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  1. The first i550 in Africa

    The first i550 in Africa is now under construction. So far we have 3 boats under way and we are looking for more African builders to join in!! I have a pretty detailed blog going at Http://www.471.sailspace.org/wp or https://www.facebook.com/DontMentionWhiteElephants and really hope to see some other builders join me. South Africa is desperately short of modern boats and at only 18ft the i550 is something many of us can aspire to own.
  2. MSC 2011: Aftermath

    Well it's over. At least until next year. And if I'm left with one sentiment ringing through my head it is that the JS 9000 is simply incredible. I went to Durban full of trepidation. A nasty weather synopsis, big swells, offshore winds and statements like; 'your boat isn't built for heavy weather, be careful' (Ron Pett) - 'It's not really a sea boat is it?' (Harry Brehm) - and finally Tielman Burger's response to my question about his last MSC campaign in Agattu...'she handled like a wild horse'. Well yes, she did handle like a wild horse and our 'survival mode' angle of heel generated significant comment. But the only time we caused her any anxiety was when we tried to reign her in and put in a reef during the 25-30 knot Wednesday racing. She sailed beautifully for most of the first beat, 8 knots cutting upwind like a diamond through glass, far faster than the Pacer 27 in the waves and up with the Mount Gay 30 and Beneteau First 40.1 ahead of the Fast 42's, before the mainsail bolt-rope burst out of its track in a 28 knot gust. We retired, as the Scots say in their anthem, 'ta think again'. Having learned our lesson (the plastic gizmo at the head is a bit worn and so slips out the track when reefed) we went out on Thursday in 20-24 knots with the full inventory up and were rewarded with the most thrilling day-sail of my life. The boat handled incredibly up the beats, hard over, swell breaking over her bows, no slamming, just an alarming additional heel on the wave crests as the stronger breeze laid her over while, simultaneously, the wave passed under her keel. Then the looming yellow bouy. The turn. Up with the kite and 'let slip the dogs of war..' The boat's character changed immediately from white knuckle, sh*t your pants, survival mode to a humming, taught, controlled, grooving blade falling down the huge swells nose-up unless caught by the very biggest of the following seas whereupon she would dip like a submarine, the white foam would sweep aft along her deck, over the coach roof and swirl about our legs before exiting via her scalloped stern. The runs were over in what seemed like seconds and we were regularly surfing at over 15 knots but it wasn't until we took the boat for a brief play after the end of racing that we posted a 17 down a monstrous swell. I've done 17 before, inland on the Vaal Dam, but the boat hums out a lonely tune on that flat water. It takes the thunderous accompanying orchestra of the ocean to really make her sing. Was it worth it to venture 400 miles to the coast? Was the money well spent? Have I a few more grey hairs (or less hair) than when I left? The answer to all these is YES! Some pics from the calmer bits of the regatta
  3. Back to the future

    I know next to nothing about Hawley (sounds like u do?), but very nice shape...
  4. With the 2011 MSC Week Regatta starting to breathe down our collective necks the final flourishes need to be put in place for the Frumious Bandersnatch MSC Challenge... In the last few months we've re-engineered and licensed the trailer, acquired a towing vehicle, had the mast painted a snappy shade of white. With all this going on the boat has barely been on the water since the RTI in February especially as it's happiest time of year...audit in the real world! Now it just remains for me to complete my Dayskipper's course courtesy of Offshore Sailing Academy, the VHF exam, get the boat 'Roadworhtied' again by Dicky Manten and get some painfully expensive insurance renewed and we are good to go to the blue blue shark infested waters of Kwa Zulu Natal....Almost. You've probably guessed that Sailspace isn't showing a re-run of Orson Welles' epic on it's video channel - we're afraid the free account won't spring for that! What we are doing is auditioning for our very own 3rd man. Frumious Bandernsatch regular Tim Horak has taken himself out of contention for MSC week, due to 'career' considerations...so the team is looking for a new number 3 to come to the coast. If you are interested please email me asap! All you need to do is pay your own accommodation and food (lets be honest, it's all going to be liquid anyway!). We plan to travel down, boat in tow on the 2nd July and back to Deneysville on the following Saturday. Email: willg@wilderness.co.za Cell: 0725 727 431 Ps. if you want to come and are female don't let the title put you off, I'll happily kick the 2nd man off to accommodate if necessary! Pps. The MSC campaign is short a Ford LDV wheel and tire to serve as a spare for the trailer too...donations welcome! PPPS. Frumious Bandersnatch is a 30 ft JS 9000 sportsboat, she's very fast, very fun and very wet. View her here: http://www.wix.com/willgoodlet/js9000-south-africa
