Northern Region

Regional Chairman

Peter Rautenbach
Phone: 082 416 1335

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Youth Nationals Count Down

Good Morning,

There are a few things we need to cover as we draw closer to the start of the 2018 Youth Nationals.

Class Stuff:

Please diarise the AGM on Sunday evening in the SYC club house.

Nationals Bits:

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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Victoria Lake Club


Meal Booking Sheet
Entertainment Programme
AGM Notice
Measurement Form

NR Spring Grand Slam 2018 – Aeolians Yacht Club

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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NR Awards Dinner

Dear Optimist and Youth

Please join us for the NR Awards Dinner. We will be recognising the achievements of all the youth in our region that participated in the Youth Nationals as well as the Class Provincials.

Make your Nominations for NR Yachtsman of the Year by email to

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