Sails up for Easter Regatta

Top Durban sailors, Thomas Funke, Ian Modola and Siya Vato are excited for the fantastically fun-filled Easter Regatta. PHOTO: Val Adamson

OVER the Easter Weekend, a number of top-notch sailors from around the country will descend upon the magnificent setting of Durban’s Point Yacht Club beach site to compete in the Easter Regatta.

The four-days of racing will take place offshore of Durban and includes the 505 and Dart Single Handed Nationals, the Hobie 14 regionals and an open class category.

The current South African champs in the 55 class are the A team, Alex Ham and Alex Burger, hoping to reclaim their title.

Making waves in the Hobie world, Garth Loudon continues on his impressive sailing streak, having just competed in Cape Town and finished ninth. The in-form Garth is pegged as the favourite for the Hobie 14 regionals but will have loads of pressure from the keen fleet of Durban sailors who have been training at every opportunity.

The Hobie fleet will also be using this opportunity to impress the selection committee for the Hobie 14 World Championships that take place later in July in Noordwijk aan Zee in the Netherlands. Loudon has already secured a berth for this event.

A maximum of 12 races will be held for all classes depending on the conditions. Race officer for the event, Jimmy Melville, ably assisted by Kevin Bingham, will have a busy patch of water for the regatta as there is an expected fleet of more than 60 boats participating.

In the growing class of Darts in KZN, the competitors will be racing the single-handed or one up catamaran for the much-anticipated nationals.

Point Yacht Club’s rear commodore for dinghies, Myles White, said, “Although the focus will be on the three classes having their big events, a number of other competitors will also be taking this opportunity to venture offshore to get some water time as we have a busy winter season with major events for the Lasers, Flying Fifteens and Hobies in the calendar.”



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Lloyd Mackenzie

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