420 Europeans. Asenathi Jim & Elsje Dijkstra Moving up

by Richard Crockett Asenathi Jim is undoubtedly giving his crew, Elsje Dijkstra, a very real taste of what top flight competition is all about as after a disappointing day 2, they bounced back with 2 results just outside the top 10 – and climbed up 3 places on the overall leader board. This was especially good due to the prevailing conditions. Their 11th and 12th are just the kind of results they are wanting and which will give them confidence, ... Read More »

Hobie Worlds. RSA Climbing Up the Rankings

by Richard Crockett Things are looking brighter for the RSA contingent racing in the Hobie 16 Gold Fleet and in the Hobie Wildcats. After being in 3rd spot after the first day Blaine Dodds and Charles Girard climbed to second spot on the podium, but not after starting the day with an OCS! Fortunately they managed to get 4 races in and had sufficient races completed to discard that OCS. From there on they steadily improved and finished the day ... Read More »

Moth Worlds. Most competitive Ever

The largest and most competitive Moth World Championship began yesterday at one of the most glamorous racing locations in world sailing, Lake Garda. A record 240 Moths are entered from 25 countries from all over the globe, making this world championship one of the sailing events of the year. The fleet is split between four groups for two days of a qualifying series, then split into Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets for the final series held over three days. Windward ... Read More »

420 Europeans. RSA Slip Down Rankings

by Richard Crockett Day 2 and two more races brings the number of races sailed so far to 4 – and a day in which both our RSA teams slipped down the rankings. Racing was in 11 knots, building to 15-16 knots, before decreasing to around 12-13 knots for the final stages of the day’s second races. Reading the pressure and spotting the windshifts was critical and a huge test for the young teams on the challenging race track of ... Read More »

Hobie MultiWorlds. RSA Teams Never Disappoint

by Richard Crockett Yesterday had competitors on two courses, the Wild Cat, Tiger and Hobie 16 Silver on one course and Hobie 16 Gold Fleet on their own course. The Hobie Wild Cat World Championships had only two races due to the wind dropping down to conditions that didn’t allow the boats to sail against the strong tide. Reigning World Champion Mitch Booth, sailing with his daughter Rita, won both races. Booth said “it was quite challenging conditions and easy ... Read More »

Hobie Multiworlds. RSA Teams through to the Gold Fleet

The Hobie 16 European qualifying for the Gold and Silver fleets concluded yesterday with RSA teams ‘getting gold’. The top 22 teams go through to the gold fleet event, which means that all 4 RSA teams competing made the cut. Heading the RSA contingent are Ewald Erasmus & Stephanie Goodyer in 2nd place, followed by Dylan Albert & James Butler in 4th. RSA Overall after 8 races: 2 Ewald Erasmus & Stephanie Goodyer 4 Dylan Albert & James Butler 17 ... Read More »

420 Europeans. Satisfactory Opening Day for RSA

by Richard Crockett A very tricky and indecisive breeze played into the hands of light-wind specialists on race day 1 after 179 teams spent the morning ashore after light wind postponed the scheduled start. In the early afternoon thermal breezes filled in, with the Open fleet in which the RSA teams were competing, being called out to the race track first. The 27 teams in the 420 Open event are split into yellow and blue fleets for the 6 race ... Read More »

The World Sailing Show

Here’s what’s new in this show: • Crossing the Atlantic the hard (mad) way • Team New Zealand’s secrets revealed • Peter Burling profile – Sailing’s new rock star • How to get aboard a Cup boat during racing • Para World Sailing Championships • How the Round the Isle of Wight record was broken In Brief The secrets behind Team New Zealand’s success. This month the World Sailing Show finds out why the Kiwis were so much faster than ... Read More »

Something Very Special is About to Happen in RSA Sailing

by Richard Crockett RSA have two teams in the 420 European Championships which begin today in Athens. But this is no ordinary team – this is a mouth-watering mixed team of both race and gender – all exciting up-and-coming born and bred young RSA sailors. Stepping back into a 420 after many years campaigning a 470 at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, is Asenathi Jim who has partnered with Elsje Dijkstra as crew. His crew at the ... Read More »

Hobie 16 Qualifiers

Yesterday (Monday) the wind and surf had calmed down. Light air, again from Westerly directions. A rainbow formed over the Holland Hobie House, a beautiful welcome to the early bird sailors arriving at the beach. At the scheduled starting time for the first race the wind shifted to onshore and picked up nicely to around 8 – 10 knots, making sailing possible. The dark thunder clouds blew past and did not come back. Day 5 and halfway through the Hobie ... Read More »

SAS Grand Slam. Durban Sailing At It’s Best

                by Sophie Thompson Winter dinghy sailing in Durban doesn’t get better than this; the third annual SAS Grand Slam hosted by Point Yacht Club was held in the bay over the weekend. With a fleet of 34 dinghies taking to the water, the two largest fleets were the Oppies and Lasers. Leading the full rig Lasers, was Gregg Dobson closely followed by JP McLoughlin who is making a welcome return to the ... Read More »

Learn to Sail: The Ultimate Guide

by Richard Crockett The number of people I have either met or spoken to who ask “How do I learn to Sail?” is staggering. Few know about Sailing Schools, and even fewer know that Yacht Clubs are always willing to assist people to find a berth and introduce them to those members generous enough to share their experiences and boat with newcomers. Sailing is a great sport – a lifetime sport – that rarely discriminates on sex, and has scant ... Read More »

Old Gaffers Finish on A High

by Richard Crockett Campbell Alexander and Jeremy Kriek did not get the opportunity to challenge for top honours in the Cowes Classic Week as the weather prevented this with no racing. However they did finish 2nd overall, and did win the magnificent ‘Travelled Further Trophy’. Alexander described the event as great fun. Results HERE Read More »

Hobie Worlds. RSA H16 Results

by Richard Crockett The Hobie 14s have been reported on in full, but what about the South Africans competing in the multiclass event? In the Hobie 16 youth spinnaker class, Ewald Erasmus & Stephanie Goodyer are lying 4th overall. In the Hobie 16 Youth Dylan Albert & James Butler are 11th overall. Results HERE Read More »

Hobie Worlds. Dodds on Hobie 14 Podium

by Richard Crockett Blaine Dodds is a seasoned campaigner who needs no introduction to the cut and thrust of top level international competition as he has been in the thick of it for many years. However he did leave his charge for a place on the Hobie 14 podium rather late! He started the event in a very uncharacteristic way with a few double digit finishes. It was only in the 6th race that his true grit, determination and skill ... Read More »