Teams prepare for the penultimate leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017/2018

Every point counts as teams prepare for Sunday start in Cardiff

I had the chance to see the start in Cape Town on 10th December last year (see the pic below .I was with my great friend Warren Kirkland )

The pressure is building as teams prepare for the penultimate leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. Every point counts on the final sprint to the finish.

With just two legs remaining in the Volvo Ocean Race the battle for the overall prize is tighter than ever, with three teams fighting for first place and a fourth crew still in with a shot at the podium.

As the team’s prepare for the Sunday afternoon start of Leg 10 sprint from Cardiff, Wales to Gothenburg, Sweden, Charles Caudrelier’s Donbgfeng Race Team has the advantage, sitting in pole position. The Chinese-flagged team holds a one point lead over Xabi Fernández’s MAPFRE, who had been leading for the majority of the race.

And just two points further back is the hottest team in the race, Bouwe Bekking’s Team Brunel.

To put in context how dominant Bekking’s team has been over the past three legs, consider Brunel has scored 37 of the maximum 38 points available, compared to Dongfeng with 26 points and MAPFRE who have collected 20 points over that span.

“All the pressure is on these guys, they’re still ahead of us,” Bekking insisted at Friday’s press conference. “We just have to beat them, like I said in Newport. Just beat the two red boats and then we’ll see what happens on the last leg. I think it will all come down to the last leg into The Hague.”

As much as he’ll be fighting for the prize, Bekking will need to keep one eye on his Dutch compatriots on team AkzoNobel, who could challenge for the podium with two strong results on the finishing legs.

For the leader, Charles Caudrelier, the emergence of Brunel as a threat has changed the way his team will approach Leg 10.

“Earlier in the race, maybe we played too much in match racing with MAPFRE,” Caudrelier conceded. “Now there is another boat in the game. We just have to go race and see what happens. Maybe after his leg we’ll have to think about controlling someone but right now, the lead is too small for that.”

Leg 10 is a 1,300-nautical mile sprint that takes the teams around the west coast of Ireland up to the northern tip of Scotland before heading east-southeast to Gothenburg, the home of Volvo.

Leg 10 of the Volvo Ocean Race starts at 1600 local time in Cardiff (1500 UTC) on Sunday afternoon.

Volvo Ocean Race Leaderboard after Leg 9
1. Dongfeng Race Team – 60 points
2. MAPFRE – 59 points
3. Team Brunel – 57 points
4. team AkzoNobel – 48 points
5. Vestas 11th Hour Racing – 36 points
6. SHK / Scallywag – 29 points
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic – 26 points

** Should there be a tie on the overall race leaderboard at the end of the offshore legs, the In-Port Race Series standings will be used to break the tie. After today’s results, MAPFRE retain a considerable advantage in this respect (see standings below).

Current Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race Series Leaderboard
1. MAPFRE – 56 points
2. Dongfeng Race Team – 49 points
4. Team Brunel – 41 points
3. team AkzoNobel – 39 points
5. Vestas 11th Hour Racing – 26 points
6. Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag – 21 points
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic – 17 points

Spoilt Salon Hair & Nails, in Green Point, has been grooming its way to creative success for more than a decade.

In May 2018 salon owner and stylist Shoneez Warrington elevated Spoilt to inspired heights by hosting an entirely original show at Youngblood Art Gallery on Cape Town’s trending Bree Street.

Heavily invested in training and partnering with South Africa’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands, the likes of Cosmopolitan, Glamour and WomanOnline, Spoilt Hair & Nails showed off its creative flair with a bespoke celebration of hair as art. “The inspiration for our show was the love of art and hair,” Shoneez explains. “We were inspired to see if we could combine the two into an exhibition, which is what we achieved.”

As the first and only salon to bring fashion and hair styling together in quite this way illustrates Spoilt’s drive and passion to push boundaries and bring these two complementary disciplines together through collaboration. We haven’t heard of anyone doing a show like this,” Shoneez says. “Other salons do fashion shows, but they’re typically not theirs alone. This show was ours – from the original idea, right through to the final execution of the show.”

