“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1979 505 Worlds Off Durban

by Richard Crockett

The first ever world championship to be hosted in South Africa were the 505 Worlds off Durban in 1979 – and what a great event it was too.

The South African contingent was large in comparison to the internationals, yet they never really showed their true mettle in their own local conditions, and were trounced. Rob Willcox was the top south African in the pre-worlds in 7th place, while Brian Downham topped the South African effort in the worlds by finishing 11th.

The report shared today is lengthy and very detailed with many pics in the report, and 10 additional pics from my archives, of what was a remarkable regatta.

READ IT HERE:  1979 07 – SA Yachting – OCR

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