Amakati Report by Rob Samways

Dear Amakati,


Report on Amakati sailing exploits this past weekend


Boat Show Catamaran Regatta Saturday 25th June

We had 11 catamarans enter to sail this event. With the tide being low at mid-day, arrangements were made to launch from RNYC’s Rod and Reel. This all went to plan perfectly with most of the Darts arriving on trailers and rigged at R&R.


Racing started on time at 13:00 managed by Carol Ferguson as Race Officer assisted by Alec McNamara as the Race Committee.


A single well laid windward/leeward race was set followed by a distance race around the harbour, as the sum of all races contributing to the event. The results were all based on the SCHRS which is the ISAF endorsed handicapping system for catamarans (similar to IRC for keel boats), applied to level the playing field when scoring a diverse fleet of catamarans with various rig and crew configurations.


Martin Zimmerman sailed well consistently, on his Dart 18 Cat (single handed),  to win the event overall. He was followed by Gavin and Geetje Wadsworth (Dart 18) a point behind in second place. Young Liam Fennesy and a friend did well on their Hobie 14 to take 3rd place on point tie break from me sailing my Dart 18 Cat with spinnaker in4th  place. The next boat overall was Andy Brown on his Halcat, also winning the Halcat class. Andy gets faster each time he sails and really has both surprised and impressed fellow Halcat sailors in his rapidly improving performance.


Much thanks to Barry Meehan, Boat Show Organiser and Club Member, for the donated prices.


See results on RNYC web site.


Forthcoming Events.


Waterfront Catamaran Racing. Waterfront Winter Special on Saturday 2nd July and Sunday 17th July.

With good high tide occurrences  around 14:30 on both these days, we will be running the above series with racing commencing at 12:30. The racing will be properly organised with water based bridge starts in the event of NE – Easterly breezes.


The wind forecast is around 15knots from the SW for this Saturday, so we can look forward to some exciting sailing.


The NOR and Sis are out and can be found on the web site.


Woza Friday Winter Special 1 22nd July and Special 2 on 5th August.

With the days getting longer it was decided we should insert a “pre-season” Woza Winter 2 Friday Special Series. The tides are just right for these two planned Woza Fridays with high tides just before 17:30 on both sailing days with a consecutive Full then New Moon occurrence between 2-3 days before these sailing dates. This means great tidal heights, at the right time for racing. Hopefully we will also have just the right wind too?


Oyster Box offshore race for Keelers Sunday 31st July.

I’m giving you advanced warning that should weather conditions be suitable, we will make the necessary arrangement for escort to accompany a fleet of catamarans, sailing with the keelers, on this long distance race to Umhlanga Rocks and back. The turning mark is planned to be set off the Oyster Box, hence the name of the race.


More on this closer to the time.


See you on the water and around the club for “Serious Catamaran Sailing and Awesome Fun”.


Rob Samways


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