Rear Commodore’s Report

Well , as we wind down towards Xmas, it seems as if the weather continues to play games with our events.

Having said that, however, the conditions for the last event of the Summer Dinghy Series were about as perfect as could be wished for. A colourful field of 28 craft took to the water in an Easterly of around 12knots and some competitive sailing ensued. The events included a mixed field of Oppies, Lasers, Finns, F15’s and mixed Halcat and Dart catamarans.

The 16th & 19th/20th December sees the F15 Nationals , and hopefully the Dart Provincials. Due to the Nationals , the planned keelboat offshore event may need to be provisionally iced due to stretched Rescue resources.

In discussion with Michael Kavanagh it has been announced that a series of IRC events will be taking place – so keelboat skippers should take note early and start dusting off their kit for these exciting events.

The circuit will comprise the following events:

  • Summer regatta 29-31 Jan 2016
  • Autumn regatta 15-17 April 2016
  • Vasco Ocean Race Durban to Port Elizabeth starting on Saturday 23 April 2016
  • Maputo to Durban race starting Thursday 16 June 2016
  • MSC Week 3-8 July 2016
  • Winter regatta 22-24 July 2016
  • SAS KZN Grandslam 6-9 August 2016 (this event may include keel boats offshore in 2016)

Please diarise and plan for these events.

Four of the above list , The January Summer Regatta, April Autumn Regatta, June – Maputo/Dbn race and Winter Regatta will be hosted by your club! So please do your best to support the efforts of your club and sailing committee.

There are now 7 good reasons to invest in your boats and your crew for 2016. We are looking forward to a bumper 2016 sailing season.

Please try to promote interest in sailing by introducing your friends and relatives. We are always short of Rescue and race management crew as well , so if they can’t , or won’t sail , then encourage them to become involved with race management.

Your Sailing Committee is busy strategising and planning a training schedule for Rescue volunteers, and also an introduction to sailing and racing for recreational sailors who may want to involve themselves in some round the can action!  Watch this Space!!!!

Fair Winds and Full Sails!

Hans

 

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