Interclub regatta attracts 44 boats

George Lakes Yacht Club hosted its annual interclub regatta at Island Lake last weekend. Competitors from Mossel Bay and Knysna took part. Two fleets were created: a fast fleet with ratings less than 1200 and a slow fleet with ratings greater than 1200. The Fast Fleet had twenty boats,.comprising Fireballs, Lasers, Dabchicks and a Sonnet, Mosquito and Hobie 14. The Slow Fleet had 24 boats.comprising Optimists, Teras, Picos, Toppers, Qbas, Gypsy and Topaz. Also at the event was the RSA Olympic sailor Asenathi Jim, to provide coaching to GLYC’s James Hellstrom, who will take part in the World Sailing Youth World Championships in New Zealand at the end of the year.

Two races were held on Sunday in a slight breeze with overcast conditions. On Sunday morning the breeze was still lacking but the two final races were held in ideal sailing conditions in the afternoon. In the light condition, the potentially fast boats did not perform well, particularly the catamarans. Also the Fireballs could not extend a lead over the rest of the fleet as much as they would have liked. Doing best in the series was Knysna’s Dudley Isaac on his Finn. Always up front with the Fireballs, he was the winner of all the races on handicap except the final one, where he got 2nd place. Doing the best of the three Fireballs sailing was the team of Georgou Divans and Ferdinand Holm, consistently up front to get second place overall. Malcolm Osborne was the leader amongst the Lasers to get third place overall. His main.competition from Lasers came from Mossel Bay’s James Marais, fourth overall. In the other fleet, up front on the water were the Tera

Malcolm Osborne was the leader amongst the Lasers to get third place overall. His main.competition from Lasers came from Mossel Bay’s James Marais, fourth overall. In the other fleet, up front on the water were the Tera Pro’s of Abigail Sweeney of Mossel Bay and Devaundrey Slinger of Knysna. However these two could not get far enough ahead of the Optimists to be able to convert this lead into a lead on corrected times. Consistently ahead on this basis was the Optimist of GLYC’s James Vonk, who got first place overall. Second place went to Sean Vonk, who was able to take a couple of race wins off his brother. In third place was Eurios Home ahead of Conrad Holm. Abigail Sweeney was first of the Tera Pro’s. She also got a prize as first girl in this fleet. In the Inter Club.competition, scored on the top three positions in the senior fleet, the winner was George Lakes Yacht Club. Similarly, in the junior fleet, scored on the top 5 boats per club, the winner was also George Lakes Yacht Club, with a narrow margin ahead of the Mossel Bay. George Lakes Yacht Club wishes to extend its grateful thanks to its sponsors: Raubenheimers Attorneys and Lew Geffen Sothebys International Realty (George), as well as to the many volunteers who ensured that the event went of smoothly. The scene on the starting line of the third race at the annual interclub regatta at Island Lake on Sunday. Photos: Michael Vonk The team of Anthony and Diane Parker, seen here on their Fireball, crossing behind the junior fleet winner, James Vonk, to finish in 6th place overall despite not being able sail on the first day.Interclub regatta attracts 44 boats Malcolm Osborne

comprising Optimists, Teras, Picos, Toppers, Qbas, Gypsy and Topaz. Also at the event was the RSA Olympic sailor Asenathi Jim, to provide coaching to GLYC’s James Hellstrom, who will take part in the World Sailing Youth World Championships in New Zealand at the end of the year. Two races were held on Sunday in a slight breeze with overcast conditions. On Sunday morning the breeze was still lacking but the two final races were held in ideal sailing conditions in the afternoon. In the light condition, the potentially fast boats did not perform well, particularly the catamarans. Also the Fireballs could not extend a lead over the rest of the fleet as much as they would have liked. Doing best in the series was Knysna’s Dudley Isaac on his Finn. Always up front with the Fireballs, he was the winner of all the races on handicap except the final one, where he got 2nd place. Doing the best of the three Fireballs sailing was the team of Georgou Divans and Ferdinand Holm, consistently up front to get second place overall. Malcolm Osborne was the leader amongst the Lasers to get third place overall. His main.competition from Lasers came from Mossel Bay’s James Marais, fourth overall. In the other fleet, up front on the water were the Tera Pro’s of Abigail Sweeney of Mossel Bay and Devaundrey Slinger of Knysna. However these two could not get far enough ahead of the Optimists to be able to convert this lead into a lead on corrected times. Consistently ahead on this basis was the Optimist of GLYC’s James Vonk, who got first place overall. Second place went to Sean Vonk, who was able to take a couple of race wins off his brother. In third place was Eurios Home ahead of Conrad Holm. Abigail Sweeney was first of the Tera Pro’s. She also got a prize as first girl in this fleet. In the Inter Club.competition, scored on the top three positions in the senior fleet, the winner was George Lakes Yacht Club. Similarly, in the junior fleet, scored on the top 5 boats per club, the winner was also George Lakes Yacht Club, with a narrow margin ahead of the Mossel Bay. George Lakes Yacht Club wishes to extend its grateful thanks to its sponsors: Raubenheimers Attorneys and Lew Geffen Sothebys International Realty (George), as well as to the many volunteers who ensured that the event went of smoothly. The scene on the starting line of the third race at the annual interclub regatta at Island Lake on Sunday. Photos: Michael Vonk The team of Anthony and Diane Parker, seen here on their Fireball, crossing behind the junior fleet winner, James Vonk, to finish in 6th place overall despite not being able sail on the first day.Interclub regatta attracts 44 boats Malcolm Osborne

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