St Helena crew moves up the Governor’s Cup fleet

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. JML Rotary Scout, with young Saint Tyler Brady aboard, is now leading the eight remaining boats in the rally monohull class. The race tracker […]

Grease is the word at open-air movie night

Two large pans of plo went liked Greased Lightnin’ and the T-Birds and Pink Ladies went together nicely. And best of all, it didn’t rain on movie night when New Horizons staged an open-air screening of the movie Grease at Francis Plain on 29 December 2012. Just as well, because the Fifties car set up in the goalpost, […]

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

The leading boats in the Governor’s Cup yacht race could reach St Helena on New Year’s Day 2013 – but it’s by no means clear which will be first across the finish line. Race organiser Billy Leisegang, who has arrived in Jamestown on the RMS St Helena, has reported “tremendous atmosphere” as the yachts approach. “Everyone is […]

Favourite stories of 2012: it wasn’t all strife

It’s been a big year on St Helena, but not all the stories published on this website have been about the island’s new airport, or the turmoil in its media services. Click on the links for some favourite tales of 2012. JANUARY – MARCH Only days into the new year, the first airport construction vehicles […]

Several yachts jostle for third position in race to Jamestown

Two yachts are now well out in front in the Governor’s Cup yacht race to St Helena, but several boats are tussling for third position in the race – not allowing for handicapping. The race tracker shows a cluster of yachts to the east of lead boats Banjo and Sandpiper 2, including JML Rotary Scout, which […]

Mishievous Mike advertises ‘rival’ for sale – and it’s not a joke

Mike Olsson, who closed his Saint FM radio station on 21 December 2012, has advertised the station for sale – but made it look as if it’s his government-funded rival that’s on the market. But he’s entitled to do just that – because he’s the legal owner of the St Helena Broadcasting Corporation. It’s just that it’s not […]

New Year’s honour for Ascension’s ‘Mrs Everything’ – Caz Yon

Caroline “Caz” Yon has been awarded an MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list, for services to the community on Ascension Island. Caz was recently described by a visiting writer as an “extraordinary woman – five careers on the island: Veterinarian, Driver, Lawyer, Longshoreman, and yes, Rocket Scientist, monitoring the rocket launches of ARIANE and NASA.” She […]

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

  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. With a strong lead, the racing multihull Banjo looks set to be the first across the line for the second time in a row. But light winds that have plagued the fleet […]

War papers reveal Thatcher’s fighting talk over Ascension

Newly-released secret papers have revealed how Margaret Thatcher had to stand her ground over Britain’s right to use Ascension Island as an air base during the Falklands War. America’s senior diplomat planned to tell Argentina that UK use of the South Atlantic island had been “restricted” by the United States. But the tough-speaking Prime Minister firmly insisted: “It’s […]