The recent 2015 Spioenkop Long Haul got off to a slow start in a fairly light breeze. The fleet of 20 boats: 9 Darts, 8 Hobies, 1 Halcat, 1 Tornado and 1 Hobie Tiger; very quickly split into two groups. Those choosing to go towards the dam wall were left sitting in windless holes, while the other part of the fleet quickly started to disappear up the dam and into the Tugela River where the turning mark was situated.
The race. which took around 3 and a half hours with the wind picking up nicely towards the end, showed that it wasn’t over until the proverbial “Fat Lady Sings”. Ex Rear of RNYC Rob Samways, sailing his Dart single handed, was last around the top mark but managed a seventh on line and second overall on handicap. The first boat over the line was the single handed Dart, sailed by Gordon Marshall, with Royal’s Gavin and Geertje Wadsworth finishing second overall and third on handicap. They are fast becoming a serious team to be contended with. Neil and Linda Wadsworth, were not far behind with a credible 5th over the line and 6th on Handicap.
Royal Natal was well represented, with four entries all sailing Darts, of which 3 were in the top six positions. The usual famous hospitality was available with a lamb on the spit and much needed refreshments being available on Saturday evening. Unfortunately, the wind did not materialize on the Sunday which resulted in an early prize giving, and return to the rain in Durban by the competitors.
The RNYC Entrants would like to thank the race organizer Mike Wood and his team for an enjoyable and fun regatta that was well organized and well worth the trip up North.