SAS Grand Slam. Durban Sailing At It’s Best

                by Sophie Thompson Winter dinghy sailing in Durban doesn’t get better than this; the third annual SAS Grand Slam hosted by Point Yacht Club was held in the bay over the weekend. With a fleet of 34 dinghies taking to the water, the two largest fleets were the Oppies and Lasers. Leading the full rig Lasers, was Gregg Dobson closely followed by JP McLoughlin who is making a welcome return to the ... Read More »

Learn to Sail: The Ultimate Guide

by Richard Crockett The number of people I have either met or spoken to who ask “How do I learn to Sail?” is staggering. Few know about Sailing Schools, and even fewer know that Yacht Clubs are always willing to assist people to find a berth and introduce them to those members generous enough to share their experiences and boat with newcomers. Sailing is a great sport – a lifetime sport – that rarely discriminates on sex, and has scant ... Read More »

Old Gaffers Finish on A High

by Richard Crockett Campbell Alexander and Jeremy Kriek did not get the opportunity to challenge for top honours in the Cowes Classic Week as the weather prevented this with no racing. However they did finish 2nd overall, and did win the magnificent ‘Travelled Further Trophy’. Alexander described the event as great fun. Results HERE Read More »

Hobie Worlds. RSA H16 Results

by Richard Crockett The Hobie 14s have been reported on in full, but what about the South Africans competing in the multiclass event? In the Hobie 16 youth spinnaker class, Ewald Erasmus & Stephanie Goodyer are lying 4th overall. In the Hobie 16 Youth Dylan Albert & James Butler are 11th overall. Results HERE Read More »

Hobie Worlds. Dodds on Hobie 14 Podium

by Richard Crockett Blaine Dodds is a seasoned campaigner who needs no introduction to the cut and thrust of top level international competition as he has been in the thick of it for many years. However he did leave his charge for a place on the Hobie 14 podium rather late! He started the event in a very uncharacteristic way with a few double digit finishes. It was only in the 6th race that his true grit, determination and skill ... Read More »

Hobie Worlds

by Richard Crockett South African’s have always done well in Hobie International events, and so far we have two RSA sailors in the top 10 of the Hobie 14s. Blaine Dodds is lying 6th overall after 3 races, and Nicholas Ryall 7th overall. In the Hobie 16 Youth, Dylan Albert and James Butler are in 17th spot. At the top of the Hobie 14 fleet, and dominating too, is Georgia Warren-Myers who has two 1sts and a 2nd to here ... Read More »

Refit for legendary Herreshoff Schooner ‘Vagrant’

The classic 39m (128ft schooner), launched in 1913, will be rebuilt completely by Royal Huisman’s dedicated refit department. Herreshoff’s legacy has fascinated yachting lovers for more than a century. ‘Vagrant’s’ owner – well aware of the yacht’s history – clearly briefed Team Huisfit to reconstruct ‘Vagrant’s’ magnificent grace and style, inside and out, with the utmost respect and care for her historic value, but also to re-engineer her with the most modern quality materials and board systems for sensible, effortless ... Read More »

Cowes Classic Week. AP over A displayed

This message was relayed to all competitors yesterday including the Old Gaffers from Durban sailing in the Flying 15 Fleet. The decision to cancel all racing on Thursday (20 July) was taken after extensive consideration of all information available and in the light of wind strength forecasts for the afternoon. Having consulted a range of forecasts, all indications are for a minimum wind strength of some 20 knots with gusts well above that. In addition, professional forecasts are showing a ... Read More »

Optimist Worlds Ends with No Wind & No Racing

The Optimist World Championship 2017 ended successfully with all 281 young sailors from 62 countries contributing to make the event a resounding international success. Marco Gradoni of Italy was crowned the World Champion for 2017. Team USA were crowned as the Best Nation and Best Team Racing champions. On the morning of the final day’s racing, sailors prepared to launch in listless conditions, hopeful of sailing three more races. For the select few at the top of the fleet leaderboards, ... Read More »

US Coast Guard Updates Electronic Chart Policy

by Richard Crockett The issue of paper charts vs electronic digital charts is one debated in many yachts clubs around the world. I have always viewed the US Coast Guard to be pretty broad-mined in their view to many issues regarding boating. It is a pity that SAMSA is not as liberal in their thinking, as their hard-ass approach certainly suffocates recreational sailing. I simply hope that they read this and take note. The U.S. Coast Guard has announced an ... Read More »