Vasco da Gama Race 2015 – The First Entry Has Been Received

Just two days ago the Notice of Race and Entry forms plus other documents were sent out via e-mail to approximately 1300 yachties nationwide. At the same time the race Facebook page was launched. The response to next year’s Vasco da Gama Ocean Race has been phenomenal so far with countrywide interest. Almost immediately we received our very first entry – that being A.L Mount Gay Rum – the Farr 38 from Cape Town. Her owner is Rob van Rooyen ... Read More »

Moth Worlds – Day 6 Video, Results and Report

Jof Heathcote continues to defy by not disgracing himself in the Moth Worlds Gold fleet. But those who know Jof know that he is not one to compete with everything he has at all times. He’s not a quitter, nor does he like making mistakes. He’s results driven and proving time and again in this fleet what prodigous talent he has. His day 6 overall position is 37th in a fleet topping out at over 170 boats! Jonathan Heathcote    ... Read More »

A new ocean race to celebrate 400 years since the discovery of Cape Horn

This race will gather together classic yachts, goelettes, schooners and modern yachts from around the world for an adventure which starts from Saint-Tropez on October 25, 2015. It is a momentous voyage that will see the fleet round Cape Horn in January 2016 via the Drake Passage on the anniversary of their discovery. The race will finish in Istanbul, where the closing regatta on the Bosphorus will symbolise the maritime link between Europe and Asia created there 400 years ago. ... Read More »

Ilhabela Sailing Week

Thursday 24July The South African contingent headed by Phil Gutsche and Rick Nankin continues in South America. Charles Nanking reports: Our Brazilian adventure continues here in Ilhabela on the coast of Sao Paulo state, in South America’s largest ocean sailing regatta, Ilhabela Sailing Week. Apart from the handicap fleets and the Soto 40s, there are two Brazilian one-design fleets here – twenty-two HPE25 sportboats and seven Carabelli 30s – as well as a sizeable fleet of Stars. After the long-distance ... Read More »

Moth Worlds – Day 5

by Richard Crockett One has to be a master sailor not just to be able to sail a Moth foiling dinghy, but to race it at the highest levels. In fact, one has to be a phenomenal sailor to do this. The Moth is not well known in this country except for a short flurry when Roy Dunster tried his hand at them a few years ago, and brought a boat into the country. Spectacular they are though. One South ... Read More »

SA Team warm-up for South American Ilhabela Regatta

Monday 21 July Charles Nankin reports We have had an interesting and very pleasurable start to our time at Ilhabela – competing in the 41st Ilhabela Sailing Week with a team from Cape Town. Coming into the Soto 40 class is like trying to start climbing Everest without any training, as the small Brazilian fleet is full of geniuses, maestros, Olympic medals and more! But we have had a fantastic warmup with three days of training and the gracious assistance ... Read More »

SA boys claim top international sailing award

Two South African sailors were honoured with a top international award in Portugal as the ISAF Youth World Championships came to an end over the weekend. They may not have claimed a podium finish at the event, which saw 367 young sailors from 67 nations competing over five days, but SA’s Brandon Wijtenburg and Todd Fisher walked away with the ISAF Bengt Julin Trophy. Nominated by their fellow competitors, Wijtenburg and Fisher were handed the award for demonstrating “good sportsmanship, ... Read More »

Rio cleaning up its act in the lead up to Olympic sailing test event

As the football World Cup wraps up in Brazil, Brazil’s President says the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be a top priority from Monday 14 July 14. President, Ms Dilma Rousseff recently met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach in Brasilia as they looked ahead to the 17 days of Olympic competition, which gets underway in just over two years’ time. ‘Brazil and Brazilians can be proud,’ Bach said after the meeting. ‘I was pleased to hear the ... Read More »

Thrilling Conclusion To ISAF Youth Worlds – results & video

Racing at the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Tavira, Portugal came to a thrilling conclusion as the medals across the eight events were decided. For the first time in their history the Spanish team have won the ISAF Youth Worlds Nations Trophy after a controlling display. Across the eight fleets Spanish sailors picked up three gold medals and a silver. Three of the teams finished in the top ten ensuring they were the most consistent nation out of ... Read More »

America’s Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal

Hamilton Island Yacht Club CEO, Iain Murray told Sail-World that the decision to withdraw from the 35th America’s Cup was only made in the last 48 hours. ‘This challenge has grown to the point where the gap between the commercial side and the competitive costs’ are out of HIYC’s comfort zone ‘The Cup campaign has grown into a far bigger cost and potential risk, with which they are not comfortable.’ ‘We’ve had a detailed assessment of the campaign, and have ... Read More »

ISAF Youth Worlds Day 3 – SA SL16 Boys Win Race

It was a day for the underdogs in many cases on the third day of competition at the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship with improvements made and personal goals attained across the fleets. Historically the ISAF Youth Worlds has seen French, Italian and British teams dominate proceedings but in a light westerly breeze, sailors from Slovenia, South Africa, Portugal and Argentina shone brightest in their fleets. The South African boys Brandon Wijtenburg and Todd Fisher wrapped up the day ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15: Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Ian Walker has done the math

Changes in the nature of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 have as expected moved the race from a technical boat design competition to an emphasis on sailing ability. British Volvo Ocean Race veteran 44 year Ian Walker is very happy with the change. After winning silver medals at two Olympics, 1996 silver in the 470 Class, 2000 silver in the Star, then coaching Shirley Robertson to the 2004 Olympic Gold, Walker turned his attention offshore racing. In 2008-09, he skippered ... Read More »

ISAF Youth Worlds – Day 2 Results & Video

Tuesday 15 July 2014 It was a late start and a late finish on the second day of competition at the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Tavira, Portugal with the last competitors reaching the shore at 21:00 local time. The breeze came in late in the day and the first start came at 16:01 local time before the final competitors reached the shore at 21:00. A light yet consistent westerly breeze ensured all eight fleets completed a full ... Read More »

Clipper Race – the adventure is over

The adventure is now over for the 8 young South Africans aged between 18 and 23 who were selected to create a ‘tag’ team in a initiative funded by the Sapinda Group and supported by the Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund. Info on the 8 South African ambassadors can be found here: Clipper – SapindaRainbow Project Ambassadors_PDF Eleven months ago, the 8 young South African ambassadors of the Sapinda Rainbow Project were in Durban competing against 20 other hopefuls to be ... Read More »

ISAF Youth Worlds- Ryan Robinson & Dominic van der Walt represent RSA

“The best thing about sailing – I would say the way in which it mirrors life, and the lessons that you learn from it. Things may go your way, things may not! The only thing you can do is try your best from the very beginning to the very end, and then the results will come.” These are the humble and wise words of Ryan Robinson (17) who is heading off to Portugal to compete in the ISAF Youth World ... Read More »