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Exclusive Talk To Stu Bannatyne, One Of The World’s Best Sailors, About Music And Life


Stu Bannatyne portrait. Dongfeng Race Team.  Photo by Jen Edney/Volvo Ocean Race. 24 November, 2017.

Photo by Jen Edney/Volvo Ocean Race

We spoke exclusively this week to Legendary New Zealand sailor Stu Bannatyne, dubbed the ‘King of the Southern Ocean’ who has spent a major part of the last two decades racing through that area of the world.

He is what I would descibe as the “Roger Federer” of Round the world Sailing.

He has competed in seven Volvo Ocean Races.

Bannatyne won the Volvo Ocean Race (then known as the Whitbread Round the World Race) in his first attempt, when he sailed on NZ Endeavour during the 1993–94 Whitbread Round the World Race.

He has also sailed in eight Fastnet Races, three Transpacific Yacht Races and in 11 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races.

He admits that he’s addicted to the pull of the most remote areas of the planet.

I caught up with him this week in Cape Town on board the race yacht –Dongfeng Racing prior to departure to talk music.

You are from New Zealand so which band do you love is it:  Crowded House or Split Enz or Super Groove? 

Split Enz for sure. 

Split Enz was a rock band from New Zealand that was popular during the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was founded 1973 by Tim Finn and Phil Judd.

I love songs like “I Got You” a number one hit for them, “One Step Ahead”, “History Never Repeats”, and “Six Months in a Leaky Boat”. Hopefully that won’t happen on leg three to Melbourne .In fact you will be reading this while we are deep in the Southern ocean on the way to Melbourne .It should take 18 days.

Leg 2. Arrivals from Lisbon to Cape Town. Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race. 24 November, 2017.

Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

When are you happiest?

I am happiest when spending time with my family 

What does sailing mean to you?

It is my whole world. 

Any funny moments on a Volvo65?

There are many funny moments and there are a lot of funny moments that I probably can’t or won’t tell you about either. 

Do you play music on board – what is on the play list?

No I don’t listen to music. If I did have a playlist though it would be George Thorogood for getting amped up. “Bad to the bone” for example is good to get you fired up if you need it.

Your heroes?

Don’t really have heroes as such but through sailing I certainly admire people like Peter Blake for what he has achieved in the sport. More recently I am a big fan of Peter Burling too. 

Which living person do you admire most and why?

My wife, definitely! She runs our household and our family when I am away (which is a lot!) and works full time as well. She is just an amazing person. 

What is your most treasured possession?

Not sure if it really counts as a possession but my family, for sure! Other than that, I am quite fond of my tractor. I got a tractor earlier this year to get on top of looking after the grass and doing a few odd jobs at home. 

What makes you stand out?

Normally my height makes me stand out. In terms of sailing, it would probably be my even temperament. 

If you were not a sailor what would you do?

I would probably be an engineer working in the marine industry. 

Pick five words to describe yourself?

Level headed, conservative (sometimes), family man – technically five words? 

5 favorite albums of all time 

So you want to be a rock and roll star –The Byrds

Back in Black  – AC/DC

The Wall  – Pink Floyd

Split Enz Greatest Hits for sure. 

Greatest Movie Ever Made?

Top Gun starring Tom Cruise

Who do you love?

Family of course! 

What is your favorite word?

I have never thought about that one. I wouldn’t have a clue! 

Your greatest achievement?

My family.

What is your fear?

Losing someone close to me.

Happiness is?

Spending time with the family. 

Whilst racing I tend to?

Focus pretty hard on just the racing. Nothing else. 

The best life lesson you have been taught

It is not a life lesson as such but just live by morals and standards that you believe in.

Where would you like to be right now?

There is nowhere else I would rather be than here. 

Leg 02, Lisbon to Cape Town, day 09, afternoon on board Dongfeng. fish eye shots. Photo by Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Race. 13 November, 2017.

Photo by Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Race.

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Pictures from In port race won by DongFeng Racing on Friday 8 December 2017

credit -all pics from volvo ocean race 2017

On Friday 8th December Dongfeng Race Team wins a spectacular Cape Town In-Port Race

We had the privilege to be out on a media boat to witness the action first hand .

These magnificent racing beasts did over 19 knots as a gentle SW breeze blew over Table Bay .A flotilla of media boats and small rubber ducks followed the action.

Dongfeng Race Team beat a resurgent MAPFRE and team AkzoNobel in Cape Town on Friday…

Vestas 11th Hour Racing and Dongfeng Race Team traded blows throughout the first half of the Cape Town In-Port Race course on Friday afternoon, before the Chinese-French team grabbed the lead midway through the race and stretched away for their first win in the series.

The victory vaults skipper Charles Caudrelier’s team to second place on the leaderboard for the In-Port Race Series, just behind MAPFRE who retained the overall lead with a fightback second place finish on Friday.

“The team did a fantastic job, very nice boat handling and good speed, so well done to the full team,” Caudrelier said after the race.

“Our start was not fantastic, but after that we made a good call to tack a bit earlier and put pressure on Vestas and then we found some good speed. That was a key factor.”

