The Cardinal to Cardinal medium distance race sailed on Sunday 20 October started in what can only be described as fantastic sailing conditions with a light to moderate SW backing to a moderate to fresh SSE as the day progressed.
Malgas & Struan had good starts, however Malgas been under pressure for some time given her refit of new canvas and rigging plus a clean belly, stamped her intentions at the drop of the flag and maintained the lead for the remainder of the race. Sewen & Tikalox 2 where irritating each other for great part of the course, but Tikalox 2 took advantage of poor tacking by Sewen during the homeward leg and lead the way in. Struan lagging in 4th place up to the turning mark after some serious gybing and near “broaching” with a dose of pain issued to the crew across their fingers from sheet burn, managed to haul-in and out sail both Tikalox 2 & Sewen.
The race also demonstrated that sailors do have “intuition”! The Cardinal Buoy off Coega Port entrance unbeknown to us yachties has been taken out of the water, this forced the fleet to head further out and use the Coega Port “Safe Water Mark” as their turning marker.
Rank – Boat – Class – HelmName – TCF
- Malgas – L34 – Tony Bailes – 0.923
- Struan – Stadt 34 – Andrew Blain – 0.897
- Tikalox II – Muira – Rob Smith – 0.89
- Sewen – RCOD – Hennie Haasbroek – 0.89
- Aquabrat – Flamenca – Alan van Heerden – 0.85 – DNF
- Sea Spirit – Spirit 28 – Mark Hewitt – 0.845 – DNF