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“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Ferry & Le Sueur World Champs

By Richard Crockett The past two months have seen saturation coverage of the 1971 Cape to Rio Race, and little else. That was with good reason as it was such an iconic event which elevated the status of offshore sailing in our country. A class that I have given little coverage to in this forum has been the Hobie Class, and this through no malice or prejudice. It is a class which has produced multiple South African World Champions over ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. It’s A Wrap

By Richard Crockett A most fitting way to conclude this series of coverage of the 1971 Cape to Rio race and celebrate its 50th anniversary, is to wrap it all up with the elements presented today. The image of the chart is the original chart as used by Albatros II, the overall handicap winner of the race. Some years ago it was presented to the Knysna Yacht Club, and still takes pride of place in the Club today. Thanks to ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Pilot Sent Girl Crew Diving for Covering

by Richard Crockett My sincere and humble apologies for the unscheduled break in transmission. My trusty iMac crashed on me and needed to be replaced, and once received, still needed all programmes and backed-up work re-installed, and all my settings reconfigured with the new updated software and operating system. So with a smile on my dial, a new iMac and renewed energy, it’s back to work and wrapping up the 50th anniversary coverage of the 1971 Cape to Rio Race. ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Scouts Swam Among the Porpoises

by Richard Crockett Now that the fleet is beginning to crowd the mooring facilities in Rio, and the crew relax in the fine facilities of the yacht club, the stories from sea are beginning to be told. And delightful they are too. I suppose it was inevitable that the Scouts aboard ‘Active’ wanted ice cream and fruit salad, although I bet the bulk of the crew of all yachts wanted nothing but beer – and lots of it! And of ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Sprinter is Near Rio

By Richard Crockett News is scant today as the next batch of finishers is eagerly awaited, with special emphasis on the all-women crew aboard ‘Sprinter’. When they finish the news will flow big time and we will undoubtedly be saturated with stories of their time on the race. And ‘Barbette’, at one time a possible threat to ‘Albatros’, has rudder problem, but her skipper is determined to finish without assistance. And my computer woes continue – with some light at ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. “Planes Hunt 2 S.A. Yachts”

By Richard Crockett Apologies for the truncated version, but a crashed computer is making life extremely difficult! “Skipper (71) Guides Wayfarer Into Rio”. Mr. Peter Strong, 71 -year-old veteran boat builder and designer from Durban, sat back in his armchair at Rio’s plush yacht club and relaxed – and he deserved every second of it. READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 16 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000355 – OCR “Planes Hunt 2 S.A. Yachts”. Long range patrol planes ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Barbette Could Still Snatch Rio Victory

By Richard Crockett Apologies as my trusty Mac crashed on me overnight, and sadly there is no “quick fix” for these machines as they have to be booked in and put through the wringer before being repaired. So the usual format is a little different today, and will be until repairs have been effected – which could take between 7 & 10 working days! What a pain! “Albatros Consolidates Lead – 18 Yachts Home”. Eighteen of the 57 yacht fleet ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Albatros Has Rio Race in the Bag

By Richard Crockett ‘Albatross II’ and her crew hog the headlines again today after their well deserved victory – and why not? They sailed a great race and were rewarded for their tenacity and never give up attitude. But for me, 50 years after the race was nearing completion, I feel a sense of pride as the longest trans-ocean race in the world at that time, had a highly successful conclusion, and continues to this day to attract entries for ... Read More »

Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Albatros in Rio: Leads on Handicap

By Richard Crockett The moment everyone had been waiting for arrived when ‘Albatros II’ finished in Rio and looked certain to be unbeaten on handicap. What a great race this crew had, especially after the mast scare they had within sight of the start line, and after effecting repairs anchored in the shelter of Robben Island. In a moment of true sportsmanship, the owner of ‘Striana’, Jean-Michel Auclair, was the first person aboard ‘Albatros’ to congratulate them on their fine ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Water for 3 Thirsty Bears!

By Richard Crockett It’s unusual to have three bears at sea, especially thirsty ones, but luckily for the crew of ‘Three Bears’, ‘Tafelberg’ was able to assist them with water, and batteries to start their engine in order to charge their own batteries. Plus the crew received a huge bonus in the form of showers and beanfeast in the wardroom! I see a race penalty for outside assistance on the horizon! Hospitality in Cape Town was superb, especially for the ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Rio Ketch Penalty Possible

By Richard Crockett The party has started in Rio now that yachts are arriving at the finish, with many race followers in Rio to welcome their sailors. ‘Graybeard’ was confirmed as the second boat to finish – which now means that the handicap honours are hotting up. And again, due obviously to different deadline schedules, there was confusion as to who was leading – one headline said ‘Albatros’, another stated that ‘Striana’ had won! We need to put this in ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Ocean Spirit is First Home

by Richard Crockett From all the press cuttings in the past few days it has not been reported as to how ‘Ocean Spirit’ dramatically took the lead and ultimately line honours. Maybe that’s a mystery we will have to live with! Obviously the crew were well not just in health and looks, but also having eaten so well throughout the race thanks to their cook. Sadly cooks aboard ship get little credit for their additional duties, yet I suppose the ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” from my archives. Five-Yacht Dash for Line Honours

by Richard Crockett News is now finely focussed on the 1971 Cape to Rio Race finish and who the likely winner would be. While it seemed that ‘Ocean Spirit’ would have that honour, there was ‘Fortuna’ with ‘Graybeard’, ‘Pen Duick III’ and ‘Stormy’ hot on their transoms and fighting all the way. As has become “normal”, ‘Pen Duick’ again did not reported her position so she is the wildcard, and could be cause for concern as her skipper Eric Tabarly ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Ketch May Cross Rio Line Today

by Richard Crockett I am sure the older readers will identify with my interest when tried and tested “old fashion” methods of navigation and communication are mentioned as it shows how far we have progressed since the 1971 Rio Race – and also how far we also may have retrogressed as navigation, accurate to within a few metres, is now possible at the push of a button. But that debated is not for now! I mentioned the above as I ... Read More »

Sailor of the Month – postponed due to COVID!

Sadly with sailing still on the backburner, the monthly Sailor of the Month award is postponed until the sport gets back to normal. Thanks to Raymarine and MDM Marine services for their continued support and understanding during these difficult times. Stay Safe please. Read More »