Report back on recent catamaran events

Woza Friday (3rd November).

This was not well attended due to many reasons, such as: decorating the club for “Scary with a Bang”, boats still being repaired from the storm damage, etc.

As it is a scheduled event on the calendar, we are obliged to run the event. However, only 3 boats sailed. Two races were run in wind speed that was way below forecast.

The first race was thrown out on a technicality, that being that no one sailed the course correctly, as the leading boat left out one of the marks and the others followed suit.

Taine sailed well on his boat with great boat speed, but in the final race he had a spectacular capsize whilst on trapeze and crossing the finish line. This capsize was further made challenging for the Race Committee as Taine’s mast jumped out of the mast step (something we need to all look at) and the Bridge crew of Alec McNamara and Sandy Samways spent a good hour retrieving the boat. This required having to take sails off the mast and get the rig onto the boat.  Taine was eventually towed back to shore upside down, beaching at the Rowing Club, where we collected the boat and took it back to the club. Many thanks to both Alec and Sandy for all their hard work in getting Taine back safely,  with his boat suffering only two broken battens in the Mainsail.

Oktoberfest Catamaran Regatta, incorporating the Di Wadsworth Memorial Halcat Trophy, and the  Waterfront Spring Series (Saturday 4th November)

Lack of suitable tidal range occurrences, clashes with other scheduled events such a Trafalgar dinner and Pursuit Race, then the ISC’s Masters, forced the Oktoberfest Regatta into the November slot, piggybacking on the WFS also scheduled for the day. Next year we will ensure that this regatta (Oktoberfest Catamaran Regatta) incorporating the Di Wadsworth Memorial trophy for Halcats, finds its own slot on the calendar and hopefully avoiding clashes.

Regardless of the above, we still had excellent racing sharing the course with the Pacers and dinghy’s. The wind was challenging to say the least, with light conditions, big shifts and isolated gust occurrences over the course. However, we all enjoyed the two races we sailed. Many thanks to the RNYC Race Committee for their efforts in this regard.

We had a total of 11 catamarans enter, of which 8 were Halcats and 3 Darts. Two of the Halcats were sailed in 2 up configuration. Scoring was on the SCHRS handicapping system. The overall regatta winner was Justin von Niebel sailing on his Dart having a brilliant sail for the day, followed by Neil Wadsworth on a Halcat and Rob Samways 3rd on a Dart. Neil won the “Di Wadsworth Memorial Trophy” for the first Halcat overall on scratch in the Regatta. Well done to the winners.

Many thanks to the Wadsworth family for donating a keg of beer to the event.

Attached please find results:

Upcoming events…..not to be missed!

Dart 18 KZN Regional Championships 2017 (18-19th Nov

All systems are go for this one, to be hosted by RNYC with catamarans sailing off Vetches beach. We have again assembled the excellent race management team, headed by Race Officer Hemraj Gokal, that ran a brilliant Dart Nationals offshore Durban in March of this year.

We are at this stage looking at what seems to be an excellent entry for this event, with a good number visiting us from Gauteng and East London.

Spioenkop Long-haul (Saturday 2nd December)

This annual event has been well supported by RNYC for the past 4 years and this will be no different this year.

Yours in sailing really fast and fun boats, the future of sailing! 

 Rob Samways.