In the just completed ABYC Sailing week, sailed from 27 April to 1 May, the L26 Orion Express sailed by Rob Archibald emerged triumphant in Fleet 1. The rule of thumb for any wind in Algoa Bay is that every month with an 'R' in it has wind and April certainly demonstrated that with a mini gale on Sunday 28 April which resulted in many damages to competing boats after a first day with no wind at all. The total of seven races for Fleet 1 and 3 races for Fleet 2 over the five days of the regatta were all sailed on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday's cut off time of 1:00 pm was just too early as . . .
The second day's sailing of Algoa Bay Week saw Fleet 1 complete three races on the Olympic style course. Race officer Brian Reynolds set Course 1 with the top mark offshore of Kings Beach, the bottom mark opposite Macarthurs Baths and the Wing mark in line with the harbour wall. Three races were sailed in ideal conditions with the last race started after the course was reset to accommodate the east shifting and steadily increasing breeze. A 1.3 metre swell made for fast beating and relatively quick downwind legs for the fleet. Fleet 2 sailed one long race that took them to the Shark Rock . . .
After four races yesterday on 29 April, the final day of the 505 fleet sailing presented fine sailing conditions. An East North East of 10 knots saw race officer Brian Reynolds set Course 1 with the top mark offshore of Kings Beach, the bottom mark opposite Macarthurs Baths and the Wing mark in line with the harbour wall. 3 races were sailed in ideal conditions with the last race started after the course was reset to accommodate the east shifting and steadily increasing breeze. A 1.3 metre swell made for fast beating and relatively quick downwind legs for the fleet. Today was the final . . .
After an appalling two days of no wind and then too much wind ABYC Week finally got underway on Monday 29 April with four races for Fleet 1 and the 505 Fleet and two races for Fleet 2. Sailed in a westerly breeze that swung to south west after the second race for Fleet 2 and in a steady breeze that increased from 8 to 14 knots sailors had a long and rewarding day in the flat sea. With the 505 fleet somewhat decimated after Saturday's gale that put paid to a number of boats sailing further in the regatta we had 6 boats contesting the National Championships and four yachts in Fleet 1 for . . .
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As at 22 April we have 28 local entries for Fleet 1 and 2 for ABYC Week plus fourteen 505's entered in the 505 Nationals taking place at the same time. There is still time to enter your boat in ABYC Week that takes place from 29 April to 1 May 2013. Click here to download the 2013 ABYC Week Sailing Instructions. 2013 ABYC Week Entrants: Steve Arnold - Adamo Tony Bailes - Malgas Jerome Putter - Seralon Eugene Lombard - Wings Bill Lee - Chinnook Roberta Dias - Sereia Hennie Haasbroek - Sewen Alan Van Heerden - Aquabrat Chad Jackson - Fandango Morgan Griffiths - . . .
An informal meeting will be held to explain basic racing and start procedure rules and flags prior to ABYC Sailing Week. Date: Monday 22 April 2013 Time: 17.30 Place: Committee room ABYC Ronnie Baer 0828937905 . . .
The planning for Algoa Bay Week is proceeding apace, The Provisional Sailing and Social Calendar is below. The great news is Rodney Idris has been hard at work getting entries in. If you are a boat owner, and have not heard from Rodney, please do not feel ignored or left out, you will hear his dulcet tones telling you about Algoa Bay Week, offering to send you an entry form, organising a copy of the Notice of Race, enquiring about your health and so forth. The good news is he is doing a great job as we have 20, yes twenty, entries so far, and Algoa Bay Week is still three weeks away. . . .
As you know, when you plan a regatta, many questions have to be asked, and answers agreed upon. Perhaps one of the most difficult questions to get answers to is the often asked question, "does size really matter," or put another way, "how big should they be?" It is a question your Regatta Committee has pondered over for a while now. Discussions, late into the night, have taken place over innumerable cups of coffee and the occasional cold beverage. Thoughts and views have been put forward, discussed and discarded. Comparisons have been made, reviewed and rejected. Agreement and disagreement . . .
Algoa Bay Week is a great reason to go down to the sea again, It takes place from 27 April to 1 May 2013, and includes the 505 Nationals, We need boats, we need YOU, YOUR BOAT AND YOUR CREW to make it work. The 2013 entry fee is R400.00 - including ALL crew. . . .