Thanks to Sharin Richmond for this report: Thirty skippers and crew from all over South Africa (some new to the Class, others experts at what they do and all the others in between) experienced some amazing sailing from 27 April – 1 May at the South African Class Nationals at Lake Deneys Yacht Club, Vaal Dam. The wind undoubtedly could have been a “tad” stronger, and the Racer Officer Dave Rushton would have found things far easier if it had been steady. Dave and crew’s additional challenge was a very competitive and enthusiastic fleet on the start line. His U flag and Black flag made a regular appearance over the 11 races in an attempt to get the show on the road and control the fleet. There were casualties, who unfortunately, ended up watching the race from afar. The results show how close the racing was, how things were turned upside down with just one race’s results and how any of the top were in with a chance. Off the water was just as enjoyable with LDYC making their wonderful facilities open to all and organizing the on-water requirements, catering and “liquid” refreshments over the regatta period. David Rae’s Nitro Amtec Racing I is the champ!
June 28, 2017