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Annual General Meeting & Prizegiving 2010

These proceedings were held on the 20th  June, 2010. First on the agenda was the prizegiving following the conclusion of the 2009 / 2010 racing season. Sailing School Coach Evelyn Osborne announced the names of the juniors and Rear Commodore Malcolm  Osborne announced the list of the seniors. With an increased level in participation, competition for the various trophies had increased. It was also good to see some trophies being received by new members. The Commodore pointed out that this past season has been made auspicious by the  high number of members participating in World and National Championships. The most prestigious club award, the Angus Hay Trophy, was presented by the Commodore to Peter Eckford, in recognition of his outstanding service to the club over the past season.

For the full list of trophy winners, click here.

At the 2010 AGM, the Commodore, Dave Jones reported on a successful sailing season. Attendance at Sunday racing was at a consistently high level, there had been a good growth in junior sailing and the club had good representation at important away regattas, including World Championships, National and Provincial Championships and at local interclub regattas. On the  admin side, vacancies in certain committee positions had caused difficulties in running the club. This put an additional burden on the other committee members. The experiment in outsourcing galley catering proved to be successful and it is to be recommended that this be continued next season. The GLYC Sailing School continued to be successful and was a key source of new members for the club. 

A proposal to amend the constitution with regard to aims of the club was discussed and put to a vote. The majority vote was against the proposal.
The club's finances were healthy, according to the Treasurer's report
Many of the existing committee made themselves available for re-election and several newcomers agreed to serve the club. The new committee is:

Dave Jones and Anthony Parker  proposed that the club employ a part time person to perform some of the admin functions, such as membership. The consensus was, however, that this could be done on a voluntary basis. Carien Kruger volunteered to asist with this function.

After the AGM, Anthony & Diane Parker  and David Laing gave a short presentation on their recent  trip to Barbados to take part in the 2010 Fireball World Championships. Those present were also able to partake of wine and snacks, provided by the members.


2010 SAS S. Cape Interschools Regatta

George Lakes Yacht Club hosted another succesful Interschools Regatta at its Island Lake venue. This event, catering for schools from the southern Cape area, attracted 7  High School teams, coming from George, Mossel Bay, Knysna and Oudtshoorn and 8 Primary School teams from George, Knysna and Mossel Bay. A fantastic entry of 36 boats from the local schools made for an excellent event.

There was a good breeze of 10 to 12 knots on Saturday, producing good racing conditions for the experienced sailors, but a bit challenging for the novices. The rescue were busy towing in boats with rigging failure and coaches were busy on shore trying to effect jury rigs. Three races were completed, with many close finishes. The wind was lighter on Sunday, where 3 further races were completed before it faded.

In the Primary School fleet, Julian Leggatt on Optimist for Holy Cross Primary  did well to come out ahead of the other Optimists, Teras and Mirrors in this fleet. His team mates Rory Laing & Reece Rademeyer on Mirror were 2nd overall. But as they only had two boats, team scoring on 3 boats gave this fleet’s overall win to Glenwood House Primary, represented by Nathan Page, Georgou Divaris, both on Optimists, Seth Young and James Koegelenberg on a Mirror and James Hellstrom on a Tera Sport, with Jedd Page who won in the Novice section.

In the High School fleet, the overall individual winner was John Marc Olivieir on a RS Tera Sport, sailing for a Home Schoolers team. 2nd place went to Cundell Statt and Deon Jansen van Rensburg of Knysna High on Mirror and 3rd place to Khaya Gould of Principia College in Oudsthoorn on a Laser 4.7. Only York High had 3 boats in a team, but team scoring gave the overall team win to the Home Schoolers team of John Marc Olivieir and Joppie Naude, both sailing Tera.

 All these sailors and especially the top teams are now being encouraged to participate in the Eastern Cape Inter Schools Regatta being held at Redhouse Yacht Club on 13 / 14 March.

2010 Knysna Yacht Club Inter Club Regatta

The century old Knysna Yacht Club hosted a well attended interclub regatta with some 60 boats on the water, almost equally divided between the juniors and the seniors. As well as the host club, visiting sailors were from Redhouse, Algoa Bay, Mossel Bay and George Lakes, even one entry from Theewaters.

The conditions could have been better. On the Saturday we even had some rain (!) which took most of the wind away and we had 4 almost drifters - but there was a Spring high - lots of water!. The Sunday made up for that with a vengeance - it howled 20 - 26 knots from the SE which always makes for shifts and gusts, and there was a Spring low in the morning. This meant narrow channels and an incoming tide. The rescue boats were kept very busy with lots and lots of capsizes and near sinkings. Two races were completed by most of the fleet. A last race was sailed by the cats, some juniors and only one Laser.

