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News - 2009 / 2009

GLYC Prizegiving and AGM

These events were held on Sunday, 28 June 2009. There was a good attendance of about 30 club members who came to see who would receive the trophies and to participate in the proceedings of the Annual General Meeting.
The Rear Commodore, Malcolm Osborne, presented the season's Trophies to the designated winners. Also awarded was the Southern Cape Sailing League Trophy, sailed by juniors from GLYC. KYC and MBYBC at events over the season. The winner of this trophy was Jonathan Rees who had a one point lead over Dane Henegan of MBYBC. One trophy that is awarded at the discretion of the Commodore is the Angus Hay Trophy, awarded for dedication to sailing. This season, there were several possible recipients, but the decision went in favour of Ferdinand Holm for his support and sponsorship of Laser sailing.

For a full list of the trophy winners, click here

After members were able to partake  of a delicious variety of hot soup and rolls provided by club ladies, the Annual General Meeting commenced. David Jones, the Commodore in his report, commented on the increase in club sailing this past season. The GLYC sailors had also been active in sailing at away events, including at Richards Bay and Saldanha Bay. They had also done well, e.g. taking the top 5 positions at the GP14 Nationals. The club's finances were healthy, according to the Treasurer's report
Most of the existing committee made themselves available for re-election. The new committee is:

GP14 and Fireball National Championships

Even though GLYC's racing season has come to a close, its sailors are still doing the Club proud.

At the GP14 Nationals, held at Mossel Bay, of the 11 GP14's sailing, 8 represented GLYC. Seven races were sailed. The final outcome was that GLYC sailors filled places 1 to 5!

In first place was the team of Ant & Di Parker, with country members Richard Parker and Dave Hawkins 2nd. Malcolm Osborne & Khaya Gould filled 3rd place, narrowly keeping out David Laing & Jayan Smart (4th) and Dave & Tim Jones (5th).

The following weekend was yet another long weekend and it was the turn of Fireballs to host Nationals at Milnerton Aquatic Club. Here, GLYC sailors filled places 1 to 3 - it was won by Will Moody & Kerrie Statt, with Ant & Di Parker 2nd and David & Mandy Laing 3rd.

Congratulations to all the GLYC sailors participating in these events.

Derek Clarke

Tragic news from GLYC is that veteran sailor Derek Clarke suffered a heart attack and died at George Lakes Yacht Club on Sunday 19 April 2009.

A group of GP14's were preparing for their National Championships and Derek, a GP14 sailor himself, was there in support. While assisting a GP14 to launch, he collapsed at the water's edge. Fortunately, GLYC is well provided in the form of medical members - retired doctors Bill Turner and Des Herron took charge of resuscitation procedures, followed soon after by Dr David Laing, who had been sailing.

An ambulance from George Hospital was summoned. They were joined soon afterwards by paramedics from Netcare911.

All attempts to revive Derek failed and he had eventually to be declared dead.

Our sympathies go to Derek's wife, Sheena, and her family.

Scenes at George Lakes Yacht Club today.

Closing Cruise

The 2008 / 2009 Sailing Season came to a formal end with the Sail Past in the afternoon.

Proceedings started with a fun race set by the Commodore. This was in the form of a pursuit race around the island. In a very light westerly, the Optimists were set off, then (after a suitable delay) the `slow' class, `medium' class (GP14's) then the `fast' class (Lasers and a Hobie 16). The wind strenthened later, which enabled the later starting classes to catch and overtake the Optimists and some of the other classes in front of them. Line honours went to the GP14 of Evelyn & Di Parker. This race was a new experience for the Optimists - most of them had never been around the island, in common with some of the other new senior members.

The sail past took place shortly thereafter. A well attended Reception followed, with snacks (provided by members) and drinks (sponsored). Proceedings closed with a traditional GLYC braai.

Race of Champions + Chris Thomas

Six GP14's sailed in the Race of Champions on Sunday. A good south easter provided demanding conditions, especially for those a bit rusty at the helm. But the crews were able to assist and compensate.

Those sailing were Gordon Rivas, Rod Farrell, Guy Brooke Smith, Derek Clarke, Des Herron and Bill Turner.

Guy Brooke Smith, sailing his old boat Sea Fever,  was first at the weather mark and stayed at the front of the fleet to the end. He was pursued by a determined Derek Clarke but was able to avoid mistakes to end up in first place. Thanks to the GP14 owners for the use of their craft for the event.

In a freshening wind, two races for the rest of the fleet were held thereafter.  Will Moody with Kerrie Statt was the sole Fireball, Anthony & Diane Parker sailed their GP14 for a change, chasing the front Lasers, ahead of the other GP's -  Dave Jones / Koenie Otto and Alastair Fraser / Evelyn Osborne. Dave & Rory Laing sailed comfortably ahead of the Statts on Mirror, aiming for a handicap win.

On boat handicap, Will Moody' Fireball won the first race ahead of the Laing Mirror. These positions reversed in the 2nd race, possibly due to a stronger wind. However the races were then re-adjusted for skipper handicaps, where the first race was won by Malcolm Baillie (Laser) and the 2nd being won by Dave & Koenie (GP14). Overall for the series, first place went to Dave Jones, followed by Malcolm Osborne and Ferdinand Holm (Lasers).

