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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Divisional winners awarded

'JAZZ, Chris Bull - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011'    © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has drawn to a close with the last of the yachts, Maluka Of Kermandie, crossing the finish line at 16:48 today, 31st December.

The divisional winners were awarded this morning at a ceremony on Hobart’s Constitution Dock. Having arrived ninth into Hobart, Chris Bull’s British Cookson 50 Jazz picked up honours in IRC Division 0, was second in ORCi Division 1 and finished fourth overall under IRC.

Christian Ripard, Chris Bull (Owner), Mike Broughton - JAZZ - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 -  © Rolex- Kurt?nid=92426 Arrigo  

'I’d say this was an average one for conditions,' said Bull of this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart. 'It had quite a lot of tough upwind, which is what you’d expect of this race and we like that. It enabled us in the first two thirds of the race to pull away from the main rivals of our size and that was better than expected. We had 25-35 knots and we didn’t think that would continue as long.'

The difficult patch for Jazz was subsequently off the east coast of Tasmania where it was all too possible to get caught in a wind hole and crews had to rely on the progress of the boats ahead of them to negotiate a way through. One third of the way down the Tasman coast, Bull admitted they did stop for just over an hour.

RAGAMUFFIN, Syd Fischer - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 -  © Rolex- Kurt?nid=92426 Arrigo  

In the light conditions, the TP52s got away from Jazz and it was only rounding Tasman Light and entering Storm Bay that the British boat was able to not only reel them in, but to put distance on them. Unfortunately, just when it seemed that they had it in the bag, it went very light coming up the Derwent River. This allowed Syd Fischer’s TP52 Ragamuffin to close in from astern and ultimately to beat them. 'So it happened again,' said Bull with a sigh, having on two previous occasions finished second in the southern hemisphere’s most prestigious yacht race.

WILD ROSE, Roger Hickman - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 -  © Rolex-Daniel Forster?nid=92426  

Up until Thursday (day three), when conditions turned light for the smaller/slower boats, Roger Hickman and his crew on the Farr 43 Wild Rose had been looking favourite to claim the overall IRC handicap prize. However, as progress slowed towards the end of their race, so Stephen Ainsworth’s 63ft Loki moved into the lead, claiming the prize ultimately. 'You have to be philosophical,' said Hickman. 'I have been privileged to have won two of these races previously.' Wild Rose won in 1993, while Hickman was sailing master on SAP Ausmaid for her handicap victory in 2000.

During the race Hickman said he contemplated Wild Oats XI taking line honours and Wild Rose (originally Bob Oatley’s first Wild Oats) winning on handicap. Unfortunately it was not to be, in either case.

'It was exciting, a great event,' said Hickman, who this year participated in his 35th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. 'This one was special as we got to celebrate the loss of our dear friend Sally Gordon, who sailed with us for 15 Rolex Sydney Hobarts.' Gordon, Hickman’s partner, was lost along with Andrew Short, skipper of the boat she was sailing, during the Sydney to Flinders Islet Race in 2009.

This year Hickman mounted a campaign aboard Wild Rose and had success winning the Lord Howe Island and the Audi Sydney Offshore Newcastle Yacht races. For the Rolex Sydney Hobart Wild Rose was sailed with a crew comprising six men and six women, the youngest 25, the oldest 75. Despite having three first timers on board, there were still 98 Hobart races between the crew.

ELLA BACHE, Jessica Watson - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 -  © Rolex- Kurt?nid=92426 Arrigo  

Sailing his first Rolex Sydney Hobart was British youth singlehanded round the world sailor, Mike Perham, who arrived yesterday aboard Jessica Watson’s Sydney 38 Ella Bache another Challenge.

'It was fantastic,' said Perham. 'It was more than I could have hoped for. And our second place is just amazing for a team that has never done a Hobart race together on a new boat. When you look at the other 38s, that have done five Hobarts before, there was stiff competition. Plus the boats are all the same, so it comes down to the crew at the end of the day.'

ELLA BACHE arriving in Hobart with Jessica Watson and the youngest ever crew to contest the race - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 -  © Rolex- Kurt?nid=92426 Arrigo  

Perham was navigator on board and sent them the right way through the breezy first night and down the New South Wales coast and took the favourable easterly track across the mouth of Bass Strait. Into the final miles, they, like most, parked up, but Perham says that they just kept pushing. Eventually this paid off and they reached the finish in second.

