Clipper Race – the adventure is over

The adventure is now over for the 8 young South Africans aged between 18 and 23 who were selected to create a ‘tag’ team in a initiative funded by the Sapinda Group and supported by the Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund. Info on the 8 South African ambassadors can be found here: Clipper – SapindaRainbow Project Ambassadors_PDF Eleven months ago, the 8 young South African ambassadors of the Sapinda Rainbow Project were in Durban competing against 20 other hopefuls to be ... Read More »

ISAF Youth Worlds- Ryan Robinson & Dominic van der Walt represent RSA

“The best thing about sailing – I would say the way in which it mirrors life, and the lessons that you learn from it. Things may go your way, things may not! The only thing you can do is try your best from the very beginning to the very end, and then the results will come.” These are the humble and wise words of Ryan Robinson (17) who is heading off to Portugal to compete in the ISAF Youth World ... Read More »

Bermuda and San Diego shortlisted as America’s Cup venues

The island of Bermuda and the city of San Diego have been shortlisted as potential host cities for the 35th America’s Cup. Chicago, which had also been under consideration, is now a likely venue for America’s Cup World Series racing in 2015 and 2016. “Both Bermuda and San Diego have made very compelling cases to be the host for the next America’s Cup,” said Russell Coutts, Director of the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA). “We will be in good hands ... Read More »

MSC Week 2014 – final day – day 4

MSC Week 2014 – Day 4 results here: MSC Week 2014 Results Table FINAL The final day of MSC Week 2014 dawned with the weather forecasters getting it slightly wrong with the North Easterly filling in early enough for the Race Officer to get the cruising fleet away on a shorter course to get there race completed before the forecast South Westerly arrived. The rest of the fleet sailed one race which was shortened to allow the yachts to get ... Read More »

Hurter Brothers – on their way to the Weymouth 29er Eurocup

 by Euan Hurter So we have finally left the piece of land named Germany! We did however stay until Wednesday last week. The Monday and Tuesday after the Europeans were mellow, calmed down sessions and allowed us to regain our sense of humour. The weather was still utterly useless and we only had the odd moments of 10 knots. Tuesday was then cut short by thunderstorms and rain squalls that lasted the whole afternoon! That however gave us plenty of ... Read More »

MSC Week 2014 – Day 3

overall results here: MSC Week 2014 day 3 Results Table Another glorious day dawned on the MSC Week 2014 fleet on day 3 of the regatta. By the time the racing started there was 8 to 10 knots of NE wind with a bit of a lump on the swell. The cruising fleet started promptly at 11h00 and soon split between those opting for the offshore routte and those deciding to go up the beach. Stoked gave Bellatrix a run ... Read More »

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 »