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The skippers sailing the RCL KZN Regional Championship
From left to right Des Fairbank silver medal, Norrie Taylor, gold medal and Regional Champ for the second year, & Joe Robbertse, bronze medal.


RCL KZN Regional Championship

Good Day Sailors, The RCL KZN Regional Championship were sailed over the weekend with a good fleet of 14 boats and varying conditions.
Saturday saw light south westerly wind with many lifts, shifts & big windless 'holes' to frustrate the sailors and race officials alike!
But at the end of the day 12 races had been completed and the results at that stage showed
Norrie Taylor RCL23 leading the fleet by a 'country' mile. With Des Fairbank RCL56 in 2nd place and Bjorn Hanssen RCL8 in 3rd place.
Sunday saw the predicted south westerly blowing again but this time a lot stronger but true to the Ponds form there were still shifts, lifts gusts and 'holes' to contend with.
Most of the fleet changed down to the storm sail before the first race got under and only changed, later in the afternoon, back to the B sail when the wind dropped off.
Joe Robbertse RCL 55 sailed particularly well and by the end of the day, and a total of 23 races, had managed to gain 2 places overall and finished up in 3rd place overall.
Des Fairbank RCL56 retained his 2nd position and Norrie Taylor was once again crowned RCL KZN Regional Champion for the 2nd year in a row and walked away with the well deserved gold medal.
Congratulations and well done Norrie Taylor.


Sailwave results for RCLaser KZNatal Regional Championships 2017 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2017
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RCLaser KZNatal Regional Championships 2017

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 23, Discards: 4, To count: 19, Entries: 14, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo Skipper Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 R19 R20 R21 R22 R23 Total Nett Notes
  1st 23 Norrie Taylor DRBC 1 1 1 (6) (6) 1 1 1 2 3 1 4 1 3 (5) 3 2 2 5 (6) 2 2 2 61 38  
  2nd 56 Des Fairbank MRYC 2 2 5 4 (7) (6) 2 (6) 5 1 2 1 4 1 1 2 1 (12) 2 1 1 6 3 77 46  
  3rd 55 Joe Robbertse DRBC 5 (15 DNC) (8) 7 2 5 3 4 (9) 2 (9) 2 7 5 7 1 5 1 1 2 4 1 1 106 65  
  4th 8 Bjorn Hanssen DRBC 3 6 3 1 3 (9) (8) 2 3 (10) 4 3 8 8 3 4 3 8 3 3 3 3 (9) 110 74  
  5th 143 Bernie Warner DRBC 4 3 4 (9) 5 (8) 6 3 4 4 5 5 2 7 2 8 6 5 7 (15 DNC) 5 4 (15 DNC) 136 89  
  6th 13 Bruce Schnell DRBC 8 5 (10) 2 1 4 7 8 6 5 3 8 (9) 6 6 (9) (9) 7 4 4 6 5 4 136 99  
  7th 97 Clive Watson DRBC 10 8 6 3 10 2 5 (11) 1 (11) 7 (11) 3 2 9 6 4 9 6 8 8 7 (15 DNC) 162 114  
  8th 135 Denny Moffatt PYC 9 7 2 (12) 8 (13) 4 7 8 7 6 6 (12) 10 8 7 8 3 (12) 5 7 11 7 179 130  
  9th 81 Peter Heathcote DRBC 6 4 (13) 8 11 7 (12) 5 11 9 10 7 6 4 4 5 (12) 4 8 7 (12) 10 5 180 131  
  10th 117 Stephen Binedell DRBC (15 DNC) (15 DNC) 9 5 4 3 10 9 (13) 8 12 12 5 12 10 12 7 6 11 11 10 8 (15 DNC) 222 164  
  11th 134 Dave Denley DRBC 7 10 7 10 9 (11) (11) (12) 7 6 8 9 11 9 (12) 11 10 11 9 10 9 9 6 214 168  
  12th 146 Duncan Starke DRBC 11 9 11 11 (12) (14) 9 10 10 (12) 11 10 10 11 11 10 11 10 10 9 11 12 (15 DNC) 250 197  
  13th 147 Pete Dowdeswell PYC 12 (15 DNC) 12 13 14 12 14 13 12 (15 DNC) 13 13 14 (15 DNC) 13 13 13 (15 DNC) 15 DNC 15 DNC 15 DNC 15 DNC 8 309 249  
  14th 84 Ian Gielink DRBC 13 (15 DNC) (15 DNC) (15 DNC) 13 10 13 (15 DNC) 15 DNC 15 DNC 15 DNC 15 DNC 13 13 15 DNC 15 DNC 15 DNC 13 15 DNC 15 DNC 15 DNC 15 DNC 15 DNC 328 268  

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April Fools Regatta
2nd April 2017

Good Day Sailors, We had a good day at the Pond yesterday when the April Fools Regatta was sailed in a freshening north north easterly which eventually picked up and moved more into the normal north easterly direction
We had 13 RCLs enjoying the conditions with most sailors starting on the B sail and then switching to the C sail by the 3rd race.
There were an unusually high drop out of boats with various problems through the 10 races that were sailed as can be seen in the results.
The top two positions were tied on points after the 2 discards with the tie breaking mechanism being used to decide the overall winner once again
Well done to RCL55 Joe R for a good win closely followed by RCL23 Norrie T & RCL143 Bernie W in 3rd position.
Apart from the top 3 there was only one other race winner & that was RCL13 Bruce S who ended up 4th
Good to see RCL97 Clive W moving up the fleet finishing with a solid 5th place
We welcome Warren Smith to the fleet for the 1st time sailing RCL166 which is owned by Bruce S
There was an under water obstruction just inside of the far start buoy that caught a number of sailors out at the start as well as at the finish with boats becoming stuck on the obstruction.
The obstruction was so positioned to that the bow of the boat crossed the finish line but then got stuck without the whole boat clearing the line this caused much discussion amongst the sailors as to what constitutes a proper finish
Below is a page of the rule book giving the definition of a 'finish' to clear that point up.
Other activities this week.
The ProLos will be in action on Wednesday morning when racing gets underway at about 10h00.
Wind is predicted to be switching from a south west to a light easterly at start time
Fun Racing this Thursday
There will be some fun racing on Thursday with a first start at 16h00
Wind is predicted to be a moderate southerly to south easterly
Until next time
Kind Regards
Terry F

Sailwave results for April Fools Regatta 2nd April 2017 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2017

April Fools Regatta 2nd April 2017

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 10, Discards: 2, To count: 8, Entries: 13, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Total Nett Notes
  1st 55 Joe Robbertse 3 1 2 1 3 (8) (14 DNC) 3 1 1 37 15  
  2nd 23 Norrie Taylor (4) 2 1 2 (6) 3 1 1 3 2 25 15  
  3rd 143 Bernie Warner 1 3 (7) (5) 1 2 2 5 2 3 31 19  
  4th 13 Bruce Schnell (6) 4 5 3 5 1 4 (6) 6 4 44 32  
  5th 97 Clive Watson 2 (10) 3 7 4 (14 DNC) 6 2 5 5 58 34  
  6th 69 John Eales (9) 7 4 6 2 4 3 4 8 (14 DNC) 61 38  
  7th 146 Duncan Starke 8 5 (10) 4 8 (14 DNC) 7 8 4 6 74 50  
  8th 8 Bjorn Hanssen 5 6 6 8 (14 DNC) 5 5 7 (14 DNC) 14 DNC 84 56  
  9th 166 Warren Smith (14 DNC) 11 9 10 7 6 8 (14 DNC) 7 7 93 65  
  10th 81 Peter Heathcote 7 8 8 9 9 9 (14 DNC) (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 106 78  
  11th 140 Ken Maw (14 DNC) (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 10 10 9 9 9 8 111 83  
  12th 47 Jens Frolich (14 DNC) (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 7 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 133 105  
  13th 84 Ian Gielink (14 DNC) 9 (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 135 107  

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Mad March Regatta
5th March 2017


Sailwave results for Mad March Regatta 5th March 2017 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2017

Mad March Regatta 5th March 2017

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 13, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett Notes
  1st 23 Norrie Taylor 2 1 (7) 3 3 2 2 20 13  
  2nd 55 Joe Robbertse 6 2 1 6 (14 DNF) 1 1 31 17  
  3rd 47 Jens Frolich (5) 4 5 1 1 3 3 22 17  
  4th 117 Stephen Binedell 1 6 3 (9) 2 8 6 35 26  
  5th 8 Bjorn Hanssen 7 3 2 2 6 6 (14 RAF) 40 26  
  6th 13 Bruce Schnell 3 (8) 6 8 4 5 5 39 31  
  7th 143 Bernie Warner (10) 9 4 5 5 7 7 47 37  
  8th 69 John Eales 4 7 11 7 8 (14 DNF) 4 55 41  
  9th 9 Tony Humphris 9 5 8 4 9 (14 DNF) 8 57 43  
  10th 97 Clive Watson (11) 11 10 11 7 4 9 63 52  
  11th 134 Dave Denley 8 10 9 10 (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 79 65  
  12th 140 Ken Maw 12 12 12 13 10 (14 DNF) 10 83 69  
  13th 26 Henry Verhoeven (14 DNF) 13 13 12 14 DNF 14 DNF 14 DNC 94 80  

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The Valentines February Regatta and more,,,,

The Valentines February Regatta
This was sailed in somewhat 'trying' conditions yesterday morning. Strong south westerly wind with big gusts, holes & shifts resulting in many collisions between competitors
Everyone switched to the C sail by the 3rd race with only 5 sailors managing to complete the 2nd race with the B sail rigged.
4 different race winners of the 8 races that were completed with the tie breaking mechanism required to settle 1st place overall
Well done to RCL13 Norrie T for the overall win
Professional Loafers Relaxed Racing
The "ProLos" will be in action this Wednesday at 10h30. Forecast is for a north east switching to a southerly during the morning & then building to a strong south westerly in the PM
Summer Series
Number 14 of the Summer Series continues this Thursday at 16h00 for 1st race at 16h30. Light south westerly is predicted
That's all folks
Kind Regards
Terry Flynn

Sailwave results for The Valentine February Regatta 5th February 2017 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2017

The Valentine February Regatta 5th February 2017

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 8, Discards: 1, To count: 7, Entries: 10, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total Nett Notes
  1st 23 Norrie Taylor 2 (11 DNC) 5 2 1 4 1 1 27 16  
  2nd 56 Des Fairbank 1 1 (6) 3 2 3 3 3 22 16  
  3rd 8 Bjorn Hanssen 5 2 2 5 3 1 (8) 2 28 20  
  4th 120 John Jorgensen 3 (11 DNC) 1 1 8 2 4 5 35 24  
  5th 143 Bernie Warner 7 4 3 4 5 7 6 (11 DNC) 47 36  
  6th 13 Bruce Schnell 4 3 (11 DNC) 11 DNC 4 5 2 11 DNC 51 40  
  7th 117 Stephen Binedell 10 (11 DNC) 9 7 6 8 5 4 60 49  
  8th 146 Duncan Starke 8 (11 DNC) 7 6 7 6 7 11 DNC 63 52  
  9th 81 Peter Heathcote 9 5 4 8 (11 DNC) 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 70 59  
  10th 97 Clive Watson 6 (11 DNC) 8 9 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 78 67  

