Moth Worlds Day 1 – Jof Heathcote Reports

Jof Heathcote reports on day 1 of the Moth Worlds The breeze was pretty dodgy today. Huge switches and pressure variances. I was down for blue fleet. Four races were scheduled, but only three were possible. First race was the windiest of the day – about 6-8knots. I got away cleanly and just sailed a pretty solid race. Think the boat only touched the water a couple of times which is a pretty good sign. Finished up with a 13. ... Read More »

Moth Worlds – Jof Heathcote Right Up with the Best

Jof Heathcote our man in Sorrento at the Moth Worlds has not filed a report yet, probably as after 3 races, and an exceptionally impressive performance too – he is 29th overall out of 148 competitors – and is ‘relaxing’. Now these are not just ANY competitors, these are some of the best sailors in the world, and Heathcote was ahead of some of them today as he scored a 13th; 13th & 22nd. He is ahead of Dean Barker ... Read More »

RSA Team Wins Mirror World Champs – Michaela & Ryan Are World Champs

by Richard Crockett It is rare for a South African sailing team to win a World Championship, but it is even more rare for that team to win consecutive world titles. In 2013 the team of Ryan and Michela Robinson won the Mirror World Championship title in Ireland. Today, with some role reversal, the team of Michela and Ryan Robinson won the world title right here in South Africa where the event was sailed in Theewaterskloof Dam. So, with that ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race: Ian Walker grilled by Pakistani Navy – Video

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper, Ian Walker, got interrogated by the Pakistani Navy, as the Volvo Ocean Racer passed by Pakistani territorial waters. On Board Reporter, Matt Knighton, caught the serious/amusing exchange on video. Watch it here SAILING Publications, the publishers of SAILING Magazine, SAILING Gybeset and the “Talking SAILING” blog, have an association with Sail-World ( Sail-World is the biggest circulating sailing news blog in the world. Enjoy. Read More »

Moth Worlds – Practice Race

Jof Heathcote, the only South African in a fleet of 174 boats, reports from Sorrento, Australia. We finally got a race in – a practise race for the worlds. One course only. A lot of people didn’t bother so we ended up with about 90 boats on the start. It was blowing about 15 knots, but very unstable with masses of influence off the land. I got away pretty cleanly at the boat end; the pin was favoured and left ... Read More »

Mirror Worlds – day 4 (Thursday)

Mark Hawksworth our man on the spot reports that 11 races have been sailed. The SE wind filled in early and racing started shortly after 12h00. RO Bruce Keytel made the best of the conditions to successfully get in four races using an outer trapezoidal course. Race 8 started in a 4-6 knot wind which threatened to die out completely, but luckily came back allowing the fleet to complete the race. Races 9-11 were sailed in winds ranging form 12 – ... Read More »

Mirror Worlds – Day 3 (Wednesday)

Our man on the spot, Mark Hawksworth, reports that after a postponement of approximately 3 hours the wind filled in allowing racing to start at 15:30. Race 5 was sailed on a windward leeward course and started on a light WNW wind of about 4-6 knots, the wind switched to the SE while the fleet was on the downwind leg allowing RO Bruce Keytel to fly the C flag and salvage the race without any significant position changes in the fleet. ... Read More »

Moth Worlds – Jof Heathcote the sole RSA Competitor

Jof Heathcote is competing in the Australian Moth Nationals followed immediately by the Moth Worlds in Sorrento, close to Melbourne in Australia. Heathcote will be submitting regular updates to SAILING Gybeset throughout the event, so stay close to see how this incredible event unfolds. Introduction I have been in Sorrento for the last week and its about to kick off properly tomorrow with the nationals. I have been struggling through a few new setup bits but have got in some ... Read More »

Mirror Worlds – day 2 (Tuesday)

Mark Hawksworth, our man on the spot, reports. Race Officer Bruce Keytel made the best of the day successfully fitting in 4 races to make up for Mondays racing that was blown out. Racing was initially postponed while the RO waited for the SE wind to settle in. Races 1 -3 were windward leeward courses and race 4 an outer trapezoidal course. The wind steadily strengthened as the day went on from about 4-5 knots in race 1 which was sailed ... Read More »

Banjo breaks South African Governor’s Cup race record

Farrier team trim five hours off speed record from Simon’s Town to St Helena Kevin Webb, Sarel van der Merwe, and Brad Stemmett sailing Banjo, a Farrier F9AX trimaran, have broken the 1,750-mile Governor’s Cup Race record from Simon’s Town to St Helena with a time of 9 days 13 hours and 36 seconds. Webb, van der Merwe and Stemmett arrived in Jamestown, St Helena at 01.53.36 today in just enough time to shave off five hours from Banjo’s previous ... Read More »

Mirror Worlds – No Racing on Day 1

Mark Hawksworth, our man on the scene, reports that after over four hours of sitting patiently waiting in the middle of Theewaters Dam for the wind to moderate, Race Officer Bruce Keytel finally decided to fly the AP over A – which means that there is no more racing today, and that races not started are postponed. So that’s a slow start to the World Championships. On a brighter note master photographer Trevor Wilkins has three albums of pics for you ... Read More »

10 ‘New Year habits’ for safe and enjoyable boating

It’s that time again when the New Year will be ushered in with a blizzard of resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking, eat healthy food, get fit and drink less, learn Mandarin, etc, etc. However, these simple declarations of intent require a considerable amount of will power to succeed and as the last traces of it disappear, most resolutions are abandoned. Now, according to those in the know, resolutions fail because they are nothing more than abstract goals that are ... Read More »

Team Vestas Wind: we’ll be back by June

Team Vestas Wind has announced bold plans to rebuild their badly damaged boat and return to the Volvo Ocean Race by June. The Danish team’s Volvo Ocean 65 was dramatically grounded on a reef in the middle of the Indian Ocean midway through Leg 2 on November 29. Their nine-strong crew miraculously avoided serious injury in the 19 knot (35kpm) collision but the boat suffered extensive damage, especially to the stern. However, it was retrieved from the reef just before ... Read More »

Team SCA breeze to win Abu Dhabi’s In-Port Race

“Having sailed with the women of Team SCA on the In-Port Race in Cape Town, I said then that they had the ability to win an In-Port Race, and even some legs of the race itself. They are a talented team with loads of experience, and what they lack in brawn they make up with talent. This is a team  that ‘sails clever'” said Richard Crockett after their famous Abu Dhabi victory. Team SCA led virtually from start to finish ... Read More »

Barcelona World Race – Mediterranean Record for Hugo Boss?

Race leaders Hugo Boss seemed assured of a new record time for the opening miles of the non-stop Barcelona World Race, the 538 miles from Barcelona to Gibraltar. Alex Thomson (GBR) and Pepe Ribes (ESP) on Hugo Boss were set to pass the point of Tarifa (5deg37W) at around 1800hrs UTC (2 January) which would see them break the 2011 record of 3 days 7 hours by about one day. Having taken the lead yesterday morning, Hugo Boss has extended ... Read More »