This year the Mirror Nationals took place on Wriggleswade Dam, outside Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape. The Mirror's and Fireball's combined their Nationals with the Eastern Cape Champs.
Mark Biagio on Aero pipped Craig de la Hunt on Illusion to take the championship on a tie break. Mary-Ann Sharwood on Umoya finished 3rd with Thomas Weitendorf on Stadtistic 4th, Thronne Morris on Angelique 5th and Sarie van der Berg on Gusto - Well done Mary-Ann!
Mary-Ann's comentary on each days racing below.
Well done to all that sailed this past weekend at the Zeekoei Vlei leg of the Southern Charter Grandslam Series! With 132 boats entered, it was a busy weekend out on the water, the two Race Officers and their respective Bridge Crew did a sterling job in getting seven races sailed in shifty conditions.
The 4th Southern Charter Grandslam series gets underway at Zeekoei Vlei this weekend and Theewater Sports Club will be well represented. As of this morning, we have 30 sailors entered in sixteen dinghies, bearing in mind that multihulls are not allowed in this regatta, this is encouraging.
With the first Southern Charter Grandslam regatta just days away, our Club dinghy sailors have all been hunting for their sailing gear and gathering together both their thoughts and boat bits ahead of this weekend's season opener at Zeekoe Vlei Yacht Club. Although the weather has not been favourable, the Academy youths have received some valuable race training over the winter and for many of them this will be their first major regatta.
With Opening Cruise just a couple of weeks away, the Sailing Academy is gearing up for a very busy sailing season. One of our goals for the 2015/16 season is to enter a Theewater youth team in the four Southern Charter Grandslam events and the Western Province Championships:
Lipton Cup final results - a big congratulations to RCYC for winning the trophy and well done to Team Skybound on a great result for a young team who only started sailing together two weeks before the Lipton Cup - and for 5 of the 7 this was their first exoerience on an L26's!
TSC is proud to announce our 2015 Lipton Team called TEAM SKYBOUND which came together in the last week or two, with sponsorship from Skybound Capital. Skippered by Eben Vivier, the team sailed fantastically this past weekend to take 4th place in the RCYC Youth Regatta.
When I drive to the club I come over the Franschoek Pass. I narrow my eyes when I reach the top of the pass because in the distance, framed by the picturesque slopes, you can see the dam. It is very far away, but I can genuinely see whether the water is blue or brown, which tells me how windy it is on the water in the reserve and if conditions will be suitable for a comfortable fishing session.
Saturday evening saw 6 keelboats start the night race at 18h30 in very light airs. The Academy sailed 'STIG' into a respectable 2nd place finish, behind Kuba on 'PANNA WODNA'. 'OULIK' completed the podium in 3rd position. Other boats on the water were Ian and Guy on the Jaguar, Johan and Henning on the Pirate and Danie on Misty.