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ROYAL CAPE YACHT CLUB |21 MAY 2021

Last weekend saw 55 boats take to the water for the first iMvula Round Robben Island Pursuit Race. It was an interesting event which started in thick fog for the first boats off the line.  With the Port controller not allowing any further boats from leaving the harbour, due to the poor visibility, we were close to abandoning the race.  Thankfully the fog lifted and we had a great winter sail in flat seas and a light westerly breeze. I would like to thank our new sponsor iMvula, who came on board and will continue again next year. 

It is a pleasure to welcome 45 new members to the Club. At our recent meet and greet event, each new member told us what their sailing interests were and the reasons for joining our Club. You can listen to these interviews on our RCYC Facebook page.

On the international front, two RCYC members Alex Burger and Benji Daniel qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, as well as another SA sailor Leo Davis.  We are very proud of their achievements and will watch their progress closely.

The cruisers are heading to Hout Bay on Saturday for a Raid, with some fun events planned.

The nominations for the new committee closed on the 15th of May and I am pleased to present to the members the new committee for the 2021/2022 membership year here. The AGM where we ratify the committee will take place Sunday 20 June at the Club at 10h00.

Once again, we ask for your cooperation and support in wearing masks and adhering to social distancing whilst at the Club.  Please everyone, keep safe and I am always looking forward to seeing you at the Club despite the difficult times we face with COVID.
 
For updates do read our newsletter and social media platforms which are updated continuously.
  
Yours in sailing

 

 
The 2021 SAS WC Double Cape Race that was due to start on Saturday morning, has been postponed until the 31st of July based on the weather forecast and predicted sea state as per the Race Chairman Patrick Holloway.  
 
Are our Hout Bay Raiders ready for this weekend?  This year we have exceeded the usual number of members taking part. We have 25 RCYC yachts taking part and Hout Bay Yacht Club has pulled out all the stops to welcome our fleet.  
 
Saturday morning the fleet will meet in the RCYC Galley Restaurant for complimentary bacon and egg rolls and a complimentary bottle of Glen Carlou Wine. You are welcome to leave RCYC any time from 10h30 onwards.  
 
There will be a welcome drink for all Raiders from the HBYC Commodore Richard Evans from 17h00.  Saturday night is party night with beers and shot specials.  Fires will be ablaze and you can purchase braai packs directly from the HBYC.  We will have a short prize giving just before DJ Garethic starts playing some great hits from 20h00 onwards.
 
There will be prizes for the biggest fish, the most fish, and the smallest fish caught, and also for the first and the last boat to arrive.  
 
On Sunday enjoy an early morning walk on the beach before heading back to Hout Bay Yacht Club for breakfast rolls and cappuccinos from 7h30, followed with live music and lunch from 12h00.  
 
Wednesday Winter Twilight Race –  seven boats joined us on the water for their midweek removal of the cobwebs, just before the cold front descended on the bay.   A warm welcome to Atalanta owned by Adrian Kuttel.  Wednesday afternoon was her 1st race in Table Bay. She had a cracking start and enjoyed leading the fleet around the course, crossing the line in first.   
 
Looking for an adventure?  We have one! The 2021 edition of the Knysna Rally is from the 18th to the 24th of September.  Due to the popularity of this fantastic event we have had to limit the number of spaces to 15 boats. What happens on the rally you may ask?   Well it’s a week filled with adventure, side-splitting laughter and a few fun filled challenges, surrounded by like-minded people.  Definitely not one to be missed.  Be sure to watch the website, Facebook and the Whatsapp group for the date of registration.  
 
Our next sailing events will be the Portugal Day Race on the 5th June and the Youth Regatta on the 12/13 June.

Whiteout and a perfect race, by Liesl King
 
If you had asked me two weeks ago whether there is such a thing as a perfect race, I would have said emphatically no! Granted as a rookie sailor my experiences are limited, but somehow whether it be racing on my Cape 31 lesson boat, on my sturdy Rolls Royce or even on my latest adventure, the Cat, something inevitably does not go according to plan. Bad starts, no wind, too much wind, bits and pieces that break, instruments that object to getting wet and cease to function, the list is endless.
 
There may not be such a thing as a perfect race but racing in general is pretty cool. I love the adrenalin on the start line, the jousting and “friendly” banter, the count down to the very last second, the charge up to the first mark and in a Cat the ‘will we or wont we make it without tacking’. The concentration onboard, the energy and precision required when tacking or gybing in strong winds and the final stretch to the finish line. And if you happen to be close to Amarula when we finish, you will undoubtedly have heard our celebration song The Ride of the Valkyries. Yep we love a race well sailed and crossing that line, we celebrate in style!
 
