Honda Marine Southern Africa supporting SA Junior Bass Angling
By Barry Grove (SA Bass Angling Association)

The Honda BF150HP outboard getting our budding young Bass anglers to where they need to be...

On behalf of the South African Junior Bass Anglers, we would like to thank Honda South Africa for the sponsorship of a Honda outboard motor that has been used for the development and promotion of Junior Bass angling. We have had the privilege of using this motor for the past three years as an official boat for the annual Southern Division Junior Bass Fishing Trials consisting of four tournaments each year, a two and a half month build up to the Junior Nationals, and a further one month build-up to Internationals between South Africa and Zimbabwe.

As the junior bass fishing fraternity consists of many fervent young anglers who do not always have the opportunity to fish off a boat as they or their parents do not own one. Therefore the addition of this superb motor has helped put many underprivileged anglers on the water and thus bettered their skills as well as created exponential improvement in junior bass fishing as a whole.

On behalf of all the Junior Bass fishermen of South Africa, those whose lives this motor has personally touched and especially the future top bass anglers that this first-rate motor has been instrumental in moulding, I would like give Honda Marine Southern Africa a hearty thanks for this generous sponsorship.

South African Junior Champions in the making
… and hopefully World Champions.


Honda’s 2014 Civic WTCC shines during First Test

New 2014 WTCC Civic testing in Aragon, Spain

Honda has released images of its 2014 Civic WTCC works car, taken during its first test session in Aragon, Northern Spain earlier this year. The design of the new look Civic WTCC, which was unveiled in December last year, reflects the latest technical regulations for the FIA WTCC and shows the subtle style of the wheel arch extensions, larger diameter wheels, sleeker aero package and extended rear spoiler.

At Honda’s annual motorsport press conference, held recently in Tokyo, Takanobu Ito, President & CEO of Honda Motor Co. Ltd, also outlined Honda’s ambitions in the Championship this year. He said: “We achieved four victories and captured the manufacturer’s title last season in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, the WTCC, which was our first year of full-participation. In this season, we will strive to win the double title for driver’s and manufacturer’s with a total of four machines including a works team and two private teams.”

Under the banner of the “Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team”, Honda will enter two works cars in 2014, driven by Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro and run by J.A.S. Motorsport. Private outfits Zengő Motorsport and Proteam Racing will also compete for honours with two further Civics, driven by Hungary’s Norbert Michelisz and Moroccan Mehdi Bennani respectively.


Honda announces global 2014 motorsport activities

Marc Marquez undertaking some pre-season testing in Sepang, Malaysia

February 7, 2014 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced its global motorsport strategies and programs for the 2014 season. Honda will put more power behind its motorcycle and automobile motorsport activities so that our racing spirit can bring excitement to customers around the world, both on the track and through our products.

Motorcycle Racing Activities
In 2013, motorcycle racing activities for Honda proved to be both powerful and successful. In MotoGP, Honda captured the “triple crown“ for riders‘, team and constructors‘ championship titles. In the recent Dakar Rally 2014 held in South America, Honda achieved 6 stage wins out of the 13 stages in only the second year of participation as a works team.

This season, Honda will place more emphasis on our racing activities by increasing our motorcycle racing factory works teams, as Team HRC, to a total of four categories: road racing, motocross, trials and rally.

In MotoGP, the Repsol Honda Team will reunite with our winning rider lineup of Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa. Honda will also supply machines to two satellite teams, making a total of three teams and four riders.

In Motocross World Championship, Honda will enter the CRF450RW into the MXGP class under Team HRC. Evgeny Bobryshev and Maximilian Nagl will continue to ride with the new machines for the 2014 season.

In Trial World Championship, the Repsol Honda Team (new factory team) will compete with the seven-time world champion rider Toni Bou and Takahisa Fujinami.

Honda Motor Europe Ltd. will continue to support the Pata Honda World Superbike Team who will compete in the championship with the CBR1000RR and two riders: Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam.

Automobile Racing Activities
In 2013, the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team successfully captured the constructor’s title in its first full year of participation as a factory works team. We will compete in 2014 with our wining driver lineup of Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro. Honda will also provide the 2014 WTCC Civic to the private teams of Zengo Motorsport with Norbert Michelisz, and to Proteam Racing with Mehdi Bennani.

For the 2014 season, Honda will support Japanese driver,Takuya Izawa’s participation in GP2 Series from the France-based ART Grand Prix team, in cooperation with McLaren Racing’s young driver’s development program.

In the Japanese Super GT and Super Formula races, the new NSX Concept-GT machine will debut this year, with a new 2.0 litre racing engine and hybrid system. Vitantonio Liuzzi of Italy, Jean Karl Vernay of France and Bertrand Baguette of Belguim will compete in the series for the first time this year.

Progression towards F1 and strengthening R&D automobile racing operations
In preparation for Honda’s participation in Formula 1 from the 2015 season, and to strengthen its global automobile racing programs, the motorsport development team of Honda R&D has relocated to a new facility in Sakura City, Tochigi (close to the current automobile R&D centre). Engineers started working in this new facility in January 2014 where development of the new F1 power unit continues to make encouraging progress.

The Milton Keynes F1 European frontline operation facility will become operational in June of 2014, following the completion of engine dynamo and assembly facility installment.


Honda-powered NSRI Hout Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew answer Mayday distress radio call
On Tuesday the 4th of February at 14h40, NSRI Hout Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following a Mayday distress radio call from the 24 meter Gansbaai fishing boat ELOMI, with 9 crew onboard, reporting to be taking on water and sinking.

The Mayday distress call was intercepted by Telkom Maritime Radio Services and the Transnet National Ports Authority who activated the Hout Bay Sea Rescue station. NSRI Bakoven were also placed on alert.

The NSRI Hout Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched the sea rescue craft ALBIE MATTHEWS, a 7,3 meter RIB powered by two 115 Honda’s, as well as the slower deep sea rescue boat NADINE GORDIMER. Both rescue craft rendezvoued with the casualty boat 9 nautical miles off Llandudno.

On arrival on-scene they found the vessel underway and the crew safe while water was being pumped out of ELOMI by her crew.

It was confirmed that the fishing boat, carrying 60 tons of fish, had experienced a generator failure causing a subsequent motor failure. While attempting to repair the motor and generator their vessel had broadsided to the swell causing the boat to be swamped, and because she was heavy laden with fish this compounded the problem making her take on water.

The crew had then managed to get both the generator and motor working and once under way they were able to begin pumping water from the boat.

With all crew safe and the vessel underway the NSRI sea rescue craft remained at their side and escorted them into Hout Bay.


Chaparral 307 SSX: Good Handling Sets the Tone (courtesy of

Chaparral 307 SSX

From the “Handling” section of our Captain’s Report — “…the ride to (the testing) location was a choppy one… She presented a surprisingly dry ride regardless of the angle the waves were coming from…whether we ran her through a beam sea, following or even quartering sea…she tracks surprisingly straight and true as hands were removed from the steering wheel.”
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Stern Platform

Cockpit layout