Sailors tackle elements in Holburn champs

Youngsters, Sean Hurter and Ian Bowman fly their kite during the second race of the Point Yacht Club’s Holburn Series on Saturday in the bay. PHOTO: Sophie Thompson

IT was a tale of two completely different weather patterns for the sailors competing in the Point Yacht Clubs races at the weekend.

Twenty dinghies took to the water on Saturday, day one the Holburn Class Championships in the harbour. As the light breeze slowly dissipated, Bingham eked out two races in total and then suspended racing as a breathless tranquillity surrounded all the boats.

On Sunday, the wind prediction was 20knots. Wayne Smith, skipper of Crazy Diamond said, “It was wild but it was good! Had it blown a bit more, it would have been hectic!”

Wayne and his crew took on catamaran Bandit, helmed by Sean Jones in the two windward leeward races. The two multihulls jostled positions throughout the afternoon.

Cape Town based star sailor, Siya Vato, who recently competed in the epic Cape2Rio Race, said, “It is great to be back home in Durban, and sailing. The conditions offshore were fantastic and made for some awesome racing.”

Bay racing takes place each Wednesdays and dinghy racing will commence this weekend with the continuation of the Holburn Class Championships. Offshore keelboat racers will break until May.

Lloyd Mackenzie

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