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RCLaser New Year Regatta

What a good start to our 2017 RCL sailing with the well attended New Year Regatta yesterday.
A moderate to strong north easterly breeze saw the fleet of 13 RCLs all on the ‘storm’ sail by the 2nd race and that was the sail of choice for the rest of the morning
10 races sailed with 6 different race winners
The pace was fast & furious and very competitive.
Congratulations go to RCL13 Bruce Schnell who wins his first Sunday Regatta (if I’m not mistaken) in a very competitive fleet
The heavy conditions caused some boats & skippers to experience a few problems which saw a few drop out during the racing with only 8 finishing the last race.
It was great to see two youngsters learning new skills with RCL 29 & 24, I’m sure they will be joining in the racing soon
We welcome Henry Verhoeven to the fleet he has just purchased RCL26 and we are also sad to see one of the original RCL sailors Glen Lawson leaving the fleet
Don’t forget we have RCL sailing on this week
ProLo RCL sailors have relaxed racing on Wednesday morning at 10h30, sailing will be followed by a bring-your-own-braai. A moderate NE predicted
The Summer Series continues at 16h00 on Thursday afternoon. A moderate SW predicted
Other dates to remember
Durban Radio Boat Club AGM on Sunday 22nd January at 09h00
Radio Controlled Laser Owners Association AGM on Sunday 5th February at 09h30 at the DRBC
Last thing to mention
It is unfortunate to see yesterday some ill discipline creeping into the racing with some skippers blatantly ignoring collisions and penalties
If the cap fits wear it!
That’s it folks enjoy your week
Terry F
RCL33


Sailwave results for New Year Regatta 15th January 2017 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2017

New Year Regatta 15th January 2017

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 10, Discards: 2, To count: 8, Entries: 13, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Total Nett Notes
  1st 13 Bruce Schnell 2 3 (5) 2 (8) 5 1 1 2 3 32 19  
  2nd 23 Norrie Taylor 4 1 2 1 (6) 3 5 (6) 3 2 33 21  
  3rd 55 Joe Robbertse 3 2 (14 DNC) 5 3 (7) 3 3 1 1 42 21  
  4th 8 Bjorn Hanssen 1 5 4 (9) 2 1 (8) 5 5 4 44 27  
  5th 47 Jens Frolich (6) (6) 3 3 1 2 2 4 6 6 39 27  
  6th 143 Bernie Warner 5 4 1 (8) (7) 6 7 2 4 5 49 34  
  7th 81 Peter Heathcote 7 7 6 6 5 (8) (14 DNC) 7 8 7 75 53  
  8th 117 Stephen Binedell (14 DNC) 11 7 7 4 4 4 8 (14 DNC) 14 DNC 87 59  
  9th 9 Tony Humphris 8 8 8 10 (14 DNC) 10 10 10 7 (14 DNC) 99 71  
  10th 134 Dave Denley 9 9 9 (11) 9 11 9 9 9 (14 DNC) 99 74  
  11th 17 Jerome McLoughlin (14 DNC) 10 (14 DNC) 4 14 DNC 9 6 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 113 85  
  12th 147 Pete Dowdeswell (14 DNC) (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 11 11 10 8 124 96  
  13th 84 Ian Gielink 10 (14 DNC) (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 136 108  

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RCLaser National Championships 2016

Good Day Sailors,
Sundays Report
Sunday proved to be another challenging day of sailing the Nationals but we ended the Nationals with 14 races being 28 heats which is good considering the wind & weather.
There was tough competition with no one giving a 'proverbial' inch.
Congratulations to
Des Fairbank on being crowned the National Champion once again. Second placed Norrie Taylor and Des traded 'blows' the whole weekend!
Norrie Taylor in second place and Joe Robbertse in 3rd place.
These 3 gentleman are dominating the class this year with all 3 being placed in the top 3 positions in the earlier sailed Natal Regional champs in May. With only Des & Norrie swopping places as top two
It should also be noted that in the 14 races sailed we had 8 different sailors taking a race win.
The battled raged from 4th down to 8th with only 11 points separating the 4 boats.
We would also like to thank George Winter for taking the time and effort to participate in the Nationals all the way from Knysna being the only out of Natal entry
We all ended the day 'drenched & cold' when racing came to an end after 14h30 and it was decided to postpone the Prize Giving until Thursday afternoon when the fleet will be sailing the 1st of the Summer Series of Thursday afternoons
We have numerous people to thank for assistance before and during the regatta including
Commodore Norrie Taylor
Sailing Committee member Bruce Schnell
Terry Hargreaves for registration and assistant race officer duties
Clive Watson for on the water judging
Committee member Duncan Willams & Mike de Langer for preparing and serving our lunches
Until then
Saturdays Report
The 1st day of the Nationals produced some challenging conditions with a south westerly breeze that varied in strength from 'B' to 'C' sail but generally the 'B' sail was used far more than the 'C'
To add to the challenge an occasional rain shower passed over but seldom stayed for a whole race
With 18 sailors competing the Heat Management System is being used with 2 heats making up a race and we managed to get in a total of 9 races

RCLaser National Championships 2016

Sailwave results for RCLaser National Championships 2016 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2016

RCLaser National Championships 2016

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 14, Discards: 3, To count: 11, Entries: 18, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo Skipper Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 Total Nett
  1st 56 Des Fairbank MRYC (19 DNC) 2 3 1 1 2 3 3 2 (6) (7) 1 3 1 54 22
  2nd 23 Norrie Taylor DRBC 1 (19 DNC) 5 2 2 3 2 (6) 1 2 6 2 (10) 2 63 28
  3rd 55 Joe Robbertse DRBC (19 DNC) 1 1 4 7 1 4 2 5 (11 DNFA2) 3 (11 DNFA2) 4 7 80 39
  4th 8 Bjorn Hanssen DRBC (19 DNC) 3 8 (13) 3 8 (14) 5 10 1 2 6 2 8 102 56
  5th 47 Jens Frolich DRBC (19 DNC) 5 6 10 6 (12 DNFA1) 7 7 6 (11 DNFA2) 5 3 1 5 103 61
  6th 120 John Jorgensen MRYC 8 (19 DNC) 4 8 (16) 4 8 (11) 3 11 DNFA2 1 5 8 4 110 64
  7th 13 Bruce Schnell DRBC 3 (19 DNC) 10 5 4 5 6 4 4 5 9 9 (11) (14) 108 64
  8th 143 Bernie Warner DRBC (19 DNC) 4 7 9 (14) 9 1 8 8 3 8 (12) 7 3 112 67
  9th 61 George Winter GRRSC (19 DNC) 7 9 (18) 9 6 5 10 (11) 4 10 4 9 6 127 79
  10th 117 Stephen Binedell DRBC 4 (19 DNC) (12) 6 8 12 (13) 9 9 11 4 8 6 11 DNFA2 132 88
  11th 7 Andrew Heathcote PYC 2 (19 DNC) 2 3 5 7 9 1 7 (19 DNS) (19 DNS) 19 DNS 19 DNS 19 DNS 150 93
  12th 81 Peter Heathcote DRBC 5 (19 DNC) (18) 12 12 13 10 16 (19 DNF) 13 12 11 5 9 174 118
  13th 135 Denny Moffatt DRBC 9 (19 DNC) 13 7 10 (15) 11 15 (19 DNF) 14 11 13 13 11 180 127
  14th 146 Duncan Starke DRBC (19 DNC) 8 (17) 14 13 14 12 12 12 12 (15) 14 12 12 186 135
  15th 134 Dave Denley DRBC 7 (19 DNC) (16) 16 11 10 (19 DNF) 14 13 16 16 7 14 15 193 139
  16th 150 Neil Johnston DRBC (19 DNC) 6 15 15 15 16 16 (19 DNF) (19 DNC) 15 13 15 15 13 211 154
  17th 84 Ian Gielink DRBC (19 DNC) 9 14 17 17 17 15 13 14 7 14 (19 DNS) (19 DNS) 19 DNS 213 156
  18th 9 Tony Humphris PYC 6 (19 DNC) 11 12 DNFA1 (19 DNF) (19 DNC) 19 DNC 19 DNC 19 DNC 19 DNS 19 DNS 19 DNS 19 DNS 19 DNS 238 181

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The "Real" Spring Regatta & much more

Good Day Sailors, We had an interesting sail yesterday in the "Real" Spring Regatta with 9 boats sailing and finishing the first race and then the fleet slowing dwindling down to 3 boats finishing the 11th and last race!
The "Real" Spring Regatta
To say the wind was blowing gales would be an understatement, some of the strongest winds and biggest gusts that the RCLasers have every sailed in!
Nose dives, pirouettes, getting flattened on the beat, dragging marks, boats getting 'dog knotted and shouts of " Out of control" all being regular parts of the day!!
RCL23 Norrie T took it all in his stride and walked away with a clean win overall. Well sailed that man!
The fight for 2nd place was tightly contested with Bjorn H, Bruce S & Stephen B being the main contenders with Duncan S also putting a bit of a run in there.
As the results show Bjorn H sailed well to take 2nd place closely followed by Bruce S & Stephen B
Its great to see the improvement in the Wednesday sailors competitiveness, the practice is paying off.
Professional Loafers
The Professional Loafers will be back at the Pond this Wednesday morning when racing will get going at about 10h30
There will be a "bring your own borrie" braai after sailing
See you there
RCLaser DRBC Club Championship
Sunday 16th October 2016
Sailing will start at 10h00 through to 13h00
Good practice for the fast approaching RCLaser National Champs
RCLaser National Championships 2016
5th & 6th November 2016
At the Durban Radio Boat Club at the Pond at Blue Lagoon.
NOR, SI & Entry Form to follow shortly
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The Thursday Spring Series
Thursday afternoon is the Spring series watch the "WhatsApp" group for more info and starting time

Sailwave results for The "Real" Spring Regatta 2nd October 2016 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2016

The "Real" Spring Regatta 2nd October 2016

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 11, Discards: 2, To count: 9, Entries: 9, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Total Nett Notes
  1st 23 Norrie Taylor 1 1 (2) 2 1 1 2 1 (3) 1 2 17 12  
  2nd 8 Bjorn Hanssen (4) 2 1 1 3 4 1 (10 DNC) 1 2 3 32 18  
  3rd 13 Bruce Schnell 2 3 (5) 3 2 (10 DNC) 4 3 2 4 1 39 24  
  4th 117 Stephen Binedell 3 (4) 3 4 4 2 3 2 4 3 (10 DNC) 42 28  
  5th 146 Duncan Starke (7) 5 4 6 5 3 5 4 6 5 (10 DNC) 60 43  
  6th 140 Ken Maw 6 9 8 8 7 5 7 5 5 (10 DNC) (10 DNC) 80 60  
  7th 150 Neil Johnston 9 7 6 7 6 6 6 (10 DNC) (10 DNC) 10 DNC 10 DNC 87 67  
  8th 84 Ian Gielink 8 8 7 5 (10 DNC) (10 DNC) 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 98 78  
  9th 81 Peter Heathcote 5 6 (10 DNC) (10 DNC) 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 101 81  

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The Spring Regatta

Good Day Sailors, We sailed the Spring Regatta at the Pond yesterday with a good fleet of 9 RCLS, good considering that 5 of our regular sailors were sailing the IOM Nationals at Reitvlei over the whole weekend.
With a fleet of 17 IOMs racing at Reitvlei the RCL sailors competing fared very well!
Norrie T was 2nd
Des F was 5th
Bjorn H was 10th
Bruce S was 11th
Denny M was 16th
The Nationals were won by Craig Richards from Cape Town

,,,,,,but back to Spring Regatta.
The wind started in the south west at about 1 knot and moved into the south and then ended in the south east all under 5 knots which made for some shall we say "challenging sailing"
With the "heavies" of the fleet away the results show some very different results at the top of the fleet which appeared to have been enjoyed by the competitors sailing!!
Well done to the overall winner RCL134 Dave Denley, with RCL stalwart RCL9 Tony Humphris in 2nd place & RCL146 Duncan Starke in 3rd place
Really good to see 2 of the regular Wednesday Professional Loafers up there in the top 3!
We had a welcome visit from Stuart Tough & his wife from Gauteng who are down on holiday, they 'popped' in to say 'hi' to the RCL guys. Stuart previously owned RCL97 which is now my new boat!

