23 Keel Boats on the water in this year’s Lion of Africa Ladies Day Race, ranging from the RCYC Sailing Academy L26, JML1 up to the 52ft Keel Boat Thunderchild. 200 lady Sailors participating, ranging in age from Eloise, the tactician on Carousel at 4 months old to sailors of 60 plus years. 5 Mother and Daughter teams taking part, Judy and Dominique Provoyeur and Di and Phillippa Hutton-Squire competing against each other, and all on the same boat Lapwing, Jennifer and Heidi Burger, Millicnet Keen and Clelia, and Leanne and Gail Wheelre. We were also honoured to have a visiting lady Commodore from TSC, MaryAnn Sharwood skippering her team on Necessity; A ladies team from Hermanus Yacht Club as well as a young ladies team coming round the mountain from Izivunguvung Sailing Centre in SimonsTown; A national lady race officer, Di Hutton Squire skippered her team on Hill Billy in the spinnaker class. Of course we can not forget to mention our elite competetive lady sailors in the mix, Olympic South African Sailors Dominique Provoyeur (on Alliance Francaise) and Penny Alison (on Vulcan), ISAF World Hobie 16 Champion sailor, Inga Schabort (also on Vulcan), Western Province lady champion Jennifer Burger on Lapwing, Shelly Castle (ne Polson, on Vulcan) ex Hobie World Champion, Calend Loubser represented SA at the ISAF Youth Worlds, Sabine on Yacht Carousel a world champion 470 sailor …. phew! … and what an international mix of ladies from France, Canada, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Austrailia, UK, Scotland and of course South Africa.
Our RCYC Lady Race Officer of the day, Martina Schmidt put together separate courses for the spinnaker class start at 14h00 and the non spinnaker class start at 14h05. With reports of a 10 knot south wester blowing out in the bay, the westerly course was chosen and the conditions proved almost perfect with a real mix of everything from holes of no wind, to a strong 20 knot south easter at the Harken Mark.
First across the line team Vulcan, with a very proud Hylton Hale watching over his team in the 8 boat spinnaker fleet, and first over the line in the 15 boat non spinnaker fleet was a well accomplished skipper owner Heidi Kavanagh.
Overall Winners of the Spinnaker Class Alliance Francaise with team skipper Dominique Provoyeur, sailed exceptionally well and was determined to defecnd her title from last year.
Overall winners in the non spinnaker class was visiting team Hermans Yacht Club on Yacht Ambeloui with team skipper Dale Rae/Jacqui Louw
Thank You Lion of Africa and Thank you Elana Afrika for helping to make this a very SPECIAL LADIES DAY.
An amazingly unique day at RCYC and an amazingly successful one.
Thank you to my committee who work hard behind the scenes making a day like this happen, Giesela Lundstroom on Pimentio, Martina Schmidt on FTI Flyer, Christiane Mohrestedt on Carousel and Elske Henderson on Isla a big thank you from Toni.
Thank you to our sponsors Boland Cellars and their Brand of Flutterby Wines for providing the tastings and the thank you wine for our boat owners;
Atlantic Yachting Sailing School in Langebaan for their generous offer of 3 Sailing Courses!
Minuteman Press in Montague Gardens for their printing;
Tandem Hair in the Paddocks Shopping Centre for the discount vouchers
Ecoco for the beautiful Gift Hampers;
Manex Marine and for the great discount vouchers on Gill Ladies Clothing;
Judy Provoyeur and her Beading Shop at Eden on the Bay in Big Bay for the beading gift hamper;
Hair Desgin in Bree street for the 50% discount vouchers for EVERYONE
Elle Decoration for a copy of their latest magazine for EVERYONE
Danica Helfrich at Lufthansa for the beautiful qualtiy towel
Tracey Pels of Romans Pizza in Plattekloof Shopping Centre for the discounts on her great pizzas!
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