Shifty conditions greeted the Boardwalk Hobie 16 Nationals fleet on Saturday 22 March 2014 - the 3rd and 2nd last day of sailing. After no sailing on the first day in Port Elizabeth the shifty conditions presented a challenge for Race Officer Doug Allison who had his mark laying crews shifting the course as the wind swung from North to North West to West to South West where it settled for the day. Four races were sailed in winds increasing from 7 to 22 knots with the last race completed just as the wind increased to over 25 knots at 4:00 pm. A short chop and decent wind made for some exhilarating sailing as Blaine and Roxanne Dodds reveled in the strong conditions to draw level with William and Lucinda Edwards on 12 points each but placed first by virtue of their four 1st places over the 8 races sailed so far. The discard has kicked in and helped Andrew and Angela Ward to move into 3rd place on 32 points - a scant one point ahead of Belinda and Ryan Hayward on 33 points. With one day to go the battle royal will be for 1st and 2nd place and 3rd and 4th. The top three finishers overall on Day 3: William and Lucinda Edwards - Knysna Yacht Club on 12 points Blaine and Roxanne Dodds - Knysna Yacht Club on 12 points Andrew and Angela Ward - Algoa Bay Yacht Club on 32 points. Photos: Andrew Fourie and Chad Bilsbury sailing for LDYC and currently in 9th place. Mark Kopel and Laura Ilgner sailing for LDYC and currently in 26th place. Blaine and Roxxane Dodds sailing for KYC and currently in 1st place. All Photo's credit: Alan Straton Author: Alan Straton from ABYC. No of Images Uploaded: Three More Info link: http://abyc.co.za Twitter: Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of Three image/s please contact: ABYC. Blaine and Roxxane Dodds sailing for KYC and currently in 1st place.. Photo by: Alan Straton . Photo by: Mark Kopel and Laura Ilgner sailing for LDYC and currently in 26th place. Andrew Fourie and Chad Bilsbury . . .
After no sailing on the first day of the Boardwalk Hobie 16 Nationals being sailed in Port Elizabeth from 20 to 23 March 2014, day two saw an early start in a East North East which then swung to the South East and stayed steady. Varying wind strengths ranging from 4 to 12 knots saw the fleet challenged for 4 races in a sea state ranging from flat to long chop. Four races were sailed - all on a gated sausage with two rounds to the finish off of Hobie Beach giving good sightings for spectators enjoying the sunshine and Shark Rock viewpoint. Fresh from their Hobie Worlds Masters win in Australia this year, William and Lucinda Edwards dominated the day with two firsts and two thirds for a nett point tally of 8 and seven points in the lead ahead of arch rivals, Blaine and Roxanne Dodds with a smorgasbord of placings - 1st, 2nd, 4th and 8th. The Dodds and Edwards teams are sailing for Knysna Yacht Club. Finishing the day on third are Belinda and Ryan Hayward from Fish Hoek Beach Sailing Club with 17 points and the first local boat is in fourth place with Robert Archibald at the helm and crew, daughter Alexa, on 22 points. Race 2 was sailed under a black flag (under a black flag if any boat crosses the start line within the last minute before the start then it is immediately disqualified and marked OCS) unfortunatey for local sailing team Andrew and Angela Ward they were judged OCS and now carry an additional 31 points which they will be happy to discard as soon as th efirst discard race kicks in. The Top three finishers today: William and Lucinda Edwards - Knysna Yacht Club on 8 points Blaine and Roxanne Dodds - Knysna Yacht Club on 15 points Belinda and Ryan Hayward - Fish Hoek Beach Sailing Club on 17 points Sailing on Saturday 22 March looks as if it will be challenging with a 8 - 16 knot North North West swinging to South West and a high temperature of 32 degrees centigrade and no cloud cover. Author: Alan Straton from ABYC. No of Images . . .