Professional Loafers
The Professional Loafers will be back at the Pond this Wednesday morning when racing will get going at about 10h30
There will be a "bring your own borrie" braai after sailing
See you there

The Thursday Spring Series
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Sailwave results for Spring Regatta 4th September 2016 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2016

Spring Regatta 4th September 2016

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 9, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett Notes
  1st 134 Dave Denley 5 2 (10 DNC) 1 1 2 7 28 18  
  2nd 9 Tony Humphris 8 4 1 4 (10 DNC) 3 2 32 22  
  3rd 146 Duncan Starke 3 6 (10 DNC) 3 5 5 1 33 23  
  4th 81 Peter Heathcote 1 1 (10 DNC) 2 2 8 10 DNC 34 24  
  5th 84 Ian Gielink 4 5 2 (10 DNC) 4 9 5 39 29  
  6th 145 Allan Manser 6 3 3 6 6 6 (10 DNC) 40 30  
  7th 150 Neil Johnston 2 (8) 4 8 7 7 3 39 31  
  8th 140 Ken Maw 9 7 (10 DNC) 7 3 1 6 43 33  
  9th 147 Pete Dowdeswell 7 9 5 5 (10 DNC) 4 4 44 34  

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Awesome August Regatta sailed on Sunday 7th August 2016 at the Pond

Good Day RCLaser Sailors, If you weren't sailing at the Pond yesterday you missed a very enjoyable morning!
Although forecasts were showing a very light switchy wind conditions, actual wind, when it came at about 11h00, was a light breeze almost straight down the Pond from the sea with slight strength & direction variations making for some close and competitive sailing in a good fleet of 12 RCLasers.
RCL 90 Brian Beauchamp was a welcome visitor from Knysna and if it wasn't for the dreaded Pond frequency interference 'tokalosh' & a faulty switch, Brian would have fared much better in the racing.
We had 4 different race winners but RCL56 Des F managed to fight off all competitors and ended up a clear and deserving winner.
Des F was followed by RCL8 Bjorn H, RCL23 Norrie T & RCL13 Bruce S all being race winners on the day.
Some of the other skippers showed 'flashes of brilliance' on the day but in a competitive fleet such as the RCLs its consistency that counts!
,,,,and staying off the bank is also another requirement to doing well, the leeward mark catching many a skipper out, some on more than one occasion!

Action at the weather buoy in the Awesome August Regatta with Peter Heathcote leading the way in RCL81
Sailwave results for Awesome August Regatta 7th August 2016 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2016

Awesome August Regatta 7th August 2016

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 8, Discards: 1, To count: 7, Entries: 12, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total Nett Notes
  1st 56 Des Fairbank 1 1 1 2 5 1 (7) 3 21 14  
  2nd 8 Bjorn Hanssen 2 2 3 1 3 (4) 3 4 22 18  
  3rd 23 Norrie Taylor 5 3 4 (8) 4 3 1 1 29 21  
  4th 13 Bruce Schnell 3 6 (9) 3 1 2 4 2 30 21  
  5th 81 Peter Heathcote 4 7 (8) 6 2 5 2 5 39 31  
  6th 135 Denny Moffatt (9) 8 2 4 8 6 6 6 49 40  
  7th 134 Dave Denley 8 4 7 (9) 6 7 5 8 54 45  
  8th 9 Tony Humphris 7 5 6 5 (13 DNC) 8 8 13 DNC 65 52  
  9th 90 Brain Beauchamp 6 9 5 7 10 (13 DNC) 13 DNC 13 DNC 76 63  
  10th 84 Ian Gielink (10) 10 10 10 7 9 10 9 75 65  
  11th 140 Ken Maw (11) 11 11 11 9 10 9 7 79 68  
  12th 147 Pete Dowdeswell 12 (13 DNC) 12 12 11 13 DNC 11 10 94 81  

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The winners of the Natal Champs
L > R. Joe Robbertse~ Bronze medal, Norrie Taylor ~ Gold medal, Des Fairbank ~ Silver medal
Photo by Ian Gielink
RCL Kwa Zulu Natal Provincial Championships 2016

Good Day Sailors, A successful RCL Kwa Zulu Natal Provincial Championships was sailed over the weekend with generally a light to moderate breeze from the north east for the whole of Sunday allowing for another 16 races to be completed before 14h30 cut of making it a total of 23 races for the regatta.
There was close tactical sailing at the front of the fleet throughout the two days of racing and in the end 1st & 2nd positions were only separated by 1 point.
Congratulations go to the top three finishes.
RCL23 Norrie Taylor who is now the Provincial Champion for KZN for 2016.
RCL56 Des Fairbank finished a very close 2nd position
RCL55 Joe Robbertse finished in 3rd position
A big thank you goes to
Bruce Schnell for arranging two days of pumping from the river to raise the level of the Pond so that the regatta could be sailed
Elize Dixon & Sharon Schnell for looking after the lunch arrangements on both days.
It was decided during the regatta that the next Sunday sailing date for RCLs will be Sunday 19th June and not the 1st Sunday as normal

Sailwave results for RCLaser Kwa Zulu Natal Provincial Championships 28th & 29th May 2016 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2016

RCLaser Kwa Zulu Natal Provincial Championships 28th & 29th May 2016

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 23, Discards: 4, To count: 19, Entries: 13, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 R19 R20 R21 R22 R23 Total Nett Notes
  1st 23 Norrie Taylor 4 3 2 (9) (5) 2 (6) 1 1 1 1 3 4 (9) 1 4 1 1 1 3 1 3 1 67 38  
  2nd 56 Des Fairbank 2 2 3 (6) 1 1 1 3 3 (6) 2 4 3 1 2 3 (7) 2 2 1 2 1 (7) 65 39  
  3rd 55 Joe Robbertse (6) (7) 1 5 2 6 2 2 5 2 6 1 5 2 3 (7) 3 3 (7) 4 3 2 2 86 59  
  4th 13 Bruce Schnell 5 6 4 1 3 8 5 (10) 2 3 7 2 1 5 4 (9) 2 5 4 (9) 8 (10) 3 116 78  
  5th 8 Bjorn Hanssen 1 5 8 (13) 13 11 3 5 8 8 3 5 2 3 (14 DNC) 2 5 (14 DNC) 5 6 5 5 (14 DNC) 158 103  
  6th 143 Bernie Warner (14 DNC) (11) (12) 7 8 7 4 9 4 7 10 7 10 6 5 1 6 4 3 2 (14 DNC) 7 4 162 111  
  7th 117 Stephen Binedell 3 1 6 3 4 3 7 (12) 6 5 4 6 6 (12) (14 DNC) 8 10 10 11 7 4 8 (14 DNC) 164 112  
  8th 81 Peter Heathcote (14 DNC) 9 7 (10) 6 5 9 8 (11) 4 8 (11) 8 7 6 5 4 6 9 5 9 4 5 170 124  
  9th 134 Dave Denley 7 (10) (10) 2 9 4 8 6 7 (11) 5 10 9 10 8 (11) 8 8 8 8 7 6 8 180 138  
  10th 135 Denny Moffatt 10 4 (11) 4 10 9 10 (11) 9 10 11 9 11 8 7 6 (14 DNC) (12) 6 10 6 9 6 203 155  
  11th 89 John Wright 9 8 5 8 7 10 11 4 10 (14 DNC) 9 8 7 4 10 13 (14 DNC) 7 (14 DNC) 12 10 13 (14 DNC) 221 165  
  12th 84 Ian Gielink (14 DNC) (13) 9 12 11 12 13 7 (14 DNC) 9 13 12 13 11 9 10 9 9 (14 DNC) 11 11 12 9 257 202  
  13th 147 Pete Dowdeswell 8 12 (13) 11 12 (13) 12 (13) 12 12 12 13 12 13 11 12 11 11 10 13 (14 DNC) 11 10 271 218  

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Leap Year Regatta sailed at the Pond on Sunday 7th February

Good Day Sailors, A good turnout of 12 sailors sailed the Leap Year Regatta on Sunday morning.

We welcome Ken Maw sailing RCL140 to his 1st RCL regatta and say 'well done' on finishing all 11 races in testing conditions.

The wind as predicted was light and switchy with the occasional 'nose diving' gusts! All in all very testing conditions that challenged most sailors.

5 different skippers took 1 or more wins with RCL56 Des F coming out first overall after 11 races. Well done Des.

The next 4 or 5 places were well contested as the results show as was the back end of the fleet

RCL84 had his new 'high seat' to enable him to get a better view of his boat at a distance & RCL9, after an extended Oz holiday, showed us the way they fit the keel in Oz and then a slightly early start to one of the races.

See photos below

Sailwave results for Leap Year Regatta 7th February 2016 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2016

Leap Year Regatta 7th February 2016

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 11, Discards: 2, To count: 9, Entries: 12, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Total Nett Notes
  1st 56 Des Fairbank (3) (3) 3 1 1 2 1 2 3 2 1 22 16  
  2nd 8 Bjorn Hanssen 1 2 4 (5) 2 1 3 4 4 (6) 3 35 24  
  3rd 23 Norrie Taylor 4 1 2 2 7 (13 DNC) (13 DNC) 1 2 4 2 51 25  
  4th 143 Bernie Warner 2 4 1 (8) 3 (6) 2 5 5 3 4 43 29  
  5th 13 Bruce Schnell (6) (13 DNC) 5 4 4 4 4 6 1 1 6 54 35  
  6th 7 Peter Heathcote 5 5 (6) 3 5 5 5 3 (6) 5 5 53 41  
  7th 9 Tony Humphris (13 DNC) 6 9 7 6 8 (13 DNC) 8 13 DNC 7 7 97 71  
  8th 84 Ian Gielink 7 7 10 (13 DNC) 10 7 7 9 7 (13 DNC) 13 DNC 103 77  
  9th 140 Ken Maw (13 DNC) 9 11 10 (12) 9 9 10 8 8 8 107 82  
  10th 155 Pierre Beniest (13 DNC) (13 DNC) 7 6 8 3 8 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 110 84  
  11th 134 Dave Denley (13 DNC) 8 8 9 9 (13 DNC) 6 7 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 112 86  
  12th 147 Pete Dowdeswell 8 10 12 11 11 10 (13 DNC) (13 DNC) 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 127 101  

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A good start by the fleet in one of the recent regattas held at the Pond
Photo by Terry Flynn

News January 2016

Good Day RCL Sailors, All the very best to you for 2016 I hope you had an enjoyable festive season.
Some news to start 2016.
The 2016 subscriptions for the Radio Controlled Laser Owners’ Association of South Africa are now due. Invoice attached with bank details. The subs remain at only R60.00 pa and have never increased since they were introduced more than 10 years ago! Please note that which ever area you are in ALL subs must now be paid into the main account and will then be distributed to the areas as and when required. (NB This is a change from previous years as the previous system did not work)
At the Pond we have an ongoing, apparently worsening position with the low level of water in the Pond making for a depth problem in some areas before we schedule the first Sunday sail of 2016 this will be further investigated with the DRBC sailing committee representative.
There will be no sailing this Sunday 10th January and the first sailing Sunday will be communicated timeously.
The Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon sailing sessions will be effected by the same problem.

