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Intasure Spring Regatta Report From FBYC

Intasure Spring Regatta Report from FBYC

A big congratulations to all our boats and members competing in the FBYC Spring Regatta.

You can view the results here, just click on the division to view results:


REGATTA REPORT by Ant Wentworth

The 2015 Intasure Spring Regatta was hosted by False Bay Yacht Club from 24th to 27th September 2015 and attracted a good fleet of 53 yachts from around the Peninsula, sailing in 6 Classes split into Racing and Cruising Divisions. The Miura class once again sailed their Nationals at the regatta, but at the eleventh hour elected to sail in Cruising Division, which required some creativity from the organisers to arrange the requisite number of races to qualify as a National Championships. The regatta was supported by Helly Hansen and Pennypinchers, who sponsored free draught beer each evening in turn, and Helly Hansen also donated prizes for the Sunday prizegiving and manned a retail outlet for their technical clothing for the duration of the regatta. Pennypinchers sponsored cash prizes for the optional Pursuit Race held on Friday 25th , which did not form part of the official results for Spring Regatta. Also providing prizes for the Sunday prizegiving was Re-Sails, who manufacture stylish bags from used sails.

The Cruising Divisions were split into 3 Classes; Cruising Class 1; Miura Class and Cruising Class 2 and the Racing Division was split into IRC Class; Club Handicap Class 3 and Club Handicap Class 4. Starts were handled in the above order from the committee boat by the excellent race management team led by ???Spilly??? and Erica Spilhaus. Cruising Division yachts finished their races between the yacht club mast ashore and a laid buoy, whilst Racing Division yachts finished at the committee boat. Cruising Division yachts sailed one race a day using a variety of medium distance courses around scenic False Bay, and Racing Division yachts sailed round the buoys races incorporating long windward legs, offset wing marks and a downwind finish.

Intasure Spring Regatta forms part of the 5 – event Cape Summer Yacht Racing Circuit, along with IRC Nationals in November, RCYC Summer Regatta in December, Mid-Summer Fling Regatta at the end of January and Mykonos Offshore Regatta in February. Unfortunately a number of the top IRC boats, such as A-L, were unable to make the trip around the peninsula due the problems with the crane at RCYC affecting their pre-season preparation, doubtless this will be resolved soon.



Weather for race day one was a light NW’ly, which caused an initial postponement of the scheduled 10h30 first start. The breeze soon settled down and the sequences for the various classes were run without incident. Cruising Division classes completed their single races on schedule and Racing Division managed to complete 3 races for IRC Class and 2 races for each of Club Class 3 & 4.

Leaders of the Classes after Day one:

  • Cruising Class 1: Hollard Jacana (J133) – Patrick Holloway
  • Miura Class: Far-Med – Vitor Medina
  • Cruising Class 2:  Bonnie Lass (Sadler 26) – Pieter Struik
  • IRC Class: Nitro (Corby 49) Mike Hayton
  • Club Class 3: Nuthr Witch (L34) David Garrard
  • Club Class 4: Illusion (Flamenca) Paul Dennett



Start times for the entire fleet were published, but attendance was voluntary for the Pursuit Race. In the event approximately half of the fleet started and were sent off to Seal Island and back, with the first boat leaving at 10h00 and the scratch boat Nitro leaving at 12h36. Conditions at the start were not ideal, with very light patches for some of the competitors, but the breeze filled in steadily and a fun race was had by all.


  • 5th Place: Spilhaus (Swede 55) Teddy Kuttell
  • 4th Place: Bad Habit / AE Electrical (Mount Gay 30 Mod) Abrie Erasmus / Rodney Tanner
  • 3rd Place: Fiesta (Flamenca) Billy Leisegang
  • 2nd Place: Water Music (Miura) Andrew Mackenzie
  • 1st Place: Marie Galante (Anea) Paul van Tellingen



Saturday brought classic False Bay conditions, 20-25 knots of wind from the South East,  building through the day, and clearing skies. Cruising Division yachts were sent off on their scenic tours off the bay, with the exception of Miura Class, who first did a round the buoys race, and Racing Division got down to business. Miura Class did a medium distance race as their second race for the day.

