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 of the fleet two years earlier – despite sailing faster than the leaders. The win […]

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 the fleet as the yachts left Simons Town behind and headed for Cape Point. Banjo’s […]

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 Helena. Now the principal of the 2 Oceans Maritime Academy in Cape Town has thanked […]

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 the island with rudder problems. The rescue boat Lima put to sea from Jamestown with […]

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 Diem. After several months visiting James’s homeland, they have had the yacht lifted out of […]

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 safe moorings in time for the race following the sinking of the yacht Queequeg, which […]

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 sounds very exciting, but St Helena Online is confused by the image at the top […]

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 awarded to the joint preferred bidders, Enco and Marine Lagan, because St Helena Government cannot […]

St Helena waives the rules to welcome yachties ashore

Banjo

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 that it had put in new facilities at the landing steps, including a solar-powered shower, […]