Partington Plate continues

2009-02-12 00:00

On account of the Midmar Mile last weekend, there was no organised yacht racing at HMYC. The season continues on Saturday with race five in the Partington Plate series for keelers.

Quite a few Hunters have turned out recently and some close racing throughout the fleet has been seen. With the Quantum Sails nine-hour race taking place next weekend, this Saturday gives all keelers the opportunity to check out their yachts to see how they fare against others in their class.

It is a handicap event, so all yachts have a chance. Let’s hope there is a good turnout on Saturday afternoon.

Excitement is mounting for the nine-hour race, which attracts the biggest entry of the year. There will be teams of pupils in Optimists and Lasers, as well as keelers and catamarans of all shapes and sizes.

Each boat has to have two separate crews who share equally the time on the water. There will be great excitement on the Saturday morning at HMYC clubhouse when everyone gets ready for the start at 9.30 am. The start is always spectacular and it is hoped that there will be a big turnout to watch it.

The Hunter fleet will include veteran skipper Fritz von Klemperer and his team sailing “Trio”. At 92 years, he is an outstanding example to all sailors. The Hunter Nationals are taking place at Midmar in mid-March, so this is an added incentive to the fleet to use the nine-hour race as a good measure of their chances in the nationals.

Radio sailors will not be competing this weekend as their course buoys in front of HMYC are to be removed for the nine-hour race. Last week, two MRYC members, Des Fairbank and Keith Gerson, took their Lasers to Durban to race in a Durban Radio Boat Club R/C Laser race at the Blue Lagoon. They enjoyed a good evening’s racing, with Fairbank tying for first with Durban’s Peter Symons.

Organiser Terry Flynn is arranging a full day’s racing for R/C Lasers at Blue Lagoon Pond on March 1. A bumper day is promised and everyone in KwaZulu-Natal who owns an R/C Laser is invited there to enjoy the day, both on and off the water.

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