Sailor of the Month

December 2019 Raymarine Sailors of the Month – Matt Ashwell and Rivaldo Arendse

Matt and Rivaldo teamed up in 2019 to compete in the 420 class, taking the opportunity to join a class that is going through a revival in South Africa, so they are now part of that group of sailors who are raising the bar in the class. They recently won this year’s 420 National Championship on the last leg of the last race on the last day of the championship, after a nailbiting series with several reversals of fortune. Rivaldo ... Read More »

November 2019 Raymarine Sailors of the Month – Markus Progli & Richard Hutton-Squire

Progli and Hutton-Squire won the recent 505 Nationals in Saldanha Bay, winning 3 of the 6 races and not being lower than 4th (their first race) – a great result against some well-seasoned and highly experienced and competent 505 sailors. A report on the event said it was going to be “one of the toughest events on the calendar in 2019″ – and that was not puffery, especially when one looked at the competitor list. Progli and Hutton-Squire did not ... Read More »

October 2019 Raymarine Sailors of the Month – Campbell Alexander & Dave Herridge

Campbell Alexander & Dave Herridge sailed together in the Flying 15 worlds in Ireland a few weeks back as a new combination. Alexander sails both Flying 15s and Lasers, while Herridge is a ‘lifetime’ Laser sailor and top kiteboarder. They finished 11th in the pre-worlds in a fleet of 50-plus boats and 15th in the Worlds in a fleet of 70-plus boats. Their overall position in the worlds does not tell the whole story as in several races they led ... Read More »

September 2019 Raymarine Sailors of the Month – Mike Hayton & David Rae

The Lipton Cup was a ‘hot’ event this year with the Cape 31s making their debut – and they did not disappoint as the racing was slick, fast and incredibly competitive. But one team ultimately stood out as the boat to beat as they were consistent, quick on all points of the wind, and managed to extricate themselves from being ‘dead on the water’ to real contenders by simply keeping their heads out of the boat and sailing hard and ... Read More »

August 2019 Raymarine Sailor of the Month – Andrew Tarboton

  South African sailors have been competing in numbers internationally recently, and mostly doing pretty well, so our judges had a tough time calling the winner. Andrew Tarboton has always been a very versatile sailor who performs well in most classes and conditions, and just recently finished 14th in the Musto Skiff World Championships in Medemblik, the Netherlands. He scored four top ten places in 14 races, with a 2nd being his best individual result – an excellent result in ... Read More »

July 2019 Raymarine Sailor of the Month – Sean Kavanagh

Local RSA Optimist sailors have generally had a torrid time when competing internationally, and few in recent times have managed to make the Gold fleet at their very first attempt. But this changed when Sean Kavanagh competed in the European championship last month, his first ever major European event, and made his mark by getting into the Gold fleet. And he raised some eyebrows too as he was the youngest competitor at the event, eventually qualifying for the Gold fleet ... Read More »

May 2019 Raymarine Sailor of the Month – Paul Lagesse

After several years of trying, and coming so close last year, Paul Lagesse finally won the Hobie 16 Nationals in 2019 offshore Durban. He managed this feat against a fleet that was smaller than usual, some 21 boats, but included perennial champion Blaine Dodds and regular Durban front runner Garth Louden, so was as high quality as ever. Making the feat more impressive Lagesse was without his long time experienced crewman, and was crewed this time by his 10 year ... Read More »

April 2019 Raymarine Sailor of the Month – Malcolm Hall

Since winning the Far East 28 Worlds in China in October last year, Hall has competed with distinction in the Cape 31 Class – which is the only keelboat class producing really tough and competitive sailing. It’s fast, it’s relentless, and it’s close, exceptionally close in fact, with a mere minor error being exceptionally costly in terms of overall placings. But that cut ‘n thrust is undoubtedly what drives Hall as he is able to soak up the pressure, bounce ... Read More »

March 2019 Raymarine Sailor of the Month – Mike Hayton

Mike Hayton is no stranger to the competitive racing scene, and a man who likes to surround himself with a dedicated crew who like to sail and play hard. Plus, with two top keelboats in his stable he is able to give both women and men the opportunity to sail on top boats. The annual Mykonos Race is always a favourite on his calendar and he works his crew hard on the passage to Mykonos, and then even harder during ... Read More »

February 2019 Raymarine Sailor of the Month – Dale Kushner

It’s been a few decades since South Africans performed with class and distinction on the world singlehanded stage, and while race from Cape Town to the Island of St Helena is anything but ‘on the world stage’, Dale Kushner was the only singlehanded competitor. Singlehanded sailing is something he has dreamt about for many years, and having completed this course he may yet set his sights higher and pit himself against the best in the world at an international level. ... Read More »

SAILING Mag Blog Raymarine Sailor of the Year 2018 is TINA PLATTNER

This is always a pleasurable time of the year as it’s when I get to announce the Raymarine SAILING Mag Blog Sailor of the Year. This award is made in conjunction with MDM Marine Services who are the local RSA importers of Raymarine sailing electronics. Sincere thanks to them for their on-going support and sponsorship of the cash prize the winner receives. It is also appropriate at this juncture to thank the anonymous judges who evaluate the nominations each month ... Read More »

December 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailor of the Month – Malcolm Hall

Malcolm led a team of South Africans to the FarEast 28 worlds in China in October. The team was made up of crew from his Cape 31, Magic, which he recently launched in Table Bay with the desire to join in the tight and competitive racing that is provided. His team were made to work hard and learn the FarEast 28 very quickly, as most teams have their own boats, and even brought their own sails! Malcolm showed his class, ... Read More »

November 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailor of the Month – Stefano Marcia

Stefano Marcia is a worthy candidate as he has just won the 2018 Laser National Championships in style, while showing that he is the top Laser sailor in the country. He also holds the SAS Northern Region provincial championship title and finished fifth in the 2018 American Nationals. He represented South Africa at the 2016 Olympics and now spends most of his spare time on the water bettering his skills. All this knowledge and experience is not wasted as he ... Read More »

October 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailor of the Month – Dave Shilton

Dave Shilton was invited to join a group of Finn sailors in a 2-week ‘Emerging Nations’ Programme before the 2018 Finn Gold Cup in Denmark. He received intense coaching and support both before and during the Gold Cup. The programme proved a great success for Shilton as he was 5th in the first race of the regatta against the best in the world. His final position was a credible 56th out of 90 boats. Shilton’s dream was to come back ... Read More »

September 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailors of the Month – Blaine Dodds & Roxanne Kay Dodds

It’s a pretty safe bet to say that Blaine Dodds has to be South Africa’s top Hobie sailor as he has such an impressive local and international record in these cats. His latest victory is another international title to add to the long list he already has. He recently competed in the Sylt Regatta in Germany, an exclusive regatta, where only teams of the worlds best Hobie 16 sailors compete – and he won it in fine style too, sailing ... Read More »