Well as promised the AMTEC Mphumlanga Provincials is one you should have been at!!! 10 great races, amazing hospitality as always and 3 days that will be long remembered.
Some were lucky enough to travel on Friday to Witbank to set up their boats, the down side, the very late night they ended up having accompanied with liquid refreshments. Early Saturday the last boats arrived and by 12.00 the first race was underway in 5k that steadily built to 7.5k from S / SW. From then on things only got better with the wind strength building to 18.5k and each race on average 40 / 45 minutes. Racing was close and any bad tactical decision had an enormous impact on the final result of each race. Graham, Shaun and Barry on Red G sailed like champions and only lost one first to Jabberwock in the six races sailed on Saturday. The delicious dinner served that evening with ice cold refreshments was welcomed by weary, sore competitors.
An early morning Skippers briefing on Sunday took the unanimous decision to extend the maximum races to 12 and not 10 as per the sailing instructions. The wind gods were good and by 11.20 the first race started in 7.8k building to 12k. The unusual situation in the J fleet of only one recall proved to be the making of DJ who returned to the start line took, a port tack and then rounded the windward mark first. And that was where they finished, 1st Great sailing Dominic!
The Bridge crew, under Ron Gurnell, ran slick races with well laid courses so by early afternoon 10 races had been completed. It was decided some R&R for the tired sailors was in order. With the Witbank barge loaded with refreshments and people + 4 J’s with motors + Witbank motor boats as backup we set off down the gorge to Steve’s pub. An awesome way to finish a hard 2 days sailing. Thanks to all those that made it happen.
A hearty dinner and Josie entertaining us in the pub completed the perfect day.
Early morning Monday wind did not look encouraging so the decision was taken to have prize giving at 11.00 and let the travelling boats head off home. Within the hour the boats were out and then the wind on cue arrived! The final results
1st Red G Graham Baker, Shaun Gurnell and Barry Gurnell
2nd Laugh a Minute Dave Martinson and Alex Garoufalias
3rd DJ Dominic Van Der Walt, Megan Van Der Walt and Deon Van Der Walt
All the results will be posted. In defence of Davidoff’s 4 DNC on Sunday, David experienced a redistribution of his wealth in Hartbeespoort and dashed home! The girls felt it prudent to stick to the rules and became spectators (very frustrating)
Thank you AMTEC and Witbank for another wonderful regatta and looking forward to seeing you in 2016. Watch this space!
J22 NATIONALS Sunday 28th June – Friday 3 July 2015 PYC Durban
There is travel sponsorship that will be offered. More details to follow.
So please start making your plans – book accommodation, apply for a few days leave and get back on the water in your J22
See you in Durban!
It’s the frost bite season, with sailing closed for the winter, silverware is handed out, this year the focus being on Junior Sailing with certificates and Trophies handed out for their achievements.Read more
J22 Youth Interclub Hartbeespoort Dam.
(By Anthony Money)
J22 Youth Interclub Regatta 14 -16 June 2014
The J22 Youth interclub regatta was started at TYC by the late Bernard Funke, 14
Years ago, and has SAS Youth National Status, not only is it a fun event, but it gives
youth teams from various clubs, nationally, the opportunity to compete in one of the
World’s biggest international keelboat classes.Read more
SAS Regional Coordinators
SAS has four full time contract positions for Regional Coordinators.
The positions are located in Cape Town, Durban, East London/Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg respectively
Interested: Details and an Application Form
Closing Date: 5pm 30th May 2016
2016 Interclub Youth Championships – Results
I would like to thank all of you for taking the trouble to enter teams in this event and hope to see teams from your clubs again next year.
I hope that the youngsters enjoyed themselves.