505 BP Trophy 2020, Qwantani Resort, Sterkfonteindam

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Racing was extremely tight with any one of the top 5 teams having a chance to win the race. Saturday dawned with no wind but the breeze filled in at 12.30 and 4 good races were sailed. Race 1 was dominated by Thomas/Sean, winning comfortably as the other teams settled in. The subsequent races were a tussle between Amber/Warwick and Hans/CJ, changing positions regularly but Hans/CJ taking the bullets. In race 4, Amber/Warwick got their way with a first, followed by Thomas/Sean and Hans/CJ. Christian/Dietmar Holm, Luca and Greg and Dudley/Alan all performed extremely well, with good results followed by Andrew/Andrew, Gideon/Tjraart and Ian/Lambert.

Racing on Sunday took place in the bay in front of the resort. The wind was switch, which meant that positions changed regularly throughout the race, but in the end it was Thomas/Sean who took the first race, followed by Amber/Warwick, Hans/CJ in 3rd and Dudley/Alan in 4th. The course was moved closer to the main dam area for the remaining races and it was great as the breeze picked up. The heavier teams sailed fast with Hans/CJ winning races 5 and 6, followed closely by Thomas/Sean with Amber/Warwick and Christiaan/Dietmar exchanging positions for 3rd. Dudley/Alan recorded another 4th, while Luca/Greg found their feet after some capsizing, and also chased hard for some good 4th place results.

In the end Hans/CJ won the event (and the cover in the lucky draw), tied on points with Amber/Warwick and one point ahead of Thomas/Sean. Christiaan/Dietmar finished in 4th, Luca/Greg in 5th, Dudley/Alan in 6th, Andrew/Andrew in 7th, Gideon/Tjaart in 8th and Ian/Lambert in 9th.

A huge thank you goes to John (Wild Horses Lodge) and Craig from Qwantani for making this event possible for us.  John is an avid sailor and owns a 41 foot yacht, Golden City, on the Sterkfonteindam that competed in the 1971 Cape to Rio race. He has also competed in numerous Hobie events and has hosted the Hobies on the dam. We hope that this can be the start of a good partnership and that we can assist the resort in future by supporting it and bringing nationals and regional championships to the dam. The 505 class prides itself in consisting of good sailors, both on an off the water and putting on great events and wants to use this opportunity to showcase to the South African sailing scene that this is a class worth joining as that it is going from strength to strength in Gauteng, KZN and the Western Cape. There are plans to host events at Sterkfonteindam again in future but the detail will still have to be discussed further in future.

SAS Grand Slam, Durban 2020

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The SAS Grand Slam took place on 17 and 18 October in the Durban Bay. The event was run in a joint effort by both Point YC and Royal Natal YC in conjunction with SA Sailing. A total of 36 entries were received and competitors came from as far as Henley Midmar and Zululand YCs. Racing started off on Saturday with a fresh North Easter, gusting in the upper 20s. The race start coincided with some shipping movement and low tide, which made the channel extremely narrow and with testing wind conditions, the race officer, Kevin Bingham, had his hands full to lay a course. Racing got underway at around noon and 4 races were sailed back to back. The lasers dominated division 1 on handicap, with Henry Frencken and Vincent Vermaak leading the charge, whilst the Flying 15s and a 505 were having it out fighting for survival and line honours. In the multihull fleet, the Hobie 14s dominated, with Wayne Smith leading and the Halcat, sailed by Steve Hegestrom of SAS, having to retire due to breakage. Division 2, saw many of the kids head off to the safety of the sand bank and eventually being towed back to shore due to the strong conditions. Marcel Vermaak dominated the racing with 3 first places and Kaytlynn Smit, from ZYC, coming second in a RS Tera. Sunday dawned with the prospect of a lighter day and after some broken bodies, promised some good racing. Racing started promptly at 9.30 am and 4 races were sailed back to back. Racing was tight in all divisions and for a change most of the sailors could be out on the water. Division 1 was again dominated by the Lasers with the 4.7 of Robert Peters scoring 4 first places. Unfortunately Robert carried a number of DNCs from the Saturday and could not make up the point differential. In Division 2 the racing was also tight with Connor McLoughlin snatching the lead from Marcel Vermaak on a tie break and Kaytlynn Smit, coming home in 3rd. The Multihulls saw a similar tight finish with Justin Butler and Wayne Smith finishing tied on points, but Justin taking it on the tie break. All in all, it was a great event. A big thank you goes to all the volunteers who gave up their time to assist on rescue and bridge duty and a special thanks to Rudi v Niekerk for offering the use of his ski boat. We look forward to a great season of sailing and once the beach club is operational, the dinghy committee will also plan some fun events from the beach. Thomas Funke Rear Commodore: Dinghies