Jayan Smart on Dabchick took line honours in the 1st race in the junior division but the Optimists had the advantage of a favourable handicap to come out ahead. Jonathan Rees won both races, chased by John Marc Olivier and Steven Olivier.

Kim Cup Finale

The light wind conditions prevailed again for the races for the Kim Cup. A light south wester did pick up after lunch, permitting one race to be completed. During the start sequence of the 2nd race, Island Lake became a mirror, so Race Officer wisely abandoned, sending the fleet in for tea. Conditions were monitored to see if more racing could happen - another light breeze from the same direction filled in again and one more race could be completed.

In the senior fleet, the first race was won on skipper handicap by Ant & Di Parker (Fireball). The second race was won (also on skipper handicap) by the veteran team of Derek Clarke with Des Herron. Overall, including the previous races, first place went to the Laser of David Jones. 2nd - Malcolm Osborne, 3rd - Bill Turner.

No racing had been scheduled for juniors, as they were supposed to be away at Redhouse Y.C., sailing the E. Cape Interschools Regatta. As it happened, no one from GLYC went, so the two races that they did sail will be added to the Junior Championships series. Jonathan Rees (Optimist) won both races from John Marc Olivier (Optimist) and Khaya Gould / Alma Holm (Mirror).

Sothebys Trophy / York Cup Finals

Once again, Sunday sailing had only a light, southerly breeze, in contrast to the strong south-easter our neighbouring club, Knysna, had the previous day. Nevertheless, three short (in distance) races were completed to contribute to overall scores for the Sotheby's Trophy (for seniors) and the York Cup (for juniors). 

There were 6 boats sailing in the junior division - a Dabchick, an O-9er and 4 Optimists. Julian Leggatt fared the best to take 1st place overall. Matthew Moodie scored two 2nd places but did not sail the last race. As they had sailed in the races of the previous day of this series, overall 2nd and 3rd places went to the Olivier brothers John Marc and Stephen. However in the last race, a newcomer, James Hogan, did exceptionally well to win the last race, despite sailing an O-9er, which is slower than the Optimist.

There were 14 boats in different classes sailing in the senior division. Two of these were Mirrors and both were crewed by father / son combinations. One was David Laing with Rory and the other was Cundell Statt (visiting from Knysna) with Cundell jnr. They are sailing in the Mirror Worlds in Wales in a few months time. Both did well on handicap against the faster boats - the Laing team winning overall and the Statt team 3rd overall. Second place went to the Fireball team of Ant and Di Parker.

S.A.S. S. Cape Inter Schools Regatta

There was an excellent turnout of 36 youngsters sailing in the inaugural S.A. Sailing Southern Cape Interschools Regatta, hosted by George Lakes Yacht Club. No fewer than 19 schools from Knysna, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn and George were represented. These were divided into high school, primary and novice fleets.

Two races were held in a light southerly on Saturday.  On Sunday morning, a mild westerly was blowing, making for better sailing conditions. However, as forecast, this veered to the south. Two races were held before an early lunch was called. After lunch, two more races were squeezed in before the 14:30 starting cutoff. Unfortunately, the wind died during the last race and not all the high school boats could finish in the time limit.

In the 13 boat Primary School fleet, the winning school was Holy Cross (George), where Jonathan Rees of that school was also the individual winner.

There were 10 boats in the High School fleet. Point High of Mossel Bay entered two full teams and ended up with both teams on top. James Marais of Point High sailing a Laser was first overall.

There were also 13 boats in the novice fleet, comprising Optimists and O-9ers. Here, the winning school team represented Milkwood Primary of Mossel Bay. Callan Daniel of Sedgefield Primary was the overall winner of this fleet.

All these schools teams, especially the higher placed ones, are now encouraged to take part in the main E. Cape Interschool Regatta being held at Redhouse Yacht Club on 21 / 22 March 2009.

Ma Wyatt & Farrell Trophy

The second session of the Ma Wyatt races for seniors and Farrell races for juniors was held in a strong south easter.  As the committee boat refused to start, races were started from the clubhouse. The former trophy is in memory of a Grand Old Lady of sailing - a great competitor, esp. in the Sprog and Extra classes. 

The senior fleet was headed around the course by the Fireballs of Moody and Parker, chased by some of the Laser fleet. (other than those who paused to examine the underside of their craft!). Dave Laing sailed his Mirror for a change. Also in this fleet was the Dabchick of Tim Manley, keeping up with the front Lasers. As a result, he did well on handicap, as did the Laing Mirror. Overall results gave first place in the series to Tim, with the Lasers of Ferdinand Holm and David Jones 2nd and 3rd resp.

Four boats sailed in the junior fleet. Jonathan Rees was first over the line in races 1 and 2, but was headed by the Mirror of Khaya Gould and the Dabchick of Jayan Smart in race , when the wind eased a bit. He was still first on handicap, though. These positions, combined with good placings in the previous section, puts Jonathan into first place for the Farrell Trophy, followed by Khaya Gould and Julian Leggatt.