Two South African sailing teams completed a one-two finish at the recent Hobie 16 World Championships held in Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia sailed between 31 January and 10 February 2014. William and Lucinda Edwards finished in first place and 4 points ahead of second placed Blaine and Roxanne Dodds also from Plettenberg Bay. Both teams will be returning to Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth to sail in the Boardwalk Hobie 16 National Championships from 20 to 23 March 2014. The keen rivalry between these two champion teams is expected to continue as they finished the 2013 Hobie Nationals also in the same one-two placings. Local sailor, Andrew Ward has been puting in time on the water and slimming down as he and his crew, Angela Ward look to improve their 3rd place in last year's event. Racing starts not before 11:00 am on Thursday 20 March and the Hobies will launch from Hobie Beach to sail offshore yet visible from the Shark Rock Pier and beachfront in front of The Boardwalk. Racing will continue each day thereafter - weather dependent - until Sunday when the new champions will be crowned. The Boardwalk Hobie 16 Nationals Regatta is organized by the Hobie 16 Class in conjunction with the Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) under the auspices of South African Sailing (SAS). Notes: Any media wishing to take advantage of being on the water can confirm daily with Paula Archibald on 0823736901 or report to the regatta office on Hobie Beach and ask for Paula who will organise a trip out for them. Alan Straton will be putting out a daily report with images. 2012 results: http://hobie16nationals.co.za/2012-boardwalk-hobie-16-results/#more-89 2013 results: http://hobie16nationals.co.za/category/2013/results-2013/ The 505 Worlds practise regatta is taking place at the same time - on a different course - and will feature some World Champions ahead of the staging of the 505 World Championships in Algoa Bay in 2015. Author: Alan Straton from MyPE. No . . .
A 00:05 start gun on Saturday morning 18 January 2014 heralded the start for an enthusiatic and determined 8 boat fleet as they set off for the ABYC's annual Great Circle Race which saw them sail from within the Port Elizabeth Harbour around Bird Island and back. Tony and Ziggy Bailes on Malgas - a 34 foot L34 - have certainly thrown down the gauntlet to the rest of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club fleet over the course of the 2013/14 sailing season, by winning or placing high in every race. By all accounts the sailing was excellent and tactical as John Tudehope reports: Swopping the St.Francis Race with the Great Circle Race turned out to be a great success. Eight boats were at the start line for the 00h05 start on Saturday off the Container Wharf and a moderate South West enabled the faster more competive boats to hoist spinnakers early. The wind dropped off considerably as the sun rose and the first of the fleet rounded Bird Island around mid morning when the wind shifted to a moderate South East with occasional lulls and the run home relied on tactics and correct sail settings. On board Lady who, by 09h00, was just past Sundays River, the two grizzled seamen on-board took advantage of the sleeping younger crewman and, after mental calculations, decided to turn back for port with the excuse that the sleeping crewman was not looking well. Fling, facing a potential mutiny on-board and the concern that the previous night's dinner from the one sea-sick crewman would not wash off the side of the hull, also turned for home. Inyoni on the other hand returned back to moorings on Sunday morning 01h30, showing off their fishing catch. Somewhere out on the race track was Headway who where just enjoying the sail. With brand new sails Malgas has to be congratulated for an excellent performance (if she carries on like this the end of season prize giving will be very short and sweet). The first three boats home were: Malgas - L34 skippered by Tony . . .
The International 505 Dinghy Class Association has held a World Championships every year since 1956 and on only three occasions were they sailed in Africa - all three in Durban, South Africa in: 1979 when Americans Steve Taylor and David Penfield won; in 1994 when Australians Chris & Darren Nicholson won and in 2000 when Swedes Krister Bergstrom and Thomas Moss were crowned World Champions. The 2015 505 World Championships hosted by the Algoa Bay Yacht Club and the South African 505 Class Association will be sailed in Port Elizabeth, South Africa from 23 March to 3 April 2015. The Worlds Regatta will be preceded by a pre-worlds regatta comprising of six races over three days, with a minimum of three races to make a regatta. This will also serve as the 2015 South African National Championships. The 2015 505 World Championships will comprise nine scheduled races held over seven days. There will be no more than two races scheduled per day. Three races are required to constitute a championship series. Only one race will be sailed on the final day unless at the start of the final day's racing only one race has been completed. The racing program will allow for three days of racing followed by a rest day and then three further days of racing. Two races will be scheduled for the first day, and one race for the second race day. Further race days will alternate between two races and one race each alternate day. Based on previous World Championships organisers are expecting a minimum of 70 teams from all over the world. Previous world champions have come from these countries: Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America. Will 2015 see an African Champion? Author: Alan Straton from ABYC. No of Images Uploaded: Two More Info link: http://505worlds2015.com/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/ABYCpe Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of Two image/s please contact: ABYC. You can also use the embed code . . .
