain, thunder and lightning and pea soup mist which reduced visibility to less than 15 meters at times. A dozen or so catamarans following a Dart completely missed the turn at the Island because they simply couldn’t see it and ended up at ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – Seven-year dream comes true

Seven years ago, a couple of young American sailing addicts met on the set of a Disney movie and dreamed of the day that they would launch a campaign in the world’s toughest offshore team test, the Volvo Ocean Race. Today that apparently long-shot ambition became a reality when Team Alvimedica’s challenge for the 2014-15 edition was announced in Istanbul, home of the company. Mark Towill was just 18 when he met Charlie Enright, four years older, as a fellow ... Read More »

Hobie 16 Worlds – Interviews with Winning RSA Masters Team

Listen to the interviews with William and Lucinda Edwards – winners of the Hobie 16 Masters champs, and runner up Blaine & Roxanne Dodds here: Interview with 2014 Hobie®16 Masters Champions William and Lucinda Edwards Blaine Dodds and Roxanne Dodds from South Africa Second in the 2014 Hobie® 16 Masters Interview with Hobie® 16 Worlds Masters Class Interviews – William Edwards & Blaine Dodds   Read More »

2014 J22 World Championships – updated news

from Sharin Richmond A highlight in any Class’s sailing calendar is a “world championship” and in 2014 South Africa can certainly stand proud regarding these events. The last J22 World Championships were held in 2007 in Durban and succeeded in putting South Africa on the map in the J class for good organisation, competitive, well administered sailing, great conditions and, as always, friendly SA people. The interest this year has shown that 2007 has not been forgotten. With 3 SA ... Read More »

Hobie 16 Worlds – RSA Team right up there

William & Lucinda Edwards 2nd overall after 3 races with Blaine & Roxanne Dodds 6thDay three of Hobie 16 Masters Class delivers! The third day of racing started with perfect conditions for Hobie sailing, getting the boats in the fourth race off beach at 9:30 to take advantage of the 15-20 knot winds. Former Hobie 16 World Champion, Blain Dodds and daughter Roxanne Dodds were 8th at the first weather mark. At the second weather mark they moved into third ... Read More »

Mosquito Catamaran National Championships 2013

By Saskia Stemmett The 2013 Mosquito Nationals was held at Hermanus Yacht Club from 14-16 December, a first for the Mosquito Class.  We were all looking forward to sailing at a different venue with the challenges that came with it.  There was a worry that the shallow water would prove problematic however the amazing venue and beautiful surroundings proved an overriding factor and was a great draw card for competitors, with two boats travelling all the way from Mossel Bay ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race – Rotary Scout – the end game

Day 25 – Thursday 30 January By Grant Chapman. Everyone woke for their respective shifts well rested from a good night’s sleep and our feast for dinner. Sadly we had not enjoyed the wind that our GRIB files had said we would have during the night and we had made little progress. It had been another 24 hours of underperforming in fluky winds that couldn’t make up their mind as to whether to strengthen to a sailable 10 knots plus. ... Read More »

RC Lasers Valentines Regatta

report by RCL 120 After some debate about the possibility of rain before sailing yesterday it was decided to ‘give it a go’ which was the correct decision. The rain in general held off with maybe a drop or two in one of the 9 races that were sailed. The wind was from the south west with the strength being from a little nose diving on the run to complete drifting and everything in between. The shifts couldn’t be called ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race – prizegiving and arrival pics of latecomers

Check out the link of winners in class 1, 2, 3 taken by Trevor Wilkins, plus a general link of race pics. Final Results here: rio FINAL_RESULTS_PRINTABLE There is also a link to images of the following boats finishing: Jackaranda Genevieve Too MHEDIA (MUMBAI) VULCAN MYRTLE WINDGAT COOL RUNNINGS Read More »

Cape to Rio Race. Maserati and Giovanni Soldini sweep the boards

Maserati and Giovanni  were the undisputed stars of the prize-giving ceremony held at the Rio de Janeiro Yacht Club, taking every single one of the Cape2Rio honours:  race record (10 days, 11 hours, 29 minutes, 57 seconds), line honours, and both overall and IRC 1 victories in handicap time. Soldini was flanked in his endeavour by a 9-strong international crew: Italians Guido Broggi, Corrado Rossignoli and Michele Sighel; German Boris Herrmann; Spaniard Carlos Hernandez; Jacques Vincent and Gwen Riou from ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” by Richard Crockett – issue 12

30 January 2014 TO SUBSCRIBE – there is no charge as this is a free service Know someone who would like to receive “Talking Sailing” via e-mail? Simply send an e-mail to with the words ‘SUBSCRIBE TO TALKING SAILING’ in the subject line. J22 Jiggery Pokery There is a huge desire for this mess to be put to bed, something I agree with. Unfortunately there are rumblings out there along the lines of “it’s not over yet”. I assume ... Read More »

PSC Charity Regatta and Finn Highveld Champs

by Tim Addison On the 25th and 26th of January Pretoria Sailing Club held its flagship event, the multi-class Charity regatta. This regatta is in aid of the National Sea Rescue Institute, and has been on the calendar since 1964. In past years there have been more than 100 boats on the water, but on this occasion there were about 70. The regatta also hosted the Finn Highveld Championships, and attracted an entry of 21 Finns. This was an excellent ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race – Rotary Scout – day 25

Day 25 – Wednesday 29 January. By Grant Chapman. Oh dear. We were back in iffy winds of no more than 10 knots for most of the day. After the elation of discovering that we had achieved 165 nautical miles in the previous 24 hours our slow speed today was a real let down. We were also all pretty exhausted from last night’s sailing as although it had been great for getting some good distance under our belts it was ... Read More »

Suspect Pirates Apprehended

On 29 January 2014, international collaboration in the fight against piracy resulted in the transfer of five men by the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta flagship, FS Siroco, to the Republic of Seychelles, with the aim of prosecuting them for acts of piracy. On Saturday 18 January, FS Siroco, in cooperation with Japanese assets in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF/CTF 151), freed the crew of an Indian Dhow that was believed to have been used ... Read More »