HMYC Season Opening Cruise and Commodores Hamper Race (this past Sunday 4th September)
An exclusive band of elite sailors took four of their highly regarded, best designed “one design” catamarans in the world, being the Dart 18, to partake in the HMYC’s opening of sailing season salute to their commodore, followed by the “Commodores Hamper Race”. (Please excuse the somewhat slightly biased point of view of the writer, in regard to boat designs, stature and competencies!)
The Commodore of HMYC is non-other than the highly respected Derek Wilkes, past member and former long serving Rear Commodore of the RNYC. Our Commodore, Graham Rose, an invited dignitary to the event, was most delighted that we made the effort to both honour Derek Wilkes and represent the RNYC.
The four boat Dart teams comprised of: Gavin and Geetje Wadsworth, Graham Weyer, Neil Wadsworth and myself.
The RNYC boats were able, complying with naval traditions as instilled in us by our Commodore, to acquit themselves admirably by sailing in formation and performing the salute in a dignified manner. This was done as requested by the Race Officer of the day, being Rob Bell, who, as you should know by now, is a member of both the RNYC and HMYC.
Soon after the salute, a race was started with a perfect sailing breeze filling in over the dam wall of around 10 knots. The course was around most of the fixed buoys located around Midmar Dam. The 4 Darts streaked away out of the start from the rest of the “old technology” mono-hulls and the young Bowman’s two Optimists, to then engage in a tactical and closely contested race that lasted us just over 45 minutes on the Darts. I took line honours with Neil Wadsworth within a minute behind. Overall handicap results had myself 1st and winning the hamper, Neil Wadsworth 2nd , Mark Flack on his Sprog 3rd and Luke Wagner on his Soling 4th.
It was an enjoyable day. If you did not sail, you missed a lot!
Dart 18 KZN Rep.