FOR SALE ~ Secondhand RCLasers .
For the first time in a long while we have some RCLs available in Durban for sale. Please contact the owners directly.
RCL120 ~ Bernard ~ bernard@basound.co.za
RCL26 ~ Glen ~ glendon2001@mweb.co.za
RCL117 ~ Stephen ~ Stephen.Binedell@vodacom.co.za

'B' Section Mast Wanted
RCL150 Neil Johnston had the unfortunate experience of breaking his mast last time out. Does anyone out there have a spare mast for Neil to purchase? neiljohn@telkomsa.net
Until next time!

Report & Results for the Mid Month Movember Regatta at the DRBC on the 15th November 2015

Good Day RCLaser Sailors,
The Mid Month Movember Regatta
The Mid Month Movember Regatta was sailed yesterday at the Pond with light variable south to south east to south west wind conditions that made for some very testing and often frustrating conditions for the sailors to contend with.
A good fleet of 11 sailors arrived at the Pond but only 10 making it to the water with the 11th deciding there were more interesting things to do with the morning
There were 4 different race winners
RCL23 Norrie T sailed consistently well and took top spot after 8 races were completed
With the testing conditions and then problems with using the power boat buoys as course marks, with numerous boats catching the keels of the anchor lines of these buoys, all and sundry including myself seemed to be a bit 'grumpy' during the morning.
And then having starboard rounding marks causing many mark rounding incidents and causing more unhappiness in the fleet, we could just say we have had better days!
Well done to those that stuck it out
The Christmas Regatta
Our Last Sunday Regatta for the year will be the Christmas Regatta on Sunday 6th December at 10h00
A "Father Christmas Hat" is an entry requirement.

Thank you
Kind regards
Terry Flynn
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Sailwave results for Mid Month Movember Regatta 15th November at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2015

Mid Month Movember Regatta 15th November

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 8, Discards: 1, To count: 7, Entries: 10, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total Nett Notes
  1st 23 Norrie Taylor (11 DNF) 1 2 1 1 2 2 1 21 10  
  2nd 8 Bjorn Hanssen 7 (11 DNC) 1 2 2 1 3 4 31 20  
  3rd 47 Jens Frolich 2 6 (11 DNC) 3 7 4 1 2 36 25  
  4th 143 Bernie Warner 1 4 4 (6) 3 5 5 5 33 27  
  5th 13 Bruce Schnell 6 5 3 (8) 4 3 4 7 40 32  
  6th 135 Denny Moffatt 5 (7) 5 4 5 6 6 3 41 34  
  7th 7 Peter Heathcote 4 2 6 5 (11 DNC) 7 7 8 50 39  
  8th 117 Stephen Binedell 3 3 7 7 6 (11 DNC) 11 DNC 11 DNC 59 48  
  9th 146 Duncan Starke 8 8 8 9 8 (11 DNC) 8 6 66 55  
  10th 84 Ian Gielink 9 (11 DNC) 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 86 75  

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Report & Results for the Movember Regatta at the DRBC on the1st November 2015

Good Day Sailors, Another enjoyable but challenging sail at the Pond yesterday morning for the Movember Regatta.
,,, but first make a note in your calendar of our next two RCLaser Sunday events.
Mid Month Regatta
The Mid Month Regatta will be sailed on Sunday 15th November 2015. This decision was made at the Pond to compensate in a small way for the postponed National Champs
The first race will be at the new earlier time of 10h00
We will also be enjoying a "Bring your Own" braai after sailing
Father Christmas Regatta
This will be the last Sunday regatta for 2015
Sunday 6th December
First start at 10h00
A "Father Christmas Hat" is a entry requirement
Movember Regatta Results & Report
A light easterly breeze greeted the sailors at the first start with the beat being straight down the Pond
The wind was tricky and by late morning was fading fast with shifts and 'no wind' patches playing havoc in the fleet.
9 races were completed just before 13h00 so only one discard was allowed in the results
Norrie T, Des F & Bernie W fought the whole morning for the top spot with Norrie T finally managing a 2 point lead to come out on top Well done Norrie!
Some other sailors showed 'flashes of brilliance' but not consistently and concentration was the name of the game to stay in contention
Norrie T pulled off an amazing feat in the second race, when, whilst in the lead, was able to 'one handedly' change his transmitter batteries without losing the lead
Jens F had battery connection problems and only managed to finish 1 race with RCL47 and then had some success sailing Glen Ls boat in the last race
New owner, Ken Maw came down to spectate and also sailed Ian Gs boat for a race or 2.
Until next time

Sailwave results for Movember Regatta 1st November 2015 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2015

Movember Regatta 1st November 2015

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 9, Discards: 1, To count: 8, Entries: 9, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Total Nett Notes
  1st 23 Norrie Taylor 2 1 3 1 (5) 2 1 3 1 19 14  
  2nd 56 Des Fairbank 1 2 1 3 2 (4) 2 1 4 20 16  
  3rd 143 Bernie Warner 3 3 2 2 1 1 4 6 (10 DNC) 32 22  
  4th 117 Stephen Binedell 5 4 4 5 4 3 (6) 4 2 37 31  
  5th 7 Peter Heathcote 4 (5) 5 4 3 5 3 5 3 37 32  
  6th 26 Glen Lawson (10 DNC) 10 DNC 6 8 6 10 DNC 5 2 10 DNC 67 57  
  7th 147 Pete Dowdeswell 6 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 (10 DNC) 67 57  
  8th 84 Ian Gielink 7 7 7 6 8 6 (10 DNC) 10 DNC 10 DNC 71 61  
  9th 47 Jens Frolich (10 DNC) 6 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 86 76  

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Report & Results for the October Regatta at the DRBC on the 4th October 2015

Good Day RCL Sailors,
Another enjoyable morning of sailing at the Pond on Sunday.
The wind had moved in to the south to south east before the racing started at 10h30 but the light breeze moved between these two directions for the whole morning.
The Race Officer changed the course on at least 3 occasions, from port rounding to starboard rounding and also from the normal NE weather mark to a another weather mark across the pond.
The confusion that this caused made you would think that the course change briefings were given in Russian or some other obscure language that no one understood!
Well done to the winners and all the sailors that enjoyed the sailing at the Pond for the morning
Until next time

Sailwave results for October Regatta 4th October 2015 at the DRBC at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2015

October Regatta 4th October 2015 at the DRBC

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 10, Discards: 2, To count: 8, Entries: 10, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Total Nett Notes
  1st 143 Bernie Warner 3 1 3 2 3 2 (5) (6) 1 1 27 16  
  2nd 8 Bjorn Hanssen 1 4 2 4 (5) (5) 3 3 4 3 34 24  
  3rd 69 John Eales 2 3 (4) 3 (6) 3 4 2 3 4 34 24  
  4th 47 Jens Frolich (8) 5 (6) 1 4 6 2 4 2 2 40 26  
  5th 13 Bruce Schnell 5 2 1 6 1 4 6 (11 DNC) (11 DNC) 11 DNC 58 36  
  6th 7 Peter Heathcote 4 6 5 5 2 (7) (7) 5 5 5 51 37  
  7th 23 Norrie Taylor (11 DNC) (11 DNC) 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 1 1 1 11 DNC 11 DNC 80 58  
  8th 147 Pete Dowdeswell (9) 7 (9) 8 9 8 8 7 6 6 77 59  
  9th 84 Ian Gielink 7 8 8 7 8 (11 DNC) (11 DNC) 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 93 71  
  10th 82 Terry Hargreaves 6 9 7 (11 DNC) 7 (11 DNC) 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 95 73  

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RCLaser British Nationals held at Barton Point Coastal Park on the Isle of Sheppey.
Report and photos by RCL89 John Wright

Just a quick résumé of the British Nationals held at Barton Point Coastal Park on the Isle of Sheppey 19th-20th September 2015. A small entry of eighteen boats, I would have would have expected more. Over the weekend there were 28 races completed, it would have been more but adverse conditions forced an early finish to the meeting.

The venue had everything needed for a good RCL regatta, the sailing area was along the complete water front but with many hazards for the not so sure footed making it difficult to walk from one side to the other. Buoys were laid with three alternative windward marks so it was easy to set a good windward leg without having to reset the staring area. A further three marks were laid to give different reaching and running alternatives, in my opinion some marks were laid to far away from the sailing area creating many incidents rounding them as it was difficult to define which boat was which, it was okay when in the leading bunch and only two or three boats were approaching the mark, it was the middle of the fleet when half a dozen boats were approaching from all directions it became difficult.

The first days sailing conditions were good for the “A” sail rig, the wind was blowing from the North, right to left and more or less parallel to the sailing area giving a good long windward leg to the first of the windward marks, it was possible for me to position myself in the middle of the course after the start which gave me a fair line of sight for most of the marks, the sailing area was too treacherous for me to walk with the boat.

 A good day with “A” rig for all races, my performance wasn’t that good as I lacked skills needed for controlling the big sail, many competitors commented it was the most sailing they had ever had with the "A" rig so I was not alone. I had several moments of glory getting to the windward mark in second & third positions after that the wheels slowly fell off. As the day progressed the Sun became lower and was right opposite the sailing area creating a glare on the water making it difficult to see the boats.

Day two saw a change in wind direction but not in strength so we were to start with the “A” rig. The wind had moved to the West and was now blowing directly on to the sailing area so line was moved to the right of the course and the beat was now directly away from the sailing area. Both the windward mark and leeward marks were furthest from the shore making it difficult to judge rounding distances, but it had to be as there were no alternatives. As the day progressed the wind increased and it became marginal “A” conditions, several of us changed down to the “B” rig, a good move, it wasn’t long before there were only two “A” rigs still testing the conditions, on one reach to the finish my “B” rig actually pulled away from an experienced “A” rig sailor.

My day was good to begin with but after the lunch time break the Sun became directly in line with the windward mark as it started setting in the West and my eyes, even with polarized glasses on, could not see my boat and I lost sight of it completely several times, it was just too far away and too much glare to define numbers let alone which direction the boat was actually sailing, not a good afternoon for me. Eventually the organisers accepted the conditions were adverse and declared an early finish to the event.

The organisation of the event was splendid and very professional, the bridge running and recording could not be faulted. The social side was good together with the catering, outside caterers were on site attending to the public as well as the RCL competitors & supporters, the system work well. A very similar set up as they have at Gosport.