  5. Back to the future

    I have been out on an Internet adventure looking for inspiration for a small sports boat design and while browsing the wave piercing bows, wings and canting keels forums around the world I turned up this remarkable beast.. She's a 14m canting keeler concept yacht from designer Andrew Hawley. She's supposed to meet two criteria..speed and beauty. I'm not sure she's practical or that the bowsprit and the bow arrangement would actually work. But she certainly looks fast and she certainly looks beautiful.. But there is more to this boat than meets the eye and is she truly as modern as she looks? There are significant similarities to the Aero boats designed and sailed way back in the 1930's by Olympic sailing and aerodynamics pioneer Dr Manfred Curry. He's credited with inventing the cam cleat, the cunningham (although it bears Brigs-Cunningham's name), the fully battened main and discovering that the leeward side of a sail generates 4/5th of the driving force of a yacht. So we owe a lot to him! He was also a scientist in the field of allergens - multi-talented then, he certainly knew his boats. If you look at the Aero series of J dinghies you will see the same wave piercing bows, hugely innovative fully battened mains and beautifully worked and curved wooden gaff topmasts. If you took the wood and turned it into carbon and kevlar you would be looking at a boat from tomorrow not the 1930's! Manfred Curry is Germany's most successful sailor, he was born there to American immigrants. He competed in the 1928 Olympics for the USA aged 28, much, much younger than the average sailing age in the event and was able to finish 10th and 6th in two classes. He is reported to have competed in more than 1400 regattas and won over 1000 of them.
  6. Margo MacKay Night Race

    Just back from a great sail. Took us 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete the course and the wind was mostly a steady 7-11 knots throughout the race. We had a close fight with Baleka until the penultimate mark...then they disappeared in the dark. The theory is the Rum and Cokes got the better of them.
  7. For those who don't know, the new South African Maritime Safety Act has been in force for some time now and like much of the newer legislation it seeks to apply a prescriptive approach to safety at sea rather than a rule based approach. To accountants this will be a familiar scenario! The USA has 20,000+ pages of prescriptive law for accountants to wade through while the rest of the world has sought to apply a smaller number of rules based on common sense. Why is the distinction important to sailors you ask? Well let me tell you! The Maritime Safety Act has a fundamental flaw when applied to yachts. It includes a stipulation that certain items should be included in a yachts safety equipment based on the yachts length. A more sensible approach would have been to apply the law to displacement. As the rules stand currently anyone could be had up for breaching them if they found themselves floating on a log longer than 9 metres. On a Hobie cat you can set sail for Antarctica but if it's longer than 9 metres you are in trouble! To give an example...I have a yacht of 9.13m. She displaces 985kg (700kg in the keel) she's basically a large dinghy with some lead attached. Inside, well, there's nothing except a bit of water and some halliards below deck. She is 1m abeam at the water line, imagine 1 hull from a catamaran, so there is virtually no room to crawl let alone pack equipment. Nevertheless, in order to comply with the category D safety requirements (no more than 5 miles from shore) she must have: Category D equipment: 5 = Good Idea! 1 = Bad Idea Approved lifejackets - 5/5 on the common sense scale, Life Ring - 5/5, Dan Bouy 3/5 - ok, but what is this mounted on? Parachute Flares And Orange Smoke 4/5 - where can i put them? Waterproof torch spare bulbs and battery- 4/5, Sound signal device - 4/5, Code Flags N & C - 1/5, Black Ball 400mm - 1/5 are we French? It's a big dinghy...what am I doing anchored, all I'm going to be is dismasted and floating to St Helena! where do you store it? Radar Reflector - 1/5 Have you got one on your Hobie? Marine VHF radio - 4/5 very handy should things go wrong and not too big if handheld, Magnetic Compass, light and deviation card - 1/5 Whats wrong with a handheld? Charts - 1/5 we are 5 miles from shore in a race! They will get wet. Fire extinguisher x 2 - 1/5. No engine, no galley, no inside, not a dry boat. Storm Sails - 1/5 USD 700 - it's a dinghy can't be rigged on our spars! Anchor - 5/5 handy, Chain 5m - 5/5 length should be displacement based though. 