Ray of Light's official finish time in Rio de Janeiro was: 18:00:52 UTC on 20 January 2017. The following is the leaderboard of predictions from armchair sailors. Each entry was time and date stamped - to ensure that no cheating went on. The predicted time is after the name , the entry date is in brackets followed by the time difference between predicted and actual: Alan Straton: 18:35:13 UTC on 20 January 2017 (2017-01-19 11:15:09) 34 Minutes 39 Seconds Tim Jones: 17:19:19 UTC on 20 January 2017 (2017-01-19 15:09:52) 41 Minutes 11 Seconds Jill Onvlee: 16:44:00 UTC on 20 January . . .
NOTICE OF A SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD AT THE ALGOA BAY YACHT CLUB ON MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2016 AT 18H00. Click here to DOWNLOAD the Notice . . .
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Find out why Yacht Club Brass Bells are being liberated from their home waters here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/957002044320866/ The Facebook group exists to share information on the travels of Sailing Club Brass Bells that have been 'liberated' by competitive sailors who have sailed at or to the club (target) that loses it's bell. Long may the fun go on. The rules are simple - if you 'liberate' a bell it's journeys MUST be posted here and it MUST return to it's club in a better condition than it left in. The ONLY way in which you can reclaim your bell is to send a sailing team to take . . .
We tend to forget just how effective we are as a club and how enormous our contribution by a small band of unpaid volunteers has been to the sport of sailing, our city and our country - BE PROUD, Be VERY proud. Just two short paragraphs - one from the 5O5 Championships and one from a recent letter to ABYC. Holt paid tribute to the hard-working volunteers who put on such a great show at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club. While one day was cancelled due to 45-knot winds, the other five days produced some of the best sailing conditions that the international 505 fleet has ever experienced. "I can't . . .
At the recent ISAF Youth Worlds Selection regatta held on the Henley Midmar Dam in October - Michaela Robinson and Jenna Bailes (ABYC) won all but one of the races. Micaela and Jenna have been selected to attend the ISAF Youth World Championships in Langkawi, Malaysia from 27 December 2015 to 3 January 2016. They will be competing in the 420 Girls discipline. Please join ABYC in wishing Jenna and Micaela the very best of luck. The ISAF Youth Worlds has seen a whole host of star studded names compete and take honours across its 44 year history. Over 300 of the world’s top youth . . .
Some images from the Redhouse Yacht Club 24-Hour Sailing Challenge held this past weekend on the North End Lake. The inaugural Redhouse Yacht Club 24 Hour Sailing Challenge was held on the North End Lake on the weekend of 31 October to 1 November 2015. Seven Sailing Teams and one paddling team (NMMU Paramedic Students) took part. Over the 24 hours the NMMU Paramedic Students covered a distance of 131.43 kilometres. The winning sailing team - North Sonnet - on a ............. Sonnet covered a distance of 107.3 kilometres. The top three sailing teams all sailed Sonnets and . . .
This past Saturday three ABYC boats Nemisis, Wallbanger and Malgas (hopefully Chinook and Adamo will follow) who will participate in the 2016 IRC Nationals in the bay where forced to show their “weapons of Choice” by having their sails measured by newly encumbered IRC measurer Tony Bailes. Every measurement was photographed as reference. Normal ABYC bantering prevailed throughout the process – the Cullum Father & Son (Malgas) team had to console each other regularly, all in good fun. Good thing that the Dinghy sailors were taking part in the RYC 24 Hour Sailing Challenge on . . .
At 12:00 pm today Port Control reported winds just shy of 100 kilometres per hour. Sailors sitting on the deck saw spindrift streaming down the channels and over the harbour wall. So no sailing today BUT a little quiz - Do you recognise which boat this is flying the Pirate Flag? First correct answer wins a beverage of your choice from me. . . .
The challenge is changing the mindset of our sailors. There is a perception is that IRC suits only the “grand prix” type boats/sailors and the answer is Yes AND No. Yes: sailors who race regularly and keep their boats up-to-date and in good nick, are able to match their performance against others regardless of the size and type of boat will enjoy the use of IRC handicap ratings. This should also encourage those who enjoy sailing competitively. No: IRC makes provision for your “cruiser” type boat and sailors, so these guys are not left-out. It benefits all. A nice factor with IRC is . . .