“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Provoyeur Wins Stannic Match Racing

by Richard Crockett

Match racing is an aspect of our sport which needs to be encouraged far more than it is. Besides providing very close cut ‘n thrust racing, it turns sailing into a spectator sport rather than a sport which happens “over the horizon”!

In December 1982 the Stannic Match racing series was a humdinger as today’s report shows.

This is how the report opened: “Diminutive, Napoleon-cocky at play and at sea, with a “cool” as fragile as his grin is wide, Jean-Jacques Provoyeur last month became the fourth Stannic Admiral’s Trophy champion – and the only South African skipper to beat two-time title-holder Geoff Meek.

“And next year I’m going to beat him again,” a very cock-o-the-hoop J-J said after the match. “You know why? Because Geoff is the best keelboat skipper in South Africa, certainly one of the best in the world, and man it feels good to beat him! Better than anything I know.”

It’s another great read.

READ IT HERE:  Pages from 1983 01 – Yachtsman RSA – OCR

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