MSC Week 2014 – Days 1 and 2

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RESULTS here: MSC Week 2014 Results – day 2

After two afternoons of registration most competitors were ready to face 4 days of racing off Durban in weather that only Durban can offer during Winter.

The welcoming function kicked off with some lovely dancing entertainment after which the usual formalities were concluded including the welcome by the Commodore of the Point Yacht Club. During the conclusion of the welcoming function, Rob Main-Baillie was slowly spun round revealing an MSC banner much to the delight of the crowd.

The racing started in earnest on Wednesday morning with the cruising boats setting off on their first race. The two IRC entries joined this class as the class could not sail their Provincials due to lack of entries. The Micro-multihulls had 4 entries with the two Simonis 26’s tustling for the lead through out the race. The L26 fleet were sailing their Provincials and it was soon evident that B2G2 (Brennan Robinson), Co-ordination (Daniel Agulhas and Lindiwe (Howard Leoto) were going to be fighting it out for the spoils. Co-ordination eventually triumphed followed by Lindiwe and B2G2.

In the second race the old master Trevor Donald turned the results on it’s head when Cheetah won pushing the others down in the results. B2G2 was 2nd and Lindiwe 3rd.

Race 3 saw a third winner in as many races when B2G2 ended first with Co-ordination 2nd and Cheetah 3rd.

Day 1 ended with B2G2 on top of the leaderboard followed by Co-ordination and Lindiwe.

In the Cruising fleet, Bellatrix (Gregg Hurter) took Line and Handicap honours followed by Liquid Blue (Andrew Murray) and the J27 Donna Mia (Richard Winn).

Bandit (Sean Jones) scored two bullets and was beaten in the third race by Crazy Diamond (Wayne Smith) to the lead the Micro-multihull class.

Day two started windless and remained very light for most of the day before dropping off totally in the late afternoon.

The cruising fleet set off on a slow beat to Umhlanga Rocks, returning to a mark off the Hypermarket where the course was shortened and the fleet headed straight to the finish. First home was Bellatrix followed by Stoked (Struan Campbell) and Majimoto (Jon Marshall). On corrected time Bellatrix was pushed down to 3rd by Stoked and Majimoto.

The L26 fleet sailed two races. After a very tactical battle in the light airs, Co-ordination won the race from B2G2 and Cheetah. The second race was much like the first with all crews working hard to coax the best speed out of their boats. B2G2 won the race from Cheetah with Tequila Sunrise (Kevin Rainer) sailing an excellent race to finish 3rd.

In the Micro-multihulls, Bandit was pushed down to 3rd by Ladybird (Andrew Dolloway) who picked up his first win from Crazy Diamond. Bandit returned to his winning ways in the fifth race with Ladybird back in the mix with Crazy Diamond 3rd.