Point Yacht Club Flying Fifteen Match Racing

Harbour: 14 and 15 January

Matching racing returns to the bay this weekend, with the Flying Fifteen Match Racing hosted by Point Yacht Club.

The fun bursts of sailing will see eight double-handed teams taking to the water on both Saturday and Sunday in the bay. Four boats will be utilised for the duration of the racing, with the faster, newer boats in Durban getting some water time.

Rear Commodore for Dinghies, Myles White said, “After the very successful Inter-Varsity Match Racing held at the end of last year, I thought it would be great to get some match racing action for the dinghies as well.”

Two boats go head-to-head, usually on a short windward-leeward course, with teams swopping and changing boats. Although weather dependent, the course intention is to have the race course set just off the end of the Durban Marina mooring, and this should provide an opportunity for spectators.

It is planned to be a double round robin to establish a seeding order, then an elimination knock-out.

Continuing, the passionate FF sailor shared, “I have invited a number of people and am awaiting their acceptance or rejections. We could have some top international sailors on the bay, with top South African 505 sailor, Thomas Funke; South African Grand Master Laser sailor Campbell Alexander; defending Flying Fifteen Nationals champs Patrick Harris and Jeremy Kriek as well as Paul Changuion and Tim Dugiud, who have won the Nationals in recent years. The club’s highly competitive Struan Campbell, Richard Weddell and Gregg Hurter have also been invited, so the potential for some awesome competition on the water.”

Concluding, White said, “I am optimistic that the weather will be good for two days of intense racing.”

The two day Flying Fifteen Match Racing kicks off the dinghy sailing season this year, hosted by the Point Yacht Club in the harbour.

For more info visit www.pyc.co.za

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