There was a wide variety of boats on the water: 13 Lasers (various), 4 Finns, 5 Hobie14s, 1 Hobie 16, 5 Mirrors (4 jrs and 1 snr), 3 RS (Vareo, Vision and Feva) plus 7 RS Teras, 2 Spearheads, 2 Fireballs, 2 Sonnets, 1 x 12sqm Sharpie, 1 GP14, 3 Dabchicks, 9 Oppies, 1 (old) Xtra, 1 Enterprise and 1 x 0-9r. To produce senior and junior results, the Portsmouth system was used to good effect - it does work and sorts out relative performances. Except that some boats perform better in strong wind and vice versa.

In the senior fleet, Knysna took the top 3 positions. The Finns of Brett Gething and Jacek Orzechowski were 1st and 3rd resp, with Alastair Fraser (Laser) in 2nd place. Together with placing of club mates a bit lower down the score sheet (the top 6 boats per club were scored), this put Knysna Y.C. into first place for the Senior Interclub trophy. GLYC's senior team did not fare very well in these conditions, not helped by David Laing breaking his rudder on a sandbank on Sunday. Cundell Statt & Trevor on Mirror were our best boat in this fleet, in 4th place. The Laings and Parkers were there on Fireball, our regular Lasers (Jones, Turner, E & M Osborne and Khaya Gould on Laser 4.7), Jayan on Dabchick and Colin Horn on Hobie 16.

However, in the junior fleet, it was the young sailors of George Lakes Y.C. who put in good performances to be able to win the Junior Interclub Trophy. In first place, it was the Optimist of Jonathan Rees, 3rd place was taken by the Tera Sport of John Marc Olivier and 5th place by the Mirror of Cundell Statt jnr and Rory Laing, aided by the Optimists of Georgou Divaris and Nathan Page. Good individual performances by the Mirror of Eben & Johan Vivier (2nd) Redhouse Y.C. and Moya Moorcroft (Optimist - MBYBC - 4th) were insufficient on a team basis to challenge for this trophy. And we also had the best boat amongst the Novice fleet - Jedd Page.

2010 Port Elizabeth Inter Club Regatta

Five clubs (Mossel Bay, Knysna, George Lakes, Algoa Bay and the host Redhouse) competed in the senior fleet for the PE version of the Inter Club regatta. This fleet had 31 boats, of which 20 were some form of Laser. Four clubs competed in the junior fleet (no boats from ABYC). This fleet had 19 boats - 6 Optimists, 6 Tera's, 3 Mirrors, 3 O-9ers and our Dabchick.

GLYC fielded 4 Lasers in the senior fleet (Dave Jones, Evelyn & Malcolm Osborne and Khaya Gould) - the latter on a 4.7 rig. Our junior team had two boats - Jayan Smart on Dabchick and John Marc Olivieir on a Tera. Our neighbours, KYC, fielded one boat in the senior fleet, a Hobie which completed but one race. However, they also fielded a fleet of 7 boats in the junior division, largely of novices.

6 races were sailed on a basicly windward / leeward course, but which followed the meanders of the river. The wind was a fresh south easter on Saturday and a fluky south west on Sunday.

In the junior fleet, John Marc had a good tussle with the RYC top Teras. He had several good finishes in 2nds and 3rds on handicap, but an OCS in the 1st race in a regatta with no discard was an impediment. He finished in 5th place overall, but might have got to 3rd if it wasn't for not being sure of the starting line in the 1st race. Jayan Smart had to be well ahead of the Mirrors to be able to feature on handicap, but found that the frequent tacks required on the narrow river disadvantaged a single handed Dabchick. He finished 11th overall.  Winners of this fleet were Eben and Johan Vivier (Mirror) of RYC. Joshua Woolard (Optimist) of RYC was 2nd.

In the senior fleet, Malcolm Osborne was able to finish most races 3rd across the line to get to 2nd place overall. Dave Jones got 11th place. Evelyn and Khaya tied on points, but the tie break gave 15th place to Khaya and 16th to Evelyn.  Andrew Ward (Laser) of RYC was 1st in this fleet.

Counting the top 3 places per club, GLYC achieved 2nd place in the senior fleet and 4th place in the junior fleet. With strength of numbers, Redhouse took both trophies.

Sotheby's GLYC New Year Regatta

With an entry of 34 boats, attendance was down a bit from last year, but still enough to form a Laser (full rig), Laser Radial, Optimist and Tera classes. The senior Open class of 14 boats consisted of Fireballs, Sonnets, GP14's, Dabchicks and a RS Feva. GLYC welcomed visitors from Gauteng, Western and Eastern Cape. Our neighbours, Mossel Bay, supported the event in good numbers.

