Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Land Rover BAR Academy Grab Title

by Richard Crockett There was a last-minute upset for the title of Red Bull Youth America’s Cup winner when the British team clawed back from an almost certain defeat to wrest the title from the New Zealand youth team. This victory must taste sweet for Sir Ben as he now has a squad of youngsters he can blood for the future – and youngsters with the sweet taste of victory to their credit as well. Many pundits feel that Sir ... Read More »

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals. Land Rover BAR Academy dominate Day 1

Day one of the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals belonged to Land Rover BAR Academy who sit on top of the leader board heading into day two after two second places and a first in the three day one races. Land Rover BAR Academy Skipper Rob Bunce summed up the team’s performance, saying, “It is the perfect start we were looking for and we’re all delighted with our level of consistency. In all honesty, our main focus isn’t ... Read More »

TODAY is the Winter Solstice – Shortest Day of the Year…

  …AND the Longest Night. The Solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice, once in summer and once in winter, each year when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the North or South Pole. During Solstices the tilt of the axil of the Earth (with respect to the Sun) is the maximum at 23° 26′. Solstices occur on 20th or 21st June and 21st or 22nd December each year. During summer the day ... Read More »

Lisa Blair – Racing Around Antarctica

Lisa Blair was attempting to become the first women to circumnavigate Antarctica: solo, non-stop and unassisted when, on 4 April she issued a PAN PAN 895nm south of Cape Town (048:38:384S : 022:31:430E) when in 40 knot winds and 7m swell her boat Climate Action Now was dismasted after the port shroud broke. That was her 72nd day at sea. She then made her way to Cape Town where she has undergone repairs, determined to finish her mission. On 11 June ... Read More »

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup

    The Sailing Superstars Of Tomorrow Go For Title The serene island paradise of Bermuda will be rocking this week when the world’s best young sailors fly across the Great Sound in the Finals of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Amid the already-charged atmosphere of the race action in the 35th America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, eight international teams of sailors aged 18 to 24 will amp the excitement even higher over two days until the ... Read More »

America’s Cup Match Day 2. Emirates Team New Zealand Dominant

                  by Richard Crockett The question everyone is asking is whether Oracle Team USA (OTUSA) has the ability to bounce back and avoid a whitewash? The simple answer is yes, they can, but will they? Emirates Team New Zealand won both races in convincing style on day 2 – by huge margins too – and have now won the opening 4 races of the competition. It appears that the Kiwis have speed ... Read More »

America’s Cup Day 1. Do the Kiwi’s Have a Real Edge?

by Richard Crockett The result of the first two races is one all Kiwi fans will tell you was ‘on the cards’. It was the perfect start to this event, especially as the Kiwis. Emirates Team New Zealand, had and extra 2-odd knots boat speed at all times – and boat speed is what this sport and competition is all about. Jimmy Spithall looked crestfallen at the end of the second race, maybe even shocked as it was not a ... Read More »

America’s Cup Finals. Revenge Match, Grudge Match or just the Battle of Bermuda?

by Richard Crockett Will anyone ever forget the Oracle Team USA (OTUSA) comeback in the last Cup when they reversed an 8-1 defect. No-one, and particularly the OTUSA supporters who are using this as a psychological weapon against the Kiwis. Will it work? I doubt it as the Kiwis are a completely different team this time round, with virtually new crew, so the scars of their last defeat are unlikely to weigh on this new team. If anything there will ... Read More »

America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta – Race Day Three

The South African connection to this event fared well, with Lord Irvine Laidlaw’s Highland Fling 15 winning his class. Lord Irvine Laidlaw’s Class A winner Highland Fling 15, a Nautor’s Swan 115 which was launched last year, also made sure of the top prize for the division by wining two of their three races. Tactician Stuart Childerley, a past GBR Olympian who is in demand around the world as a top Principal Race Officer, loved his return to the cut ... Read More »

Giraglia Rolex Cup Offshore Race. South Africans Well Up in Line Honours Stakes

The brilliant colours of a fleet of 209 yachts harking from a total of 25 different nations filled the Bay of Saint-Tropez as a crowd gathered by the waterside to watch the start of the offshore race that culminates a week of sailing at the Giraglia Rolex Cup. Hi-Fidelity, owned by Eddie de Villiers has an all-South African crew aboard, with Mark Sadler as skipper, and many well know Cape Town sailors in the crew. At the time of writing ... Read More »

America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta – Race Day Two

The smattering South Africans aboard yachts in this event had a good day with most finishing on the podium. The best result overall was that of Lord Irvine Laidlaw’s Highland Fling 15 which won the race and heads the leader board overall. Here’s the report on race 2 by Andi Robertson After light winds on the opening day, the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta fleet revelled in the brisker winds and glorious hot sunshine during the second day of racing. The ... Read More »

Garden Route Declared A Biosphere Reserve

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has welcomed the approval of the Garden Route as a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. “The positive response to the application to declare the Garden Route a biosphere reserve is most encouraging, not just for us, as a country, but also for the people of the region,” said Minister Molewa. Biosphere Reserves are learning places for sustainable development whose aim is to reconcile biodiversity conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources. According to the Department of ... Read More »

America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta – Race Day One

As reported in the preview to this event, there are a smattering of South Africans competing. Mentioned were Mike Pammenter, Geoff Meek, Hylton Hale and Paul Standbridge aboard ‘Highland Fling 15′. However it has come to light that Mike Giles is sailing on the J-Class yacht ‘Ranger’; Shaun Pammenter on the J-Class yacht ‘Velsheda’; Jan Dekker on ‘Visione’ and Marc Lagesse on ‘Rebecca’. In terms of the South African results, ‘Visione’ was 1st and ‘Highland Fling 15′ was 2nd in ... Read More »

America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta

  A Smattering of South Africans aboard Highland Fling 15. The America’s Cup Superyacht Programme is not just about beautiful yachts watching the action. It also incorporates racing with the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta, being run from 13 – 15 June. Here is the list of yachts entered: Action, 37m, Royal Huisman Audrey II, 31m, Jongert Bequia, 27m, Brooklin Boat Yard Columbia, 43m, Eastern Shipbuilding Hanuman, 42m, Royal Huisman Highland Fling 15, 35m Nautor’s Swan Hyperion, 48m, Royal Huisman Leopard ... Read More »

Tokyo Olympics – Just 10 Classes Says IOC

• Only 10 Classes • Reduction by 30 athletes World Sailing, the International Federation of the sport, has received the news that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed the proposed 10 sailing events for Tokyo 2020, but reduced the athlete quota for Sailing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by 30 athletes from 380 to 350. The decision was made on 9 June in Lausanne by the IOC Executive Board following an IOC Programme Commission recommendation. On the IOC’s ... Read More »