LVC Qualifiers & Semi. Let-downs All Round

by Richard Crockett ‘The great show down’ between Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA evaporated into something of a damp squib as Emirates Team New Zealand littered the race with errors. This was a huge let down for Kiwis fans as they were wanting to see their team deny Oracle Team USA that bonus point in the finals. And then to add to the let-down, the first day of the semi-finals was postponed due to the lack of ... Read More »

Musto Skiff Worlds – RSA Take 2 Podium Places

South African sailor Andrew Tarboton maintained his 3rd place to finish on the podium – a great result for a passionate yachtie. And former RSA sailor Bruce keen was runner-up – so a great day for the Japies and South African sailing. Two race were scheduled for the final day. There was a short delay prior to the first start. The first race was abandoned, and later race 13 started. By this time the waves had built to a steep ... Read More »

Musto Skiff Worlds. RSA Continue to Shine on day 5

by Richard Crockett The sea breeze put in its best performance so far on day 5 (Thursday) with great 14- 18 knot breeze and a good wave pattern giving the boats plenty of opportunities to leap down wind. 3 races were sailed. Race 10 started in 14 knots of breeze under P flag as there was an individual recall and no-one returned! At the first mark Robertson (AUS) had a healthy lead with a chasing pack headed up by Bruce ... Read More »

LVC day 7. 100% ‘Fly Time’

by Richard Crockett Is it sailing or is it flying. That’s a debate with long legs and which will be debated long into the night for many years to come. To me it’s not important right now as the it’s not the sheer speed of these foiling cats that impresses me, but rather the ability of the crew to manipulate them to greater heights. It’s the technical ability of the crew on how to handle the boats in every situation ... Read More »

Louis Vuitton Cup. Elimination Looms

by Richard Crockett It’s amazing how just a few knots of wind can turn these giant America’s Cup cats from hot raging speed machines into something more like a yawn! Last nights racing had little going for it and really lacked any action. But there were some ‘moments’ that one could keep for posterity – one of those bing Sir Ban asking ‘what happened’ after a particularly poor tack in which the boat buried itself and stuck to the water ... Read More »

Musto Skiff Worlds. RSA to the Fore

by Richard Crockett South African sailors are dominating the Musto Skiff Worlds being sailed in Spain. Well, let me first get this strait as Bruce Keen is sailing for the UK, although he is originally a Capetonian so we can ‘claim’ him. He is second overall and has won 1 race so far. Plus he is a former World Champion in the class. Andrew Tarboton, the product of KZN sailing and Henley Midmar Yacht Club is a ‘wholly owned’ Saffer! ... Read More »

America’s Cup. Some Essential Rules Worth Knowing

America’s Cup Race management is responsible for managing and administering the sporting and competitive rules of the 35th America’s Cup. ACRM is headed by the Regatta Director, Iain Murray, who has been appointed by a majority vote of the Competitors. Iain Murray has independently established ACRM in consultation with the Competitors to serve as the entity responsible for overseeing the functions of the 35th America’s Cup Regatta Officials. How do ACRM & the teams communicate? A) ACRM is in radio ... Read More »

Louis Vuitton Cup – day 5 (Thursday). Some Fascinating Duels Scheduled

With the wind not playing ball yesterday, the daily dose of foiling was something missed by many. So let’s hope that the wind arrives on cue this afternoon in Bermuda, and that we can get back to watching the speedsters in action. There are some fascinating match ups today, with a few teams needing to put in some really good performances – or face going home. First up is Japan vs France. Both are in dire need of points, so ... Read More »

SAILING Magazine Has Changed Tack

The June 2017 issue of SAILING Magazine ends 33 continuous years of my hand on the helm – having produced 396 issues of the magazine in this time. From now on we are going completely digital in the form of a ‘Blog’. This change gives me endless opportunities to continue promoting the sport and the industry, but without the long lead times a printed publication requires. So there will be an ‘immediacy’ in our coverage, plus an opportunity to give ... Read More »

Louis Vuitton Cup day 3. Artemis Penalty Explained

In their race against Emirates Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing was penalised at the final mark, letting the Kiwi team win the race. Many saw this as an unnecessary penalty which completely gutted the Artemis crew. Here is the official explanation for that penalty. America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM), the independent organization that oversees the sporting and competitive rules of the America’s Cup, has announced its perspective on the contentious penalty given to Artemis Racing in race 14 of the ... Read More »

Louis Vuitton Cup day 3. Controversy & Tight Racing

by Richard Crockett There were just 3 races yesterday, with the best being kept for last when Emirates Team New Zealand took on Artemis – or was Artemis taking on Emirates Team New Zealand! This was a tough race, too close to call at any stage as the lead changed 9 times – yes, 9 times in under 20 minutes. This is what these foiling cats can bring to the party and is what true yachties want – close, tight ... Read More »

50 Years Since Sir Francis Chichester Circumnavigated

Sunday 28 May was 50 years to the day when Sir Francis Chichester became the first person to circumnavigate the globe single handed aboard Gipsey Moth IV. Chichester set off from Plymouth in 1966 at the age of 65. He made a single stop in Sydney, Australia, and took 274 days (226 sailing days) to complete his circumnavigation. Interestingly enough he chose a Henri Lloyd Consort jacket to protect himself, and unknowingly launched the brand as we know it today. ... Read More »

America’s Cup. It’s a MUST Watch

    by Richard Crockett I have been astounded by the number of people who have not yet worked out how to watch the Louis Vuitton Series unfold, or are bitter that they have to pay for the privilege! Firstly, all one has to do is download the America’s Cup app FREE, and if you want to watch the live coverage as a video, you have to pay R59.99 for the privilege. Or watch the Virtual Eye free. What you ... Read More »

Louis Vuitton Cup day 2 Close & Unpredictable Racing

Day two of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers fell on America’s Cup Endeavour Day, a celebration of the America’s Cup Endeavour Programme, the America’s Cup’s youth education and sailing initiative. Six races were scheduled and the day started perfectly for Groupama Team France who clinched their first win of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers with a thrilling and morale-boosting three second victory over Artemis Racing in the first race of the day. Groupama Having suffered back-to-back defeats on ... Read More »

Louis Vuitton Cup day 1. Oracle Team USA is the form team

It’s still very early days, but with two wins in two races, Oracle Team USA has to be the form team – for now anyway. But no-one should ever write off Emirates Team New Zealand as they had blistering pace yesterday and only lost to OTUSA by 6 seconds, and may well yet prove to be the form team. On a picture-perfect Saturday afternoon skipper Jimmy Spithill as his team took a convincing win off Groupama Team France in the ... Read More »