The 2018 Eastern cape Dinghy Provincial Championships were not without drama on the two days of scheduled sailing for 25 and 26 August 2018. Presented by South African Sailing East Cape, sponsored by Renewable Energy Company Rubicon SA and run by volunteers from the Algoa Bay Yacht Club the first (and only) day of sailing saw three races sailed in a sharply increasing west wind that soon topped 30 knots whilst sailors scurried for safe haven in the Port of Port Elizabeth. The squall kept rescue boats and the NSRI busy ensuring that all returned to Port safe and sound. Read about the . . .
The Algoa Bay Yacht Club hosted the ABYC Interclub on the North End Lake out of the EP Powerboat Club premises on the weekend of 21 and 22 April 2018. 15 Sailors from Redhouse and Mossel Bay Yacht Clubs contested. Winds were light and clocked the better part of the compass offering North East right through to South West and made for some good practice for Bridge and mark laying crew along with testing sailor's skills at reading the course. Race Officer Ronnie Baer had the pleasure of christening ABYC's new (ish) bridge boat and was ably assisted by his merry bridge crew. Results per . . .
The ABYC Inter-Club Dinghy Regatta was sailed on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April 2017. We enjoyed two rewarding days of off-shore dinghy sailing as KYC, RYC and ABYC contested our Inter-clubs regatta. Both were light wind days, requiring careful tactics at the start and marks. Thankfully the wind did not fluctuate too much over the sailing periods, so Race Officer Ronnie Baer didn’t give the mark-laying slaves too much work to do. With the Ironman events also happening over this weekend, the cats could not launch from Hobie nor Kings Beaches, so we just had Senior and Junior monohull fleets . . .
Racing will take place from 1st to 2nd April 2017, hosted from the ABYC Clubhouse, with racing taking place offshore and within the Port Elizabeth Harbour. The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) 2017-2020, The Equipment Rules of Sailing (ERS) 2017 – 2017, the applicable Class Rules, this Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions. ABYC Inter-club Dinghy Regatta 2017 Entry Form ABYC Inter-club Sailing Instructions 2017 ABYC Inter-club Notice of Race 2017 . . .
With that heat on Saturday, the best place was to be out on the water! Seven dinghies competed in the light Easterlies, this time in the harbour. The courses were short, so that the sailors could work on their start and rounding tactics, in preparation for the national regattas coming up. Below is a summary of the series points. Bart's Bash Algoa Bay Yacht Club Results are provisional as of 4 Dec 2016 1 Fleet Sailed: 8, Discards: 1, To count: 7, Rating system: PY, Entries: 14, Scoring system: Appendix A . . .
The weather might have been cool, but the competition was hot amongst the dinghy sailors chasing around the cans on Saturday for Rounds 3, 4 and 5 of our Dinghy Regatta. With Ronnie running bridge from Stampede (thank you Ronnie and Alan), the Open and Junior fleets enjoyed flat water and steady winds all afternoon. It was fun having a number of RYC sailors in the mix, and having Malgas and Wallbanbger bring the VP steel band members out to watch one of the races (thank you Mike and John). The sailors and families were brilliantly entertained during the post-race bring & braai, by the . . .
Rounds 3, 4 and 5 of our Dinghy Regatta take place on 5 November. Skippers at 12h00 and first race not before 13h00. At 15h00 the Victoria Park Steel Band, parents and teachers will be taken to view the racing on Malgas, Warrior and Wallbanger and return to moorings at around 17h30. The Victoria Park Steel Band will then play from 18h30 to 19h00 (or until the encores cease!) and again from 19h30 to 20h00. This promises to be a very entertaining event and incorporates a bring and braai for all visitors and sailors. ABYC will provide the braai fires - thanks Mike, Robbie and . . .
Our local sailors faced some pretty competition at these two concurrently-held regattas. It was held at Swartvlei, Sedgefield, which attracted many Western Cape Sailors, which certainly upped the level of competition. The Laser fleet (Standards, Radials and 4.7s) numbered 70, and included a number of SAS Race Ahead high-performance trainees being coached by Roger Hudson. Some 40 other dinghies took part in the EC Champs: Oppies, Teras, Dapchicks, 29ers, Sonnets and Darts. On the first three days our sailors had to contend with strong winds over 24 knots, but these were testing conditions for . . .
Round 1 of Bart's Bash was sailed on Saturday 16 September out of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club, Port Elizabeth. This year the Redhouse Yacht Club and ABYC joined forces to sail the Bash. Race Officer, Ronnie Baer took the fleet of 16 entrants out of the Port of Port Elizabeth to sail offshore. The overcast conditions presented some interesting challenges for some of the open dinghies in the lumpy sea, 10 knot South South East wind and intermittent drizzle. Divided into two fleets to accommodate Senior (Fleet 1) and Junior (Fleet 2) sailors the courses sailed comprised a Sausage, Triangle, . . .
Support disabled sailing by coming to ABYC and taking part in the annual Barts Bash which is the World's Largest Sailing Event. The Dinghy fleet will be celebrating Barts Bash with three races on Saturday 17 September. Skippers at 13h30. Followed by a Bring and Braai afterwards. . . .