All the creations shown were fashioned by Shoneez’ talented team, from outfits right through to hair, every aspect was overseen and tailored to perfection. Partnerships being key to Spoilt Salon Hair & Nails, make-up artists gorgeous2go collaborated on the night to help add the finishing touches to each of the model’s looks. “We have an impeccable reputation for maintaining longstanding relationships and enjoy high client retention, all of which sets us apart,” Shoneez confirms.

“The aim was to show off our creative side,” she adds. “It’s not something we do at Spoilt every day, so it was great to showcase what we can do. The event was also a wonderful way to bring in teambuilding too. It definitely took lots of team work for the show to be the success it was.”

As for how the reveal was received by all invited, Shoneez definitely saw the night as a success. “Our guests were absolutely amazed,” she corroborates. “The gallery has also kept our garments to show as part of their current exhibition.”

With a promise of more like-styled events to come from Spoilt, Shoneez and her team are already hard at work conceptualising their inspirations.

Notes to the reader :

Shoneez Warrington has been active in the grooming industry since 1998, gaining extensive experience working at a variety of top salons before launching Spoilt Salon Hair & Nail in 2005. Having studied in London, at Vidal Sassoon, her international exposure is what continues to inform her burgeoning business.

For more information and interview opportunities, please contact:

Shoneez Warrington
e-mail: bookings
spoilt hair and nails
@spoilthair

RUGBY FORTUNES CAN TURN ON A TICKY …… or RUSTENBURG REVISITED!

This is one of the great rugby reads of all time ..

I was at the game with Mike Greenaway and got so smashed after the game .

I was given a 500m coke bottle filled with Jack Daniels and stumbled out the stadium and then we went to Traders …..You had to be at Traders to see the party afterwards .

It was a sight to behold .Never to be repeated ever .I have been friends with Mike for over 22 years ..We met at record co BMG (when the record industry worked ) and we have seen some classic matches but this was off the chart …

I saw Mike last week in Durban and we had a catch up ..All that has happened is we have gone more grey ,but the laughs are still the same ..If only Mike would write a book about the oval ball and his travels .He is by far one of the best rugby writers in SA

Mike Greenaway Column

Who remembers Andre Pretorius, the former Lions and occasional Springbok flyhalf? You can be forgiven if the memory banks need a bit of a jolt to recall the gifted but terribly injury-prone pivot.

It should not be that way given that Pretorius played a hugely significant role in the Springboks winning the 2007 World Cup, even though it was Butch James that ended up usurping the No 10 jersey from him at that World Cup.

It goes back to an almost forgotten Springbok match against the All Blacks in the less than alluring surrounds of the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in dusty Rustenburg. The context of the match was hugely significant because John Smit’s Boks had lost five matches in a row, including copping 45 points from the same New Zealand side a week before in Pretoria. The public mood was ugly, and it was the same in the boardroom of the South African Rugby Union, which was itching to fire coach Jake White.

Smit knew that a sixth consecutive defeat would mean the end of White, and most likely himself, as a new coach came in and gave the team a spring clean. Everything the Boks had worked for from 2004 towards the World Cup would go out the window.

After the heavy Loftus defeat, White changed plans and took the Boks out of Pretoria, away from the discontented public and put them in a resort near Sun City.

Smit later reflected that his players were absolutely “gatvol” of losing and “didn’t give a damn anymore. Before kick-off there was something of a declaration of war in the change room, and the Boks ran out and played like frenzied animals. The All Blacks, who had won 15 in a row, responded in kind and the match turned into a throwback to the amateur era when it was case of “anything goes,” especially in the set scrums.

A vivid memory I have of that game was a crazed Carl Hayman rising from a scrum in which he had obviously been given a ‘Welcome to Rustenburg’ from a tight forward and chasing Os du Randt to a ruck where he split his head open with a punch.

This ferocious but fascinating struggle built up to an almighty climax when All Black No 8 Rodney So’oialo had a moment of madness in the 79th minute and dived into a ruck, palpably from the side, with his team 20-18 ahead.

That was when Smit tossed the ball to Pretorius, famously saying “rather you than me”, and then went into earnest prayer, the captain later admitted.

The kick sailed through the uprights, the All Blacks had been beaten 21-20, White was saved from the coaching gallows and a year later the Springboks had won the World Cup.

