Youth Nationals. It’s a Wrap

Andrew Tough has kindly supplied the results for this event daily, and some pics too. Congratulations to the winners, plus all those who competed. You are all future sailing stars. Read More »

Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. Clynton Wade-Lehman Skippering Ragamuffin

by Richard Crockett The Sydney Hobart race is one of those iconic ocean races that the average yachtie can compete in, something Clynton Wade-Lehman has done several times previously. This year he goes one better as a post I saw on the official race website piqued my interest as it showed him to be skippering the TP52 Ragamuffin. Clynton is another one of our ‘Japies’ who is doing exceptionally well in international competition, just like William Voermann did in the ... Read More »

Christmas Gift Idea from Victorinox

Stuck for a Christmas gift idea for the yachtie in your life? Victorinox, manufacturers of the original Swiss Army knife, solves that problem with two different and very versatile sailing knives. Recently released is the new Navy Camouflage Collection with 3 different options of a small, medium and large pocket knife in a navy camouflage look. With these knives one will be able to tackle any situation. The small knife comes with a blade; nail file; screwdriver; scissors; key ring; ... Read More »

The Melges 14 Dinghy

by Richard Crockett In this country we are starved of modern boats, both dinghies and keelboats, and as a result once a class is established with good numbers there is huge resistance to change and especially change to other classes. It’s a pity as on occasions a really good new dinghy class comes onto the international market and instantly makes a huge hit. The Melges 14 is one of these, with the good news being that Alex Schon has seen ... Read More »

Cape Town Race Week – Overall Results

This year-end regatta is done and dusted. Here are the results and a selection of pics. 181217 CTRW Overall Results A B C31 181217 CTRW Cape 31s Races 1 – 9 181217 CTRW Class A Races 1 – 9 181217 CTRW Class B Races 1 – 8 181217 CTRW Coastal Class Overall 181217 CTRW Coastal Class Races 1 – 3 Read More »

Youth Nationals – Racing Underway

Andrew Tough reports that there was a 07h00 start to racing this morning due to there being no racing yesterday. 3 races were sailed this morning and results will be posted when they become available. Enjoy the pics below. Read More »

Cape Town Race Week. Cape 31 Race 7, 8 & 9 Summaries

Cape 31 Race 9 Summary by Luke Scott The second discard came into play with the completion of the final race for the Cape 31 fleet in Cape Town Race Week 2019. And it’s likely to be a game changer for a boat like TnT, who are on fire today – and were fourth overall coming into the final day. The start was all clear, and committee boat end favoured, with Scud lowest at about mid-line and above them, Nitro, ... Read More »

Cape Town Race Week. Day 2 Reports

by Richard Crockett Day two was a rather subdued day compared to day one as the winds were lighter bringing a more tactical element to duels on the water. Yet that did not deter the top boats who fought it out fiercely and in close quarters for much of the time. Read the Cape 31 reports HERE Class A Report by Neil Gregory aboard Hollard Jacanca The Class A boats headed out with no wind in parts of the bay ... Read More »

CTRW. Day 2. Cape 31 Race 4; 5 & Summaries

by Luke Scott Race 4 Summary With racing brought forward by an hour, the fleet were out on the water ready to race by 10h00, but the wind, fickle as usual, was not settled in the south-east corner and ironically the fleet waited 70 minutes before racing got underway. The course was set up close to the beach in a small band of southerly wind, just strong enough to break the ripple crests on a pretty flat sea. The same ... Read More »

What A Way to Go

by Richard Crockett Yesterday the news wires and social media were abuzz with news of a French solo sailor whose decomposed body was found aboard his yacht which has run aground on the KZN South coast. Solo sailors are a different breed from the rest of us as they can endure long periods of loneliness, hardship, survival conditions and more with not a single other soul close by to share it with them. To me this guy was lucky as ... Read More »

Cape Town Race Week. Day 2 Starts. Day 1 Pics

by Richard Crockett Day 1 of the Cape Town Race Week was tough for some, but great for the on-water photographer Ashleigh de Villiers who took some stunning pics. Day 2 has started, so expect reports and more action pics as they day progresses. In the mean time enjoy these stunning pics courtesy of Ashleigh de Villiers. Read More »

Youth Nationals Begin Today

by Richard Crockett Yesterday there was little action on the Vaal Dam where our up-and-coming young sailors had to get their ‘paperwork’ of measurements and registration completed. It was a very hot and still day, but as the sun began setting the ‘mixing of the waters’ ceremony signifying the opening of the regatta took place. Racing begins in earnest today – so standby for pics and results as and when they are received. Here’s a hotch potch of pics taken ... Read More »

Cape Town Race Week. Results & Coastal Class Report

by Richard Crockett Day 1 of the Cape Town Race Week has ended with some bruised egos and red faces over errors made on the race course. Yet despite this it appeared to be a good day overall with good winds – just what every yachtie wants. The Cape 31 Racing report can be found HERE Andrew Collins Reports on the Coastal Fleet Race The Coastal Racing Class were set a simple course from the committee boat to Barker Rock, ... Read More »

Cape Town Race Week. Cape 31 Summaries of Races 1; 2 & 3

by Luke Scott. C31 Race 3 After a 90 minute wait, the south-easterly eventually won its battle over the westerly, and the breeze filled in from a more easterly angle than earlier, and was in the mid 20s with a beautiful flat sea. This last race of the day was going to be a treat! The same course as the first two races was used. The boats lined up closely at the start, with one boat which (looked like Nemesis) ... Read More »

Bringing Back Memories of Rothmans Sailing Week

by Richard Crockett Mention the name ‘Rothmans Week’ in any yacht club pub and old salts start salivating, reminiscing and calling for copious amounts of “more beer” as they reflect on the past! It’s simply because Rothmans Week was the pinnacle of sailing in this country at that time, and everyone, no matter what they sailed and where they lived in the country, wanted to compete. It was almost like a ‘who’s who’ of sailing in its day. Not that ... Read More »