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Ludde Ingvall Sets New Speed Record

Ludde Ingvall and his crew on the 100-footer CQS set a new speed record in ÅR Offshore Round Gotland Race. He last broke this record 20 years ago and has done it again. ”I am super happy” said Ingvall. “The wind died, and we were stuck out at Alma for an hour and thought that we wouldn’t make it. But we were lucky and were able to cross the finish line with twenty minutes to spare.” CQS is a foil ... Read More »

Round the Isle of Wight Race. Highland Fling XI Just Misses Out

  by Richard Crockett Not quite like the Round the Island Race we have on the Vaal Dam, the race around the Isle of Wight, also known as the Round the Island Race, had a handful of South African competitors this year. Almost winning overall was Sir Irvine Laidlaw’s Highland Fling XI. However in the end he was displaced late in the day by the JPK10.80, Yes! Highland Fling XI won the coveted Gold Roman Bowl after they took line ... Read More »

African Optimist Champs – RSA Report from Egypt

Cal Tomlinson reports from Egypt   On Friday at 03h30 was the end of Eid, which is the post Ramadan celebrations. Unfortunately the much feared and anticipated Egyptian Enteritis caught up with competitors in general. No one at breakfast was owning up to this, but on the way to the regatta centre, when the translator got the bus to stop outside a pharmacy, everyone jumped off and ordered the same anti-gippo medicine. The opening ceremony was a very special occasion. ... Read More »

UK Round the Island Race. 1342 Yachts Competing

by Peta Stuart-Hunt How best to describe the annual Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay in one word, one that neatly encapsulates the passion, competition, thrills and enjoyment shared by thousands of sailors each year? It’s always EXCITING! Well known South African sailor Mike Bartholomew will be racing Tokoloshe II, a modified GP 42 competing in IRC Division 1, and is now an old hand at this around the Isle of Wight race with a distance of ... Read More »

SA Pair Compete in 470 Worlds

Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson were a formidable combination on the world circuit for several years, including 2 Olympic Games. Now Roger Hudson, the driving force of that campaign under the RaceAhead banner, has stepped aside and brought Sibu Sizatu into the on-water team as he moves into the coaching role. Asenathi and Sibu are both 25 years old, with Asenathi having already attended 2 Olympic Games regattas. The 40 World Championships being sailed from the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race. Bouwe Bekking & Team Brunel Back for An Eighth Shot At Glory

Bouwe Bekking, the most experienced sailor in Volvo Ocean Race history, will return to skipper the seventh confirmed team in the 2017-18 edition – and give himself another chance at claiming an elusive first victory at the eighth attempt. No one has sailed more miles in the Volvo Ocean Race than Bekking, who made his first appearance as a crew member on Philips Innovator back in 1985-86. More than 30 years on, and now aged 54, Bekking’s Volvo Ocean Race ... Read More »

Peter Burling – a Prodigious Talent

Peter Burling and Glenn Ashby, helmsman and skipper respectively of Emirates Team New Zealand who won the America’s Cup on Monday, are hot property in the sailing world right now. But Burling is now undoubtedly the ‘hottest’ thing in the sailing world right now, and will be in demand around the world as a man to have in every campaign, and in every type of yacht there is. In brief, he has prodigious talent – and his life will never ... Read More »

RSA Youth Sailors off to Optimist African and the World Champs

The cream of South African youth sailors will get a taste of real international sailing competition when they compete in two major events – the African Optimist Champs and the Optimist World Champs. The African champs are in Egypt from 1 – 9 July, and the South African team is as follows: Alex Weiderhold Bryan Carstens Chiara Fruet Helen Jansen Van Vuuren Ross Mckinnon Tristan Tomlinson Manager: Cal Tomlinson Coach: Claire Walker.   The World Champs are in Thailand from ... Read More »

36th America’s Cup Challenge. The Challenger of Record Announced

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has accepted the challenge of Circolo della Vela Sicilia, which becomes the Challenger of Record for the XXXVI (36th) America’s Cup. The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is pleased to announce that it has accepted a challenge from Circolo della Vela Sicilia which was received immediately upon the victory of Emirates Team New Zealand in the last race of the 35th America’s Cup. As the first challenger, CVS will be the Challenger of Record ... Read More »

America’s Cup Match – day 5. New Zealand Victorious

Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand won race nine of the America’s Cup Match in convincing style – and with it won the America’s Cup. The Kiwi team dominated the final stage of the 35th America’s Cup, winning eight races to Oracle Team USA’s one race win, giving the New Zealanders a final winning scoreline of 7 – 1 – a whitewash whichever way you look at it. The America’s Cup was last won by a team representing New ... Read More »