52 Super Series. Some RSA Reward

by Richard Crockett 5 different winners so far in the 6 races sailed is an indication that it’s very tough out there on the race course which is why the heading to the press release I received stating that “Every Day is a School Day in Puerto Sherry” certainly rings true. And it was certainly a tough day for the RSA entry sailing ‘Phoenix 11′ who have persevered so far and were trumped their 7th place in race 5 with ... Read More »

Nipegegi Round Britain

The thought of sailing non-stop for 3-4 weeks around the whole of Great Britain in a 16ft/5m Wayfarer Sailing Dinghy may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for British adventurers and life long friends Will Hodshon and Richard Mitchell it’s the next great challenge to add to their list of expeditions. They aim to complete the first non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation of mainland Britain in an “open sailing vessel” – their 60-year old family boat, a wooden Wayfarer dinghy. ... Read More »

52 Super Series. A Day to Forget For Tina

by Richard Crockett Yesterday was a day Tina Plattner and her ‘Phoenix 11′ crew would, I am sure, rather forget as the challenging conditions saw them sink to the bottom of the leader board in this tough star-studded fleet. Hopefully a new day will bring renewed energy to the team – so let’s wait and see and wish them well. It was places gained on successive runs during the second race yesterday that keep ‘Azzurra’ and ‘Bronenosec’ in the top ... Read More »

South Africa’s Biggest Composite Leisure Catamaran

Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing has launched South Africa’s biggest composite and leisure catamaran, the Two Oceans 110 Day Charter Catamaran. Named ‘Le Cerf’, she is owned by Mason’s Travel. Established in 1972, Masons Travel is a leading destination management company in Seychelles. This 110′ catamaran is designed for commercial day charters and for large groups of people. She will be based in Mahé, and can carry 275 people. She has both an upper and lower deck and a flybridge. The ... Read More »

52 Super Series. Challenging First Day in Cadiz

by Richard Crockett Yesterday was a day that the RSA contingent may rather forget, although on reflection it may not have been that forgettable – as many of the top boats had ‘iffy’ results. The press release headline simply said this: “Provezza Decipher Puerto Sherry’s Opening Day Puzzles to Earn the Early Lead” which pretty much sums it up as there was little consistency in the results for anyone – bar possibly the RSA guys on ‘Phoenix 11′ especially in ... Read More »

Star World Champs

by Richard Crockett Despite having been booted from the Olympics as a Class by World Sailing, the Star class is as strong, if not stronger than ever. That’s assuming you agree that 65 teams from 20 nations, plus a star-studded line-up of champions, is a good enough! The event was last held in Porto Cervo exactly thirty years ago, and is organised by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. The double-handed crews will compete in fleet regattas on the race course off ... Read More »

52 Super Series. Early Success for RSA Team

“After Mahón we reset to zero and start here with a clean sheet,” smiled Phoenix’s Italian strategist Michele Ivaldi just before the South-African-flagged team went out and won today’s Official Practice Race for the Puerto Sherry 52 Royal Cup, the final warm up before Tuesday’s first points race as the circuit visits the new Andalucian venue for the first time. In just the kind of solid sea breeze that this corner of the Bay of Cádiz is renowned for, Tina ... Read More »

RCYC Youth Regatta 2019 Celebrates Transformation and Ocean Sustainability

Young sailors from the greater Cape Town metropole gathered at the Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC) this weekend to celebrate Youth Day with a unique maritime twist. Situated in Table Bay Harbour, the RCYC houses its own sailing academy, which trains youngsters from all walks of life to sail, with a strong focus of enabling youth from previously disadvantaged backgrounds to learn the necessary skills of not only sailing as a sport, but also how to work as a team, ... Read More »

Finn World Masters. RSA Leave Best to Last

by Richard Crockett It seems as if our RSA contingent, or most of them anyway, left their best results for the final day as Philip Baum, Alan Serritslev and Leon Ferreira all posted their best individual races. Not anywhere close to being on the podium, their results collectively and individually, showed that these guys are still tough, fit and determined enough to head out for 5 consecutive days of racing in what has always been a demanding singlehanded dinghy to ... Read More »

Finn World Masters. Day 4

by Richard Crockett Again the RSA contingent continue to hide from the cameras, so no pics of ‘our boys’ yet! The best performance of the day from the RSA guys was a 6th in his grouping in race 4 from Greg Davis who has now moved into the top 50 of this 241 boat fleet. The RSA Results so far: 46 Greg Davis – GGM 25; (58); 25; 6; 31 92 Philip Baum – GGM 46; 23; 61; 46; (75) ... Read More »

Finn World Masters. No racing on Day 3

Despite several attempts at a start, no racing was possible on the third day at the Finn World Masters at Skovshoved, Denmark. With three races sailed out of a scheduled five so far, one more race is needed to have a valid championship. Two days are left, with reasonable forecasts on both days. Forecasting Danish weather seems to be a thankless task. While most forecasts showed strong winds, heavy rain and even the occasional thunderstorm, the reality was in stark ... Read More »

Finn World Masters. Day 2

by Richard Crockett The fleet has completed 3 races, so one is now able to get some idea as to how our local RSA contingent are faring. Greg Davis is 58th. Philip Baum is 72. Arend Van Wamelen is 107. Alan Serritslev is 169. Leon Ferreira is 209. David Kitchen, a former South African is sailing under the UK flag, is 152. Now bear in mind that this is a fleet of 236 boats, so Grand Grand Masters Davis and ... Read More »

Finn World Masters. Day 1

by Richard Crockett From the results sheet it appears that our RSA contingent had what can be described as an ‘iffy’ day, but of the 3 races sailed, the results of only 2 are currently available. The fleet is split into two groups, and of the four group races scheduled, only three were completed in an unstable and shifty easterly breeze. It was a generally cloudy day with onshore winds that proved to be surprisingly shifty and unstable. It was ... Read More »

Finn World Masters fleet sends open letter to World Sailing

More than 300 Finn Masters, friends and supporters at the 2019 Finn World Masters have sent an open letter to the President of World Sailing, Kim Andersen, to express their concern about the decision to drop the Finn from the 2024 Olympic programme. The Finn World Masters, which has attracted 262 entries from 28 nations, was opened last night (Sunday) in Skovshoved, Denmark, and is being organised by Mr Andersen’s own club, the Royal Danish Yacht Club. The letter reads: ... Read More »

Finn Masters 2019

Denmark is the host country for the 49th Finn World Masters, which start today at Skovshoved, just north of Copenhagen. Almost 270 Finn Masters have registered to take part in what will be the first ever Finn World Masters in Denmark. Organised by the Royal Danish Yacht Club, it will be the largest ever Finn World Masters in northern Europe. Finn sailors from 28 countries are taking part, with the largest numbers coming from Germany – more than twice the ... Read More »