The moral of the story is that a rugby team’s fortunes can turn on a ticky. Zeroes one day, heroes the next, and that goes for the Springboks under Rassie Erasmus as well as Eddie Jones’ England, again with the World Cup about a year away and both teams on losing streaks as they enter this intriguing three-Test series.

Finally, a postscript to that Battle of Rustenburg. The relief among the Boks was reflected in madcap celebrations at Sun City. The spanner in the works was that the All Blacks were also in the building, so to speak (where else do you go out in that neck of the woods?) and both teams ended up in the Traders bar where a distinctly combustible atmosphere prevailed. The All Blacks did not like losing and the Boks were happy to rub their victory in the Kiwis’ faces. An injudicious remark by Butch James to assistant coach Steve Hansen almost caused a fracas and Smit decided that discretion would be the better part of valour and escorted his team to pastures new in the complex.

The battle-lust waned as the night wore on and there was reconciliation in the wee hours when Smit encountered an All Black sitting in a bush, looking rather ruffled. “Dan, do you need a hand?” Smit asked, and Mr Carter replied: “Thanks Smitty, that would be nice,” and off the pair went to the casino.

ENDS

Masterclass with RJ Benjamin -Understanding your voice Saturday 2 June

Masterclass with RJ Benjamin -Understanding your voice Saturday 2 June at Paul Bothners Claremont

RJ has vocal coached some of SA top talent ovet the years

Using various video’s as well as diagrams this masterclass will help singers, musicians, choir masters and really anybody fascinated with singing to better understand their voice as well as understand everybody else’s.

How vocal sound is created (Footage will be used to assist in the explanation of this)

How breathing affects sound creation (Several breathing exercises will be used and a few volunteers will be required to show examples)
Why our voices are unique

Vocal range and registers (This is particularly important in teaching singers to know and understand their vocal range and how singing outside of this can cause serious damage and be detrimental to a singing career, Footage will be used to assist in the explanation of this)

Warm up sequence (the attendees will do a standard warmup sequence)

Explanation of Vocal Pedagogy (methodology) and which ones to avoid.

Vocal health (this will include advice on how to keep your vocal chords as healthy as possible as well as some footage showing vocal damage particularly in the form of nodules)

Q & A

Date: Saturday, 2 June 2018

Venue: Paul Bothner Music Claremont

Time: 10:30am to 12:30am

Cost: R50.00 for tickets purchased online or R70.00 at the door

Enquiries: 021 674 4030 – Paul Bothner Music Claremont

Nick Mallet and Ashwin Willemse and the Boks

For the good folk of Fremantle, Perth, it must have been an odd sight. In the local park, the Springbok rugby team was sitting on a little hill overlooking a marked-out ‘field’ while a team in smart green shirts was thrashing the living daylights out of bunch of oddballs in a game of touch rugby.

It was the 1998 Tri-Nations tour and Nick Mallett had challenged the travelling media to a game of touch against his management team. It was an ambush from the start given that Mallett’s team comprised either former rugby stars or very fit physios and conditioning staff, and Mallett knew it.

Most of the media had not touched a rugby ball since brief flirtations with the game at school and as for our physical conditioning … well we pretty much looked like the “before” pics that are taken before a body transformation challenge.

We lost 19-1 and Mallett was in his element. It had been compulsory for the Boks to attend the slaughter and they dutifully clapped as the tries mounted and the humiliation of the press deepened.

The coup de grace for Mallett came when he saw me running with the ball and he lined me up as if I was a Northern Transvaal wing and he was in his Western Province No 8 jersey. Instead of a touch on the back he flattened me with a full-on cover tackle. The crowd roared, Mallett beamed and murmured an expletive in my ear …

I didn’t mind, for me it was in the spirit of fun and entertainment, and the team doctor later graciously tended to my roasties.

That is Nick Mallett. He can be larger than life, a grandstander at times, and some have regarded him as a bully of sorts, often intellectually, but I have never found him malicious and got on well with him.

He is smart and he knows it. He is often the dominant figure in a room. That is how he is. I can understand that some people find him overbearing. I recall him and Mark Andrews (who stood back for nobody) almost coming to blows at a Springbok training session in Joburg. They could not stand each other.

