Louis Vuitton Cup Day 1. ‘That’ Collision in Detail

SoftBank Team Japan opened the America’s Cup Qualifiers in Bermuda today with one win and one loss despite a hairy pre-start collision with Land Rover BAR. With 25 seconds to go on the start clock, SoftBank Team Japan Skipper Dean Barker took advantage of a wind shift that slowed the British team and accelerated the Japanese boat to over 39 knots to gain an overlap and hook the Brits into a penalty. However, as Land Rover BAR Skipper Ben Ainslie ... Read More »

Louis Vuitton up Qualifiers – A Smashing Start

  Sir Ben Ainslie was forced to explain a highly dramatic collision in the first day of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers on Bermuda’s Great Sound. Having already seen some thrilling and action-packed racing in the first five of the six races that were run on day one, particularly from Oracle Team USA who claimed back-to-back wins, the drama really unfolded in the final race of the day between Land Rover BAR and SoftBank Team Japan. In what proved ... Read More »

South African Shaun Carkeek wins International Superyacht Award

  His Vision of the Future After receiving the prestigious Concept Award at the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2017 less than a week ago, Shaun Carkeek has confirmed that plans to build the world’s largest composite sailing superyacht are already advancing. At 300ft, the Carkeek C 300 will be easily the largest boat of its kind ever constructed. It seems destined to herald a new age in sailing superyachts. The glitter at the Design et al Awards at the ... Read More »

The 35th America’s Cup – The Time Has Come

  The 35th America’s Cup is finally here. The greatest race on water starts in Bermuda with six teams battling it out for the oldest trophy in international sport against the backdrop of the stunning island of Bermuda. So what is different about the America’s Cup in 2017? The answer is nearly every element of the competition is brand new for the 35th America’s Cup, with the boats, the racecourse and the sailors themselves all going through a transformation since ... Read More »

America’s Cup – Will it Be A ‘Three-Peat’?

Oracle Team USA’s Quest for A ‘Three-peat’ Begins The two-time defending champion of the America’s Cup, Oracle Team USA, scheduled to open its title defence with a race against Groupama Team France in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers on Friday, will now need to wait a further day. Gale force winds and heavy rains are forecast to buffet Bermuda on Friday and organizers have decided to postpone racing until Saturday. “I think it’s the right decision to make this ... Read More »

America’s Cup – A Damp Squib Start!

The America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA), and America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM), have announced that the strong winds in Bermuda have meant that day one of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and the Official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup have had to be postponed. Forecasts indicate that winds may gust over 30 knots during the afternoon and evening, so with the safety of the sailors and spectators as the key priority, ACEA and ACRM have decided to ... Read More »

“The person who sails the best is going to win” Tom Slingsby

America’s Cup “The person who sails the best is going to win” ORACLE TEAM USA’s Tom Slingsby believes no one team is going to ‘walk away’ with the 35th America’s Cup, with the start of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers scheduled for Friday 26 May. The American team’s Tactician was speaking after an intriguing afternoon of America’s Cup practice racing on Tuesday, which saw none of the teams taking part pick up more than one victory and five of ... Read More »

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs

America’s Cup The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Louis Vuitton has present a brand new trophy, and its trunk, to be awarded to the winning team of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs, taking place from Sunday June 4 to Monday June 12 2017 in Bermuda. The path to the 35th America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton in Bermuda has taken its five challengers – Land Rover BAR, Emirates Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing, SoftBank Team Japan, ... Read More »

Laser & Flying Fifteen KZN Regional Championship 2017

Laser KZN Regional Championship 2017 Flying Fifteen KZN Regional Championship 2017 The Lasers and Flying Fifteens have their KZN Regional Championships over the June long weekend from 16 to 18 June, offshore Durban. The Hobie 14s will be sailing their Nationals. This weekend has attracted a significant sponsor in Marriott. Get the Notice of Race  20170308 4 SEM-05-NOR-June Championships Get the Entry Form 20170310 SEM-06-SAS Entry Form Hobie 14 Nationals 2017 Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – Will it Race Around Antarctica?

Volvo Ocean Race strengthens Southern Ocean commitment with new routes, formats and timing that will also boost commercial appeal. The Volvo Ocean Race will strengthen its historic connection with the Southern Ocean, and the tradition of racing around the world, while boosting its commercial offering to sponsors and Host Cities, by introducing radical changes to the racecourse, stopover formats and timing of future race activity. The changes include a commitment to race activity in every calendar year and a proposed ... Read More »

Knots 3D

Here’s a great App for those who battle to tie knots, or who simply want to learn how to tie new knots. Knots 3D has a knot catalogue that will teach you how to tie over 120 knots! The unique ability to rotate a knot to see the front, back and everything in-between sets Knots 3D apart from other knot websites and provides interactivity you can’t get from a knot book. See what a Sheet Bend or Bowline looks like ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Sustainability Programme

Volvo Ocean Race. Sustainability Programme. The Volvo Ocean Race has launched a major Sustainability Programme for the 2017-18 edition and beyond – signing partnerships with 11th Hour Racing, AkzoNobel and United Nations Environment, while outlining a series of commitments that focus on ocean health. The race is putting sustainability at its heart and focussing on taking action to help ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ – the rapidly growing and critical problem of plastic polluting the ocean, highlighted by the United ... Read More »

Mossel Bay Race. Entries Now Open

This race caught the imagination of Cape yachties last year. A good fleet raced in some great conditions during the fast 210nm race from Simonstown to Mossel Bay. The passage back was even more exhilarating fro those who did a quick turnaround after the finish. With there being a resurgence in interest in offshore racing, another bumper entry can be expected. Entries are now open. For more info see HERE Read More »

Magnus Olsson Prize Awarded to Santiago Lange

Santiago ‘Santi’ Lange, the Argentinian sailor and Olympic Gold medallist, has been awarded the 2017 Magnus ‘Mange’ Olsson Prize. The 55-year old sailor won the gold medal in the Nacra 17 class in Rio 2016. His passion for the sport, the sea, his wish to continue to learn and improve, and the constant smile on his face are reminiscent of Magnus. “This prize was a major surprise and I am deeply honoured. I have the deepest respect for Magnus, and ... Read More »

Elvstrom 1/4 Tonner Brings Back Many Memories

by Richard Crockett It all Started on the Vaal Dam! There was recently some chat on Facebook about the Elvstrom 1/4 tonner. Some of the people were absolutely passionate about the boat and the fact that Paul Elvstrom came out to RSA to sail in the Minister Cup on Vaal Dam once the first boat had been launched. These 2 pics show Paul Elvstrom at the helm on the Vaal Dam, and with his crew. Besides the interest in the ... Read More »