420 National Champs 2018

by Stefan Falcon The Heritage Day weekend nationals was a bit of a homecoming, with ZVYC having been instrumental in the introduction of the 420 in South Africa over a decade ago. It was a very well attended championship with 21 boats. We had a very good mix of young and old sailors, girls and boys, newcomers to the class and experienced sailors, and, important for the South African sailing community, we had a good representation of all race groups. ... Read More »

The Spirit of Sailing Film with Paul Elvstrøm Film

Follow the link to watch a 13 minute movie featuring Paul Elvstrom sailing ‘back in the day’. The film shows Paul Elvstrøm’s sail in three boat types, as he talks about his relationship with sailing. “Sports need not only be competition, show, exercise etc. The great sporting talent may be considered as an artist among other artists – with a special genius to express themselves through their sporting ability.” Watch it HERE Read More »

Mossel Bay Race. Man Overboard

This report was received from Deon Langenhoven, NSRI Hermanus Station Commander, who said: At 19h30, Thursday, 27 September, NSRI Hermanus and NSRI Agulhas duty crews were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a Mayday distress VHF radio call, intercepted by Telkom Maritime Radio Services, made from the yacht ‘Silver Girl’, sailing in the Mossel Bay yacht race, from Simonstown to Mossel Bay, reporting their skipper, Melvin Rautenbach, fallen overboard after their yacht was struck by a wave ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. All Calm After the Storm & More Assistance Required

• Gregor McGuckin is Well and in Good Spirits • Istvan Kopar Goes to the Aid of Solo Yachtsman in South Indian Ocean The Australian frigate ‘HMAS Ballarat’ will be within helicopter range of Ile de Amsterdam today and will commence operations to pick up Gregor McGuckin, one of two Golden Globe Race skippers dismasted during a fierce storm mid-way across the South Indian Ocean last Friday. The second skipper, Indian Naval Commander Abhilash Tomy, who sustained serious back injuries ... Read More »

A Cape 31 Spring in Your Step

‘Spring Regatta’ was held in fabulous conditions in False Bay over the National Heritage Day long weekend, 22-24 September 2018. This is the first of the four premier regional regattas, contributing towards the Western Cape Keelboat Inshore Championship 2018|9, which is held on the ORC rating platform. False Bay Yacht Club hosted an excellent event. Of the 48 yachts entered in the regatta, 34 competed on ORC, with the remainder sailing in the coastal cruising fleet, and the Miura Class ... Read More »

NASA Launch A Global Ice-Measuring Satellite

NASA’s recently launched Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) is embarking on a three-year mission to measure the ice of Earth’s frozen and icy areas. “With this mission we continue humankind’s exploration of the remote polar regions of our planet and advance our understanding of how ongoing changes of Earth’s ice cover at the poles and elsewhere will affect lives around the world, now and in the future,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Using ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race Sustainability Programme Wins Awards

At the prestigious international Beyond Sport Awards, in New York, the programme won in ‘The Best Corporate Campaign or Initiative in Sport for Good’ category. The judges commended the programme for its ‘fantastic use of a global platform to spread an important message around the danger of plastic pollution’. They also commented on how the campaign encouraged young people to become climate activists and used robust scientific research. Working to promote the UN Clean Seas campaign and through a range ... Read More »

Selling Everything and ‘Going Sailing’

Sascha and Lans-Leo are doing what we all dream of doing, but rarely do! They are sailing the world, free of the stresses of every day life, taking each day as it comes, and all the while exploring the world. Read how this couple made the break and tell it like it really is. By Sascha Bruwer Selling everything and sailing around the world – it’s just a sentence I thought, and one just said because they were a fed ... Read More »

Greenest Team of the Year

At the end of their debut season with the 52 Super Series, Hasso and Tina Plattner’s crew on ‘Phoenix’ were crowned “Greenest Team of the Year” at the final prize-giving ceremony held in Valencia on Saturday. Determined, consistent and with a high attention to detail, they displayed all the hallmarks of any 52 Super Series champion to scoop the annual sustainability award. Their prize, a water hydration station donated by 52 Super Series Sustainability Partner, Bluewater, will be installed in ... Read More »

Spectacular & Action-Packed Azimut Challenge

Vincent Riou (‘PRB’) crossed the finish line of the 247 mile course of the 8th Azimut Challenge in just 18 hours, 39 minutes and 25 seconds, while Sam Davies finished in 2nd place, less than 7 minutes behind Riou. Yann Eliès completed the podium, with all three of their trusty steeds being 100% foilers. After a night upwind, and at around 06H00 the following morning Sam Davies, Paul Meilhat, Vincent Riou and Yann Eliès were so close to each other ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. 2nd Sailor RescueD

Gregor McGuckin ‘well and in good spirits’. The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) in Canberra has confirmed that Gregor McGuckin, the second Golden Globe Race solo sailor to have been dismasted in the South Indian Ocean, was picked up safely from his yacht. The French Fisheries Patrol Vessel ‘Osiris’, which had evacuated the injured Indian sailor Abhilash Tomy from his yacht earlier in the day, reported Gregor to be well and in good spirits. The two Royal Australian Air Force ... Read More »

Injured Solo Sailor Rescued

The French fisheries patrol vessel ‘Osiris’ reached Tomy’s yacht at 05:30 UTC and her crew successfully transferred him to the ship. The Joint Rescue Co-ordingation Centre in Canberra which co-ordingated the rescue reported: “Tomy is concious, talking and onboard the ‘Orisis’. Australian and Indian long range P8 Orion reconnaissance aircraft are circling overhead. Thuriya’s position is 39 32.79S and 78 3.29E Weather conditions are favourable: 15-20knots from the South West, 2m swells and good visibility. A radio briefing was held ... Read More »


A multinational search operation is now under way to rescue injured Indian solo sailor Abhilash Tomy from his dismasted yacht in the Southern Ocean some 1,900 miles SW of Perth at the extreme limit of immediate rescue range. The 39 year old yachtsman was lying in 3rd place in the Golden Globe Race when he and fellow competitor, Irishman Gregor McGuckin were overtaken by a 70 knot storm and 15 metre seas on Friday. Tomy’s ketch rigged yacht ‘Thuriya’, was ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. CODE RED

• CODE RED ALERT after GGR fleet hit by massive Southern Ocean storm • Abhilash Tomy and Gregor McGuckin rolled and dismasted • Mark Slats experiences two major knock-downs Solo sailors in the 2018 Golden Globe Race have been hit by a vicious storm mid way across the South Indian Ocean. The 70 knot winds and 14m seas have left India’s Abhilash Tomy and Ireland’s Gregor McGuckin dismasted. And twice knocked down is the yacht of 2nd placed Dutchman Mark ... Read More »

Azimut Challenge. Record Breaking IMOCAs

Starting today, the Azimut Challenge will bring together an eclectic line-up of 15 IMOCAs. This event has become one not to miss as with a month and a half to go to the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, this will be a final opportunity for the sailors to see how they measure up against each other. A Valuable Opportunity to Do Battle The event will begin with a 24-hour solo race, which will enable the sailors to see how they are ... Read More »