Yachting log: HMYC hive of activity on weekend

2008-03-06 00:00

HMYC was a hive of activity over the weekend when the KZN Interschool Regatta took place.

This annual event, as popular as ever, attracted a total of 10 schools and 29 yachts.

These comprised mostly Lasers in their different guises together with Optimists and a mixed bag of Miracles and Mirrors.

Good winds prevailed, mostly light, but this helped to keep the yachts relatively together most of the time.

Race officer Rob Tarboton split the entry into three fleets with separate starts.

The Lasers were dominated by Paulo Marques from Kearsney but he shared the firsts with Dylan Evans and Ben Siewke.

Schools’ events are scored in pairs so Marques, without a partner, only managed third place overall in Lasers, behind Glenwood and Michaelhouse.

Special mention must be made of Dylan Evans (Glenwood), Stephen Wagner (Maritzburg College) and Byron Gray (St Charles) who all sailed impressively.

The first Laser 4,7 was William Crockett (Michaelhouse).

A small Optimist fleet was dominated by Mathew McCaul (Highbury), with strong challenges from Trent Bingham (DHS) and Mathew Gaughran (Highbury) who also picked up some firsts.

The Junior Schools’ Trophy was won by Highbury and the Seniors Schools’ Trophy was won by DHS.

In the Miracle/Mirror fleet, Michaelhouse, St Mary’s and Kearsney dominated with Mark Farrow/Chris van Zyl winning all but one race. This was won by Lauren Ross/Caroline Warren (St Mary’s).

Results: overall:

Laser class: 1 Glenwood High, Dylan Evans/Luke Vogelsang; 2 Michaelhouse, William Crockett/Robert Renton; 3 Kearsney, Paulo Marques.

Laser full rig: 1 Michaelhouse, William Crockett/Robert Renton; 2 Glenwood, Dylan Evans/Luke Vogelsang; 3 Westville Boys, Ben Siewke/ Calvin Ragg

Optimists: 1 Highbury Mathew McCaul/Mathew Gaughran; 2 DHS, Trent Bingham.

Mirror/Miracle: 1 Michaelhouse, Mark Farrow/Chris van Zyl; 2 Murray Rait/ Duncan Alexander.

There is no organised yacht racing at HMYC this weekend

•Radio sailors were in action at HMYC at Midmar on Saturday afternoon. They enjoyed good winds and exciting racing.

Honours were shared by current national champion Des Fairbank and Peter Simons from Durban, now a country member of Maritzburg Radio Yacht Club.

Simons is the founder of the R36 Shipmate class.

Results will be published next week MRYC sailors will be in action today at HMYC at 5.30 pm where racing will take place until dark when a braai will be held.

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