by Polly Changuion (aged 10) I had an awesome time in England sailing the British Mirror Nationals and the Mirror World Championships. I enjoyed walking along the beach from the car park to the yacht club and my daddy let me drive along the beach site to the yacht club. I liked stopping at the ice cream shop on the way home from sailing. We had to dress up very warmly when we went out sailing. Every day, I wore ... Read More »

Clipper Race. The Pre-Doldrum Doldrums

Light winds continue to challenge during the fourth day of racing, which have caused the fleet to condense by 20 nautical miles in the last 24 hours in the Bay of Biscay. Andy Burns, Skipper of ‘GREAT Britain’, currently in sixth place, reports that the light weather conditions bring with them real lessons of light wind sailing which will be valuable later on in the race. Andy reports: “The Doldrums have come early!!! Or so it feels without the heat. ... Read More »

Lipton Cup. Another Late Charge by HBYC

Hout Bay Yacht Clubs (HBYC) team won today’s exciting race after overhauling the Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC) team in the final 100 metres of the race. Sailing a triangular course, the RCYC team led from the start and seemed certain of a fourth ‘bullet’, but the determined HBYC team pulled one out of the bag and with superior boat speed overhauled their opponents less than 100 metres from the finish – and taking an unexpected win. After day 5 ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Tackling the Bay of Biscay

On day 3 as the fleet makes steady progress south past the UK and towards Northern France, skippers and crew are focussing on the next challenge; the Bay of Biscay, notorious for violent storms and heavy seas. Skipper of second placed ‘Sanya Serenity Coast’, Wendy Tuck, reports: “This morning we wake to a breeze still on the nose and we are about to start our passage across the Bay of Biscay. At the moment, it is being kind to us, ... Read More »

What Would A Port Elizabeth Waterfront Be Without A Yacht Club?

* Algoa Bay Yacht Club and Transnet Port Authority agree on an interim settlement over R1 906 594.95 ‘arrear rental’ * Parties agree to negotiate over 6 months as high court action is settled before trial * Could this be a body blow to the much vaunted PE Waterfront * Algoa Bay Yacht Club rental increased by 310% The Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) was established on 14 September 1959 and has become a landmark in the city. From paying ... Read More »

Lipton Cup Race 4. Hout Bay Controlled this Race

Hout Bay Yacht Club showed some excellent sailing skills today, and a desire to win at least one race in this Lipton Cup series after retiring from race 3 and destroying any chance of an overall victory. They were rewarded with a win having led from the start. Day 4 was sailed on a windward/leeward course as the compulsory 3 ‘Lipton Courses’ have all been completed. At the start of the race, a collision between defending champions Royal Cape Yacht ... Read More »

Clipper Race. It’s Off Around the World Again

The biggest ever edition of the Clipper Race – one of the world’s toughest endurance challenges – got underway on Sunday on the River Mersey, in Liverpool, in front of thousands of supporters. The day started with Departure Ceremonies with family, friends and supporters looking on from the Albert Dock colonnades as each team had their moment on stage before boarding their yachts. After an emotional slipping of the lines, the teams paraded under sail up the River Mersey for ... Read More »

Lipton Cup Day 3. Good Luck & Poor Fortune

              Day 3 was a day of contrasting fortunes as the Hout Bay Yacht Club (HBYC) team led for 7 of 8 legs, then were becalmed and ultimately retired from the race. This gave the chasing Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC) team their third win in a row,. The Cape winter showed no mercy as high seas, moderate winds and rain showers tested their endurance and skill shortly after the start. The Hout Bay ... Read More »

Lipton Cup. Day 1 Belongs to Royal Cape Yacht Club

The Lipton Cup Challenge, which got underway today (Sunday) on the rectangular course. ‘Southern Charter UCT’ had a fantastic start and took an early lead. Just before rounding the first mark, however, defending champions ‘Royal Cape Yacht Club’ (co-sponsored by RaceAhead) managed to overtake the UCT youngsters and steadily maintained their first place since. Headed by the “dream team” of Roger Hudson and Asenathi Jim, the RCYC is a strong team and possibly the one to beat this week. Hout ... Read More »

Lipton Cup Starts Today

              11 Young teams from various cultural backgrounds to compete for country’s most valuable sporting trophy in unique national inter-club sailing challenge. Every winter, yacht clubs from all over the country, as well as from the Namibian and Mozambican coasts, are invited to enter one team into the legendary Lipton Cup Challenge. The Challenge, which was initiated by the famous tea merchant Sir Thomas Lipton in 1909, will see 11 L26 designed yachts sail ... Read More »

Interview. Alex Burger – 29er World Champion

by Richard Crockett Very recently Benji Daniel and Alex Burger won the 29er World Championships off Long Beach, California. Yesterday I interviewed Benji Daniel, who helmed the boat, and today we hear the thoughts of Alex Burger, the man up front and on trapeze. Winning a World Championship is something very few people ever get to do, yet Benji and Alex did it in style with a steady and consistent set of results – and with humility too. Here’s the ... Read More »

Interview. Benji Daniel – 29er World Champion

by Richard Crockett Very recently Benji Daniel and Alex Burger won the 29er World Championships off Long Beach, California. Theirs was an interesting and somewhat unconventional win in that 29ers are few and far between in this country, making their preparations something of an individual thing. But along the way they received some very solid help from a few key people, all of which ultimately saw them win the World Champs. These are two very exciting sailors who could well ... Read More »

Lipton Cup – The Future

by Richard Crockett The Lipton Cup trustees have sent a letter to a broad spectrum of people spelling out some choices available in terms of the future boat for this event. Read the Letter HERE:  170810 Class of Boat 2018 To me this is the single most important document the Lipton Trustees have sent out in many years. Plus, it could signal a new beginning for the event if change is embraced. Simply, a same-old-same-old approach has added little stature ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Peter Burling is the Latest Signing

Kiwi sailing superstar Peter Burling will compete in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 onboard Team Brunel. Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup winning helmsman Peter Burling has joined Team Brunel for the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race – and he’s already out sailing with his new teammates in pre-race qualifying. The signing of the world’s most in-demand sailor is a major coup for Brunel skipper Bouwe Bekking, and sets up what should be a compelling rivalry with Burling’s ... Read More »

Rolex Fastnet Race. Volvo Boats in Titanic Duel

Dongfeng won a knife-edge battle with MAPFRE in Rolex Fastnet Race as the Chinese entry pipped MAPFRE just moments from the line after an intense battle overnight. China’s Dongfeng Race Team edged out MAPFRE by just 56 seconds in a Rolex Fastnet Race thriller as an intense night of lead changes and fickle winds ended with the entire fleet separated by less than 40 minutes after more than 600 miles of racing. MAPFRE and Dongfeng had the best start back ... Read More »