Three races were sailed on Friday in GLYC's normal, light, southerly wind. Then a good south easter blew on Saturday and no less than 5 races were sailed by the seniors and 4 by the juniors. On the last day, the wind changed to the south west. Two senior races and one junior race was completed. The 10th senior race brought in the 2nd discard.

In the Optimist class, Jonathan Rees had a clean sweep of firsts to win overall, ahead of Georgou Divaris. Likewise, in the Tera Sport class, John Marc Olivier had a clear run of firsts, keeping his rival, Dane Henegan at bay in 2nd place.

In the Laser full rigs, Alan Keen also was unchallenged up front, with Alastair Fraser his closest competitor in 2nd place. Jim Foot was the winner in the Laser Radials, ahead of Sandy Joseph. The Open class, sailed on Portsmouth Handicap, was won by our Dabchick National Champion, Tim Manley. Fireballs filled the next two places - 2nd place went to Anne & Will Moodie and 3rd to Anthony & Diane Parker.

On the social side, the first evening had a welcoming function of drinks and snacks, with Sandy Joseph handing out some fun prizes to appropriate recipients. The second evening had a well attended braai, with salads, etc. donated by members.  Sandy once again obliged with a fun prizegiving. The final formal prizegiving took place soon after lunch on Sunday, allowing visitors ample time to depart in the daylight.After an absence of a few years, the annual crews race was reinstated this season. The two man boats were recruited and the skippers persuaded to relinquish the helm for one race. A Fireball, a Sonnet, a GP14 and two Mirrors made up the fleet, competing on class handicap. The other boats (Lasers) and the junior single handers (Optimist, Dabchick, Tera) sailed a fun race.The light wind made it easier, especially for the less experienced crews helming. Coming out on top was the Mirror of Rory laing and Cundell P Statt. Another Mirror was 2nd - Trevor Gebhardt and Cundell Statt. 3rd was the Fireball, with Mandy Lombard at the helm and David Laing looking after the front end.Then a race was sailed in even lighter conditions for the seniors sailing for the Verhagen Trophy and juniors sailing towards the Junior Championships..  Here, Lasers dominated - Evelyn Osborne was 1st, followed by Anton Verhagen and Malcolm Osborne. Jonathan Rees (Optimist) won from Statt/ Laing (Mirror) and John Marc Olivier / Luke Ferreira (Sonnet).Then there wasn't any more wind and the planned 3rd race for the Ken Harding Trophy could not be sailed.

Chris Thomas Trophy / Junior Championships

Wih just sufficient wind, Race Officer Rod Farrell was able to set an Olympic course using the fixed marks.In the first race, the Fireball of David Laing and Mandy were unchallenged up front. The middle group comprised the Lasers of Malcolm Baillie, Bill Turner and Malcolm Osborneand the Dabchick of Tim Manley. There were two Sonnets on the water - Di Turner having competition from David Manley. However skipper handicaps gave the 1st race win to the Mirror of Cundell Statt and Trevor. The 2nd race saw two more Fireballs on the water - Anthony & Di Parker and Grant & Stuart Parker sailing Ant's other boat. Ant and David had a close fought race, with the leading changing several times.  Ant was able to be in the lead at the end though.  Skipper handicap gave the race 2 win to the GP14 of Adriaan Kruger.  Then tea was taken, whereafter a reduced fleet went out in a fading wind. Ant & Di were able to get ahead and finish before holes started appearing. The rest of the fleet parked up on occasion and the resultant longer finish times gave the win to Ant & Di. Overall leader after 3 races is the Laser of Bill Turner, followed by Cundell Statt and David Laing.
In the Youth fleet, the Optimist of Jonathan Rees gets to add another red flag to his collection, winning all 3 races on handicap. 2nd place  goes to Georgio Divaris (Optimist) and 3rd to James Hellstrom (Tera).

Kim Cup / York Trophy

After the crowds the previous weekend, attendance was lower than normal. There were 8 boats in the Youth fleet and 6 in the Senior fleet. Once again, light wind sailing was the order of the day. Two races were completed in a southerly wind, from a clubhouse start.

In the youth fleet, sailing for the York Cup, the first race was won by Julian Leggatt (Optimist) on handicap and the second by the Mirror team of Cundell Statt / Rory Laing. Julian was 3rd in the 2nd race (John Marc Olivier - Tera - 2nd) so the Mirror team are the overall leaders at this stage of the competition.

