Clubs, Classes, Results

FBYC Youth Training Programme

False Bay Yacht Club have established a youth training programme that sources students from the Lawhill Maritime school, Fish Hoek High School and Reddam House to name just a few. Despite the weather not playing ball in recent weeks and sailing being blown out for most of our training weekends, the students have been kept busy learning various important sailing skills, such as: • winch maintenance • swimming a hull clean • maintenance and care of an outboard motors • ... Read More »

RCYC Double Handed Race

by Andrew Collins The best sailing format in the club (in my biassed opinion), delivered another excellent race on Saturday. As summer slowly fades, we had sublime typical winter conditions, perfect for short-handed racing. A flat sea and a consistent 12 knots of westerly, except for a brief lull when the wind dropped to about 6 knots. This allowed the fleet to enjoy a wonderful afternoon on the water. As always, we had a good turnout of 20 boats. Class ... Read More »

Mossel Bay Yacht & Boat Club Inter-Club Regatta

by Malcolm Osborne Mossel Bay Yacht & Boat Club hosted its annual Inter Club Regatta at the end of February. This year, the event also incorporated the Western Cape Championships for the Tera Class. There were three fleets competing – a 6 boat Catamaran fleet (4 Darts and 2 Mosquitos), a 14 boat `Rating Under 1200’ fleet (10 Lasers, 2 Dabchicks and 2 420s) and a 31 boat ‘Rating over 1200’ fleet (16 Tera Sport, 4 Tera Pro, 4 Optimists, ... Read More »

Point Yacht Club – Jonsey Sprints

by Sophie Thompson A zinger of a performance by Gavin Smith helming the yacht Zing, matched the sweltering weather offshore of Durban during the first day of the Jonsey Sprints hosted by Point Yacht Club. Smith earned himself line honours in the monohull class in all three races. In the first race, the longest on the day, Smith and his crew got off to a fantastic start and set a decent pace to the top mark. On the rounding, the ... Read More »

SA’s Gouws Wins African Kiteboarding Qualifier

It was mission accomplished for Rut Gouws in Dakhla, Morocco, as the 14-year-old from Stilbaai powered her way to first place at the Youth Olympic Games kiteboarding qualifier. That puts Gouws in line to be selected as part of Team South Africa at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in October this year. Gouws put in a fantastic performance, winning 10 of her 12 races to finish as the undisputed champion. “I’m feeling super blessed to be the African ... Read More »

Viper 640 by Rondar Boats For RSA

by Richard Crockett Recently Alex Schon and a few of his mates competed in the Viper 640 Worlds in Australia, finishing 17th in a fleet of 25 boats. Their best two races were a 5th and an 8th overall. The reason he was there with Greg Plunkett, Bo Szalek and Gavin Davies is that he and Plunkett intend to start a class in this country. “It is our (Greg Plunkett and myself) intention is to hopefully start a new one ... Read More »

World Sailing. Presidential Newsletter

My fellow Sailors and friends, The start of 2018 has been a busy one for the sailing community. With the major task focussed primarily on the decision process needed to fulfil the requirements of World Sailing regulations with regards to the 2024 Olympic events. As this is a very important issue, I would like to take this month’s newsletter to provide our MNAs, our athletes and the sailing community at large with an overview of the entire process so that ... Read More »

Knysna Inter-Club

by Malcolm Osborne Knysna Yacht Club hosted its annual Inter-Club Regatta on 10-11 February. The event attracted competitors from Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, as well as from the local clubs – Mossel Bay and George Lakes. The Knysna estuary was filled with 67 boats racing around the courses. The largest fleet was the faster rated fleet of dinghies (Lasers etc.), which had 36 boats; the slower rated fleet (Optimist, Tera, etc) had 27 boats, while the Catamarans had just ... Read More »

J22 Mpumalanga Provincials

Witbank are looking forward to hosting the J22 Mpumalanga Provincials Friday 30th March to Monday 2ndApril. The meal booking form will follow shortly but in the meantime enter on Windsail, by far the easiest way, and avoid the late entry fee. As always WYAC has excellent camping facilities, the meals supplied by the kitchen are superb, the bar is well stocked and an efficient well run race team will there to make the most of the weather conditions. Please make ... Read More »

Round the Island Race Diamond Jubilee

2018 is the Diamond Jubilee of the ‘LDYC Round-the-Island Race’. Friday 2 to Sunday 4 February 2018. Sail the 60th Annual Race to Smash Our Guinness World Record Calling all sailors to make South African sailing history! Let’s celebrate by breaking our international Guinness World Record awarded in 2007, when 389 boats crossed the finish line. Read More »

Cape 31 Summer in the South Regatta

by Luke Scott Table Bay provides an exceptionally beautiful setting for yacht racing, under the immense majestic gravitas of Table Mountain. However, in the middle of summer, the powerful south-easterly wind often wreaks havoc on the best sailing intentions: apart from the broaches and damage infliction, this wind and the airborne nippy seawater can also make for cold, wet and unpleasant sailing. Perhaps it is well deserving then that the colourful burst of energy and potential that is the Cape ... Read More »

Sprog Nationals 2017

by John Wright The Sprog Nationals had a disappointing entry of just ten boats as many promises were not fulfilled, and many entries that were expected just didn’t turn up. Regrettably that is sailing today as also experienced by the GP14 and Fireball fleets over the same period. On the positive side the racing was keen and close with Ricky and Ryan Robinson dominating the racing. Phillip Bennett & Helen gave a good chase as runners-up. The fight for the ... Read More »

Fireball & GP14 Nationals

by Malcolm Osborne George Lakes Yacht Club (GLYC) was a hive of activity when it hosted its annual New Year Regatta. Numbers were boosted as the Fireball and GP14 classes hosted their National Championships as part of the event. Both classes mustered 10 boats each to contest for their national trophies. Contestants came from Johannesburg, Cape Town, East London, Port Elizabeth, Knysna and Mossel Bay, in addition to the GLYC fleet. Just three Lasers sailed for the senior New Year ... Read More »

Sangoma Cruise. Durban to Richards Bay & Back

by Sophie Thompson A small fleet of adventurous yachties ventured offshore for the Sangoma Cruise hosted by Point Yacht Club between Christmas and New Year. The 80 nautical mile cruise had five keelboats entered to participate, with three of the yachts taking the first weather window on Boxing Day, the remaining two checked out to leave on 28 December to catch the South Westerly winds. First to depart, Ocean Spirit helmed by Neville Bransby set the pace in the dying ... Read More »

Flying Fifteen Nationals and Hobie 16 KZN Regionals

by Sophie Thompson Three days of adverse conditions off Durban during the December long-weekend tested two small, competitive fleets of sailors competing in the Flying Fifteen Nationals and Hobie 16 Provincials, hosted by Point Yacht Club. In the Flying Fifteen Nationals, no strangers to being at the front of the pack in the Flying Fifteen class, Patrick Harris and Jeremy Kriek led throughout the regatta, impressively taking top honours in eight out of the nine races, finding it heavy going ... Read More »