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ISAF World Cup Miami – RSA Postions on day 2

In a question asked of the mens 470 class about the crew rarely being asked to comment, the PR people homed in on Roger Hudson. This is how it was reported: Roger Hudson would probably rather have had his talking moment on Monday, when he and his skipper, Jim “Squirrel” Asenathi, placed 4th and 6th – and it was Asenathi’s birthday. Two 13ths on Tuesday pulled the South African sailors down to 10th overall, but the experience jelled in Hudson’s ... Read More »

Save the Swartkops River – Sign the petition PLEASE

The Swartkops River, a very popular sailing venue since 1879 – yes that 136 years ago – is under threat from sewerage as 18 megalitres of raw sewage per week has flowed into the Swartkops River during the past three months, turning the River into a major ecological nightmare and a massive health hazard to surrounding communities. The solution is to fund a competent organization to redesign and replace the sewage infrastructure in Nelson Mandela Bay to international standards. Please ... Read More »

ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami – RSA Sailors Compete

The first day was described as follows: It was sunny and bright. It was storming and raining sideways. It was sunny and bright. Numerous challenges were posed to the competitors in wet and windy day of action. Racing commenced with a confirmed number of 856 sailors from 63 nations competing across the ten Olympic and three Paralympic events. Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson are competing in the 470 Men’s class and Stefano Marcia on the Men’s Laser Class. Men’s 470 ... Read More »

VOR – Historic Victory for Dongfeng

Leg 3 Victory Overall race leaders after 3 legs After leading the fleet virtually all the way from Abu Dhabi to Sanya in China, over more than 5,000 miles of intense ocean racing, Dongfeng finally crossed the finish line in first place as the sun rose over Sanya. This is the first time in history a Chinese team (or any Chinese sailor) has won a leg in the Volvo Ocean Race’s 41-year history. And what a leg to win supported ... Read More »

Barcelona World Race – First of the Great Capes

The first of the iconic Great Capes has been passed in the Barcelona World Race with Cheminées Poujoulat rounding the Cape of Good Hope. Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam passed 20°E around 400 miles south of Cape Agulhas – the southernmost tip of Africa – and have begun the Indian Ocean leg of their race around Antarctica. Second-placed Neutrogena initially looked set to follow just four or five hours behind, but lighter westerlies have hindered their exit from the ... Read More »

Vasco da Gama Ocean Race – 11th Entry received

Not only has this race from Durban to Port Elizabeth caught the attention of many old salts, but the young up-and-coming ones too. The 1st Bergvliet Sea Scouts have entered JML Rotary Scout with Grant Chapman as the skipper. The boat and its young sailors will be undertaking a sea-going coastal passage promo (road show) starting in March. It is their intention to visit Sea Scout groups at all ports of call up the coast, and take the Sea Scouts ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – Dongfeng – will they or won’t they?

That’s the big question all the supporters of Dongfeng will be asking as this team has defied all odds and been at the forefront of this race since the start last year. She has just not managed to pull off a leg win, so this is her chance as she leads the fleet into her home port of Sanya. With just over 100 miles to go to Sanya, and a 50-plus mile lead you would be forgiven for thinking its ... Read More »

Barcelona World Race – Duck or Cover?

• Leaders preparing for Southern Oceans • Front-runners diverge as Neutrogena gybes south • Confidence boosts for GAES • East-west divide as St Helena High takes its toll The South is looming. The leading boats in the Barcelona World Race are expected to reach 40°S, the border post of the ‘deep south’, on Wednesday. So for leaders Cheminées Poujoulat and their nearest rivals Neutrogena, as well as third-placed Gaes Centros Auditivos, today was a day to prepare – mentally, practically ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 – The big casino

by Gonzalo Infante Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 – The Malacca and Singapore Straits are a big talking point of this leg – and not without reason. These narrow and busy passages have all the ingredients to make them extremely difficult places to race sail boats. If we look at the big picture, we can see that is the only piece of water that connects the north Pacific and north Indian Oceans – and this has some interesting implications, not ... Read More »

RSA 49er Olympic Campaign – the Halfway Point

report by Graeme Willcox & Andrew Tarboton 2015 marks the halfway point of our campaign to qualify South Africa for the 31st Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The first 2 years of our campaign we focussed on boathandling and team work. In the 49er class this is most of the battle, now in 2015, we now have to step it up to the next level and learn to race the professional teams on the circuit at their ... Read More »

Vasco da Gama Race – 9th Entry Received

With interest in the race from Durban to Port Elizabeth beginning to fire people’s imagination, the 9th entry has been received – and this comes from a boat owned by race stalwart Gerrie Boshoff, Herbie Karolius and Rex Anderson. Rocket is a Simonis 54 which competed in the Cape to Rio Race last year under the name of “Stop Rhino Poaching’. She will be skippered by Herbie Karolius who is no newcomer to the race, and who will undoubtedly bring ... Read More »

Moth Worlds – Final Day Belongs to Jof Heathcote

        Jof Heathcote reports The last day today and it was blowing a hooligan (as appears to be usual here). There was some pretty full on chop out on the course. Everyone was dubious about sailing so left the beach really late. Getting downwind to the start was a challenge in itself. I got around the course with just two minor swims. Both on the upwind. So got my best finish of the regatta in 8th as ... Read More »

Dismasted – Heartbreak for Hugo Boss

After leading the Barcelona World Race since the first full day of racing, for most of 14 days and having recently extended their lead on the water to what the skippers estimated to be around 60 miles, pre-race favourites Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes on their IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss, were dismasted on Wednesday night in the South Atlantic ocean in relatively moderate wind conditions. The English-Spanish duo are heading to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, under engine. Making around 6 ... Read More »

Moth Worlds – A Tough Day

Jof Heathcote reports Things deteriorated a bit today. I just didn’t have any upwind legs so really struggled a lot. Race 9 was just slow, race 10 felt better in the one-on-one stuff, but I went the wrong way up the first beat which totally ruined it. Race 11 kicked off in a pretty brisk 20-28 knots. There was carnage at the top mark and sadly I got involved this time. A pitchpole at the offset mark and a running ... Read More »

Moth Worlds – No Racing

Jof Heathcote our man on the scene and the sole South African competitor at the Moth Worlds reports. No racing today. It was raining sideways all morning, blowing 20-30knots. There was a bit of a class vote at 15h00 and the result was fairly predictable. The silver fleet said no, the gold said yes. We went out briefly, but it was blowing a fairly solid 20 knots against the tide, and the chop was enormous (and vertical). Total carnage. I ... Read More »