Knysna Inter Club Regatta

GLYC was represented by 3 Lasers (Jones, Turner, Osborne), an Enterprise (Herron), a GP14 (Evelyn), a Mirror (Laing), a Spearhead (Parker) and three Optimists (Julian, John Marc and Steven) at the Kynsna Interclub Regatta. They did battle with strong contingents from Mossel Bay, Redhouse and the Knysna locals. There was a total of 62 boats sailing.

A stiff westerly was blowing on Saturday, producing challenging conditions for the competitors. Two races were completed in the afternoon's sailing. On Sunday, conditions were rather different - what wind there was started from the north, then proceeded to blow at various times from the south west and even south east. Three races were completed in these conditions.

In the Open fleet, Dave & Rory Laing performed well on handicap as usual to win this division, ahead of the Finns of Dudley Isaac and Rob Onvlee. Alastair Fraser won in the Laser division, but he was sailing for his `other' club! Malcolm Osborne was 2nd and Dave Jones was 4th.

In the 17 boat Optimist fleet, Jonathan Rees was first, from C P Statt and Dane Henegan. John Marc Olivier was our first entrant, in 6th place.

Knysna awarded the Interclub Trophy on the basis of total top points for junior and senior classes. This put them ahead of Mossel Bay, who had a strong junior team. GLYC ended up in 3rd place.

SWD Sports Awards

The South Western Districts Sports Council held its annual Sports Awards at a function held in the Civic Centre, Oudsthoorn on 21 February. Unfortunately, Sailing did not have any of its participants nominated in any of the sports excellence categories.

However, we succeeded in getting recognition in the category Media Excellence, where our Commodore, Dave Jones, received an award for Media Excellence, in recognition for his coverage of sailing events, published in the Knysa Plett Herald and in the George Herald.

Congratulations, Dave!


Woodwise Trophy / de Klerks Cup

Once again there was little wind for this event, but at least it was an improvement on the previous round of this event, where only one race could be completed. 

Rod Farrell wisely delayed sailing until a sufficient wind had filled in. One race was completed, then a tea break was called. Then steadier wind filled in, permitting 2 further races. The series was thus decided on four races.

With good sailing and the advantage of a favourable skipper handicap for the conditions, Bill Turner had a good day, achieving 2 firsts and a 2nd. Overall for the series, there was a narrow half point separating 1st and 2nd between Dave Jones and Malcolm Osborne.

In the juniors, first places were shared between Jonathan Rees, Julian Leggatt and visitor Cundell Statt. However, all 3 had to carry a DNC from the previous round. This gave the overall win to John Marc Olivier.

Presidents Cup Finale

With a forecast for only very light wind, prospects for sailing were not very good. Nevertheless, Race Officer Jeremy Dee proceeded to set a course for 16 boats (12 senior and 4 junior) that were prepared to race.

After a short postponement, racing got under way in wind from the SSE that was surprisingly a bit stronger than predicted. The 4 Optimists finished their triangle before the seniors had finished, so Jeremy took the initiative to start them again. In this way, they were able to complete 3 races, while the seniors were only able to complete 2. What wind there was faded as the afternoon progressed.

Jonathan Rees won all 3 junior races, counting for the Junior Championships. John Marc Olivier got all the 2nds.  It was close between Julian Leggatt and Steven Olivier for 3rd place, but Julian did enough to get it by one point.

In the seniors, it was the veteran Bill Turner (Laser) who took the first race on class handicap. In the second race, it was Neil Metelerkamp, sailing single handed on his Hilarity that succeeded in winning on handicap. The races were won on the water by the Fireball of David & Rory Laing, but were not able to sail to their class handicap in the light conditions. Overall results for the 5 races sailed for the Presidents Cup gave first place to Malcolm Osborne (Laser), from Bill Turner and Dave Jones.

Port Elizabeth Inter Club Regatta

In order to encourage participation in this away event, no racing was scheduled at GLYC last weekend. However, this did not succeed in its purpose, as our club was only represented by 2 Lasers and an Optimist. As such, this was insufficient to be able to put in a challenge for the senior or junior trophies. Similarly, KYC was also only represented by a Laser Radial and an Optimist. It was only Mossel Bay who were able to field a strong junior team, but failed by a scant one point from being able to retain the Junior Inter Club Trophy. Thus, with strong local support as well as advantage of home waters, it was Redhouse who were able to claim both the senior and junior Inter Club trophies - well done. Full results are posted on our Racing Results page.

This coming weekend sees the holding of our annual match racing event, the winner of which will be awarded the Clive Davy Trophy - be there!

Millenium Trophy

In contrast to the strong south-easters experienced over the previous two Sundays, a light southerly wind prevailed for club racing this past Sunday. Races counted towards the Millenium trophy series for the Seniors and to the Toppies trophy series for the juniors.

This made for tricky sailing, as the wind swirling off the hill provided ever-changing conditions. Course selection in the race was difficult. A fleet of 16 boats competed in the 3 races held that day, comprising Optimists and Dabchick in a junior fleet and Fireballs, Lasers, Sonnets and a GP14 in the senior fleet.

