8th Annual MAC 12hr challenge

The 8th MAC 12 Hour Endurance Regatta was held on Saturday the 31st October. The wind forecast was a tricky one with 30 knots predicted up until 12pm the night before and 34 knots predicted at midnight on the 31st. With the help of Windguri, Windfinder and YR the Race Office André Wollheim made the call on Friday to go ahead as he saw Mother Nature had opened a window to sail in.

Sonnet sailing MAC 12hr
Sonnet and 420 rounding the mark

Registration was held on the Friday evening and 18 teams of between 3 to 6 per team entered. One team on a Sonnet entered solo to sail the entire regatta with only one crew.

 

On Saturday morning the wind was gusting between 15 to 20 knots from the South, perfect conditions, if not just a little chilly for October. 18 boats started with one boat losing its mast almost immediately due to a rig failure and had to retire. The other 17 boats rapidly put in some good laps with the Sonnets and the 420 in close formation. Steadily the Sonnet from the Zeekoevlei sailing Center pulled away from the 420 and the other Sonnets. The Lasers from Navy and MAC were close on their tails but having a better handicap could afford to lose a little ground.

Mac 12hr - Sonnet Optimist
A Sonnet and Optimist in action during the MAC 12hr

Around 10am the wind swung to the West, then the South and then back to West and held there for the rest of the day in a nice steady 10 to 15 knots.

F.R.O.G the team from Tableview Baptist Church had set up games and face painting for the juniors on the lawn, while Rawson’s Properties set up a jumping castle, the children were in their element.

MAC 12 hr endurance sailing
Sonnet and a Laser sailing upwind

The lead Sonnet clocked up a total of 84 laps and a total distance of 103.75 kilometers, a great benchmark for future challengers to try and beat.

The results were as follows.

OPTIMIST

1ST                                       THE A TEAM

2ND                                     THE ALL BLACKS

3RD                                      GIRLS ONLY

 

SONNETS

1ST                                       ZV SAILING CENTRE

2ND                                     VASCO MACnifico

3RD                                      OWL & PUSSYCAT

 

OPEN CLASS

1ST                                       ROCKSTARS

2ND                                     NAVY 1

3RD                                      TEAM VORSPRONG

 

HANDICAP – ALL BOATS

1ST                                       ROCKSTARS

2ND                                     ZV SAILING CENTRE

3RD                                      THE A TEAM

 

LINE HONOURS

1ST                                       ZV SAILING CENTRE

2ND                                     VASCO MACnifico

3RD                                      OWL & PUSSYCAT

 

SPECIAL

12 HOUR TEAM (NO CREW CHANGE)                                      VASCO MACnifico

(RYAN BARNARDO AND MICHAEL MCIVER)

 

For more pictures of the MAC 12hr Challenge visit MAC’s Facebook Page or Dropbox

 

Thank you to André Wollheim for the report

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