Admiral's Regatta 2015
John Coles Sprint
|The race fleet under "Little Chappies"|
|Light and pleasant conditions on the Sunday|
|L26s battled it out race after race...|
More photos here.
RCYC Yacht Corum sailed an absolutely superb regatta to win the Admiral's Dagger. Brilliantly skippered by Paul Vivian, they crossed the line first in every race, whilst also achieving a good number of handicap wins to win the regatta overall, including the John Coles Sprint event!
Royal Cape Yacht Club was awarded the sword as the leading team.
Despite a relatively small fleet of thirteen entries, sailing conditions were very good with a mix of sailing conditions. Courses were set off Noordhoek beach with steady winds that varied from light to quite fresh. The final race on the Monday was undoubtedly the most memorable in a fresh South Easter off Noordhoek Beach with windspeeds building to over 35 knots at times. Race officer Tom Ambrose set a generous olympic course off the beach which made for some truly spectacular sailing and scenery. The two leading L26s - skippered by Greg Davis and Theo Yon - astonished the fleet by arriving 2nd and 3rd at the first leeward rounding, not too far behind Corum, and ahead of the two Simonis 35s! Another L26 - Macatini - astonished the fleet too with a spectacular broach just after setting their bag at the weather mark. For a short while the keel was in the air but they recovered promptly and sailed on!
A great feature of the regatta was the unofficial class racing between the four L26s, the two Miuras, and the two Simonis 35s. It was great to see HBYC's young Theo Yon sailing excellent races on L26 LTC Orion, often beating the L26 Coordination skippered by the mighty Greg Davis! If it were not for a DSQ due to a poorly executed penalty turn, Theo would have taken the Admirals Dagger and won the regatta!
Hout Bay Yacht Club laid on a lovely lamb spit roast and some music on the Saturday night, and a delicious lamb curry for the prizegiving on the Monday.
Many thanks to all those from Royal Cape Yacht Club who made the effort to support this event - comments were very positive all round and I am sure we can expect an even batter event in 2016.