RS Tera Worlds – day 2 results

The wind did not play ball today so just 1 race was sailed. Provisional Results for day 2: Sailwave results for RS Tera Word Championship 2014 at Pine Lake Marina, Sedgefield South Africa 2014 day 2 race 4   Read More »

RS Tera Worlds – Racing Commences

Malcolm Osborne reports RESULTS: file:///C:/Users/Richard/AppData/Local/Temp/WPM$ND9H.htm IMAGES by Angela Gray: The 2014 Tera World Championships got under way officially on Sunday on Swartvlei Lagoon, Sedgefield, with the tune-up race followed by the Opening Ceremony. To the musical accompaniment by the local Sedgefield brass band,  competitors were welcomed by the organisers and invited dignitaries. Then the `mixing of the waters’ ceremony took place before the President of the International RS Tera Class Association, Frans Boer, declared the World Championships open. On ... Read More »

Vasco da Gama Race – 2nd Entry Received

The second entry for next years Vasco da Gama Race has been received from Anthony Bailes of Port Elizabeth who will sail his L34 Malgas. Anthony is a seasoned sailor who has been steadily upgrading his boat and honing his crew, with their sights now firmly set on the race next year. The start is on Saturday 25 April 2015. Information from Lucy de Freitas ( of the Point Yacht Club, or, Read More »

Volvo Ocean race – Team Brunel take first blood in debut battle of Volvo Ocean 65s

Team Brunel stole pole position in the first competitive meeting of the new Volvo Ocean 65s, as the inaugural edition of the Marina Rubicón Round Canary Islands race took place in Lanzarote this week. Bouwe Bekking’s crew, who completed the 650-nautical mile course in 57 hours and 39 minutes, secured first prize in a race against two of their Volvo Ocean Race rivals – the Spanish-backed boat skippered by Iker Martínez, and the all-women’s crew of Team SCA. “The race ... Read More »

RSA 49er Team – Getting Things Right

Over the past few months we have been a bit light on competition training, and focusing more on getting the finer details right. The difference between the top of the fleet and the back of the fleet is huge, but the difference between the back and solid mid fleet racing is tiny, and every little detail and technique which is executed smoothly gains you those millimetres on the teams who don’t. And when it is just millimetres which will determine ... Read More »

America’s Cup – Joint Statement from Teams Luna Rossa Challenge; Artemis Racing; Ben Ainslie Racing and Team France

Following the announcement of Team Australia – representative of the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, Challenger of Record of the 35th America’s Cup – of its intention to withdraw from the competition, the teams Luna Rossa Challenge, Artemis Racing, Ben Ainslie Racing and Team France – jointly with the yacht clubs they represent – confirm their full support to the event, regardless from the host venue that will be selected. The four teams, who have so far made clear their involvement, ... Read More »

Moth Worlds – Jof Heathcote 35th Ovearall

When sailing in a new class for the first time especially when there are over 170 boats competing, one needs to put the achievement of Jof Heathcote into perspective. A 35th overall in this highly competitive fleet which was peppered with Olympic Medallists, World Champions and America’s Cup sailors – is a damn fine result. His results were: Jonathan Heathcote     Point YC    RSA 20; 13; 25; (36); 17; 34; (43); 30; 34; (50); 38; 26; 26; 38; 41 Gold ... Read More »

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 »