Perham says he is enjoying the transition into a racing sailor. In the build up to the Rolex Sydney Hobart he and the rest of Jessica Watson’s Ella Bache Another Challenge crew spent two and a half months training, including a dry run, sailing their Sydney 38 to Hobart and back. In years to come Perham hopes to compete in the French Figaro circuit.

CARINA, Rives Potts - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 -  © Rolex-Daniel Forster?nid=92426  

Following last year’s victory in the Bermuda Race, and a class win this August in the Rolex Fastnet Race, American Rives Potts and the crew of the 1969 classic McCurdy and Rhodes design, Carina didn’t find the cards falling in their favour on this occasion.

'It was probably one of the most challenging races I’ve ever done,' admitted Potts, a veteran America’s Cup and maxi boat sailor. 'It was very exciting – we had light airs, heavy airs, windward work, leeward work, challenging currents, beautiful scenery when we got down to Tasmania and a very fine start also. It was a very exciting race.'

However their delivery from the UK didn’t leave them with enough race preparation time prior to the start. In addition, this was the first time Potts had competed in the Rolex Sydney Hobart. 'It is most challenging from a weather point of view, navigation, changing gears and I think the weather changed more rapidly than any race I’ve ever seen. From zero wind to 30 knots and back and we had fronts converging on each other, currents coming from different directions - I am still giddy from it. It is a lot of fun.'

Carina is now to be delivered back to the east coast of the USA via Darwin, Bali, Christmas Island and Cape Town, hopefully in time to defend her title in the Newport-Bermuda Race.

MALUKA OF KERMANDIE, Sean Langman - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 -  © Rolex-Daniel Forster?nid=92426  

With Hobart preparing itself for tonight’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, so Maluka of Kermandie was the last boat to arrive, finishing at 16:48 local time, after five days, three hours and 48 minutes at sea.

Built in 1932 as a coastal cruiser/fishing boat, the yacht was being sailed by the Langman family, father Sean being a well known Rolex Sydney Hobart competitor. But in stark contrast to Maluka, Langman’s previous boats have always gunned to be first across the line. Langman was a previous co-owner of this year’s line honours winner, Investec Loyal.

Sean Langman and his 18-year-old son, Peter, MALUKA OF KERMANDIE - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 -  © Rolex- Kurt?nid=92426 Arrigo  

This year Langman senior handed over skippering of the boat to his 18 year-old son Peter. 'I thought I’d show him a race with proper turned down bed and proper meals, although having said that, the upwind stuff was pretty bumpy and rough. In fact I won the seasickness award. I was pretty crook that first night.'

This was Maluka’s third participation in the race and, according to Langman, this year’s event provided several firsts for him – aside from finishing last, on New Year’s Eve, at the start Maluka was called over early and had to return to restart.

Ironically having sailed the slowest boat in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, Langman is shortly to step on to the fastest boat in Australia, his 60ft trimaran newly acquired from France, to make an attempt on the course record from Sydney to Hobart.

Standings at race time 05:06:00 - 31 December 2011, 7:00pm

 

EST. ELAPSED

YACHT NAME

LAT 

LONG 

DTG 

SOG 

COG 

TIME & SPEED


LINE HONOURS Overall

1

Investec Loyal

Finished  

02:06:14:18  

11.6  

     

  

 

Anthony Bell (2) NSW

  

28 Dec, 7:14pm  

 

2

Wild Oats XI

Finished  

02:06:17:26  

11.6  

     

  

 

Mark Richards (9) NSW

  

28 Dec, 7:17pm  

 

3

Lahana

Finished  

02:12:34:26  

10.4  

     

  

 

Peter Millard (2) NSW

  

29 Dec, 1:34am  

 

4

Loki

Finished  

02:14:20:38  

10.1  

     

  

 

Stephen Ainsworth (13) NSW

  

29 Dec, 3:20am  

 

5

Hugo Boss

Finished  

02:16:38:38  

9.7  

     

  

 

Alex Thomson (2) UK

  

29 Dec, 5:38am  

 

