by Richard Crockett
Some call it the largest keelboat class in South Africa, and whether it is or not is irrelevant as it has stood the test of time.
This year the class will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with its national championships being sailed in conjunction with Keel Boat Week at Deneysville Aquatic Club on the Vaal Dam. 60 is the number of boats expected.
It is a very active class with good numbers with sizeable fleets in the Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Free State and Kwa Zulu Natal. Recently it has expanded into the Western Cape with an 8 boat fleet sailing out of Hout Bay Yacht Club.
Hunter regattas are nationally renowned for being competitive at the front of the fleet yet always cater for those both sailing in the middle and bottom ends of the fleet. To celebrate its 50th, and weather permitting, the class association is hoping to revert to some of the original regatta formats of yesteryear. For example the class is hoping to include a medium or longer distance race in the regatta.
If you are a Hunter sailor then this is a regatta not to be missed. Come and join in for the camaraderie and nostalgia.
Dates: 22 – 25 September 2017
Pics. Here is a small selection of pics from the SAILING Magazine archives.
Enjoy them, or send in your pics of Hunters, the people and characters of the class.
Does anyone have any pics of the 1st Hunter being launched in this country? If so, please contact The Editor HERE