For the purposes of this exercise we had a look at the Top 15 viewed YouTube videos with a Port Elizabeth 'connection' that were uploaded during 2013. Mindful of the fact that many would have been uploaded early in the year we also created a trendline for each of the Top 15 by creating a weight for each. This was done by dividing the number of views by the number of weeks that each has been available for during 2013. For example a video that was published 6 months ago received a weighting of 25.98 (6 x 4.33). The Top 15 trending Port Elizabeth YouTube videos for 2013 were: SOUTH AFRICA: Somalian stoned to death, by SomaliArchive, uploaded 7 months ago with 127,698 views and a trend weighting of 4213.06. World of Rugby Sevens honours Nelson Mandela in Port Elizabeth, by irb, 4 weeks ago with 16,672 views and a trend weighting of 4168. Last two Overs Pakistan vs South Africa 2nd odi 27 Nov 2013 -PAK VS SA 2nd ODI Last Over, by khan king, uploaded 1 month ago with 12,272 views and a trend weighting of 2834.18. Dutch shock Brazilian favourites, by FIFATV, uploaded 10 months ago with 85,864 views and a trend weighting of 1983.00. Zahara and Mzwakhe Mbuli - Tribute to Nelson Mandela, uploaded by Alan Straton 3 weeks ago with 5,552 views and a trend weighting of 1850.66. SA vs PAK 2nd ODI Port Elizabeth | Full Highlights | HD, by GlobalSports HD, uploaded 1 month ago with 7,179 views and a trend weighting of 1657.96. Samoa vs. Fiji (IRB Sevens South Africa 2013., uploaded by NZAUTV Rugby Union 4 weeks ago with 5,592 views and a trend weighting of 1398. Somali man stoned to death: WARNING EXTREMELY GRAPHIC, by Bill Omar, uploaded 7 months ago with 17,727 views and a trend weighting of 584.85. Hitler Reacts to PE Colour Run, uploaded by Port Elizabeth 4 months ago with 5,681 views and a trend weighting of 328.00. GoPro: SSSsummer, by Jimmy Baillie, uploaded 11 months ago with 15,155 views and a trend weighting of 318.18. NMMU Mass Line Dance, by . . .
The Minister of Sport & Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, recently announced; "In honouring the mourning period of Madiba, all our sports competitions that have been scheduled for 15 December will be cancelled to honour and mourn the death of Tata. Teams will also wear the black band and sing the national anthem and dedicate coming games in honour of Mandela." Accordingly there will be no competitive sailing at the Algoa Bay Yacht club on Sunday 15 December 2013. In recognition of the late former President, the Chartroom Restaurant at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club will also be closed on Sunday. The club will be open to members and their guests who wish to gather in fellowship to watch on the big screen the funeral proceedings in Qunu that will take place from from 9:00 am to 12:00 midday. Members and guests will be able to continue sharing their remembrances after the proceedings at a traditional braai. ABYC Commodore, Sean Wiseman, said; "We view Sunday as an appropriate day to gather as a club to commemorate the late Nelson Mandela. Madiba viewed sport as a medium which has the power to inspire and unite people. The life and name of this great man touched our club and Nelson Mandela Bay in many positive ways. Our annual prestige sailing regatta is tangible proof of the legend of Nelson Mandela as in 2004 we saw the biggest fleet ever to sail offshore in Port Elizabeth with a total of 98 boats sailing in the Nelson Mandela Bay Isuzu week which was sponsored by the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropole and GMSA." The club and restaurant will be open on Monday the Day of Reconciliation. A percentage of takings from both Sunday and Monday will be donated to an appropriate children's charity and ABYC extend an invite to clubs and restaurants to do the same in honour of the late Dr Nelson Rolihlala Mandela. Author: Alan Straton from ABYC. No of Images Uploaded: One More Info link: http://abyc.co.za Twitter: http://twitter.com/ABYCpe Facebook: Images: For high . . .
