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 […]

Ocean slog ends with a man overboard

Yachtsman Malcolm Russell reached St Helena exhausted but unharmed after a gruelling 1,600-mile voyage – then fell overboard in James Bay. He couldn’t climb up out of the water, and his brother Rusty no longer had the strength to haul him in. Now Malcolm has told how the pair were taken in by “the angel […]

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 […]

World-class moorings make world-wide news

A story about the new “world-class” moorings installed below Ladder Hill Fort has been picked up by the yachting press in several countries – including Australia. They were commissioned after the loss of the vintage yacht Queequeg, which broke up on rocks after an earlier set of moorings failed. Project manager Hedge Shuter skippered one […]

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 […]