Rolex Fastnet Race. A Lasting Encounter Which Starts Today

A record-breaking fleet of more than 400 yachts has entered the 48th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race. Ranging in size from nine to 32 metres (29.5–105 feet), crewed by professionals, Corinthians, the passionate and the adventurous, they will be taking on a legendary 605 nautical mile course that demands unremitting endeavour. Rolex’s partnership with this respected and influential race began in 2001 as part of a six-decade-long involvement in yachting. Offshore sailing has been at the heart of this ... Read More »

2020 52 Super Series Season Will Open in Cape Town

The 2020 52 Super Series season will visit South Africa as the showcase curtain raiser to a six-regatta year, which will also feature four reliable, popular favourites in Europe. The world’s leading grand prix monohull circuit will start with two regattas in South Africa in March and April and return to the Mediterranean for regattas in Scarlino, Tuscany in May, Porto Cervo, Sardinia in June, and Valencia in July before concluding in Mallorca at Puerto Portals in September. Reflecting a ... Read More »

Lipton Challenge Cup. How to Follow the Action

The regatta will take place from Sunday 4 August to Saturday 10 August in Table Bay. Sunday is the registration day with crew weigh-ins, plus the opening evening function. The first race is on Monday 5 August. The scheduled time of the warning signal for each day of the contest is 11h00. The host Club is the Royal Cape Yacht Club. Follow the event with these options: Facebook: Internet: Track Racing Live: WhatsApp – Register HERE for ... Read More »

Rolex Fastnet Race’s Most Complete Pantheon of Offshore Race Boats

The most impressive collection of offshore racing hardware from across the globe is set to gather off Cowes for the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race on 3 August. Following the 340 available places in the IRC fleet selling out in just four minutes and 37 seconds when entries opened on 7 January, the Royal Ocean Racing Club, organisers of this, the world’s largest offshore yacht race, has provided a sneak preview of the 2019 line-up. While the bulk of ... Read More »

Lipton Challenge Cup – A New Era Dawns

The Lipton Challenge Cup sailing event is this country’s most iconic yacht racing regatta, with its origins dating back to 1909 when Sir Thomas Lipton gave the South African Sailing Community the magnificent Lipton Cup trophy. The opening paragraph of the Deed of Gift says: “Know all men by those present that I, Sir Thomas Lipton, of London, England, for the purpose of encouraging yachting in South Africa, and especially in the way of friendly contests in sailing and seamanship ... Read More »

Lipton Challenge Cup. Meet the Teams

by Richard Crockett The first race of the Lipton Cup kicks off on Monday in Table Bay – a mere 5 days away – and will bring with it a new era in one of the most up-to-date and modern racing keelboats available. Since 1982, which one can comfortably refer to as the ‘modern’ Lipton Cup era, just two classes of yacht have been used in the competition. In 1982 and 1983 the IOR 1/4-tonner was designated, and from 1984 ... Read More »

August 2019 Raymarine Sailor of the Month – Andrew Tarboton

  South African sailors have been competing in numbers internationally recently, and mostly doing pretty well, so our judges had a tough time calling the winner. Andrew Tarboton has always been a very versatile sailor who performs well in most classes and conditions, and just recently finished 14th in the Musto Skiff World Championships in Medemblik, the Netherlands. He scored four top ten places in 14 races, with a 2nd being his best individual result – an excellent result in ... Read More »

Interview with Sam Davies

“In the Vendée Globe, You Have to Have A Double Philosophy on How to Race” In the last eighteen months Sam Davies has established herself as a podium contender for the next Vendée Globe. On the water she has proven competitive across the wind range on her ‘Initiatives Coeur’ which has been substantially turbo’d up with a massive set of new foils. Her programme, a highly optimised 10 year old boat which was second in 2012 as ‘Banque Populaire’ and ... Read More »

Lipton Cup. “Ma’am, There is No Second.”

by Richard Crockett The America’s Cup and the Lipton Challenge Cup events can be compared by the fact that both are inter-club events, and that there is NO second place. The first race prior to the America’s Cup being established was a race ‘open to yachts belonging to the clubs of all nations’, making club membership a prerequisite from the outset. The prize? A £100 silver cup. America won that race, finishing several miles ahead. When Queen Victoria who was ... Read More »

Lipton Challenge Cup. Some Interesting Facts

by Richard Crockett There is just over a week to go before the 2019 Lipton Challenge Cup starts, and it’s going to be one of those ‘must follow’ events for many different reasons as there are so many different facets to it this year. The Cape 31 Having used the very versatile L26 Class yacht for 35 continuous years from 1984 until 2018, this year a new class of yacht, the ultra-modern, ultra-fast and very slippery Cape 31 has become ... Read More »

Lipton Challenge Cup. The L26 Had A Good Reign, But Who Will Win this Year?

by Richard Crockett The L26 class was the Lipton boat of choice from 1984 until 2018 – a span of 35 years during which many an exciting challenge was witnessed, and during which many an older sailor, having been denied international competition for much of their sailing lives, made names for themselves locally. The winner during this period read like a ‘who’s who’ of top sailors in the country. It’s just such a pity that there is no definitive record ... Read More »

Clipper Race. David Immelman to lead ‘GoToBermuda’

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has revealed that Skipper David Immelman, from Cape Town, is to lead Bermuda’s debut Team Entry, ‘GoToBermuda’, during the Clipper 2019-20 Race. Immelman, 48, was announced as one of eleven Clipper Race Skippers in March this year and has been based at Clipper Race HQ in the UK to prepare for the upcoming endurance challenge. Speaking on his appointment as ‘GoToBermuda’ Skipper, Immelman said: “I am so excited to have the opportunity to Skipper ... Read More »

Lipton Cup. It’s All Different this Year

                        by Richard Crockett The Lipton Challenge Cup is no ordinary sailing regatta. It’s an event steeped in tradition, with some unique compulsory sailing courses mixed in with more modern courses, and is in fact the only national inter-Club sailing competition in the country. What it has stood for over the years in the previous 65 events sailed, is that the cup should be competed for by the very ... Read More »

Intervarsity Keelboat Match Racing

by Sonya Stock University teams from across South Africa met in Durban during the July vac for the annual Intervarsity Keelboat Match Racing Regatta. As usual, all universities brought their A-game with ‘gees’ levels high both on and off the water, creating an epic atmosphere for some classic shenanigans. The regatta started with a bang on the afternoon of the 7th following a short briefing outlining the rules. The start of the round robin saw a rather blustery, overcast 15 ... Read More »