Laser Masters – RSA Battling the Light Conditions

by Richard Crockett The winds have been exceptionally light since the event started with the first 2 days being unsailable. So yesterday, (Wednesday) was the first day of racing. The only bit of news I can glean is that Lance Burger won his protest against an Italian boat for a Port & Starboard incident. Results Standard (69 boats) 63 Henri Frencken Grand Master (68 boats) 33 Campbell Alexander 40 Lance Burger Great Grand Master (21 boats) 6 Alan Keen Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. In At the Deep End

by Conrad Colman The Volvo Ocean 65s are high and dry in Lisbon as they get their final tune up before the race – but the sailors are wet to the bone in Newcastle, UK for a sea survival course. Just 27 days separate the Volvo Ocean Race crews from the start line, but first they must all pass through the Marine and Offshore Safety Training Centre, just outside Newcastle, for two days of intensive first aid training, firefighting and ... Read More »

RSA Hobie 16 Nationals – World Champs to Compete

The BIG NEWS is that the current Hobie 16 world champion Daniel Bjornholt Christensen and his brother Nicolaj are coming to Langebaan to sail in the RSA Hobie 16 nationals. With the likes of Blaine Dodds, William Edwards, Shaun Ferry – all previous World Champions competing, this is going to be one cracker of an event. Club Mykonos from 29 September to 3 Oct is the venue for this years event. High Performance Clinic Daniel will be holding a High ... Read More »

Mossel Bay Race

The race starts at 09h00 today (Friday 22 September). This is the second race to Mossel Bay in this format, and follows the success of the 2016 race. Regrettably just 16 boats will be on the start line. Entry List HERE:  Entrants Master – 2017-09-20-paul_TCF7_print3 Follow the race on the XtraLink Tracker HERE Read More »

Clipper Race. Sanya Serenity Coast Claims Line Honours

Sanya Serenity Coast claimed line honours into Punta del Este, Uruguay, in the longest ever individual race of the Clipper Race’s eleven edition history. On her team’s achievement, Skipper Wendy Tuck, 52, from Sydney, Australia, said: “During the last big wind hole, which changed the leader board so much, I was pouring over the weather files for hours. I was pretty happy with my tactics, but when you get to the wind hole and the wind completely drops, even though ... Read More »

International Coastal Clean-up Day Success

“We coordinated more than 400 beach clean-up points around the Cape and 40 in KZN in partnership with the KZN Marine Waste Network members on Saturday alone. This excludes the various clean-ups that took place during the course of last week as part of our “Clean-Up and Recycle SA Week” and inland clean-ups that were held at rivers and streams…” said Douw Steyn, Sustainability Director for Plastics|SA. This past weekend saw the 21st year in which South Africa participated in ... Read More »

A High Tech Mini

  On Sunday 1 October, Swiss sailor Simon Koster will start his third Mini Transat, the solo race between La Rochelle (France) and Le Marin, in Martinique. With a prototype in development since 2015 and more intense preparation, the Zurich sailor feels ready for a challenging and technological transatlantic this autumn, intended as a springboard to other offshore races. The 29 year old Swiss sailor has worked relentlessly for two years in preparation for this race. In 2015 he came ... Read More »

12m Champs. Old Classics Still Compete Seriously

Ten historic 12 Metres are sailing their North American Championship off Newport later this week. Ranging in length between 65 and 75 feet, the Twelves – as they are fondly called – are best known as the America’s Cup yachts sailed during the “Golden Era” of that event, which filled the years between 1958 and 1987. Since the America’s Cup was held in Newport from 1930 to 1983 and many of the Twelves now call Newport their home, these yachts ... Read More »

Stringent Croatian Marina Legislation Abolished. Good News for Cruisers

ICOMIA’s “crucial role” in joining forces with its member, Marina Punat, to help remove barriers to trade in Croatia’s marina sector. The Croatian Customs Administration – the organisation within the Ministry of Finance managing economic development policy including customs and excise duties – announced all Croatian marinas will be released from the stringent bonded-warehouse regime that was crippling the sector. This means marinas will no longer be considered collateral in the country’s VAT rule for non-EU yachts. As of 1 ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Mixed Results From Stealth Mode Tactics

As several teams have re-emerged from Stealth Mode, the leader board is looking a little clearer and Sanya Serenity Coast remains in the lead. More than half the teams in the fleet have now employed their ‘invisibility cloaks’ during Race 1 with the latest to hide from public view. Visit Seattle ended its period of Stealth Mode at 1200 (UTC) yesterday, re-emerging in second place, but things did not go to plan. Skipper Nikki Henderson explains: “A combination of ... Read More »


Three of the twelve teams, Visit Seattle, Unicef and GREAT Britain, are in Stealth Mode hiding their positions from the rest of the fleet. With this, the leader board currently has a very different feel, with Sanya Serenity Coast, Qingdao and PSP Logistics in the top three spots. Visit Seattle’s position will show again from 1200 UTC; Unicef’s and GREAT Britain’s positions will be hidden until 0600 UTC tomorrow. We will have to wait until tomorrow to see what tactical ... Read More »

Look what Hurricane Washed Up

A dugout canoe reportedly washed ashore during Hurricane Irma on the north side of Cocoa, Florida. A local resident reports that he was riding his bicycle after the storm and spotted the canoe by the shore. Familiar with state laws, he suspected the canoe came from Sovereign Submerged Lands and reported it to the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, Division of Historical Resources, Department of State. The canoe was evaluated by a professional archeologist based in Canaveral on Thursday, September ... Read More »


SELECTION NOTICE FOR SOUTH AFRICAN TEAM 48th World Sailing Youth Sailing World Championship 2018 The event will take place in Corpus Christi, USA from 14 to 22 July 2018 ( ) and will be sailed in the classes listed below (please note that South African Sailing (SA Sailing) will not necessarily fill all the slots and this will be at the sole and final discretion of SA Sailing). This list is subject to change if, and only if, World Sailing ... Read More »

Cassini Spacecraft Makes its Final Approach to Saturn

Cassini has begun transmitting data – including the final images taken by its imaging cameras – in advance of its final plunge into Saturn on September 15. The spacecraft is in the process of emptying its onboard solid-state recorder of all science data, prior to reconfiguring for a near-real-time data relay during the final plunge. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is on final approach to Saturn, following confirmation by mission navigators that it is on course to dive into the planet’s atmosphere ... Read More »

Team Sailing League. Huge Success

The national Team Sailing League’s (TSL) first event produced a day of thrilling head-to-head racing at the Milnerton Aquatic Club. In a display of competitive sailing at its most exciting, teams from across the country battled it out in windy conditions for top honours in four separate categories. Each team consisted of three sailing dinghies, each crewed by two people. KwaZulu-Natal proved to be the strongest team of the day, winning both the Youth and Open sections while the home ... Read More »