Governor’s Cup 2012

Banjo was first across the finish line. Picture: Ed Thorpe

Banjo was first across the finish line. Picture: Ed Thorpe

The 2012 Governor’s Cup yacht race, between South Africa and St Helena, was not short on drama and excitement – one yacht limped home with a snapped mast. Click through these stories for the highlights.

Audio: the first-ever Governor’s Cup finish

Hear Radio St Helena’s broadcast as the first boat crossed the finish line in the 1996 race to the island. Listen here

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

Posted on 27 June, 2012: 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. Continue reading →

Record fleet enlists for island yacht race

Posted on 16 July, 2012: 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 →

Governor’s Cup: 19 yachts line up to surf to St Helena

Posted on 29 November, 2012: The 19 crews confirmed for December’s yacht race to St Helena will need courage and skill, according to island governor Mark Capes. He has spoken of growing excitement on the island … Continue reading →

Governor’s Cup yacht race gets under way

Posted on 22 December, 2012: Twenty one yachts set sail in the Governor’s Cup Yacht Race on Saturday, 22 December 2012, including two late entries. Continue reading →

Santa delivers to four-year-old Sean – on a yacht

Posted on 26 December, 2012: Father Christmas manages to deliver presents to children even when they are at sea in a yacht race, it seems.  Continue reading →

Second yacht quits Governor’s Cup as mast snaps

Posted on 28 December, 2012: A snapped mast has forced a second yacht out of the Governor’s Cup race between South Africa and St Helena. The skipper of Ray of Light, Michael Kavanagh, had to climb the mast unaided Continue reading →

Yacht limps for home with ‘tiny bit of sail’

Posted on 28 December, 2012: The dismasted yacht Ray of Light is being sailed back to South Africa with a reduced crew of three after withdrawing from the Governor’s Cup race. The owners’ four-year-old son, Sean Kavanagh, remains aboard. Continue reading →

Banjo heads for second win in Governor’s Cup yacht race

Posted on 29 December, 2012: The lead yachts in the Governor’s Cup yacht race have passed the half-way mark in their voyage from South Africa to St Helena. The multihull Banjo looks set to be the first across the line … Continue reading →

Race is on for a New Year’s Day finish in Governor’s Cup

Posted on 30 December, 2012: The leading boats in the Governor’s Cup yacht race could reach St Helena on New Year’s Day – but it’s by no means clear which will be first across the finish line. Race organiser Billy Leisegang, who has arrived in … Continue reading →

Several yachts jostle for third position in race to Jamestown

Posted on 30 December, 2012: Two yachts are well out in front in the Governor’s Cup yacht race to St Helena, but several are tussling for third position in the race – not allowing for handicapping. Continue reading →

St Helena crew moves up the Governor’s Cup fleet

Posted on 31 December, 2012: Hedge Shuter and his St Helena crew aboard Patches have moved up to fourth place in their class in the Governor’s Cup yacht race, overhauling PERI African Renaisance in the handicap table. Continue reading →

Governor’s Cup: Sandpiper 2 slips behind in duel with Banjo

Posted on 1 January, 2013: This is how the Governor’s Cup yacht fleet looked as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve. Two days earlier, there was speculation that Sandpiper 2 might shrink the lead established by the trimaran Banjo. Continue reading →

Why Banjo sailed so fast: it was being chased by a bagpiper

Posted on 1 January, 2013: The yacht Banjo became the first to reach St Helena in the Governor’s Cup yacht race at 17:35:24 local time on New Year’s Day. Chasing yacht Sandpiper 2 was expected at around midday on … Continue reading →

Tyler has home in sight, with six yachts due in a day

Posted on 3 January, 2013: Saint scout Tyler Brady is expected to arrive in James Bay on 3 January 2012 in the Governor’s Cup yacht race, according to the official website. He has been a crew member aboard JML Rotary Scout … Continue reading →

Tyler and friends re-take class lead as yachts dash for home

Posted on 3 January, 2013: Saint scout Tyler Brady and his crew mates aboard JML Rotary Scout have re-taken the lead in their class in the Governor’s Cup yacht race, with the finish at St Helena almost in sight. They sailed 156 miles in 24 … Continue reading →

St Helena crew ‘home by Twelfth Night’

Posted on 6 January, 2013: Hedge Shuter and his crew aboard the Governor’s Cup yacht Patches are expected to reach St Helena by tea time on 6 January 2013 – just in time for the traditional end of Christmas on Twelfth Night … Continue reading →

Governor’s Cup: last boat is the fastest

Posted on 6 January, 2013: The yacht trailing at the rear of the fleet in the race from South Africa to St Helena has actually sailed faster than the leaders, according to an update filed by JOHN LESLIE (6 December 2012). Continue reading →

Governor’s Cup: Hedge and co claim fourth place

Posted on 7 January, 2013: The St Helena Yacht Club crew aboard Patches has finished in fourth place on handicap in the racing monohull class in the Governor’s Cup yacht race. It crossed the line at 18.30 hours on 6 January 2013 … Continue reading →

Skipper praises St Helena crew’s ‘brilliant achievement’

Posted on 8 January, 2013: St Helena’s crew in the Governor’s Cup has been praised by skipper Chris “Hedge” Shuter after a 15-day voyage from Simon’s Town in South Africa. He described it as “a brilliant achievement by a novice crew”. Continue reading →

Governor’s Cup winner says ‘never again’ (on that yacht)

Posted on 11 January, 2013: The winning skipper in the 2012 Governor’s Cup yacht race has hailed it an “incredible” experience – that he had no wish to repeat. At least, not on such a small yacht. Continue reading →

Curry sauce and choice language: island crew’s race adventure

Posted on 11 January, 2013: St Helena’s crew in the 2012 Governor’s Cup yacht race sailed home from South Africa on a diet of curry sauce – and blocked the lavatory twice. Skipper CHRIS “HEDGE” SHUTER reports. Continue reading →

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