Weather doesn’t dampen sailors’ spirits

2009-01-22 00:00

Sailors enjoyed a very good race at Midmar on Saturday afternoon when HMYC held race four in their Partington Plate series.

Although the weather was once again overcast and drizzling, eight yachts comprising six Hunters, a Dart and an L26 entered. A good southeasterly blew and sped the yachts around a slightly extended middle-distance course ably set by race officer Roy Shooter.

As usual, the Dart cat sailed away into a lonely lead never to be seen again by the fleet. Alan Barr took line honours by a proverbial mile. However, the keelers enjoyed a good tussle with Tony Cockerill in his Hunter, Odin’s Eye, showing the fleet a clean pair of heels to cross the line second behind the Dart.

The L26 Desiree, skippered by Georg Muller, had a battle royal with Picannin, skippered by Tim Duguid, for most of the race, but Picannin forged ahead on the final beat to the line to pip the L26 by a narrow margin. The Hunter Knip, sailed by Mark Patrick and Andy Arbuckle, fought out the lower order with Mistress, sailed by Peter Metcalfe. Knip pipped Mistress to the finish line.

Handicap results were: first, Picannin; second, Dart; and third, Odin’s Eye.

HMYC are holding a mini-regatta this weekend with racing on Saturday and Sunday. Open to all classes on boat and skipper handicap, it should be lots of fun. It is hoped there will be a good turnout and that the weather will be sunny and bright for a change.

Radio sailors were also in action at HMYC at Midmar on Saturday afternoon. Once again, middle-size sails were the order of the day due to the fresh wind. Five R36 Shipmate class yachts took part. Racing at the top was very tight with Durban’s Peter Simons winning the series from Des Fairbank, who came second. Keith Gerson came third, Alex Gracie was fourth and Neil Young came in fifth.

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