Sailor of the Month

June 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailor of the Month – Blaine Dodds

Now here’s a man who is no stranger to this award, and even has the prestige ‘Sailor of the Year’ title to his credit, yet he continues to mellow and shine as he climbs the ‘age ladder’ in our wonderful sport! He is of course the evergreen Blaine Dodds – Hobie Cat supremo and doyen of the fleet for so many years now. He was nominated for the award simply because so far this year he has won the Hobie ... Read More »

May 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailor of the Month – Bernard Farmer

Bernard Farmer took his Charger 33 to a stunning handicap win in the Vasco da Gama Ocean race between Durban and Port Elizabeth at the end of April. This was a very tough race with the fleet being clubbed by two gale force South Westerlies in excess of 40 knots. But this did not deter Farmer and his crew who took it all in their stride, knuckled down, and simply sailed hard all the time. At one point, according to ... Read More »

April 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailor of the Month – Gert van der Linde

It is rare that we receive nominations for cruising yachtsmen, but good safe seamanship in hostile and bitterly cold waters is as important as making a dinghy or keelboat go fast on the race course. Gert is one of the quietest and most low profile of sailors, but in recent years he has completed two significant cruising passages and has now completed his third, and most ambitious voyage yet. His latest passage of “Southern Cape Voyages” saw him circumnavigating the ... Read More »

March 2018 Sailor of the Month – Tina Plattner

Tina is one of those sailors who gives the sport her all as a tough competitor who never gives up. Plus she is game to sail a variety of boats – and all very well too as she competes at the top of the sport. She was one of the first to get a new Cape 31 and has campaigned it with relish. In the recent ‘international’ regatta in which two top overseas teams competed, she won the regatta in ... Read More »

February 2018 Sailor of the Month – Calvin Gibbs

This young man who matriculated last year is has received this accolade before as he is simply a very fine and talented young sailors. He caught the eye of Roger Hudson of RaceAhead who has been mentoring and coaching him for the past year or more, resulting in a sailor with more refined skills, more confidence, and a far better understanding of what it takes to win big on the international stage. His results in the past year have improved ... Read More »

Sailor of the Year – Role of Honour

The SAILING Mag Blog ‘Sailor of the Year’ role of honour consists of many fine names of top South African yachties. The latest sailors to receive the SAILING Magazine Blog ‘Sailor of the Year’ award are Alex Burger & Benji Daniel who won the 29er Worlds in August 2017. This is the very first time since inception of this award has there been a joint award. These two up-and-coming young sailors have been interviewed by William Crockett. READ THE INTERVIEWS ... Read More »

Sailors of the Year – Alex Burger & Benji Daniel

by Richard Crockett It is never easy as a judge deciding who is the SAILING Mag Blog ‘Sailor of the Year’ as competition for the top spot is always tight. This year was no different, although two young sailors stood out head and shoulders above everyone else, and were a unanimous choice of the four anonymous judges in this competition. This competition has always been about one individual, not a team, but the judges felt that this year that rule ... Read More »

December 2017 Sailor of the Month – Mike Hayton

Mike Hayton’s Nitro sailing team are now in their fourth year of campaigning in Cape Town, and not only do their results continue to impress, but they’ve now started competing in the offshore races being offered, and their results there are nothing to be scoffed at! In the two offshore races this year, Nitro has taken both line and handicap honours twice, while setting a new record in the Mossel Bay race. They have just won, both on line and ... Read More »

October 2017 Sailor of the Month – Alex Burger

Alex Burger and Benji Daniel have each previously done a 29er Worlds, but earlier this year they teamed up for the 2017 worlds – and ultimately won it in fine style too! Alex was on trapeze and Benji on the helm. They had intense training sessions in both Durban and Cape Town, and were expertly guided and coached by Roger Hudson of RaceAhead. Plus several other sailors trained with them to give them valuable boat-on-boat experience – all of which ... Read More »

September 2017 Sailor of the Month – Benji Daniel

It would be a travesty if Benji Daniel and his crew Alex Burger were not widely recognised for winning the 29er World Championships in such grand style. Well they are now (again!) as Benji is our Sailor of the Month for September – and a very fitting and deserving winner he is too, especially as he is just 16 years old and still at school. He has been sailing since the age of 10, so in just 6 years has ... Read More »

August 2017 Sailor of the Month – Blaine Dodds

One simply runs out of superlatives with which to describe Blaine Dodds and his ability to always be in the hunt for major Hobie titles, irrespective of where he competes in the world. He also has too many podium finishes at world championships to be able to keep count! In the recent Hobie Multiclass Worlds in Holland, Dodds put in a very late charge to end up second in the Hobie 14 Worlds, a title he previously won in 2015. ... Read More »

JULY 2017 Sailor of the Month – Andrew Tarboton

The Musto Skiff World Championships were held in Palma, Spain during June, and Tarboton finished 3rd in a very competitive fleet of 63 boats with 14 races in a good cross-section of conditions. He started his sailing career at the Henley-Midmar Yacht Club in 1993 racing in an Optimist as well as crewing for either his mum or dad in a Miracle. He has raced extensively in both dinghies and keelboats, both as skipper and crew and has won National ... Read More »

June 2017 – Calvin Gibbs

Gibbs started his sailing career at Imperial Yacht Club in Optimists, quickly taking to the sport and working his way up through the ranks to the top of the leader-board. He won the 2012 Optimist Youth Nationals, plus the selection regatta. He competed in the 2013 Optimist African Champs, placing second in the Optimists. Just last month at the Western Cape Championships in Mossel Bay he won 9 out of 10 races in the 20-strong Laser Radial fleet. Interestingly he ... Read More »

May 2017 – Jonathan Ham

Jonathan Ham was recently crowned the Dolphin class National champion. The fact that his crew, Ruth Avierinos, had never sailed before did not seem to bother him at all, and in his own quiet and very cheerful way he managed to teach her the skills of sailing, and together they took gold. This is Jonathan’s second national title for the season as he won the Dabchick Nationals in December. He also holds numerous provincial titles. He just seems to win ... Read More »

April 2017 – Lord Irvine Laidlaw

Lord Laidlaw puts a remarkable amount into sailing in South Africa. He sponsors events, flies in world class race officers to run them and has South Africans on his yachts when he races internationally. Now he has underwritten the new Cape 31. The yacht not only looks sensational, it had also achieved 8 orders within just weeks of launch, proving the pent-up demand for a modern, relatively affordable racing yacht in RSA. Moreover, with the team he has assembled, it ... Read More »