6

Living Doll

Finished  

02:19:46:05  

9.3  

     

  

 

Michael Hiatt (6) VIC

  

29 Dec, 8:46am  

 

7

Ichi Ban

Finished  

02:19:58:00  

9.2  

     

  

 

Matt Allen (22) NSW

  

29 Dec, 8:58am  

 

8

Calm

Finished  

02:23:42:55  

8.8  

     

  

 

Jason Van der Slot (6) VIC

  

29 Dec, 12:42pm  

 

9

Jazz

Finished  

02:23:53:56  

8.7  

     

  

 

Chris Bull (4) NSW

  

29 Dec, 12:53pm  

 

10

Ragamuffin

Finished  

03:00:04:42  

8.7  

     

  

 

Syd Fischer (42) NSW

  

29 Dec, 1:04pm  

 

11

Scarlet Runner

Finished  

03:03:10:44  

8.4  

     

  

 

Robert Date (3) VIC

  

29 Dec, 4:10pm  

 

12

Brindabella

Finished  

03:03:27:00  

8.3  

     

  

 

Jim Cooney (1) NSW

  

29 Dec, 4:27pm  

 

13

Cougar II

Finished  

03:05:37:32  

8.1  

     

  

 

Anthony Lyall (10) TAS

  

29 Dec, 6:37pm  

 

14

Shogun

Finished  

03:06:27:56  

8.0  

     

  

 

Rob Hanna (5) VIC

  

29 Dec, 7:27pm  

 

15

Southern Excellence

Finished  

03:08:15:18  

7.8  

     

  

 

Andrew Wenham (5) NSW

  

29 Dec, 9:15pm  

 

16

Strewth

Finished  

03:09:25:50  

7.7  

     

  

 

Geoff Hill (14) Hong Kong

  

29 Dec, 10:25pm  

 

17

Vamp

Finished  

03:13:48:55  

7.3  

     

  

 

Peter Wrigley NSW

  

30 Dec, 2:48am  

 

18

Optimus Prime

Finished  

03:22:50:52  

6.6  

     

  

 

Trevor Taylor (3) WA

  

30 Dec, 11:50am  

 

19

Knee Deep

Finished  

03:22:51:23  

6.6  

     

  

 

Philip Childs (4) WA

  

30 Dec, 11:51am  

 

20

Victoire

Finished  

03:22:52:47  

6.6  

     

  

 

Darryl Hodgkinson (1) NSW

  

30 Dec, 11:52am  

 

21

Merit

Finished  

03:22:55:28  

6.6  

     

  

 

Leo Rodriguez (3) QLD

  

30 Dec, 11:55am  

 

22

AFR Midnight Rambler

Finished  

03:22:58:15  

6.6  

     

  

 

Ed Psaltis (30) NSW

  

30 Dec, 11:58am  

 

23

Balance

Finished  

03:23:06:31  

6.6  

     

  

 

Paul Clitheroe (4) NSW

  

30 Dec, 12:06pm  

 

24

Chutzpah

Finished  

04:00:23:37  

6.5  

     

  

 

Bruce Taylor (30) VIC

  

30 Dec, 1:23pm  

 

25

Ocean Affinity

Finished  

04:00:35:52  

6.5  

     

  

 

Stewart Lewis (6) QLD

  

30 Dec, 1:35pm  

 

26

NSC Mahligai

Finished  

04:00:56:06  

6.5  

     

  

 

Murray Owen (5) NSW

  

30 Dec, 1:56pm  

 

27

Minerva

Finished  

04:00:59:33  

6.5  

     

  

 

Edward Cox (1) NSW

  

30 Dec, 1:59pm  

 

28

Cadibarra 8

Finished  

04:01:00:14  

6.5  

     

  

 

Paul Roberts (8) VIC

  

30 Dec, 2:00pm  

 

29

Wasabi

Finished  

04:01:09:20  

6.5  

     

  

 

Bruce McKay (2) NSW

  

30 Dec, 2:09pm  

 

30

St Jude

Finished  

04:01:12:42  

6.5  

     

  

 

Noel Cornish (4) NSW

  

30 Dec, 2:12pm  

 

31

Patrice Six

Finished  

04:01:17:23  

6.5  

     

  

