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Volvo Ocean Race boats clock up around 30,000 miles

Five Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 boats have already covered around 30,000 nautical miles in their pre-event preparations giving both teams and event organisers the opportunity to test equipment and crews on land and sea. The training runs have visited seven ports in the United States, China, Portugal, Spain (Lanzarote) and the United Kingdom ahead of the race that will start in October this year. “We’re delighted with how our new one-design boat, the Volvo Ocean 65, is shaping up so ... Read More »

Young SA sailors dominate African champs

South Africa dominated the recent Laser 4.7 African Championship with podium places in both the boys and girls fleets. The second edition of the continental championship took place in Algeria at the Beni-Haroune Dam and was contested by sailors from seven African nations, with Georgou Divaris emerging as the pick of the South Africans. The five-day event consisted of 10 races with two discards on races four and 10. The first days racing saw South African Calvin Gibbs with a ... Read More »

JIm & Hudson Back in Medal Contention

RaceAhead Team Back in Medal Contention Roger Hudson and Asenathi Jim completed the Garda Olympic Week in 8th place overall having made it to the medal race in which they finished second, having led for the first half. This is good news for them as it shows they are fast getting back on pace and becoming a threat at the top of the highly competitive 470 fleet. This after a shakey start to their European campiagn. Their next event is ... Read More »

Awkward faceplant – Watch This Video

French skippers Xavier Macaire and Yves Le Blévec experienced one of the weirdest scenarios you could imagine on a sailboat: an actual faceplant. Sailing with strong downwind can help you reach a great speed or even make your boat plane for a while, even if it can be bad for the boat. But an actual faceplant like this one rarely happens! Enjoy. http://trends.nauticexpo.com/news_trends/awkward-faceplant-of-the-herault/?token=2257208deb518565a26d584c2df5dbe4&utm_source=trends&utm_medium=email&utm_content=newsandtrends_readmore&utm_campaign=nauticexpo_trends5 Read More »

Amtec J22 Worlds – the winners are…

… and the winners are the team headed by David Rae with Trevor Spilhaus and Guido Verhoevert. Well done. The Race Officer Dave Rushton also deserves special mention for running a good regatta under very difficult conditions. Check out the full results here:  j22 worlds final results from VAAL DAM 26 April – 3 May 2014 2014 Read More »

J22 Worlds – final day

A misty morning on the Vaal Dam so everyone is waiting for the wind. Just 4 races can be sailed today, with the last race not after 15h00. Currently the AP over H is up – which means that races not started are postponed. Read More »

Sailor of the Month – May 2014 issue

Blaine Dodds needs little introduction as he is an incredibly accomplished sailor who holds 31 South African National sailing titles, and countless others on the international scene. In recent months he has been in the spotlight at the Hobie 16 Worlds in Australia, and closer to home he has just won a hard-fought battle to take the South African Hobie 16 nationals title. So let’s make 32 national titles shall we! After an eventful four days of racing off Port ... Read More »

SAILING Magazine – May 2014 issue

Check out the latest issue of SAILING Mag – the May issue – at www.sailing.co.za. Better still, if you don’t subscribe go out and buy one now or subscribe by e-mailing: subscriptions@sailing.co.za The issue has a great feature by Aussie Bray on how equipment has progressed and improved over the years. The latest Maverick 440 cat is reviewed by Matthew Thomas, while for the dinghy sailors Paul Allardice reviewed the Sonnet dinghy. In our Book Review section get all the ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – All-Girl Team Sets Off on First Transatlantic

Team SCA have set off on their first transatlantic passage, sailing from their training base in Lanzarote, Spain to Newport Rhode Island, USA.  The 3750-nautical mile passage is due to take about twelve days. The team will be sailing to a waypoint east of the Caribbean so that the last few days will be sailed in similar waters to Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Itajai, Brazil to Newport, USA. “This transatlantic sail allows us to put into ... Read More »

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères – video highlights

Follow the 2 links below to see video highlights of this event, and the RESULTS link to check on our boys – Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson in the 470 and Stefano Marcia in the Laser Class. 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères – Day 4 Highlights – Part 1 There’s very little separating the top Nacra 17 and Laser sailors after the fourth day… Check out part 1 of ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres day 4 highlights. http://youtu.be/Wf6ArynAr6g 2014 ... Read More »

22 APRIL 1969 – BRITON BECOMES FIRST MAN TO SAIL SOLO NON-STOP AROUND THE WORLD

Legendary British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston marks the 45th anniversary of his record-breaking circumnavigation At 75 he not only remains active in competitive sailing but is also planning to compete in another solo transatlantic race this autumn Man hadn’t yet walked on the moon. 45 years ago, sailing solo non-stop around the world was as big an adventure as space travel is today and even now, fewer people have sailed solo around the planet than have orbited it above the ... Read More »

49er palma49er World Series of Sailing – Palma 2014

  by Graeme Willcox and Andrew Tarboton After a long winter of boathandling training, we packed the boat and van up and headed south. 2 ferry trips and 1000 miles later we arrived in Palma early on a rainy morning. Once disembarked and heading in the general direction of the yacht club, we got the satnav address entered and got to the venue. Personally, it has been a while since I have launched off a sandy beach and it brings ... Read More »

Clipper Race – Mency Modolo Takes on the Pacific

A young Mtubatuba resident is preparing to take part in the penultimate race of the 40,000 mile long Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Mency Modolo, 20, is one of ten young South Africans aged 18 to 23 who have been chosen to take part in the Sapinda Rainbow Project. The aim is to develop young community leaders of the future and the ambassadors will also raise international awareness and funds for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital through their participation in ... Read More »

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 »