Optimist Worlds Thailand. No Wind

by Richard Crockett After not qualifying for the Team Racing series over 2 days, the RSA team was dealt another blow after yesterdays racing was abandoned due to no wind. So they have not raced for 3 days – very frustrating when you are at a World Championship. The second half of the individual series of the Optimist World Championship was abandoned after a midday rainstorm followed by a fruitless four hour wait on the water for wind to return. ... Read More »

Announcement on the 36th America’s Cup

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Circolo della Vela Sicilia as the Challenger of Record, together with their respective representative teams Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge, are pleased to announce that the Protocol establishing the parameters for the 36th America’s Cup will be released in September 2017. The proposed dates for the event will be further detailed in the Protocol, but the Defender and the Challenger of Record are considering the possibility of the 36th America’s ... Read More »

‘Old Gaffers’ Win Flying Fifteen 70th Anniversary Race

by Richard Crockett Two dyed-in-the wool Flying Fifteen diehards, Campbell Alexander and Jeremy Kriek, are difficult to keep out of their boats, especially Alexander who at an age where many have pensioned off their sailing boots, still actively sails a full rig Laser too. As this year is the Flying 15 70th anniversary, they headed to the home of the F15 at Cowes to compete in a few regattas. Yesterday they won the 70th Anniversary one-off race against some stiff ... Read More »

Hartbeespoort Dam Hyacinth Menace

by Richard Crockett An NSRI headline – Canoeists caught in hyacinth – caught my attention this morning. Michael Saunders, NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam station commander, said: “At 12h30 on Saturday 15 July, NSRI Hartbeespoort Dam duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of 2 canoeists appearing to be stranded in the Hyacinth on Hartbeespoort Dam. “Our duty crew launched the rescue craft Rotary Endeavor and proceeded to make their way through the thick and compacted Hyacinth. “With two crew on the ... Read More »

470 Men’s Worlds. Hudson Speaks about the Teams Performance

by Roger Hudson – Coach, Manager & Mentor Thanks for all of the support. We had some long days out there, sometimes starting races at 19h00! We are all very much in good spirits over here. We had a few cold beers and a nice team dinner last night and celebrated a unique gold fleet result for SA. In context, this is a very solid and fair result for the boys and where they stand in the overall scheme of ... Read More »

Optimist World Championship. Day 2 Wind

by Richard Crockett A sunny, windy day greeted sailors on the second day of the Optimist World Championships 2017, setting the stage for a day of perfect racing conditions with a dramatic ending sure to remembered for years to come. White caps offshore of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club heralded winds of 15 to 18 knots that lasted through the day. As Local Race Officer Neil Dunkley put it, “Bigger wind sailors are going to have their day today.” He ... Read More »

470 Worlds – It’s a Wrap

by Richard Crockett Our local RSA guys were not able to sustain their good early event results on the final day, and slumped to 27th overall, with 25; 22 & 34th position results on the final day. Their dreams of a top 20 result were not realised, but a lot of good has come from this event – especially when one realises that Asenathi Jim, and in particular crewman Sibu Sizatu was competing at this level for the first time. ... Read More »

Blair Tuke for the Volvo Ocean Race

by Richard Crockett At the age of just 27 Blair Tuke has achieved more in sailing than most people have achieved in a lifetime – yet he still wants to fulfill a childhood dream and compete in the world’s toughest ocean race. In just 10 month Tuke has won a gold medal in the Rio Olympics and the America’s Cup. If he and his team win the VOR, he will become the first person ever to win sailing’s ‘Triple Crown’ ... Read More »

Optimist Worlds day 1 in Thailand

Top youth sailors from the 62 countries participating in the Optimist World Championship 2017 took to the waters off Pattaya, Thailand, in an long-awaited start to what will be eight days of competition. Excited and focussed on doing their best, they had to contend with a strong tide, unfamiliar conditions for many, and a sudden rainstorm that closed the day. A steady breeze of 7-10 knots held throughout most of the afternoon, but a strong tide coming from behind pushed ... Read More »

Inter-Varsity Match Racing. Finals is Stellies vs UCT

by Edrich de Lange Yesterday afternoon, after a rain squall we continued the sailing for the semi-finals. Spectators were reluctant at first to join, but after the skies cleared a bit more the boats started to fill the area surrounding the course. UP won the coin toss against UCT and decided to start on Challenger, and on the committee boat side. DUT won their toss against Stellenbosch and chose the same setup. Stellenbosch won the first race in a little ... Read More »