When the weather plays ball in Cape Town we are really spoilt with some wonderful sailing conditions. Although the wind died a little towards the end of last night’s race, I am sure all 45 boats enjoyed their Lufthansa Twilight sail tremendously.
Welcome to Tina Plattner’s new Cape 31, the latest of the fleet to launch, called TNT. This one design fleet is a fantastic addition to our club and, as their owners and crew get to grips with how to sail them fast, we are going to see some very exciting and close racing. Only 27 seconds separated Turquoise and Ski on elapsed time last night.
Throughout the fleet there were some very close results. There were only 40 seconds from 3rd to 5th in the Class B spinnaker fleet. Every tack and every manoeuvre counts.
The cruising class was won by Alan Haefele on Derbigum, with Skye in second and Argonaut in third. Class C non-spinnaker had 10 boats taking part and was won by Rob Dowding on Wave Dancer. Noel Walsh’s Love Affair was back after their adventures in the Mossel Bay race and then cruising on to Knysna. Saiorse took second followed by Chris Kraft’s Matador in third. Class C spinnaker was won by the always well-sailed Hors d’Oeuvre, with our commodore in second and Iechyd Da in third.
Yolo won Class B non-spinnaker, followed by Me2Me and then Alec Smith on Touch N Go. It was good to see Freedom and Vortex back on the water. Nuthr Witch continued their good form after winning the Harken Round Robben Island race and took first place in Class B spinnaker. The Cape 31, Turquoise, was in second and Red Cross Bodytec Flyer in third.
Corum led A-L in Class A non-spinnaker, with Cape Dancer in third. In the Class A spinnaker fleet Nitro could not come back from being over the line early and were beaten by Hollard Jacana by 34 seconds. Windpower was another 50 seconds back in third place.
Thank you to the bridge crew, who celebrated Tracy Bell’s birthday while running the race. And thank you to Lufthansa Twilight and also to Krone for supplying the prize bubbly.- Andrew Collins