Sailing to the top

2019-04-23 06:00
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Hout Bay Yacht Club hosted their 29th annual LTC Phoenix Admirals Regatta during the weekend of Friday 12 to Sunday 14 April.

The regatta forming part of the inaugural South African National ORC Sailing Championships saw more than 50 entries of both keelboats and sailing dinghies. Three days of Cape Town Autumn sailing conditions with wind conditions varying from very light to moderate.

In the LTC Phoenix Admiral’s Regatta and South African ORC National Championships more than 220 competitors, three bridges, four race officers, seven mark laying and rescue craft, organising and volunteers contingent of more than 40 people were no mean feat for the small coastal yacht club.

The regatta included a dinghy course, a small inshore keelboat course and offshore, the ORC National Championships and a Medium Distance Sailing class.

The regatta also saw many of South Africa’s most experienced and awarded sailors, sailing with juniors and helped develop sailors.

Sailing is a sport in South Africa that is making solid progress in terms of transformation – and changing the direction of the future of many of young people from South Africa through the opportunities and contacts that arise from the sport.

Among the competitors were many youth and development sailing teams from Hout Bay and Zeekoevlei Yacht Club in Grassy Park taking part alongside experienced South African sailors on the keelboats and racing against them on the dinghies and inshore keelboats.

The main trophy, the Admiral’s Sword, was won by the winner of the ORC National Championships, Patrick Holloway and his crew on Hollard Jacana from Royal Cape Yacht Club.

The Medium Distance Offshore Sailing Class was won by Craig Middleton and his crew on Corum, the dinghy class was won overall by Owen Middleton from Imperial Yacht Club in Muizenberg and the Hunter 19 class by Hout Bay local and top sailor Theo Yon and Andre Julius sailing Vuma.

Hout Bay provides what could well be described as the most picturesque sailing in South Africa, with the backdrop of the surrounding mountains, the Sentinel and the world-famous Chapman’s Peak.

Hout Bay resident and regatta director Peter Roeloffze, has committed to the role of regatta director for five years and has brought on board a long-term sponsor who is passionate about developing sailing and the youth in Hout Bay through the Hout Bay Youth Sailing Development Trust. The sponsor are sister companies Literally Tax Consulting and Phoenix Business Consulting. The Jewish Maritime League provided a welcome sponsorship for the youth sailors

Winners:

  • Dinghy: Owen Middleton – Extra (Imperial Yacht Club)
  • Inshore Keelboats: Vuma, skippered by Theo Yon (Hout Bay Yacht Club)
  • Medium Distance Sailing Class: Corum, skippered by Craig Middleton (Royal Cape Yacht Club)
  • South African ORC National Championships: Hollard Jacana, skippered by Patrick Holloway (Royal Cape Yacht Club)
  • John Coles Sprint Trophy: Scarlett Sun, skippered by Ian Lomberg (Royal Cape Yacht Club)
  • Club Team Prize: Royal Cape Yacht Club
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