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Lipton Cup – race 3 – How the Race Unfolded

by SAILING Gybeset’s roving on-water reporters The reports below have been cobbled together from all the reports posted on the SAILING Gybeset and SAILING Magazine facebook pages as the race unfolded – in real time. Follow the next race with us tomorrow – same place. Conditions overnight in the Cape were foul to say the least. Driving rain and generally cold weather. Early morning conditions say visibility limited in False Bay although the sea was flat with winds 20-plus knots. ... Read More »

Lipton Cup Wednesday – Race 3 – what to expect today

by the SAILING Gybeset on-water roving reporters Conditions overnight in the Cape were foul to say the least. Driving rain and generally cold weather. Early morning conditions say visibility limited in False Bay although the sea was flat with winds 20-plus knots. The course today will be the last of the compulsory courses – the windward/leeward course. If a race is completed all the compulsory courses will have been sailed and the regatta constituted as a championship. The forecast for ... Read More »

Lipton Cup – pics from race 2

Follow this link to view a series of Race 2 pics by master sailing photographer Trevor Wilkins: https://plus.google.com/photos/117086593120942909819/albums/6051926894364420193?banner=pwa Read More »

Lipton Cup – race 2. How the race unfolded

by SAILING Gybeset’s on-water roving reporters The reports below have been cobbled together from all the reports posted on the SAILING Gybeset and SAILING Magazine facebook pages as the race unfolded – in real time. Racing will not start before 13h00 today as light winds are expected and unlikely to fill in until that time. The triangular course will be sailed. The wind is expected to be in the west today. Well for those wanting to know what is happening ... Read More »

Lipton Cup – day 1 report by Graham Benson

Graham Benson, manager of the Zeekoei Vlei YC team, reports: Day 1 of the Lipton Cup really tested all competitors. Weather conditions ranged between 5 and 25 knots from NW and W. The R course was sailed, with three laps. The start was not good for us due to a late sail change from number 3 up to a number 2 as the pressure had relaxed significantly. This was done after the 4 minute hooter. The ZVYC boys started a ... Read More »

Lipton Cup – Day 2 Race 1 – a zero to hero kind of day!

The opening 2 days of the Lipton Cup have belonged to the weather gods. Day 1 had insufficient wind in which to sail, while day 2 was blustery at the start with 25 knots being recorded, before a massive wind shift brought lighter winds resulting in positional changes which saw teams go from hero to zero – and vice versa. The team which reversed the trend and went from zero to hero was the Zeekoevlei YC team helmed by Sieraj ... Read More »

Youth Olympics – RSA Team Final Report

Rob Holden reports Saturday dawned ad we were all keen to head out to the sailing centre for the last time. The organisers had cancelled all further series races due to the previous days of no wind, so now there was only 1 race left to sail, the final. The final race is a non discardable race and the positions in this race were used to break any ties so this race carried a lot of weight especially for the ... Read More »

Lipton Cup 2014

It looks as if competitors may experience the ‘feast or famine’ syndrome this year. Yesterday was too light for any racing, although today looks as if they will get a race in. The long range forecasts show some big winds later in the week, plus rain, so this will be an interesting event. Trusty master sailing photographer Trevor Wilkins has some albums of pics already, so follow theme here: https://plus.google.com/photos/117086593120942909819/albums/6051134699653447249?banner=pwa https://plus.google.com/photos/117086593120942909819/albums/6051159060997389073?banner=pwa https://plus.google.com/photos/117086593120942909819/albums/6050375161587034385?banner=pwa The event also has trackers on each boat, ... Read More »

Six teams have entered the race for the 35th America’s Cup

ORACLE TEAM USA (USA), the defending champion Artemis Racing (SWE) Ben Ainslie Racing (GBR) Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA) Team France (FRA) “It’s exciting to look at the roster of teams who are lining up against us,” said Jimmy Spithill, the skipper of ORACLE TEAM USA, the winner of the last two America’s Cup matches. “We’re facing five strong challengers who have a lot of resources, talent and experience. “But our team is very competitive. We ... Read More »

SAP 505 Worlds – down to the wire

Six teams in with a shout for the Five-Oh world title The pressure is rising for the final race of the SAP 505 World Championships in Kiel, with the prospect of the trophy going either to the USA, Great Britain, Australia or Germany. After a day of whacky races at the SAP 505 World Championship somehow Mike Holt and Rob Woelfel have managed to cling on to a slender 2-point lead. In the first, medium-airs race it was the up ... Read More »

Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race – Nick Leggatt Breaks Record

Well that headline got your attention! But Nick did not do it alone as he was one of the crew aboard Swish who finished the race in an elapsed time of 8 days, 19 hours, 06 minutes and 49 seconds. Subject to ratification by the World Speed Sailing Record Council, this breaks the previous World Record for Monohulls 40 feet and less, set by Concise 2 in 2010, by over 18 hours. This race has see 5 World Record broken. ... Read More »

Youth Olympics RSA team update

UPDATE 21 August – 17h00 No wind today so all racing cancelled. Rob Holden reports Our teams were due to sail on the course directly in front of the spectator stands, but as the wind was shifty racing was postponed. As the crown numbers increased, the RO decided to oblige the crowd even though the conditions were not ideal. We went out in 5 knots that had by then settled between 35 and 60 degrees and the Race officer got ... Read More »

A Lasting Legacy for South African Youth

The Sapinda Rainbow Foundation is to provide a lasting legacy for South African youth in partnership with world’s longest ocean race. An ambitious campaign to support and develop young South Africans from challenging backgrounds, to both inspire others and achieve their personal goals, after participating in the world’s longest ocean race, has launched a Foundation to provide a long-term legacy programme. The Sapinda Rainbow Project worked with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to ... Read More »

Youth Olympics – Day 1 report & RSA results

Rob Holden reports Last night we had dinner at 20h00 and were in bed by 09h30 as this is now the rule while we are competing. I did not have any problems getting Megan and Calvin into bed or out at 05h40 as we were on the bus at 07h00. There was an air of nervous excitement on the bus and little was said, but some extra sleep was squeezed in. We arrived at the venue to find little to ... Read More »

Youth Olympics – RSA Sailing Team report

Rob Holden reports The opening ceremony was amazing with a great atmosphere. We got home at23h00 and were up to have breakfast at 06h00 and on the bus at 07h00. We arrived at the venue at 09h00 and rigged boats in a promising 6 knots, but with a bit of rain. The plan was for a practice race at 13h00 and by the time we got onto the course the rain had stopped and we had a steady 6-7 knots ... Read More »