470 Worlds – Jim & Hudson Still in the Hunt

Our South African pairing of Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson have qualified for the gold fleet, and now have just six races left in which to qualify themselves for the Rio Olympics. Their 5th race result yesterday, an 8th, was their best of the regatta so far – but it puts them in 7th to qualify – and they need to be 6 or better. Their results so far: 15; 12; 19; 13; 8 A lighter breeze filled in over ... Read More »

RSA Teams Final Chance to Qualify for Rio 2016

The 470 Worlds have started in Haifa Bay, Israel, where the South African pairing of Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson are competing in a ‘must qualify’ event. There are just 6 Olympic Qualification places available, all of which will be decided in this event, and 16 nations in contention. So it’s a do-or-die regatta for this dynamic duo who have persevered against the odds to be serious contenders in this fleet, but who quite simply lack the resources of many ... Read More »

Cape Town Boat Show – MIASA Speaker Series

The Cape Town International Boat Show starts on Friday (9 October) at the CTICC and the V&A Waterfront. The Speaker Series, hosted by the Marine Industry Association of South Africa (MIASA) always attracts good patronage, so plan your time at the show around these speakers. And don’t forget to vist the SAILING Magazine & Books stand where you can get the latest issue of SAILING Magazine or purchase one of the many mouth-watering books we have on sale. Plus there ... Read More »

Musto Skiff Worlds – Bruce Keen leads the Fleet

Is it a case of like father like son, or is it simply that he’s a ‘japie’ and can sail really well having been schooled in his sailing skills in Cape Town? Whatever it is, Bruce Keen has the legs on the rest of the fleet as he heads the World Championships with a healthy lead over the fleet, and must simply keep his nose clean today, the final day, to win overall. In the 6 races so far he ... Read More »

Clipper Race: Crewman Killed by Mainsheet

ANDREW ASHMAN: FATAL INJURY OFFICIAL STATEMENT We are deeply saddened to report the death of crew member Mr Andrew Ashman (49) a paramedic from Orpington, Kent. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. Andy was an experienced yachtsman and was one of the crew aboard the IchorCoal boat (CV21). All other crew are safe and well. The boat’s skipper Darren Ladd reports that Andy was involved in reefing the main sail, reducing its sail area, in moderate ... Read More »

SAS – President & Chairman’s Annual Report

Communication from the hierarchy of SAS is crucial to the success and future of our sport. So to have their annual report made available publically by the President, Phillip Baum, and the Chairman, Peter Hall, shows their commitment to the sport. So read it and question your local SAS Councillor to get clarity on issues that may concern or interest you. The SAS Councillors are tabled at the end of this report. Remember, they are serving all sailors for the ... Read More »

Fastnet Force 0

by Brian Hancock All about Sails is a blog written by former South African Brian (‘Mugs’) Hancock. His intro blurb says: “All About Sails is your place to become a better sailor. Through our blogs and articles we will provide you with the knowledge you need to know your boat better and become a better sailor”. Here he has an interesting view on the Rolex Fastnet race which has just finished. There is a single word that sums up the ... Read More »

Rolex Fastnet Race – RSA Sailors do well

South African sailors have had a fascination with the Fastnet Race going back many years, and this year is no exception. Reference in the official Rolex Fastnet press release caught my eye as it mentioned ‘Tokoloshe’ – which is owned and skippered by Mike Bartholomew of Cape Town. Mike is a regular campaigner on the British circuit, and is regularly on the podium. This is what caught my eye: Maxi 72 Momo’s position as overall leader was known to be ... Read More »

Rolex Fastnet Race – a Mere Four Minutes

Jim Clark’s 100-ft Maxi yacht Comanche claimed line honours, but only following a dramatic tussle with fellow American yacht Rambler. Arriving in Plymouth at 05:22 BST on Wednesday morning, Comanche crawled towards the line as George David’s 88-ft Rambler, who earlier in the race had led the Ken Read-skippered Comanche, made a late surge for the line. Only four minutes ended up separating the two yachts. Comanche completed the 603nm course in an elapsed time of 2 days, 15 hours, ... Read More »

Olympic Test Event – Rewarding Day for Stefano Marcia

The Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta is serious business for the 326 registered sailors from 50 countries with high stakes and bragging rights on the line. The Olympic Test Event is an opportunity for sailors to prove themselves as Olympic medal candidates to their National Olympic Committees and to set themselves apart from their rivals. And this is where Stefano Marcia, the lone South African campaigner, came in as he finished the 6th race in 3rd spot – a ... Read More »

Rolex Fastnet Race – Lighthouses, Light Winds

Ireland’s Fastnet rock is one of the famous emblems of offshore sailing, the foremost of several scenic and imposing lighthouses on the Rolex Fastnet race course. Passing the Fastnet rock is a welcome and rich moment for all those competing in the race, the turning point following the arduous trek across the Celtic Sea and start of the long final leg to the finish in Plymouth. At 15h00 CEST on Tuesday, nine of the 356-strong Rolex Fastnet fleet had reached ... Read More »

Rolex Fastnet Race – Leaders Halfway Round

The leading yachts at the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race have reached the halfway point of the 603nm race and the front-running multihulls have rounded the race’s emblematic turning point – the Fastnet rock. At 17:00 CEST the Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard-skippered **Spindrift 2 led the fleet having opened up a 17nm advantage over her nearest rival on the water, Phaedo 3. Spindrift 2, travelling at around 24 knots, rounded the Fastnet rock with gusto at 16:49 BST. Following a ... Read More »

Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta – A Day of Contrasts

It was a day of contrasts at the Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2015 with the inside course areas playing host to all of the day’s competition. A steady 10-12 knot southerly breeze inside Guanabara Bay under a beating Brazilian sun enabled some interesting racing for the competitors. Meanwhile, outside of Guanabara Bay, it was a different story as the wind failed to materialise for the sailors to compete. With the fleets sailing inside completing their scheduled races, the ... Read More »

Rolex Fastnet Race – A Tricky Start

The 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race is underway. After negotiating seven separate start sequences called from the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, the largest fleet in the race’s proud 90-year history have commenced the famous 603-nautical mile offshore race to Plymouth via Ireland’s Fastnet rock. Initial progress was slow, with early starters forced to seek out the merest of zephyrs during one of the lightest starts in the race’s history. Fortunately a building breeze has seen the record 356 boat fleet ... Read More »

William & Lucinda Edwards win Invitational Hobie Zilt Regatta

Every year Hobie Cat World bring the 10 best Hobie 16 teams together on the popular island of Sylt, Germany. This is an invitational regatta, with the current national rankings and results of major events all considered. This year William Edwards was invited and sailed with his wife Lucinda. Although there is little information available on the event or racing, the results do show that they won 4 of the 9 races sailed. William, with his son Douglas, won the ... Read More »