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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 »

Cape to Rio race – Rotary Scout news from Day 21

Day 21 – Saturday 25 January. By Grant Chapman. The wind blew from the east for most of the morning, giving us a good start to the day with gusts up to 26 knots while we had the big bag up. We eventually took the bag down at lunch time when the wind became blustery and started coming from the north east, making the spinnaker uncontrollable, especially as we were running across the swell to maintain our position north of ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race – Mussulo has finished

  The Angolan entry Mussulo has an elapsed time of: 22days 11hrs 25mins 25secs Check out the Pics of her finishing here: Read More »

Hobie Longhaul – Durban to Richards Bay – Live NOW

The annual Hobie longhaul between Durban and Richards Bay started with the no-spinnaker cats leaving Vetchies Pier in Durban at 06h00. The spinnaker cats leave at 08h00 – about 15 minutes from now. It appears as if they have ideal conditions with about 15 knots from the SSW – and which may build during the day. There is talk of the course being shortened at the halfway mark if the wind gets up too strong. After almost 2 hours of ... Read More »

Cape to Rio race – day 19 results & position reports

Copy_of_Day_20_Friday_240800GMT_Daily_Position_Report_WEB The closest boat to the finish is now Rocket/Stop Rhino Poaching with 426nm to go, followed by Investec Ciao Bella with 551 to go. At their average speeds they have another 2 and three days left to sail – assuming the wind doesn’t get any lighter than they are! With all the key positions now filled and confirmed, it’s really a case of those at sea having to accept the fact that they are now ‘also rans’ who are ... Read More »