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 […]

Airport could transform St Helena race, Billy tells yachting mag

The opening of St Helena’s airport could triple the number of entries in the island’s biennial race from South Africa, according to a seven-page spread in Yachting World magazine. Its article, headlined The Greatest Ocean Race You’ve Never Heard Of, enthuses about the attraction of sailing out to one of the world’s most remote islands, […]

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

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. The race was a great adventure for the crew, who worked very hard together to overcome the challenges of a long ocean voyage. The […]

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

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. The 29-foot Reaction won the overall Governor’s Cup – not open to multihull yachts – as the first monohull to reach James Bay, a few minutes […]

Skipper praises St Helena crew’s ‘brilliant achievement’

St Helena’s crew in the Governor’s Cup yacht race 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”. Four boats carried officials and wellwishers out to Banks Battery to escort Sandy Francis, Ross Towers, James McCabe […]

Governor’s Cup: Hedge and co claim fourth place

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, finishing in a time of 15 days, eight and a half hours – and three seconds. The results table […]

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

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, one of six yachts thought likely to cross the finish line on the same day. At one point the yacht had taken […]

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

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. A detailed report will follow later. Chasing yacht Sandpiper 2 was expected at around midday on 2 January 2012. Paul Tanner of Sandpiper 2 told race journalist Sue Pelling that after being kept […]

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 […]