Radio yacht sailors heading to America

2018-10-24 06:03
PHOTO: suppliedDes Fairbank (left) and John Jorgensen with their DragonFlite 95 radio yacths.

PHOTO: suppliedDes Fairbank (left) and John Jorgensen with their DragonFlite 95 radio yacths.

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THE Maritzburg Fever sat down with radio yacht sailor John Jorgensen to find out just what radio yachting was in light of the news that he and Des Fairbank, both residents of Pietermaritzburg, will be flying the South African flag at the upcoming Inaugural Global Regatta which will be held on Lake Hubbard in Dallas, Texas from November 3 to 9.

“This is one of those sports that people will never understand until they actually take part in it,” said Jorgensen, who along with Fairbank have many provincial and national championships between them in the various classes sailed in South Africa.

Previously a big boat sailor, Jorgensen said radio yachting was much like big boat sailing except smaller and cheaper. “The rules are the same and all the tactics are still involved. It’s basically like a chess game in three-dimension,” said Jorgensen.

Jorgensen said that the sport involves a lot of thinking and keeps you on your toes as you watch your boat like a hawk throughout the race.

“While you are racing, lots of things go through your mind into ensuring that you get your boat to be the fastest,” said Jorgensen.

In Dallas, Jorgensen and Fairbank will be sailing the latest and fastest growing class in the world, the DragonFlite 95, which was introduced in South Africa just one-and-a-half years ago.

“We know that the Americans and Europeans sail in 20 boat fleets which we are not used to here but we have been doing simulations to prepare ourselves and hopefully we can place well in Dallas,” said Jorgensen.


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