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North Bay Cruise Report

North bay Cruise report

It was another successful cruising event shared with members of RCYC. We had a gentle sail in 10kt winds to the protected anchorage with most yachts bringing their own tenders. The wind did strengthen somewhat in the mid afternoon (gusting to 35kts) resulting in everyone scuttling back to SBYC at around 3pm. RCYC were generous at the bar afterwards and many stayed to braai again.  9 yachts participated of the anticipated 14 and crew that booked.

It was a catered event with superior braai packs distributed with fires, salads and rolls provided. We are grateful to SBYC for their subsidy of the catering and RCYC for the braai wood. Diana and her support team must be applauded for their truly magnificent spread. There were only compliments and thanks from all those that attended – a magic location with humoured camaraderie between participants.

These cruising events are aimed at offering a non competitive, social interaction amongst participants. It is to get boats off their moorings and again crew off their boats to interact and meet others. I say again, there are more cruisers than racers in most clubs! We welcome participation from other clubs/marinas – Mykonos, Yacht Port, LYC, POYC and those further south.

I hope to make this an annual event post Mykonos Regatta with the navy’s consent. If we elect to do catering again in the future, it will require prepayment to avoid the losses/wastage from those catered for that cancelled late or did not pitch.

Sea Oyster motored all the way to North Bay – we like the decorative mast on this motor vessel. Vernie should consider two outboards on his tender – the one seems unresponsive in surf. Alber’s GPS took him to the wrong bay – glad the wind blew him to the cruise anchorage. Etienne blew out his main on returning to SBYC which forced him to reef – if only he’d –   The lack of toilets ashore caused amusement as the girls were seen, toilet rolls in hand, inspecting the density of shoreline foliage. Tyson left the braai site replete. Barefoot Wynand learnt that coals moved between fires retain their heat. Liberty insisted on raising her main in the fresh wind to dust the cobwebs – Rigel still slipped past on her lee with only jib. Diana says the paper plates and cutlery were all put in the dishwasher ready for the next cruise! Trevor can’t remember the events of the day.

Gavin Lindhorst – boss of cruising SBYC

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