I also have a memory of Ashwin Willemse that is vivid in my memory. It was Loftus Versfeld, the infamous 16-52 reverse to the All Blacks in 2003. Towards the end of the embarrassment, when most of the Boks were out for the count, Willemse out of nowhere conjured up a gem of a try. He was all determination as he weaved through defenders and then dived over for a fine try.

Not long after that game, captain Corne Krige said that even more disappointing than the result was the fact that he saw in the eyes of many of his (mostly white) teammates that they had given up. Willemse was not one of them. He stood out in that game when the majority of his teammates were left floundering. There was absolutely nothing “quota” about Willemse that day, and for that matter in any other match he played for the Boks.

Willemse is a strong character. He proved it by turning his life around from the most difficult of starts on the Cape flats, and he proved it by his efforts on the rugby field.

Cut to the present and the SuperSport studio drama that unfolded so dramatically last Saturday evening. Preliminary investigations by the pay channel have discovered no evidence of racism. There is still a lot of water to flow under the investigation bridge, and it may yet prove be a case of covert rather than overt patronisation that occurred. Or it may just boil down to a clash of strong personalities.

Whatever the case, far more disturbing has been the reaction of the public to the incident. The clear polarisation of opinion along racial lines is now more significant to this country than what was said by Willemse.

In general, white folk took to WhatsApp to ridicule Willemse, with endless jokes at Willemse’s expense doing the rounds. For example: “How do you get rid of a SuperSport presenter? With a Mallett.”

Blacks reacted, too, with Willemse being championed for taking a stand against (alleged) racism. Former Boks showed their support for him on Twitter. The Minister of Sport reacted immediately on Sunday when she called for Mallett and Botha to be suspended.

So here we are 25 years into unity and this country is as divided as it ever was. Nothing has changed and, most worryingly, it seems that few intend changing.

by Mike Greenaway

Sipho Mabuse -May 2018 tour dates 4 shows ,4 cities

Delighted to share the event poster -Sipho is doing 4 shows round SA in the next few weeks

Starting on Maputo on 19 May ,then Durban ,then Constitution Hill and finally Swaziland

This is a wonderful tour that he is on with his band – and just reward for his Ikhamanga Award ( in silver ) received on 28 April 2018 from the President of the Republic

9th SAMA NOMINATION FOR MOREIRA CHONGUIÇA

Morestar Entertainment, the recording label for the superb ‘collaboration album’, M & M; MOREIRA CHONGUIÇA & MANU DIBANGO, is proud to announce that the album has been nominated for a South African Music Award in the category Best African Artist Album

Released in 2017 after 5 years in the making, the album pays homage to great jazz standards close to the hearts of Mozambican saxophonist, Chonguiça and Cameroonian saxophonist, Dibango.

“I am honoured that this album has been recognised by the South African music industry. M & M has once again showed the power of collaboration. It was such a privilege to record side by side with one of Africa’s greatest musicians and it is an experience that I will cherish forever”, says Moreira.

“This was a special experience for me working with a musician who is not only a fellow saxophonist but also my friend. Despite our age difference, we have many similarities in our styles of music. I enjoyed the opportunity of re-arranging US standards and giving them an African twist. We must not forget where we come from, our heritage, our soul. The roots of jazz are in Africa” says the legendary Manu Dibango.

Recorded in France at Ferber Studios in Paris, and mastered in Cape Town at Milestone Studios, this album has received widespread acclaim.

This will be Moreira Chonguica’s 9th SAMA nomination. Previous nominations include – The Moreira Project Vol 1: The Journey nominated for Best Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Album and Best Producer which went on to win; The Moreira Project Vol 2: Citizen of the World, nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz, Best Producer and Best Album Packaging and went on to win Best Contemporary Jazz Album and Best Album Packaging and Khanimambo was nominated for Best Engineer and Best African Adult Album.

M & M: Moreira Chonguica & Manu Dibango, was also nominated for an AFRIMA award in 2017.

Moreira will be joining Manu Dibango at the Africa Festival in Wurtzburg, Germany in May 2018.

Moreira has also spoken at Music Exchange MEX (the music conference is now its 8th year this year to be held on 1 and 2 Sept in Cape Town ) and he has been a keynote speaker for a number of years along with his manager Lesley Wells.

Pictured below is Martin Myers convenor of Mex and Moreira

 

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