Our Commodore Rian Turner was the Chairman of D&A CTSW and a great organiser. Turns out he is quite handy with a microphone too!
The prestigious Cape Town Sailing week is now in its second year, and is growing from strength to strength. The 2010 event attracted a star fleet of big guns including the likes of Windpower, Gumption, Puma Unleashed and many others! This event also included the IRC Nationals, the premier yachting class in South Africa.
The title Sponsors of this event were the D&A Group, which included Malmesbury Motors (Mercedes), AAD Nissan, Cabs Car Hand and several associated motor industries. Look out for them on TV when this event is screened in a few weeks time. Some great prizes were also donated by Falken Tyres, Crocs and Oxbow Surfwear - adding further prestige to this great event.
Cape Town Sailing week is unique in that it represents a collaboration of two different yacht clubs to run a single event – in this case Royal Cape and Hout Bay Yacht Clubs - and is really a combination of the previous Admirals Regatta and Table Bay Week. A such it attracts boats from far and wide – including also False Bay and Gordons Bay yacht clubs.
The first part of the Regatta was held in Table Bay on 20,21 March – in light but very pleasant conditions. There was great sailing on both days just off Granger Bay – under the spectacular backdrop of Table Mountain and the new World Cup Stadium. Royal Cape were great hosts and managed a good party on the Saturday night. Spirit amongst the sailors was excellent, and we were glad to have the sponsors right in the mix, out on the boats, and with a great display of new models from Mercedes and Nissan at the club.
A public holiday followed on the Monday – during which the fleet raced over to Hout Bay – this time into a fresh South Easter of 25 knots or so. The IRC fleet started in Cape Town, while the Club Fleets first motored to a point just off Clifton for their start. From there it was full taps until the finish mark near Kommetjie, with high boat speeds and very exciting sailing. Nandi – the 34 footer I sailed on, seldom dropped below seven knots on the beats and managed the distance in just over two and a half hours – nearly all upwind!
The best sailing of the day turned out to be the run from the finish mark at Kommetjie back into Hout Bay – where a strong South Easter powered us back into the bay at around ten knots! Entering Hout bay from the South has to be one of the most spectacular and beautiful sights anywhere – and we are extremely lucky to have two such great sailing venues in this event.
The following weekend saw two days of racing in Hout Bay – however in less than perfect conditions, with a moderate Northwester and an unsettled sea state on the Saturday, while the Sunday was far more pleasant and we managed one decent race across the bay from Noordhoek. However sailors are used to being at the mercy of the weather and made of the most of a great party hosted at Hout Bay Yacht Club on the Saturday night which went on well into the wee hours . . .
Sunday early evening saw the prize giving held at Hout Bay Yacht Club – with much humour and great speeches from Dick de Kroon (MC), HBYC Commodore and Organiser (Rian Turner), and even the sponsors from D&A who entertained us with some great stories.
Admiral Louw of the SA Navy was on hand to present the Admirals Sword as usual (as he has most graciously done for many years) – in this case to Phil Gutsche and the delighted crew of Windpower – who sailed a great regatta – winning also the IRC Class, and the John Coles Trophy. A consistent and outstanding performance!
The event was very well organized and a great credit to the event chairman Rian Turner - as well the teams from both RCYC and HBYC.
Admiral’s Sword (most competitive boat in most competitive class) Windpower (Gutsche/Nankin)
John Coles Trophy (Medium distance race from Cape Town to Hout Bay) Windpower (Phil Gutsche/ Rick Nankin)
IRC Class 1:
1. Windpower (Gutsche/Nankin) RCYC
2. A-L (Robert van Rooyen) RCYC
3. New Balance Gumption (Mark Sadler) RCYC
1. Our Dianne (Billy Liesegang) FBYC
2. Touch and Go (David Smith) RCYC
3. Nandi (Nick Fairley) HBYC
1. Far-Med (Victor Medina) RCYC
2. Team Escape EkoEnergy SA (Rodney Tanner) GBYC
3. JML-3 (Theo Yon) HBYC