“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Kapenaar / Mainstay Re-launched

by Richard Crockett This is the beginning of the story how a bunch of university students put their collective brains together to re-engineer and rebuild a boat mocked by many who doubted her ability. This is how she was described in the March 1984 issue of Yachtsman RSA magazine: “‘Kapenaar’ is an untried boat. Late for the 1982 South Atlantic crossing, she has yet to be tested, against another yacht in her class. Many sceptics doubt her potential. Many hard-drinking, ... Read More »

Vasco da Gama Race. An Unlikely Yet Popular Winner

by Richard Crockett No betting man is likely to put money on a Holiday 34 winning the tough Vasco da Gama Race, yet Ian Gordge and his crew, all novices, aboard ‘Sundance’, which included his wife Jo, did just that – and did it with aplomb too. Finishing just minutes before prize giving commenced, Gordge and his crew were the toast of East London as they pulled off their unlikely win, and ultimately won with just under two hours of ... Read More »

Vasco Da Gama Race. Leading Yacht Just 65nm From Finish

by Richard Crockett The race is certainly panning out to be a corker with ‘Regardless’ (Neville Bransby) and his crew tearing up the race course at a rapid pace, and still in good current, and with an ETA at their current pace just 6 hours away! But there are lots of variables to contend with which could scupper this ETA – especially the possibility of running out of wind in their last 30 miles to the finish, unless of course ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Vasco Race Start Postponed, So More Pics From Days of Yore

by Richard Crockett The Vasco da Gama Race, due to start at 11h00 this morning has been postponed – until when is anyone’s guess as that decision has not been communicated as far as I can see. Be that as it may, it gives me an opportunity to post more pics from the Vasco races of yore. So enjoy these. Maybe it’s worth revisiting the start decision? Early this morning my spies in Durban tell me that the wind was ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Vasco da Gama Race Preview

by Richard Crockett The number 13 is lucky for some although many fear it as they associate it with bad luck. Let’s just hope that it’s not a bad omen for this year’s Vasco da Gama Race which starts on Sunday – and has 13 competing yachts! To sum up the fleet in a single word, “eclectic” springs to mind as it is so diverse with no two boats alike. That also means that there could be keen competition between ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Vasco Pic Selection From the ‘80s

by Richard Crockett Just a very few words today I have become frustrated with not being able to identify from which year many of these pics are, so I have started a Vasco race results database which is taking a lot of time to produce as most of the results have to be inputted manually. However I am forging along and slowly building a formidable database of Vasco info. There will be words tomorrow (Friday) when I preview the 2022 ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Vasco Pics – Another Great Selection

by Richard Crockett Here’s another small selection of old Vasco da Gama race pics from years gone by. There’s no real theme to make from these other than the people and boats you see are an elite group of sailors who toughed it out on the race. Some went all the way and finished while others limped home – all being as tough as old sea boots as they raced down the Wild Coast of the South African east coast ... Read More »

PredictWind Just Gets Better. Make it Your Default Weather App

by Richard Crockett PredictWind is one of the most accurate weather apps available for our South African coastline, and rather than resting on their laurels, they continually strive to provide a better service. Recent improvements include: * Track, blog, save & broadcast with the PredictWind DataHub * 10 Day forecasts * Iridium GO! Track, Blog, Save & Broadcast all your onboard data sources with PredictWinds small but powerful GPS Tracker which is custom designed from the ground up, with extra ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. More Vasco Pics & 1985 Photo-Finish

By Richard Crockett I am still ploughing through scanning all the B&W Vasco da Gama Race images I have in my archives, and will then tackle the colour slides and prints. There are 20 new images today, with the photo-finish between ‘Shaya Moya’ and ‘Spirit of Appletiser’ being a key one, as that finish way back in 1985 was undoubtedly the closest finish for line honours in the history of the race. ‘Shaya Moya’ took line honours, but her very ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Random Vasco Pics From Yesteryear

by Richard Crockett As the 51st Vasco da Gama yacht race starts on Sunday, I dug into my archives and selected all the pics I have not yet scanned, and have begun that arduous task so that I can share images of the races, boats and people of yesteryear. And believe me there are some interesting images shared today, and lots more to come too. I have purposely just placed all images in a pile and started scanning them, so ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Cadets & Scows

  by Richard Crockett I stumbled across a folder named “Cadet Dinghy” this morning and thought it would be of interest, but alas just two pics featured along with the International Cadet Class rules and regulations published in 1960. And while looking for more Cadet info I came across some interesting pics from yesteryear which I simply had to share. The first is a pic from the Goodricke Contest in 1938. The history of this contest is as follows: As ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Reminiscing Over Old Regatta Brochures

by Richard Crockett I spent a very pleasant day yesterday scanning some very old regatta brochures into my archives. Len Davies gave me these months ago when he was downsizing, so it gave me an opportunity to think about the old sailing days and how very active they were. The oldest brochure was from the 1956 SAYRA National Regatta sailed at Zeekoe Vlei from 30 January to 10 February. These were exceptionally well put together publications as they included details ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Response From Brian Hallock & ‘64 All-Class Nationals

by Richard Crockett I have been corresponding with Brian Hallock for several years now as he took an immense interest in the historical pics I printed in SAILING Mag every month. He would always comment and regularly sent me pics from his own collection to use. I enjoyed interacting with him then, and continue to do so now, as he is an avid follower of this Blog. This is his recent missive: “Richard, you really stirred some memories with that ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Final Dinghy Selection Pics

by Richard Crockett While scanning images is not too time consuming, it’s preparing them, captioning them and adding the references that takes a massive amount of time. Which is why all pics are not posted immediately and in bigger batches. Most of today’s selection don’t have captions, although I have taken the liberty of adding a caption, question or anything I think may give a clue. The response to the pics I posted last week struck a chord with many ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Responses to Pics Revealed.

By Richard Crockett I had a torrid day yesterday so was unable to scan new pics and prepare material for today, so I have instead decided to share some responses and additional info on pics posted this week. In response to my query about Commodore’s “Taking the Salute” at opening cruises, Ralp Willcox responded by saying: “As I remember it, most Flag Officers wore caps until the late ’50s – certainly the Commodore and Vice Commodore. At VLC the bridge ... Read More »