 

Tony Kirby (27) NSW

  

30 Dec, 2:17pm  

 

32

Last Tango

Finished  

04:01:25:09  

6.4  

     

  

 

Phillip King (14) NSW

  

30 Dec, 2:25pm  

 

33

Two True

Finished  

04:01:26:02  

6.4  

     

  

 

Andrew Saies (6) SA

  

30 Dec, 2:26pm  

 

34

TSA Management

Finished  

04:01:31:55  

6.4  

     

  

 

Tony Levett (6) NSW

  

30 Dec, 2:31pm  

 

35

Dump Truck

Finished  

04:01:32:03  

6.4  

     

  

 

Justin Wells (4) TAS

  

30 Dec, 2:32pm  

 

36

Lunchtime Legend

Finished  

04:01:36:51  

6.4  

     

  

 

Robbo Robertson (10) QLD

  

30 Dec, 2:36pm  

 

37

Ella Bache

Finished  

04:02:12:58  

6.4  

     

  

 

Jessica Watson NSW

  

30 Dec, 3:12pm  

 

38

The Goat

Finished  

04:02:16:41  

6.4  

     

  

 

Bruce Foye (11) NSW

  

30 Dec, 3:16pm  

 

39

Jazz Player

Finished  

04:02:24:57  

6.4  

     

  

 

Andrew Lawrence (2) VIC

  

30 Dec, 3:24pm  

 

40

Wild Rose

Finished  

04:02:26:28  

6.4  

     

  

 

R Hickman (34) NSW

  

30 Dec, 3:26pm  

 

41

Dodo

Finished  

04:02:39:57  

6.4  

     

  

 

Adrian Dunphy (9) NSW

  

30 Dec, 3:39pm  

 

42

Papillon

Finished  

04:02:42:35  

6.4  

     

  

 

Phil Molony (21) NSW

  

30 Dec, 3:42pm  

 

43

Deloitte As One

Finished  

04:02:43:47  

6.4  

     

  

 

Chris Lewin (4) NSW

  

30 Dec, 3:43pm  

 

44

L'ange De Milon

Finished  

04:02:45:15  

6.4  

     

  

 

Jacques Pelletier (1) France

  

30 Dec, 3:45pm  

 

45

Whistler

Finished  

04:02:52:44  

6.4  

     

  

 

David Rees (14) TAS

  

30 Dec, 3:52pm  

 

46

Icefire

Finished  

04:03:19:43  

6.3  

     

  

 

Peter Tucker NSW

  

30 Dec, 4:19pm  

 

47

One For The Road

Finished  

04:03:24:41  

6.3  

     

  

 

Kym Butler (3) NSW

  

30 Dec, 4:24pm  

 

48

The Banshee

Finished  

04:04:06:53  

6.3  

     

  

 

Corinne Feldmann (1) &

Rob Francis (4) NSW

  

30 Dec, 5:06pm  

 

49

Kiss Goodbye to MS

Finished  

04:04:24:04  

6.3  

     

  

 

Tony Warren (3) VIC

  

30 Dec, 5:24pm  

 

50

Quetzalcoatl

Finished  

04:05:27:38  

6.2  

     

  

 

Antony Sweetapple (8) NSW

  

30 Dec, 6:27pm  

 

51

Patrice IV

Finished  

04:05:31:34  

6.2  

     

  

 

Shane Wiseman SA

  

30 Dec, 6:31pm  

 

52

Willyama

Finished  

04:06:11:38  

6.1  

     

  

 

Richard Barron (10) NSW

  

30 Dec, 7:11pm  

 

53

Mondo

Finished  

04:06:17:53  

6.1  

     

  

 

Ray Sweeney (2) QLD

  

30 Dec, 7:17pm  

 

54

Sweethart

Finished  

04:06:37:42  

6.1  

     

  

 

Laurence Pidgeon (4) QLD

  

30 Dec, 7:37pm  

 

55

Carina

Finished  

04:06:42:27  

6.1  

     

  

 

Rives Potts USA

  

30 Dec, 7:42pm  

 

56

Mille Sabords

Finished  

04:06:48:14  

6.1  

     

  

 

Stephane Howarth (1) VIC

  

30 Dec, 7:48pm  

 

