Round the Island Race – Schon Shines to Take Line Honours

Lake Deneys Yacht Club hosted the 57th Round the Island race yesterday which attracted 297 entrants. With a fairly steady light wind under a cloudless blue sky, the fleet split into two diverse courses – one heading left towards the Dam Wall, the other right towards Rose Bay. Both Farriers, ‘Ladybird’ skippered by Andrew Dolloway and ‘Wild Thing’ skippered by Peter How took the Rose Bay option. The Dam wall wind started to die and that part of the fleet ... Read More »

ISAF World Cup Miami: RSA Mens 470 – best ever result

In the ISAF World Cup Miami regatta the RSA team of Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson nailed a 4th place in the medal race in the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta. They were hot on the transom of the world No1 and ahead of the teams finishing 1st, 3rd, 5th & 6th overall in this 44 boat fleet. This result gave them joint 7th overall on points with the crack French team of Bouvet and Mion, currently ranked 6th in the ... Read More »

Barcelona World Race – Stuck Hard and & Fast

Becalmed in the South Indian Ocean with no escape south becuase of the Antarctic Exclusion Zone means a painful waiting game for Anna Corbella and Gérard Marin on GAES Centros Auditivos. For all that the Southern Ocean is renowned for big winds and big seas, the Spanish duo which lies in third place in the Barcelona Round the World Race maybe found it incongruous that they spent time today trying to make just two or three knots of boat speed ... Read More »

ISAF World Cup Miami – RSA Day 4 Results

There is little RSA news coming out of Miami, although a very brief message from Roger Hudson said that he and Asenathi (Squirrel) focussed, and that things were going nicely for them. They need to keep their pace up as they have just 2 more races left today before the medal race on Saturday, and they need to make the cut for that. But the ‘result of the day’ came from young Stefano Marcia who cracked an 8th in a ... Read More »

Young South Africans Shortlisted for Clipper World Epic

A unique youth development initiative to find eight young South Africans to build their teamworking and leadership skills by participating in the world’s longest ocean challenge, the famous Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, has revealed a shortlist of 30 candidates from across the country. The opportunity is fully funded by the Sapinda Rainbow Foundation which will take the finalists to participate in a challenging selection weekend at Sail Africa in Durban from 27 February to 1 March. The opportunity ... Read More »

ISAF World Cup Miami – RSA Postions on day 2

In a question asked of the mens 470 class about the crew rarely being asked to comment, the PR people homed in on Roger Hudson. This is how it was reported: Roger Hudson would probably rather have had his talking moment on Monday, when he and his skipper, Jim “Squirrel” Asenathi, placed 4th and 6th – and it was Asenathi’s birthday. Two 13ths on Tuesday pulled the South African sailors down to 10th overall, but the experience jelled in Hudson’s ... Read More »

Save the Swartkops River – Sign the petition PLEASE

The Swartkops River, a very popular sailing venue since 1879 – yes that 136 years ago – is under threat from sewerage as 18 megalitres of raw sewage per week has flowed into the Swartkops River during the past three months, turning the River into a major ecological nightmare and a massive health hazard to surrounding communities. The solution is to fund a competent organization to redesign and replace the sewage infrastructure in Nelson Mandela Bay to international standards. Please ... Read More »

ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami – RSA Sailors Compete

The first day was described as follows: It was sunny and bright. It was storming and raining sideways. It was sunny and bright. Numerous challenges were posed to the competitors in wet and windy day of action. Racing commenced with a confirmed number of 856 sailors from 63 nations competing across the ten Olympic and three Paralympic events. Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson are competing in the 470 Men’s class and Stefano Marcia on the Men’s Laser Class. Men’s 470 ... Read More »

VOR – Historic Victory for Dongfeng

Leg 3 Victory Overall race leaders after 3 legs After leading the fleet virtually all the way from Abu Dhabi to Sanya in China, over more than 5,000 miles of intense ocean racing, Dongfeng finally crossed the finish line in first place as the sun rose over Sanya. This is the first time in history a Chinese team (or any Chinese sailor) has won a leg in the Volvo Ocean Race’s 41-year history. And what a leg to win supported ... Read More »

Barcelona World Race – First of the Great Capes

The first of the iconic Great Capes has been passed in the Barcelona World Race with Cheminées Poujoulat rounding the Cape of Good Hope. Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam passed 20°E around 400 miles south of Cape Agulhas – the southernmost tip of Africa – and have begun the Indian Ocean leg of their race around Antarctica. Second-placed Neutrogena initially looked set to follow just four or five hours behind, but lighter westerlies have hindered their exit from the ... Read More »

Vasco da Gama Ocean Race – 11th Entry received

Not only has this race from Durban to Port Elizabeth caught the attention of many old salts, but the young up-and-coming ones too. The 1st Bergvliet Sea Scouts have entered JML Rotary Scout with Grant Chapman as the skipper. The boat and its young sailors will be undertaking a sea-going coastal passage promo (road show) starting in March. It is their intention to visit Sea Scout groups at all ports of call up the coast, and take the Sea Scouts ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race – Dongfeng – will they or won’t they?

That’s the big question all the supporters of Dongfeng will be asking as this team has defied all odds and been at the forefront of this race since the start last year. She has just not managed to pull off a leg win, so this is her chance as she leads the fleet into her home port of Sanya. With just over 100 miles to go to Sanya, and a 50-plus mile lead you would be forgiven for thinking its ... Read More »

Barcelona World Race – Duck or Cover?

• Leaders preparing for Southern Oceans • Front-runners diverge as Neutrogena gybes south • Confidence boosts for GAES • East-west divide as St Helena High takes its toll The South is looming. The leading boats in the Barcelona World Race are expected to reach 40°S, the border post of the ‘deep south’, on Wednesday. So for leaders Cheminées Poujoulat and their nearest rivals Neutrogena, as well as third-placed Gaes Centros Auditivos, today was a day to prepare – mentally, practically ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 – The big casino

by Gonzalo Infante Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 – The Malacca and Singapore Straits are a big talking point of this leg – and not without reason. These narrow and busy passages have all the ingredients to make them extremely difficult places to race sail boats. If we look at the big picture, we can see that is the only piece of water that connects the north Pacific and north Indian Oceans – and this has some interesting implications, not ... Read More »

RSA 49er Olympic Campaign – the Halfway Point

report by Graeme Willcox & Andrew Tarboton 2015 marks the halfway point of our campaign to qualify South Africa for the 31st Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The first 2 years of our campaign we focussed on boathandling and team work. In the 49er class this is most of the battle, now in 2015, we now have to step it up to the next level and learn to race the professional teams on the circuit at their ... Read More »