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 […]

Second yacht quits Governor’s Cup as mast snaps

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 while the yacht pitched in waves off the coast of Namibia. “We are all devastated,” said Michael. “Why this happened we do […]

Governor’s Cup yacht race gets under way

Twenty yachts set sail in the Governor’s Cup Yacht Race on Saturday, 22 December 2012, including two late entries. The first days’ satellite positioning update showed the St Helena crew apparently well behind most of the fleet, but skipper Hedge Shuter had reported trouble with the yacht’s tracker device. JML Rotary Scout, which has two island scouts in its […]

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

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 about the eighth Governor’s Cup Yacht Race from South Africa. In a short speech at the False Bay Yacht Club in Simon’s Town, he promised a […]

Yacht race organisers seek a home for St Helena crew

An appeal has gone out in South Africa for acommodation for St Helena’s crew in the Governor’s Cup Yacht Race in December. Hedge Shuter and three other islanders will make up the crew for the only all-island entry in the race from Simonstown to St Helena. Organiser Billy Leisegang, of the False Bay Yacht Club in Simonstown, says: “They […]

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 […]