Team Duchess Wins – there is no second

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Emirates Team New Zealand for a taste of match racing on Auckland Harbour. With crowds lining vantage points around the Viaduct and the harbour, the Duke at the helm of NZL68 and the Duchess on NZL41 – both boats from the America’s Cup monohull era – had two races on the inner harbour. Grant Dalton called tactics for The Duke, Dean Barker for the Duchess. The race yachts – now owned by Explore ... Read More »

Trofeo Princesa Sofia, Mallorca – final results

  The medals across ten Olympic events were decided on the final day of racing at Trofeo Princesa Sofia – ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca. A light morning northerly breeze picked up as the day went on ensuring a full complement of Medal Races across the ten Olympic events were completed. The South African contingent did not fare well, but all gained valuable experience in testing conditions and big fleets.   The RSA results were: 470 men Asenathi Jim and ... Read More »

“Harry S. Truman” Disturbs Racing

The arrival of US military air carrier “Harry S. Truman” in the bay Palma transformed the organisation of races into a big jigsaw puzzle at the 45 Trofeo Princesa Sofia, in which 1130 sailors from 55 nations are participating, with Olympic medallists and World and continental champions on the way to the Río 2016 Olympics among them. The vessel has anchored in the bay of Palma with a 1.000 meter restriction area in which no boat can sail and a ... Read More »

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston Announces Return to Solo Ocean Racing

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, 75, will return to his solo ocean racing roots this November when he takes part in French single-handed classic, the Route de Rhum on his Open 60 entry, Grey Power. The British founder of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and first ever man to sail solo, non-stop around the world in 1968/69, will compete in the tenth anniversary edition of the 3,500 mile Transatlantic race from St Malo, France to Guadeloupe, which starts on 2 ... Read More »

ISAF Sailing World Cup in Mallorca

South Africa has four teams competing in this event, all with sights set on qualifying for the Rio Olympics. Stefano Marcia and Rudolph Holm are competing in the Laser mens division. The ‘old team’ of Roger Hudson and Asenathi Jim are competing in the 470 mens division. Graeme Willcox and Andrew Tarboton are competing in the 49er mens division. For the 1,130 sailors from 55 nations the second day of racing meant do-or-die as the places for the final series ... Read More »

Hobie Alter tribute

Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who started out shaping surfboards, and ended up shaping a culture, passed away peacefully at his Palm Desert home on March 29 surrounded by his loving family. Born on October 31, 1933 in Ontario, California, he was 80 at the time of his passing. The recently published biography “Hobie: Master of Water, Wind and Waves”reveals the story of this true Renaissance man. The son of a second-generation orange farmer, Hobie flourished spending time at his family’s Laguna ... Read More »

Sailor of the Month – Robert van Rooyen

Robert has led his team on **Mount Gay Rum AL to crushing victories in every major regatta in Cape Town this season. From victory in the season opening ‘Gaul Regatta’ to his latest victory in the Mid-Summer Fling Regatta, Robert has won them all. His impressive list of major race results, in which he has been placed first in every one is as follows: Gaul Regatta – 1st Spring Regatta – 1st Crocs Regatta – 1st Mid Summer Fling Regatta ... Read More »

Clipper Race – Crew Rescued After Falling Overboard

A British man was rescued from the Pacific Ocean in the early hours of this morning after falling overboard during the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Derry~Londonderry~Doire crew member, Andrew Taylor (46) from London went over the side at 00.43 BST last night in rough weather and was sighted again at 01.55 BST before being recovered at approx. 02.13 BST this morning (13.13 local time, 30 March). The incident happened in rough weather with 35 knots of wind and clear ... Read More »

Celebrating Forty Years – Whitbread Race Winner Recalls the Past

Forty years ago, Mexican businessman Ramón Carlin won the first Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race (1973-74) with his Swan 65 Sayula II, crossing the finish line on April 9, 1974. The production Swan 65 Sayula II took 152 days to sail 32,500 nautical miles. Not many people associate competitive sailing with Mexico. In the mid 1970s, a group of enthusiastic sailors got together to create a series of races that would give Mexican sailors a new opportunity to compete ... Read More »

International Coastal Cleanup

Saturday 20 September 2014 This year will see South Africa’s 19th International Coastal Cleanup. Cleanups have increasingly become monthly events in various parts of South Africa as South Africans realise that we all should work together for a better South Africa – especially as it is the 20th year of our democracy. In support of these efforts we are also sending out Source Reduction Plan forms based on our Tangaroa Blue Foundation Friends in Australia’s work in this field to ... Read More »

Extreme Sailing – Muscat. Big breeze final race shoot out

Big breeze final race shoot out in Muscat sees The Wave, Muscat snatch victory – Four teams – The, Wave, Muscat, Emirates Team New Zealand, Alinghi and SAP Extreme Sailing Team – in the running heading into the final race, with no room for error and just four points between them – and 20 points on the table for the taking. – Emirates Team New Zealand snatch second from the grasp of Alinghi with just one point in it after ... Read More »

Hobie 16 Nationals – Dodds Victorious

4 days of sailing and 9 races later Blaine and Roxanne Dodds sailing for Knysna Yacht Club finally clinched the 2014 Boardwalk Hobie 16 Nationals – a title that has eluded them for the last three years of keen competition in Algoa Bay. The three days of sailing presented a range of conditions but Port Elizabeth saved the best for last. A mid morning start for bridge and officials saw the support team dotted around the still bay in the ... Read More »

Nations Rally For Global Development Of Sailing in South Africa

ISAF Development Symposium Cape Town, South Africa Twenty four ISAF Member National Authorities attended the ISAF Development Symposium in Cape Town, South Africa from 14-16 March 2014. With more than 50 international delegates, ISAF Nominated Experts and invited speakers, including ISAF Vice-President Nazli Imre, in attendance, 17 unique presentations were delivered touching on a variety of subjects within the sport of sailing. Representatives of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) joined delegates to see first-hand how ISAF ... Read More »

Clipper Race – Fleet departs Qingdao to conquer Mighty Pacific

The Olympic Sailing Center in Qingdao, China provided the perfect backdrop as the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race fleet performed an impressive parade of sail in front of the city skyline, ahead of starting Race 10, the 5,800 mile mighty Pacific crossing from Qingdao, China to San Francisco, USA. Thousands of well-wishers lined the quayside eager get one last glimpse of the international fleet during an epic departure ceremony which attracted a large media presence and was broadcast ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – Three new crew members join Team SCA

It has been confirmed that Dee Caffari (GBR), Sara Hastreiter (USA) and Elodie-Jane Mettraux (SUI) will all be joining Team SCA, leading global hygiene and forest products company SCA’s, all-female team in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Caffari (41) is no stranger to ocean racing having competed in the Vendée Globe Race, the Global Challenge, Barcelona World Race and four transatlantic races.  She is the only woman to have sailed solo around the world in both directions (east about and ... Read More »