Racing was close between the Optimists, with seconds separating some of the boats. However, it was Moya Moorcroft who was able to win two of the races to win overall. It was close between the next two – John Marc Olivier got 2nd place with a half point margin over Julian Leggatt.

In the Senior fleet, the Fireballs of Moody and Parker were competing at the front of the fleet, and application of the handicap system also gave individual race wins to them – Will Moody won race 1 and Ant Parker won race 2. But it was the Dabchick of Tim Manley who won race 3 on handicap. Overall results for the Millenium Trophy put the Lasers of Carlo Brovelli in first place ahead of Malcolm Osborne and Bill Turner.

There is no racing at this club next weekend, to allow members to take part in the Port Elizabeth Inter Club Regatta being held at Redhouse Yacht Club.

Bell / Langvlei & Israelson Races

Club racing got off to an early start (on 4 January) after the New Year. Despite the ongoing school holidays, thee was still a band of sailors prepared to race. The numbers were boosted by our visitors from Cape Town - Linda & Alison Raubenheimer (Sonnet) and Jason Gray (Dabchick). Races took place in a strong south easter.

The first race had several DNC's due to being too late on the water. This race was the once off race for the Bell / Langvlei Trophy, so no discards. The race was taken on skipper handicap by Ferdinand Holm (Laser) from the Mirror team of Dave & Rory Laing.

The next two races counted for the Israelson Trophy. Ferdinand seemed to have a bad first race (7th), but made amends by winning the next race (on handicap). However, this combination put him out of the reckoning - the consistent Laing Mirror team (1, 2) came out on top. Malcolm Osborne (Laser) scored 2, 4 to get 2nd overall. The other Mirror team of Evelyn Osborne with Julian Leggatt got 4, 3 to secure 3rd place.

A small band of juniors took on the south easter and most survived! They were sailing rounds 7 - 9 of their Junior Championships Series. Optimists took the first race - first was Jonathan Rees, from Steven Olivier. Jayan Smart (Dabchick) was third. Positions were similar in the next race - Jonathan once again coping well with the conditions to win again and Olivier 2nd, but this time it was John Marc, not Steven. Jayan again persevering to 3rd. The Optimists ducked the last race - Jayan started but did not finish.

Sotheby's New Year Regatta

A total of 34 boats participated in the GLYC annual New Year Regatta - several visitors from the Eastern and Western Cape as well as from Gauteng boosted  the good club turn out. In addition to the senior fleet, there was also a good number of boats in the junior fleet as well as a small novice Optimist fleet. The success of the event was also aided by generous sponsorship from Sotheby's International Realty, so if you are selling or buying in this area, speak to them first!

Racing commenced on the first day in a stiff south easter. However, after the first race commenced, the wind strength increased alarmingly. Most boats were capsizing and the rescue facilities were being over-stretched, so that race was abandoned. With the strong wind persisting all day, no further races were possible. On Sunday, a light but strengthening westerly prevailed, permitting races to be completed at last. Races 2 to 5 were  completed. On Monday, the westerly continued. Most fleets sailed two races in the morning, except for the Fireballs, who were able to get in three. A final race was held after lunch.

The fastest fleet comprised  Fireballs. The team of Will Moody and Ferdinand Holm dominated this fleet, but there was strong competition between Hansie von Schuts / Adam Stafford, Anthony & Diane Parker and Dave & Mandy Laing for 2nd place. In the end it was the Laing team who were able to edge ahead, with Hansie in 3rd place.

There were 9 boats in the Big Open class, sailed on handicap. The clear winner here was Timothy Manley (Dabchick), ahead of the GP14 of Dave & Trent Hawkins and the Sonnet of Linda & Alison Raubenheimer.

The Laser fleet was a mixture of full rigs and radials, sailed on handicap against each other - 8 boats. On handicap, the Radials of Dave Jones and Bill Turner each won a race, but generally it was Malcolm Osborne who was ahead in most races to be able to win overall. Visitor Bruno Tafuri was in 2nd place followed by veteran Bill Turner.

A separate fleet of Small Open classes sailed, comprising 2 Mirrors, a Dabchick and a Laser 4.7. The winner was the Mirror of Khaya Gould and Earl Swart, with the other Mirror of Joppie & Dalene Naude in 2nd place.

There were 9 boats in the Optimist class. The main competition was between Dane Henegan and Moya Moorcroft, with Jonathan Rees snapping at their transoms. Overall, it was Moya who was able to hang on to first place, with Dane 2nd and Jonathan in 3rd place.

The 4 boat Optimist Novices fleet was won by Steven Olivier from Sarah Young and Sheldon van Kersen.

Commodores Trophy / Jenvey Nissen Trophy

The second (final) day of this series saw sailing conditions improved from the previous Sunday. A light S / SE blew for the first race and improved as the afternoon progressed. This permitted 3 races to be completed.

