Cruising. Impi’s Advice to Wannabee World Cruisers

by Ana & Brent Grimbeek (currently enjoying New Caledonia) Most human beings are creatures who love comfort and are on the whole uncomfortable with change. So how did we decide to go sailing around the world in our mid-forties, rather than build up a comfortable retirement nest, watch our children have children, and retire in the comfort of a home on land? Sometimes life throws interesting curve balls at us and dishes up events that make us evaluate what we ... Read More »

Lone RSA 505 Team Take on the Warnemuende Woche

Warwick and Jonathan Ham are a lone South African team competing in the 505 European Championships against competitors from 11 different countries. Warwick Ham has reported as follows on Thursday’s race: Great sailing today at the 505 European Championships in Warnemuende. The opening ceremony was a colourful affair, with representatives from 11 sailing countries. The weather was sunny and warm, and we sailed 2 races with over 90 boats on the start line. The wind was quite light, about 6-9 ... Read More »

NSRI Spring Tide Safety Warning THIS Weekend

NSRI are urging the public to be cautious around the coastline during this weekends Full Moon Spring Tide that peaks on Sunday 9 July. From now and until towards the end of next week expect the higher than normal high tide and the lower than normal low tide, brought on by the Full Moon Spring Tide, to cause stronger than normal rip currents and higher tides engulfing higher along the shoreline. At all times bathers and anglers should be aware ... Read More »

470 Men’s Pre-Worlds. RSA Finish on the Podium

by Richard Crockett After 9 races the exciting new 470 men’s pairing of Asenathi Jim and Sibu Sizatu finished 3rd overall in the 470 pre-worlds event. This is a great result for a new combination in their first ever international event, and one which will stand them in good stead going into the World Championships in a few days time. They were comfortably ahead of the 4th placed Spaniards by almost 30 points, with finishes as follows: 4; 2; 10; 12; ... Read More »

Counter Piracy News. EU Naval Force Somalia

For those who sail the oceans and enjoy experiencing new destinations, the threat of piracy is always real. Somalia has always been a hot-spot for pirates, and as a result the European Union Naval Force has a strong presence in the area to combat piracy. This task force is doing great work in the area, so here are some brief reports on what they are doing to keep seafarers safe. Spanish Sailors and Marines Train with Malagasy Navy The sailors ... Read More »

470 World Champs. RSA Men Still Shine in Pre-Worlds

by Richard Crockett The 470 Pre-Worlds event is wrapping up, and the new South African 470 men’s team of Asenathi Jim and Sibu Sizatu continue to sail well – maintaining their 3rd place overall after 6 races. Their results are: 4; 2; 10; 12; 10; 8. These young guys, coached by Roger Hudson, have had some really good grounding in the pre-worlds, being their first ever international event as a sailing combination, and will take the experience gained into the ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Capetonian Dale Smyth Appointed Skipper

Cape Town resident, Dale Smyth, has been appointed as a Skipper in the upcoming Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race with immediate effect following the resignation of Skipper Rick Powell, who has made the decision to step down from the role for personal considerations. On his new role, Dale Smyth commented: “My appointment as Clipper Race Skipper marks a long-term life goal for me. I read one of Sir Robin’s books at aged eight and found it highly inspirational. ... Read More »

470 World Championship Test Event. RSA 3rd

On the first day of the “Alexander the Great Cup” which is the pre-worlds of the 470 Class, three races were sailed – and the RSA team fared very well. In the men’s division there were 42 boats, with South Africans Asenathi Jim and Sibu Sizatu ending the day after 3 races in 3rd position overall. Their results were: 4; 2; 10. That’s a great result for this new combination, coached by Roger Hudson, competing in their first major event. ... Read More »

Optimist African Champs. Great Sailing in Alexandria

Yesterday (4 July) there was lots of action on the water in Alexandria as Optimist sailors from Algeria, Morocco, Angola, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, UAE, and of course Egypt compete for the 2017 African Optimist Championship. Consistent winds and great race committee work is providing lots of good races for the young sailors. Angola was triumphant in the Team Racing Championship yesterday. Today, 5 July is the final day of racing and the new African Optimist Champion will ... Read More »

2018 Golden Globe Race. 3 Lello 34s Competing

by Richard Crockett This race is a year away from starting and already 30 sailors have entered to set out from Plymouth to recreate history at the start of a solo circumnavigation in small traditional long keeled yachts using just paper charts, a sextant and wind up chronometer to navigate by. The Race marks the 50th anniversary of the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race and the remarkable achievement of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in becoming the first man to complete ... Read More »