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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 »

Legends Lunch

Earlier this week Cape to Rio 2020 Race Officer John Martin caught up with some very old friends who all have one thing in common besides their passion for the sea, and that is the Cape to Rio Race. He lunched with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Hanno and Bernie Teuteberg, reminiscing about the Rio race and the friendships it has forged and which have lasted for decades. John Martin has been actively involved in the Rio Race over many years, ... Read More »

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

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. Bruce Dalling, ‘Voortrekker’ and the first Cape to Rio race continue to dominate the headlines – and all for good reason as these were exciting times. Thesen’s dockyard was reportedly working all weekend putting the finishing touches to ‘Voortrekker’. Another headline says “Designed For Speed”, another that ‘Sandefjord’ had entered the Cape to Rio race, while there were pics of ‘Jakaranda’ and ‘Applemist’ being unloaded ... Read More »

Brest Atlantiques. Sébastien Josse Analyses the Race

Heading for An Upwind Crossing From Rio to Cape Town. ‘Edmond de Rothschild’ has arrived in Salvador de Bahia where Gitana’s technical team has been working to repair its daggerboard, handing the lead to ‘MACIF’, although she too has to make a technical pitstop in Rio de Janeiro to replace its central hull rudder. This should then again hand the lead to ‘Sodebo Ultim 3′. First question Seb, let’s look at the start of “Brest Atlantiques” and the descent into ... Read More »

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

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. Bruce Dalling swapped sail for power as he signed up as 3rd mate aboard a freighter, while American John Snowden sailed his 25ft. Masthead sloop single-handed into Durban three years after buying it as a weekend pleasure cruiser. The Rio Race start was brought forward by 90 minutes to start at 16h30 and not 18h00. Dennis Conner was dealt a heavy defeat by Britain’s White ... Read More »

Brest Atlantiques. Is it Now Down to Two?

By Richard Crockett On Sunday, after five days of racing, the Doldrums delivered a favourable advantage for ‘Maxi Edmond de Rothschild’ as the team was hardly slowed down compared to its rivals. Just after crossing the equator Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier had a 163 mile lead over their immediate competitor after 5 days 3 hours and 45 minutes at sea, trimaran ‘MACIF’. However, the two co-skippers will have to make a technical stopover in Salvador de Bahia for repairs ... Read More »

IMOCA Podium Decided as PRB Hold Off Charal in Epic Finish

After ‘Apivia’ coasted to a moonlit victory in the IMOCA class 15 hours earlier, the Bay of All Saints witnessed one of the closest podium finishes in the history of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre in glorious sunshine on Sunday. ‘PRB’ held off ‘Charal’ to take second place by just six minutes and 18 seconds, little over a mile after both had covered over 5,000 from Le Havre since the start a fortnight ago. Kévin Escoffier and Nicolas ... Read More »

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

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. Remember ‘Cariad’? Well on this day in 1969 it was reported that her two year restoration was almost complete, and that she would head to the West Indies to do charter work. And work of a different kind as this report tells how a world cruise for kids is just the thing to brighten up school. I would have thought that nearly two months prior ... Read More »

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

by Richard Crockett To read the full reports, click on the LINK following the headline. 10 November was a very busy day in the newspaper history of sailing, so much so that I have really battled to cull many a good story today. But what is here will hopefully tickle the tastebuds! It’s also quite heavy on build-up news to the very first Cape to Rio race – all of which is interesting. But first four more overseas yachts berthed ... Read More »