LVC Challenger Finals – day 1. Man Overboard!

The cry of “man overboard” was the climax of a dramatic first day of the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series final in Bermuda, with Emirates Team New Zealand taking a 2-1 lead in the best of nine series. Under pressure from the Kiwis towards the end of race three, Artemis skipper Nathan Outteridge was sprinting to the port side wheel when he lost his footing and slid off the boat. Rival helmsman Peter Burling had been in the process of creating ... Read More »

NSRI Assistance at Fire Disaster Continues

NSRI Plettenberg Bay and NSRI Knysna volunteer crews continue to assist at the Fires that have devastated the Eden and Bitou Districts of the Southern Cape between Sedgefield and Plettenberg Bay that has resulted in mass destruction to land and properties and causing injuries and sadly also loss of life and that has been declared a Disaster Area. NSRI Port Elizabeth, NSRI Jeffreys Bay, NSRI St Francis Bay are supporting NSRI Knysna and NSRI Plettenberg Bay stations with drinking water, ... Read More »

LVC Semi Finals – What A Come-Back from Artemis

by Richard Crockett Now that was a thriller as so much was at stake in this race. For Artemis it was a case of winning it, their 4th successive win in a row, or for Softbank, it was a case of having to win this and the subsequent race. Conditions were near the top end of the wind spectrum at 19 – 22 knots. Earlier this week, in similar strong weather conditions, Barker (Softbank) had beaten Outteridge (Artemis) in both ... Read More »

Cruising. Pirates of the ‘Gariepbean’

  by William Fraser Dinghies, especially old wooden ones, represent the epitome of “simply messing about in boats”. The tinkering becomes part of the journey, no longer just a means to an end. The never-ending restoration turns into a relationship of “I take care of you, you take care of me”. Or so they say! I have only just become the new owner of a 1980s vintage plywood Miracle sailing dinghy and had yet to use a piece of sandpaper ... Read More »

Ludde Ingvall’s ‘CQS’ Arrives in Helsinki

Ludde ingvall was a UCT student in his youth, and a very active sailor too. He put many a sailing campaign together at the time, and will be remembered for his ‘Italtile’ campaign in the South Atlantic Race, as well as being the project manager for the ‘Atlantic Privateer’ build and subsequent Whitbread Round the World Race entry. Since those days he has been involved in many maxi campaigns, with ‘Nicorette’ being one high profile boat. He has won the ... Read More »

Land Rover BAR Will Continue the Journey to Bring the Cup Home

• Land Rover BAR’s first Challenge for the America’s Cup ends at Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Playoff Semi-Finals • Land Rover BAR committed to Challenge in the 36th America’s Cup with funding secured for the next campaign • Land Rover announce continued support as Title and Exclusive Innovation Partner • 11th Hour Racing, a programme of The Schmidt Family Foundation, continue as Exclusive Sustainability Partner • Land Rover BAR Academy to race in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup 12th ... Read More »

Emirates Team New Zealand Advance to the Playoff Final

The comeback Kiwis are into the final of the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series, Emirates Team New Zealand knocking out Britain’s Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing with a combination of pace and poise in their rebuilt boat. The poise was required at the start of the first race of the day when a foil problem saw the Kiwis stranded behind the line with Ben Ainslie sprinting off to lead by 26 seconds at mark one. Then came the pace. Foil problem ... Read More »

LVC Semi-Finals. The Final Showdown

by Richard Crockett The racing last night (Thursday) was tense as it was crunch time for Land Rover Bar and Artemis Racing as unless they bounced back, they were on their way home and out of the competition. That’s actually where Ben Ainslie and his team are headed as despite putting in their best race of the series so far, and beating the Kiwis convincingly, they were unable to sustain that late charge and succumbed in the final race, which ... Read More »

Cape Storms Keep the NSRI busy

The following National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) stations have been called out due to the Cape Storms and the Knysna fires: Station 12 Knysna. Station 14, Plettenberg Bay. Station 26, Kommetjie. Station 2, Bakoven. Southern Cape: From just after midday on Wednesday 7 June, NSRI Knysna and NSRI Plettenberg Bay have been engaged in assisting the Eden District emergency services and Eden, George, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay Fire and Rescue Services at runaway fires that have engulfed the district from ... Read More »

Cruising: A Sailing Artist

Travel is an absolute necessity for an artist. Johnny Morant has sailed the Mediterranean with a view to producing oil paintings for his fourth solo exhibition at Rountree Tryon Gallery, London, this September. Together with Julia Oleksy, who quit her job in renewable energy for the five month voyage, the couple had no previous sailing experience. “It was imperative that I gained my RYA Day Skipper qualification and VHF license,” says Johnny. “After which we began searching for a boat. We ... Read More »

Skip a Straw – Save a Turtle

by: Robyn Albritton, Sustainability Director, Sailors for the Sea Straws are consistently on the top 10 lists for marine debris collected every year during the International Coastal Cleanup. It is estimated that Americans use a whopping 500 million straws per day – a number that, end-to-end, could circle the planet 2.5 times. Now imagine this number compounded on a global scale. While it seems simple, straws create a pressing threat to our oceans because they are made to be disposable, ... Read More »

TODAY is World Oceans Day

Yes, today, Thursday 8 June 2017 is World Oceans Day. It can be celebrated in many different ways according to individual tastes, although the best way would be to get involved and do something positive for the oceans and our environment as a whole. The theme for 2017 is: “Our oceans, our future”. The oceans cover about two-thirds of the surface of the Earth and are the very foundations of life. They generate most of the oxygen we breathe, absorb ... Read More »

LVC Semi Finals. Japanese Shut Out Artemis Racing

SoftBank Team Japan dominated the America’s Cup Challenger Playoff action on day two of racing beating Artemis Racing in both races despite the white-knuckle conditions on the Great Sound. With the two wins, the Japanese team now lead the Swedes 3-1 in this Semi-Final first-to-five round. Sustained winds of 23 knots with gusts past 25 knots and rain squalls littered a treacherous racetrack that hosted the fastest and wettest day of racing to date in the 2017 America’s Cup. “Really ... Read More »

LVC Semi Finals. GBR vs NZ

Yesterday, Tuesday, was a big day in Bermuda as Land Rover BAR faced off against Emirates Team New Zealand. The first race got underway after a slight delay waiting for the wind to drop below the 24 knots average limit. Emirates Team New Zealand only just made the start after damage sustained to their wing after docking out. It was panning out to be a full on day with both teams sailing at the limits hitting speeds in excess of ... Read More »

LVC semi finals. Demolition Derby!

By Richard Crockett We were all promised some seriously good action last night, and it came in spectacular style in winds which were at the limit of racing in terms of the rules. That pitchpole from Emirates Team New Zealand was as spectacular as it was sad. Boat bits flying around during the races added more intrigue, as did the huge penalty the umpires hit Artemis with. All this added up to a spectacular day. Let’s go back to ETNZ ... Read More »