The Lipton Challenge Cup – It’s Going to Be A Corker!

By Richard Crockett I was privileged to watch the Cape 31s racing yesterday, all in preparation for the Lipton Cup which starts on Monday 5 August. This was the final dress-rehearsal as there is no formal racing until Lipton. Not all teams had their full Lipton crew, but that did not detract in any way from the quality nor intensity of the racing. There was no quarter given, and every single mistake was punished – even the smallest of mistakes. ... Read More »

52 Super Series. Cascais Wind and Waves Suit Hasso

Yesterday racing took place in winds of more than 25 knots with boats surfing at a similar speeds, and obviously were to the liking of Hasso Plattner who won the second race. The second race had the windward mark set closer to the land. Offshore, to the left of the upwind, the breeze held more solid. But inshore the leaders saw shifts of more than 40 degrees, lulls as light as eight knots and still gusts to more than 20. ... Read More »

Youth Worlds. It’s A Highly Competitive World Out There

by Richard Crockett Coming from small fleets in this country it’s never easy to change gear and quickly get into the mind set of big fleet racing. That’s the reality for our RSA sailors, yet they are managing, but have yet to set the fleet alight. Yesterdays winds were stronger than the first day, steady in the 8 – 14 knot range, permitting multiple races across all fleets. Best of the locals was Cullen Keytel, although his first race of ... Read More »

Book Review. Sport: Greed & Betrayal

by Graeme Joffee Review by Richard Crockett In his introduction the author says that “Sport has been my life”. One can see this clearly when reading the book and seeing what he has done in sport, from being a player to being a media man. Personally I don’t know the man, but have read and listened to him over many years, and always found him to be a great journalist. Being so inter-twined in sport, it’s hardly surprising that he ... Read More »

Youth Worlds. RSA Off to A Satisfactory Start

by Richard Crockett Light winds plagued the first day of racing resulting in some classes not even racing. The RSA teams were on the water and the Laser Boys and Girls put in satisfactory results to finish in the top half of their fleets. Isabella Wright’s 19 in the Girls Laser Radials was the best of the RSA teams, followed by Cullen Keytel who scored a 29th in the Boys Laser Radial. The Nacra 15 multihull team of Liam Gunning ... Read More »

Optimist Worlds. The Final Day is Always Crucial – and 5th Overall is Excellent

by Richard Crockett Ian Walker has sailed a tough event well, capitalising in the early stages before the Gold Fleet was announced, but then battling when it really counted. His result of 5th overall in the Optimist Worlds is a stunning result, but when one digs deeper and analyses his final 6 races, it’s easy to see that it was here where he stumbled. On the final day he scored a BFD and a 19, and was lucky to have ... Read More »

Youth Worlds. RSA Start Racing Today

by Richard Crockett The Port of Gdynia, Poland, was baked in sunshine on Sunday night as the 409 sailors from 66 nations took to the city beach for the opening ceremony of the Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships. As is tradition at the Hempel Youth Worlds, celebrating its 49th edition, each nation brought a flask of water from their home nation for the symbolic mixing of the waters ceremony, which brings all of the waters of the world together to ... Read More »

Optimist Worlds. Ian Walker Bounces Back

by Richard Crockett In the past few weeks I have said, on several occasions, that it’s tough in the Gold Fleet, and this was brought home to Ian Walker in quite a viscous way over the past few days. Having won races in the opening series before the final fleet cuts were made, he looked good and was sitting pretty on the podium. But his first three races in Gold were tough as he finished with a 37; 28 and ... Read More »

Optimist Worlds. Ian Walker on the Podium

by Richard Crockett Too often our local sailors travel quietly to events, not letting anyone know, nor letting those at home know how they are progressing. So I was somewhat surprised to see that RSA has a lone campaigner at the Optimist Worlds in Antigua, and that at this stage he is on the podium in 3rd spot overall. His name is Ian Walker, and after 6 races he has already won 3 races, with a 5th being his worst. ... Read More »

420 Youth Worlds. It’s Tough in the Gold Fleet

by Richard Crockett Our young team of Matt Ashwell and Rivaldo Arendse found the going very tough in the Gold Fleet, scoring their worst races in closing out the regatta. But, I am sure that they have learnt a lot, and will be better off having raced against the top Gold Fleet sailors rather than those in Silver. Yet it’s a tough lesson at such a young age, but one which will undoubtedly stand them in good stead for many ... Read More »

420 Youth Worlds. Tough Times

by Richard Crockett The last two days have been tough for our RSA boys as light winds, which are not to their liking, have unfortunately plagued the racing. Since scoring a 9th in race 5, their races in the Gold Fleet have been towards the back of the pack in the mid-to-late twenties. So, let’s hope that the wind picks up today and that they close out the regatta in fine style. Results Overall 33 Matt Ashwell & Rivaldo Arendse ... Read More »

420 Youth Worlds. It’s the GOLD Fleet for RSA

by Richard Crockett The breeze was up to around 20 knots yesterday, and judging by their first race it looked as if Matt Ashwell and Rivaldo Arendse were going to produce two cracking results after a 9th in first race. But that was not to be as they scored a 25th in the second race of the day, a disappointing result. But there is a golden thread to this story as they qualified for the gold fleet, so have 6 ... Read More »

Lipton Challenge Cup. One of Those “Must Watch” Regattas

by Richard Crockett The Lipton Challenge Cup, presented in 1909 by Sir Thomas Lipton, is the only national inter-club sailing competition in South Africa – and it’s a highly sought after trophy to win. The official challenger this year is the Royal Natal Yacht Club, naming Mark Sadler as skipper. Their boat was only being launched this week, and is named ‘Orion DYP’. She will be raced for the first time on 20 July in a C31 race day off ... Read More »

420 Youth Worlds. Tough Day for RSA

by Richard Crockett After a very good first day where they scored a pair of 8’s in the opening two races the RSA pairing of Matt Ashwell and Rivaldo Arendse found the going far tougher on day two when they scored a 20 and 21 to be 27th overall. These two guys have had coaching from master-coach Roger Hudson of Race Ahead, and will undoubtedly bounce back as they are tough competitors. Conditions yesterday started with lighter winds which picked ... Read More »

420 U17 Worlds. Brilliant Opening Races by RSA

  by Richard Crockett The young South African team of Matt Ashwell and Rivaldo Arendse sailed two brilliant races yesterday, the opening day of the 420 U17 Worlds, to finish with two 8th places to have them 12th overall after day 1. In a fleet of 66 that’s a fine performance for these two youngsters. The breeze was around 13-16 knots, perfect for these two guys who train in Cape Town. Matt Ashwell won the 2018 Optimist African Championship, while ... Read More »