Please select your home edition
Edition
BandG Triton2 NZL 728x90

Governor’s Cup - Slow going in light winds

by Sue Pelling in conjunction with ADPR on 29 Dec 2012
2012 Governor’s Cup Race Jan Theron
Since the Governor’s Cup got underway on Saturday 22 December, generally light winds have made progress on this 1,700-mile downwind race from Simon’s Town to the remote island of St Helena in the Atlantic, slow going.

The leaders of the 18-strong fleet are now approaching the half-way stage of the race, but still suffering as they struggle to find consistent wind, and it now looks as though the first finishers won’t arrive at Jamestown, St Helena before 1/2 January.

Kevin Webb’s Farrier F9AX – Banjo – by far the fastest boat in the fleet, has strengthened her lead both on the water, and on handicap but Abri Erasmus/Paul Tanner’s Simonis Voogd 42ft catamaran – Sandpiper 2 – also racing in the Rally Multihull fleet, is continuing to sail consistently, which could put a threat to Banjo’s advantage.

In the Racing Monohull fleet another close battle ensues between John Levin’s Stadt 34 – Indaba – and Thinus Groenewald’s Royal Cape One-Design – Reaction. Indaba has stuck more to the west, nearer the rhumb line while Reaction has opted for the easterly route, which puts her in a more favourable position given the current forecast. Off the coast of Namibia winds are currently 20-24kts south-south-easterly, while further off the coast where the main fleet is winds are between 12-14kts from the south-east.

Kevin Ward’s Elan Impression 434, Canace, sponsored by Nampak Bevcan’s CAN DO!, crewed by a team of six between the ages of 52 and 70, is also appears to be holding a good position. She logged 900 miles since the start and is currently charging along under spinnaker in an 11kt south-easterly breeze. Speaking from the boat at 1030 (UTC) today, crewmember Steve Robinson said: 'We’ve not seen another boat for days but we are having great fun and enjoying every minute. We have 954 miles to go and the plan now is to stick to a course of 303 degrees and hopefully that will take us straight to the island. We also believe that where we have positioned ourselves we will benefit from stronger winds forecast. Actually, the wind is in our favour now and everything is going well so we’ll be concentrating on getting optimum speed from our boat.'


RMS St Helena – one of the world’s last operating mail ships – is shadowing the fleet as it makes its way to St Helena. All the race officials including Billy Leisegang, the principal race officer, and family and friends of all those in the race, are enjoying a fun Christmas break onboard. Once the race is finished, all the yachts, crews and families will be transported safely on the ship back to Simon’s Town. Leisegang, speaking from the ship this morning, said they are now in sight of St Helena. 'We are approaching the island now and there’s a nice south-easterly blowing about 15kts. We are cruising along at half speed, having averaged too high a speed in the calm conditions all the way from Cape Town – ETA St Helena 14:00.'

Michael/Heidi Kavanagh’s Beneteau First 44.7 – Ray of Light – which dismasted off the coast of Namibia in the early hours of Boxing Day, is now en-route back to Cape Town. Thankfully all crew including the Kavanagh’s four-year-old son, Sean, were unharmed but it was a real blow to the team who were progressing well when the accident happened. According to Michael Kavanagh the wind was just 15kts and they were flying the spinnaker when the top section of the mast failed. Kavanagh commented: 'Looking at the rig, the port cap shroud had pulled from the mast. Why this happened we do not know yet. We have all the pieces, so when the experts get to take a look we will no doubt be able gain more insight into the failure. We are all devastated. Even more so given our meticulous preparations for the race and the fact that the mast was pulled from the boat and extensively serviced just six months ago. However, as we all know, accidents happen despite thorough preparation. We had worked hard to get ourselves into a north-easterly position and our race strategy was starting to play out nicely.'

This morning they were at a position of 27deg 25.0S by 014deg 37.4E, sailing in 15 knots of southerly breeze and big swell. Kavanagh said: 'We are motor sailing with storm jib and tiny main. Hard going, but we remain resolute. Had to climb the mast again as the cap shroud that pulled loose started slamming into the rigging. Monitoring chafe points. Heidi and Sean a little sea sick. Praying for less headwind!'

