It is with great pleasure that I can advise you on behalf of the Royal Natal Yacht Club and the Algoa Bay Yacht Club, that the 2018 Vasco da Gama Ocean Race, a 400 nautical mile race from Durban to Port Elizabeth, will start on Thursday 26 April 2018. After the success of the past 3 races to Port Elizabeth, it is hoped that a record fleet will make the start line in 2018. The RNYC now take control of this race for the next 3 years and have committed themselves to the race being run between Durban & Port Elizabeth. The race course South has struck a chord with South African . . .
Two yachts from ABYC are taking part in the 2016 Vasco Da Gama Ocean Race from Durban to Port Elizabeth - Nemesis and Wallbanger. The start is at 12:30 on Saturday 23 April and once again GIMCO have sponsored trackers to allow you to follow the action as we charge down the coast with the promise of ABYC's anytime breakfasts sponsored by Humerail SPAR and Stuart Ritchie. Follow the action and come down to the club to welcome the sailors as they come into the bay. Your browser does not support iframes. YB Tracking Page. . . .
The Vasco da Gama Durban to Port Elizabeth Ocean Race has received the 5th official entry - a Charger 33 from Cape Town. The 6th is expected very soon. The entries so far: Rob van Rooyen: Al Mount Gay Rum, Farr 38 Pierre Roussouw: Ithaca Hartley, Tahitian ketch Vernon Goss: Bellissama, Hanse 400 Tony & Sigi Bailes Nemesis, Fast 42 Bernard Farmer: Shadowfax, Charger 33 We know of three ABYC yachts sitting on the fence. Taking part in the Vasco J, P and M is an unreal experience guys! . . .
The date for the start of the 2016 Vasco da Gama Ocean Race has been announced. The race will start on Saturday 23 April 2016. Official Race Documents: Vasco 2016 NOR Vasco 2016 Entry Form Vasco 2016 Schedule 1 – Safety Equipment Vasco 2016 Schedule 2 Trophy List Entry Form In an attempt to make the entry process more simple, there are fewer onerous requirements on the Entry Form, as all the documents previously required to accompany the entry form have been excluded, with the exception of the 'proof of payment of the entry fee'. Safety Recommendations With Safety . . .
The 2015 Vasco Da Gama Ocean Race hosted by Point and Algoa Bay Yacht Clubs set off from Durban at 12h00 on Saturday 25 April, destination: Port Elizabeth. 17 boats started and 8 boats retired in the gruelling 400 Nautical Mile trip down South Africa's East Coast. On arrival in Port Elizabeth, Africa's friendliest yacht club - ABYC - treated each competitior to breakfast, no matter what time they arrived. Results: IRC Division: Al Mount Gay - RCYC Gumption - RCYC Nemesis - ABYC Alacrity - ZYC Majimoto - PYC Rocket - DAC PHRF Division: Star Spirit - . . .
We are on-board the smallest yacht in the fleet (Wallbanger) which carried the smallest number of crew (four) AND sailed the smallest distance from Durban to Port Elizabeth in the 2015 Vasco Da Gama Ocean Race. https://youtu.be/X0RCxhJ-Jz4 . . .
The smallest boat that travelled the shortest distance with the smallest crew of four in the fleet of 17 yachts did very well returning to home port on Tuesday 28 April 2015 with no breakages after an 'eventful' trip which included two spectacular spinnaker runs of over 7 hours each, huge seas and winds of over 40 knots, barepole surfing, whale and dolphin sightings, minimum sleep and much more ........... Wallbanger finished in 3 days 4 hours 48 minutes and 47 seconds in the PHRF fleet which had two retires out of the 8 retires in total. But Free State Yacht Club entrant, Star Spirit, took . . .
This year’s Vasco could turn-out to be a family “squabble” between sisters Heidi Kavanagh (Ray of Light) and Sigi Bailes (Nemesis). Of course their better halves will niggle each other months after the race until the next one. Maybe the race organisers need to have a special trophy (bragging rights cup)? Michael and Heid Kavanagh represent the hops of the Royal Cape Yacht Club whilst Tony and Sigi Bailes are sailing for ABYC. The Kavanagh’s Michael & Heidi sail a First 44.7, and the Bailes Tony and Sigi a Fast 42. The handicaps could very well be the deciding factor. All in good fun . . .
As late entries were about to finally close on Friday evening the 2015 Vasco Ocean Race committee received a last minute entry from Craig Deverson who will be sailing his 54 foot cat Nomad in the race. With 19 entries received in total, and 2 withdrawals, the fleet now stands at 17 boats. Deverson has supported this event religiously over a number of years now, but has yet to have his name inscribed on any of the trophies. This year he is determined to achieve this and at the same time renew the rivalry he and the huge 75' cat HQ2 had during the last Cape to Rio Race as they charged . . .
Vasco da Gama Ocean Race 2015 starts on Saturday 25 April 2015 at 12h00 and is jointly organised by the Point Yacht Club & Algoa Bay Yacht Club Some useful information for all skippers, owners and crew: Welcome to Durban - We have a wonderful entry from out-of-Durban boats, many of whom have now arrived. First here was Star Spirit - the boat which made her way via road from Gariep Dam to East London and then on her own bottom to Durban. Rocket arrived from Cape Town as the Queen Mary 2 was leaving Durban on Monday evening. She was followed the next day by Wallbanger from Port . . .