Point Yacht Club. MSC Week – the Warmest Place to be

by Sophie Thompson Eager sailors will be following this year’s MSC Week’s slogan of “Live, Love, Sail” to the letter as they take to the water offshore of Durban from 1 – 5 July, hosted by Point Yacht Club. The week long regatta will have the aquatic athletes competing in a variety of competitive classes, namely the L26 Nationals, J22 and ORC Regionals and an Open Class for Keelers and Multihulls. Each day, Race Officer Dave Rushton will set a ... Read More »

European Optimist Champs. Kavanagh in Gold Fleet

The final two days of this event start today after the fleet assignment series were completed yesterday. Just 2 RSA sailors are competing in the 176 boat boys fleet, being Sean Kavanagh and Rohan Chidley. After a first day of qualification rounds contested in light airs, the competitors enjoyed much more favourable conditions the following day. The Optimists headed out to the start zone at around lunchtime with the girls kicking off hostilities in a well-established north westerly wind of ... Read More »

Kiel Week 2019. RSA Sailors Successfully Kick Off Their Campaigns

by Richard Crockett & Liesl King Day 1 is done and dusted for the RSA sailors who are upbeat and anything but fazed by what happened out on the water. Alex Burger said that they had a good first race, then struggled a bit in the other two, indicating that all-in-all they are happy and keen to improve their results tomorrow. Racing today were 3 49er fleets which will ultimately determine where each team will sail in the fleet racing. ... Read More »

Kieler Woche 2019. Two RSA Teams Competing

by Richard Crockett The Kieler Wocher regatta is better known to English speakers as Kiel Week, but whatever you call it, it’s a massive event that runs over a few weeks and incorporates many different dinghy classes. It’s one of those events that dinghy sailors the world over simply have to do once. Experiencing it this year are two RSA teams, Benji Daniel and Alex Burger in the 49er, and Kai Leslie in the Standard Laser for men. For these ... Read More »

Transatlantic Race 2019. They’re Off Across the Pond

It would be nice to imagine that the 3,000-nautical-mile route for the west-to-east Transatlantic Race 2019 has changed little since pioneers from the New York Yacht Club braved the route from New York to Cowes via the Lizard back in 1866. By modern standards, their voyage was reckless, leaving in December on boats designed to be raced inshore. In addition, today we have more contemporary problems such as the Greenland ice sheet melting at an alarming rate, increasing the ice ... Read More »

Man Overboard. MAIB Investigation Report

  by Richard Crockett Clipper Ventures who stage the Clipper round the world yacht race take safety at sea matters very seriously, as does MAIB – the Marine Accident Investigation Branch in the UK. In November 2017 a crewman fell overboard and was lost. The investigation and report into this incident have just been published, and to me anyway, are compulsory reading for anyone who ventures to see in a sailing vessel, whether simply for a day sail, overnight passage ... Read More »

Ray Davies : “The America’s Cup Will Be A Real Sailors Regatta”

Proud Kiwi Ray Davies has a long and storied sailing CV including winning the Volvo Ocean Race in 2001-2 with Illbruck as well as six America’s Cups campaigns. He played a key role in the development of the victorious Emirates Team New Zealand boat as well as being back up helmsman and coach. He has been involved in bringing the new America’s Cup foiling monohull class from concept to reality. Ray remains a sailing team member, but more and more ... Read More »

52 Super Series. Saving the Best for Last?

By Richard Crockett Having had a tough four days of racing with results that hardly inspired, Tina Plattner and her ‘Phoenix 11′ team won race 8 yesterday, a result that will give them much confidence going into the final races today. But yesterday the glory lay with ‘Bronenosec’, the newest boat in the fleet steered by the youngest helmsman. They go into today’s final reckoning with a one point lead over the 2017 circuit champions ‘Azzurra’. Vladimir Liubomirov’s Russian-flagged team ... Read More »

52 Super Series. Some RSA Reward

by Richard Crockett 5 different winners so far in the 6 races sailed is an indication that it’s very tough out there on the race course which is why the heading to the press release I received stating that “Every Day is a School Day in Puerto Sherry” certainly rings true. And it was certainly a tough day for the RSA entry sailing ‘Phoenix 11′ who have persevered so far and were trumped their 7th place in race 5 with ... Read More »

Nipegegi Round Britain

The thought of sailing non-stop for 3-4 weeks around the whole of Great Britain in a 16ft/5m Wayfarer Sailing Dinghy may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for British adventurers and life long friends Will Hodshon and Richard Mitchell it’s the next great challenge to add to their list of expeditions. They aim to complete the first non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation of mainland Britain in an “open sailing vessel” – their 60-year old family boat, a wooden Wayfarer dinghy. ... Read More »

52 Super Series. A Day to Forget For Tina

by Richard Crockett Yesterday was a day Tina Plattner and her ‘Phoenix 11′ crew would, I am sure, rather forget as the challenging conditions saw them sink to the bottom of the leader board in this tough star-studded fleet. Hopefully a new day will bring renewed energy to the team – so let’s wait and see and wish them well. It was places gained on successive runs during the second race yesterday that keep ‘Azzurra’ and ‘Bronenosec’ in the top ... Read More »

South Africa’s Biggest Composite Leisure Catamaran

Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing has launched South Africa’s biggest composite and leisure catamaran, the Two Oceans 110 Day Charter Catamaran. Named ‘Le Cerf’, she is owned by Mason’s Travel. Established in 1972, Masons Travel is a leading destination management company in Seychelles. This 110′ catamaran is designed for commercial day charters and for large groups of people. She will be based in Mahé, and can carry 275 people. She has both an upper and lower deck and a flybridge. The ... Read More »

52 Super Series. Challenging First Day in Cadiz

by Richard Crockett Yesterday was a day that the RSA contingent may rather forget, although on reflection it may not have been that forgettable – as many of the top boats had ‘iffy’ results. The press release headline simply said this: “Provezza Decipher Puerto Sherry’s Opening Day Puzzles to Earn the Early Lead” which pretty much sums it up as there was little consistency in the results for anyone – bar possibly the RSA guys on ‘Phoenix 11′ especially in ... Read More »

Star World Champs

by Richard Crockett Despite having been booted from the Olympics as a Class by World Sailing, the Star class is as strong, if not stronger than ever. That’s assuming you agree that 65 teams from 20 nations, plus a star-studded line-up of champions, is a good enough! The event was last held in Porto Cervo exactly thirty years ago, and is organised by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. The double-handed crews will compete in fleet regattas on the race course off ... Read More »

52 Super Series. Early Success for RSA Team

“After Mahón we reset to zero and start here with a clean sheet,” smiled Phoenix’s Italian strategist Michele Ivaldi just before the South-African-flagged team went out and won today’s Official Practice Race for the Puerto Sherry 52 Royal Cup, the final warm up before Tuesday’s first points race as the circuit visits the new Andalucian venue for the first time. In just the kind of solid sea breeze that this corner of the Bay of Cádiz is renowned for, Tina ... Read More »