100m Rope - 1/5 ridiculous, need a cable tier from a ship-o-the-line to store it! 2nd anchor and 50m rope - honestly! Cable Cutters - 4/5, 2 x Space Blankets - 1/5 these will be for the hypothermic crew we can't fit inside the boat, First Aid Kit - 2/5, Life Raft - 1/5 it's bigger than the boat!! Spares and Tools - 2/5 - an extra shackle or two might be handy, Visibility sheet 2m x 2m - 4/5 - good if swept out to sea & can be stored folded, Guard Rails 560mm high - 2/5 - how will we hike out with the toe-straps? What portion of the boat are they guarding? Towing Bollard or cleat - 5/5 - no problem with this, Watertight Hatches - 5/5, Batteries to have charging device - 1/5 whoops, no batteries, Single battery bank to supply Nav lights, and fixed radio - 1/5 - no lights and no fixed radio, Bilge pumps - 5/5 operated from deck, Bilge pump below deck - 1/5 unfortunately you can't go below deck to operate this...Black Cone - 1/5 it's just 'cos the French have it admit it! No motor tho' so what's it for? Harness - 3/5 not too bulky and may be useful, Knife - 5/5, Nav lights - 5/5 but portable battery powered in case you get swept out to sea, Safety Equipment Location Diagram - 1/5 that will be the pile of stuff we are towing in the dinghy behind...,Registration Disc in window - 1/5 no windows? Bucket with Lanyard - 4/5 always good to have a bucket, maybe canvas, small? 2nd Bucket with Lanyard Must be Metal - 1/5 nowhere to put it except on deck with all the other equipment, Emergency Nav lights - 1/5 so important to back up the backup plan when day sailing around the cans ^-^,Depth Sounder - 2/5 not too bulky can be portable, Capsize bottle - 5/5, Bosun's Chair - 1/5 - can't climb the mast it will break...Boat Hook - 1/5 nowhere to stow. Oh and despite the fact that the boat can be easily rowed, I DON'T have to have oars... So what do you think of the new rules? Am I full of bull!? Add your comments below
  8. Race report: Spring Series 4

    It was an unpromising day when I looked out of the window in Bryanston. Overcast, drizzle...it looked a lot like the good ol' Blighty I remembered. I thought long and hard about whether it was worth getting out of bed and driving the 1.5 hrs down to Deneysville. I didn't have a crew to sail with, so nobody to let down but also no one to rely on if the going got Frumious Bandersnatch ready for action tough out there. Frumious Bandersnatch ready for action Once down in Deneysville the weather had changed as is so common. The wind was an easterly and blowing about 12-15 knots (which I suspected would move into the North later on), the overcast had lessened and the water looked like mercury as the hazy sunlight hit. I made it out to the start area near the Castle and spotted a few of the regulars. My evil twin Agattu was out, looking menacing. Dream One, a compatriot from SPYC, the L26 Tatoosh, Alex Schon in his Hunter 19 and Bryana amongst others. Being a devout follower of the Jetstream Racing Blog (a JS campaigned in San Francisco) I had learned of a broken jibtrack suffered by Jetstream and so I had changed a the jibtrack settings to avoid a similar incident. Bad move, after the fleet got off to an incident free start on starboard tack heading NNW inshore I soon realised that the other boats were outpointing me by 2-3 degrees. No crew meant no fix and I had to grin an bear it as we crisscrossed up the shoreline to Manten Marina and the DAC mark. A lift brought me ahead of Agattu briefly as I closed her on starboard tack but a fishing boat forced an attempted lee-bow and the failure of the boat to point and accelerate after the tack cost me the lead. Agattu pulled out steadily after that. Meanwhile the rest of the fleet was making steady, if slow progress, towards DAC. Once around DAC Tielman Burger in Agattu had pulled out a significant lead of around 500 metres, but with the wind strengthening and lifting continually the boat was eventually able to lay the mark without taking. The wind shift in total Agattu after finish was 75 degrees once we had reached the Muster mark. Agattu after finish By this time I could no longer see much of the following fleet. The first boats had just made it to DAC and made the turn. Agattu made a turn around Muster and a slow hoist, 30m Tatoosh under the boom gained! Tatoosh under the boom With wind filling from behind and an almost ideal reaching course on starboard down to the finish it was an exhilarating leg. the Apparent wind angle was a little deep at 120 and I decided to head in close to Beacon island as I expected (wrongly) that the wind would drop and lift us at which point I intended to gybe down to the finish. I knew this was my last chance to attack Agattu's still substantial lead but the slow hoist and and the fact that they hadn't yet got the breeze had given me a bit of hope! By the time we were level with Beacon Island, about half-way down the leg, the new breeze had brought me abeam and above the other boat. With water cascading over both the boats bows in that characteristic JS waterfall I had come to know and love both boats were screaming at 12.5 knots down to the finish on a close reach with the wind backing and freshening. My position upwind and close abeam started to pay off and after a while I was able to edge ahead by about 80m, but with a gust coming through about 100m before the finish line the rudder stalled and the boat broached - My first time in the JS - another consequence of being crewless, I had not been able free the