Round the Island Race Stays Digital
The 57th annual LDYC Round The Island Race Weekend Regatta takes place at Lake Deneysville Yacht Club (LDYC) from Friday 30th January to Sunday 1st February.
Organisers pioneered digital tracking technology in the last Round the Island Race on Sunday 2nd February with excellent results. Commodore James Peyper elaborated, “The sheer scale of this race with an average fleet of 380 registered entrants, has always presented a challenge in recording the results. Until 2014 this had been done manually by volunteers manning two bridge boats placed at each end of the finish line. It is extremely difficult to accurately record 50 or more boats bunching as they cross!”
LDYC is partnering with Race Time to use RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Tags) on competitor’s boats to monitor the finishing line-up and to record race results virtually real time. Race Time has extensive time keeping management experience in off-road racing, mountain bike racing and other major sporting events, which has now been successfully migrated to sailing. Again, the tag system will not replace the manual recording but will provide an invaluable cross-check tool to ensure no boats are missed in the final results. All competitors will pay a refundable R100 included in the entry fee for each tag at the on-site registration during the weekend. Race officials will also have video footage of the finish to ensure 100% accuracy. The event still holds its 2007 Guinness World RecordTM for ‘most yachts in an inland race’ in which there were 389 finishers.
We want the dinghies back!
The committee for the annual Round the Island Regatta noted that although keelboats and multihull participation quotas have been fairly steady, the numbers of dinghies has been steadily diminishing over the years. “To encourage the class we are offering a tiered cash prize structure.” explained LDYC’s Austin Daly. Overall, the 57th LDYC Round the Island Regatta Weekend has R22 000 in cash prizes up for grabs.
The tiered cash prizes specifically for dinghies are:
71 or more finishers - R5 000 to first finisher on handicap.
51-70 finishers - R3 000 to first finisher on handicap.
20-50 finishers - R2 000 to first finisher on handicap
The Club has also added a R2 000 prize for first on handicap in Friday’s Commodore’s Cup.
The long-standing R10 000 prize for the first boat to break the existing elapsed time record set by Danie Colyn on a Seacart in 2007, of 55 minutes 37 seconds remains in place. This prize excludes windsurfers and yachts with hydroplaning abilities.
Cats before Keelers
Rear Commodore Deon Viljoen explained the race structure, “We have kept the racing format introduced in 2012, of 3 starts instead of 5. The first will be the Ultra Class, comprising a maximum of 50 mixed class boats with a handicap of 1.00 and above. However at the request of the sailing fraternity, this year the second start will be for the cats and dinghies followed by keelers and micro-multihulls in the third start.”
Sailors and visitors alike can enjoy the usual bar, catering, air shows, top-notch live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Ample camping and caravan space and utilities are available. At a price of R100 a head over 18 years of age for the entire weekend it is unbeatable value for money.
To download entry forms and the Notice of Regatta visit www.ldyc.co.za. Contact LDYC on 016 371-1393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Issued by Vanessa Remmington
Mama Action Consulting
on behalf of LDYC
082 520 0969