Lipton Cup Wednesday – Race 3 – what to expect today

The winning FBYC team - focussed and winning! pic by Trevor Wilkins

The winning FBYC team – focussed and winning!
pic by Trevor Wilkins

by the SAILING Gybeset on-water roving reporters

Conditions overnight in the Cape were foul to say the least. Driving rain and generally cold weather. Early morning conditions say visibility limited in False Bay although the sea was flat with winds 20-plus knots.

The course today will be the last of the compulsory courses – the windward/leeward course. If a race is completed all the compulsory courses will have been sailed and the regatta constituted as a championship.

The forecast for the day is for westerly winds of 20 knots easing throughout the day to 15 knots. There is a 78% chance of rain.

Racing is due to start at 12h00.

A sage lesson in yacht racing protests was learnt by all last evening when a protest lodged by FBYC and UCTYC against RCYC was dismissed as the protest committee could not establish that the protesting boats had informed the RCYC of their intention to protest. The lesson is simple – be clear as to whom you hail PROTEST to – so say the boat name and make absolutely certain that they are in no doubt as to your intentions.

Our roving reporters will be on the water again sending us info, so follow the race progress on the SAILING Gybeset and Sailing Magazine facebook pages.

The trackers are the best ever used in this country for round-the cans racing, so log onto the Lipton Cup website (www.liptoncup.com) and follow the link to the trackers.