sheets in time and now my hard Dirty Weather Coming won lead was in jeopardy! Dirty Weather Coming Desperately trying to get the boat back on course and moving I watched as Agattu screamed down to weather. It took much longer than I imagined to get the boat in hand and finally cross Bryana getting ready the line about 6 seconds ahead. Bryana getting ready Meanwhile the following fleet was making its was down the long reaching leg in freshening breeze. The new wind had given a chance to the heavier boats to potentially win on handicap and they were taking full advantage, kites flying and barreling down to the finish line. I'm a bit fuzzy on who came in next, but I do remember the L26 Tatoosh coming down not long after, but without her kite up - perhaps the angle was, by then, too tight... Wind Start: 9 Knots, 100 degrees Wind Speed End: 16 Knots, 355 degrees Cloud Start: Alto Stratus, Regional, 5/8ths Cloud Finish: Alto Stratus & Cumulo Nimbus, Regional, Front, 7/8ths Front to North of Deneysville Distance covered: 27nm Average moving speed: 5.3 Knots Top Speed: 12.4 knots
  9. The 2011 single handed round the island race saw a very close duel between the two JS9000's. Using GPS Action Replay we can deconstruct the results... The race between the two boats ended on a knife edge. Having changed lead twice on the beat, Agattu was able to demolish Bandersnatch's 600m advantage until, level and 500m from the line, Bandersnatch caught a gust and was able to drive down to the finish 30 seconds ahead of her rival. The two boats are not identical and this helps to account for some of the idiosyncrasies which make for such tight racing. Agattu is the newer boat, built by Admiralty yachts in Singapore she has a larger Jib and a roached main which lend her a larger than standard upwind sail area. She also possesses a suit of 3 asymmetric spinnakers, the smallest of which is the same size as her rivals'. Bandersnatch, on the other hand, built in Australia by the original desinger, John Swarbrick, may well be the lighter of the two hulls. She also has a back-stay which Agattu's roached main forbids. This, I feel, offers a crucial upwind advantage in heavy conditions, despite her smaller sail plan. For those that aren't familiar with Polar Diagrams they represent the speed of a boat at any given angle to the wind. They are used to identify sail & trim combinations that offer better speed. Obviously, where round-the-cans racing is concerned the angles sailors are most interested in are +/-35 degrees and the angle producing the best Velocity Made Good to the leeward mark. In yachts which sail slower than the wind speed this angle is very often a dead run. For those that sail faster, like Catamarans' and skiffs the angle varies depending on wind-speed and the judgement can often be very difficult. This years' Round the Island saw almost perfect conditions. A 16 knot breeze from the North. This allowed the yachts to make the South end of the Island in one tack on a near close-hauled course. 3 tacks at the back of the island in a wind convergeance zone and a reach back down the dam to the finish. The only thing that could have gone better would have been more wind on the reach and a shift further North. This came through for those at the back of the fleet but the front runners had moderate to light breeze on the way back. The peculiarity of the course played into Bandersnatch's hands on the beat. I started at the weather end of the line and worked hard to claw to weather early in the beat. The boat doesn't point as well as the other boats and can struggle on this angle of sail. This tactic paid off as Agattu made efforts to claw to windward at the southern end of the island, Bandersnatch was able to foot off (trying to avoid an anticipated hole) at over a knot greater boatspeed. According to the polars she seems the faster boat on this point of sail. Nevertheless Agattu had taken the lead again by cutting close to the island - the hole hadn't been as bad as I thought! Coming around the North end of the Island the boats were 80m apart with Bandersnatch in front for the second after a tacking duel behind the island. Difficulties with halliard's saw Agattu (remember there was no-one at the helm) meander to windward of the rhumb line. By the time she was back on course, 1 km from the turn, she was 255m behind. Agattu, despite the gap, is fast off the wind. Riding gusts is vital in these boats - it's like catching a wave when you watch it happen. And on one of these waves of wind Agattu posted a speed of 16 knots tearing into the gap. At the same time my 13.25 knots on Bandersnatch was feeling very paltry as I watched the meters vanish! With 500m to go Agattu had actually regained the lead and was 2m ahead. All things being equal as the leeward boat she had the potential to reach into the finish faster on the shallower angle. Just then a gust came through and caught me first. Catching that gust and accelerating from 10 to 13.2 knots, before the same breeze reached Tielman on Agattu, saw me safe across the line ahead of him. Both boats finished just shy of the Pacer 27 1hr 37min record.
