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“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Media Attention Focussed on Graybeard

by Richard Crockett Media attention focussed on the front of the fleet, especially ‘Graybeard’, while the back markers and those who have radio issues are causing concern and anxiety back at home from loved ones. One reporter sent back the following: “Most impressive of the frontrunners is undoubtedly ‘Fortuna’, which we found about 4 p.m. yesterday running before a 15-knot easterly under a spinnaker, mainsail, mizzen and unusual two-tone water sail ballooning out over her port bow.” One can only ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Tabarly Angers the Fleet

by Richard Crockett As the front-runners edge ever closer in the light winds to the halfway point, anger is mounting in the fleet as Eric Tabarly aboard ‘Pen Duick III’ keeps everyone guessing as he does not co-operate in reporting his positions daily. While this most likely upsets the line-honours contenders as they cannot plot his course and see his progress, the rest of the fleet probably could not care less as they are having their own personal battles with ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Albatros Takes the Handicap Lead

by Richard Crockett Although ‘Stormkaap’ and her problems continue to hog the headlines, there were two bits of good news as ‘Albatros’ had taken the lead on handicap with her near sistership ‘Mercury’ second overall, and the all-women yacht which had not reported a position for six days, managing to make contact with the Guardship. Today’s Results. Line Honours 1 Striana 2 Graybeard 3 Ocean Spirit 4 Hamburg 5 Albatros Handicap 1 Albatros 2 Mercury 3 Hamburg 4 Striana 5 ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Bad News Hogs the Headlines

By Richard Crockett Today’s Results – Line Honours 1 Striana 2 Graybeard 3= Ocean Spirit 3= Hamburg 5 Pen Duick Handicap 1 Hamburg 2 Albatros 3 Mercury 4 Striana 5 Flica It’s sad how bad news make newspaper headlines, but it’s the news that people appear to want to read. So this “hot” news dominated the headlines with the newsmen forgetting about the race itself and bringing news as to how the race itself was unfolding. Today, 50 years ago, ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Line Honours Leaders Just 1 Mile Apart

By Richard Crockett It’s a week ago since the very first Cape to Rio Race started. I felt it time to tone down the ‘Jakaranda’ saga which has hogged much of the limelight since the start, but Bruce Dalling, being a hero of the South African nation, simply gets the publicity without trying. But I must say that he is a true gentleman who is never shy to thank all those who help him, which is why I was interested ... Read More »

Les Fella – A “Fella” of the Sea

by Richard Crockett One of the perks of sharing my historical records daily is the excitement and joy it gives some people who are suddenly jolted back in time when a memory that is dear to them is triggered. This was the case a week ago when I shared the memories, newspaper cuttings and photos of the very first Cape to Rio Race in 1971 – the 50th anniversary of the race. It prompted a guy by the name of ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. The Ocean Spirit & Graybeard Duel

by Richard Crockett Positions Today – Line Honours 1 Ocean Spirit 2 Graybeard 3 Striana 4 Hamburg 5 Stormy Handicap 1 Hamburg 2 Albatros II 3 Striana 4 Corsair 5 Ocean Spirit At the very front of the fleet the two leaders are having a ding-dong battle to lead the fleet, which one journalist has described as follows: “which promises to be the highlight of the Race to Rio”. On handicap there is little change, except to ‘Corsair’ which has ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. ‘SOS’ From Molly: Panties Overboard!

By Richard Crockett Results Today. Line Honours: 1 Ocean Spirit 2 Graybeard 3 Striana Corrected Time: 1 Hamburg 2 Striana 3 Ocean Spirit The first SOS in the race, fortunately sent in jest to the Guardship, was from Molly Warr, the skipper of ‘Sprinter’ asking yachts behind them to look out for floral panties lost overboard on washing day! Richard “Thirsty” Bertie was mentioned in despatches for being the man aboard ‘Jakaranda’ who went over the side to inspect the ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Corsair Hits A Whale

by Richard Crockett Position reports today show that ‘Ocean Spirit ‘was leading the fleet with ‘Graybeard’ in second. On handicap ‘Hamburg VII’ was the leader with ‘Albatross II’ in second spot. This is a remarkable turn-around for ‘Albatross II’ after their mast mishap forced them to effect repairs in the shelter of Robben Island within hours of the start. That’s a great recovery. Bruce Dalling has brought ‘Jakaranda’ into Cape Town, and once repairs are complete he will rejoin the ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Damage Control and Racing in Earnest

By Richard Crockett The lead has changed with ‘Ocean Spirit’ now being the front-runner, yet the headlines continue to cover Bruce Dalling and his rudder issues on ‘Jakaranda’, as do they with ‘Stormkaap’ whose skipper Dave Abromowitz has put in to Port Nolloth for repairs. Dalling had a fleet of experts and workers awaiting his arrival back in Cape Town in order to quickly effect repairs. The SA Air Force flew over part of the fleet giving a reporter a ... Read More »

Cape2Rio 2023. Adrian Kuttel is First Single-handed Entry

The Kuttel name is well known in the world of local and international ocean racing circles, least of all the Cape to Rio Race, and their involvement will continue in 2023 as Adrian Kuttel has entered the singlehanded division – the first in this division. The late Peter “Padda” Kuttel competed in two Whitbread Round the World Races on his yachts ‘Xargo3′ and ‘Atlantic Privateer’, as well as two Cape to Rio’s aboard ‘Atlantic Privateer’ and ‘Namsea Challenger’. His brother ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Voortrekker Leads – & Damage Already

by Richard Crockett I will be bringing as much news as possible every day until the finish. Just one day out and ‘Voortrekker’ leads the fleet from ‘Jakaranda’. And there’s drama already as ‘Cariad’ has to avoid a tanker, ‘Stormkaap’ has steering problems and ‘Jakaranda’ was reported to be withdrawing with steering problems. I suppose that’s just a normal day in the life of an ocean race! “Start Was ‘Extremely Good”. As seen from the starting point at sea, ‘Westwind’, ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. The Race Begins to Unfold

By Richard Crockett From today until the end of the race I will bring you the daily news as to what’s going on in the South Atlantic. Aboard the SA Navy Guardship – SAS Tafelburg – are journalists and photographers who are sending the news back to shore for all those thirsty for news. And I have loads of newspaper cuttings from which to bring you the race as it unfolds. And let’s not forget the hard-working radio Operators aboard ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. It’s Start Day

by Richard Crockett It’s the day everyone has been waiting for, the excitement is at fever-pitch, and now all that’s left is to drop the mooring lines, head to the start and then sail 3600 nautical miles to Rio. 50 years ago today the 1971 Cape to Rio Race start changed the face of sailing in this country. It put South Africa firmly on the international sailing map, and what’s more, it was the longest ocean race in the world ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” from my archives. 1 day to 1971 Rio Race Start

by Richard Crockett 50 years ago tomorrow the very first Cape-to-Rio yacht race started in Table Bay. If it ain’t done by now, it’s unlikely to get done before the start! That’s undoubtedly how many skippers and crew are feeling right now, especially those with newly launched and built boats that have possibly not had sufficient time at sea to really assess them and fine-tune them. But for most, this is a whole brand new experience as few have ever ... Read More »