GLYC's junior sailors were boosted by youngsters from Mossel Bay, who came over to hone their Mirror skills prior to the Youth Nationals later this month. There were 13 seniors and 8 juniors sailing.

In race 1, the 3 Fireballs took line honours, as expected, but application of skipper handicaps gave this race win to Dave Jones (Laser). In race 2, Mark Dee / Will Moody (Fireball) managed to sail above their skipper handicap to win overall. Unfortunately, there was a bit of confusion during race 3. During tea, race officer Rod Farrell had changed the junior course but in doing so had re-written the senior course, which was intended to be unchanged, but an incorrect figure had slipped in. During the race, all seniors except 2 Lasers sailed the original course. Thus the 2 Lasers were the only one's to sail the `correct' course. However, as no notification was given of a course change, redress was given to the other senior sailors - finishes taken as recorded. This resulted in Dave Jones recording his second win of the day and overall the clear winner of the Commodore's Trophy.

In the junior fleet, the team of Khaya Gould & Earl Swart (Mirror) won the first race on class handicap. A Mirror also won race 2 - this time it was Joppie Naude & Steven Olivier. Joppie could have won race 3 as well but got confused with the number of laps, allowing victory to go to another Mirror - sister Daleen & Nelia Dannhauser. There were also 5 Optimists sailing, but they seemed to be overhadowed by the Mirrors. Overall for the Jenvey Nissen Trophy, victory goes to Khaya Gould.

Woodwise Trophy / de Klerk's Cup

There was a light wind on Sunday morning, making for pleasant conditions for the junior training. However, this breeze proceeded to fade at lunchtime. Nevertheless, a course was set, based on the forecast SE that was predicted. But once the boats were out at the start, it was apparent that the wind had swung to the south. A new course was set and proceedings got under way, in progresively less and less wind. The race was shortened. An early tea was called, during which time, it became that no further racing was possible. In the conditions, Mark Dee and Will Moody (Fireball), established a big lead in the 11 boat senior fleet. This enabled them to win this race on skipper handicap, ahead of Malcolm Osborne (Laser) and the Fireball team of Anthony & Diane Parker.

A fleet of 9 boats competed for the de Klerk Cup. This fleet comprised of 6 Optimists, 2 Mirrors and a Dabchick. The Mirror of Seth Young was first to finish over the line, but the application of class handicaps gave the overall win to the Optimist of Matthew Moody. Seth got second overall, with John Marc Olivier (Optimist) in 3rd place.

Commodores Trophy / Jenvey Nissen Trophy

A light southerly wind prevailed for the races counting towards these series. An Olympic course was set for the good fleet of 11 boats in the junior fleet (competing for the Jenvey Nissen Trophy) as well as 14 boats in the Senior fleet (competing for the Commodore's Trophy). Three races were completed before the wind died.

The Fireballs were generally able to get to the front of the senior fleet,  but also found it difficult to pull away from the Lasers. Indeed, both Laing and van Kersen were passed at some stages, which did not do their handiap positions any good. Skipper handicaps were applied to the race times of the senior competitors, which also shuffled things up a bit. This gave 1st place in race 1 to Ferdinand Holm (Laser). Anne & Will Moody (Fireball) secured the 2nd race and Mark Dee the third. However, overall for the day, Mark Dee and David & Mandy Laing (Fireball) are ahead, but tied on points. Breaking the tie gives 1st place oveall to Mark Dee. David Jones (Laser) is in 3rd place.

In the Junior fleet, the competition was on handicap between the Optimists of Jonathan Rees and Matthew Moody and the Mirrors of Rory Laing with Seth Young and Jayan Smart with Khaya Gould. Rory won the first race on handicap, whilst Jonathan won the second race. Rory did not sail the third race, however (choosing to crew on Dad's Fireball), leaving it to Jonathan to get the next win. Jonathan is the overall leader, with Matthew Moody in second place and Jayan Smart in third place.

2008 Sothebys Southern Cape Inter Club Regatta

The best entry for a number of years as well as good wind on both days made this year's Interclub Regatta an outstanding success. There was entry of 70 boats - 39 in the Senior Fleet, 17 in the Junior Fleet and 15 in the Novices fleet. In addition to GLYC's  entry of 27 boats, there were also visitors from Mossel Bay, Redhouse, Knysna and Algoa Bay Yacht Clubs.

Three races were sailed on Saturday in a good south easter, getting quite strong for the last race. The race on Sunday morning was held in light wind but the 5th and final race at lunch time was held in the southeaster that returned at full strength.

Many of GLYC's junior sailors were being used as Mirror crew for this event, so we did not have a very good entry in the Junior fleet. RYC, KYC and MBYC's entrants took the top postions in this fleet. First GLYC boat in this fleet was the Mirror team of Jayan Smart and Khaya Gould in 6th place - first Mirror. Mossel Bay Yacht & Boat Club's team in this fleet won the Junior Interclub competition.