  10. Those of you who have spoken to me recently know that I have been yakking on about trying to find a low-cost/high-value modern boat accessible to the home builder. One reason is that I've always wanted to build a boat and now that I live in South Africa I potentially have the space and time to do it. Another reason is that I've met a lot of aspirational people recently who want to get into sailing and are finding it difficult. Let's face it, in terms of NEW boats it's pretty slim pickings out there. And before anyone says 'hang-on what about second-hand?' remember that it's much easier to finance NEW boats. I started thinking that I could build more than one, maybe sell a hull or two, get something moving. It was this that got me thinking about hard chine sports boats and these, in turn, led me to James Turner of Fluid Yachts. The reasons being that, his name started popping up all over the Internet and on top of that, he's already beaten me to the punch! So South Africa, if you are looking for a fast, white-water riding, bare knuckle, dry mouthed, locally made fun-factory - we've already got one...Welcome to the F180! The prototype debuted at the Cape boat show and more recently she has been pressed into service as a plug for the new line of foam sandwich hulls which James has plans to sell. I have been following Fluid's Facebook page avidly watching the almost hourly updates of the build. More importantly the yacht is coming to the Vaal, my home waters, to do the Round the Island race this weekend - I guess we'll see how she likes the light stuff .. Ps. I'll be highly P****D OFF if she beats me round the course...but it's not unlikely. With a short LOA of 18ft, light displacement, relatively low wetted surface, huge sail plan and with the absence of a swell to cause pitching problems upwind, she is a highly dangerous opponent, even for a sportsboat nearly twice her length. I'm really really looking forward to seeing the boat this weekend and hope to have some first hand accounts of her performance, some video and lots of pictures by the end of it. To those of you who don't make it to the Vaal for the Round the Island there will be another chance to see the prototype and her new sister ship sailing in the Mykonos offshore at the end of Feb. Next > Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:22
  11. Captivated by the big blue sea? Maybe you are addicted to racing? Maybe you just want to mess around in boats? But before you put that deposit down on a South African boat think hard. Very hard. South African yachts are inexplicably expensive and very poor value for money. The yacht market seems to be living in a dream-world where there is no recession, disposable income hasn't shrunk and the Rand hasn't appreciated against major currencies by 30%. There is a big wide world out there and we are a part of it now. Sanctions have gone and we can play with the rest of the world. If you are thinking of buying a boat don't just look locally! You can pick up absolute bargains overseas at the moment. So much so, that even with import duty, VAT and shipping costs you could still save. The absolute best way to save is to ship more than one boat at once, if they can share a container, you will have halved one of the most significant costs. What do you think of the two boats below...Same length, different centuries would be my comment. Now which one is local and which foreign? Now guess what the prices are....Would you be shocked if I told you one is less than half the cost of the other? And can you guess which is the cheaper? The one on the left is ZAR 160,000. The one on the right is ZAR 55,000. Less than half the price. Even if you add import duties (10% 2nd hand or 3% New - New is cheaper can you beleive!), VAT (14%), International Shipping costs R34,000, Local shipping and handling you are looking at ZAR 135,000 - for a boat 20 years younger - and a saving of R25,000! The Cork 1720 is a great boat too. One of the founding members of the Sport Boat Class, Tony Castro designed it to race at the oldest yacht club in the world - th Royal Cork, founded in 1720. She is roughly the same size and speed as a Pacer 27, but a fraction of the price (the Factory Pacers 2nd hand are on sale for 299,000 and the New ones cost 450,000). I had a look at the local boats for a long time. At that stage I was looking at tired 1980's boats for R50,000. Invariably the owners couldn't show