Hence when the message “Anyone up for the pursuit race this Saturday around Robben Island” flashed onto my screen, I was the first to respond. A long race around the Island, bliss. Then as the day wore on, I started thinking back to the last time I raced around the Island. It was long, frustrating and with the wind varying from zero to a howling southeaster, extremely tricky. I learnt the hard way just what the Mountain wind shadow was, and how demoralising it can be when it causes a parking lot to appear in various parts of the bay. That race was on a Cape 31 and now I was going to be doing it on a Cat. Only time would tell.
 
Click here  to read Liesl King's  experience during the whiteout and why there is a rumour that past Commodore Vitor Medina is a wind whisperer.  

Deep ocean medical kit intro, by Dr John Roos

We are enthusiastic yachties, going about the business of sailing. We don’t look for trouble, but unfortunately, spending time on the open sea, and especially in the cold seas of the Cape of Storms, means it’s very likely that trouble will seek us out, sooner or later…

We know that we need to be prepared – as responsible yachtsmen and women we pay enthusiastic attention to the safety advice on offer. We follow the guidelines of SAS, SAMSA and other authorities in whom we trust. We adhere to the minutiae of the prescripts of our COF inspections, and we willingly subject ourselves to the rigours of all aspects of crew and skipper training, including the basic first aid courses on offer. We equip our boats with all the stuff we’re advised to, including commercially prepared first aid kits – and more.

So, we should be well prepared and equipped to manage medical emergencies at sea, right…?

Wrong!  You don’t need to be sunk by a whale to find yourself in a spot of bother – and you don’t need to venture too far from the breakwater for that ‘bother’ to find you…

Click here to read the rest of the article and understand why Dr Roos feels that our first aid courses, and our medical kits are inadequate and really not fit-for-purpose.  

"We need to rethink medical emergencies at sea. We need to think out of the (first aid) box, and ‘re-engineer’ our ocean-going medical training. Our training needs to be a whole lot more meaningful, goal-directed and purpose-built – for all types and categories of sailors heading offshore – and even for those small craft crew confining themselves to the inshore traffic zone."

 
She’s a lady, by Lindani Mchunu (RCYC Academy)

When you’re sitting in the Academy room, just above the braai area of the Club, well actually more on the deck of the Academy room, you get a really nice view of the marina. The masts often look out of place. Like the legs on a stork, only upside down, the legs up in the air, the body floating on water. I am never sure what I like the best.

The exposed lines that run on the decks and up the spines of the masts, or the immaculate covers that seem to be the order of the day. I can never compare this view to anything else in my life. It sits as a constant unique event that has never been part of my life before. I often think of it, even in the concrete jungle of Joburg. I drive on Catherine road, cross over onto Rivonia road and marvel at the spectacular Discovery Building.

Sandton is a sensory trip. Everything about it says wow. It’s so over the top chic, one never quite gets used to it. It shows you a glimpse of what Africa could be. Yet with all that and possibly more, I find myself missing the sound of halyards. Dirty men, covered in paint, walking down squeaking docks. How strange it feels walking down the gangway when the tide is up, everything looks closer and I never quite get used to it.

It’s like the world has come to meet me halfway. It’s just a marina. A blue towering crane, boats continually suspended in mid-air. Men, dark men, covered in blue, shifting platforms and welding chains. At times they can be white, spraying white paint on white bottoms. From time to time, you’ll see one of the long sticks move, at first it seems like an illusion. Why is there only one stick moving? It moves closer and closer to you, until you see its nose, almost pointing directly at you, then you see the displacement of water as it approaches.

Suddenly it becomes clear. It’s a boat. Whilst I was sitting there today, the boat happened to be Archangel. She came around, making her way to her mooring, right after Sibu had told me how happy he is with how she performs downwind. He was going on about how great it was sailing her down to Mykonos. As she etched closer to her berth, I saw Alex Mamacos and an elderly gentleman on the helm. The crew it seemed were two Academy kids.

That picture told me everything. An elderly white man, a middle-aged white woman, two young black kids and a boat, on the water, in a beautiful marina. That can only occur in one place. It is something very special and rare, and if it was repeated on a regular basis it would most likely produce something very unique and fundamental.

I don’t know if you heard over the weekend, the biggest story in town was the killing spree that rocked Khayelitsha. Eleven dead, I heard. A racketeering gambit killed a few Somalian shop owners in Khayelitsha after their Boss was killed whilst he was collecting protection money. Eleven dead. Our kids live in Khayelitsha.  Maybe some of them heard the shots. Maybe some of them knew the shop owners. That’s their world. In their world such horror is part of their community, to the extent that they no longer react in fear or shock. They just appreciate the fact that it wasn’t them or their family.

Click here for the full article as Lindani explains why The Academy is a lady, a beautiful lady, one that needs to be supported and protected at all costs. One that needs to be empowered and set free.






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