Southern Charter Easter Grand Slam

Following exceptional sailing on the first day, and the blow out on day 2 of the regatta, the sailors awoke to a fresh breeze on day 3.  The first start was set for 10h00 and all boats set off in a strengthening South Easter breeze.  Racing was started on all courses however racing was abandoned for all Course 1 boats (Optimists, Mirror, Dabchick and Tera)  after the first beat.  This lead to a challenging time for some sailors to return ... Read More »

David Cox – In Memoriam

by Richard Crockett The name Dave Cox has been synonymous with the sport of sailing for well over 60 years. He was a great dinghy sailor, and then moved into keelboats where he also made his mark as one of the ‘greats’. David was one of those rare highly accomplished seamen who did everything in his life in a seamanlike manner. His knowledge of seamanship was something he was always prepared to share with young and old, and he had ... Read More »

Sailing World Cup Hyeres – Hudson reviews the event

Roger Hudson speaks frankly about the poor result he and Asenathi Jim achieved in their last World Cup event. “To me, their total honesty is a breath of fresh air and something all sailing teams should take note of and implement” Richard Crockett. Roger Hudson In the wake of a very bad result at Palma we feel it is important to communicate a few thoughts to our sponsors, supporters and some followers. Asenathi and I had our worst ever % ... Read More »

Team Alvimedica see their new Volvo Ocean 65 hit the water

Team Alvimedica have launched their new Volvo Ocean 65 in Southampton to herald six months of crew selections and hard training before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 in October. On the dock was Race CEO Knut Frostad who has fostered the dreams of two young Americans, Mark Towill and Charlie Enright, to launch a boat in offshore sailing’s toughest round-the-world professional event. “This is a proud moment,” said Frostad. “Mark and Charlie remind me of me when ... Read More »

Clipper Race – African entry claims first podium win since Cape Town

The African entry competing in the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race has completed one of the toughest legs of the 2013-14 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, but crossing the finish line, even in the dark, under San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge, is a moment to savour after 5600 miles of ocean racing across the mighty Pacific. Invest Africa has claimed its first podium position since arriving in Cape Town last October for Leg ... Read More »

The Southern Charter Grand Slam is this weekend.

Only 3 days to go. Hope every one is ready for the Easter Regatta festivities? Your Weekend Line up: We are very excited that the Southern Charter Grand Slam Series is almost here. We hope you are too! The weekend should be great fun for every one involved. For the kids, there will be a jumping castle – for the whole weekend. On Sunday there will be an Easter Egg hunt, which I am sure will keep the little ones ... Read More »

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 »