Following exceptional sailing on the first day, and the blow out on day 2 of the regatta, the sailors awoke to a fresh breeze on day 3. The first start was set for 10h00 and all boats set off in a strengthening South Easter breeze. Racing was started on all courses however racing was abandoned for all Course 1 boats (Optimists, Mirror, Dabchick and Tera) after the first beat. This lead to a challenging time for some sailors to return to shore and a busy time for rescue services. Course was also affected by the increasing breeze and large confused sea state and only a handful of boats in the Sonnet and 29er class managed to complete the course before further racing was abandoned on this course.
Course Two (Laser, Finn, 420 and Fireball) was positioned further out to sea and had more moderate winds and managed to complete 3 races in the day. Feedback from this course was that the races were perfect length with little waiting between the races and the pictures show that fun was had by all!
Many thanks to the bridge, rescue and volunteers involved in the racing to date – the regatta has gone exceptionally well. Now we wait for idilic conditions on the last remaining day!
Results are attached or available on the website http://www.sasgrandslam.co.za/index.php/results/