A nine-hour yachting success

2009-02-26 00:00

The Quantum Sails nine-hour endurance yacht race held on Saturday at HMYC at Midmar was a great success. With a total entry of 61 yachts, this produced a magnificent sight for the large number of spectators at the start at 9.30 am.

A good northwesterly wind sped the yachts on their way around a rectangular course in the main bay. The large number of catamarans of all shapes and sizes relished the conditions, especially as the course was largely a reaching one. As the day wore on, the wind faded away, leaving the sailors to bake in the hot sun. Eventually it picked up and the fleet soon took up the challenge again.

Each yacht had two complete crews who changed at regular intervals in front of the HMYC club house. There were several exciting moments during crew changes and with strong puffs coming through on the runs, crews were caught out, forcing the yachts to broach in front of all the spectators with much amusement and some embarrassment to the skippers.

In the end, after nine hours of racing, it was seen that the diverse catamaran fleet had totally dominated the race, covering the greatest number of laps.

Results over the line showing laps completed: first, Catamaran Inter 20 W. Roussow/ Y. Hundley 20 laps; second, Hobie 16 S. Fennessy/J. Marshall 19 laps; third, Hobie Fox with Spin E. Page/ L. Duggan Jones. 18 laps; fourth, (tie) Flying Tiger 10 (Fast 42) keeler Chris. Frost/R. Dunster 17 laps and Dart 18 A. Barr/M. de Wet 17 laps.

Results after handicaps: first, Hobie 16 S. Fennessy; second, 505 dinghy S. Hegestrom/R. Parker; third, Flying Fifteen P. Harris/ R. Robinson; fourth, Halcat 2 U. P. Myburgh, J. P. Myburgh and M. P. Myburgh.

HMYC are holding the seventh race in their class championship series for the George Duffin series for Hunters and the monthly mug for all other classes on Sunday. A skippers briefing will be held at 10.30 am in the club house. The race officer is J. Kilshaw, assisted by Georg Muller.

Radio sailors will be seen in action in Durban at the Blue Lagoon Model Yacht Pond on Sunday, where a special Regatta for R/C Lasers will take place. All R/C Laser owners in KwaZulu-Natal have been invited to take part and it promises to be a wonderful spectacle, with hopefully over 20 yachts taking part. Local sailors Des Fairbank and Keith Gerson will be among the participants.

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