The club is situated in the picturesque
of the Southern Cape, near George. It is on Island Lake, so called as
there is a prominent island on the northern area of the lake. The
George Lakes Yacht Club is situated on the southern shore of this lake.
Directions to the club:
Travelling on the N2 past George, proceed down
Pass and continue through Wilderness.
Click here for a map.
To download a copy of the George Lakes Yacht Club Constitution, click here
To download a copy of the George Lakes Yacht Club Bye-Laws, click here
Wind Forecast - Windguru Forecast for Wilderness
The 2nd round of the Ma Wyatt and Farrell Trophy races was sailed last Sunday. Only one race was sailed on the first day of this series last September, so these series were wide open. It was cool and cloudy all day, with an occasional smattering of rain. The conditions, together with some of our juniors away at the W. Cape Inter Schools Regatta made for a much reduced turnout - 5 Lasers and a Sonnet in the seniors and 3 Teras and an Optimist in the juniors. An early south wester moderated, but several rain squalls came through during the racing.
A great S. Cape Interschools Regatta was held at GLYC last weekend. The event is growing - 67 boats sailed this year, up from 50 last year and 36 in 2010. There were 44 boats in the High School fleet, 19 in the Primary School fleet and 23 in a novices fleet sailing short races in front of the club house.
With the cold front and associated strong wind having passed through on Saturday, lighter wind was forecast for Sunday. White horses were evident out to sea in the morning, but conditions on Island Lake were much calmer. The wind was still from the south west, gusty as usual.
The second series of races for the Millenium Trophy took place at George Lakes Yacht Club on Sunday, 29 January.
Once again, a fresh south easter greeted the sailors participating in the races for the Bell / Langvlei Trophy (for seniors) and Tom's Tavern Trophy (juniors). The wind was generally over 20 knots, with a peak gust of 28 knots measured on the race committee boat. This made for arduous conditions for sailing, especially to windward, but exhilarating going fast offwind.
Several GLYC youngsters sailed in the 2011 Southern Charter Youth
National Championships. They endured strong wind at times - the whole
of Wednesday was lost due to wind too strong for racing. Some light
wind races were completed as well provide a variety of conditions. Most
classes completed 14 races in the week. With 211 boats sailing (the
biggest for many years), Stof Vlei was covered edge to edge in sails.
The water level was low, so most boats acquired mud decoration when
As usual, GLYC's strength was in the RS Tera fleet, which had 25
boats. James Hellstrom established an early lead with a string of
firsts. His closest competition came as usual from Nathan Page, who
then started stringing his own series of first to start threatening
James' lead. But then James came back to lead the last few races to be
able to win overall comfortably. Nathan secured 2nd place from MAC's
Matthew Allardice. Ashleigh Hellstrom was 1st girl in 9th place, ahead
of Jedd Page (11th) and Jenna Lammers (14th) and Danielle de Wett
(15th). Then came Sarah Young (21) and Robyn Hellstrom (23).
The Optimists had a huge fleet - 59 in the main fleet and 15 in a
novice fleet - total of 74. Our Georgou Divaris came 10th in the main
fleet, despite cracking an arm on the off day (skateboard crash!) He
nevertheless carried on sailing with his arm in plaster! His brother
Markos maintained the average by finishing 10th in the novice fleet.
There was a big fleet of 35 Dabchicks, where our Jayan Smart
finished in 19th place. There were 15 Laser Radials and 13 Laser 4.7's,
where our John Marc Olivier was in 7th place in the latter fleet. In
the 10 boat Mirror fleet, we had Seth Young & James Koegelenberg in
6th place and Chris Brooks & Julian Leggatt in 8th.
Quite a long beat from Caravan to National and the Fireballs are
talking about it should be
longer? Anthony & Diane scorched round the course on Fireball,
taking line and handicap honours in all 3 races. Alastair on Laser was
being chased by the other Laser standard of Henry Paine in R1 & R2
but stayed ahead.
In the juniors (all Teras today), Nathan Page was always ahead of Jenna Lammers, Jedd Page and Danielle de Wet.
A Sprog was racing at GLYC on Sunday - the first for many years. Malcolm Osborne sailed his Sprog with Chris Brooks as crew. He was able to stay ahead of the Radials and was chasing the leading Lasers. Got 5,4, 2 on handicap, third overall behind Alastair. Rosie Finn and Dave Jones (Radials) are next. Dave Laing & Ferdinand (Fireball) missed the 1st race - scored 3 and 4 in their races.
Didn't happen! Heavy rain in the morning, together with school
exams, proved to be a major deterrent. A few stalwarts turned up, had
lunch, then went home. The rain did clear up in the afternoon and the
wind died, but no one was really keen on rigging a boat.
