by Neil Gregory
The talk of the sailing season, The Seniors Pursuit Race, was sailed this past Saturday.
With the entry list at 43 boats , a number of very prominent sailors were seen, Rick Nankin , Etienne Van Cuyck ,Teddy Kuttel, JJ Provoyeur and many others arrived to an immaculately prepared hall with all the prizes for the day on display. A special thanks to both Judy Provoyeur and Judy Alison for securing so many prizes and for setting up the table.
Our Race Chairman, Doug Alison briefed the skippers at 12H30 of the course and harbour procedures for leaving the port. The weather was perfect, a light warm northerly between 8 and 10 knots switching to the west as the afternoon progressed. As this was a pursuit start , the first boat started at 14h00 with last boat in this ORC fleet heading off at 14h42. The first mark was a laid mark off the light house where the wind was light with lots of congestion as the faster boats caught and passed the slower boats. A reach to Landfall with the wind gradually increasing, then straight to the finish at the bridge hut.
The “Senior Moment” MC, Mr Louis Louw kept the crowd entertained with the odd joke, with every entry receiving a prize ended off a great day on the water. The Overall Winner was Peter Bam on Hors dÓevure, as well as the first 1st Over 60.
The first over 70 was Gordon Kling on Mwah, and first over 80 was Ernie Chicken on Nuthr Witch.
Once again a big thanks to Hilary, Kerry and the crew of Mwah who put this event together.
Watch this space, next year is going to be bigger, we have already secured a new sponsor straight after this event.
A big thank to all our sponsors , Action Yachting, Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate; Harken; Ullman Sails, North Sails; Di Meek; Errol Stern; Spier Wine Farm; JJ Provoyeur; Louis Louw; Manex Marine; Seaport Supplies; Willie Temple; High Constantia; Gordon Kling; Central Boating; Willie Temple; Southern Ropes; Ecoco; Sean Cumming; Capescapes; BodyTec; RCYC Food & Beverage Department.
RESULTS HERE: Seniors Pursuit Race Results 2018