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Grand Slam 2008 F1
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FORMULA ONE NATIONALS - 2008
F1 Nationals 2008 – LDYC, VAAL DAM – 26-28 April 2008.
After a concern about the new SAS membership requirements having an impact on numbers, a good number of entries were received due to a couple of stalwarts from other classes joining in the class, and late scrambles by members to participate – resulting in 18 entries (out of a fleet of 39).
First day - 26th April - Three races were held in varying winds, from 4 to 6.5 knots, with gusts catching some off guard - with near broaches to London Calling & Not the Gnome.
Race 1 was won by Herbie Karolius on Sun Spirit off Chris Phillips on Radio Holland – 2nd and Sleigh Heynes helming Dingus – 3rd, after Geoff Teasedale on Floorworx Rigby 2 had to concede a penalty infringement with Chris Phillips on the finish line, letting Dingus take a third.
Race 2 saw Geoff Teasedale take a 1st off Sun Spirit with Radio Holland third.
Race 3 – P. Wiemann on My Girl picked a 1st off H. Karolius (Sun Spirit) and Radio Holland 3rd, after going out on a limb on the left side of the course, bringing My Girl through the fleet to first place! Well sailed!
Day 2 saw light winds promising to freshen:
Race 4: 4-8 knots – Sun Spirit took another 1st of Dingus and Neil Armstrong on Bob to now strengthen their lead.
Race 5 : 4.5 – 5 knots – Dingus pulled off a 1st off Tielman Burger on Miss Isle 2nd and Sun Spirit 3rd.
Things are hotting up as the fleet are now divided, with the top 6-7 vying for points, discards are starting to become crucial.
Race 6 showed promise of some good wind after starting in 3.5 kts, going up to 8kts but hen ending on 3.5 kts!
Yet another winner to ruffle the results, this time it was Chris Duff on Jolly Roger, with P. Wiemann on My Girl - 2nd off Chris Phillips on Radio Holland.
Race 7 – The wind was now dying but the bridge was determined to get races in – 4.8 kts – Neil Armstrong on Bob sails a superb race for 1st, followed by Dingus and Radio Holland.
That ended Day 2 with H. Karolius 4 pts ahead of Dingus, with Radio Holland three points adrift. Day 3 now becomes crucial!
Everyone sets of early for 09h00 start, though the promising breeze dissipated to no wind, swirling, promising but never really came through.
Started Race 8 at 11H15 , +- 5+ kts, died, with a 180 degree wind switch just after the windward mark, with Cazimozo (Steve Niccol) in the lead and the top three nowhere near!, had race blown and the regatta closed as per the previous day’s standings:
1st - Sun Spirit – Herbie Karolius, Franco Terreblanche, Sonica Slaghuis.
2nd – Dingus – Sleigh Heynes, Martin Smit, John Heynes
3rd - Radio Holland – Chris Phillips, Dale Hamman, Robert McCarthy
with Neil Armstrong (Bob) and Chris Duff (Jolly Roger) in pursuit.
The Cutts Machine Tools’ Spirit of Sailing trophy was awarded to Neil Armstrong on Bob for best improvement in the Nationals.
Prize Sponsors – Thanks goes to Boating Specialists, Kyalami for sponsoring prizes, the F1 Association for the rest, with floating trophy’s by JSA Financial Services (1st) and Cutts Machine Tools (Spirit of Sailing).
Thank you also to:
The Bridge: Austin Daly, Simon Farrington, Terrie Farrington (nee Pratt).
Terrie also for organizing the kitchen together with Suzette and Theresa, AND doing the results & all, with Maryann Williams superb in looking after club facilities and keeping all happy.
Thank you also to Daphne Kasselman for handling the Registration, regalia sales and all – a job well done as we know her!
Thank you to all for a great regatta,
Martin Smit (Chairman – F1 Association)
Bridge Officers Report Formula One Nationals 2008
The event was hosted by LDYC on the Vaal Dam from 26th to 28th April
Day one saw 3 races in light to variable winds – 4 to 6.5 knots with very keen competition with a different competitor winning each race.
We managed 4 races on day 2 in light conditions from 3.5 to a maximum, briefly of 8 knots because of the conditions two races were shortened. Again there were four different winners with the reigning champion Herbie Karolius on Sun Spirit being 4 points ahead after day 2. Half of the fleet were in contention and all eyes were on day 3.
The bridge scheduled a 09h.00 start for day three in the hope of getting 3 races in but the early breeze dissipated to nothing. A race was started at 11h15 in a light breeze but had to be abandoned after a 180 degree switch and no further racing was possible.
The final result was Herbie Karolius on Sun Spirit, Sleigh Haynes on Dingus and Chris Phillips on Radio Holland. 18 boats participated.