Youth Worlds. Calvin Gibbs Wins the Final Race

by Richard Crockett For some months now word out there has been that Calvin Gibbs has some very special sailing talent, and this was finally proven today when he won the final race of the Laser Youth Worlds in Sanya, China. His biggest disappointment must be his performance in the penultimate race where he finished 19th, as had he been just a single place higher he would have finished with the Bronze Medal, as his results show that he tied ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Thoughts From the Southern Ocean

by Richard Crockett The crew OBRs (On Board Reporters) and others occasionally send back short ‘snapshots’ of life aboard a Volvo Ocean Race boat in the Southern Ocean. Some are heartfelt, others pithy, and this one from Turn The Tie on Plastic downright fearsome. From onboard Turn the Tide on Plastic this morning: That moment where your whole world stops and your heart is in your mouth. The alarm sounds at the chart table, with bright red letters displaying SART ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Risk & Reward in the Southern Ocean

by Richard Crockett Few of us landlubbers know what it’s like to experience the tough conditions of the Southern Ocean. For some of the crew in the race this will be their first time, for others they will have done it before – some as many as 8 times! Despite the number of ‘Southern Ocean Badges of Honour’ they wear, each and every crew member has total respect for this inhospitable ocean. Yet it brings some delight in terms of ... Read More »

SAS Youth Nationals

For the ‘Capies’, being in KZN and at Midmar Dam where the scenery is green and the water more plentiful than that in their home drought-ravaged Province, must seem like being in paradise! And their sailing results show it too as the ‘Capies’ are at the top of most classes. The been wind has been blowing, and the races are being reeled off like clockwork, so come Friday there should well be some very happy sailors around. The Optimist fleet ... Read More »

Youth Worlds China. Gibbs in the Medal Hunt

by Richard Crockett The wind was up and down again yesterday in Sanya with cloud cover once again present across the racing area. An 8-12 knot breeze was present throughout the day with an increase when the sun broke through the clouds later on in the day. The conditions obviously suited Calvin Gibbs as he is currently sailing himself into medal contention, being 4th overall. Today (Wednesday) after the first race of the day he showed on the results sheet ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Interviews With Blair Tuke & Peter Burling

by Richard Crockett. I had the privilege of interviewing two great yachties who are amongst the hottest property in the sailing world minutes before they embarked on leg 3. Of course they are Blair Tuke and Peter Burling, Olympic Gold medalists in 2016, winners of the America’s Cup earlier this year, and now competing on different boats in the Volvo Ocean Race. Regrettably I had very little time with them and I had many more pressing questions to ask, but ... Read More »

Youth Worlds. Calvin Gibbs Off to A Flying Start

by Richard Crockett The Youth World Championships in Sanya, China have started, and although news is not easy to come back, there are some results available from the opening races today (Monday). Calvin Gibbs was off to a flying start with a 5th place in the first race, a really good opening race result. Regrettably his second race resulted in a 22nd which will hopefully be his discard as there are many races to come. While Benji Daniel and Rivaldo ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. The Southern Ocean Ahead

by Richard Crockett As an indication of things to come for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, and a real time indication for the landlubbers in Cape Town, the famous ‘Cape Doctor’ did its thing on the weekend with steady 40 knots of winds on Saturday gusting up to 20 knots more. As a result the race village had to be closed for safety reasons. By Sunday the wind had moderated slightly getting the fleet off in winds of 25-plus knots. ... Read More »

A ‘Stroppy’ Sprog. Sprog No. 1 Being Restored

by Richard Crockett Like myself, there are others with a passion for preserving the history of our sport. Warwick Owen in Port Elizabeth is one, while Frans Loots on St Francis is another. Both the above in particular have an interest in preserving the first Sprog ever built. She is named ‘Stroppy’ and was languishing in the Bayworld museum in Port Elizabeth until Warwick Owen went in search of her – and a new home for her. Being more ‘tatty’ ... Read More »

Gabart 1695nm Ahead of the Record Pace

by Richard Crockett In barely three days, François Gabart literally swallowed Argentina to find himself off the coast of Brazil thanks to a beautiful depression that propelled him from Cape Horn to the southern thirties. The passage was fast, but hard for the boat and her skipper François Gabart as at times they were doing 45 knots. Much of the difficult part is behind them now as they race up the Atlantic. And a bonus is that they are well ... Read More »

And Now for Something Completely Different!

Nick Jacobsen broke the Kite Tow Up World Record with Team Brunel. Professional Danish kiter Nick Jacobsen set, together with Team Brunel, the world record for highest Kite Tow Up at 277 metres above sea level. The successful record attempt was done in the Table Bay, Cape Town. Jacobsen, with the help of Team Brunel and their VO65, set the new record by beating the old record of 244 metres, set by Jesse Richman. The old record, done behind a ... Read More »

Youth Worlds. RSA Team on Their Way to China

The South African team to the youth worlds is on its way to Sanya in China. The team has left early to get in as much on-the-water time as possible under the guidance of their coach, former double Olympian Roger Hudson. Hudson, of the RaceAhead Foundation will be assisted by Alex Burger in China. The RSA Team is: Laser Radial Boys – Calvin Gibbs (Team Captain) Laser Radial Girls – Sonja Stock 420 Girls – Michaela Robinson and Elsje Dijkstra ... Read More »

Youth Worlds. Benji Daniel Again Takes on the World

Durban’s sailing prodigy, Benji Daniel is about to hit Chinese waters as he takes on 19 other nations at the Youth World Championships. The 47th edition takes place at Sanya Beach on Hainan Island, in the south of China with race days scheduled from the 10 – 15 December. With an expected 400 sailors from 70 countries, the crème-de-la-crème of the next generation of international sailors, under the age of 19 will go up against each other in nine classes. ... Read More »

Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) Better

World Sailing, the governing body for our sport, does hide some gems on its website, and unless you are one of those people prepared to trawl the site in the hope of finding a gem, you are likely to miss them. One of these gems is the Racing Rules: Question and Answer Service. Check it out HERE Read More »