George Lakes Yacht Club Inter Club Regatta

The weekend of 24 / 25 October saw the holding of the 2015 George Lakes Yacht Club Inter Club Regatta. From early on Saturday morning, cars towing boat trailers laden with boats, coming from Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay and Knysna started rolling into the grounds of GLYC. Then followed the process of unloading and rigging the various types of sailing craft. By the scheduled starting time of 12:00, a total of 33 boats had registered in the senior fleet and also 33 in the junior fleet. The senior fleet comprised many classes, including Fireballs, Sonnets, Lasers, GP14s and Dabchicks. The junior fleet comprised Optimists, Tera, Picos, Qubas, Mirrors, Toppers and Gypsies. With all these craft sailing together in two starts, scoring was done using class ratings to calculate corrected time for each boat.

Senior Fleet – photo by Michael Vonk

A light south wester was blowing in the morning, but swung to the south and faded by lunch time. A forecast south easter did not arrive. The fleet was sent out on to Island Lake in anticipation of a race. Desultory puffs of wind from the south west and south east, with lulls of nothing in between precluded a race from being started. After waiting around for some time, the fleet was told to return to shore. Eventually, after 15:00 a light southerly filled in and the fleet was called out. Only one race could be completed in the slow conditions. Many wanted to be back on shore in time to watch the RWC semi final match on the TV sets set up in the clubhouse.

C. Joseph and C.Pieterse of Mossel Bay concentrating on getting their Pico around the weather mark. – Photo by Michael Vonk

Conditions improved on Sunday, with a moderate south westerly wind blowing all day. Four races could be completed. This allowed for one throw out race. In the senior fleet, out in front was the 29er of Tammy Holden & Sanmarie Fourie, followed by the three Fireballs, lead by Georgou Divaris & Ferdinand Holm. Then followed the Lasers, with Trevor Kitson consistently up front and the Sonnets, with Tim Jones & Ian Bales-Smith leading. After fives races, the scoring calculated on class ratings gave the overall regatta win in this fleet to the Sonnet of Tim Jones, ahead of the Laser of Trevor Kitson. Both sailed for Redhouse Yacht Club, Port Elizabeth. In third place was the GLYC Sonnet, sailed by John Marc and Joy Olivier.

A large number of youth sailors competed in many different types of sailing craft in the 2015 GLYC Inter Club Regatta – Photo by Evelyn Osborne

In the junior fleet, pulling ahead to cross the finish line first in all the races were the Tera Pros sailed by Robyn Hellstrom, Pia Marrioti and Markos Divaris. However, on class rating scoring, the junior fleet winner was the Optimist sailed by James Vonk, with the similar boat of Sean Vonk in second place. Third place went to Robyn Hellstrom.


For the Inter Club competition, scoring was done on the basis of the top four boats per club. In the junior fleet, the clear winner was George Lakes, ahead of Knysna Y.C. and Mossel Bay Yacht & Boat Club. In the senior fleet, it was again George Lakes taking the trophy, ahead of Mossel Bay and Redhouse. George Lakes Yacht Club extends it grateful thanks to its event sponsors, Sothebys International Realty (George) and Raubenheimers Attorneys.


~Malcolm Osborne

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