Changing fortunes

2008-10-23 00:00

Nine yachts entered the HMYC Partington Plate Race held at Midmar on Saturday afternoon in cool weather with a light north easterly blowing.

It made for pleasant racing and the seven Hunters had a good race of changing fortunes. Knip, sailed by Mark Patrick and Andy Arbuckle, got away to an excellent start but was beaten to the first mark by Odin’s Eye, sailed by Tony Cockerill and Hank Pike, who took the lead and were never headed.

It was pleasing to see George Muller’s L26 Desiree taking part, together with Robin McIntosh sailing his Microsail single handedly and a Jaguar. The L26 crossed the line second but carried a heavy handicap. Knip came third, closely followed by Picannin, sailed by Tim Duguid. Flicka 2, sailed by Fritz von Klemperer and Roger Eshmade, came fifth.

After applying handicaps, the order was: 1. Knip; 2. Odin’s Eye; 3. Flicka 2; 4. Aquarius Richard Patrick; 5. Picannin.

HMYC are holding their Rose Bowl Regatta this weekend. Open to all classes, Saturday’s racing will be completed in time for sailors to watch the rugby in the HMYC club house. The regatta will continue on Sunday.

Also taking place at HMYC this weekend is the South African Optimist Association Grand Prix Series Regatta, where a big entry is expected.

MRYC Radio sailors were in action at Midmar on Saturday and three R36 Shipmate class yachts took part in their league race. Results: 1. Alex Gracie; 2. Keith Gerson; 3. Guy Bompas.

MRYC commodore Desmond Fairbank travelled to Johannesburg to compete in the SA National Championship for R/C Lasers. After a tense battle in variable winds, he ran out the winner adding another National Championship title to his name. Norrie Taylor from Durban was second and Barry Loubser from Cape Town third.

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