GLYC had a strong team in the Senior fleet. This fleet was won by the Finn of KYC's Dudley Isaac, but GLYC got the next 3 positions overall - David & Rory Laing (Mirror) 2nd, Anthony & Diane Parker (GP14) 3rd and Will Moody & Kerry Statt (Fireball) 4th. Their positions, together with performances from Tim Manley (Dabchick), Albert van Kersen & Anton Verhagen (Fireball), Deryk & Barbara Eckersley (Sonnet), Malcolm Osborne (Laser) and Evelyn Osborne & Sarah Young (Mirror) enabled GLYC to take the Senior Inter Club Trophy.

At the prizegiving, it was announced that David & Rory Laing were first overall with Will Moody / Kerry Statt 2nd. Subsequently, a scoring error in race 4 was discovered. Correcting this caused a reshuffle in the top positions as above.

The Novice Fleet comprised O-9ers and Optimists. They sailed  5 races in the more sheltered area adjacent to the club. GLYC got a first in this fleet - Matthew Moody (Optimist).

Our grateful thanks must go to our principle sponsor - Sothebys International Realty, as well as to our other sponsors - Spar Sedgefield, Cyclemax and Aroma Liquors. A big vote of thanks also to the other club members who made the event possible - the Bridge team, the Rescue team, those working hard in the galley and especially Di Turner for organising the `happy hour' on Saturday and the post prizegiving cheese & wine function.

President's Trophy

A strong westerly blew before lunch, apparently portending tough sailing in the afternoon, but a short rain shower put an end to that. After lunch, the wind started to pick up again from the SW, sufficiently for racing to commence. In the figure 8 course that was sailed, it was the Fireball of Dave & Mandy Laing who were able to open up a gap on the rest of the fleet to gain line honours. It was insufficient to get them 1st overall, however - this honour went to the Dabchick of Tim Manly. In race 2, there were signs of even more pressure from the wind. The beats were a bit tricky and some of the off wind legs were too tight for effective use of the Fireball spinnaker - the Laings were once again first over the line, but even closer than before to the rest of the fleet. Malcolm Osborne (Laser) got handicap 1st this time, ahead of Tim. The 3rd race was held in an even better wind - hiking and trapeze for the Fireball. Dave got himself stuck in a hole on the 2nd beat, to be passed by some of the Lasers. He eventually got back ahead, but that did his handicap performance serious damage! He finished first, only seconds ahead of the 1st Laser. On handicap, Malcolm got 1st ahead of Tim again, with Mark Dee (Laser) in 3rd place.

There were 3 boats in the Junior fleet, sailing for Junior Championships - one Optimist, one Mirror and one Dabchick. In the first race, the Mirror of Rory Laing & Seth Young kept it together sufficiently to finish ahead (on handicap) of Jonathan Rees (Optimist) and Dillon Coetzee (Dabchick). They were able to repeat this performance in the 2nd race, but lost concentration in the 3rd race, allowing Jonathan to close up to get first place on handicap.

Kim Cup

A fleet of 8 juniors and15 seniors sailed two races for the York and Kim Cups respectively. Both races were held in a light southerly. A scheduled third race could not be sailed due to insufficient wind.

In the 1st race, Moya Moorcroft stayed ahead of the other Optimists to win. Her potential competition, Rory Laing in Mirror sailed the wrong course to put himself out of contention. He made amends by winning the 2nd race, with Moya 2nd. Julian Leggatt sailed consistently to lie in 2nd place overall.

The seniors were sailing according to Skipper Handicaps for this series. Thus although the Fireballs of Will Moody and David Laing achieved line honours in both races, the application of this handicap type brings others to the fore. Nevertheless, Will and Matthew Moody won the 1st race on handicap, but David Jones (Laser)won the 2nd race. But overall, it was the team of Des Herron and Jeanie Taljard (Enterprise) who ended up in the lead, with David Jones second and the Moody Fireball team in 3rd place.

Ma Wyatt Trophy

The start of the first race was delayed to allow the wind to build up sufficiently. However, when it did, its direction made for a soldiers course - unsatisfactory for most sailors. The wind then shifted to the west and started gusting to over 15 knots at times, providing exciting sailing for the final two races.

The juniors were sailing for the Farrell trophy. On Portsmouth handicap, Jonathan Rees on Optimist won the first race, but in the 2nd race, it was Jayan Smart on Mirror who came out ahead. However, neither of these completed the 3rd race. This left it to Dillon van Kersen on Dabchick to end the day on top, by dint of sailing all 3 races.

The seniors were sailing according to calculated Skipper Handicaps. This allowed the team of Mark & Jeannie Taljard to win the first race. The 2nd race was won by Tim Manly on Dabchick, while the 3rd race was won in the stronger wind by Ferdinand Holm. Overall consistency and sailing all the races puts Ferdinand ahead on points for the day.

Sotheby's  Inter Club Regatta

This is one of the club's two main annual events. This year's interclub takes place on the 8th and 9th November, 2008.

The support of all club members is requested. For more information, click here

Millenium Trophy

Only one race could be completed for this trophy due to light wind - there wasn't any enthusiasm for more racing after the fleet managed to complete the first one! This race was preceded by a brief champagne launching ceremony for David Laing's new Fireball - `This Is It'.