Conditions were spectacular on the waters off Cape Town, with wind near 20 knots, under bright, sunny skies. Boat handling was at a premium in the fresh conditions and on the first two laps of the course, there were several very close crosses as the boats approached the turning gates.

Near the end of the second run, Vestas 11th Hour Racing were sailing on an awkward wind angle to the mark and had difficulty furling their big A3 downwind sail in preparation for the rounding.

It didn’t hurt them immediately but when they next tried to deploy the sail at the final top mark, it wouldn’t fully unfurl, and the team was very slow for most of the final run.

“We started well,” said navigator Simon Fisher. “At the second top mark Dongfeng did a great job, pushing us to the less favoured side, which pushed us back into the fleet, which put pressure on the downwind drop, which meant we didn’t have a great furl, and that hurt us on the last run. It’s just a great example of how things can snowball.”

The mistake cost the team two places, as both MAPFRE and team AkzoNobel raced past on the run to the finish.

The second place finish represented a tremendous comeback for MAPFRE who were forced into a penalty turn just before the start, leaving them them the last to get across the line.

But the Spanish team kept pushing its way up the fleet, finally forcing team AkzoNobel away with an aggressive luff near the final top mark, setting the table for the pass of Vestas 11th Hour Racing on the final run.

Further back, Brunel and Scallywag engaged in a luffing match early on the first run. The Umpires penalised Scallywag for an infraction and following the penalty turn, David Witt’s team were trailing the fleet.

At the finish, a hard-charging Brunel nearly stole a place from Turn the Tide on Plastic. But Dee Caffari’s team, who had a very strong start to the race, held on for fifth place.

The boats depart for the start of leg three on Sunday 10 December at 14h00 local time to Melbourne via the Southern Ocean and via the roaring 40’s and raging 50’s .

credit for above pic : Cape Town stopover. In-Port Race. 08 December. Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race -All others pictures by Martin Myers

Cape Town In-Port Race Results

1. Dongfeng Race Team
3. team AkzoNobel
4. Vestas 11th Hour Racing
5. Turn the Tide on Plastic
6. Team Brunel
7. Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag

Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race Series Leaderboard

1. MAPFRE — 19 points
2. Dongfeng Race Team — 18 points
3. Team Brunel — 13 points
4. Vestas 11th Hour Racing — 12 points
5. team AkzoNobel — 11 points
6. Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag — 6 points
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic — 5 points

Powell names unchanged side for HSBC Cape Town Sevens

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell rewarded the 12 players who won the opening tournament of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai when he named an unchanged squad for the highly anticipated HSBC Cape Town Sevens on Wednesday.

The tournament takes place in the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday and Sunday and tickets were sold out in a matter of hours after they went on sale a couple of months ago.

“All the players would love to play in their only home tournament on the circuit, so the result at the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens made it easy for me to pick the team,” said Powell.

“Everyone returned fit from that tournament and will have the added motivation of playing in front of a very supportive home crowd.

“The only change to our squad is the official reserve – we have included Siviwe Soyizwapi in the place of Marco Labuschagne – which was part of our planning all along.

“Siviwe travelled to Dubai as captain of the SA Rugby Sevens Academy squad, which gave him the opportunity to get some playing time. He performed very well there and he will slot in easily, should one of our players pick up and injury which rules him out of the tournament.”

Powell admitted that he was feeling slightly nervous as the tournament approached, but he is comfortable that his squad prepared well.

“We needed to fine-tune a couple of things that we did not execute well in Dubai,” said Powell.

“This we did that and still have two training sessions left this week, so we have to ensure the players are mentally ready for the big event.”

South Africa will play Russia, France and Kenya in Pool A of the competition on Saturday.

The Springbok Sevens team for the HSBC Cape Town Sevens:

1. Chris Dry (63 tournaments, 304 matches, 455 points, 91 tries)

2. Philip Snyman (captain, 48 tournaments, 213 matches, 306 points, 55 tries)

3. Tim Agaba (11 tournaments, 55 matches, 45 points, 9 tries)

4. Kwagga Smith (28 tournaments, 141 matches, 290 points, 58 tries)

5. Werner Kok (30 tournaments, 148 matches, 360 points, 72 tries)

6. Kyle Brown (59 tournaments, 291 matches, 395 points, 79 tries)

7. Branco du Preez (56 tournaments, 281 matches, 1079 points, 79 tries)

8. Rosko Specman (22 tournaments, 117 matches, 278 points, 50 tries)

9. Justin Geduld (31 tournaments, 158 matches, 684 points, 76 tries)

10. Cecil Afrika (54 tournaments, 279 matches, 1322 points, 152 tries)

11. Seabelo Senatla (34 tournaments, 173 matches, 980 points, 196 tries)

12. Ruhan Nel (22 tournaments, 110 matches, 187 points, 37 tries)

13. Siviwe Soyizwapi* (12 tournament, 57 matches, 175 points, 35 tries)

*Replacement Player


• Cecil Afrika is South Africa’s all-time leading points’ scorer in the World Series – 1322 points

• Seabelo Senatla is the all-time leading try-scorer for the Blitzboks – 196 tries

South Africa’s schedule for Saturday, 9 December is (SA kick-off times):

12h49: Russia

16h10: France

19h56: Kenya

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

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