470 Men’s Worlds. Hudson Speaks about the Teams Performance

by Roger Hudson – Coach, Manager & Mentor Thanks for all of the support. We had some long days out there, sometimes starting races at 19h00! We are all very much in good spirits over here. We had a few cold beers and a nice team dinner last night and celebrated a unique gold fleet result for SA. In context, this is a very solid and fair result for the boys and where they stand in the overall scheme of ... Read More »

Optimist World Championship. Day 2 Wind

by Richard Crockett A sunny, windy day greeted sailors on the second day of the Optimist World Championships 2017, setting the stage for a day of perfect racing conditions with a dramatic ending sure to remembered for years to come. White caps offshore of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club heralded winds of 15 to 18 knots that lasted through the day. As Local Race Officer Neil Dunkley put it, “Bigger wind sailors are going to have their day today.” He ... Read More »

470 Worlds – It’s a Wrap

by Richard Crockett Our local RSA guys were not able to sustain their good early event results on the final day, and slumped to 27th overall, with 25; 22 & 34th position results on the final day. Their dreams of a top 20 result were not realised, but a lot of good has come from this event – especially when one realises that Asenathi Jim, and in particular crewman Sibu Sizatu was competing at this level for the first time. ... Read More »

Blair Tuke for the Volvo Ocean Race

by Richard Crockett At the age of just 27 Blair Tuke has achieved more in sailing than most people have achieved in a lifetime – yet he still wants to fulfill a childhood dream and compete in the world’s toughest ocean race. In just 10 month Tuke has won a gold medal in the Rio Olympics and the America’s Cup. If he and his team win the VOR, he will become the first person ever to win sailing’s ‘Triple Crown’ ... Read More »

Optimist Worlds day 1 in Thailand

Top youth sailors from the 62 countries participating in the Optimist World Championship 2017 took to the waters off Pattaya, Thailand, in an long-awaited start to what will be eight days of competition. Excited and focussed on doing their best, they had to contend with a strong tide, unfamiliar conditions for many, and a sudden rainstorm that closed the day. A steady breeze of 7-10 knots held throughout most of the afternoon, but a strong tide coming from behind pushed ... Read More »

Inter-Varsity Match Racing. Finals is Stellies vs UCT

by Edrich de Lange Yesterday afternoon, after a rain squall we continued the sailing for the semi-finals. Spectators were reluctant at first to join, but after the skies cleared a bit more the boats started to fill the area surrounding the course. UP won the coin toss against UCT and decided to start on Challenger, and on the committee boat side. DUT won their toss against Stellenbosch and chose the same setup. Stellenbosch won the first race in a little ... Read More »

470 Worlds. Day 4. 14th for Asenathi & Sibu

When the thermal breeze kicks in, it usually does so with certainty, but all change today as the wind filled into a shorter window than usual, forcing the Race Committee to abandon race 9 for the men and women gold fleets. Teams were postponed ashore until around 15h00, before being released to the race track for a 16h00 start. So, just one race for the gold fleet, with the silver achieving two. New faces and future stars have punched high ... Read More »

470 Worlds. Follow Our Gold Fleet Sailors Today

by Richard Crockett Today (Wednesday) is the first day of the Gold Fleet racing, and the very first time that Asenathi Jim and Sibu Sizatu as a sailing crew compete in the gold fleet against the very best 470 sailors in the world. They will be up against Olympic medalists, World Champions and a host of other up-and-coming sailors all hoping to make their mark in this highly competitive fleet. The Gold Fleet is where the top sailors reside, and ... Read More »

Hitting Their Target Market

by Richard Crockett Being someone who has for many years enjoyed following marketing, PR and Sports Marketing, and having studied all three, I am amazed at how often sponsors appear to hit the wrong target market with their sponsorships. Maybe those misdirected ones are donations rather than sponsorships? I was interested to read this morning that ‘The Pizza Company’, Thailand’s market leader in the dine-in, delivery and take-away food business and one of Asia’s best known pizza brands, has announced ... Read More »

Francis Joyon Has Smashed the Solo North Atlantic Record

French sailor Francis Joyon crossed the longitude of the Lizard at 01h37 UTC this morning (Wednesday 12th July 2017). This marks the finish line for the North Atlantic crossing from Ambrose Light off New-York. With a race time of 5 days, 2 hours and 7 minutes, at the helm of his maxi-trimaran IDEC SPORT, he has beaten his own North Atlantic record. At the helm of his previous Idec, Francis Joyon completed the voyage in June 2013 after 5 days ... Read More »

470 Worlds. Races 4 & 5. Asenathi and Sibu 18th Overall

by Richard Crockett Race 4 has just finished with Asenathi Jim and Sibu Sizatu finishing 18th in the Blue fleet. Not as good as their results from yesterday (day 1), the guys are still putting in a great performance. Roger Hudson shared this with me about their performance yesterday: “The boys did well yesterday. It was not conditions for a light crew. 13 knots. They had 3 very good starts on the pin end, went left as needed, and got ... Read More »

RSA Optimist Sailors Take on the World in Thailand

An unexpected podium finish at last year’s Optimist African Championships has given Cape Town sailor Matt Ashwell just the boost he needed heading into the Optimist World Championship in Thailand this month. Ashwell is part of a team of five South Africans heading for the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya to compete against teams from 61 other nations, with over 280 sailors taking part from today until 21 July. “I was very surprised at my result at Africans, as ... Read More »

470 Worlds Day 1. Young RSA The Talk of the World

by Richard Crockett The exciting young South African pairing of Asenathi Jim and Sibu Sizatu are a little on the light side, so when the wind is up they are unlikely to perform until they master the technique of strong wind sailing. Yesterday had wind which was almost at the limit of their range to be competitive, yet they sailed exceptionally well and managed to hang on in a really talented fleet of Olympic medalists and world champions. The venue ... Read More »

RSA’s Most Talented Young Team Start the 470 World Champs Today

by Richard Crockett South Africa is well represented at the two-person 470 dinghy World Champs in Greece from 7 – 15 July, with a team in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Asenathi Jim and Sibu Sizatu are competing in the men’s division. They are the backbone of the RaceAhead Foundation, and an exciting new sailing combination, with Roger Hudson as the coach. Tammy Holden (19) and Leah Smit (16) from Mossel Bay will also be competing in the 470 ... Read More »

RSA 505 European Championships. No Wind on Final Day

The 2017 European Championships in Warnemuende came to an end with flat calms and simply not enough wind to race in, so the racing was cancelled. The fleet launched early at 09h00 and used the best of today’s wind to get out to the race course, but once there the wind died down and the fleet was left bobbing around until the race committee called the regatta off at 12h00. The event was superbly organised, all credit to the race ... Read More »