Note: John was 14th out bof fleet of 19 competitors

Whose leading?
The race is on
Skippers Briefing
The start
RCL89 John Wright ~ Concentaration!
Getting prepared

RCLaser Spring Regatta Sunday 6th September

Another good day of sailing yesterday at the Pond with the wind from the north easterly at the start of the first race at 10h30.
The wind was light in the morning but increased throughout the morning with the majority of the fleet switching to the 'storm sail' at about the 6th race.
As the wind got up so did the attrition rate with only 7 boats finishing the last race
RCL55 Joe Robbertse established a new RCL record by winning 9 out of 10 races. Well done Joe on a superb sailing performance and overall win!
This was in a competitive fleet of 14 boats which makes it even more impressive.
2nd, 3rd & 4th positions were strongly contested with RCL8 Bjorn H coming out in 2nd place and RCL13 Bruce S and RCL117 Stephen B filling the next 2 spots.
The fleet is definitely becoming more competitive and some are finding that a bit uncomfortable with the rules playing a bigger role. We should all however remember that we are enjoying radio controlled sailing, this is not life threatening!
One of the common comments when rule infringements were incurred yesterday was "but I had no where to go" This should be considered in the context of the rugby rule that requires the tackler to "roll away" from the maul but cant because the opposition are lying on top of him, he is still penalised!
Anyway we will keep trying and lets all take it in a good sportsman like manner.
It was good to hear from 'new boy on the water' RCL54 Dave Paterson that he had achieved his goal for the day by finishing one race, well done Dave there will be many more in the future
Just a note on the DNC shown on the result sheet. The Sailwave program makes DNC a default setting for anyone that doesn't finish a race, this can be changed but it is just another step in doing the results and all competitors who don't finish score the same points whether they started or not

Sailwave results for The September Spring Regatta ~ 6th September at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2015

The September Spring Regatta ~ 6th September

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 10, Discards: 2, To count: 8, Entries: 14, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Total Nett Notes
  1st 55 Joe Robbertse (1) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 (15 DNC) 24 8  
  2nd 8 Bjorn Hanssen 5 3 2 3 (15 DNC) 3 2 (15 DNC) 2 4 54 24  
  3rd 13 Bruce Schnell 2 (5) 3 5 3 4 (6) 2 5 2 37 26  
  4th 117 Stephen Binedell 3 2 (6) 2 5 (6) 5 3 6 5 43 31  
  5th 143 Bernie Warner (15 DNC) 8 5 4 2 2 7 (15 DNC) 3 1 62 32  
  6th 135 Denny Moffatt 4 (12) (12) 7 4 5 3 4 7 6 64 40  
  7th 146 Duncan Starke 8 6 (10) (9) 8 7 4 5 4 3 64 45  
  8th 166 Deon du Plessis 12 (15 DNC) 13 (15 DNC) 9 8 8 6 8 15 DNC 109 79  
  9th 7 Peter Heathcote 7 4 4 6 (15 DNC) (15 DNC) 15 DNC 15 DNC 15 DNC 15 DNC 111 81  
  10th 26 Glen Lawson 9 10 7 8 6 (15 DNC) (15 DNC) 15 DNC 15 DNC 15 DNC 115 85  
  11th 155 Pierre Beniest 6 7 8 11 (15 DNC) (15 DNC) 15 DNC 15 DNC 15 DNC 15 DNC 122 92  
  12th 82 Terry Hargreaves 10 11 11 (15 DNC) 7 (15 DNC) 15 DNC 15 DNC 15 DNC 15 DNC 129 99  
  13th 84 Ian Gielink 11 9 9 10 (15 DNC) (15 DNC) 15 DNC 15 DNC 15 DNC 15 DNC 129 99  
  14th 54 Dave Paterson (15 DNC) (15 DNC) 15 DNC 15 DNC 10 15 DNC 15 DNC 15 DNC 15 DNC 15 DNC 145 115  

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RCLaser Spring Regatta Sunday 2nd August 2015

Good Day to all RCLaser Sailors, Before we even start I think all RCLasers skippers should stand up in unison and give themselves a HUGE round of applause!
The RCLaser class is a live and well and thriving in Durban!
Yesterday was just our normal monthly Sunday sail at the Pond and we had 19, that's right 19 RCLs on the water participating and enjoying the great Durban weather.
OK you can all sit down again now!
Back to the business of the day.
We welcome the following new RCL sailors to our fleet
Andrew Mather who has been sailing Bruce Schnells 'loan boat' RCL166 for a few months and is now the proud owner of RCL71
Terry Hargreaves is now the proud owner of RCL82 and sailed his 1st RCL Regatta yesterday
Dave Paterson who only yesterday bought RCL54 and sailed a few of the races yesterday as a trial run
We also had Deon du Plessis sailing RCL166 (mentioned above) for the first time.
Welcome gents I'm sure you are going to enjoy the RCLaser experience!
Well yesterday the wind settled into a light north easterly before the 1st start at 10h30 which made for brillant sailing conditions right throughout the morning and by just after 13h00 we had completed 10 very competitive races.
Some observations
10 races and 5 different race winners
RCL4 Rudy McNeill returned to the fleet after a long break and took 6 x 1st places and was the overall clear winner for the day! Well done Rudy!
Close racing right through the fleet with no place given up without a fight
Some regulars were absent otherwise the fleet would have been well over 20 RCLs
In a big fleet like this keeping out of trouble right from before the start is imperative for a good result
The start line was challenging short for a 19 boat start.
Rules become more important in fleet like this but 'keeping your nose clean' is even more important
Some news & reminders.
The DRBC is planning an Open Day on Sunday 23rd August and the RCLaser fleet will be participating, plan to stay for a lunch time braai on the day
The Relaxed RCLaser racing takes place every Wednesday morning at 10h00, this coming Wednesday is a joint braai day after sailing with the Waddy sailors
The Winter Series continues on Thursday afternoon (weather dependent) and is organised thru the "whatsapp" RCL group.
The next RCL Sunday sail at DRBC is on Sunday 6th September 2015 at 10h30.
Until next time
Thank you
Kind regards
Terry Flynn

Sailwave results for Spring Regatta ~ Sunday ~ 2nd August 2015 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2015

Spring Regatta ~ Sunday ~ 2nd August 2015

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 10, Discards: 2, To count: 8, Entries: 19, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Total Nett Notes
  1st 4 Rudy McNeill (20 DNC) (13) 1 1 4 1 2 1 1 1 45 12  
  2nd 56 Des Fairbank 2 3 (5) 2 (6) 5 1 2 3 2 31 20  
  3rd 23 Norrie Taylor (20 DNC) 4 2 4 2 3 (12) 7 2 4 60 28  
  4th 143 Bernie Warner 1 (8) 4 5 8 2 3 4 5 (9) 49 32  
  5th 55 Joe Robbertse 6 1 3 3 3 (20 DNC) (10) 3 10 3 62 32  
  6th 8 Bjorn Hanssen 3 5 8 8 1 (20 DNC) 6 11 7 (13) 82 49  
  7th 13 Bruce Schnell 4 2 9 (16) 11 4 4 10 (12) 5 77 49  
  8th 117 Stephen Binedell 5 11 7 7 (12) 7 (20 DNC) 8 4 6 87 55  
  9th 69 John Eales (20 DNC) (20 DNC) 13 10 5 6 5 5 6 7 97 57  
  10th 81 Peter Heathcote 7 6 10 9 10 (20 DNC) (20 DNC) 6 9 8 105 65  
  11th 71 Andrew Mather 8 9 11 (12) 7 (20 DNC) 7 9 8 10 101 69  
  12th 82 Terry Hargreaves 12 (14) (16) 14 13 8 8 13 11 11 120 90  
  13th 84 Ian Gielink 11 12 14 13 (20 DNC) 10 9 12 (20 DNC) 20 DNC 141 101  
  14th 135 Denny Moffatt 10 7 12 6 9 (20 DNC) (20 DNC) 20 DNC 20 DNC 20 DNC 144 104  
  15th 155 Pierre Beniest 9 10 6 11 (20 DNC) 9 (20 DNC) 20 DNC 20 DNC 20 DNC 145 105  
  16th 147 Pete Dowdeswell 13 15 (19) (20 DNC) 16 11 13 14 14 14 149 110  
  17th 166 Deon du Plessis (20 DNC) (17) 17 15 14 12 11 16 15 12 149 112  
  18th 182 Anthony & Nathan Posthumus 15 (18) 15 17 15 13 14 15 13 (20 DNC) 155 117  
  19th 54 Dave Paterson 14 16 18 (20 DNC) (20 DNC) 20 DNC 20 DNC 20 DNC 20 DNC 20 DNC 188 148  

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Good Day Sailors, Another typical mid winters day in Durban with temps in the low 20s and a light breeze that moved to the south east for the start of racing at just after 10h30. 3 races were completed in the light switchy breeze before it moved to the north east at about the same speed of 1 to 2 knots. This saw us getting in just 6 races in 2.5 hours.
The racing was close through out the fleet with positions changing in every race and everyone having to fight 'tooth & nail' for their position in every race.
The below results speak for themselves!
Until next time

Sailwave results for Mid Winter Series 5th July 2015 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2015

Mid Winter Series 5th July 2015

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 12, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett Notes
  1st 23 Norrie Taylor 1 (9) 1 1 2 1 15 6  
  2nd 13 Bruce Schnell 3 1 3 (4) 1 2 14 10  
  3rd 8 Bjorn Hanssen 2 (4) 3 3 3 3 18 14  
  4th 166 Peter Marklew (13 DNC) 2 2 2 4 7 30 17  
  5th 69 John Eales 4 3 5 6 (8) 4 30 22  
  6th 117 Stephen Binedell (6) 5 6 5 5 5 32 26  
  7th 147 Pete Dowdeswell 5 7 (10) 8 6 8 44 34  
  8th 146 Duncan Starke (13 DNF) 6 9 7 7 6 48 35  
  9th 182 Anthony & Nathan Posthumus 8 10 8 (13 DNC) 13 DNC 13 DNC 65 52  
  10th 155 Pierre Beniest (13 DNC) 8 7 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 67 54  
  11th 135 Denny Moffatt 7 (13 DNC) 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 72 59  
  12th 84 Ian Gielink (13 DNF) 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 78 65  

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Good Day Sailors,
We welcome Anthony & Nathan Posthumus to the fleet sailing RCL182 for the first time.
Attached please find the results for the Fathers Day Regatta that was sailed yesterday.
I have 'copied & pasted' Ian Gielinks comments that he made about the days sailing on the DRBC Facebook Group page.
Ian has also posted a video of one of the days races at this link https://www.facebook.com/groups/yachtpond/
Ians comments below
Fathers day RC Laser racing today.Pond very busy, Duzi to Sea Cycle race finish, no Parking Etc. Light NE wind "Variable" at first then a fair NE with course changes a couple of times, 14 boats on the water with one breakdown and myself not being able to obtain entrance for my car, would have been 16 boats on the water. Good sailing was had by all.
Thank you
Kind regards
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Sailwave results for Fathers Day Regatta 21st June 2015 at DRBC at the Pond at Blue Lagoon 2015

Fathers Day Regatta 21st June 2015

DRBC at the Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Entries: 15, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett Notes
  1st 23 Norrie Taylor 1 2 2 1 (3) 9 6  
  2nd 8 Bjorn Hanssen 2 5 3 (7) 4 21 14  
  3rd 143 Bernie Warner 5 (6) 4 4 2 21 15  
  4th 117 Stephen Binedell 4 1 (6) 6 6 23 17  
  5th 56 Des Fairbank 3 4 (16 DNF) 3 8 34 18  
  6th 55 Joe Robbertse 11 3 1 9 (16 DNC) 40 24  
  7th 13 Bruce Schnell 8 8 (9) 8 1 34 25  
  8th 71 Andrew Mather 7 (11) 8 5 5 36 25  
  9th 81 Peter Heathcote 13 7 5 2 (16 DNC) 43 27  
  10th 7 Andrew Heathcote 6 10 7 (16 DNF) 7 46 30  
  11th 155 Pierre Beniest (10) 9 10 10 9 48 38  
  12th 182 Anthony & Nathan Posthumus 9 12 (16 DNF) 12 11 60 44  
  13th 147 Pete Dowdeswell 12 (16 DNF) 11 11 10 60 44  
  14th 135 Denny Moffatt (16 DNF) 16 DNC 16 DNC 16 DNC 16 DNC 80 64  
  14th 100 Terry Flynn (16 DSQ) 16 DSQ 16 DNF 16 DNC 16 DNC 80 64  

