THE EIKOS BOATING INSURANCE WEST COAST CRUISE
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1. Gordon Fitsimons on Smidgen being followed by big brother a Holiday 34 'Nautiash' owned by Piet Groenhof
2. Patrick Knobel on Barato luffing the much bigger Avanti after the start of the race to Lamberts bay
3. Spinnaker up on Sea Mist, destination Lamberts Bay 6 hours away.
4. Part of the fleet anchored at Lamberts Bay
Commodore Anne du Plessis handing the winners trophy
in Class 3 To Monique & Gail Stuyck on Sea Mist, skipper Frank
not on the photo as well as to runners up in class 3 Patrick & JC Knobel
Eikos Boating Insurance (by Frank Stuyck)
West Coast Cruise 2010
The Port Owen Yacht Club is famous ( besides the excellent sailing waters ) for two things culinary – the full cholesterol breakfast and snoek braai’s. This year they did not disappoint and on the evening of Sunday 3 January 2010 the Eikos Boating Insurance, West Coast Cruise 2010 started with a typical West Coast snoek braai at the clubhouse.
With 35 yachts and about 150 participants the club was humming and space at the pub counter was at a premium. Clearly this Cruise had all the ingredients for a good time !
Monday dawned with a light southwesterly wind and after breakfast the boats got ready for the 3pm start of the first race to Stompneus Bay via the Doctors Reef and Slippers Bay buoys. By start time the wind had freshened to about 18 knots. The multihulls had their own start followed five minutes later by the monohulls. About an hour later it was the Farrier Trimaran “Split Decision” of Les Porter first across the line and in the monohulls it was Alan Haefele on “Derbigum” (Montivideo 43) who took the gun. By 18H00 everyone was anchored at Stompneus Bay. A rather unseasonal swell had built up and although the anchorage was safe and comfortable, getting to shore for the evening braai was in most cases a rather wet affair but was soon forgotten after the first cold Windhoek’s soothed the dry throats. The Sunfish Restaurant ( a 2 minute walk from the landing beach at Stompneus) provided the ideal venue, and with braai fires on the go, and excellent bar service and atmosphere, the party was “A-for-away”!
Tuesday morning dawned calm, and as a result the 8am start was abandoned and the fleet were requested to motor in the direction of Lamberts Bay. By 10H30 a south westerly wind of about 10 knots came through and it was decided to use one of the bulk carriers anchored in the bay as a start mark, and soon thereafter it was spinnakers up for a 5 hour spinnaker run down to Lamberts Bay. First boat in was again Les Porter on his Farrier Trimaran “Split Decision” followed by Kevin Webb on a Dragonfly Trimaran “Just do It”. First monohull was Erhard Joubert on “Avanti” (Vickers 41), followed 1 minute later by Petr Muzik on “Shoestring” (Shearwater 39).
By evening the wind abated and Lamberts Bay looked fantastic with all the yachts anchored in the harbour. An excellent ferry service brought those that wanted to go ashore to either eat at one of the excellent local West Coast Restaurants as many did, or to order pizzas for a meal aboard.
Typical of a balmy West Coast evening the following morning was foggy, and with high winds and big swell predicted for the Thursday most crews decided to do the sail back to Port Owen in one day, leaving out the optional Elands bay overnight stopover. Most yachts set off before 6am shrouded in fog. By mid morning the fog had burned off and after a fantastic sail of about 9 hours most of the fleet were back in Port Owen. (What would we have done without the Yanks and their GPS?)
Four yachts however decided to stick to the plan and proceeded to Elands Bay to overnight where the big swell never materialized. Thursday morning dawned with a clear sky and by midday the south easter had set in giving the four yachts coming from Elands Bay a stiff beat before getting into the protected waters of the Berg River Estuary.
Thursday night was prize giving dinner and much laughter and fun was had by all.
Outright performance in the Cruise only accounts for 40% of the points with the balance being Log Work, Radio Procedure, Seamanship etc. In the final results it was:
Multihulls 1st Alan Bieshuewel on Take Three
2nd Kevin Webb on Just Do It
3rd Les Porter on Split Decision
Monohull over 35’ 1st Annelene Bindeman on Bella Mia
2nd Petr Muzik on Shoestring
3rd Erhardt Joubert on Avanti
Monohull under 35’ 1st Frank Stuyck on Sea Mist (Holiday 23)
2nd Patrick Knobel on Barato (Holiday 23)
3rd Charles Reynolds on Starfire
Overall winner Annelene Bindeman on Bella Mia