Sailing racing on Island Lake last Sunday was for the Commodores Cup (senior fleet) and Nissen Trophy (junior fleet). The wind forecast did not look good, but an optimistic bunch of sailors turned up, ever hopeful for an improvement compared to the forecast. A light south wester blew in the morning, which then proceeded to veer to the south.
At the scheduled starting time, the wind died completely and the race start had to be postponed – competitors were advised to wait ashore. A while later, a light southerly wind filled in again and a course could be set.
The senior fleet comprised a Fireball, a Sonnet, a Dabchick and five Lasers. In the conditions, the Fireball of David Laing and Chris du Toit could not get away from the Laser of John Marc Olivier. At times, the Laser was ahead and the lead changed several tiems during the race. The Laser managed to get ahead in the final leg to the The junior fleet had just two Tera Pros and an Optimist. Robyn Hellstrom finished just ahead of the similar boat of Pia Marriotti. The Optimist of Eurios Horne was next up as finisher.
With the wind dying, planned further racing was postponed and the fleet returned to shore for an early tea break, in the hope that wind would pick up later. This did not transpire and further racing was cancelled.
On the programme for next weekend is a major event for George Lakes Yacht Club – the annual Sothebys / Raubenheimers Inter Club Regatta.
This is a two day event, with the first race starting at 12:00 on Saturday. As well as entrants from its own members, participants will also be coming from Port Elizabeth, Knysna and Mossel Bay.
For more information about George Lakes Yacht Club, see its website – GLYC
Thanks to Malcolm Osborne for the article