NR Optimist Champs – Aeolians Yacht Club

  The Northern Region Grand Slam and Optimist Provincials were hosted by Aeolians at the Vaal Dam on the weekend of 1 & 2 Sept 2018. A dry warm NW breeze had been blowing for the week preceding the regatta and was forecast to continue for the regatta. Saturday was forecast to be around 7 – 8 knots with 15 – 18 knots forecast for Sunday. The forecasts turned out to be slightly inaccurate, with less wind on Saturday and ... Read More »

Laser Masters World Championships. Strong RSA Contingent

by Richard Crockett A star-studded fleet of 301 competitors from 25 countries will begin competition on Dublin Bay tomorrow, Saturday 8 September, with Olympians, multiple world champions and local talent set to contest the seven-day event that is co-hosted by the Royal St. George YC and National YC. The field of men and women is spread across five divisions plus Standard and Radial rigs and is grouped by age ranges: • Apprentice age 35 and over; • Master age 45 ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. Are Wiig safe in Cape Town UNDER OWN STEAM

by Richard Crockett Are Wiig has displayed an exemplary show of seamanship by sailing his dismasted yacht, Olleanna, over 400nm to Cape Town after being rolled. In an age where people are too quick to hit the ‘HELP’ button, Wiig gritted his teeth and reached the safety of land under his own steam. Peter Muller, one of the Capetonians to have waited up to welcome Wiig when he docked at the Royal Cape YC reported: “His boat took a hell ... Read More »

Back to Where it All Started in 1851

On the day last week that the America’s Cup race course and event dates were announced in Cowes, Isle of Wight, where the Cup began back in 1851, INEOS TEAM UK the British Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup also released the first official images of their test boat, known as T5, a small scale foiling mono-hull. No team’s full-size race boat can be launched until before the 31st March 2019, under the America’s Cup rules. The boat began sailing ... Read More »

September 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailors of the Month – Blaine Dodds & Roxanne Kay Dodds

It’s a pretty safe bet to say that Blaine Dodds has to be South Africa’s top Hobie sailor as he has such an impressive local and international record in these cats. His latest victory is another international title to add to the long list he already has. He recently competed in the Sylt Regatta in Germany, an exclusive regatta, where only teams of the worlds best Hobie 16 sailors compete – and he won it in fine style too, sailing ... Read More »

36th America’s Cup Overture in Cowes

The America’s Cup community from around the world gathered in Cowes yesterday for the first opportunity to meet the teams entered in the 36th edition and hear about what lies ahead including two milestone announcements made by Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, Grant Dalton. Match Dates On behalf of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Grant Dalton officially named Auckland as the venue for the 36th America’s Cup Match Presented by Prada and that racing will take place between 6th- ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race Provides Global Microplastic Map

Following the completion of the sailing event, the groundbreaking science element of the Sustainability Programme revealed the spread of microplastic pollution. Only three of the 75 samples collected during the race, south of Australia, east of Argentina and west of Ireland, have been found to contain no microplastics. The most recent data collected, before the race finale in The Hague, by scientific devices on board Team AkzoNobel and Turn the Tide on Plastic boats, found particularly high levels of microplastics, ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. Update on Are Wiig Dismasting

Further details have emerged regarding Norwegian skipper Are Wiig following his capsize and dismasting 400 miles SSW of Cape Town on Monday. Now in regular communication with both Race HQ and home, Wiig‘s team manager John Amtrup gave this update: “He was repairing the safety pin (of his windvane self steering) when his yacht capsized and he was thrown out of the companionway and landed in the sprayhood. He got some bruises and ended up in the cockpit, but it ... Read More »

Sprog Memories of the ‘GORPS Guzzle’

by Richard Crockett A week ago I published a few old Sprog pics and a ‘GORPS Guzzle’ certificate. Those pics and the certificate have brought many people out of the woodwork to comment and reminisce. My old mate John Wright has now updated me with info on the ‘GORPS Guzzle’, as well as supplying a list of all winners of the Sprog Nationals – which reads like a Who’s Who of top sailors in the country. The word GORPS , ... Read More »

World Championships 2018 – RS Tera Class

by Malcolm Osborne The UK’s Olympic Venue of Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy was once again the popular venue for the 2018 edition of the RS Tera World Championships, held in conjunction with the 2018 RS Sailing Anniversary Games. The growing popularity of this class was reflected in the increased entry of 81 in the Tera Sport class and 66 in the Tera Pros. For the first time in such an event, the Tera Sports sailed in two flights ... Read More »

Golden Globe Race. Are Wiig Dismasted

On day 58 of this global singlehanded marathon Are Wiig made a satellite phone call to Race HQ reporting that his 32′ yacht Olleanna had been rolled through 360° and dismasted some 400 miles south west of Cape Town. The 58-year old yacht surveyor from Svelvik, Norway is one of 12 sailors competing in this solo non stop race around the Globe, and was below decks at the time with the yacht lying hove-to in 35 – 45knot winds and ... Read More »

52 Super Series. Falling Off the Podium

by Richard Crockett The Bay of Palma served up a week of mostly atypical, unsettled and changeable summer sea breeze conditions for the fourth regatta of the 2018 52 SUPER SERIES, and after a promising start Phoenix fell off the podium in the closing stages of the regatta. Tina Plattner and her crew were simply unable to keep their results inside the top 5, while a 10th in race 6 effectively put them out of the running for a podium ... Read More »

Lipton Cup. The Final Say – With Response to Questions

By Roy Dunster As of 22/08/2018, the Letter from the Lipton trustees in Sailing Magazine had reached 3834 people and had 20 shares. My subsequent article, also in Sailing Magazine, about the Lipton classes had reached 2711 people and had 9 shares. It’s always good to see that Lipton appears to be important to a lot of people. The objective of this piece is to respond to some of the points raised in the Facebook comments, both for my original ... Read More »

52 Super Series. Phoenix Climbing the Podium Steps

by Richard Crockett Both Quantum Racing and Phoenix mastered the unusual Palma Seabreeze Conditions yesterday, and are now the top two on the podium. It may have looked like a relatively straightforward summer sea breeze on the Bay of Palma, but yesterdays two races contested by the ten TP52s at the Puerto Portals 52 Super Series Sailing Week proved particularly hard to read. The fact that is was difficult to retain a high level of consistency across both races is ... Read More »

TP52 – Phoenix Steady in the Middle

by Richard Crockett The Bay of Palma served up a typical Pandora’s Box of sea breeze delights for the first three races of the Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week. Although the general trend was for the gains to be made on the right side of the upwinds on the three windward-leeward races contested, it was never that simple and straightforward and there were small gains and losses to be made all the way through each race. Tina Plattner ... Read More »