Ahoy Round Robben Island Sailor!
The pursuit version of the ever popular Round Robben Island Race with Harken took place in a fantastic breeze and lovely weather on Saturday. There were 50 entries, and 38 finishers on the day. Well done Royal Cape sailors for turning out once again for this classic local middle distance race. The ribbon of colourful spinnakers from the start all the way down to Murray Harbour in the first ninety minutes of the race looked spectacular – a real treat for all onlookers. Nice to see a couple of new yachts in the mix too.
Apart from an unpredictable wind hole on the south west side of the island, the wind was consistently in the mid to high teens and the start of the summer sun was out to bless us with some warmth and colour. Unfortunately, the hole seemed to prejudice the smaller yachts that arrived there first, and it is a little cruel for them to park there and watch the bigger dogs breathe down their necks and then pass with about a third of the race still to go…an option for the future might be to drop a mark off the northernmost wreck on the island and come back in the wind?
It was pleasing to see that over 75% of the fleet finished within 20 minutes either side of the target finish time of 15h13, with a number of extremely close finishes. For many, there was enough time to catch the tail end of Province giving the Lions a rugby lesson.
The club was humming on Saturday afternoon…very nice to see.
A big thanks to Harken for your continued partnership with the club on this race, for the many Harken prizes, and for generously providing refreshments and snacks for all participants after racing.
Thanks also to Ron and Toni for a well run starting procedure – 50 yachts in just under 100 minutes – and efficient posting of results in time for the scheduled 5pm prizegiving.
I took some time after the race to discuss with Sean Kavanagh, tactician extraordinaire on the winning yacht Ray of Light, what the secret of their success on the day might have been. The answer was simple: they cleaned their bottom in the morning…