In the Senior fleet, Evelyn Osborne (Laser) was first over the finish line in both races, but the application of skipper handicaps gave first place in race 1 to the Dabchick of Tim Manley. Tim leads overall, with Evelyn in second place. The Sonnet of Di Turner / Tony Bowen are in 3rd place.

2009 Sotheby's Inter Club Regatta

Thanks to an excellent participation by 76 boats from Mossel Bay, Redhouse, ABYC , Knysna as well as the host club produced an excellent event - the 2009 GLYC Interclub Regatta. This number is a record for recent years. It will have to be determined if this number was exceeded in previous years when sailing was at a higher peak. Motorists passing on the nearby N2 could catch glimpses of Island Lake covered in a sea of sails.

There were 42 boats in the senior fleet, which consisted of many classes sailing on handicap - Fireball, Finn, Spearhead, RS Feva, RS Vision, Rebel, Laser, GP14, Gypsey, Mirror, Hobie14, Dart.

The junior fleet of 26 comprised Optimist, RS Tera, Dabchick and Mirror. Then there was also an 8 boat Novices fleet comprising O-9ers and Optimists sailing closer to the shore, organised by Jeremy Dee.

Despite unpromising wind predictions, three races in a reasonable, if switchy wind from the east were held on Saturday. Two further races were held on Sunday - the first being rather light but a bit better for the second race.

The juniors started first, so as to speed things up. Then came a start with Lasers and other smaller dinghies. The 3rd start comprised Fireballs, Spearhead (4 - from Knysna) and a Vision. The last start was for the catamarans. This sequence meant that the faster boats had to make their way through the fleet, but everything seemed to go well.

At the end, elapsed times for the two fleets were entered and processed according to class handicaps to arrive at overall individual results. In the senior fleet, the top of the fleet was a mixture of classes - Mirror, Fireball, Laser, Spearhead. The junior fleet was more orderly - Mirror, Tera, Optimist. And the interclub results were also derived, based on the top 7 boats per club. ABYC, with only two entrants, lost out here, as they had to carry 5 DNC's. In the senior fleet, the host club, GLYC came out on top, having dominated the front end of the fleet. [Corrected] They had Moodie (Fireball) in 1st place, Statt (Mirror) 3rd , Parker (Fireball) 5th, Evelyn Osborne (Laser) 6th and Dave Jones 7th. Knysna had Gething (Finn) in 2nd place and Isaacs (Spearhead) in 4th. The Junior Interclub Trophy  was also won by the GLYC junior  team. The Viviers brothers of RYC were up front in Mirror, but our team was lead by Jonathan Rees (Optimist) in 2nd and Cundell Statt / Rory Laing (Mirror) in 3rd.

Our grateful thanks go to our sponsors - Sothebys, who teamed up with Raubenheimer Attorneys and OOBA Conveyencers  to make it happen. Thanks also to our other sponsors - Ecoscapes (Roshni Rees) and David Laing & Mandy Lombard.

Commodores Trophy / Junior Championships

Sailing on Island Lake on 18 October comprised racing (for the seniors) for the Commodores Trophy, while the youth fleet competed for the Jenvey Nissen Trophy.

As has been the norm the whole season so far, the wind was light from the south, producing variable directions over the hill. The races were set from a shore start, with a reach to the first mark. Finishing in front of the club house was tricky, as this area was in the lee of the hill. Three races were completed, with the last one being shortened due to fading wind.

Scoring for the seniors, sailing for the Commodores Trophy, is done by means of both class and skipper handicapping. This makes it possible for anyone to win, not only the “hotshots”. On this basis, the first race was won by Tim Manley on a Dabchick. The second race was won by Mark and Jeannie Taljard on a GP14. The 3rd race was won by veteran Bill Turner on a Laser. Overall for the 3 races sailed, Timothy is leading the series, from Bill Turner and David & Mandy Laing on Fireball. Khaya Gould sailed in the senior fleet for the first time, having changed from Mirror to Laser. Another youth sailor in this fleet was George Dannhauser, visiting from Mossel Bay. There were 13 boats in the senior fleet.

The Youth fleet, sailing for the Jenvey Nissen Trophy, competed on the basis of class handicaps. There were 8 boats in this fleets, comprising Optimists, Teras, Mirror and Dabchick. On handicap, the Optimist of Jonathan Rees won all three races, thus securing first place overall. In second place overall is Georgio Divaris, also on Optimist. Third place resides with the Mirror of Cundell Statt and Rory Laing.

2009 E. Cape Championships

A large fleet of sailing boats competed in the 2009 Eastern Cape Sailing Championships, hosted by Mossel Bay Yacht & Boat Club over the September long weekend.

