Report on Amakati sailing exploits this past weekend
SAS KZN Grand Slams, Saturday 6th August to Tuesday 9th August 2016
Beach site: I must report to you that those of us who sailed offshore in the above event had a brilliant time and regatta. There were over 50 boats sailing, including Optimists from up country. The Hobie 14s were holding their KZN Regional Championships which attracted a good fleet of boats to add to the overall atmosphere. Attending were also a good fleet of Lasers, 3x 505, 2x 29ers and the below mentioned open catamaran division.
Only 3 Darts sailed, being myself, Gavin with Geetje Wadsworth and the Hobie Class Chairman, Mark Kopel from Jhb. This small Dart attendance resulted in the 3 Darts being allocated to the “Open Class Catamaran Division” sailing with a Tornado and a Hobie Tiger. The open class divisions were scored on handicap. The final result was that I won the division, followed by Mark Kopel.
The racing was well organised, the venue was brilliant, the weather played ball for the event, inclusive of a hectic big blow of 20 – 30knots on Monday, which resulted in almost every boat enjoying a capsize, myself included! Some of the Hobie 14s enjoyed multiple capsizes on this day, so there were many “war stories” to be told afterwards whilst nursing sprains and pains.
Harbour: The harbour racing, I hear, was not well attended with only 7 boats sailing? I wonder why the elected provincial class reps for Halcats and Flying Fifteens never got the fleets going? A big pity, as from the Race Management side, all was in place to roll out racing.
RNYC Annual Prize Giving Saturday 13th August at 19:00
See all of you at this event to honour those who have achieved podium places in our club racing during the year.
Woza Friday Spring Series on Friday’s 19th August, 2nd and 30th September 2016
A series of 3 race days are scheduled for the Woza Friday Spring Series. Racing starts daily at 16:30. Phil Downing is the man who will take on the all-encompassing management of this event from here on. So assist and support him in the race management side as well.
RNYC AGM – Tuesday 30th August 2016 at 18h00
We need new blood to take the interests of catamaran sailing forward in RNYC. Please start deciding amongst you, the RNYC Amakati, as to who is going to be your champion to achieve this. Then nominate that person to stand on the new incoming Sailing Committee. I am retiring from all aspects of club, class and event organisation to pursue my own interest in racing. So please see my new slogan below, for this my penultimate newsletter Amakati Report.
I hope to see you around the country, pursuing with passion, the sport of catamaran racing. If you are there, then I will: “See you on the water and around the “clubs of the RSA” for “Serious Catamaran Sailing and Awesome Fun””.