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The Marvellous May Regatta ~ 3rd May 2015
Good Day RCLaser Sailors,
Yesterday was one of the most enjoyable sail days we have had recently.
With the light north westerly/land breeze being replace by a light north easterly just before racing started at 10h30.
The wind strength then continued to build 1 knot at a time to make for very pleasant light sailing conditions for the fleet of 12 RCLs.
11 races were completed by just after 13h00
RCL56 Des F dominated the racing and managed 6 x 1st place in 11 races. Well done Des! Des was trialling his new main & mast for the first 7 or so races
RCL140 this time sailed by Commodore Peter Marklew, sailing his first full RCL regatta, sailed very well to pull off a solid 2nd place.
A serious battle raged for 3rd position with the next 4 positions being separated by only 1 point with RCL55 Joe Robbertse coming out victorious.
See the attached results for all of the other positions
That's it folks until the "Jolly June Regatta" on Sunday 7th June 2015


A good start by the fleet in one of the Marvellous May Regatta Races
Photo by Terry Flynn

Sailwave results for Marvellous May Regatta ~ 3rd May 2015 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2015

Marvellous May Regatta ~ 3rd May 2015

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 11, Discards: 2, To count: 9, Entries: 12, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Total Nett Notes
  1st 56 Des Fairbank 1 1 3 3 2 1 1 (6) 1 1 (7) 27 14  
  2nd 140 Peter Marklew 4 3 4 1 3 3 2 4 (8) 4 (5) 41 28  
  3rd 55 Joe Robbertse 3 2 6 5 4 2 4 (7) 6 (9) 3 51 35  
  4th 143 Bernie Warner (7) 4 1 6 6 7 (12) 1 7 3 1 55 36  
  5th 13 Bruce Schnell 5 7 2 2 1 (8) 7 (8) 3 7 2 52 36  
  6th 117 Stephen Binedell 2 5 5 (7) (8) 5 5 2 4 2 6 51 36  
  7th 69 John Eales 6 (8) (9) 4 5 6 3 3 2 5 8 59 42  
  8th 7 Peter Heathcote (8) 6 7 8 (13 DNC) 4 6 5 5 8 4 74 53  
  9th 84 Ian Gielink 10 (11) (12) 11 9 9 8 11 9 6 11 107 84  
  10th 26 Glen Lawson (13 DNF) (12) 8 9 11 12 9 9 11 10 9 113 88  
  11th 146 Duncan Starke (11) 10 10 (12) 10 10 10 10 10 11 10 114 91  
  12th 155 Pierre Beniest 9 9 11 10 7 11 11 (13 DNC) (13 DNC) 13 DNC 13 DNC 120 94  

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The RCLaser April Regatta

Good day to the RCLaser Fleet, The weatherman got the forecast right yesterday with a light south easterly between 1 & maybe 5 knots with shifts and lifts and 'holes' all over the Pond. Despite this an enjoyable and testing morning was enjoyed by the 12 skippers that participated.
8 races were completed by 13h00 with 6 different race winners, so a wide open regatta for most of the way through the morning making it almost impossible to predict the overall winner.
RCL23 Norrie Taylor took the honours with 2 race wins with RCL8 Bjorn Hanssen was 2nd also with 2 race wins and then RCL140 Terry F in 3rd place with 1 race win
Other race winners were RCL13 Bruce Schnell, RCL47 Jens Frolich & RCL55 Joe Robbertse
Some reminders
RCLaser Relaxed Racing on Wednesday morning at 10h00 contact Duncan Starke for more info dgds@iafrica.com
RCLaser Winter Series on Thursday afternoon at 16h30 This is organised thru the "Whatsapp" group.
Marvellous May Regatta takes place on Sunday May 3rd at 10h30 (That's just 2 weeks time!)
We wish Bjorn H & Jens F safe and enjoyable travels for the overseas holidays


Sailwave results for The RCLaser April Regatta ~ 19th April 2015 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2015

The RCLaser April Regatta ~ 19th April 2015

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 8, Discards: 1, To count: 7, Entries: 12, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total Nett Notes
  1st 23 Norrie Taylor (5) 5 3 2 1 3 1 3 23 18  
  2nd 8 Bjorn Hanssen 1 3 5 5 (6) 6 2 1 29 23  
  3rd 140 Terry Flynn 2 4 4 1 4 (9) 7 5 36 27  
  4th 55 Joe Robbertse 4 1 2 7 7 (8) 4 4 37 29  
  5th 47 Jens Frolich 3 (8) 1 6 3 4 6 6 37 29  
  6th 143 Bernie Warner 6 2 7 (8) 2 5 8 2 40 32  
  7th 13 Bruce Schnell 9 9 (10) 4 5 1 5 7 50 40  
  8th 117 Stephen Binedell 7 7 12 3 (13 DNC) 7 3 8 60 47  
  9th 155 Pierre Beniest 10 (12) 11 9 9 2 9 9 71 59  
  10th 81 Peter Heathcote 8 6 6 11 (13 DNC) 11 13 DNC 13 DNC 81 68  
  11th 134 Dave Denley 12 10 8 10 8 10 (13 DNC) 13 DNC 84 71  
  12th 84 Ian Gielink 11 11 9 (13 DNC) 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 96 83  

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Summer Series No16 ~ Grand Finale

Good Day Sailors, Well last nights final Summer Sail was a bit of a let down, wind wise that is! The predicted north easterly was swallowed by a coastal low that picked up during the day at about 15 knots but as start time of 17h00 approached the wind died away to nothing with big glassy patches all over the Pond. There were only a few 'die hard' sailors that rigged their boats and put to the water resulting in only 3 races being completed before sailing was abandoned for the evening.
RCL47 Jens Frolich, on only a flying visit to our part of the world, took pole position overall with RCL13 Bruce S in 2nd position and RCL8 Bjorn H in 3rd position. RCL23, RCL143 & RCL155 took a break for the evening and stayed on land and enjoyed the aroma of the leg of lamb turning on the fire!.
The leg of lamb on the spit turned out really well and was enjoyed by everyone with a few refreshments to wash it down with.
A most enjoyable grand finale for our Summer Series of events.
Other news.
Some sailors are keen to continue Thursday afternoon sailing at a earlier start time which will be organised amongst those that are keen. More details to follow.
Next Wednesday there will be the first every Wednesday morning RCL sailing event start time 10h00 contact Duncan Starke for more details on 031-5643275, 082-569-4355 or dgds@iafrica.com
The April RCL regatta was planned for Sunday 5th April but this being Easter Sunday it has been decided to move our April regatta to the 3rd Sunday of the month being Sunday 19th April as some sailors are otherwise involved over Easter.
Until next time.
Only two new RCLaser left in stock any takers??
Thank you
Kind regards
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Sailwave results for RCLaser Class - Summer Series 16 ~ 26 March 2015 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2015

RCLaser Class - Summer Series 16 ~ 26 March 2015

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 3, Discards: 0, To count: 3, Entries: 7, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Pos. Sail no. Skipper R1 R2 R3 Total Nett Notes
  1st 47 Jens Frolich 1 2 2 5 5  
  2nd 13 Bruce Schnell 2 1 3 6 6  
  3rd 8 Bjorn Hanssen 3 5 1 9 9  
  4th 166 Andrew Mather 4 3 8 DNC 15 15  
  6th 146 Duncan Starke 6 7 4 17 17  
  5th 134 Dave Denley 5 4 8 DNC 17 17  
  7th 84 Ian Gielink 8 DNC 6 8 DNC 22 22  

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Summer Series 15 ~ Thursday 19th March
Good Day Sailors, Last night the south westerly did come through for the Summer Series 15 but lighter than predicted with switches into the south on occasions.
RACE REPORT
It was great to have RCL61 George Winter visiting us from Knynsa for the evening and finishing up in 5th position in the fleet of 12
RCL4 Rudi McNeill made a welcome return to RCL sailing having last sailed at the Pond in our 2013 National Champs. Rudi immediately stamped his authority of the fleet by winning 4 of the 7 races and discarding a 4th position and finishing 1st overall. Well done Rudi we hope to see you on the water more often in the future.
RCL8 Bjorn Hanssen was 2nd overall with 1 win and a string of 2nds
RCL23 Norrie Taylor closed out the 'podium' in 3rd place.
SUMMER SERIES 16 ~ Thursday 26th March 2015
Next Thursday is the last of our Summer Series event as the light is fast fading with just over an hour of sailing with the start at 17h00
Thank you to those that responded to my request for your preference for after sailing next weeks.
It is obvious that not many sailors want to hang around too long after sailing on a Thursday.
Therefore next Thursday we will enjoy a 'leg of lamb on the spit', served with salad and a bread roll directly after sailing. I will be your chef for the evening and aim to have the leg ready to serve as you come off the water just after 18h00.
This will be free and gratis to all paid up members of the Radio Controlled Laser Owners Association and will be available to non paid up members at about R20.00
Various refreshments will be available for the long un used 'yellow cool box bar' at a nominal price
We can then discuss the sailing going forward into the autumn & winter months
THE APRIL REGATTA
This was planned for Sunday 5th April but this being Easter Sunday it has been decided to move our April regatta to the 3rd Sunday of the month being Sunday 19th April as some sailors are otherwise involved over Easter.
Until next week
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Kind regards
Terry Flynn
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Sailwave results for RCLaser Class - Summer series 15 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2015
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RCLaser Class - Summer series 15

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 12, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Pos. Sail no. Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett Notes
  1st 4 Rudi McNeill 1 1 3 (4) 1 1 2 13 9  
  2nd 8 Bjorn Hanssen 2 3 (4) 2 2 2 1 16 12  
  3rd 23 Norrie Taylor 6 4 1 1 4 (13 DNC) 3 32 19  
  4th 143 Bernie Warner 3 2 5 3 3 3 (6) 25 19  
  5th 61 George Winter 4 5 2 5 (6) 6 4 32 26  
  6th 13 Bruce Schnell (8) 7 8 7 5 4 5 44 36  
  7th 117 Stephen Binedell (7) 6 6 6 7 5 7 44 37  
  8th 166 Andrew Mather 5 11 7 9 8 7 (13 DNC) 60 47  
  9th 155 Pierre Beniest 10 8 9 8 (13 DNC) 13 DNC 13 DNC 74 61  
  10th 146 Duncan Starke 9 9 (13 DNC) 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 83 70  
  11th 134 Dave Denley (13 DNC) 13 DNC 10 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 88 75  
  12th 84 Ian Gielink (13 DNC) 10 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 88 75  

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Summer Series 14 ~ 12 March 2015

Good Day to the RCLaser Fleet, Another good evening of RCL racing at the Pond last night with a testing north easterly breeze making for interesting and competitive sailing.
A good fleet of 12 skippers enjoyed the 6 races that were completed before the light faded with all skippers deciding that the storm/'C' sail was the preferred option for the evening
3 different race winners with RCL23 Norrie T coming out on top with 4 wins and RCL56 Des F in 2nd place and a very credible 3rd place for RCL13 Bruce S
It is also good to see the bottom of the fleet being so competitive and enjoying close racing with RCL155 Pierre B seeming to over come all of his ongoing radio problems and finishing all of the races.
Thank you to Bruce Schnell for the additional buoys that he has manufactured and that Norrie & Bjorn set in the Pond earlier in the afternoon.
These new buoys have allowed for a longer course to be set allowing for skippers to be a able to catch up after a bad start or even after having to do a penalty.
Thank you also to Norrie T for race organisation, Bjorn H for results in
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Sailwave results for RCLaser Class - Summer series 14 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2015
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RCLaser Class - Summer series 14

