America’s Cup. A Truly ‘Bermudaful’ Opening Ceremony Planned

America’s Cup A Truly ‘Bermudaful’ Opening Ceremony Planned In just 7 days time the 2017 America’s Cup will kick off with a spectacular opening ceremony planned. On Friday 26 May on the Main Stage in the America’s Cup Village in the Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda, is when the opening ceremony will take place. In the Opening Ceremony, Bermudian musical legend Gene Steede will be joined by the band of the Royal Bermuda Regiment, the H&H Gombeys and Gombey Evolution, Live ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – Combined Monohull-Multihull Future Unveiled

  Volvo Ocean Race Combined Monohull-multihull Future Unveiled The Volvo Ocean Race has solved the question of whether its future should be monohull or multihull – by opting for both. The introduction of a foil-assisted 60-foot (18.29 metre) monohull for the ocean legs plus an ultra-fast 32-50 foot (10-15m) flying catamaran for use inshore will elevate the race to the ultimate all-round test in professional sailing. The race announced the next generation of One Design boats – to be introduced ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. #thefuture is here

Volvo Ocean Race #thefuture is here by Richard Crockett I have just listened to the entire Volvo Ocean Race live stream announcement this morning, and was blown away. Not blown away by all the decisions mind you, but by the absolute professionalism of Mark Turner and his team. In particular, Mark Turner is good for our sport. That is not debatable. The VOR could easily have become stale and could easily have become a procession around the world to a ... Read More »

Unbelievably FAST

‘IDEC SPORT’ Maxi Smashes Jules Verne Record The Maxi Trimaran ‘IDEC SPORT’ sailed by Francis Joyon, Clément Surtel, Alex Pella, Bernard Stamm, Gwénolé Gahinet and Sébastien Audigane has won the Jules Verne Trophy, the outright round the world sailing record. Francis Joyon and his crew circumnavigated the globe having sailed the 22,461 theoretical miles in 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds, at an average speed of 22.84 knots. Out on the water, they actually sailed 26,412 miles ... Read More »

Tribute to the “Picasso of Sailing”

Words by former YJA chairman, Paul Gelder Mike Peyton, dubbed “The World’s Greatest Yachting Cartoonist”, died yesterday (January 25) just five days after his 96th birthday. A modest, shy man, he eschewed the spotlight and seemed unaware of the esteem which in sailors all around the world held him. Born into a mining family in County Durham in 1921, he lied about his age to join the Army and was seconded to draw maps of the North African desert by ... Read More »

Which Way to Rio?

In February 1970 SA Yachting Magazine carried an article on this subject. With the Cape to Rio Race presented by Maserati now imminent, there may be something to learn from the ‘old masters’ who were wiley navigators and route planners – in days when computers had not been invented. Enjoy. OPEN THE PDF FILE HERE: which-way-to-rio-lr           Read More »

Yacht Racing Image of the Year

No less than 149 professional photographers spanning twenty-five nations submitted a picture for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2016 and generated an exceptional selection of images that summarize the yacht racing season better than words. French photographer Jean-Marie Liot (FRA) won the main award thanks to an extraordinary picture of Morgan Lagravière training ahead of the Vendée Globe onboard his IMOCA Safran, entirely submerged by a wave at high speed. “When I took this picture, I immediately knew I would ... Read More »

Announcement of Mauritius to Durban Yacht Race

Point Yacht Club Announcement of Mauritius to Durban Yacht Race Mauritius: Saturday 17 June 2017 Adding to the festivities of the magnificent milestone in their 125th anniversary year, the Point Yacht Club is delighted to announce the return of the Mauritius to Durban race. This will be the seventh edition of the challenging race that is due to start in Mauritius on Saturday 17 June. The last time this trade wind race was held was in 2005 where Cape Town’s ... Read More »

OLYMPICS: The time is NOW

by Richard Crockett With the Rio Olympic sailing events just days away, our South African sailors need to put the hype of the opening ceremony behind them, put their heads down and focus on the job at hand – which is to sail their hearts out as the next 10 races they sail may be the most important they ever sail. Both teams of Asenathi Jim & Roger Hudson in the 470, and Stefano Marcia in the Laser, have prepared ... Read More »

Checkmate. Asenathi Jim & Roger Hudson

by Daniel Smith In sailing, a slight lapse of concentration is often the difference between first and tenth place. It’s vital that sailors keep their focus, look ahead and plan their attacks. This is the key to success but it’s all good and well saying that, but how can you train for that? A sports psychologist? Perhaps a well renowned coach? Or a spot of yoga? For two South African sailors the answer is simple and it’s the world’s most ... Read More »