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GMBC Skippers take SeaWind Interclub Challenge
After the small dams and ponds we usually sail on here in Gauteng, the prospect of racing our 1-metre radio-controlled yachts on Vaal Dam, with its 500km coastline, was an exciting one. Conditions were perfect with a Westerly of about 10-15kn and nice flat water. The wind varied only slightly in both direction and strength, unlike the flukey winds we are used to in Johannesburg which blow from every quarter in a wide range of strengths from one minute to the next. Instead of a windward/leeward course, Cornelius set up a sausage course at right angles to the wind with a start line in the centre, giving us reaches in both directions for most races, but sometimes a bit of a beat in one direction and a broad reach downwind again. Seven races were contested by the eight boats and the length varied between two laps or three depending on wind strength.
GMBC skippers stamped their authority on proceedings right from the start, with a 1-2-3 result in the first race. LDYC came back with wins in the second, third and fourth races while GMBC took the rest.
Bruce T was the regatta champion with one win and very consistent results. Bruce H scored two bullets but dropped out of contention because of a lack of consistency, while Peter also took a win and never finished lower than fifth. Sameer sailed exceptionally well for his age and our hosts were very pleased to see our very young skipper handling his SeaWind competently.
Everyone enjoyed themselves and all agreed that a rematch would be held soon at GMBC. LDYC claim to have about a dozen boats while GMBC should be able to get seven on the water, so the potential is there for a regatta of nearly 20 boats!