Weekend yachting results

2008-09-11 00:00

After a long wait for wind at HMYC at Midmar on Sunday, racing eventually got under way at about 2.30 pm in a light northeasterly over-the-wall breeze.

The relatively small fleet of about 12 yachts set off in race one of the George Duffin Trophy Series for Hunters and the Monthly Mug for other classes on boat and skipper handicaps.

In the Hunters, Craig Millar and Mike Surgeson were in form, pipping crack skipper Paul Changuion and Tim Duguid in Essex Girl over the line. Mark Patrick and Andy Arbuckle in Knip were third in Hunters.

In the second race, Craig Millar and Mike Surgeson in Baby Blue were unbeatable, sailing to comfortable line honours. The girls in Picannin came second over the line and Knip came third.

Overall in the two-race series, Millar and Surgeson are the leaders, followed by Marshall and Changuion, with Mark Patrick and Andy Arbuckle third.

The winners of the HMYC Monthly Mug Series on boat and skipper handicap were Millar and Surgeson in their Hunter, followed by the beautiful Lavranos 20 Tantrum skippered by Lauren Ross and crewed by her parents Reg and Carol. This yacht is a magnificent sight with its colourful hull and sails. Essex Girl lies third ahead of Knip and Picannin. The series continues on the first Sunday of each month.

This weekend sees Radio yachtsmen out in full force at HMYC at Midmar. A big fleet of International 1m models will be competing in the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Championships. Over 20 of these lovely models will be in action with top sailors from KZN, the Western Cape, North Vaal and Free State expected to enter.

Racing will start at 11 am on Saturday and will continue on Sunday. A fierce competition is expected between Shaun Carrol from the Free State and Des Fairbank from KZN. They were a very close first and second in the North Vaal Championships held at Wemmer Pan in Gauteng last weekend.

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