Eventhough the Theewater Sports Clubs Opening Cruise, scheduled for Saturday 3rd September, is taking place earlier than most years, the Sailing Academy has already run its first course of the season. The SAS accredited Safety Boat course was successfully completed this past weekend.
The Stadt 23 Nationals took place over the May Day long weekend – Sadly no up country teams could make it down. There were concerns that the dam was low.
Mirror-like conditions this morning (day 1) for Stadt 23 WC Championships. 7 entries. Eventually got racing started around 4 pm in about 12knots SW. Wind dropping and shifting. 2 races sailed.
Easter saw the dinghy sailing community decend on Saldanha Bay for the culmination of the 2015 / 2016 Western Cape dinghy racing season. With 164 entries across 18 classes, racing on two courses, this beautiful West Coast bay was a spectical to behold.
The forecast showed a steady 15 knots, increasing on Sunday - Dream on! We ended up with a depleted team, mainly four of us having to do three on three of - not much time for sleep at all!
Race day arrived with 7 boats ready to go; no one really sure what the wind would do. The start was very gentle with little areas of very light wind ? soon the TSA Hobie with Christo and Michiel were doing a horizon job on the rest of the fleet.
The photo below shows that Hobie 14 sailing is alive and well in the Western Cape ? 11 entries and only 6 who sailed in the Langebaan Yacht Club Champs 2 weeks prior! We welcomed Michiel Rust, Danie Baard, Chris Schnehage and on Sunday Grant Ekermans to the fleet from TSC.
This past weekend sailors from around the Western Cape converged on Hermanus Yacht Club for the third Southern Charter Grandslam regatta. With a reported 160 boats entered, space was at a premium on the lawn infront of the Hermanus Clubhouse.
The second round of the TSC Dinghy Club Champs was held this past weekend. Racing started promptly at 14h00 in mild 3 -5 knot airs with Grant on Bridge boat 'Eternity'. We had set 3 yellow marks and pin start, to race a traditional 'sausage, triangle, sausage' course (samoosa in Natal).
Back home from a very enjoyable SAS Youth Nationals at Wriggleswade Dam near Stutterheim. Many TSC sailors through the fleet, although not all sailing under TSC colours. I may have missed some sailing for other clubs. Full results can be found at http://youthnationals.co.za/sas-yn-2015-results/