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Volvo Ocean Race – Frostad on Boat Design and final changes (Part II)

The seven One Design VOR 65s were built by a consortium led by Green Marine in the UK. The first of those for the Team SCA women wad delivered in October 2013, the last was supplied to Team Vestas Wind in August 2014. Since the end of Race Zero, the boats have been out of the water, here in Alicante on the Spanish coast, with a team of Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard shipwrights making sure all the boats were strictly ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race 10 days to go – Frostad on cultural change (Part I)

Over the last year we have interviewed Knut Frostad, the CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race four times, at times the stress has shown but yesterday just eleven days before the start of the 2014-2015 Race, he was like a different person, when we met with him again, at Volvo Ocean race headquarters portside in Alicante. In the distance across the port the Volvo Ocean Race boats including the Mapfre badged Spanish boat were still on the hard. Upstairs overlooking ... Read More »

New Association with Sail-World.com

SAILING Publications, the publishers of SAILING Magazine, SAILING Gybeset and “Talking SAILING” blog, now have an association with Sail-World (www.sail-world.com). Sail-World is the biggest circulating sailing news blog in the world, and is expected to reach 1 million subscribers soon. We commence this association by sharing their excellent coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race. If you want to receive their information regularly, subscribe at: www.sail-world.com Read More »

Intasure Spring Regatta – Great Pics & Overall Results

pic by Trevor Wilkins Matthew Thomas reports picture link: https://plus.google.com/photos/+TrevorWilkins/albums/6062620045794393825 With winds blowing at 16 to 20 knots for the final day out of the North, the days racing turned out to be very close, with the different fleets constantly pushing each other as they charged around the racing courses set offshore from Simonstown to Kalk Bay. Sailing was challenging for the crews, but more importantly, the downwind legs, under their blossoming spinnakers was spectacular, for both the crews and ... Read More »

Intasure Spring Regatta – Wet & Wild

Matthew Thomas reports Having started last weekend, the Intasure Spring Regatta continues tomorrow (Wednesday). Last weekend saw the start of the Cape sailing season, with 70 yachts throughout the Cape, racing ‘around the cans’ in False Bay. Hosted by False Bay Yacht Club in Simonstown, this year’s Intasure Spring Regatta started at noon on Saturday, and saw the intrepid sailor’s battle against the strong SE wind and swell. As a sure sign of summer, the good old “Cape Doctor” provided ... Read More »

The future is foiling – AC45s to be modified

The six America’s Cup teams have agreed to a project that will see the existing fleet of AC45 catamarans modified into fully foiling catamarans for racing in the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS). Importantly, the teams have also committed to continue to race the foiling AC45s on the America’s Cup World Series circuit in 2018, following the conclusion of the 35th America’s Cup in 2017. “I’m pleased all of the competitors have agreed on a way forward, beyond the current ... Read More »

Intasure Spring Regatta – The opening of the Cape Town sailing season

Every year as spring approaches, local yachtsmen start getting ready for the Cape Town sailing season. As summer approaches, so the winds switch from the NW to SE and the veritable “Cape Doctor” visits our shores and provides ample wind for these sailors. These strong SE winds, make sailing challenging and just as thrilling to watch as the numerous yachts battle it out over laid courses to see who is the ‘best of the best’! High winds make for spectacular ... Read More »

Customs Control & Visiting Yachts – comments requested

Customs has been undergoing modernisation for the last few years. This entails replacing the Customs & Excise Act of 1964, which is pretty much outdated, with the Customs Control Act of 2014. Customs are publishing the draft Rules that will govern the new Act.  Documents below: SARS Draft Rules Chapter 11 to 20 and 24 for comment SARS 20140812 – Customs Control Act SARS 20140701 – LAPD-LPrep-Draft-2014-44 – Draft Customs Control Rules Comment Sheet What is relevant to us are ... Read More »

Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds – Big Morning Breeze, Fickle Afternoon

Sailors arose to big breeze in Santander for the sixth day of racing at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships and with 64 scheduled races it was set to be a big Wednesday. Gusts of up to 30 knots were reported across the race track early on in the day and with an 11h00 local time start some of the fleets took to the water. As the day progressed the breeze began to decrease significantly across the race tracks, ... Read More »

Message from the Chairman of SAS – Peter Hall

I am very excited by the opportunities that we in South African Sailing have ahead of us.  The previous committee has provided us with a great platform to take things forward and I would like to thank Rob M’Crystal and Mike Dixon in this regard. Looking forward your new Council is as follows:   President                                       Philip Baum Vice President                             Mike Robinson Chairman/ WC Councilor      ... Read More »

Frustrating Day For Racers At Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds

RSA sailors did not race yesterday due to the lack of wind. Only the 49er yellow fleet were able to get racing in on the fourth day at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships as light, teasing winds played havoc across the seven race courses. The 470, 49er, 49erFX, Finn, Nacra 17 and RS:X fleets were all scheduled for racing early on in the day with the Laser (silver and bronze fleets) and Laser Radial (silver fleet) penned in ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – Team Vestas Wind Wins Leg 0

Seven Volvo Ocean Race boats lined up alongside each other last Friday for the first time for Leg Zero, a two-day race to the Balearic Islands and back. The first competitive meeting (400nm) of all seven teams would provide both the crews and the race organisers the opportunity to size up each other before the Volvo Ocean Race starts next month. Before the Leg Zero race began, the teams ran through a series of emergency procedures such as man overboard, ... Read More »

Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships – update

The third day of racing (Sunday) at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships was a tough affair with light winds and a strong current testing the sailors across the six fleets on the water. The Laser, Laser Radial and Men’s and Women’s RS:X were joined by the Men’s and Women’s 470 fleets on the third day of racing as they kick started their competition. After a long wait ashore and a further one afloat waiting for the wind to ... Read More »

Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds – RSA Team Update

More than 1,250 sailors in over 900 boats from 84 nations will compete at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships from 8 – 21 September 2014. The best sailing talent will be on show and as well as world titles being awarded across ten events. 50% of Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition places will be won based on results in Santander. The regatta format will feature an opening qualification series and a final series with the top ten in ... Read More »

MAXI YACHT ROLEX CUP – Supermaxis, Maxis & Dual-purpose Mini Maxis

In the 2014 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup fleet there are three Supermaxis, goliaths of the sea measuring upwards of 100-ft. Contrasting designs define the Class. Firefly is a modern interpretation of a classic day racer, while Inoui and Viriella are simply imperious modern yachts that offer their owners graceful habitats afloat. Firefly leads going into the second half of the competition, but only by one point from Inoui , which has the wind behind her challenge having won today’s 31nm ... Read More »