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#SAIL4GOOD – and the Freedom Sail Round Robben Island

The Cape2Rio2020 Ocean Race supports positive and constructive efforts to improve and assist a broad spectrum of causes close to the hearts and minds of competitors and race supporters, by using the race as a platform to showcase and promote good. The upcoming Freedom Sail Round Robben Island is intended to be a platform to introduce and showcase all of these projects. All boats (sail; motor; paddle) are invited and welcome to join the Freedom Armada, starting from Granger Bay ... Read More »

On This Day – 13 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1970. “Wayfarer Takes to the Water”. Another Durban entry for the Cape-to-Rio yacht race was launched yesterday. Mrs. Don Stayt, wife of the Daily News columnist “Wayfarer” in whose honour the 15-metre yacht was named, sent her down the slipway as crew members and their families watched. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 12 13 821 1985. “Ocean Greyhounds Prepare for ... Read More »

PredictWind Tides and Tables Feature Update

The popular tables format in PredictWind has been given a gleaming update. “Over the years we have added many parameters to the tables. It was time to take a fresh look at this feature and reduce the complexity” said Jon Bilger, the Director of PredictWind. The design team started with a clean sheet and went from the ground up creating the design, with input from customers and the PredictWind support team who are all experienced sailors. Bilger went on to ... Read More »

On This Day – 12 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1984. “Spanish Inquisition Comes to Table Bay”. Yachtsmen watching the antics on board the maxi-yacht 3CR12 during the second day’s sailing of Rothmans Week could easily have believed they were watching some medieval torture rite. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1984 12 12 319 5 1985. “Big Turn Out for Coke Regatta”. The PEYBC’s Coke Regatta at the weekend attracted more ... Read More »

Youth America’s Cup Announced

A reinvigorated Youth America’s Cup regatta has been announced which will be raced in a brand new class of foiling mono-hull, the AC9F, in 2020 and 2021. The Youth America’s Cup is a joint initiative between the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS), the China Sports Industry Group (CSIG), and Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ). The multi-leg event will begin with a fleet racing seeding event in China in November 2020 and then a match racing event in Auckland from ... Read More »

On This Day – 11 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1985. “WP Colours for Junior Yachtsmen”. The 10 junior yachtsmen selected to represent Western Province at the Interprovincial Schools Yachting Contest to be held at Swartvlei from December 31, 1985 to January 1, 1986 will be awarded Western Province team colours and will be nominated for Western Province junior colours for sailing. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 12 11 873 ... Read More »

The Elcano Challenge. A Voyage of Remembrance

To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the first round the world voyage, Jimmy Cornell is preparing to sail the historic route of the first circumnavigation achieved by Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastian Elcano. In fact, the Basque sailor should be credited with the first round the world voyage, as he sailed with Magellan from the start of the expedition in 1519, took over the leadership of the expedition when Magellan was killed in the Philippines, and completed the voyage in ... Read More »

On This Day – 10 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1970. Radio to Report on Yachts”. Details have been announced of the role which the SABC is to play in the trans-Atlantic yacht race to be held early next year between Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 12 10 811 1970. “Pat Cullen Will Take Sandefjord”. Probably the best known sailing boat in South Africa, ... Read More »

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

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1970. “Meet Two Girls Who Are ·Really Going Places”. Australian Sue is en route to Rio. Cooke is her name … and also her designation. And in her 4ft. 6in. square cooking area (“I can just get my hips in”), she can come up with a tasty, bully-beef-based meal under the worst conditions on the high seas. To read the full report, Click on the ... Read More »

On This Day – 8 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1967. “Tabarly May Sail Trimaran In Atlantic Contest”. Eric Tabarly, of France, winner of the 1964 single-handed transatlantic race, may not compete in the event next June in the £30,000 Pen-Duick Ill, which was built largely for that purpose. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1967 12 08 095_Redacted 1986. “White Crusader’s Hopes Fade After Defeat by USA”. California’s USA yesterday seriously ... Read More »

49er Worlds. More Frustration for Benji & Alex with Another Spreader Issue

by Richard Crockett The dynamic duo of Benji Daniel and Alex Burger must surely, after this regatta, have had more than their fair share of bad luck? Hopefully it’s all good luck from now as they deserve it after putting in so much quality time and effort into this campaign both locally and internationally. And it’s not over as there is more sailing to come as they want, more then anything, to get selected to represent South Africa at the ... Read More »

On This Day – 7 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1970. “Rio Yacht In Storm Drama”. Four distress flares, fired in the teeth of yesterday’s storm from a yacht being driven perilously close to shore, caused Natal’s official Cape-to-Rio race entry, the Mercury, to break away from a warm-up exercise and speed to the rescue. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1970 12 07 815_Redacted 1986. “Australia IV in A Big Hurry”. ... Read More »

49er Worlds. A Mixed Bag for Benji & Alex

by Richard Crockett I keep saying it’s tough out there, which it always is, with today’s results showing this as the guys had two races outside the top 10. But all was not bad for the duo of Benji Daniel and Alex Burger, who according to our man o the spot, had some flashes of brilliance, and good starts. Alex Lehtinen reports as follows: Race 1: “Light winds and chop made for pretty challenging conditions. They had a great start ... Read More »

49er Worlds. RSA Making a Comeback

by Richard Crockett The RSA dynamic duo of Benji Daniel and Alex Burger today showed that they had put their spreader breakage earlier I the week well and truly behind them, bouncing back with 4; 5 & 7th places in the three Bronze Fleet races. While really wanting to be in the Silver fleet or higher, four results with them in the boatpark and scoring maximum points has simply not helped their cause as when the final fleet splits were ... Read More »

On This Day – 6 December. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1985. “Wits Team Sails to Yachting Victory”. The University of the Witwatersrand won the South African Universities yachting competition at Midmar Dam, Natal this week, followed by Durban University and then Pietermaritzburg University. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1985 12 06 666 1985. “Peter is Rothmans Yacht’s ‘Weapons’”. The yacht PG Wood, one of Durban’s top entries in this year’s Rothmans ... Read More »