Saturday 22nd July was our first club race scored on the ORC rating system. It was ideal sailing conditions with a South/ South-Easter forecast with a consistent wind ranging from 15 kts. For the all class start in the first race we had 19 boats starting, taking them to: #10(port); Harken (port); Milnerton (port);Laid Mark 1(port); Harken (starboard); #10 (starboard).
In Class C, we had Alec Webb (sailor of the month) and his Academy team finishing ahead of Far Med and Iechyd Da in race one. Class B, saw Nuthr Witch finishing first, followed by DARG Shadowfax and Touch ‘n Go. In Class A, only 5 seconds on corrected time separated Gordon Kling’s Mwah and Hollard Jacana (2016/2017 Club Championship winners). Well done Gordon and crew. In 3rd we saw the new team Assegai grabbing a podium position on their Pacer 42.
The second race had Class A and B sailing to: #10 (port); Harken(port); Milnerton(port); LaidMark1(starboard); Laid Mark2(starboard); Milnerton (starboard), Laid Mark 1(port); Harken(starboard); #10 (starboard). Class A saw a familiar top three with the new ORC rating system with 1st Hollard Jacana, 2nd Mwah, 3rd Maestro. Hollard Jacana made up for an uncharacterstically poor start by playing the shifts up the middle of the course on the beat to the second last mark and gaining a lot of ground. In Class B, Dave Garrard made it back to back wins with the Witches in 1st, followed by Peter Hill & Di Hutton Squire’s Tin Tin in 2nd and DARG Shadowfax in 3rd. Class C, had RCYC’s Academy Team taking another win, followed by Medina’s Far Med and Hundt’s Iechyd Da. We also had two past commodores, John Levin and Ray Matthews, sailing their Van De Stadt 34’s in Class C.
Drifter Brewing Company supplied some great prizes to our winners. To view the overall results, please click here.
Saturday also saw two of our Marina staff gaining some extra sea miles behind the helm. About a year ago, I proposed that we get our Marina staff qualified as Skippers. Eric and Xolani will soon join Elliott and Sam as qualified skippers. They looked comfortable behind RCYC II’s helm in Table Bay and are eager to start learning how to moor. -Fanie Naudé