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TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN REGATTA
Congratulations to the Mountain Yacht Club on once again organising a very successful regatta.
They had enough Holiday 23's to sail in a class!! That is great.
This must be one of the places just before entering paradise look at the picture below how clean and clear the water is!!!
Here is a report with results thanks to our Holiday 23 convener, Rob Morris, at Mountain Yacht Club.
Mountain Yacht Club at Ebenezer Dam in Limpopo hosted its annual “Top of the Mountain regatta” over the weekend of 21st and 22nd September.
The sailing fleet was made up of mostly Holiday 23’s and a few other keelers and dinghies. Unfortunately the numbers were down on the last few years, possibly due to the weekend not being a true long weekend as before.
Those that took part however had some fantastic sailing with building winds throughout the Saturday. This made for exciting competitive sailing, especially among the experienced Holiday 23 crews. Unfortunately the Sunday’s sailing had to be cancelled due to bad weather and mountain mist that moved in and made sailing impossible. The annual Magoebaskloof Spring Fair was in full swing and allowed competitors, families and friends the opportunity to enjoy the fair on the Sunday.
The first race was won on the finish line by the very experienced father and son team of Diekie and Tommie Schoeman on H23 Andante. Rob Morris on H23 Lothlorien made a tactical error and was forced into a backward tack right on the line, handing the win to Andante.
The second race was won easily by David Morris on a Laser with H23 Lothlorien turning the tables on Hagar (Elvstrom) skippered by Theo Oosthuizen to take second. In a reverse of fortunes for Lothlorien, Hagar, while ahead and almost at the finish line, was forced into a backward tack, allowing Lothlorien to sneak through and get another 2nd.
The third race was sailed in conditions which tested all skippers. The wind was strong enough to make handling a Holiday 23 under full sail very difficult. Those with a roller furler finally had an advantage. The Elvstrom, Hagar, made the most of the conditions and sailed away to an easy victory with Lothlorien not far behind. Flying the spinnaker in these conditions was a true test of the guts of the crew. With the bottom mark placed near the edge of the dam some boats found themselves aground before they had got their spinnakers down.
Consistent results from Lothlorien, with Rob Morris as Skipper and crew Debbie Morris and Georgina Betton, saw them take overall honours. Three yachts tied for second place.
1st Lothlorien (H23) Rob Morris
2nd Andante (H23) Diekie Schoeman
2rd Hagar (Elvstrom) Theo Oosterhuizen
2th Laser David Morris
5th Raine (H23) Deon Mostert
6th Gookmouse (H23) Keith Elphinstone
7th Romy Jane (H23) Roux Gerber
8th Fly (Stadt 22) Robbie Beeton
9th Grace (H23) Graeme Watson
Attached picture courtesy of Keith Elphinstone shows the winning yacht Lothlorien with crew of Rob and Debbie Morris with Georgina Betton hard at work.