"Sailing is fun in the Sun" - no sun -> no fun!
With strong south easters the previous few days and a strong
westerly that came through the area in the early hours of Sunday
morning, the sailors of GLYC at least hoped for a modicum of wind for
their racing for the Kim Cup (seniors) and York Cup (juniors). But, it
was not to be - just a light remnant of a south wester prevailed and
only two races could be sailed.
The expected conditions must have frightened off many, as there was a reduced turnout for the racing. Ony one junior (Georgou Divaris) sailed his RS Tera Sport while nine senior stalwarts rigged their boats.
Leading the fleet in both races were the Fireballs of Anthony Parker and David Laing. Parker lead all the way round in race 1, but in race 2, Laing had a lead for most of the lead. However in the light conditions, he lost this lead in the final leg to the finish. Most of the fleet consisted of Lasers - 5 of them. New member Henry Paine lead this class in race one, but had a bad start to race 2. First Laser in race 2 was Malcolm Osborne.
On handicap, the Fireball of Anthony Parker & Ferdinand Holm leads this series. There is great competition for 2nd place - the Lasers of Dave Jones, Henry Paine and Malcolm Osborne are all tied on 7 points. This puts the Fireball of David & Mandy Laing down to 5th place.
Another great GLYC Inter Club - good attendance (51 boats - 26 sen
& 25 jun). We had good support from Mossel Bay and Knysna. Missed
the Redhouse gang! Tricky wind from the south as
usual. 4 races on Saturday, one on Sunday before a westerly buster came
Grateful thanks to Jeremy Dee (Race Officer) and his team on the committee boat, Demitri Divaris, Frank Witteveen and Martin van Tonder on rescue, Peter Eckford and Frank and his team for fixing up the ablutions before the event.
The usual light wind for the Presidents Trophy races! Did the juniors know this - there were none there! RO Jeremy managed to get 3 races complete. Fleet comprised 2 FBs, 2 Lasers, 1 GP14 & 1 Sonnet.
Mossel Bay Yacht & Boat Club re-instated their Inter Club Regatta after a break of several years. The event attracted a large number of junior and senior sailors from George Lakes Yacht Club. Knysna Yacht Club was only able to enter one boat in the dinghies.
A new feature for an interclub was the participation of three L26 keelboats – one each from Mossel Bay, George Lakes and Knysna. These boats sailed their own series.
Racing on Saturday commenced in a fresh south wester, producing good racing conditions, but challenging for those inexperienced in sea sailing. The wind veered to the south east and lightened as the day progressed. Race Officer Rob Holden had to alter the course accordingly. Three races were completed.
On Sunday, an early start was set in order to get racing in before the forecast wind died. However, the wind died before it was supposed too! A short course was set near the harbour and the race got under way. It had to be abandoned when what little wind there was faded completely. The fleet returned to shore in time to watch the SA – Wales World Cup rugby match. After this match, a light southwester had picked up and the fleet set sail again for one final race.
In the L26 division, the George Lakes boat, helmed by Bruce McCurrach, won two of the races to win overall, from Mossel Bay, helmed by Andre Bredenkamp.
The juniors fielded the largest fleet (16 boats), which
comprised Tera Sport, Optimist, Mirror, a GP14 and a 420. Dominant in
this fleet was the Optimist of Georgou Divaris (GLYC), who won 3 of
the four races. His closest competition came from the Tera Sport of
clubmate, James Hellstrom, winner of race 3. Third place went to the
GLYC Mirror, sailed by Seth Young and James Koegelenberg. Mossel
Bay's highest placed boat in this fleet was the 420, sailed by Andre
Bredenkamp and Joppie Naude, in fourth place. Mossel Bay fielded 10 of
the entries but fortunately our GLYC sailors were up front to be able
to secure the interclub trophy.
The senior fleet comprised 12 boats – Lasers, Mirror, Fireball, Mosquito, Dart. The host club fielded the Dart and Mosquito catamarans. Dominant in this fleet was the GLYC Fireball, sailed by David and Rory Laing. They won the first race and their 2nds in races 2 and 4 secured overall first place. There was close competition for second place between GLYC's Lasers of John Marc Olivier and Malcolm Osborne. Osborne secured overall 2nd place by winning the last race on handicap. Mossel Bay's challenge comprise the catamarans. The Mosquitos of Gideon and Pieter de Villiers were able to score 2nd and 3rd in the fresher wind of the first race, but were not able to perform as well in the subsequent lighter races.
The event proved to be a resounding success for George Lakes, winning all three divisions. The next major regatta is the Eastern Cape Championships, also hosted by Mossel Bay Yacht & Boat Club. This event takes place from 1 to 3 October, 2011.
Hosted by S.A. Sailing