JOIN THE RUGBY FEVER DURING THE CELL C SEVENS! Here’s a chance for rugby enthusiasts and sportsmen to get in on the rugby fever in the Friendly City next month. Enter a team into the Aggreko Tag Rugby® Tournament on Saturday 7 December 2013 starting at 09:00. The event takes place on the outer fields of the NMB Stadium. This year sees the second Tag Rugby® Tournament taking place as part of the Cell C Sevens and entrants will receive tickets, as part of their entry, to this exciting rugby spectacular for Saturday and Sunday. Come along and see your favourite sporting celebrities take on the Aggreko team at 11:30 on Saturday on the outer fields. Tag Rugby® is a non-contact from of the game and a tackle is made by removing a ribbon when your opponent has the ball. The game is fast, fun and great for corporate team building. Men and women can play in the same team and beginners can play too. There are no scums, line outs or kicking. More Info link:: Twitter: https://twitter.com/tagrugbysa Facebook: Tag Rugby SA YouTube: Author: CAROL VOSLOO from Tag Rugby Promotions . Submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Tavcor Suzuki Port Elizabeth, held a special Suzuki 1000thnew car sold celebration, to say thank you to all their loyal customers. This occasion was marked by performing a special hand over of the 1000thnew car sale to owner, Mrs. Patricia Wilcock. Tavcor were looking for expansion 4 years ago but had to consider taking on a brand that would meet the expectations of what Tavcor customers were used to. The reliability of the Suzuki product convinced the Tavcor board of directors to invest strategically in the long term, as they believed the brand would earn their space in the South African passenger car market. The Dealership was opened in February 2009 and up until October 2013, 1000 new cars have been sold. Volkswagen AG in Germany also invested in the Suzuki brand about 2 years ago and still owns a 20% shareholding in Suzuki worldwide today. Clive Taverner, Dealer Principal of Tavcor Suzuki said that, “Tavcor have been Volkswagen dealers in Port Elizabeth since 1955, and dedicated Audi dealers, for the last 30 years as well, so associating itself with a new brand was a decision taken with extreme care and diligence.”The Tavcor Suzuki Dealership is situated in Greenacres, Port Elizabeth near the Greenacres hospital and delivers some of the highest levels of Suzuki customer service in South Africa, in both sales and workshop service levels. Craig Dunnington, Brand Manager of Tavcor Suzuki said that, “as part of our celebrations we will have special deals on for the whole month to say thank you to the Port Elizabeth community for their continued support.” Suzuki, stemming from humble beginnings, now has over 100 years of heritage behind its name. Michio Suzuki, then a producer of looms (a device used for weaving textiles) pursued his passion for cars and bikes and founded the company in the Hamamatsu, Japan in 1909. Suzuki South Africa and Tavcor Suzuki are committed to building on the legacy of Michio Suzuki by offering technologically advanced and reliable . . .
The Algoa Bay Yacht Club hosted two dinghy sailing regattas this past weekend - here are two reports from the sailing and 3 images for your use. Please credit Alan Straton for the images. Below are the two reports from Saturday and Sunday. REPORT SATURDAY 9 November 2013: The first Algoa Bay Yacht Club dinghy regatta of the 2013/14 sailing season was sailed on 9 November 2013 in the harbour. 17 boats contested this 3 race series and Fleet 1 saw a mixed bag of 9 Lasers (4.7, radial and full rig), 2 Finns 1 Regatta and 1 immaculately turned out Sonnet. Fleet 2 consisted of 2 Optimists, 1 Mirror and 1 Gypsey from Port Elizabeth’s sailing clubs – Redhouse Yacht Club and ABYC. The course was laid within the Port Elizabeth harbour in a fairly stiff West South West breeze that peaked at 20 knots. Fleet 1 sailed a triangle, sausage, triangle course and Fleet 2 sailed a triangle sausage course to finish. The breeze and flat conditions definitely favoured the 4.7 and radial rigged lasers who reveled in the short reaches at the top of the course and the long downwind leg of the sausage. A start line showing distinct port bias saw the fleet clustering at the start pin for 3 incident free starts. First regattas are always testing grounds for boats and sailors so the rescue crews were kept busy attending to capsizes and broken equipment – some of which meant a tow back to the Algoa Bay Yacht Club. The damage tally for the day included two broken masts and a number of blocks ‘exploding’. Over the course of the three races the fleet got quicker as the wind speed increased and they worked out their sailing lines – polite speak for; “they started to remember how to make their boats go quicker.” Fleet 1 was the only fleet to include boats that finished all three races. FULL RESULTS: Saturday 9 November 2013 1st: Patrick Butler - Laser 4.7 2nd: Josh Woolard - Laser 4.7 3rd: Thomas Ochabski - Laser 4th: Colin Benade - Sonnet 5th: Andrew Butler . . .