South African Sailing WC Dinghy Championships – 2019
The event was held in the Overberg Region, organised by the Overberg Sailing Federation and hosted by Theewater Sports Club, from 19 to 22 April.
An entry of 130 boats made this a great event, with entries from Gauteng, Mossel Bay, George and Knysna. We were also hosting the young sailors from Qingdao, sailing Optimists.
Being over Easter Weekend the organisers wanted it to be a weekend of sailing, socialising and family time. TSC being the perfect venue, where most competitors stayed on site, enjoying the family orientated facilities.
Friday 19th dawned breezy and grey – Two courses were set up and racing got underway in a building NW’er – both courses managed to get 3 races in by which time the wind was gusting in the high twenties and the chop had built to 1,5 metres! On the big boat course some boats had to be abandoned as sailors were brought ashore – all boats were recovered that evening, with lots of “War Stories” exchanged around the fires that night.
Saturday 20th the conditions had moderated – both courses got in 3 races – the wind had started to drop and the fleets were sent in – the first discard had kicked in now.
Sunday 21st had racing only starting at 14h00 so that families could celebrate Easter together. There was an Easter Egg Hunt for the young children in the morning. The Race Officers got in two races in the afternoon on both courses in moderate conditions.
DCAS hosted a dinner on Sunday Night for the Qingdao Exchange for Dignitaries, past sailors and invited guests – a very successful event where DCAS committed to continue with the programme.
Monday 22nd already had a strong SE’er blowing – after a wait the courses were set and one race was put in, giving a total of 9 races, which gave two discards. The fleets were sent in early and prize giving was brought forward which was great for those who had to travelled far to get home.
The small boat course had a shore finishing line, which brought the sailing right into the beach which was great for the spectators. Initially there was a bit of confusion for the sailors but in the end this worked well.
Events like this cannot run without the support of the hosting club and members and all the volunteers who helped on and off the water and who volunteered their boats for rescue and mark laying – THANK YOU to one and all.