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From My Archives. Which Was the First South African Yacht to Circumnavigate?

by Richard Crockett I am sure, like me, that most of the answers will be Sandefjord. I was always under that impression until I queried this fact and was told it was White Seal – which I took for granted. But in doing some archiving of very early SA Yachting magazines, plus some old black & white pics in my archive, I came across reference to White Seal and decided to delve a little deeper. In reporting on her circumnavigation ... Read More »

Fireball Worlds 1980 – Durban. A Blast From the Past

by Richard Crockett Last week I posted a pic of the 505 Worlds off Durban in 1979, and as it solicited a wonderful response, I delved into the archives to see what other gems I could come up with. This event was of course won by Kim Slater and Richard Parslow (UK) followed by JJ Provoyeur & Terry Twentyman-Jones and then Dave Hudson & Terry Reynolds rounding off the podium in the 32-boat fleet. Much of the info in this ... Read More »

On This Day – 9 March. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett From the overwhelming response I receive from these posts, from all over the world I may add, the interest is cranking up rapidly and I am being connected with some wonderful people thirsty for more. Thank you all who have made contact. Should you wish to copy, forward or share material from here, PLEASE acknowledge the source as: Sourced From the SAILING Mag Archives & Historical Records. To read the full reports, click on the LINK following ... Read More »

On This Day – 21 February. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett From the overwhelming response I receive from these posts, from all over the world I may add, the interest is cranking up rapidly and I am being connected with some wonderful people thirsty for more. Thank you all who have made contact. Should you wish to copy, forward or share material from here, PLEASE acknowledge the source as: Sourced From the SAILING Mag Archives & Historical Records. To read the full reports, click on the LINK following ... 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 »

Golden Globe Race. The RSA Connection

by Richard Crockett The days of South African singlehanders competing in world class races is now a distant memory, with nobody at present following in their wakes. It’s sad, but singlehanded racing is not for the feint hearted. The Golden Globe Race starts on 1 July, and despite not having a South African entry, we do have a South African designed and built boat competing under an Australian skipper. The boat is Coconut, a Lello 34, and she is being ... Read More »

29 Worlds. Benji Daniel & Alex Burger At the Top

by Richard Crockett After a really good 3d place overall in the 29er pre-worlds, the RSA pairing of Benji Daniel and Alex Burger continue to sail their hearts out and after the opening day of the worlds are on the podium in 3rd spot after 3 races. They finished 2; 3 & 10th on the opening day in a 131 boat event. With fickle winds, OCS were rampant, leading to black flags. By the final race of the day, 20 ... Read More »

America’s Cup. A Truly ‘Bermudaful’ Opening Ceremony Planned

America’s Cup A Truly ‘Bermudaful’ Opening Ceremony Planned In just 7 days time the 2017 America’s Cup will kick off with a spectacular opening ceremony planned. On Friday 26 May on the Main Stage in the America’s Cup Village in the Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda, is when the opening ceremony will take place. In the Opening Ceremony, Bermudian musical legend Gene Steede will be joined by the band of the Royal Bermuda Regiment, the H&H Gombeys and Gombey Evolution, Live ... Read More »

OLYMPICS: The time is NOW

by Richard Crockett With the Rio Olympic sailing events just days away, our South African sailors need to put the hype of the opening ceremony behind them, put their heads down and focus on the job at hand – which is to sail their hearts out as the next 10 races they sail may be the most important they ever sail. Both teams of Asenathi Jim & Roger Hudson in the 470, and Stefano Marcia in the Laser, have prepared ... Read More »

Bouwe Bekking – “The leg that I dreaded the most”

After living for 23 days in a space not much bigger than the average student room, it’s not easy for the Team Brunel sailors to acclimatise in China. Hardly anyone speaks English and the food is quite different to what we are used to in the West. While the crew enjoy a well-deserved rest in these extraordinary surroundings, skipper Bouwe Bekking looks back on a disappointing third leg. “This was the leg that I dreaded the most,” says Bouwe Bekking ... Read More »

Team SCA breeze to win Abu Dhabi’s In-Port Race

“Having sailed with the women of Team SCA on the In-Port Race in Cape Town, I said then that they had the ability to win an In-Port Race, and even some legs of the race itself. They are a talented team with loads of experience, and what they lack in brawn they make up with talent. This is a team  that ‘sails clever'” said Richard Crockett after their famous Abu Dhabi victory. Team SCA led virtually from start to finish ... Read More »

SAMSA Woos Young South Africans to Maritime through VOR Stopover

Boosting efforts towards enhancing and developing the maritime sector for sports, leisure, marine tourism, and maritime careers, the South African Maritime Safety Authority this week gave young school children an opportunity to meet the coal face of sailing during several visits to the Volvo Ocean Race village in Cape Town. On Saturday, SAMSA hosted students from the Lawhill Maritime Centre at the VOR where competititors are stopping over before they set sail to Abu Dhabi next week. And during the ... Read More »

Youth Olympics RSA team update

UPDATE 21 August – 17h00 No wind today so all racing cancelled. Rob Holden reports Our teams were due to sail on the course directly in front of the spectator stands, but as the wind was shifty racing was postponed. As the crown numbers increased, the RO decided to oblige the crowd even though the conditions were not ideal. We went out in 5 knots that had by then settled between 35 and 60 degrees and the Race officer got ... Read More »

RS Tera Worlds – FINAL Results

Congratulations to the medallists who are: RS Tera Pro Fleet (30 boats & 12 races) 1 James Hellstrom 2 Jason Gray 3 Christopher Crawford   RS Tera Sport Fleet (27 boats & 12 races) 1 Arin Long 2 Michaela Robinson 3 Benji Daniel The full results are here: RS Tera World Championships 2014 FINAL results Read More »

IRC Nationals 2014

IRC – Volvo Ocean Race Invitational Incorporating the 2014 IRC National Championships 7th – 9th November 2014 IRC South Africa is proud to announce the first ever local regatta to be held in conjunction with the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Cape Town. The regatta, known as the IRC – Volvo Ocean Race Invitational, will be held during the same time when all Volvo 65’s are in parc ferme’ for maintenance and repairs after their first leg from Alicante to ... Read More »