Nations Cup Match Racing. Day 2 Tough for RSA

This event is no doubt teaching the two South African teams that Match Racing is a very tough part of the sport, especially if not participating in this format of racing on a regular basis. Our two teams did not acquit themselves particularly well on day two, with Dominique Provoyeur coming away with a total of 3 wins after two days, and Dave Rae just two wins in two days. Maxime Mesnil (FRA) dominated the Open Division during the second ... Read More »

Nations Cup Day 1. All Bullets for Breault, Courtois and Mesnil

by Richard Crockett Match Racing is tough for the very simple reason the it’s close, it’s intense and it’s unforgiving with literally a second or two separating the two teams at the finish of their duel. Ask Bruce Savage and his South African team who won a semi-final decider by just 2 seconds – and that was sufficient to take them to the final and ultimately win the Nations Cup in 1995. Yesterday, Day 1 of this event was not ... Read More »

The Nations Cup Match Racing Event

by Richard Crockett South Africa has a proud record in the World Sailing Nations Cup match racing event as Bruce Savage, Ian Ainslie, Clynton Wade-Lehman and Mark Lagesse won the 1995 event when sailed in San Francisco 24 years ago. Also sailing that year was Sigi Von Bredow in the women’s event. This year the event is back in San Fran – and South Africa again has teams in both the men’s and women’s events, with Dominique Provoyeur heading the ... Read More »

International Laser Class Association – Important Announcements

  In late March the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) announced that it was breaking ties with its largest builder. This announcement came as a shock to many as there are just 3 licenced builders in the world. Many questions have been asked as Laser owners are concerned as to whether their boats will continue to be legal, and indeed what the future holds for the class as a whole. The ILCA has provided a list of answers that seek ... Read More »

Cape Point Sailing & Rigging Co.

Jeremy Bagshaw is a name well known is sailing circles, not just as a solid yachtie, but also as a man who was able to share his thoughts and sailing experiences with well crafted articles, many of which appeared in SAILING Magazine. Having shelved his long term cruising plans, he recently started a rigging business together with two very talented and committed yachties, being Marcello Burricks and Kenwin Daniels. Cape Point Sailing & Rigging Co. (Pty) Ltd is the company, ... Read More »

April 2019 Raymarine Sailor of the Month – Malcolm Hall

Since winning the Far East 28 Worlds in China in October last year, Hall has competed with distinction in the Cape 31 Class – which is the only keelboat class producing really tough and competitive sailing. It’s fast, it’s relentless, and it’s close, exceptionally close in fact, with a mere minor error being exceptionally costly in terms of overall placings. But that cut ‘n thrust is undoubtedly what drives Hall as he is able to soak up the pressure, bounce ... Read More »


The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) examines and investigates all types of marine accidents to or on board UK vessels worldwide, and other vessels in UK territorial waters. Located in offices in Southampton, the MAIB is a separate, independent branch within the Department for Transport (DfT). The head of the MAIB, the Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents, reports directly to the Secretary of State for Transport. This Safety Digest draws the attention of the marine community to some of ... Read More »

Hunter Nationals 2019

By James King Flat water sailing at it’s trickiest best. That’s probably the best way to describe the 2019 Hunter National Championships at Witbank Yacht & Aquatic Club over the March long weekend. Wind speed light to 8 – 10 knots maximum. We had 16 boats this year, up 4 from last year. One boat from Cape Town, two boats from Midmar Dam and two from the Vaal Dam. There were eleven local entries. This regatta saw action both on ... Read More »

Maritime Emergencies. A Real Threat for South Africa: SAMSA

by Richard Crockett It came as quite a shock to read that SAMSA believes South Africa’s state of readiness for maritime emergencies is under severe threat. Maybe my choice of the words “under sever threat” is harsh, but maritime emergency services are something we all think are under control and well catered for, until we hear otherwise, and expecting nothing less. That’s where we are at right now – hearing that they are not prepared. From a yachtie perspective, rescues ... Read More »

The Marine Technology Experience – ‘Proven by Adventure’

For many adventure-seekers travelling to their dream destinations, a power yacht or catamaran is typically how the journey of a lifetime begins. The yacht charter industry has long had the ability to capture the hearts of boaters and non-boaters alike. However, as in other sectors, continuous innovation is vital in order to keep pace with the needs of consumers. As modern society moves from material to experiential spending, power yachts and catamarans remain the ideal platform for those with a ... Read More »

Monument Opened At the Southernmost Tip of Africa

The ‘Iconic Map of Africa Monument’ has been unveiled at the Southernmost tip of Africa in the Agulhas National Park in the Southern Overberg region of the Western Cape. The map pays homage to the mighty African continent and boasts a circumference of 30 metres. The ‘Iconic Map of Africa Monument’ was commissioned and developed at the Agulhas National Park by the Department of Tourism in collaboration with South African National Parks (SANParks) to enhance visitor experience and boost the ... Read More »

Study Shows Rogue Waves Are Becoming More Extreme

by gCaptain They are every mariner’s worst nightmare. A wave twice the height of the average sea state that seemingly comes out of nowhere. Rogue waves have been blamed for countless lost vessels throughout history, but not only are they dangerous to ships and mariners at sea, they can also sweep unsuspecting beach goers out to sea – often with fatal results. To get a better understanding of the phenomena, a team of researchers with the University of Southampton set ... Read More »

The Bermudes 1000 – an IMOCA Event

by Brian Hancock The IMOCA class, operated mostly out of France, is one example of how a class association can really grow an idea into an international movement. IMOCA, which stands for the International Monohull Open Class Association, was originally formed in 1998 as a way to promote the rapidly growing Open 50 and 60 classes as well as a number of single-handed or short-handed races. In 2001 it was formally recognized as an international class and the movement has ... Read More »

Geologists Baffled by Remote Island That’s Covered in Mysterious Rocks

There’s no way these types of rocks could have formed there. By Bryan Nelson There exists a remote tropical island between mainland Africa and Madagascar where one of the greatest geological mysteries in history is unfolding. Anjouan is an autonomous high island formed by undersea volcanoes 4 million years ago, known for its steep, mountainous terrain and black sand beaches. Due to its volcanic origins, the island should be uniformly composed of basalt, a lava-derived rock — and it mostly ... Read More »

The Ocean Race Enters New Era with Global Launch Event

The Ocean Race revealed its new brand identity and confirmed two team entries during an online launch event hosted in Alicante, Spain. Formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Race (1973 to 1997) and the Volvo Ocean Race (2001 to 2018), The Ocean Race is the premiere, fully-crewed, offshore race in the world, and a pinnacle event in the sport of sailing. Although now under new ownership, The Ocean Race retains Volvo as a premier race partner. “This is ... Read More »