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Hobie 16 Worlds – strong RSA Teams compete

South African sailors have a rich heritage of success in Hobie 16 World Championships – so let’s see if our teams can add to this impressive list at the 20th Hobie 16 World Championships. These are being sailed 139 Kilometres south of Sydney in the small tourist town of Huskisson which nestles at the entrance of Currambene Creek on the edge of the pristine waters of magnificent Jervis Bay. The spectacular regatta location is the white sandy Huskisson Beach. The ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – SCA all-female crew in training – watch the video

Two years ago SCA announced it would enter a boat into the Volvo Ocean Race. They then took another bold move when they decided to enter the race with an all-female team. It’s not the first all-female crew in the history of the race, but this is the first time an all-female team will receive the same support as their male competition – from start to finish. Why an all-female team? Globally, about 80 percent of the retail products SCA ... Read More »

Flying 15 Provincial champs

The Flying Fifteen team of Steve Hegerstrom and Siya Vato ended the fourth day of racing victoriously claiming victory from the duo of Patrick Harris and Jeremy Kriek who have dominated the class over the last decade. Finishing third were Myles White and Estelle Buys with Martin Zimmerman sailing with Neil Yelland driving their classic FF hard to finish fourth in a competitive fleet. Thirteen races were sailed in total over the four days of the Flying Fifteen Regional Class ... Read More »

MDM All-Comers Series at ZVYC

Round’s 1 & 2 of the MDM All-comers series was held this past weekend.  The moderate southerly wind made conditions ideal for pursuit racing The fleet was split into two classes senior and junior.  The seniors first race (in a mildly freshening 10 to 15 knot breeze) was dominated by the three 470’s who took out a whopping 9 minutes on the three Lasers and lone Sonnet beating them by 3 minutes over the line.  The 470assault was lead by ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – new pit-stop

24-hour pit-stop in The Hague offers exciting twist to Volvo Ocean Race The Hague, The Netherlands – An exciting 24-hour pit-stop which will bring fans to within touching distance of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 boats has been introduced for the final leg in the iconic Dutch port of The Hague. The news will delight fans in The Netherlands who were already celebrating last month the entrance of Team Brunel for the 12th edition starting on October 4 this year ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race – Yolo has finished

YOLO – You Only Live Once – has finished in Rio. This 2-up team headed by RCYC Commodore Dale Kushner with Ian Coward as crew sailed hard on a small boat to finish respectably. Another night time finisher, there are some good pics as always by Trevor Wilkins at this link: Read More »

Hobie 14 Western Cape Provincials – 2014

The Hobie 14 Provincial Champs can only be described as ‘Fantastic’ – 12 races, a dream race officer Neville Norton, winds ranging from 8 to about 15 knots, warm water, sun, TSC hospitality and good company. Neville had to tell us to go home after 6 races each day! The results below and attached do not tell the whole story. The racing was close, very close with only 3 to 5 minutes separating first to last at the end of ... Read More »

Cape to Rio race. Day 24 results and position reports

Day 24. Day 24 Tue 280800GMT Daily Position Report There are still 13 boats at sea with the next finisher likely to be Yolo, skippered by RCYC Commodore Dale Kushner. All boats have less than 800nm to go to finish with the boat furthest from Rio being Hot Ice. Some of these guys still have a loooong time left to finish! Read More »

Cape to Rio race. HQ2 has finished

Trevor Wilkins reports that he was mobilised at 02h00 to go and meet HQ2 – a 75-foot cat. It was a balmy morning with a gentle breeze and we met them about 4 miles off cruising in under full sails at about 5 knots – what a sight! The crew reported that they sailed through the first night storm with just a minuscule headsail and no main, doing about 22 knots in relative comfort. And yes, the growlers did break ... Read More »

Cape to Rio race. Amtec Wits and Nomad have now finished.

Nomad is the first cat to finish, with Juliana due in within a few hours Check out the album of pics from Trevor Wilkins as each of theses yachts finished. Elapsed times are still to be announced. Read More »

Port Owen River Race

report by Kirsten Veenstra This past weekend saw the annual Port Owen River Race, a regatta in the Western Cape Dinghy Epic Series, which includes the non-conventional, round-the-cans regattas. The event is becoming a firm favourite due to its fun nature of sailing on the river and dealing with very strong tides and the combination of river and St Helena Bay sailing in a picturesque setting. The weekend was a beautiful and hot West Coast summer weekend – and saw ... Read More »

Middle of the Dam Series – Vaal Dam

2013-2014 NKA MOD Summer Series 2014 King of the Vaal 2014 J22 Practice Series 2014 King of the Vaal 2014 J22 Practice Series Report by Kathy Manten Great fun on the water on Sunday the 26 January. Middle of the dam racing was held at the end of January as the Round The Island will be held on the first weekend of February. 13 boats participated with six J22s in the fleet. The J Sailors are starting to get their ... Read More »