The Offshore Racing Game


by Richard Crockett

This is the title of an article in the very first SA Yachting magazine dated October/November 1957.

It’s an interesting article for many different reasons.

• It mentions the ocean race from Simonstown to Port Elizabeth at the end of 1956. This was organised by the Cruising Association of South Africa (CASA) in conjunction with he Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC).

• That race was a follow-on to the Simonstown to Mossel Bay race held the year before.

• It talks about the items of gear that competing yachts were to carry – described as ‘items of gear not usually carried’ and being in line with the those insisted on by the Royal Ocean Racing Club.

• It talks about handicapping

• It talks about CASA – and the fact that one could only qualify for membership by having participated in a race of not less than 180nm or a continuous cruise of not less than 400nm.

It’s fascinating to read about all the above aspects, and more, and see the pics of the boats which competed then – a far cry from the racing boats which compete today.

Read the full article HERE:  say october 1957 pgs 20 & 21


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