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 […]

St Helena crew ‘home by Twelfth Night’

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. Hedge and team mates Ross Towers, James McCabe and Sandi Francis have been at sea longer than expected, thanks […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Father Christmas manages to deliver presents to children even when they are at sea in a yacht race, it seems. The youngest competitor in the 2012 Governor’s Cup race is reported to have been untroubled to spend Christmas Day on his parents’ boat. Sean Kavanagh, who is four years old, did not let sailing get in the […]

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 […]