57

LMR Solar

Finished  

04:07:30:30  

6.1  

     

  

 

Michael Martin (3) NSW

  

30 Dec, 8:30pm  

 

58

Outrageous Fortune

Finished  

04:07:44:38  

6.1  

     

  

 

Quintin Fowler New Zealand

  

30 Dec, 8:44pm  

 

59

Menace

Finished  

04:10:02:11  

5.9  

     

  

 

Niven James (1) NSW

  

30 Dec, 11:02pm  

 

60

Samurai Jack

Finished  

04:11:16:01  

5.9  

     

  

 

Michael Lazzarini (1) QLD

  

31 Dec, 12:16am  

 

61

Flying Fish Arctos

Finished  

04:11:59:30  

5.8  

     

  

 

John Naylor NSW

  

31 Dec, 12:59am  

 

62

Martela

Finished  

04:15:49:09  

5.6  

     

  

 

Anthony Williams (4) TAS

  

31 Dec, 4:49am  

 

63

Copernicus

Finished  

04:17:01:17  

5.6  

     

  

 

Greg Zyner (4) NSW

  

31 Dec, 6:01am  

 

64

Wave Sweeper

Finished  

04:17:57:47  

5.5  

     

  

 

Andrey Arbuzov (1) NSW

  

31 Dec, 6:57am  

 

65

Nutcracker

Finished  

04:19:00:23  

5.5  

     

  

 

Robert Davis /

David Clancy VIC

  

31 Dec, 8:00am  

 

66

Chancellor

Finished  

04:19:11:11  

5.5  

     

  

 

Ted Tooher (6) NSW

  

31 Dec, 8:11am  

 

67

Bacardi

Finished  

04:19:35:55  

5.4  

     

  

 

Martin Power (9) VIC

  

31 Dec, 8:35am  

 

68

Kioni

Finished  

04:19:58:37  

5.4  

     

  

 

Rowan McColl (5) NSW

  

31 Dec, 8:58am  

 

69

She

Finished  

04:22:43:21  

5.3  

     

  

 

Peter Rodgers (16) NSW

  

31 Dec, 11:43am  

 

70

Aurora

Finished  

05:00:00:00  

5.2  

     

  

 

Jim Holley (23) NSW

  

31 Dec, 1:00pm  

 

71

Natelle Two

Finished  

05:00:03:12  

5.2  

     

  

 

Laura Roper TAS

  

31 Dec, 1:03pm  

 

72

Fullynpushing

Finished  

05:00:37:00  

5.2  

     

  

 

Andrew Griffiths VIC

  

31 Dec, 1:37pm  

 

73

Not Negotiable

Finished  

05:02:56:14  

5.1  

     

  

 

John Rayner TAS

  

31 Dec, 3:56pm  

 

74

Eressea

Finished  

05:03:30:49  

5.1  

     

  

 

John Bankart (4) QLD

  

31 Dec, 4:30pm  

 

75

Nemesis

Finished  

05:03:32:05  

5.1  

     

  

 

Jeffery Taylor (1) USA

  

31 Dec, 4:32pm  

 

76

Maluka Of Kermandie

Finished  

05:03:48:22  

5.1  

     

  

 

Peter Langman NSW

  

31 Dec, 4:48pm  

 

 

Accenture Yeah Baby

Retired - at Port  

         

  

 

Marc Ryckmans (5) NSW

  

  

 

 

Alacrity

Retired - at Port  

         

  

 

Chris Percy QLD

  

  

 

 

Alchemy III

Retired - at Port  

         

  

 

Jarrod Ritchie (1) TAS

  

  

 

 

Celestial

Retired - at Port  

         

  

 

Sam Haynes (1) NSW

  

  

 

 

ColorTile

Retired - at Port  

         

  

 

Warren Buchan (1) NSW

  

  

 

 

Duende

Retired - at Port  

         

  

 

Damien Parkes (24) NSW

  

  

 

 

Elektra

Retired - at Port  

         

  

 

Peter Gregory NSW

  

  

 

 

Ffreefire 52

Retired - at Port  

         

  

 

Anthony Day Hong Kong

  

  

 

 

Illusion

Retired - at Port  

         

  

 

Christopher Bowling (17) NSW

  

