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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

St Helena waives the rules to welcome yachties ashore


Landing fees are to be waived for crews of yachts spending less than three days at St Helena. The move follows a determined push to encourage more visits to the island under sail. In December 2010, the tourism department reported that it had put in new facilities at the landing steps, including a solar-powered shower, […]