MSC Week 2014 – Days 1 and 2

RESULTS here: MSC Week 2014 Results – day 2 After two afternoons of registration most competitors were ready to face 4 days of racing off Durban in weather that only Durban can offer during Winter. The welcoming function kicked off with some lovely dancing entertainment after which the usual formalities were concluded including the welcome by the Commodore of the Point Yacht Club. During the conclusion of the welcoming function, Rob Main-Baillie was slowly spun round revealing an MSC banner much ... Read More »

ISAF Request Proposals For ISAF Youth Worlds Open Or Mixed Multihull

ISAF is seeking a modern, lightweight catamaran designed with spinnaker and daggerboards to be used at future editions of the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship . Following the selection of the Nacra 17 for use at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition, ISAF Council adopted submission 052-13 at the 2013 ISAF Annual Conference which sought to determine the most appropriate multihull for use at the ISAF Youth Worlds. An important aspect of the ISAF Youth Worlds is that all the ... Read More »

Singlehanded TransPacific Yacht Race

The Singlehanded TransPacific Yacht Race takes place on even-numbered years (biennial) from San Francisco Bay, California, to beautiful Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii – a distance of 2,120 nautical miles…alone. This event has been described by some of the racers as life-changing. Former South African Gary Burton, who now lives in Oregon, USA, is competing on a Westsail 32 named Elizabeth Ann. And he’s doing rather well too, so check out the event and follow his progress at: Read More »

Kiel Week 2014 – RSA Competitors

South Africa had good representation in three fleets at Kiel Week this year. 470 Men We all know that Asenathi Jim and Alex Burger, with Roger Hudson as coach, excelled in the event, making the top 8 and earning a place in the medal race in which they finished 2nd. This was Alex Burgers first major Olympic Class regatta, and from all accounts he acquitted himself exceptionally well. 29er The youth team of Euan and Gregg Hurter competed in the ... Read More »

RS Tera World Sailing Championships – Sedgefield

Sedgefield, the ‘Slow Town of the Naturally Knysna’, will play host to the 2014 RS Tera World Sailing Championships, 28 July -1 August 2014. 52 young sailors from Europe and Africa have already registered for the championships which will be held at Pine Lake Marina, Swartvlei. Over 60 entrants are expected in total. RS Tera is an ISAF International Class sailing dinghy popular with young sailors between the ages of eight and 18, and currently one of the fastest growing ... Read More »

Sailing Magazine Book of the Month – July 2014 The Boat Cookbook – Real Food for Hungry Sailors by Fiona Sims Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical Reviewing a cook book entails not only reading, but at least trying a recipe or two, and doing so with the same restrictions that would apply in a sailboat galley. It’s an excellent read and the two meals I tried turned out to be far more delicious than simply ‘real food for hungry sailors’ – ... Read More »

Sailor of the Month for July 2014 is Asenathi Jim

Asenathi Jim is our Sailor of the Month. This young man is hot property. So is his sailing crew and mentor, Roger Hudson, and they are getting hotter and hotter the more they compete internationally. They have just won the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Holland, having made the medal race where they finished ahead of the London Olympic Silver medallist to take Gold. It is their best performance in a 470 regatta. Asenathi is just 22, and already into his ... Read More »

SAILING Magazine – July 2014 issue.

This is our 360th issue. yes, that’s 12 issues each year for the past 30 years! Featured on our cover this month are Roger Hudson and Asenathi Jim who won the 470 class division of Delta Lloyd regatta in Holland. What an awesome sailing team these two are! In this issue we interviewed Roger about this victory and where their campaign is taking them. Our cruise this month is entitled “The Captain’s Wife’s Guide to Charter Life”. We also have ... Read More »

Kiel Week – Hurter Brothers in top third of European 29er Champs

The Hurter brothers Euan and Sean appear to be revelling in the 29er European Championships at Kiel Week as they are lying in the top third of the 168 boat fleet in their first major international regatta. After 3 races they are lying 64th in the 168 boat fleet. Euan Hurter said: “There are 186 boats and 4 fleets. The fleets were re-organised and we are now in yellow fleet (47boats). The wind was very light, shifty, and all over ... Read More »

Kiel Week – SA Team take 2nd in Medal Race. 5th Overall

What an incredible result for a team sailing their first major regatta together. Asenathi Jim and Alex Burger finished 2nd in the medal race against some really tough competition – and in doing so raised their overall position from 7th to 5th. Well done guys – what an awesome results and an unforgettable debut on the international circuit for Alex Burger. Read More »

Establishment of a Sailing school in the KZN Midlands

South African Sailing (S A S) with the assistance of the Department of Sports and Recreation together with the Henley Midmar yacht club and other generous sponsors intends establishing a Sail Training establishment at Midmar Dam.  This facility is to cater for those families who wish to introduce their children to the lifetime sport of sailing as well as to provide a platform for interested schools to have sailing as part of their official school sport programme. The instruction will ... Read More »

Kiel Week: 2014 Asenathi Jim and Alex Burger Make Medal race

Making his debut as a 470 crew on the international Olympic circuit is Alex Burger sailing with Asenathi Jim. They have sailed a really good series to qualify for today’s medal race in 7th place. We all deserve to be extremely proud of them and the way they have competed all week as they have fought back from some deep positions and stayed fast and positive at all times. It is fantastic to see Alex gaining this kind of experience, ... Read More »

ISAF Sailing World Cup Final Announced

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates will host the inaugural 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final through to 2017. The ISAF Sailing World Cup is the annual circuit of Olympic sailing for elite and professional sailors. Its centre-piece is the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final. The Final will bring together the top 20 boats in each Olympic event providing them with an annual challenge to compete against the best of the best for the crown of ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion ... Read More »

Volvo Race. Team SCA Announces Race Meteorologist

Libby Greenhalgh, a British-born meteorologist, has been recruited to join the squad of Team SCA, the only all-female crew in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. The 33-year-old from Hamble, UK brings to the team a wealth of knowledge. For the past seven years, Greenhalgh has worked as the meteorologist for the British sailing team across junior and Olympic levels, providing venue forecasting, research support and meteorological education for the athletes. Alongside this, she is a freelance weather forecaster working for ... Read More »

RSA Youth to Compete Internationally

A strong team of local youth sailors will be competing in the ISAF Youth World Championships in Tavira, Portugal from 12 – 19 July. The team is: One Person Dinghy Boys        Marcello Marcia One Person Dinghy Girls        Emma Clark Two Person Dinghy Boys        Dominic Van der Walt & Ryan Robinson Open Skiff                                  Euan & Sean Hurter Open Multihulls                       Brandon Wittenberg & Todd Fisher The Open Skiff boys, ... Read More »