Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wednesday Night Sailing results

1 Nandi (Dix 34, Nick Fairley)
2 Megafreight (S imonis 35, J Ocenasek)
3 Aquamaniac (Pacer 27 CR, J Roux)

Cool weather and a bit of a chop on the water, and a mild Westerly, enabled the fleet to manage a traingle and a sausage in the bay, followed by usual bar and galley fare. Another good mid-week break!

Its nice to see genuine competition for the podium from all boats, using pure club handicap ratings.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Opening Cruise 2011

 The "Blazer Bunch", awaiting the fleet!
Bless them all, the long and the short and the tall!

Despite grey skies, imminent rain, and a blustery Northwester, the summer season was opened in style! The Hout Bay Gunners (including our own other Jeremy (Hele)) put on a good show, firing four loud shots across the bay, as our President, Commodore and their wives took the salute from the fleet.

It was great to see boats of all shapes and sizes, Ferries, NSRI, a hobie cat, a R.I.B., and many yachts crossing the bay - nearly all flying some kind of bunting. Not to mention the marina workboat, piloted by Alan and Lawrence, one on the throttle, and one on the tiller! Great effort there!

All credits to Penny, Janet and Jeremy, Alan Batley, the Gunners, and the bar staff! Also our good old Commodore and President who do their bit very well each year, including driving their own boat! And of course all the sailors who made the effort to be out in the inclement weather. All enjoyed it.
A great party followed at the club - well into the wee hours!
See the full gallery here!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Cape Point

I have rounded Cape Point four times in the last few weeks. Its an amazing spectacle - like Hout Bay and Chapmanspeak, one never tires of it! Its also a good test of navigation - there are rocks, reefs and kelp to avoid. Not to mention some bouncy water . . . pick yer weather wisely!

Cape Point at 11:30 on 19 October 2011, viewed from a 44' Cat we were delivering.

Here we have Chris Sutton (in the red) in a rare moment where he wasn't bumping his poor bald head. Tojan Winterbach, normally an airline pilot, is at the wheel, trying to get used to  4 knots instead of 400 knots!

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Boatyard!

Great progress in our boatyard!
There is a great article in Roy's blog - read it here!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Latest Jibsheet!

Read it all here!   (PDF Version)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Progress in the Boatyard

This was not a trivial crane moving the red boat.
 If the paving could take this it should be ok I think!

With red boat out of the way,
work is progressing on the storage areas and boatracks.