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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – J-Boat Splendour

Owing to their sleek lines, tall masts and decks gleaming with polished winches and varnished woodwork, the five attending J-Class boats catch many admiring glances on the docks of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. The America’s Cup boat of choice in the 1930s, victim of the steel shortage during World War 2 when a number of its kind were destroyed, has enjoyed a revival since the turn of the century. In 2000, the J-Class Association was formed encouraging the construction ... Read More »

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – in A Class of its Own

An international fleet of 35 Maxi yachts have arrived in Porto Cervo, Sardinia for one of the sailing calendar’s great annual occasions. 2014 marks the 25th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, a competition sponsored by Rolex since 1985 and organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) and the International Maxi Association (IMA). It’s a meeting of elegance, power and speed. Week-long racing starts today. Lord Irvine Laidlaw’s Wally 82.8m hybrid Highland Fling, competing in Maxi Racing, will ... Read More »

Lipton Cup – the performance of the regatta

There is no more worthy team than the ZVYC team who have turned heads and had everyone talking about their performance this week. This is a young team that has shown immense commitment to sailing through the Royal Cape Yacht Club sailing academy. The team is a very diverse bunch who have jelled into a formidable crew – and now have pushed some of the best sailors in the country right out of their comfort zones. In the two weeks ... Read More »

Lipton Cup – The ‘Davis Dozen!’

Greg Davis has won the Lipton Cup today for the 12th time – that’s more than any other individual. So why is he such a prolific winner? In researching the answers to this question, I asked David Hudson his opinion as he has sailed with Davis, and is managing the RCYC team this year. Hudson said: “Contrary to popular belief it is not because he has the fastest boat – known in the fleet as 074 – as he notched ... Read More »

Lipton Cup – overall results after 3 races

Here are the overall results after 3 races – just click the link: Lipton 2014 Results race 3 See how race 3 unfolded – a blow by blow account at this link: http://sailing.co.zalipton-cup-race-3-how-the-race-unfolded/ Read More »

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 »