News from Black Cat

Happy new year from a very bumpy Black Cat. We have 25-30 kts coming in from the SSE and are making good time. However there is also a 3-4m swell running making life a little uncomfortable. After leaving Luderitz, we sailed slowly out in a light NW, which very quickly changed to a strong SW [...]

Positions as at 0900 – 31 December 2012


From a very windy Simon’s Town, wishing ALL a very Happy New Year and a special thanks to Elizma and the rest of the crew at Cape Town Radio for your efforts to date. As at 0700UTC Banjo has just 267nm to go and are planning a finish at midday on the 1st January 2013 [...]

The battle for line honours intensifies

Banjo’s lead threatened by Sandpiper 2

Sunday 30 December, 2012 – As the 18-strong Governor’s Cup fleet make its final approach to St Helena on this 1,750-mile race from Simon’s Town, South Africa, competition is really starting to intensify.

Sandpiper 2

The overall line honours trophy is still very much up for grabs [...]

Positions as at 0900 – 30 December 2012


Yip its hotting up – NEW LEADERS in the both the racing and rally mono hull fleets. Tinus Groenewald’s RCOD Reaction is revelling in the 12 -18 knot South East trade wind and overnight has swept into the lead on handicap and is literally about to pass Indaba on the water by logging 182nm in the 24hr [...]

Ray of Light Progress

Posn 30deg 51.3S by 016deg 48.1E, baro 1013, wind 8 knots S, cloud 5/8, waves 2m

Given the expected strong S and SE winds later today, we are heading for Lamberts Bay. Have a little over 100 miles to go. Battled a strong current overnight, peaking at 2.4 knots. Currently 0.5knots setting W. SOG now [...]