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Local Yachting Calendar Closes

The GBYC racing calendar for the year drew to a close on Sunday (21 November 2021), after the abandonment of the ZF Services All Comers races as a result of extremely strong south-easterly winds.

In spite of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions at the beginning and middle of the year, GBYC still managed to host a wide variety of race series as well as well as a mid-year Winter Sailing Festival regatta. In. the course of the year the majority of the spoils went to Nico van Wieringen on his L26 Go Dutch.

Fresh from a refit, Go Dutch hit the water with immediate success in April, winning the Autumn Series. With a family based crew, Go Dutch remained the class of the field throughout the remainder of the year, taking home the silverware in the Winter Series, Winter Club Festival, All Comers Series, Double-handed Series and the Seal Island Trophy. Throughout the year, Go Dutch took line honours in every race she entered and finished, and overall victory on handicap in all but one race.

Equation, an identical L26 co-skippered by Richard Tough and his 15-year-old son Edmund, put up the strongest challenge to Go Dutch. With consistent time-percentage improvements to the latter, the Toughs can expect race and series victories next year – the extremely close running of the recent Double-handed events being prime evidence of this.

The only other series winners of the year were the L20 Time Out and the Endurance 37 Libre. Time Out, skippered by Phillippe Pringiers, took overall victory in the Medium Distance Series with a victory, a retirement, a second place finish. First place in the Medium race around East Shoal in March was doubtlessly the highlight of the year fro Pringiers, and was the bedrock of Time Out’s Medium Distance Campaign.

Libre, regularly skippered by Ken Newton, took the trophy in the Ladies’ Helm Series. The helmswomen fielded for this entry included Elsebe Hart, Helen Lombard, Karen Newton, Renè Rautenbach, Megan Collins, and Mosego Mosupye. With many events this year taking place in light winds, the Libre crew had to work hard on the big bluewater cruiser.

Other boats scoring top three places in the series include the Miura Plumbob (Kevin Black and Jana Loubser), the Stadt 34 Seaboard (Paul Tanner and Jan Delport), and the Holiday 23 Zia (Barry Ross). A total of around 18 different yachts participated in club racing throughout the year.

The racing calendar was blighted by poor weather, causing the cancellation of several events, including, among others the ZF Services SA Whittle Rock Trophy – the first attempt at running the event in several years.

Special thanks must go to the staff of GBYC, the sponsors ZF Services SA and Port and Starboard, Brad Roe and Alan Dawson for assisting in laying marks, and Carol Ferguson for running adjudication on the bridge.

For more on sailing at GBYC, contact the manager, Eleonore Bondesio, on 021 856 3263 or email gbyc@gbyc.co.za.

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