Monday, September 27, 2010

TV Raffle Winner!

Keith Gemell was the deserving winner of the 42" Toshiba LCD TV raffled recently at the club. We hope he has great fun with this and it looks good in his Miura! Well done Keith!

Friday, September 24, 2010

All Hands on Deck!

OPENING CRUISE Saturday 9 October!
  • Boats launch at 1pm
  • Sailpast (Salute) at 2pm, Cannons to be fired
  • Merriment on the water!
HBYC hasn't had an opening cruise for years so don't miss it!

CLUB CHAMPS Sat and Sun 16-17 October!
  • Saturday Racing at 13:00
  • Saturday Night Party and Prizegiving
  • Sunday Racing at 11:00
More details to follow . . . .

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

HBYC Golf Day!

Some PICS from HBYC Golf Day. Thanks to Jeremy!
Da BoyZ!

Birthday Girl at Golf day!

Rigging Up

Heading for Battle

The Loot

Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday Night Draw, and Golf Day

Dear Members
For those of you who were unable to beat the thronging masses in entering this annual Hout Bay Yacht Club Golf Day – I am so sorry for you! However, I do hope you will pop-in to HBYC to enjoy a cold beer at our prize giving, which is quite unique, not only in the amount of prizes we have been so kindly sponsored, but also because for the 1st time, that I’m aware of anyway, we are taking the prize giving away from the golf club to our home club. A spit roast will be on offer for players and their guests only, who pre-booked and paid, but Peter’s famous Galley fare will be available to all others.
We will also be having our normal Friday Night Draw which has increased to R3, 900 thanks to Joost Sieger who failed to attend and collect his cash last week!
When we last looked, we only had about 30, or so TV Raffle tickets left for sale, so with the new faces at the golf day, there’s no reason why the TV draw will not be sold out and the winner thereof also announced on Friday night – double whammy!
Rusty Gate Farm has also kindly donated a weekend away for 4, which will be raffled-off as part of the Golf Day Fundraiser, however all members and attendees are encouraged to participate at a mere R50 per ticket for what is at least R3000 in value – treble whammy! So bring along your purses and wallets and enjoy your club this Friday – for those who would like to know more about the course being played at The Metropolitan Golf Club on Friday!

Cape Point Challenge on Sunday

Come down to the club to see the start of the "Cape Point Challenge" on Sunday morning. The start is at 09h30. Boats will be racing to FBYC for Spring Regatta next weekend.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

CT Boat Show Special Offer for HBYC Members!!

CT International Boat Show : 8 – 10th October 2010

South Africa’s 10th Premier Boat Show takes place from 8th - 10th October at the Cape Town International Convention Centre and this year will include an exciting events and hospitality programme extending to S.A.’s No. 1 Tourist destination, the V & A Waterfront.

More than just a boat show, this year’s event will capture the imagination of the whole family from the showcasing of exotic boats, the best the boat building industry has on offer to the widest diversity of boating related products and technology available. Designed to attract both local and international visitors, exciting events, demonstrations and competitions with fabulous prizes are planned for both the CTICC and at the V & A Waterfront.

Shuttles and waterboats will ferry ticket holders between the two venues, or visitors can utilise the now famous ‘Fan Walk’ to meander down to the Waterfront and recreate that Cape Town ‘GEES’ that was so overwhelming during the 2010 FIFA World Cup!

Entrance fee is a mere R60 pp per day which is inclusive of transport and entry to all Boat Show related events. A bonus for families is that there is no charge for children (ages or terms and conditions apply)

Whether you are a boat owner or simply enjoy anything about Cape Town and the water, this is an opportunity to attend one of Cape Town’s and South Africa’s great events – DON’T MISS THE BOAT show!

Visit the website and keep an eye on the press for regular postings of details regarding the programme of events.

Monday, September 6, 2010

HBYC at Lipton Challenge Cup 2010

"Alexandre Monat has been unexpectedly involved as a manager for our HBYC team. He discovered the L26 Class, the Challenge concept, the skills of some friends in different positions onboard their small keelboat, the lack of involvement of some YCs and on the other hand great support by sailing committees seconded by sponsors.

