The Dam Fine Times
Spring has sprung,
the grass has rizz,
I wonder where da boydies iz?
Da boids is on da wing,
But dat's absoid;
Da wing is surely on da boid!
- Damon Runyon
Another Covid-19 winter of discontent began to lift and lighten from the Women’s Day long weekend in early August. Members cautiously emerged to enjoy the gentle weather.
Some sailing souls raced in the “NR Combined Keelboat Provincial Championships” hosted by DAC which scored results from 38 competitors.
Big John 25 Hour Endurance Race
Online platforms then began to buzz with info and eloquent enticements from Heather Opperman & Co to sign up for the Big John 25 hour endurance race, 21st - 22nd August. The sailing challenge was launched in 2017 to honour Jake Opperman’s dad John Coetzee, who fought a brutal war with cancer for 25 years. Funds raised are donated to the @Peace Care Centre for terminally ill cancer patients. LDYC has officially adopted the event which is believed to be the longest time lapse race in the southern hemisphere.
Our Rear Commodore Nigel Beckett and Commodore Luke Quinn hitched a berth on Altantis 36 “Sillago”, with Trustee Rodney (Skipper) and Sharron Beresford.
Nigel recounted the experience, “On race day the fleet bobbed slowly across the 10h00 start line. The early afternoon breeze steadily escalated to a 20 knot blaster gusting 31 knots. After hours of hanging on and fighting through, the wind went away just after a spectacular sunset. We settled in expecting a chilly but slow and steady night sail. Just after 02h00 the heavens ignited. We battened down and sailed through bolts of lightning and thunder, howling wind and sheets of rain. Come early morning much appreciated coffee arrived. And then the wind evaporated.” Twenty-three of the twenty-six starters limped across the 11h00 finish line.
That afternoon’s prize giving at LDYC proved a complaint yet spirited affair. The American Auction of donated stuff netted a whopping R10,000. Funds raised in previous years roughly totaled R60,000. This year donors – corporate, private, competitors, club members - came from a variety of sources but were all incredibly generous; the total is a whopping R47,420.28!
Big John25 Buffs in white and black are selling from LDYC’s office.
Four months and counting into 2021, the club is weathering the global epidemic pretty well. With judicious date juggling most sailing fixtures have been held including the Round the Island Regatta and prize giving in March . So life at LDYC is the same only different!
Member.making a difference.
LDYC has been built on the foundation of members stepping up to help in the running of the club and contributing in a variety of other ways.
In January Wendy Doubell took on the challenge of Transformation Officer. More recently Lynne Baines offered to step up as Entertainment Officer; her first project will be the upcoming annual AGM Dinner and Prize giving function.
Nominations are open for MANCOM and other committee posts to be ratified at the AGM in June. We appeal to members to follow these examples and volunteer. Watch your mailbox or contact the office.
Members constantly identify needs they can meet and thanks are extended for enlightening solutions so far in 2021.
Adam Scott and Mike Pelser have donated solar lights for the walk on moorings
Terry Parker has supplied and installed sorely needed additional lighting in the clubhouse.
All the action was on the water in LDYC's Round the Island Regatta 2021.
Originally scheduled in early February 2021, our 63’ d annual Round the Island Raœ Regatta was successfully raœd from 12 to 14 March.
The regatta comprised raœs on Friday and Saturday afternoons, cu!minating in the Round the Island raœ itself on Sunday. Traditionally it's a sizable gathering of enthusiasts and supporters sailing and socialising; it's the funest yachting raœ of the year with a core of ferociously competitive sailors. This unique fixture on the national sailing calendar still holds its Guinness World Reord TM for “The most yachts to finish an in!and yacht raœ (389) awarded in 2007.
The racing kicked off on Friday afternoon with the Commodore's Cup. Skippered by Tony Norris, Cape 31 "TNT" won 1" p!aœ in the 28-sFoot fleet of finishers. The team gamely towed their spectacu!ar boat all the way up from Theewater Sport Club (TSC) in the Western Cape. This re!atively new Cape Town built 31 foot sport boat class !aunched in 2017 and notched another first by competing in, and ultimately winning the Round the Island Raœ.
Saturday's Tune Up Sprints got the sailing juiœs flowing after months of lockdown inactivity for many competitors. LDYC's Rear Commodore Anthony Engelbrecht remarked, “We had no idea how many entries to expect and were greatly heartened by the final number. Sailors may be tetchy and independent but are fierœly loyal and supportive of their sport. ” Sunday dawned clear and challengingly quiet. For many of the 142 registered entries the raœ marked the first time back on the water in over a year. The raœ commenœd with 2 separate starts to offer the faster boats (ultra Class) clean wind and water. This group went over at 08h00 in a gentle north easterly followed by the rest of the fleet at 08h20.
A northerly wind lifted across the dam for the front runners at Mistral point ahead of the south rounding of the Island. As often experienœd, the wind dropped off at the back of the island. The leading boats headed off to the north western shoreline hoping to pick up the promising north-easterly breeze they had spotted which proved to be about 7 knots; the best speed of the day thus far. Three boats led the approach and rounding of the top of the island - Mark Hammick on Seacart “Bog Monster”, and Nacra F20’s "Girard Racing” sailed by Charles Girard and "Flipping Fast" raœd by Jonathan Crawford and Brian Lion-Cachet. A jibing raœ ensued, maintained by the same north-easterly all the way back to the finish line but died off shortly thereafter rep!aœd by a low level easterly for the following fleet.
Jonathan Crawford and Brian Lion-Cachet grabbed Line Honours for the 4th time on their Nacra 20 "Flipping Fast". The duo has a!so won 2 raœ titles.
Special thanks to Ronny Gurnell from TYC for a smartly run bridge and NSRI for running emergency rescue serv iœs. Overall LDYC Round the Island Raœ Results Line Honours Nacra F20 "Flipping Fast" Jonathan Crawford LDYC; 1st Cape 31 ’TNT" Tony Norris Theewater Sports Club (TSC); 2nd Viper "Antidote” Nevan Lucas (LDYC); 3r d Seacart “8og Monster” Marc Hammick (LDYC)
Our Commodore Luke Quinn summed up the sailing weekend, “We aptly themed our 2021 regatta “All the action's on the water”. In diligent response to prevailing legis!ation we restricted entry to the club grounds and implemented complianœ with all protoco!s. Although this was undoubtedly and memorable as ever.