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Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships – update

The third day of racing (Sunday) at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships was a tough affair with light winds and a strong current testing the sailors across the six fleets on the water. The Laser, Laser Radial and Men’s and Women’s RS:X were joined by the Men’s and Women’s 470 fleets on the third day of racing as they kick started their competition. After a long wait ashore and a further one afloat waiting for the wind to ... Read More »

Win with Raymarine WIN! an a98 MFD with DownVision™ & Wi-Fi. To celebrate the new Raymarine aSeries model line-up, we are giving away an a98 multifunction display. Find out more about the aSeries here: As well as a bright 9″ touchscreen display, the a98 also features built-in CHIRP DownVision™ sonar technology so you can see the real world beneath your boat, built-in Wi-Fi so you can take advantage of Raymarine’s free mobile apps, and Raymarine’s intuitive LightHouse II user interface. Enter ... Read More »

Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds – RSA Team Update

More than 1,250 sailors in over 900 boats from 84 nations will compete at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships from 8 – 21 September 2014. The best sailing talent will be on show and as well as world titles being awarded across ten events. 50% of Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition places will be won based on results in Santander. The regatta format will feature an opening qualification series and a final series with the top ten in ... Read More »

MAXI YACHT ROLEX CUP – Supermaxis, Maxis & Dual-purpose Mini Maxis

In the 2014 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup fleet there are three Supermaxis, goliaths of the sea measuring upwards of 100-ft. Contrasting designs define the Class. Firefly is a modern interpretation of a classic day racer, while Inoui and Viriella are simply imperious modern yachts that offer their owners graceful habitats afloat. Firefly leads going into the second half of the competition, but only by one point from Inoui , which has the wind behind her challenge having won today’s 31nm ... Read More »

Hard yards – to win you have to be fit & well prepared

The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is a serious event – so to win you have to be fit and well prepared. Leaving nothing to chance on water requires dedicated preparation. The working day for the Mini Maxi crews begins in earnest as the sun rises; physical conditioning and mental wellbeing are treated seriously. All teams have their own approach; whether it be hours in the gym, cycling northeast Sardinia’s mountain bike trails or swimming lengths in the sea. Alex Schaerer’s ... Read More »

6th Entry for the Vasco da Gama Race received

The defending Vasco da Gama Race champion of the last two races, Gregg Hurter, has just entered next year’s race which will be from Durban to Port Elizabeth. Hurter has successfully campaigned his Beneteau First 40 Bellatrix and won the last two races overall on handicap. He is a seasoned Vasco veteran who cut his teeth in the race during the good old days when the race was run between Durban and East London, and when fleets were in the ... Read More »

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – J-Boat Splendour

Owing to their sleek lines, tall masts and decks gleaming with polished winches and varnished woodwork, the five attending J-Class boats catch many admiring glances on the docks of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. The America’s Cup boat of choice in the 1930s, victim of the steel shortage during World War 2 when a number of its kind were destroyed, has enjoyed a revival since the turn of the century. In 2000, the J-Class Association was formed encouraging the construction ... Read More »

Leisurely Holiday 23 Sailing Weekend in Saldahna

by Kirsten Veenstra Recently the Holiday 23 class had an informal sailing get together at Saldahna, which was attended by 8 boats from the fleet and the crew. It was a perfect example of how classes can sail for fun – and have great turnout and energy around the event. Coenie Thiart, Chairman of the Holiday 23 Class, does an incredible job of communication to the class, constantly keeping the energy and excitement for events and Holiday 23 Sailing in ... Read More »

Midlands Sailing Development Project Launched

South African Sailing (SAS) in conjunction with Henley Midmar Yacht Club and the Department of Sports and Recreation successfully launched the Midlands Sailing Development Project over the weekends of 17th and 31st August. Two open days were held which were free to the general public and anyone interested in the sport of sailing. The day consisted of sailing boat rides in the company of trained SAS instructors on a variety of sailing craft ranging from training dinghies to HMYC members ... Read More »

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – in A Class of its Own

An international fleet of 35 Maxi yachts have arrived in Porto Cervo, Sardinia for one of the sailing calendar’s great annual occasions. 2014 marks the 25th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, a competition sponsored by Rolex since 1985 and organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) and the International Maxi Association (IMA). It’s a meeting of elegance, power and speed. Week-long racing starts today. Lord Irvine Laidlaw’s Wally 82.8m hybrid Highland Fling, competing in Maxi Racing, will ... Read More »

Lipton Cup – the performance of the regatta

There is no more worthy team than the ZVYC team who have turned heads and had everyone talking about their performance this week. This is a young team that has shown immense commitment to sailing through the Royal Cape Yacht Club sailing academy. The team is a very diverse bunch who have jelled into a formidable crew – and now have pushed some of the best sailors in the country right out of their comfort zones. In the two weeks ... Read More »

Lipton Cup – The ‘Davis Dozen!’

Greg Davis has won the Lipton Cup today for the 12th time – that’s more than any other individual. So why is he such a prolific winner? In researching the answers to this question, I asked David Hudson his opinion as he has sailed with Davis, and is managing the RCYC team this year. Hudson said: “Contrary to popular belief it is not because he has the fastest boat – known in the fleet as 074 – as he notched ... Read More »

East Rand Yacht CLub (ERYC) – History

A reader of “Talking Sailing” issue 22 recently queried the existence of the East Rand Yacht Club, and whether as a club it is still active. As a result I have a delightful and news response from a former Commodore, Brian Mathiesen. Regrettably the club is now defunct, although the info supplied by Brian makes for an interesting and historic read. Enjoy. ERYC A YEAR AS COMMODORE OF EAST RAND YACHT CLUB Read More »