Volvo Race. Team SCA Announces Race Meteorologist

Libby Greenhalgh, a British-born meteorologist, has been recruited to join the squad of Team SCA, the only all-female crew in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. The 33-year-old from Hamble, UK brings to the team a wealth of knowledge. For the past seven years, Greenhalgh has worked as the meteorologist for the British sailing team across junior and Olympic levels, providing venue forecasting, research support and meteorological education for the athletes. Alongside this, she is a freelance weather forecaster working for ... Read More »

RSA Youth to Compete Internationally

A strong team of local youth sailors will be competing in the ISAF Youth World Championships in Tavira, Portugal from 12 – 19 July. The team is: One Person Dinghy Boys        Marcello Marcia One Person Dinghy Girls        Emma Clark Two Person Dinghy Boys        Dominic Van der Walt & Ryan Robinson Open Skiff                                  Euan & Sean Hurter Open Multihulls                       Brandon Wittenberg & Todd Fisher The Open Skiff boys, ... Read More »

Sir Ben Ainslie Launches British America’s Cup Challenge

Sir Ben Ainslie, one of Britain’s best sailors, today launched his bid to win the America’s Cup, the 163-year old trophy never won by Great Britain. The Duchess of Cambridge, a keen sailor herself, attended the launch at the Royal Museums Greenwich to show her support for the campaign. The four-time Olympic gold medal winner, Sir Ben, who announced his challenge with Yacht Squadron Racing, said:  “This is the last great historic sporting prize never won by Great Britain. It ... Read More »

New AC62 yacht will be a flyer

Fast, foiling, wing-sailed catamarans will race in the next America’s Cup as the new class rule for the AC62 yacht has been released. The AC62 is 10 feet shorter than its predecessor, but is expected to be just as fast and challenging to race for the crews, and will produce the same heart-pounding action for spectators. “This new boat is going to be significantly lighter and under much less load than what we raced last time, which makes for a ... Read More »

Oceans of Hope

The Sailing Sclerosis Foundation’s yacht Oceans of Hope was unveiled at a ceremony in Copenhagen, Denmark on World MS Day (Wednesday 28 May). Former Environment  Minister and MEP Lone Dybkær officially named the 20-metre yacht which will set sail from the Danish capital on 15 June on the first ever global circumnavigation crewed by people with multiple sclerosis (MS). The Oceans of Hope project aims to change the perceptions of the disease, inspiring people with MS to overcome their own ... Read More »

South African Sailing (SAS) Awards – Nominations Required

Every year SAS have 4 trophies which can be awarded annually. Nominations can be made by anyone as long as they are accompanied by a full written motivation which has to be submitted to the SAS Chairman, Mike Dixon ( by Friday 1 August. Owen Aisher Trophy Awarded to the Senior South African sailor, being a member of SAS and of a yacht club affiliated to SAS, who is considered to have made the most meritorious achievements in sailing for ... Read More »

Are you good enough to be a Clipper Race skipper?

The world’s longest ocean race is seeking 12 extraordinary skippers to lead its novice crews around the globe in the tenth edition of the most unique sailing challenge – the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race. Are you good enough to take it on? Founded by legendary sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race gives skippers the opportunity to tick off the ultimate sailing bucket list – circumnavigation. Clipper Round the World Yacht Race skippers ... Read More »

SA’s Hudson and Jim claim breakthrough win in Holland – with a GOLD MEDAL

South African sailors Roger Hudson and Asenathi Jim took a massive stride towards achieving their Olympic goal by winning their first ever major international event at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Holland on Saturday. Going into the final medal race in fourth position, the duo managed to negotiate their way through the fleet to finish second and take the overall gold ahead of Britain’s Olympic silver medallist Luke Patience and teammate Elliot Willis. The win in Medemblik marks the first ... Read More »

NUMBER 1 – Hudson & Jim win GOLD

The 470 men was wide open going into the medal race. Any of nine boats could theoretically have won a medal. Onan Barreiros Rodriguez and Juan Curbelo Cabrera (ESP) had a five point lead over Luke Patience and Elliot Willis (GBR) and Giulio Desiderato and Andrea Trani (ITA). On the first leg the British and Spanish teams splits sides, and at the top the right came in strong with Patience and Willis round clear ahead of Asenathi Jim and Roger ... Read More »

Volvo Ocean Race boats clock up around 30,000 miles

Five Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 boats have already covered around 30,000 nautical miles in their pre-event preparations giving both teams and event organisers the opportunity to test equipment and crews on land and sea. The training runs have visited seven ports in the United States, China, Portugal, Spain (Lanzarote) and the United Kingdom ahead of the race that will start in October this year. “We’re delighted with how our new one-design boat, the Volvo Ocean 65, is shaping up so ... Read More »

Young SA sailors dominate African champs

South Africa dominated the recent Laser 4.7 African Championship with podium places in both the boys and girls fleets. The second edition of the continental championship took place in Algeria at the Beni-Haroune Dam and was contested by sailors from seven African nations, with Georgou Divaris emerging as the pick of the South Africans. The five-day event consisted of 10 races with two discards on races four and 10. The first days racing saw South African Calvin Gibbs with a ... Read More »

JIm & Hudson Back in Medal Contention

RaceAhead Team Back in Medal Contention Roger Hudson and Asenathi Jim completed the Garda Olympic Week in 8th place overall having made it to the medal race in which they finished second, having led for the first half. This is good news for them as it shows they are fast getting back on pace and becoming a threat at the top of the highly competitive 470 fleet. This after a shakey start to their European campiagn. Their next event is ... Read More »

Awkward faceplant – Watch This Video

French skippers Xavier Macaire and Yves Le Blévec experienced one of the weirdest scenarios you could imagine on a sailboat: an actual faceplant. Sailing with strong downwind can help you reach a great speed or even make your boat plane for a while, even if it can be bad for the boat. But an actual faceplant like this one rarely happens! Enjoy. Read More »

Amtec J22 Worlds – the winners are…

… and the winners are the team headed by David Rae with Trevor Spilhaus and Guido Verhoevert. Well done. The Race Officer Dave Rushton also deserves special mention for running a good regatta under very difficult conditions. Check out the full results here:  j22 worlds final results from VAAL DAM 26 April – 3 May 2014 2014 Read More »

J22 Worlds – final day

A misty morning on the Vaal Dam so everyone is waiting for the wind. Just 4 races can be sailed today, with the last race not after 15h00. Currently the AP over H is up – which means that races not started are postponed. Read More »