  

 

 

Pretty Fly III

Retired - at Port  

         

  

 

Colin Woods (5) NSW

  

  

 

 

Wild Thing

Retired - at Port  

         

  

 

Grant Wharington (23) QLD

  

  

 

 

Shepherd Centre

Did Not Finish  

         

  

 

Hugh Torode (3) NSW

                         


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Rolex Sydney Hobart Race: The intention to enter the fleet of twelve Clipper 70s in the 71st edition has just been confirmed by Clipper Race organisers. The RSHYR will form part of the biennial Clipper Race series for a second time. The round-the-world fleet created much interest in 2013 as amateur sailors from over 40 different nationalities competed as part of their 40,000 mile circumnavigation. ... [more]  

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RORC Transatlantic Race 2014: Isabelle Haudiquet was on the helm as the bright yellow hull blasted through the finish line. Having safely moored Bingo after 17 days at sea, the French crew enjoyed a cold beer dockside at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson Interview - Part 3 - On the Atoll *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Final part of a three part, 80 minute, interview with Team Vestas Wind skipper, Chris Nicholson on the wrecking of the Volvo Ocean Race yacht on an idyllic atoll in the South Indian Ocean during the night of November 29. In this part, Nicholson tell what happened once the crew stepped aboard the local coastguard boat just after dawn, and subsequent trips back to the wreck. ... [more]  

2015 International 14 World Championship - Four-time World Champion, Britain’s Archie Massey, expects racing in the titles at Geelong, Australia, will be tight. ... [more]  

The most significant sailing performances of the year are being heralded by US Sailing with the announcement of the ten men and seven women who have been shortlisted for the 2014 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards. ... [more]  

A successful medal haul for the Australian Sailing Team (AST) at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne with five gold, five silver and three bronze in the Olympic class program, plus two gold and one bronze in the Paralympic fleet. Hear what the sailors had to say about their performance, along with some great video footage of the week's racing on Port Phillip. ... [more]  

Bart’s Bash, the global sailing race that took place in 60 countries around the world, on September 21st, 2014 raised an incredible £366,391.95 for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. The race was held in memory of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, the Olympic gold medal sailor who died in May 2013. ... [more]  

RORC Transatlantic: As with every yacht participating in the race, staff from Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina greeted the French team on arrival with warm congratulations, a cold beer and a welcome basket from the Grenadian Tourism Association on behalf of the people of Grenada. The crew of five looked tired after nearly 17 days at sea, but owner, Frank Lang was full of praise for his crew. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Perpetual Loyal is no stranger to the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Winning line honours in 2011, they have continued to be a contender, especially in heavier breezes. ... [more]  

In a lot of ways, it was kind of befitting that the best conditions of the last day of the Sailing World Cup – Melbourne, were saved for the Women’s Laser Radial Medal Race. Apart from highlighting them in glorious sunshine, like Huey’s own spotlights, it also brought into frame that were only two girls 470 crews in attendance for the regatta. ... [more]  

The website for the 2015 Finn Gold Cup in Takapuna, New Zealand, has been launched. The Finn class is eagerly anticipating a return to Takapuna Boating Club for what will be only the second Finn World Championship to be held in New Zealand. It will have been 35 years since Cam Lewis (USA) beat John Bertrand (USA) in a thrilling final race showdown in 1980, to take the Gold Cup. ... [more]  

Looking for a great Christmas present which you can buy with a few mouse clicks? Bob Fisher's books on the Round the World races, Farr 40's and the definitive America's Cup two volume set are still available, along with other titles from South Atlantic Publishing. ... [more]  

In January Nqoba, from Durban, will embark on his Yachtmaster qualification and will have none other than legendary sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to ever sail solo, non-stop round the world in 1968-69, as his mentor as he takes the first steps to realise his dream of circumnavigating the globe at the helm of a Clipper 70. ... [more]  

IFDS 2014 Worlds: But as you reflect back on the year, we hope you will agree that week of competition in Halifax, Nova Scotia set a new standard for disabled sailing. It was the largest world regatta yet with 18 SKUD-18 teams, 14 Sonar teams and 49 2.4mR competitors and the largest number of countries participating. There were some challenging days finding enough wind to race.