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 12, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Pos. Sail no. Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett Notes
  1st 23 Norrie Taylor (4) 1 4 1 1 1 12 8  
  2nd 56 Des Fairbank 1 2 (8) 2 2 2 17 9  
  3rd 13 Bruce Schnell 6 (7) 3 4 4 3 27 20  
  4th 8 Bjorn Hanssen 2 4 2 5 8 (13 DNC) 34 21  
  5th 143 Bernie Warner 3 9 1 6 3 (13 DNC) 35 22  
  6th 166 Andrew Mather 7 6 5 3 7 (8) 36 28  
  7th 135 Denny Moffatt (9) 5 7 7 6 4 38 29  
  8th 69 John Eales 5 3 (13 DNC) 11 5 13 DNC 50 37  
  9th 146 Duncan Starke 8 8 6 8 (9) 7 46 37  
  10th 156 Dave Stirton (13 DNC) 13 DNC 10 9 10 5 60 47  
  11th 155 Pierre Beniest 10 11 11 (12) 12 6 62 50  
  12th 134 Dave Denley (13 DNC) 10 9 10 11 13 DNC 66 53  

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Mad March Regatta 1st March 2015

Good Day Sailors, We had a good mornings sailing at the Pond yesterday with 12 skippers & 10 races completed by 13h00. A light south easterly breeze with some big on the water lifts and shifts required some tactical sailing to be constantly at the top of the fleet which RCL23 Norrie T & Commodore Peter Marklew did very comfortablily. They were sharing the helm of RCL23.
2nd place went to RCL69 John Eales with 2 first places and some other good finishes. Other race winners were RCL117 Stephen Binnedell, RCL143 Bernie Warner & RCL8 Bjorn Hanssen. Bjorn had rudder servo problems and had to dash of to Denkit and buy a new servo and RCL155 Pierre Beniest ran out of battery power.
The full results are published on the website http://www.rclaser.co.za/id35.htm
Another enjoyable day of RCLaser sailing!
Dont forget the Summer Series is on going on Thursdays with the 1st start at 17h00. The Summer Series will come to an end on March 26th and we will enjoy a braai after sailing on that evening.
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Sailwave results for Mad March Regatta 1st March 2015 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2015

Mad March Regatta 1st March 2015

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 10, Discards: 2, To count: 8, Entries: 12, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Total Nett Notes
  1st 23 Norrie Taylor & Peter Marklew 1 1 1 1 (4) 1 4 3 2 (8) 26 14  
  2nd 69 John Eales (9) 4 3 4 2 (5) 3 5 1 1 37 23  
  3rd 143 Bernie Warner 4 3 (7) (6) 3 4 2 1 5 3 38 25  
  4th 13 Bruce Schnell 3 (6) 2 2 6 3 5 (10) 3 2 42 26  
  5th 117 Stephen Binedell 5 2 (8) 5 1 2 6 2 (7) 6 44 29  
  6th 135 Denny Moffatt 2 (7) 5 3 (8) 7 7 7 6 5 57 42  
  7th 8 Bjorn Hanssen (13 DNF) (13 DNC) 13 DNC 13 DNC 5 6 1 6 4 4 78 52  
  8th 166 Andrew Mather 8 5 4 8 9 (10) 8 4 8 (10) 74 54  
  9th 26 Glen Lawson 6 (9) 9 9 (10) 9 9 8 9 9 87 68  
  10th 146 Duncan Starke 10 (13 DNF) 10 7 (11) 8 10 9 10 7 95 71  
  11th 147 Pete Dowdeswell 11 8 11 10 7 11 (13 DNC) (13 DNC) 13 DNC 13 DNC 110 84  
  12th 155 Pierre Beniest 7 10 6 (13 DNF) (13 DNC) 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 114 88  

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Summer Series 9 ~ Thursday 5th February 2015

Good Day RCLasers sailors and welcome to 'load shedding'. RCL17 Gregg Hurter, who had just kitted his home out with invertors, recons that this is "Just like camping in your own home!"
The Summer Series 9 that was sailed last night was a blustery affair with all skippers starting on the "C" sail with a strong south westerly and then a scattering of rain seemed to quieten the wind and then the light started fading but this all cleared up and allowed us to get in a few more races.
11 skippers and 7 races before the rain returned made it a worth while and enjoyable afternoon for all who attended.
RCL 23 was shared by Norrie Taylor and Commodore Peter Marklew and they won 2 races each and topped the overall scoreboard for the night. Well done Gents. RCL56 Des F was 2nd and RCL166 Andrew Mather had some flashes of brilliance to finish off in a very credible 3 position. Other races winners were RCL56 Des F & new buoy on the RCL block RCL143 Bernie Warner.
Until next week Thursday
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Sailwave results for Summer Series No 9 Thursday 5th February 2015 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2015

Summer Series No 9 Thursday 5th February 2015

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 10, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett Notes
  1st 23 Norrie Taylor & Peter Marklew 2 1 1 1 1 2 (4) 12 8  
  2nd 56 Des Fairbank 1 2 (3) 2 2 1 2 13 10  
  3rd 166 Andrew Mather 3 4 2 2 (9) 4 7 31 22  
  4th 8 Bjorn Hanssen 4 6 4 (8) 4 6 5 37 29  
  5th 13 Bruce Schnell 5 5 (8) 6 5 8 3 40 32  
  6th 143 Bernie Warner (11 DNC) 11 DNC 11 DNC 4 3 3 1 44 33  
  7th 65 Charles Leydekkers 6 3 5 7 6 7 (8) 42 34  
  8th 156 Dave Stirton 7 7 7 5 8 (9) 6 49 40  
  9th 146 Duncan Starke 8 8 6 (11 DNC) 7 5 9 54 43  
  10th 155 Pierre Beniest (11 DNC) 11 DNC 9 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 75 64  

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Some chaos during the Valentines Regatta
Pic by Peter Marklew
Good Day Sailors, Attached are the results for yesterdays New Year Regatta. Looks like some shift lightish winds has put the 'cat amongst the pigeons'

Well done to Jens Frolich for a fine win.

Some sailors had technical issues with their boats and some other reason kept a few regulars on the bank but boatless.

Don't forget we sail the Summer Series this Thursday first start at 17h00

Congratulations to the newly elected DRBC Commodore Peter Marklew who was kind enough to be our race officer for the New Year Regatta with assistance from some others

It was good to see ex RCLaser sailor Aubrey Brooks down at the Pond. He is fresh from the Isle of Man for a short break in SA he encouraged another long missing RCLaser sailor out of the wood work and on to the water welcome back RCL2 James Magennis
Thank you

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Sailwave results for Valentines Regatta 1st February 2015 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2015

Valentines Regatta 1st February 2015

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 12, Discards: 2, To count: 10, Entries: 12, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Total Nett Notes
  1st 23 Norrie Taylor 2 (7) 3 (6) 1 3 1 1 2 1 2 1 30 17  
  2nd 47 Jens Frolich (13 OCS) 1 (4) 1 4 2 3 2 1 2 4 2 39 22  
  3rd 143 Bernie Warner (8) 2 1 3 (11) 1 5 3 4 3 6 5 52 33  
  4th 13 Bruce Schnell 1 5 8 5 5 6 4 4 (9) (9) 1 4 61 43  
  5th 117 Stephen Binedell 7 4 (10) 2 3 (13 DNC) 2 8 8 5 3 7 72 49  
  6th 69 John Eales 4 (13 DNC) 5 (13 DNC) 9 4 7 5 7 4 13 DNC 3 87 61  
  7th 166 Andrew Mather (9) (10) 7 7 6 7 6 6 3 7 5 9 82 63  
  8th 65 Charles Leydekkers 6 8 6 (13 DNC) 2 5 (10) 9 6 8 8 8 89 66  
  9th 120 Bernard Allan-Brown (13 DNC) 9 9 (13 DNC) 8 8 9 7 5 6 7 6 100 74  
  10th 146 Duncan Starke 5 6 (13 DNC) 4 10 9 11 11 10 (13 DNC) 13 DNC 13 DNC 118 92  
  11th 81 Peter Heathcote 3 3 (13 DNC) (13 DNC) 7 10 8 10 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 119 93  
  12th 84 Ian Gielink/Peter Marklew (13 DNC) (13 DNC) 2 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 145 119  

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Summer Series 6 ~ 15th January 2015

Good Day to the RCLaser Fleet, What a 'cracking' start to the 2015 RCL season we enjoyed last night, let's hope that we have many more sailing events like that this year!
The Durban summer weather was at it's best with the incoming cloud cover cooling off the afternoon for the sailors and the Pond was also at it's best as far as sailing RCLs was concerned with a moderate north easterly, that had some of the early arrivals thinking of a 'storm' sail, but that wasn't necessary as the wind stayed a constant perfect B sail strength.
A very good turnout of 14 sailors making for a very busy start line and crowded buoy rounding racing with most sailors minding their "P & Qs"
New boy on the RCL block, RCL55 Joe Robbertse, in only his 2nd RCLaser regatta cleaned up the fleet convincingly with 7 wins out of a total of 10 races. Joe made the best of the starts, and then showed speed and the ability to stay out of trouble to almost embarrass the regular RCL sailors with his polished performance. Well done Joe, in this fleet it's the talent that comes through not the design or cost of the yacht!
Other race winners were RCL23 Norrie T, RCL81 Andrew Heathcote (making a rare appearance for the 1st few races) & RCL140 Terry F
A number of sailors showed 'flashes of brilliances' with very good finishes in some races in this very competitive fleet, RCL117 Stephen Binedell, RCL135 Denny Moffatt, RCL13 Bruce Schnell, RCL146 Duncan Starke being amongst this group. Stephen B came out on top with his personal battle with Bruce S both always being very competitive
We welcome RCL156 Dave Stirton to the fleet with his new RCL for the first time and Dave not only managed to finish all of the races but got a 5th in the 9th race.
Thank you once again to Duncan Williams our resident race starter and recorder, Duncan keeps the fleet on it's toes with hardly time to take a breath between races. Thank you for your help Duncan it is well appreciated by the fleet.
Please go to this link to see the full results for yesterday racing http://www.rclaser.co.za/id35.htm
Two reminders today
The DRBC AGM is scheduled for this Sunday 18th January 2015 at 10h00 at the clubhouse. Please support the meeting.
The RCLaser New Year Regatta takes place this Sunday directly after the meeting. A light north easterly is currently predicted.

