Excellent course challenges sailors

2008-11-27 00:00

A FINE afternoon’s racing was enjoyed by all participants in HMYC’S Ron Weston Marathon Trophy, held at Midmar on Sunday.

The course set by race officers Roy and Margaret Shooter was excellent and the tour right around the far reaches of the dam was extremely challenging. The race took about three hours and was a fitting test of skippers and crews.

The fleet of 13 yachts was made up of one Dart 18 sailed by Alan Barr, the lovely L26 Desiree skippered by Georg Muller, the Soling Solitude of Keith Gerson, the Holiday23 of Dave Powell and the three Hunters of Peter Metcalf, Mark Patrick and Fritz von Klemperer. There were also six Lasers mostly from Michaelhouse, but with one adult skipper, Shaun Renton from Estcourt. For them it was a very long single-handed journey.

At the start, the wind was light and slow progress was made on the leg from the wall buoy to the extreme buoy in Ashley Bay. With spinnakers drawing, intense concentration was required to take advantage of each little puff.

As the race wore on, the wind picked up, helping particularly the Dart 18 of Alan Barr. He sped away into the distance to take line honours by a large margin, but carried a heavy handicap.

Georg Muller and crew in the L26 sailed an impeccable race in the keelers to comfortably cross the line second. After a long tussle until the wind increased, the Hunter Mistress fought it out with the graceful Soling Solitude but the longer yacht drew away and crossed the line third ahead of Mistress. Fifth home was the Hunter Knip.

Handicap Results:

1st Mistress, P. Metcalfe; 2nd Laser Radial, Simon Farrow (Michaelhouse); 3rd Hunter Knip, Mark Patrick; 4th L26, G. Muller.

• On Saturday, HMYC is holding a sail training exercise for all interested sailors. Under the expert eyes of commodore Tony Cockerill and Paul Changuion this will be of great benefit to those tuning up for the Hunter Provincials taking place at Midmar in mid-December. Other classes are also invited to attend the talks, starting at 10.30 am.

• Maritzburg Radio Yacht Club is holding its R36 Shipmate Class Championship Trophy Race at HMYC at Midmar on Saturday afternoon, starting at 2 pm. A good entry is expected, including two skippers from Durban.

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