Jonsson Cup Pursuit Race

Harbour: Saturday 5 November

Point Yacht Club’s dinghy season will officially get underway with the first major sailing event held in the bay on Guy Fawkes Day on Saturday 5 November.

The format for the race is set as a pursuit race; this means that the start line is a buzz with activity as each class of boat has a separate start time. In a pursuit race, the slower boats start ahead of the faster boats in the hope that the fleet finish en masse.

The annual race is a longer than normal race, where the smaller boats adventure to various parts of the bay, rounding harbour markers and buoys before crossing the finish line. Dinghies of all shapes and sizes will be on the water to participate. With the Laser and Hobie fleets expected to lead the numbers.

Rear Commodore for Dinghies and passionate Flying Fifteen competitor, Myles White together with his partner Estelle Buys are the defending champions going into this year’s Jonsson Cup. White has had an impressive start to the season, being not only the top PYC sailor on the international leader board for the recent biggest sailing event in the world, the Bart’s Bash but also is the top South African sailor on the Bashboard. White was sailing with accomplished Flying Fifteen crew member Jeremy Kriek on the day.

“Banter amongst the sailors has been encouraging leading up to the Jonsson Cup. We are hoping for a decent sized fleet out on the bay. We decided to delay the start of the season by a month and open with the historic Jonsson Cup as October has in recent times, been really miserable!” White commented.

The man with the most important job leading up to the event is Hobie sailor Justin Butler from Cowies Hill. Butler will be crunching numbers to perfect the handicap system ahead of the start. He will then assign start times to all the competitors depending on the boat they will be competing on.

Following directly after the dinghy racing, the Sigma Series invites the bigger boats offshore for some fantastic keelboat racing.

For more info visit www.pyc.co.za or like the club’s Facebook page.