Yachting: Maritzburg Radio sailors in weekend action

2008-07-03 00:00

MARITZBURG Radio sailors were in action on Saturday afternoon when they held an R36 Shipmate Class League race at HMYC at Midmar.

It was a beautiful afternoon, sunny with a light easterly blowing. It was difficult sailing as the wind kept changing direction and velocity, but the five skippers were kept on their toes all the time. Eight races were held.

Racing was close and challenging, and current class champion Des Fairbank had his hands full to keep ahead in the fleet. He won almost every race, and the rest of the fleet fought it out for the remaining places, sharing the honours.

In the end, Keith Gerson pipped Alex Gracie for second place by just one point.

The next race takes place at HMYC on July 12.

Results: 1. D. Fairbank, seven points; 2. K. Gerson, 14 points; 3. A. Gracie, 15 points; 4. G. Bompas, 24 points; 5. G. Keir, 25 points.

• A number of HMYC sailors are taking part in Crystic Week offshore Durban this week in different classes. Results will be published next week.

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