Category Archives: Yachting

Black Cat gets lucky at last in surprise yacht race win

For the triumphant crew of Black Cat, the Governor’s Cup Yacht Race has provided proof of the unpredictable nature of their sport. They have been named overall winners of the 2015 race, in a boat that finished near the back … Continue reading

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Big waves: the Governor’s Cup race gets under way

Seventeen yachts battled huge waves at the start of the 2014/15 Governor’s Cup yacht race between South Africa and St Helena on 27 December 2014. The trimaran Banjo – first across the finish line two years ago – was leading … Continue reading

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Sailing for St Helena with a floorboard for a rudder

When the rudder failed on the yacht Benguela, its crew tried lashing a floorboard to a pole to take its place. It worked, well enough to steer the 42-foot sail training vessel to within reach of rescue boats from St … Continue reading

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Island crews hailed for ten-hour rescue operation

Rescuers¬†have been praised after venturing far out in heavy seas to bring a yacht crew to the safety of St Helena. The ten-hour operation began when a call for assistance was received from the yacht Benguela, 80 miles north of … Continue reading

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Saint sailor gets set to resume round-the-world trip

  James Herne is getting ready to continue his quest to become the first St Helenian to sail round the world. He and his wife Hanna and three children set out from the UK on their 38-foot Bavaria yacht, Carpe … Continue reading

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Record fleet enlists for island yacht race

A record 26 yachts have been signed up to take part in the 2012 Governor’s Cup race from South Africa to St Helena. Skippers are being warned that some will have to anchor off the island, despite efforts to install … Continue reading

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It’s Christmas at sea for Governor’s Cup yachties

Entry details for the 2012 Governor’s Cup yacht race have been flashed up on Facebook. The race starts on 22 December, which means many yachts will arrive in the New Year and competitors will spend Christmas at sea. It all … Continue reading

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Bidders try to save jetty plan – after report it would be scrapped

The leading bidders for the job of building a breakwater at Jamestown are trying to bring down the cost of the project – only days after UK cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell suggested it was being dropped. The contract cannot be … Continue reading

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St Helena waives the rules to welcome yachties ashore

Landing fees are to be waived for crews of yachts spending less than three days at St Helena. The move follows a determined push to encourage more visits to the island under sail. In December 2010, the tourism department reported … Continue reading

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Yacht wreck owner gets £200,000 pay-out

The wreck of the classic yacht Queequeg in James Bay in 2011 has resulted in an out-of-court settlement approaching a quarter of a million pounds. The veteran racing yacht broke its mooring and was blown onto rocks at the Needle’s … Continue reading

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