L26 is definitely an easy boat (but not his cup of tea!). The challenge with this kind of keelboat is certainly a mark of will from some active seniors. But he feels it will be necessary in the future to think of some new racing goals. Nevertheless some Lessons Learned (LL) after his hot wash-up.

The next generation needs managers onboard.

It was young sailors Kader Williams and Asenathi Jim who were the stars on day 5. These two youngsters have climbed the ranks and are part of the success story that Izivunguvungu Sailing is. To create a team building onboard some boats as MSC, HBYC, Race Ahead yachts is not so easy. Young sailors are tired after 2 hours of racing (dehydrated, cold and wet), having not much experience but full of desire to fight fairly at the sea. They also require some guidance regarding nutrition and correct preparation procedures on the pontoon before and after any race. Some experienced hands on managers onboard would be of great use. Behind the regularity of Theo, it’s all the young generation who wins. But his job is not accomplished. They need dedicated managers especially onboard for some decision making processes. It would be great if all YCs were more involved for this exercise.

The evening at the main hall was memorable discovering some personalities and psychologies from the Top5 skippers. As good as the presentation was, we however overlooked a great opportunity to offer some expertise to inexperienced sailors who needed directing regarding the courses. To refresh some famous “silver linings” of the L26 class to the young classroom would have being beneficial.

Energy has to be controlled.

Despite ill preparation the HBYC team managed to gain 20th place. They need proper guidance and instruction to facilitate the challenge successfully. We suggest more time and training by a manager before the race and during the sailing week itself to enhance their skills and confidence. The crew members would benefit greatly if their club ensured the necessary sails and equipments onboard. It was challenging for the crew to deal without a light kite, and old small heavy kite, bugs around some cleats and old sails. But the crew did well to secure the boat and fine tune some details onboard.

Never forget the “silver linings”

L26 class is easy to understand! If you have the crew and a boat well prepared. With new sails you can reach the Top10. With a crew weight close to 420kg you avoid one of the tricky parameters to sail the boat. The start is not crucial. Course upwind is critical. Downwind is cruising. The downwind mark is just a small decision point. No big tactics require, rather some match racing with other boats. Changes of courses need to be implemented at each beat especially in Table bay when the wind shifts every 8mns till 10degrees with perfect regularity. After 6 races the fleet of 25 made only 19 dogfights at downwind marks and 14 at upwind marks following rule number 18. It makes it easier for the protest committee.

Alexandre spent many hours onboard the tender named “Garmin Duck” following some boats to discover some amazing steering. Sailing in waves? Some skippers should be looking ahead towards the beat, anticipating the fastest course, heading upwind at the base of the wave, and bearing off on the crest, tacking quickly and gybing smoothly.

Observe and learn from the boats ahead? Definitely! "Team Colorpress" (Knysna YC) was the perfect demonstrator and very predictable, and even the Top5 with PYC, "Team Intasure Marine Insurance" (FBYC), RNYC and sometimes the UCT team were good to follow.

Curving a perfect turn? Only 6 boats did well to set up their gybe set at the windward mark, only 7 boats “swoop” well around the leeward mark. Only 8 boats were able to jib at the reach mark in a proper manner completing the gybe before the mark, which is extremely important when having to jib to a tight reach. Only 9 boats managed to gybe just before the leeward mark. This error caused a loss of speed.

General Etiquette
The effort of most of the crew and YCs appreciation of the rules during the race were satisfactory. Alexandre also noted that many people respected the dress code during the ceremonies. He was grateful for the opportunity of assisting with the HBYC. We all gained from the experience and next year I hope to see the HBYC crew looking smarter! Let’s share the spirit of ubuntu regarding the Lipton Cup by observing our designated roles."

On behalf of HBYC: Congrats to Theo and team, and many thanks to Alex (and Peter Adamo) for their support in this area!