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On This Day – 23, 24 & 25 November. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 1984. “Around the World – in ‘His’ Coffin”. It started out as a coffin and turned out to be the third-smallest yacht ever to set out on a world circumnavigation. To read the full report, Click on the following LINK:  1984 11 24 315 1984. “Hole-in-Heart Yachtsman Keen to Set Up World Research Fund, Do Daredevil Stunts”. Lone British hole-in-heart sailor James Hatfield, who is circumnavigating ... Read More »

On This Day – 22 November. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. This was a very low news day over many years – so short ‘n sweet today. There is a delightful story about Hammond, the Durban ferry driver long before the walk-on marinas were in place, and when one had to either dinghy or ferry to one’s yacht. ‘Yeoman 27′ was due to arrive from the UK in Cape Town in sufficient time to prepare it ... Read More »

Brest Atlantiques. Ultim’s Take Over Cape Town

by Richard Crockett Cape Town has once again lived up to its reputation of being the “Tavern of the Seas” as all four trimarans have either passed by or made a pitstop in preparation for the final leg. Maxi ‘Edmond de Rothschild’ got the ball rolling, leaving Robben Island on Wednesday evening at 19h16. During the night, ‘MACIF’ made a pitstop before setting sail again at 9h20 yesterday morning, hot on the stern of ‘Actual Leader’. Last but not least, ... Read More »

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

Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. The Rio Race in 1971 struck a chord with so many people around the world that there were many heartbreaking stories about those whose lifetime dreams were about to be shattered. “Yacht stranded – no sponsor” said the headline. John Martin is in the news today several times as in 1985 he joined Padda Kuttel for the second leg of the Whitbread Race, and in 1990 ... Read More »

Cameron Bellamy: The Impossible Row. Crossing the Drake Passage

Cameron Bellamy, endurance athlete extraordinaire, recently known for his unprecedented open water swimming accomplishments is currently preparing for another “world first”. He will be part of a six-member team that will row 600 to 800 miles over twenty-one days across the notorious Drake Passage: a body of water thought to have the roughest and coldest waters on earth. The expedition has been dubbed “The Impossible Row”. In the last few years Cameron Bellamy’s name has become synonymous with ultra-marathon swimming. ... Read More »

On This Day – 20 November. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. The chronic shortage of moorings in Durban was being addressed by the City, and was an on-going issue for decades! The crew of the Danish sloop in the Whitbread Race was reduced to 1 litre of water per day for 3 weeks, with an adjacent report about a runner and a yacht to race each other. John Martin was caching the leaders despite auto-pilot issues. ... Read More »

Brest Atlantiques. Leaders Will Round Off Cape Town Tonight

After two weeks at sea, it’s now becoming extremely close on the Brest Atlantiques, as the fleet race towards Cape Town. The trimarans bringing up the fleet have been able to take advantage of favourable conditions, now that the Saint Helena High has moved north, while Maxi ‘Edmond de Rothschild’, which is currently leading the race, has had to make six gybes and is expected to arrive in Cape Town on Wednesday evening. This will be the second and final ... Read More »

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On This Day – 19 November. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett I have been paging through a scrap book of Rio Race cuttings given to me by Thirsty Bertie. There is some really interesting material in there which will be shared soon. Thank you Thirsty. The opening feature today is from 1970 and about an acting Deputy Sheriff who is doing the Rio Race. We then fast-forward to 1991 and an article about an award for action on yachting legislation. My question though, does the RCYC still award ... Read More »

On These Days – 16, 17 & 18 November. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett Here’s a bumper read having had a busy weekend away from computers and social media! Kicking off is a race report from 1969 and the PYC Commodore winning the race, but as one reads further down, the report states how David Hudson scored a comfortable two-minute-plus win over Cecile Harris in his Sprog. The official KZN yacht in the 1971 Rio Race commanded a lot of news space as it’s “full steam ahead”. Staying with the Rio ... Read More »

On This Day – 15 November. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. In 1986 the America’s Cup and all its shenanigans was constantly in the news, even in this country. New Zealand’s glass-fibre boat was taking the event by storm. And in 1988 John Martin and ‘Voortrekker II’ led the BOC fleet out of Cape Town, while Ant Steward was about to cast off again. Moving forward to 1993 ‘Thunderchild’ led the fleet out of Cape Town ... Read More »

Mini Transat. “This victory will change my life!” – François Jambou

François Jambou took the win in the prototype category to complete the second leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère in Le Marin (Martinique) after 12 days, 02 hours, 27 minutes and 07 seconds of racing. Aboard the boat that is the reigning champion of the race, the 35-year-old sailor took control of the fleet after two days of racing and never let go from that moment on. As a result, François is the outright champion of this 22nd edition. His ... Read More »

Home-Grown Boy Joins Metocean Solutions

Metocean Solutions has welcomed Dr Christo Rautenbach to their team. Christo is a physical oceanographer and will be joining their MetOcean Research and Development team, based in Raglan, New Zealand. Christo is an applied mathematician who became an oceanographer. He completed most of his studies in Applied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa where he specialized in fluid dynamics. Thereafter he completed his first Ph.D. (Engineering) at the University of Southeast Norway. On his return ... Read More »

On This Day – 14 November. A Newspaper History of Sailing

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. A perennial problem, even back in days of yore, was the lack of moorings. This issue again reared its head in Durban in 1969 – and “Tempo men get set” read the adjoining headline. Eric Tabarly announced that he was changing the keel of ‘Cot D’or’ in the Whitbread race, a leg into the race, which will mean forfeiting any chance of victory. Strong winds ... Read More »

What’s in the Water Over There?

By Brian Hancock Right now there are three major ocean races taking place in the Northern Hemisphere, the Transat Jacques Vabre, the Mini Transat and the Brest Atlantiques and they all have one thing in common; they all started from France. Either there is something in the water over there or their love for racing sailboats has seeped into their blood but the French people can’t seem to get enough of it. The lead boats in the Transat Jacques Vabre ... Read More »