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Vasco Taverna Mac 24 Hour Endurance Challenge 2014

The 17th MAC 24 hour sponsored by Vasco’s Taverna was held on 15 and 16 March at Milnerton Aquatic Club. There were 26 entries, 4 more boats than last year, with over 225 sailors competing in shifts, sailing for 24 hours. Racing started at 12h00, and at 22h00 a meeting was called as the wind was  averaging over 25 knots, so racing was postponed and restarted again at 04h30 when the winds had moderated. See the pics from Angela Gray ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – Three new crew members join Team SCA

It has been confirmed that Dee Caffari (GBR), Sara Hastreiter (USA) and Elodie-Jane Mettraux (SUI) will all be joining Team SCA, leading global hygiene and forest products company SCA’s, all-female team in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Caffari (41) is no stranger to ocean racing having competed in the Vendée Globe Race, the Global Challenge, Barcelona World Race and four transatlantic races.  She is the only woman to have sailed solo around the world in both directions (east about and ... Read More »

Message from the President of SA Sailing

I would like to clear up a misunderstanding about the “Pathway” document that was posted on the SA Sailing Facebook wall on 14 January under the heading “Here is the new SAS class structure.  Open for comment.” This particular document as it appeared did not in fact reflect a “new SAS class structure”, and had not been approved by the SA Sailing Council or any of the Regional EXCOs.  It was actually one of a number of “work in progress” documents ... Read More »

Phillippa Hutton-Squire – Moving Forwards!

It has been a sad time saying good bye to my lovely boat, Phesheya-Racing. Phesheya has entertained me on and off the water for last 4 years. I started sailing her in 2010 and now I have done so many miles in her I can’t begin to count (maybe 70 000nm)! Every single mile has been worthwhile. I have sailed around Britain and Ireland twice, done three Normandy Channel Races, around the world and lots more. Sometimes it has not ... Read More »

Clipper Race – Nqoba Mswazi to Cross the Pacific

A young Durban resident is preparing to take part in what is dubbed as the most challenging ocean crossing of the 40,000 mile long Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Nqoba Mswazi, a 22-year-old from Umbilo, 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 ... Read More »

Free Learn to Sail Videos on You Tube

From Tim Hore, Director at Tympani Productions Top Contributor. We have created this channel which takes people through the basic steps of how to sail a dinghy. Totally FREE to view. At the moment there are only 15 or so videos up on the channel but we have another 80 almost ready to go and will be uploading them soon. Have a look. Read More »

ORACLE TEAM USA introduces sailing crew

Skipper Jimmy Spithill and tactician/sailing team manager Tom Slingsby have introduced the crew who are participating in the team’s first training camp of the new America’s Cup cycle. In addition to Spithill and Slingsby, ORACLE TEAM USA opens training camp in Sydney, Australia this week with sailors Andrew Campbell, Kinley Fowler, Rome Kirby, Kyle Langford, Joey Newton, and Joe Spooner. Philippe Presti will be returning to the team as coach. “I’m excited that we’ve managed to assemble this group,” said ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” by Richard Crockett – issue 14

If you know someone who would like to receive “Talking Sailing” either forward this mail to them and let them subscribe, or simply send an e-mail to with the words ‘SUBSCRIBE TO TALKING SAILING’ in the subject line – and the e-mail address in the message section. Readers are welcome to share this with friends and colleagues. A Subject Close to my Heart In numerous ‘Log Entry’ editorials in SAILING Magazine over the years I have mentioned the issue ... Read More »

North Sails – Oakley Capital Acquires Majority Stake in North Technology Group

North Technology Group (NTG) is pleased to announce Oakley Capital Private Equity (“Oakley”) has acquired a majority stake in their diverse family of companies. Oakley is an investment vehicle founded by UK businessman and sailing enthusiast Peter Dubens. Utilizing their collective experience, Dubens and his partners make investments in companies to support their brand development and growth. “We are delighted to be backing North Technology Group and an iconic brand like North Sails,” said Dubens. “This investment further demonstrates Oakley’s ... Read More »

Hobie 16 Nationals – entries close Friday 7 March

18 Days to go!!!!!!!!!!!!! – Come on – get your entries in. NB: Early entries close this coming Friday, 7 March – if you enter after this date you will be paying an additional R100.00 – we need you to enter to facilitate our organising and finalising numbers – it is extremely difficult guessing! The 2014 Boardwalk Hobie 16 Nationals – Thursday 20 March 2013 to Sunday 23 March 2013 (Friday 21 March is a Public Holiday) We are once ... Read More »

Sailor of the Month – William Edwards

March 2014 issue – Sailor of the Month William Edwards Hobie sailors have done our country proud for many years as they have consistently finished on the podium in World Championship events. One of these is William Edwards, who together with his wife Lucinda, make an awesome on-the-water team. In Australia’s Jervis Bay they set the world stage alight in the opening event of the 2014 Hobie 16 worlds by winning the Hobie Masters title in a tight battle, edging ... Read More »

Clipper Race – Race 9 restarts after repairs

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Chairman and Founder of the Clipper Race, has repaired the forestay bottlescrews of nine of the 12-strong Clipper 70 fleet with the rest being completed over the next day. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said inevitably there are things that need adjusting with a new fleet of boats. Race 9, Singapore to Qingdao, China was halted and the boats diverted to Hong Kong so the repairs could be carried out quickly before the race restarted less than a day ... Read More »

ISAF Resources iOS Application

The International Sailing Federation has launched a new ISAF Resources Application available for all iOS devices via iTunes and the Apple App Store. The ISAF Resources App currently has a number of existing publication titles available for purchase in an e-format, with more resources being added over coming months: • ISAF Guide to Offshore Personal Safety • ISAF Beginners Guide to Dinghy Sailing • ISAF Beginners Guide to Kiteboarding • ISAF Coaching Fundamentals • ISAF Guide to Yachting – Crewing ... Read More »