Vasco da Gama Race – 9th Entry Received

With interest in the race from Durban to Port Elizabeth beginning to fire people’s imagination, the 9th entry has been received – and this comes from a boat owned by race stalwart Gerrie Boshoff, Herbie Karolius and Rex Anderson. Rocket is a Simonis 54 which competed in the Cape to Rio Race last year under the name of “Stop Rhino Poaching’. She will be skippered by Herbie Karolius who is no newcomer to the race, and who will undoubtedly bring ... Read More »

Moth Worlds – Final Day Belongs to Jof Heathcote

        Jof Heathcote reports The last day today and it was blowing a hooligan (as appears to be usual here). There was some pretty full on chop out on the course. Everyone was dubious about sailing so left the beach really late. Getting downwind to the start was a challenge in itself. I got around the course with just two minor swims. Both on the upwind. So got my best finish of the regatta in 8th as ... Read More »

Dismasted – Heartbreak for Hugo Boss

After leading the Barcelona World Race since the first full day of racing, for most of 14 days and having recently extended their lead on the water to what the skippers estimated to be around 60 miles, pre-race favourites Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes on their IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss, were dismasted on Wednesday night in the South Atlantic ocean in relatively moderate wind conditions. The English-Spanish duo are heading to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, under engine. Making around 6 ... Read More »

Moth Worlds – A Tough Day

Jof Heathcote reports Things deteriorated a bit today. I just didn’t have any upwind legs so really struggled a lot. Race 9 was just slow, race 10 felt better in the one-on-one stuff, but I went the wrong way up the first beat which totally ruined it. Race 11 kicked off in a pretty brisk 20-28 knots. There was carnage at the top mark and sadly I got involved this time. A pitchpole at the offset mark and a running ... Read More »

Moth Worlds – No Racing

Jof Heathcote our man on the scene and the sole South African competitor at the Moth Worlds reports. No racing today. It was raining sideways all morning, blowing 20-30knots. There was a bit of a class vote at 15h00 and the result was fairly predictable. The silver fleet said no, the gold said yes. We went out briefly, but it was blowing a fairly solid 20 knots against the tide, and the chop was enormous (and vertical). Total carnage. I ... Read More »

Moth Worlds – Gold Fleet 1st race

Jof Heathcote reports Day 3. One joke of a race today. No one foiling at the start. No breeze to speak of. It would have taken almost the full 5 minutes to get down the length of the line. Many boats didn’t get to the start at all. I ran aground half way up the first beat, and saw it happen to Dean Barker too – and this in the middle of the course – allegedly open water! Was on ... Read More »

Moth Worlds – Jof Heathcote Qualifies for Gold Fleet

Jof Heathcote reports from Sorrento in Australia. Today was the most demanding day I’ve had on a boat. I am totally shattered. It nudged up to a bit over 20 knots by the last race, and the shallow water made it quite bumpy and very tricky. The day started badly finding my small rudder foil had succumbed to the Australian heat, and then carried on from there when I broke the vang about 30 seconds into race 4. Fortunately I ... Read More »

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 »