We are well into the new year now, and a man planning well ahead is John Tudehope of Algoa Bay Yacht Club who has entered his Simonis 35 ‘Wallbanger’ – another repeat entry as he and ‘Wallbanger’ competed last year.
In last years race in which he entered the PHRF division, he and class rival ‘Star Spirit’ had a humdinger of a tussle right at the end as they closed the finish line – with just 2 minutes separating the two boats.‘Wallbanger’ edged out their rivals to take line honours in the PHRF Class, and ‘Star Spirit’ the handicap honours.
Although this will be his second Vasco da Gama Race, Tudehope has vasco blood in his veins as his father, Bob, was an old stalwart of the race in years gone by.
Tudehope will again sail ‘Wallbanger’ just four-up.
This is the second entry from the race finishing Club, Algoa Bay Yacht Club. The other entry is Nemesis, a Fast 42, being sailed by Tony & Sigi Bailes.
The Algoa Bay Yacht Club gave all finishers a very warm welcome last year, and have promised even more this year. As boats finish the crew are given a hearty breakfast – irrespective of the time of day or night – on the club lawns. A massive log fire greets them, as does a hot shower and plenty of thirst quenchers!
So whose entry will be next? Any thoughts on who it may be?
Entries close on 25 March 2016 – SO GET YOUR ENTRIES IN NOW!
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Entries to date from:
1 Rob van Rooyen Al Mount Gay Rum Farr 38
2 Pierre Roussouw Ithaca Hartley Tahitian ketch
3 Vernon Goss Bellissama Hanse 400
4 Tony & Sigi Bailes Nemesis Fast 42
5 Bernard Farmer Shadowfax Charger 33
6 N Bransby/T Donald Deo Volente Lavranos 36
7 Don Voysey Zeus Fast 42
8 Danie Colyn SmartTri40 SmartTri40
9 John Tudehope Wallbanger Simons 35