RCYC win the first race of the Lipton 2014 Challenge.
Report from Trevor Wilkins:
“The wind-gods threw the book at the 15 teams competing in the opening race of the 2014 Lipton Challenge in False Bay today. Starting in a 22 knot northwester that looked set to strengthen, most of the boats opted for reduced headsails. In no time at all the wind had dropped below10 knots, and a rapid sail change on the first down wind leg was called for.
With the Royal Cape Yacht Club team stretching out an impressive lead, the wind veered to the north and freshened again, rewarding the vigilance of those tacticians who had spotted the pressure up towards Muizenberg. Then, just as conditions looked fairly settled a bank of cloud popped over the mountains above Simon’s Town, heralding a 45deg swing to the west. The RCYC Academy team, racing for Zeekoevlei Yacht Club and skippered by Sieraj Jacobs, read the signs perfectly. They headed west and stormed into 2nd place, right on the heels of the leaders.
On the final down wind leg the two RCYC boats had a thrilling tussle, but the deeply experienced senior team, led by Greg Davis and David Rae, held their nerve and won the day.”
Click HERE for a link the photos from this exciting days racing. Thank you Trevor Wilkins.
RACE 1 RESULTS – A Rectangle Course.