A gentle south-westerly welcomed 11 boats to the start line off Granger Bay for the Women’s Regatta. Race Officer, Ian Watkins, set a traditional triangle/sausage course for the first race.
As is normal for the conditions, it paid to go in to the shore on the way to the windward mark off Mouille Point. Di Hutton-Squire on Tin Tin took the win, followed by Judy Provoyeur on Mwah and then Janine Kruyt on Bodytec Flyer. The two Miuras both elected to sail in the non-spinnake fleet with Marthina Schmidt on SANNCOB Far Med in first followed by Betty Brown on Iechyd Da.
The wind was forecast to die so the Race Officer set the spinnaker fleet off on their second race as soon as he could, electing to cancel the second race for the two non-spinnaker boats. Wisely he left just enough time for the crews to enjoy a glass of champagne between races.
The wind dropped to around 4 knots which made for slow going around the short windward/leeward course. This time Linda Raubenheimer won the race on Hors d’Ouvre with Heidi Kavanagh on Ray of Light in second and Tin Tin in third.
The overall results for the regatta were that Tin Tin won the spinnaker class on 4 points, with Ray of Light in second on 7 points and Hors d’Ouvres only half a point behind in third. Since the two non-spinnaker boats had only sailed the one race, Marthina Schmidt won that division.
Thank you to everyone for taking part and to the bridge crew for running a fun regatta. Winter sailing again showed that it is often the most pleasant time to sail in Table Bay. – Andrew Collins