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Cold Front Wrecking Havoc with Sailing

Aug 2019

Cold Front Wrecking Havoc with Sailing

The cold fronts bring welcome rain to Cape Town are causing havoc with the Lipton Cup Sailing regatta as racing was again abandoned today (Wednesday) due to the strong winds and confused sea state. Of three days so far, just one has been sailable.

Fortunately the weather forecasts are looking good for the final three days of the regatta, with the Royal Cape Yacht Club organisers expecting to be able to schedule two races per day from Thursday to Saturday.

There were mixed feeling amongst the fleet as to whether sailing should have been called off today, but prudence and competitor safety was a key ingredient.

With many an old bullet in sailing having come back to this event after a several year layoff, the lure of sailing the brand new Cape 31 class one-design yacht was too great to miss, with most applauding the decision to abandon today as their weary old bones were complaining after two races in relatively benign conditions!

The oldest skipper in this event is the ‘evergreen’ Rick Nankin who at the age of 69 is competing in his 25th Lipton Cup regatta. Nankin has won the coveted Lipton Cup seven times as skipper, and has sailed in four of the six classes of yacht that have been designated to this event, his first event being in the very early 1970’s in the 30-Square Metre class yacht.

Despite the fact that many of the teams had been putting in an immense amount of time and effort into this campaign practising on the water, many teams felt that their crew had not quite jelled in the opening two races due to a combination of nerves and in the full knowledge that every single race counts in the Lipton Cup, with no race discards permitted.

There are still many twists and turns left in the regatta, and these will only become apparent out on the water when actually racing. The competition is far from over with any one of at least five, and maybe even more, of the competing teams having the ability to win overall.

Racing over the next three days is going to be intense with no punches pulled!

Results – Overall after 2 races

1  Witbank YC                      Nitro                            Mike Hayton / David Rae

2  Royal Cape YC                RCYC YANMAR      Gerry Hegie / Asenathi Jim

3  Walvis Bay YC                 MB Racing                Bjorn Geiger

4  Hermanus YC                  Magic                         Malcolm Hall / Roger Hudson

5  Royal Natal YC                Orion DYP                 Mark Sadler

6  Langebaan YC                SCUD                        Geoff Meek / Greg Davis

7  Sailing PE                         Vivaldi                        Rick Nankin

8  Gordons Bay YC             SKI                              Rodney Tanner

9 Aeolians SC                       Nemesis                    Philip Baum

10  University of CT YC      CuAI6 Maverick        Nicholas Ryall


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