Amakati Report – 26.04.2016

Report on Amakati exploits this past weekend

RNYC Dinghy Series Saturday 23rd April.

The last in this series was blown out with a SW’ter of more than 25 knots gusting.

The Amakati who arrived with their Darts and Richard Potgieter and Andy Brown on Halcats, were instead taken to Durban Ski Boat Club by Andy Brown, where we had an excellent view of the Vasco start. A most entertaining spectacle it was. Also, what a wonderful club the Ski Boat club is with very hospitable people.

Sunday 24th April 2016

With the aforementioned event being blown out, we looked at the tides and decided a good launch time for sailing on Sunday would be 13:00. So, 4 Darts (myself, Gavin Wadsworth, Neil Wadsworth and Graham Weyer)with Richard Potgieter on his Halcat, rigged to go sailing in a breeze of 15 knots NE gusting 25knots. We sailed down to Island Yacht Club to see “what’s up”. At ISC, Coert Grobbelaar along with another 4 Halcats were about to sail “slot” racing in the channel on a windward leeward course. We joined in a start and after rounding Mark 1 we decided the wind was too fluke to sail in, so we peeled out of the race and instead had a dice back to RNYC. A thoroughly enjoyable day with huge gusts and exhilarating sailing in the big expanse of Durban Harbour.


Forthcoming Events.

SAS KZN Grandslam Richards Bay 30th April – 2nd May (long weekend)

Some of us are already organised and raring to go and sail in this event. The Saturday looks to be quite hectic with high SW wind speeds forecast. So, it’s a good thing we’ll be sailing in a sheltered harbour after all.

Thus far I know of 4 Darts (Gavin, Graham, Neil and myself) are going and Richard Potgieter is taking his Halcat. Bill Ellen’s did say he was going. Anyone else? Hopefully Reg Aburow will pitch and just maybe Justin von Niebel as well? But, where are the Halcat sailors?

The excellent camping, ablutions, catering and bar available, along with brilliant beach launching facilities at  ZYC will make your regatta an enjoyable experience. Also there are plenty of “B and B’s” in close proximity to the club, as an alternative accommodation option.

Three Ships Masters Event at ISC in 7th & 8th May

Unfortunately, I will be unable to sail this event as it clashes with Stuart Ritchie and Lindy’s wedding at Tala. But, for those not invited, go sail this event on your Halcat. This year would have marked my 4th  year anniversary sailing catamarans/Halcats.

This event is open to 35 years and older participants, based on an age handicap system. This is a fun event where dinghy’s and catamarans are invited to enter. The NOR is out. More on this closer to the time.

So, I hope to see you on the water and around the club for “Serous Catamaran Sailing and Awesome Fun”.

Rob Samways


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