“As a keen yachtsman from the UK on holiday in Umhlanga, my wife Severine and I decided to check out the Royal Natal Yacht Club.
We arrived at the club on a rainy afternoon and immediately spotted the fleet of Pacer 27’s – exciting looking boats which looked to have good performance. We race a Laser 28 with JoG (Junior Offshore Group) back in the UK mainly cross-channel to many of the French ports and to the Channel Islands.
We were made very welcome by the Club Secretary who suggested that we might be able to crew in the race planned for Sunday 22 January 2017. On the appointed day we arrived early and Margie quickly introduced us to Graham Rose – the RNYC Commodore no less! Graham was the epitome of charm and invited us to sail aboard his yacht Zap.
The yacht race that day was to commemorate R B Townsend and a short ceremony took place to commemorate him. We felt privileged to be present.
Boarding Zap we were introduced to Annie, Clive and Sven. We motored to the start line under main then had a slight problem hoisting the blade 3 – arriving a little late at the start line. The race was short with a beat then a fetch back to the finish but it counts as one of our most enjoyable racing experiences. There was sufficient wind and Zap sailed well – hot sun, cool spray and really great company.
After the race we returned the the club and spent the rest of the afternoon chatting with the new friends we had sailed with. A truly memorable day.
Severine and I are considering coming to SA for extended holidays – the experience of sailing with Graham and his friends was, I think, the final piece in the jigsaw to convince us to come to Durban and if possible, seek membership of your splendid Yacht Club.”
We thank you,
Robin & Severine Lawton