When you receive a message like the one below – it certainly reaffirms the decision to hold a race in not so perfect weather conditions. Thank you to the 7 skippers and crew who braved the elements and joined us.
“ We are so fortunate to have accurate weather forecasting these days. As sailors it really allows us to plan our lives and activities better. I just assumed that racing would be cancelled for Twilight6 – there was a full on Cape Storm coming through and it felt like home around the fire with OBS weather. Thing is, the forecast actually said it would be mainly done by then.
Sailing committee made the call to hold the racing. I run the crew for Carousel, a Beneteau 39, we’re a cruiser who likes to send braai smoke around the course. All sorts of excuses came in, and we slipped the docks with just three onboard – even the guy with the braai meat felt it looked too miserable! We were joined by 6/7 other boats, of the 52 I count entered for this series of twilight racing.
We got rained on. Large swell was rolling in from around Mouille Point, and we got sent straight into it. Kelp was everywhere after the storm had clearly battered all shores around. Despite all of this, the wind was a reliable 14-22 NW. We probably had too much canvas up, but once around #2 with the wind and waves it was a great “surf” down to the beach. It wasn’t even that cold, still being summer I guess.
This was nothing like your usual Wed night race, we are so used to the standard SE course we even have a nickname for it on the boat (oh, we’re doing “Cheese and Wine” again). Thank you to Sailcom for making the hard call and bridge crew for doing the race. While it might not have been reflected in numbers, we had a great time and appreciate the effort. Thank you to the other boats (who showed us the way).
The next time it’s looking rather miserable, I’m not going to let my crew off so easily. Hope to see you there too. Steven Burnett – Yacht Carousel “
Twilight Sailing 17th of March – St Patrick’s Day
We will be celebrating all things Irish on Wednesday, so bring along your best Irish Craic, the F&B team have some fantastic food and drink specials. There is a prize for the best dressed crew and best dressed boat.
The Twilight Bridge Crew will be the judges on the night.
CRUISER EQUINOX MOON | 19 MARCH
MUSIC FOOD FUN – Have you booked your table on the deck for our exciting music event coming up? Enjoy the laid-back sounds of Shenfm who will be performing live on our floating dock in front of the restaurant. Sit back on your boats, raft up in your tender in the channel, cruise past on your SUP (or anything that floats!), book a table on the deck or watch the livestreaming on your device.
Braai Packs (Lamb, wors, chicken & Garlic roll) – R115.00
Braai stations available around the Club and we will have Gin and Beer stations dotted around the venue.
Sail Cape Town is coming up on the 27th and 28th of this month. This regatta will offer top-class racing under the direction of Race Officer Doug Alison. Each day will start with round the buoys racing followed by a Bay race. We will also offer a Coastal class which will sail one Bay race each day. Be sure you get your entry in as soon as possible and let us know if you will be part of the main fleet, or part of the Coastal fleet.