International Moth UK National Champs – Heathcote opens with a 9th

Local sailor Jof Heathcote who is currently working in London is competing in his second UK Moth Champs – and has started off his campaign with a 9th overall out of 59 boats. Blazing sunshine and a 10 knot South Easterly greeted the 59 boat Moth Nationals fleet at Stokes Bay Sailing Club. Just one race was sailed as the second was canned after two breeze directions fighting each other frustrated the wind resulting in the cancellation. “I got away ... Read More »

Yachting Journalists’ Association calls for action in Rio

The Yachting Journalists’ Association (YJA) expresses extreme concern over the use of Guanabara Bay for the sailing events of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year. Despite continued protests over the state of the pollution of the water since the site was first approved in 2009, nothing has been achieved to limit or reduce the pollution in the bay and this has now reached a significantly dangerous level as well as failing to provide a level racetrack for ... Read More »

Rolex Fastnet Race – EXPLORING A LEGEND

The year 2015 heralds a proud moment for the Rolex Fastnet Race. This famous offshore classic celebrates its 90th anniversary and the two yacht clubs deeply associated with the competition, both long-term partners of race sponsors Rolex, toast their own significant milestones. After ninety years of exploits and triumph, the race remains an icon of international sport and an integral part of Rolex’s proud association with yachting. Anticipation for the 2015 edition, which starts from Cowes on Sunday 16 August, ... Read More »

Dynamic Stability Systems breaks new ground – again

Dynamic Stability System (DSS) is pleased to unveil the Quant23, which after its first preliminary sea trials in Cowes last week has proved itself to be one of its first – if not THE first – fully foiling keel boat. Designer Hugh Welbourn has spent more than 10 years developing the patented DSS, which comprises a retractable hydrofoil that is deployed to leeward on a yacht. The foil provides vertical lift to leeward, improving the yacht’s righting moment, an effect similar to ... Read More »

VOR – Overall Victory for Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi

Team Alvimedica’s skipper Charlie Enright won the final offshore battle of the Volvo Ocean Race here today, but the overall trophy belonged firmly with his rival from Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Ian Walker. The Turkish/American boat led the tightly packed fleet home to crowded docks in the final stopover in Gothenburg, Sweden, to bring to a close 38,739 nautical miles and nine months of some of the closest racing ever witnessed in the 41-year-old offshore marathon. The Team Alvimedica victory ... Read More »

Dorade’s Quest to Repeat her 1931 Transatlantic Race Victory

Transatlantic Race 2015 In late June, one of sailing’s most celebrated yachts will attempt to retrace the steps of her first, and most significant, victory. The 52-foot yawl Dorade, owned by Pam Levy and Matt Brooks, will join 40 other boats competing in the Transatlantic Race 2015, which starts off Newport, R.I., and finishes off the southwestern coast of England. The race is organized by the Royal Yacht Squadron, the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Ocean Racing Cluband the ... Read More »

RSA 49er – Weymouth Sailing World Cup Experience

by Andrew Tarboton & Graeme Willcox It all started last month when, with great excitement, we accepted our invitation to the Weymouth round of the sailing world cup. This event was by invitation only and is only open to the top sailing teams in the world. With some trepidation, we headed down to the regatta last Monday knowing we ranked 15 spots below the lowest ranked boat on the entry list, and a good 40-50 spots below the average team. ... Read More »

ISAF Sailing World Cup – RSA Teams Struggle

So far the two RSA teams competing in the ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland event are struggling – and certainly not achieving the results they would like. Graeme Willcox and Andrew Heathcote report as follows: Day 1 was a tough day with a windy offshore breeze, with a ground swell bending around the headland. This made it tough to keep the boat in the groove upwind and quite exciting downwind with the swell angle coming from under the ... Read More »

VOR Leg 8 – Gold for the Girls!

Skipper Sam Davies and her Team SCA crew struck a resounding blow for women’s offshore sailing in the early hours of Thursday morning when they gloriously clinched Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race. The comfortable victory was the first leg win in offshore sailing’s toughest challenge since Tracy Edwards’ Maiden clinched two stage wins in Class D of the 1989-90 race, won overall by Sir Peter Blake’s famous Steinlager2. At least as satisfying for the first all-women’s crew to ... Read More »

RSA Olympics Hopefuls in Key Event to Qualify

Two South African teams hoping to qualify for the Rio Olympics in 2016 are competing in the ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland, starting today. The pics depicted here are of Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson during their final training session in Weymouth yesterday. Hudson & Jim managed a good win in the final training race in a big tricky breeze which came off the land – with weather forecasters tipping similar conditions for the next few days. It’s ... Read More »

Maserati and Giovanni Soldini: new record set on the San Francisco-Shanghai Tea Route

21 days, 19 hours, 32 minutes and 54 seconds is the outstanding time it took Maserati to cover the Tea Clipper Trade Route; 7000 miles sailed by Soldini and his crew between San Francisco and Shanghai. “We are satisfied,” declared Soldini just after crossing the finish line at Shanghai on the. We scored an excellent new time reference, hard to beat; we hope that these 7,000 miles will quickly become a classic record, like the New York-San Francisco.” This was ... Read More »

Finn Masters – Baum Leads by Example

SAS President Philip Continues to lead by example after 3 days of racing in the Finn Masters in Greece. He continues to head the RSA leader board in 67th spot from 204 competitors, but has dropped down to 6th place in the Great Grand Masters division after being 4th overall. Greg Davis is 74th, Andreas Bohnsack is 110 and Gerd Bohnsack is 191st overall. Read More »

Black Flag for Hudson & Jim in Delta Lloyd Regatta

After a blustery opening day for the 707 boats from 74 nations competing in Medemblik at the Delta Lloyd Regatta, the sun came out to play, and the breeze slightly softer although still wildly variable in strength and direction. And it turned out to be a disastrous day for the RSA 470 team who were Black Flagged in the 4th race, dropping them down to 22nd overall. Young Stefano Marcia in the Laser class continued his steady progress with results ... Read More »

VOR. Brunel Fights Back – and claims a valuable victory

After an extremely exciting finish, Team Brunel has won the seventh leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. Skipper Bouwe Bekking’s sailing team took 9 days and 11 hours to complete the leg to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. Team Brunel is now third in the general ranking – only one point behind the second-placed Dongfeng Race Team so there is still loads more to race for. “The men delivered some great work,” said a visibly happy Bouwe Bekking after the ... Read More »

Finn Masters – Day 2 – SAS President leading the way

  SAS President Philip Baum is the leading South African at the Finn Masters Championships. Conditions on day 2 were challenging with building breezes. Baum is 59th overall in this 204 boat fleet, and 4th in the Great Grand Master division.   RSA Results 59  Philip Baum               GGM        41    35    14    53 61  Greg Davis                  GM           24    38    68    16 96  Andreas Bohnsack    GM           41    49    60    49 197  Gerd Bohnsack   ... Read More »