As well as good attendance from the local clubs - KYC, George Lakes and Mossel Bay, there were also entries from Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Johannesburg and a large contingent from Cape Town.

There were no less than 123 boats competing in the various classes, which ranged from Optimist to the 505 dinghy and the Mosquito catamarans. The 505 and Mosquito classes were sailing their national championships in conjunction with this event. They had a separate course seaward of the rest of the fleet, which sailed on a course closer to the beach.

Sailing commenced on Friday in a moderate south west wind. Unfortunately the wind direction tended to decrease and to swing during the day, requiring the marks to be moved between races. Two races were completed. These changeable conditions persisted on the Saturday, but races were completed in the light conditions. A cold front brought wind and rain on Saturday night. Sunday morning was wet, but a good wind from the north west produced good sailing conditions, to the satisfaction of those who prefer the more strenuous sailing.

GLYC's best result came in the new RS Tera class, which had 10 boats sailing. The winner here was our John Marc Olivier, who won four of the eight races, to win comfortably in his first major regatta - well done! Jonathan Rees finished a creditable 7th in a big fleet of 22 Optimists.  In the Dabchick class, there was a fleet of 12 boats. The winner was Timothy Manley, sailing for ZVYC. Jayan Smart got 11th place. There were 8 Mirrors, some of whom just recently returned from Mirror World Championships in Wales.  The Defence team of Howard Leoto & Loyiso Jamda got a comfortable 1st place.  The new team of Cundell P Statt and Rory Laing got 3rd place. Khaya Gould & Joshua Hogan were 6th.In the small fleet of 7 Laser 1's, Bill Turner came up to 2nd place, behind Lance Burger, who won all the races.  The Fireball's had a fleet of 5 boats. It was comfortably won by Will Moodie and Paul Vivian, with Anthony & Di Parker 3rd and David & Mandy Laing 4th. In the 505 clas, sailing Nationals, there was a fleet of 12 boats. `Our' team of Rudolph and Ferdinand Holm did well to finish 2nd overall behind the PSC team of Peter and Thomas Funke.

Realty Homenet / Tom's Tavern Trophy Race

GLYC's sailing continues to be plagued by light winds - four weeks in a row since sailing started. Only one race could be completed for the seniors, sailing for  the Realty Homenet Trophy and the youth sailors, sailing for the Tom's Tavern Trophy.

There were no less than four Fireballs sailing - GLYC's regulars plus Dudley Isaac from KYC, sailing Anthony's 2nd Fireball. Their competition came from the fleet of four Lasers. On handicap, it was the Fireball team of David Laing and  Mandy who could come out on top. Lasers took the next 2 places - Bill Turner (2nd) and Dave Jones (3rd).

The Youth fleet comprised 6 Optimists, a Tera and two Mirors. In the conditions, the Optimists fared best on handicap. In first place was Julian Leggatt, followed by John Marc Olivier and Georgio Divaris. A novelty to GLYC was the little fleet of 3 Radio Lasers , sailing a short course in front of the club at the end of the jetty.

Opening Cruise

The official start of the GLYC sailing season took place on 6 September in warm conditions, with a light wind. The traditional sail past was well attended, with over 20 sailing boats and canoes taking part. Commodore  Dave Jones took the salute from the committee boat moored off the club house.

The fleet then adjourned ashore for a tea and cake break, where trophies were awarded for the recent Frostbit Series. The `Brass Balls'trophy was awarded to Dave & Mandy Laing (Fireball). The `Coconut Monkey' trophy was awarded to Jonathan Rees (Optimist).

Then followed a race with the appellation `Anyting Wot Floats'.  Conveniently, the wind which had faded at teatime, made a reappearance, making for an enjoyable race. The slower boats were started first, followed by progressively faster boats. In the senior yachts, the conditions or handicapping seemed to favour the Lasers, as these boats were the 1st 3 across the line - Dave Jones, Bill Turner and Sandy Witteveen. They were able to pass the slower boats starting before them (some right near the finish line) and to keep ahead of the faster boats (e.g. Fireball) starting behind them. The Optimists of Jonathan Rees , Julian Leggatt and John Marc Olivier  were the first three junior boats to finish.  The canoes of Di Turner, Thelma Farrell and the raft of the Statt family were the leading finishers of the non sail powered craft.

A season opening `Happy Hour' function then commenced to end the day's proceedings.

2009 / 2010 Season

After a rather mild, dry winter, sailing is set to resume at George Lakes Yacht Club on the 23rd August with the first races of the Frostbite Series. On Sunday, 30th August, the second series of races for the Frostbite series will take place.

The Club Opening Cruise takes place on Sunday, 6th September, together with a `Anyting wot Floats' race.

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