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 […]

Yacht limps for home with ‘tiny bit of sail’

The dismasted yacht Ray of Light is being sailed back to South Africa with a reduced crew of three after withdrawing from the Governor’s Cup race to St Helena. The owners’ four-year-old son, Sean Kavanagh, remains aboard. The race website said: “They have a tiny bit of main and storm jib rigged on the remainder […]

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 wreck owner gets £200,000 pay-out

The wreck of the classic yacht Queequeg in James Bay in 2011 has resulted in an out-of-court settlement approaching a quarter of a million pounds. The veteran racing yacht broke its mooring and was blown onto rocks at the Needle’s Eye within five minutes while owner Graham Elliot and his two crew were ashore. They […]

GALLERY: The wreck of the Queequeg

Click to see the wrecking of the classic yacht Queequeg at Jamestown, St Helena, on 6 September 2011. All pictures are published by kind permission of Bruce Salt. See report below.