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After NR provincials that was held at Aeolians on the 5th and 6th of September the question was whereto from here for the Optimists. We just came out of a hard lockdown and not many events were available on the NR calendar to schedule the NR GP Series. It was decided that something had to be done and it ended up that the Optimist will have an inaugural summer series of 3 regattas as part of the yearly GP series. This had to be done before the school exams that is scheduled to begin in November. Regattas that the Optimists were to participate in were the Club championships at TYC, the Instruman Dingy Champs at WYAC and an event at the Vaal Dam. This was scheduled to be 3 regattas within 4 weeks of October.
GP1 Summer Series TYC
We started with a 2-hour clinic in the morning focusing on the sailors with new sails. Shellee put the sailors through their paces in a moderate breeze.
In the first race Adrian Rautenbach didn’t figure of 8 out a sausage course and got a DSQ. Robbie Clark came in first followed by Ayden O’Hara, Xavier Assis and Rowan Chidley. The rest of the day Adrian got 2 first places and a second. Rowan got a first place and two second places followed by Robbie in third and Ayden in fourth.
Four races were completed but with the weather building later in the afternoon to between 8 and 15 knots the younger sailors put in a great effort but eventually had to retire.
On day 2 with the wind between 8 and 17 knots it was a soldier’s course when Rohan got firsts Adrian seconds Robbie thirds and Ayden fourths. 3 Races were completed before the storm clouds started threatening.
Overall results: Rowan Chidley Adrian Rautenbach Robbie Clark and Ayden O’Hara
GP2 Summer Series WYAC
Day 1 saw typical Highveld weather with very little winds. In the late afternoon the weather started building and 2 races were completed before thunderstorms started threatening. Adrian Rautenbach won both races followed by Ayden O’Hara and Robbie Clark. Max Malan and Xavier Assis were fighting it out for fourth and fifth.
Great fun was had in the evening with some fun prices, braai and the sailors having fun with a toy see saw standing in as an Oppie!
Day 2 saw light winds and gusts that changed 180°. Thanks to the bridge officer the Oppies had an early start and managed to get 3 races in. Ayden and Robbie had steady races in second and third, with Xavier and Max challenging. Adrian made good use of the gusts upfront.
Overall results: Adrian Rautenbach, Ayden O’Hara, Robbie Clark, Xavier Assis and Max Malan
Well done to Rohan Chidley for achieving 2nd place in the WC provincials on this weekend.
GP2 Summer Series SYC
Of to the Vaal we went. Thanks to SYC for helping to organise a regatta within less than 2 weeks. Day 1 had winds between 12 and 18kts. Lena Holm won 3 of the 4 races and Ingrid Holm the other. Adrian Rautenbach had third places and Ayden O’Hara fourth.
Day 2 had winds between 22 and 28 kts. Due to the bridge dragging, boat breakages and a storm building up racing was cancelled.
Overall results: Lena Holm, Ingrid Holm, Adrian Rautenbach and Ayden O’Hara
GP Summer Series Overall Results
Adrian Rautenbach, Ayden O’Hara, Robbie Clark
Thank you to the sailors, parents, TYC, WYAC, SYC and race management to make this all possible.
The newcomers to the GP series picked up valuable experience and they are progressing well to continue progressing within the GP series.
Heartening is knowing that the NR sailing centres and clubs are putting every effort in to train 20 odd more Oppie sailors that will feed into GP series in the future.
Oppies in Northern Region.
The Optimist class will be holding a High Performance training camp at Aeolians from the 5th to the 8th of December. The camp will focus on advanced training for the Optimist sailors prior to the Youth Nationals at Theewaters Kloof a week later. The coaching will be done by an international coach. The camp will be partially subsidised by the NR Optimist Class and therefore any optimist sailor intending to go to the nationals is welcome. The cost per sailor is approx. R3000.
Contact Pieter Rautenbach to book you spot.
There are a few things we need to cover as we draw closer to the start of the 2018 Youth Nationals.
Please diarise the AGM on Sunday evening in the SYC club house.
I’ve attached the entertainment schedule for the week and you will see it is jam packed.There will be a class prize giving and Lucky draw everyday before the entertainment. There are also fantastic prizes for the fancy dress disco and minute to win it.
Bring some water from your club for the mixing of the waters at the opening ceremony and wear your club team shirts if you have. The Evening meal for the Opening function is sponsored so the parents need to book their meal for this occasion.
Measurement: There will class measurement and weighing for the boats at registration attached is the measurement form for you to check your boat and sail before coming to the measurement.
What you need for registration is:
Class membership POP or card
Current SAS card
Current Club Card
Entry proof of payment.
We are trying to avoid handling cash on the day so please do transfers before getting to registration. So you can email these before for me to put on file.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
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Start planning your trip for the 2018 Youth Nationals at Stilbaai Yacht Club. Registrations open!
The Northern Region Grand Slam and Optimist Provincials were hosted by Aeolians at Vaaldam on the weekend of 1 & 2 Sept 2018. A dry warm NW breeze had been blowing for the week preceding the regatta and was forecast to continue for the regatta. Saturday was forecast to be around 7-8 knots with 15-18 knots forecast for Sunday. The forecasts turned out to be slightly inaccurate, with less wind on Saturday and more on Sunday.
Despite the absence of the sailors representing South Africa at the worlds in Cyprus, the the fleet was strong with next generation of sailors pushing each other to new heights. Two races were sailed on Saturday morning before the wind died, giving the sailors the afternoon off. Young Alec Stanley was super excited to win the first race from Ingrid Holm, taking full advantage of his 26kg frame in the light air, coupled with some good decisions to get on the correct side of the oscillating breeze. Sean Kavanagh visiting from Cape Town took the second race ahead of Alec when the race was shortened at the second windward mark in a dying breeze.
On Sunday morning the breeze filled in nicely, initially around 10 knots and building through the morning to 15, gusting over 20. The race committee scheduled four races on a day that would test the stamina and fitness of the competitors. Sean Kavanagh took race three from Lena Holm, In race four, Ingrid Holm led her sister Lena home. Jude Stanley relished the stronger breeze, winning the last two races of the day, with Lena taking second in race five and Ingrid in race six.
The last race of the day was particularly exciting, with the first four boats jostling for position, pumping and working their boats to the line, where they finished withing seconds of each other. Jude pipped Ingrid, Sean and Lena.
When the numbers were tallied, Sean and Ingrid were tied on 11 points for the regatta, Sean winning on a count back. Jude finished third on 13 points, Lena fourth on 16 points and Alec fifth on 19 points. There ware tussles all through the 15 boat fleet and importantly great fun was had by all.
Many thanks to all involved in the regatta organisation, you did an amazing job.
Report by Michael and Heidi Kavanagh
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