me the boat, the sails couldn't be seen, the boats had illegal trailers etc...etc...I just felt they were incredibly bad deals for the money. Also, to race nationwide, I would have to buy a trailer R25,000 and new sails, R35,000, new running rigging R5,000 and dry the boat out thoroughly (wet sailed). A grand total of R115,000 for a very old 22 foot boat. The thought 'stuff that' came into my head about the same time as I saw an article about a Capetonian importing 2 Melges 24's. I found a boat being brokered by Berthon in the UK - I could not have had better service. Detailed pictures, full documentation (down to the trailer brake mechanism drawings), 100% disclosure. They arranged the shipping and packing for me too. I haven't looked back since. I got a great boat at a great price and yes, i had to swallow the taxes and some inefficiencies on the part of the local shipping agent, but when you are screeching along at 17 knots who cares...
  12. The good old days...

    Anyone remember the good old days, when masts were made of real metal and boats got the 'death rolls' while white-knuckle-charging down the waves? Crews of 9 or 10...2 guys playing the halliard and 2 on the sheet. Another on the hydraulics for the vang and backstay a sixth and seventh trying to rig a reaching strut? The boat broaching every two minutes and losing the winch handles over the side..? Back then I was just a kid but I did have a favourite sail (by the way everyone has favourite sails right, it's not just me surely?!! ). It was colourful, crazy, fashionable, the Austin Powers of your sail suite, every boat had to have one. The disco dancer of the sailing world. In an era of sails with names like 'The Flasher' and 'The Streaker' there was really only one to rule them all...THE BLOOPER! But whatever happened to them? In the late seventies and early eighties no self-respecting IOR warhorse would have been seen without a blooper rigged while knifing down-wind at the extraordinary speed of 8 knots. What a rush, with the extreme rolls from side-to-side as the sails oscillated, everyone hanging on for dear life, crack crew screaming at eachother to even out the rolls and watch the running backstay for f***ks sake! There is nothing like it now to make your mouth dry up and your blood run cold. All you need do is think about the bill when it all goes wrong... Asymmetrics? Bah! If you want a good dose of fear take a 2-tonner out for a spin with a Blooper up! Bloopers came into their own with the IOR design; skinny little main (not much more than a trim-tab) and a pinched stern sporting the famous IOR buttock lines. If you happen to see an Elvstrom one desingn in South Africa that will give you a good idea of what an IOR looks like. When it starts to blow, the big kites and wine-glass hull shape on the IOR boats start to make them roll from side to side - the death rolls, and those pinched transoms tend not to stay behind the boat for long....ask the '79 Fastnet boys. So, how do you fix that? The answer, like all the good really brilliant answers, is...MORE SAIL !!! Deploy the blooper on the opposite side from the spinnaker pole (same side as the main) and ease, Ease, EASE the halyard until the bottom of the sail is just tapping along the top of the water. Yep, you trim the halyard as much as the sheet. You need a crew on each. The sheet must go WAY out there. It gets the air going under the main and air that is outboard of the main, plus some air coming off the leach of the spinnaker. Sometimes it really does stop the rolling and occasionally you go faster forwards than sideways or backward!! You can only use the blooper with the wind dead aft to maybe 15 degrees off, true wind greater than 12 knots. Best if you use this for a distance race, since you have to take it down for a gybe, imagine that at the leeward mark ) You will see a speed increase of 0.5 to 1 knot or more with a blooper. BUT, that being said, if it is really windy and you just don't want to put up the kite, you can set a blooper without a pole, and it will do a good job of dragging you downwind. It just might fool your competitors into thinking that you actually have set your kite, causing them to hoist theirs and round up!
  13. Hi, I am a JS9000 sailor currently living in South Africa. I'm originally from Hong Kong and have sailed most types of dinghies and yachts. Have spent most of my time offshore in various spots around the world.