In the Junior fleet, Matthew Moodie was out in front, ahead of Julian Leggatt (Optimist) and Stephen Olivier on O-9er.

In the senior fleet, the Fireballs of Moodie and Laing were up ahead, but their overall positions were split with the Lasers of new member Carlo Brovelli, Dave Jones and Bill Turner. Good boat speed in the conditions  gave first place to Carlo.

Realty Homenet Trophy

A good south easter prevailed for the three races sailed, getting even stronger for the 3rd race. A feature was the team of Dave & Mandy Laing sailing their newly acquired Fireball, chasing the other Fireball team of Anne and Will Moody. In the Lasers, Mark Dee was fighting it out against Malcolm Osborne. However, in these conditions, Timothy Manley sailing Dabchick really performed, being close to the leading Lasers and coming out comfortably ahead on Portsmouth handicap in all three races.

E. Cape Provincial Championships

After being staged at Swartvlei for several years, the venue was changed to Mossel Bay this year. George Lakes Yacht Club gave good support for this event, by providing its rescue boat, equipment and personnel to assist the running of the event and also by the entry of boats in the Mirror, Laser, Fireball, GP14 and Optimist classes.

The MBYBC parking area started filling up on Friday, with the arrival of cars and boats from Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. There were also entries from as far as KZN and Gauteng! An efficient team under the leadership of Glynnis Baer sorted out entries on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. The entry of 126 boats was significantly higher than last year.

Race Officer Ronnie Baer got racing going fairly promptly to make use of the good south wester that was blowing. Three races were completed. The initial start of race 2 was abandoned when the wind swung more to the south, requiring an adjustment to the course. Conditions were cold and some light rain for a short period added to the discomfort. For most sailors, this was disregarded in the concentration of racing, however. In race 2, an ocean going tug departing from the harbour caused some consternation to some of the Optimist fleet, who were beating past the entrance at the time.

Unfortunately, weather conditions changed on Sunday and Monday - the wind disappeared! On Sunday, several efforts were made to get races in. However, the incoming swell with a light southerly (sometimes!) made progress to weather extremely difficult. Eventually the fleet of rescue boats were employed to tow everyone back to shore. On Monday, the regatta was faced with the problem that only 3 races had been completed, whereas 4 were required for an event! The first attempt at a further race was abandoned. The 2nd attempt succeeded - a race that took over two hours was completed. The next start was also abandoned after about half an hour. The fleet then headed towards shore, speeding up in a breeze that came in from the SE. This breeze prompted Ronnie to recall the fleet to the starting area for another race! However, as the race started the breeze promptly faded away. After a while, yet another abandon signal was flown and sounded, to the general approval of the sailors, who were then faced with the voyage back to shore in no wind. Once again, the rescue boats had to do much towing.

The Mirror class was using this event as its National Championships. In first place was Jeremy Holdcroft of Northvaal (ESC). GLYC's Dave & Rory Laing did very well to secure 2nd place. Northvaal's other top team of Brennan & Ryan Robinson were 3rd.

The Laser class had fleets in the full rig, Radial and 4.7 divisions. In the full rigs, KYC's David Shilton got 3rd place, behind Alan Keen and Pete Shaw of Cape Town.

Opening Cruise & Verhagen Trophy race

Sunday 21 September saw the official commencement of George Lakes Yacht Club activities, with the Opening Cruise taking place, followed by the Verhagen Trophy race. 

The Opening Cruise saw the fleet being lead by Vice Commodore Koenie Otto on his GP14, coming in on a broad reach from the east to salute the Commodore Dave Jones who was standing at the end of the jetty. He was followed by a fleet of 25 boats, comprising Optimists, a Dabchick, a Sonnet, an Enterprise, a  Hobie 16 and several Mirrors and Lasers. The proceedings were enhanced by the gentle south easter that prevailed.

Then a quick tea and mini prizegiving followed - the Senior and Junior trophies for the Frostbite Series were awarded. The Coconut Monkey Trophy for the leading junior went to Julian Leggatt. The Brass Balls Trophy for the leading senior went to David & Rory Laing. Tony Rendell presented a club burgee from Parkstone Yacht Club in Poole Harbour, UK, to the Commodore. This was obtained during his recent attendance at a Wayfarer Regatta there.

The Salute to the Commodore Tony Rendell handing over Burgee from Parkstone Yacht Club in Poole Harbour

The fleet then went back on to the water for the one race Verhagen Trophy race. The traditional GLYC figure 8 course had been set. As the committee boat is not back on the water yet, Race Officer Rod Farrell with Thelma started and finished the race from Mayday, anchored in the middle of the course. There was only one Optimist (Mila Gould) and one Dabchick (Dillon van Kersen) sailing this race, so a mass start occurred. The 2 juniors sailed one lap. Here, Portsmouth handicap rating gave the win to the Optimist of Mila Gould. In the senior fleet, Mark Dee had his usual good start and first beat to lead on the first lap. He was overtaken by Malcolm Osborne in the 2nd lap. Portsmouth handicap ratings gave Lasers the first 3 positions - Malcolm, Mark and Bill Turner. Then the Mirror of David Laing and Seth Young came in in 4th place on corrected time.

