Monday, October 18, 2010

. . and the winners are . . . Irish Mist!


HBYC Club Champs was sailed over the past weekend - including a total of five races. Weather conditions were frustratingly light on the Saturday during which only one race was completed, but the Sunday made up for it with a light but steady South Wester prevailing for the whole day - on a very flat sea, with warm and pleasant conditions. Our able and intrepid race officer (Derek Lourens) managed to get the fleet through another four races, making a total of five, and so allowing each boat a single discard. Irish Mist - a top L26 - was made available by Peter Roeloffze - and sailed superbly by Rian Turner and his crew - with some very convincing wins including a few line honours! Can't argue with that! See their happy faces in the pic! Faraway - Chris Sutton's Far 40, was also in excellent form sailing one of their best Regattas ever, and finished second. Megafreight (last year's winners) finished third after a tie-break with JML-3 (L26) in the debut performance of these juniors - this was an excellent result and I predict great things for these guys in years to come. Another tiebreak seperated Quest and Aquamaniac (Pacer 27), with Aquamaniac in 5th place (ably sailed by Tojan, Juliana and Dudley), Quest (Flamenca) in 6th place, Savannah (Miura) in 7th, and Nandi (Dix 34) in 8th. This was actually quite a competitive fleet allround, with close finishes in each race.

Special thanks to Keith Gemell (sponsor), Derek Louwrens (race officer), Jeremy Nel and Keith Coleman (mark laying, photos, junior trainers and tons of stuff), and Chris Sutton (scorer and generally good guy!).

Photos (thanks to Keith Coleman) posted here.
Click here for the full Regatta Results.

(Wed night summer series starts on Wed 20 October - dont miss it!)