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Inaugural Olympic Qualification Event in Africa

  South African Sailing (SAS) and the International 470 Class Association are proud to be hosting the first ever 470 Class Open African Championships to be held in Cape Town from 11 – 17 January 2016. The Championships will also mark the 470 Men’s African Continental Olympic Qualification Event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The Western Cape Provincial Government Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport together with its MEC Mrs Anroux Marais, has been instrumental in bringing the event ... Read More »

Classic 470 Dinghy Sailing Event in Cape Town

South African Sailing (SAS) and the International 470 Class Association are hosting the first ever 470 Class Open African Championships to be held in Cape Town from 11 – 17 January 2016. The Championships will also mark the 470 Men’s African Continental Olympic Qualification Event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This event in itself is an honour, yet immediately prior to it’s start was the Cape Town Classic described by Olympian Roger Hudson as a “happy anomaly”. This is ... Read More »

Cape Town Classic 470 Regatta

Act 1 of the Cape Town Classic 470 Regatta is complete, with full results below. This unique event has been the brainchild of Roger and Dave Hudson and is run and sponsored by RaceAhead. Roger Hudson and Asenathi Jim, both Olympians, compete on the international circuit under the RaceAhead banner. This event consisted of 11 teams racing 10 boats with the last place finisher in each race being subbed out for the following race. Act 1 took place in moderate ... Read More »

Youth Nationals – Wednesday Report & Results

Report by Mark Hawksworth Tuesdays easterly wind died out overnight and a light South Westerly came through in the early hours of Wednesday morning which allowed racing to start as scheduled at 10h00. The Dabchicks and Optimists completed two races before lunch while the Lasers, Cats and Open Class sailed one race before breaking to shore for an early lunch. Both morning races were sailed in a 6 -10 knot South westerly; the wind died off over lunch time and ... Read More »

Maserati Race Week – Wrap-Up

The final day of the Maserati race week arrived with pre-dawn showers, but very soon, the sun came out accompanied by a light Westerly wind. The wind eventually picked up, and allowed a course to be set on the Atlantic seaboard getting the much anticipated final day was under way. In IRC Division 1, ‘Cape Fling’ charged from the gates with a point to prove after a retirement in their last race. They hung on to beat ‘Nitro’ into 2nd, ... Read More »

Youth Nationals 2015 – Day 2 (Tuesday) Reoprt & Results

Mark Hawksworth reports: Pics courtesy of Anton Nel: Competitors woke up to a 6-10 knot North North Westerly which allowed race 5 to start at the scheduled 10h00. The wind faded towards the end of the race and died after the lead boats had finished resulting in the back quarter of the fleet in the Dabchick and Optimist classes failing to finish in the time limit. Race Officers Di Hutton Squires and Evelyn Osborn brought the fleets ashore for an ... Read More »

Jules Verne. Amazing meeting with IDEC Sport in the Pacific

This Morning (15 December), Spindrift 2 crossed paths with IDEC Sport – Francis Joyon’s trimaran, also currently racing on the Jules Verne Trophy round-the-world crewed record attempt in the Pacific. By crossing the longitude of South East Cape, the southernmost tip of Tasmania last Saturday, December 12, 2015, Spindrift 2 set a new record time for crossing the Indian Ocean (Cape Agulhas-Tasmania in 8 days 4 hours and 35 minutes), but more importantly for the passage between Ushant and the ... Read More »

Youth Nationals. Day 1 report & results

Mark Hawksworth reports from Wriggleswade Dam: Day one of the Youth Nationals got off to a good start with Race Officers Di Hutton Squires and Evelyn Osborn making good use of the conditions to complete four races on their respective courses. Racing started just after 10h00, Di Hutton Squires completed two races before lunch in a 5-12 knot wind fluctuating between South West and South South West for the Optimist and Dabchick classes. Evelyn Osborn kept the Lasers, Darts and ... Read More »

Jules Verne: A New Record for IDEC Sport on the Way Into the Pacific

Francis Joyon’s IDEC Sport entered the Pacific on Saturday and in so doing set a new record for crossing the Indian Ocean, which is currently being ratified by the WSSRC: 6 days 23 hours and 4 minutes. Until now, no boat had managed to cover this stretch in less than 8 days. This new record logically follows the one they set between Cape Agulhas and Cape Leeuwin on Thursday evening. After the record between Cape Agulhas at the tip of ... Read More »

2015 Sailing World Cup- Stefano Improving with Every Race

There was little news from this event this morning, although the results simply tell the whole story about Stefano Marcia. He is getting better with every single race. With four races done and dusted, he has results as follows: 17; (18); 16 & 15 putting him in 18th spot overall. Until one studies the results carefully, his performance to date shows that he is in the 10th Nation spot – which in the Olympics would put him in contention for ... Read More »

ISAF Becomes World Sailing As Part Of Re-Brand

The governing body of sailing worldwide, formerly known as ISAF, has officially announced its rebrand to ‘World Sailing – A Sport for Life’. At the heart of the federation moving forward is a significant focus on change for the better. More transparency, better communication, stronger governance and greater accountability are the four main aims of the new leadership team and the rebrand to World Sailing represents their commitment to those aims. Sailing is one of the most inclusive sports in ... Read More »

2015 Sailing World Cup- Melbourne: Positive Start for Stefano Marcia

Olympic and Paralympic classes opened Melbourne’s World Cup program in fickle southerly winds and easy-going seas. By the afternoon session 22 knot sou’easters and white capped waves had whipped up Port Phillip and turned the outing into a challenging physical contest at the upper wind limit for some classes. In the Men’s Laser, race two was ‘super windy with steep waves’, not the best conditions for Stefano Marcia. Yet he coped well and finished the day with a 17 & ... Read More »

Jules Verne Record Attempt: Close Call with An Iceberg

IDEC SPORT has regained 200 miles in 24 hours. The Furious Fifties are pushing the big, red trimaran at high speed across the Indian Ocean. But they need to watch out for icebergs. Yesterday, Francis Joyon’s crew came within a mile of one of these ice monsters, as big as a cargo ship… They are now enjoying the Southern Ocean. “Yesterday we were engulfed in the mist and came to within a mile of an iceberg, which cooled down our ... Read More »

Jules Verne Trophy: IDEC Sport Speeding Towards the Ocean Wilderness

Petrels, albatrosses, a longer and longer swell, and clear skies since the front went over… all these elements noted by Francis Joyon and part of his crew are signs that they are about to enter the vast, wilderness of the Southern Ocean. The High parked under South Africa is preventing them from now from taking the traditional route towards the Cape of Good Hope at around 45 degrees south. IDEC SPORT will be joining the Indian Ocean diving right down ... Read More »

Clipper Race. Young Mpumalanga Resident To Compete In Rolex Sydney Hobart Race

Thulisile Lekalake, a 22 year-old from Kwamhlanga is one of eight young South Africans aged 18 to 23 who have been chosen to take part in the world’s longest ocean race as part of the Sapinda Rainbow Foundation relay team. After completing her matric in 2013 Thulisile wanted to study journalism but because both parents were not working it was difficult for her to further her studies. She then started a small business in hospitality that in return assisted her ... Read More »