Tribute to the “Picasso of Sailing”

Words by former YJA chairman, Paul Gelder Mike Peyton, dubbed “The World’s Greatest Yachting Cartoonist”, died yesterday (January 25) just five days after his 96th birthday. A modest, shy man, he eschewed the spotlight and seemed unaware of the esteem which in sailors all around the world held him. Born into a mining family in County Durham in 1921, he lied about his age to join the Army and was seconded to draw maps of the North African desert by ... Read More »

Which Way to Rio?

In February 1970 SA Yachting Magazine carried an article on this subject. With the Cape to Rio Race presented by Maserati now imminent, there may be something to learn from the ‘old masters’ who were wiley navigators and route planners – in days when computers had not been invented. Enjoy. OPEN THE PDF FILE HERE: which-way-to-rio-lr           Read More »

Yacht Racing Image of the Year

No less than 149 professional photographers spanning twenty-five nations submitted a picture for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2016 and generated an exceptional selection of images that summarize the yacht racing season better than words. French photographer Jean-Marie Liot (FRA) won the main award thanks to an extraordinary picture of Morgan Lagravière training ahead of the Vendée Globe onboard his IMOCA Safran, entirely submerged by a wave at high speed. “When I took this picture, I immediately knew I would ... Read More »

Announcement of Mauritius to Durban Yacht Race

Point Yacht Club Announcement of Mauritius to Durban Yacht Race Mauritius: Saturday 17 June 2017 Adding to the festivities of the magnificent milestone in their 125th anniversary year, the Point Yacht Club is delighted to announce the return of the Mauritius to Durban race. This will be the seventh edition of the challenging race that is due to start in Mauritius on Saturday 17 June. The last time this trade wind race was held was in 2005 where Cape Town’s ... Read More »

OLYMPICS: The time is NOW

by Richard Crockett With the Rio Olympic sailing events just days away, our South African sailors need to put the hype of the opening ceremony behind them, put their heads down and focus on the job at hand – which is to sail their hearts out as the next 10 races they sail may be the most important they ever sail. Both teams of Asenathi Jim & Roger Hudson in the 470, and Stefano Marcia in the Laser, have prepared ... Read More »

Checkmate. Asenathi Jim & Roger Hudson

by Daniel Smith In sailing, a slight lapse of concentration is often the difference between first and tenth place. It’s vital that sailors keep their focus, look ahead and plan their attacks. This is the key to success but it’s all good and well saying that, but how can you train for that? A sports psychologist? Perhaps a well renowned coach? Or a spot of yoga? For two South African sailors the answer is simple and it’s the world’s most ... Read More »

SASCOC Announces Initial Names for SA Olympic Team

          On this list are the names of the sailors to compete, being Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson (470 men) and Stefano Marcia (Laser men). These three sailors have given their all in a bid to qualify and have now got the ‘green light’ so to speak. Both teams are still in full preparation for Rio. Roger Hudson and his helmsman Asenathi Jim provided this quick update: Just back from Rio training trip # 1 (11-22 ... Read More »

WANTED: Chief Executive Officer for South African Sailing

  Chief Executive Officer for South African Sailing   We are very excited to be calling for applications for a full time CEO of South African Sailing.  This role is crucial for the continued growth of our sport especially at the current time with many new opportunities and iniatives under way. The successful applicant would ordinarily be a contender for a material corporate role in the private sector with general management and fund raising experience.  It is not necessary for ... Read More »

Hudson & Jim in Palma

by Richard Crockett Our Olympic pairing of Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson are competing in the Trofeo Princesa Sofia regatta in Palma in a tough fleet of close to 80 boats. This event is the last chance for European countries to qualify for the final Olympic spot – so competition is tough and relentless. Our guys started off well with 4 races in single figures, but hit a bad day yesterday with two not-so-good races which saw them drop out ... Read More »

470 Worlds – RSA 11th Overall

by Richard Crockett A very disappointing second half of the world championship regatta saw the RSA pairing of Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson drop to 11th place overall – and miss the cut for that very vital medal race. The 470 Men’s fleet was put on notice that South Africa’s 470 sailors are well and truly in the hunt for glory when Asenathi Jim & Roger Hudson’s scorching performance on day 3 saw them take the series lead. The pair ... Read More »

470 Worlds – RSA’s Tough & Disappointing Day

by Richard Crockett After a really good day on Wednesday when our RSA team of Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson led the World Championship overall after winning race 5, Thursday was a tough day amongst some really tough competitors. Having said that, just don’t ever believe that our guys are not, mentally and physically up to it. They are as tough as teak and have the mental capacity, strength and stamina to outsmart their opposition where it counts – on ... Read More »

South Africa Scores First Ever 470 World Championship Race Win

By Richard Crockett They’ve done it! Brilliant news is that our RSA pairing of Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson have won the 5th race of the 470 World Champs. PLUS they now lead the 40-strong fleet at the top of the leader board after 5 races. A win at a World Championship is a pretty special achievement, and even more so for the recently crowned 470 African Champions, Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson, as it marks their first ever World’s ... Read More »

470 Worlds – Hudson & Jim Steam Into 3rd Overall

Another light start to the day, with 2 knots the only breeze sniffing around the race track at the scheduled start time of 1400 hours. Postponements ashore saw teams relaxing around the venue and generally chilling in this very beautiful location at Club Nautico San Isidro. Patience from the Race Committee and teams, as everyone waited for an opening in the weather, which eventually delivered around 1745 hours. Racing got underway in the late afternoon in an 8-9 knot easterly ... Read More »

470 Worlds – Argentina. Solid Start for Hudson & Jim

by Richard Crockett The opening day of racing at the 470 World Championships in San Isidro, Argentina was initially dogged by light wind, and just 2 races were sailed. Getting on the scoresheet early on is important as it sets the tone and gives some margin of safety net. For some the opening day couldn’t have been better, for others the game plan didn’t quite unfold as intended. In a light and shifty breeze and a hard to read race ... Read More »