The sensation of the day was caused when Bad Habit / AE Electrical struck, and was struck by, a whale on her final approach to the finish line in the first race. The whale’s thrashing tail flukes removed Bad Habit’s rudder and most of her transom at a stroke

and skipper Rodney Tanner went into survival mode with his crew. By stuffing lifejackets

and sails into the gaping hole in the back of the boat, and with the assistance of the SA

Navy and the mark-laying RIB they managed to keep Bad Habit afloat until the arrival of Station 10 NSRI. Bad Habit was towed back to FBYC and before long was lifted from the water on the travelift.

Undeterred by all the drama unfolding in close proximity to his start line, Spilly calmly started the sequences for another race and sent the boats away for their second races.

Racing Division Classes completed 2 races each and were treated to superb sailing conditions. In IRC Class Nitro was proving to be a class act, scoring a first and a third, but Windpower (Landmark 43) were also right in contention with the same score for the day. Yolo (Sunfast 32) and Morning Glory (Farr 40) also posted identical scores for the day. Yolo, owned and skippered by Dale Kushner, was proving to be quite the giant-killer, sailing as by far the smallest boat in the combined IRC class, she would go on to win the final medium distance race on Sunday against formidable opposition.

In Club Class 3 FBYC stalwart Felix the Cat (Pacer 27) moved right into contention, posting 2 first places on the day and hitting 18 knots at times on the downwind legs.

In Club Class 4 Fiesta (Flamenca) skippered by Billy Leisegang, also moved into serious contention with Illusion, posting the same scoreline of one first and one second place for the day.

Leaders of the classes after Race day 2:

  • Cruising Class 1: Hollard Jacana (J133) – Patrick Holloway
  • Miura Class: Far-Med – Vitor Medina
  • Cruising Class 2:  Bonnie Lass (Sadler 26) – Pieter Struik; tied with Marie Galante – Paul van Tellingen
  • IRC Class: Nitro (Corby 49) Mike Hayton 2 points ahead of Windpower.
  • Club Class 3: Nuthr Witch (L34) David Garrard; 1 point ahead of Felix the Cat
  • Club Class 4: Illusion (Flamenca) Paul Dennett held off Fiesta by a single point


The day finished on a high note, with the Springboks bouncing back from the embarrassment of defeat against Japan in their opening Rugby World Cup match to record an emphatic victory over Samoa, with the match showed on the big screen at FBYC to the accompaniment of free boerie rolls and draught beer, courtesy of Intasure.


A decision was taken to hold a medium distance bay race on the final day for all classes. The forecast was for a strong SE???ly in the early morning, moderating during the day to around 12 knots. It would prove to be inaccurate.

IRC and Cruising Class 1 were sent off around Castor buoy to a virtual mark just inside Cape Point, returning to the finish via Whittle Rock and Glencairn buoys. Club Class 3 took in Castor buoy, Bakoven Rock, Whittle Rock buoy and a laid buoy close to Seal Island before rounding Glencairn buoy and finishing. Miura, Cruising 2 and Club Class 4 went around Castor buoy, Bakoven Rock and Whittle Rock buoy, returning to the finish after rounding Glencairn Buoy.

At the start the breeze was moderating quicker than anticipated, but stabilised at about 10-12 knots for the beat down the bay. A cloud bank was observed approaching rapidly from the South, shortly followed by a rapid wind shift to the West, and the fleets were soon sailing in heavy rain and wind increasing rapidly into the high twenties / early 30 knot range. The entire fleet converged on Glencairn buoy out of the driving rain, where they were repeatedly smashed by massive gusts of well over 40 knots on the final beat to the finish.

An exciting end to a memorable regatta.


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