Next weekend is the Eastern Cape Provincial Championships and Mirror National Championships at Mossel Bay. There is no official racing at GLYC over that weekend.

Frostbite Part Two

The second day of the Frostbite Series saw a good turnout, though less than the previous weekend. Despite a forecast westerly, a light south easter prevailed. It faded out during the second race. The first race was comfortably won over the line by the Moody Fireball. Ferdinand Holm established a good lead in Laser, but Mark Dee succeeded in catching up. He was right on Ferdinand's transom at he end, being beaten by seconds. Mark was able to get ahead in the 2nd race, with Bill Turner trying to overtake. Dave Laing (Mirror) was chasing the bigger boats, being ahead of Di Turner's Sonnet at times. His performance got him two overall firsts on handicap, resulting in being first overall in the Frostbite series.

In Optimist, Julian Leggatt was 2nd in the 1st race, behind Jesse Smart. He was able to get into the lead from the start of the 2nd race and stay there to the end. This, combined with his firsts from the previous weekend gives him first overall in the Junior Frostbite series.

Next Sunday sees the GLYC Opening Cruise taking place, followed by the Verhagen Trophy race.

Frostbite Series Starts

Official racing for the 2008 / 2009 sailing season has now commenced, with the completion of two races for the Frostbite series. There was an extremely good turnout - 17 boats in the senior fleet as well as 5 in the junior fleet.

Conditions were favourable - a gentle south easter produced hiking conditions without being over-powering - a good start to the season.

This series continues next weekend. Thereafter, the official Opening Cruise takes place on the 21st September.

Laser Training

In order to try to boost the skills of local Laser sailors, a Laser training course was held at the club this past weekend. The services of an experienced coach from Cape Town, Pete Shaw, were contracted. The attendees were 11 Laser sailors from GLYC, MBYC and KYC. The ages ranged from young to old, and skill levels from beginner to very experienced.

Unfortunately the climatic conditions experienced over the weekend were not ideal for practical tuition - winds well in excess of 20 knots blew on both days and it got very cold on Sunday. Nevertheless, some Lasers went out for a short while on Saturday, with Pete in the rubber duck observing our sailing skills (or lack thereof!).

As such, most of the time was spent in the club house, doing theory with the aid of photos and videos of boat handling skills. It will remain to be seen if the attendees can now put this into practice.

Next weekend sees the resumption of formal club racing, with the first races of the Frostbite series taking place on Sunday.

Winter Activity at GLYC

Despite it being still officially winter, there was much sailing activity last Sunday - 3 August.

A number of prospective new club members were introduced to the club and to sailing on Island Lake. They were taken out for a sail on Gypsies to show them what our sailing is like.

Also happening was Mirror training, with GLYC and MBYBC Mirrors (total of 9 red sails!) took to the water to test boat handling and rigging in the good south easter that blew (10 - 15 knots). And there were even some capsizes - strangely enough, all involved a certain well known George firm of architects! But they survived -  and managed a smile afterwards!

GLYC Team Takes On Laser Nationals

No less than 5 Lasers from George Lakes participated in the Laser National Championships held at Richards Bay 30 June to 4 July. Commodore Dave Jones and Evelyn Osborne competed in the 14 boat Laser Radial class and Ferdinand Holm, Malcolm Osborne and Hansie von Schutz were in the Laser class (17 boats).

We left on Friday before the event and over-nighted at the East London Backpackers. The onward trip was delayed by necesary welding to Ferdinand's trailer. We eventually arrived at Zululand Y.C. late on Saturday - got the tents up in time before a cold front came thru' with much rain.

Sunday was rather cold and windy. Some of us went out for the practice race held in the harbour channel.

The `proper' races were held offshore, necessitating a long sail to exit the harbour each day. After the cold front, there wasn't much wind on Monday morning, but there was enough for one race to be completed in the afternoon in a light south easterly.

On Tuesday, 3 further races were completed, in a wind between 10 - 15 knots. The sea was very lumpy, making for difficult beats, but the off wind legs were fun! No wind on Wednesday - an unplanned rest day!

The wind returned on Thursday in conditions similar to Tuesday. Four races were completed. The last day, Friday, there was again no wind. The Trophy Awards took place on Friday evening. We left on Saturday and got home without problem. Dave and Fay went off to the Drakensberg to do some of their other pastime of mountaineering.

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Handing over Club Burgee to Commodore of ZYC


Annual General Meeting & Trophy Awards

The 54th George Lakes Yacht Club Annual General Meeting was held on the 10th June, 2007 at 11:00.

Commodore David Laing reported on a continued low level of attendance for club racing. The club membership, with gains and losses, remained at much the same number. However, the Sailing School was still active and this was bringing in new members and increasing the activity at the club. Thanks to the efforts of the committee, some very good regattas had been held at GLYC - the Interclub, New Year Regatta and Fireball Nationals. Progress had been made on the new ablution block - it was nearly complete. A disturbing factor was reported pilfering - members were requested to keep a watch out for this.

The new executive committee of GLYC, following the election, is as follows:

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