Dinghy sailors are preparing to come out in force for the popular Point Yacht Club’s Jonsson Cup Pursuit Race that takes place this Saturday in the bay.
Having had to sit out the final race of the Port Captain Sprints Keeler and Dinghy Bay Series this past weekend due to the excessive winds that tore across the race track, the sailors are keen to get out on the water and tackle the challenging Jonsson Cup.
The Jonsson Cup is a pursuit race, which equates to a dramatically fun start sequence, getting off the slower boats ahead of the pacier boats who head off last. The pursuit race is also a long distance race meandering around the harbour, giving all that compete plenty of time on the water.
Last year’s winner, Jon Marshall from Westville intends to be back on the water on his Laser to defend his hard earned title. He will be up against some tough competition, including the in-form Flying Fifteen team of Paul Changuion and Tim Duguid who have gotten off to a flyer of a season, the FF team placed second in last year’s event.
Also making an appearance will be top sailors, Rudy McNeill, his brother Michael and the up-and-coming 29er team, Benji Daniel and Chad Stevenson as they prepare for the ISAF World Championships in Langkawi, Malaysia.
Rear Commodore for Dinghies, Myles White stated, “After racing was blown out on Saturday, we are all keen to get out there. The Jonsson Cup certainly is a favourite on the calendar, and we will do well to repeat last year’s count of 53 boats.”
“I know that the guys were challenging each other while the decision was being made if racing was going ahead for the Port Captains Sprints, so it is going to be great fun with the races within the actual race.”
White continued. “I know that we certainly will be pacing ourselves against Paul and Tim, and are also looking forward to seeing how we do against Patrick and Jeremy in the Flying Fifteen division. The Hobie guys were all egging each other on, and certainly a number of Laser sailors will be out there this weekend to see how they are doing early on in the season.”