Adrian Pearson/Dave Immelman’s Didi 38 – Black Cat – which suffered power failure and was making a detour to Walvis Bay for repairs yesterday, is now on route to Luderitz to pick up new batteries and an Governors Cup website

Festival of Sails 2017 660x82Lancer Inflatables - BJMackay Boats

Related Articles

MakeFastMooring matches boats with berths in several countries
makefastmooring.com is connecting potential renters with mooring and berth owners in several countries. Have you ever struggled to find and book a mooring? Or do you have a mooring that is laying idle and costing you money? makefastmooring.com is helping to solve this problem by connecting potential renters with mooring and berth owners in several countries. MFM has also recently been listed by Deckee.com as “one of the most innovative start-ups in boating industry”.
Posted today at 8:19 am
World Sailing News - February 2017 and December 2016
Catch the latest World Sailing month video magazine - February 2017 edition Catch the latest World Sailing month video magazine - February 2017 edition is just out featuring a wrap-up of the main sailing events of the December-January period including Thomas Coville’s new world record; the 2016 AON Youth Worlds; Rolex Sydney Hobart, Vendee Globe updates and a spectacular 49er crash while training in 27kts plus and big seas.
Posted today at 3:07 am
World Sailing News - February 2017 and December 2016
Catch the latest World Sailing month video magazine - February 2017 edition Catch the latest World Sailing month video magazine - February 2017 edition is just out featuring a wrap-up of the main sailing events of the December-January period including Thomas Coville’s new world record; the 2016 AON Youth Worlds; Rolex Sydney Hobart, Vendee Globe updates and a spectacular 49er crash while training in 27kts plus and big seas.
Posted today at 3:07 am
BOI Sailing Week 2017 - All You Need to Know
The Bay of Islands Sailing Week regatta is the biggest event of its kind in New Zealand The Bay of Islands Sailing Week regatta is the biggest event of its kind in New Zealand, and was described by yachting commentator Peter Montgomery last year as 'the best big boat regatta' in the country. As one of the premier yachting events in the Southern Hemisphere, Bay of Islands Sailing Week regularly attracts around 100 boats and 1,000 sailors from around New Zealand and overseas.
Posted on 22 Jan
Jules Verne Trophy – IDEC Sport expected in Brest on Thursday
The last few hours in the trade winds acted as a reminder that IDEC Sport needs to be tamed at times. The last few hours in the trade winds acted as a reminder that IDEC Sport needs to be tamed at times to avoid taking risks and suffering damage.
Posted on 22 Jan
Vendée Globe – Slow home run for Beyou
The quiet, still weather and pleasant winter sunshine has brought out huge Sunday crowds to the race village. The quiet, still weather and pleasant winter sunshine has brought out huge Sunday crowds to the race village pontoons at Port Olona, Les Sables d’Olonne.
Posted on 22 Jan
Jules Verne Trophy – Back in the trade winds and they're off again
This morning after 37 days at sea since leaving Brest, the crew on IDEC Sport is back up to steady speeds of 26-28 knots This morning after 37 days at sea since leaving Brest, the crew on IDEC Sport is back up to steady speeds of 26-28 knots.
Posted on 22 Jan
The closest three way battle in the history of Vendee Globe
Off the Cape Verde Islands, Louis Burton has finally got out of the Doldrums after three long days on a very slow course Jean-Pierre Dick, Yann Eliès and Jean Le Cam are engaged in the closest three way battle in the history of the solo round the world race as they pass the Azores archipelago between Graciosa and Florès on the heels of a vigorous depression giving them 30kts southerly winds.
Posted on 22 Jan
Final day at Quantum Key West Race Week with Nic Douglass
Final day at QKWRW did not disappoint. Needless to say, my first trip to Florida is one that will always be remembered. The final day at Quantum Key West Race Week did not disappoint. Needless to say, my first trip to Florida is one that will always be remembered.
Posted on 22 Jan
Day 77 – Ninety percent of Vendée Globe fleet now back in Atlantic
With Banque Populaire and Hugo Boss tied up to the dock in Les Sables d'Olonne sixteen skippers remain at sea today With Le Cléac'h's Banque Populaire and second-placed Alex Thomson's Hugo Boss tied up to the dock in Les Sables d'Olonne sixteen skippers remain at sea today – and fourteen of them are now in the Atlantic.
Posted on 21 Jan