Sailwave results for RCLaser Summer Series 6 ~ 15th January 2015 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2015

RCLaser Summer Series 6 ~ 15th January 2015

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 10, Discards: 2, To count: 8, Entries: 12, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Total Nett Notes
  1st 55 Joe Robbertse (6) (5) 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 20 9  
  2nd 140 Terry Flynn 3 2 2 (4) 1 2 2 (5) 3 2 26 17  
  3rd 23 Norrie Taylor 1 4 4 3 4 (7) 4 4 (7) 4 42 28  
  4th 117 Stephen Binedell 2 (9) 3 5 6 6 5 2 2 (7) 47 31  
  5th 13 Bruce Schnell (13 DNC) 8 6 2 7 5 3 3 6 (13 DNC) 66 40  
  6th 146 Duncan Starke 8 7 8 (9) 8 8 (9) 7 4 3 71 53  
  7th 166 Andrew Mather 7 6 9 (11) 9 4 7 8 (10) 5 76 55  
  8th 135 Denny Moffatt 5 3 7 7 (13 DNC) 10 (13 DNC) 6 9 9 82 56  
  9th 81 Andrew & Peter Heathcote 4 1 5 6 3 (13 DNC) (13 DNC) 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 84 58  
  10th 65 Charles Leydekkers 9 10 10 10 (11) (11) 6 9 8 6 90 68  
  11th 156 Dave Stirton (11) (11) 11 8 10 9 8 10 5 8 91 69  
  12th 84 Ian Gielink 10 12 12 12 5 3 (13 DNC) (13 DNC) 13 DNC 13 DNC 106 80  

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Christams Regatta Report & Results
Photos of the Christams Regatta thanks to Peter Marklew and Bjorn Hanssen


Good Day to the RCLaser Fleet, Well what a great sail the Chrristmas Regatta turned out to be!
Despite some regulars not attending we had 11 competitors on the water
13 races were sailed in a perfect north easterly breeze that moved about a bit but gave us great racing for the morning
Very close competition with 5 different race winners
RCL23 Norrie T finished on top closely followed by RCL8 Bjorn H & RCL47 Jens F
Great racing right throught the fleet
The results and some photos are published on the website at this link www.rclaser.co.za
Thank you
Kind regards
Terry Flynn
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Sailwave results for RCLaser Christmas Regatta on 7th December 2014 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2014

RCLaser Christmas Regatta on 7th December 2014

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 13, Discards: 2, To count: 11, Entries: 11, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 Total Nett Notes
  1st 23 Norrie Taylor (5) 1 3 (7) 3 1 3 1 1 1 2 1 2 31 19  
  2nd 8 Bjorn Hanssen 1 (7) 2 2 1 4 2 3 3 4 1 2 (12 DNC) 44 25  
  3rd 47 Jens Frolich 3 2 4 1 4 3 4 5 2 (7) (7) 6 1 49 35  
  4th 140 Terry Flynn 4 5 1 4 2 2 (8) (7) 5 5 5 4 3 55 40  
  5th 69 John Eales 2 4 (6) 5 5 (9) 6 2 4 2 4 3 4 56 41  
  6th 13 Bruce Schnell 6 (8) 7 3 6 5 1 4 6 3 6 (8) 5 68 52  
  7th 166 Andrew Mather 7 6 5 6 (9) 8 5 (10) 8 6 3 5 6 84 65  
  8th 146 Duncan Starke (10) (10) 8 9 8 7 9 8 7 8 8 7 7 106 86  
  9th 135 Denny Moffatt 8 3 (12 DNC) 8 (12 DNC) 10 7 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 132 108  
  10th 120 Bernard Allan-Brown 9 9 (12 DNC) 10 (12 DNC) 12 DNC 11 6 9 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 138 114  
  11th 26 Glen Lawson (12 DNC) (12 DNC) 12 DNC 12 DNC 7 6 10 9 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 140 116  

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Good Day RCLaser Sailors
RCLaser Summer Series 3 ~ Results & Report
Yesterday the weather man got it right with the forecast but his timing was out by about 1.5 hours, we had just packed up sailing at 18h30 when the 'heavens opened' and the south westerly howled through, some of the stragglers had to dash to their cars to avoid getting drenched.
Racing started in a light north easterly breeze with some big 'holes' in the wind here and there but the wind soon swung into the south and dropped futher making for some 'testing' conditions but 5 races were competed before the light faded at 18h30
12 skippers were present but some had some technical glitches and other problems that reduced the racing fleet to about 8 boats.
RCL56 Des F was a clear winner dicarding a 2nd place after 5 races with RCL23 Norrie T & RCL13 Bruce S were equal on points before and after discards and the tie breaking mechanism had to be used to determine the winner. RCL146 Duncan Starke is moving up the placings and it was good to have Andrew Mather sailing in the fleet again. Andrew just needs to purchase his own new RCLaser as his own Christmas gift.
Results are published on the website at this link
The RCLaser Christmas Regatta ~ Sunday 7th December 2014
We will be sailing our last Sunday regatta for the year on Sunday 7th December
The Christmas Regatta when all skippers have to wear a Father Christmas hat to qualify as a competitor or pay R50.00 entry to a charity of my choice
Racing will start at 10h30
There will be a braai after sailing as our last social function for the year
There is a 50 mile canoe marthon finishing at the Pond on the same day so come early to get convenient parking
Whatsapp RCLASER Group
I have been further investigating why some members in the group are not receiving the Whatsapp messages.
It would appear that for you to receive the RCLASER Group messages you have to have my cell number in your contacts in this particular format. +27 82 792 4642
If you have my number in your contacts in this format 0827924642 you will not be able to receive the group messages, so if you have asked to join the group and do not get messages this could be the problem.
Thank you
Kind regards
Terry Flynn

Sailwave results for RCLaser Summer Series No 3 on 27th November 2014 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2014

RCLaser Summer Series No 3 on 27th November 2014

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Entries: 11, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett Notes
  1st 56 Des Fairbank 1 1 1 1 (2) 6 4  
  2nd 13 Bruce Schnell (12 DNC) 3 4 3 1 23 11  
  3rd 23 Norrie Taylor (12 DNC) 2 3 2 4 23 11  
  4th 81 Peter Heathcote 4 (12 DNC) 2 4 3 25 13  
  5th 146 Duncan Starke 3 5 (8) 5 6 27 19  
  6th 65 Charles Leydekkers (12 DNC) 4 5 6 5 32 20  
  7th 134 Dave Denley 2 6 7 (12 DNC) 12 DNC 39 27  
  8th 166 Andrew Mather (12 DNC) 7 6 7 7 39 27  
  9th 8 Bjorn Hanssen (12 DNC) 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 60 48  
  9th 84 Ian Gielink (12 DNC) 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 60 48  
  9th 82 Brian Jessop (12 DNC) 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 60 48  

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Sailwave results for RCLaser Summer Series No 1 on 13th November 2014 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2014

RCLaser Summer Series No 1 on 13th November 2014

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 9, Discards: 1, To count: 8, Entries: 9, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Total Nett Notes
  1st 23 Norrie Taylor 1 1 (3) 1 1 1 3 1 1 13 10  
  2nd 8 Bjorn Hanssen 4 2 2 2 3 3 2 2 (7) 27 20  
  3rd 47 Jens Frolich 3 6 1 4 (7) 4 1 3 2 31 24  
  4th 166 Bruce Schnell 2 3 4 3 (5) 2 5 4 3 31 26  
  5th 7 Peter Heathcote (10 DNC) 5 5 7 4 5 7 5 4 52 42  
  6th 65 Charles Leydekkers 6 4 6 5 (10 DNC) 6 6 6 5 54 44  
  7th 146 Duncan Starke 5 (8) 7 6 2 7 4 8 6 53 45  
  8th 84 Ian Gielink (10 DNC) 7 10 DNC 8 6 8 8 7 10 DNC 74 64  
  9th 120 Bernard Allan-Brown (10 DNC) 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 90 80  

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Good Day to the RCLaser Fleet,
 The RCLaser Movember Regatta was a very special regatta with
An 'IOM visitor' to the fleet cleaning up all of the regular RCLaser 'hotshots'
One of the most competitive RCLaser regatta for many a Sunday sail
15 RCLaser Skipper competing
11 races completed
5 different race winners
A light, fluky and switching south easterly breeze making for some challenging conditions
1 point difference covering the first three positions
The tie breaker rule had to be used to break the dead lock Appendix A 8.2 ~ the most 1st, 2nds & 3rds etc
A great social braai was enjoyed by the skippers and some wifes after sailing
Go to this link for the full results http://www.rclaser.co.za/id35.htm

Sailwave results for RCLaser Movember Regatta on 9th November 2014 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2014

RCLaser Movember Regatta on 9th November 2014

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 11, Discards: 2, To count: 9, Entries: 15, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Total Nett Notes
  1st 166 Peter Marklew (6) (6) 2 1 1 1 2 4 5 1 5 34 22  
  2nd 56 Des Fairbank 1 2 (4) 4 2 (5) 3 1 4 2 3 31 22  
  3rd 8 Bjorn Hanssen 2 3 1 2 3 (7) 4 (7) 3 3 2 37 23  
  4th 13 Bruce Schnell 4 1 5 3 (8) 4 1 (6) 2 4 6 44 30  
  5th 47 Jens Frolich 3 (8) 3 (6) 4 6 5 3 1 5 1 45 31  
  6th 135 Denny Moffatt 5 4 9 5 (10) 9 (16 DNC) 2 6 8 4 78 52  
  7th 69 John Eales (10) (11) 7 8 5 2 6 5 8 7 9 78 57  
  8th 65 Charles Leydekkers 8 5 6 11 7 3 7 8 7 (16 DNC) (16 DNC) 94 62  
  9th 26 Glen Lawson (12) 7 8 7 9 8 8 (16 DNC) 10 6 8 99 71  
  10th 134 Dave Denley 11 9 (13) 10 6 (16 DNC) 9 9 11 9 7 110 81  
  11th 146 Duncan Starke (13) (13) 11 9 11 10 10 10 9 10 10 116 90  
  12th 120 Bernard Allan-Brown 9 12 10 13 (16 DNC) (16 DNC) 16 DNC 16 DNC 16 DNC 16 DNC 16 DNC 156 124  
  13th 84 Ian Gielink 14 (16 DNC) 12 12 (16 DNC) 16 DNC 16 DNC 16 DNC 16 DNC 11 11 156 124  
  14th 140 Terry Flynn 7 10 (16 DNC) (16 DNC) 16 DNC 16 DNC 16 DNC 16 DNC 16 DNC 16 DNC 16 DNC 161 129  
  15th 147 Pete Dowdeswell 15 (16 DNC) (16 DNC) 16 DNC 16 DNC 16 DNC 16 DNC 16 DNC 16 DNC 16 DNC 16 DNC 175 143  

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Monday 27th October 2014
IMPORTANT NEWS FLASH

Good Day RCLaser Sailors, It has been decided that the RCLaser National Championships that were due to be sailed on Saturday & Sunday 8th & 9th November will now be postponed to a date to be decided at a later time.

Apologies to those sailors who were planning to sail and especially to those who were making travel arrangement to attend.

I would also like to thank those who had offered up their time to run the regatta being Mike Dixon & Ed Page this year. I sincerely hope they will be available for the later date as well.

This decision has been left as late as possible but there is now less than two weeks to the regatta and we feel that a postponement will be in the best interests of a National Championship.

We will still sail on Sunday 9th November as our normal monthly Sunday sail and if there is enough interest we could make it an extended time regatta and sail into the afternoon.
More on this later.

T Flynn
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RCLOA

Photo thanks to perspective new RCLaser owner Paul Buchel

"Awesome August Regatta"

Good Day to all RCLaser Sailors, Well the "Awesome August Regatta" turned out to be really AWESOME!
First the weather was perfect, Durban at it's best, with a north easterly filling in by 10h00 and then building to be just under the top of the 'B' sail range. In fact the sailors were so keen that the first race was started at 10h15, that's 15 minutes before the 'advertised' start time so the first race was counted as a tune up race only and does not feature in the the 'official' results (although I see it only affected positions 6 & 7!!)

Second the biggest fleet since the Nationals last November with 13 RCLasers on the line to enjoy the very competitive racing and the 11 races that were sailed by 13h00

Third there two new RCLasers on the water from the recently imported batch, RCL147 Pete Dowdeswell new to the fleet and still finding his 'sea legs' so as to say and RCL140, that's me, Terry F with an extremely quick new RCL. Once I get a bit more practice in there will be no touching RCL140 on the water so the fleet has been warned to watch out for RCL140 in the future

Fourth RCL84 back on the water with a new skipper, Ian Gielink, at the helm, welcome to the fleet Ian you will soon be up with the fleet I'm sure.

Fifth RCL29 back on the water with Justin Botha at the helm, this being Justin's first RCLaser Regatta. Unfortunately for the fleet Justin is in Durban for only a few days having a 'holiday' from crewing on mega yachts in the Caribbean & Med!

Sixth The top of the fleet was very competitive with RCL23 Norrie T, RCL8 Bjorn H, RCL13 Bruce S, all securing wins during the morning with RCL23 Norrie T coming out as the overall winner for the day closely followed by RCL8 Bjorn H and then RCL140 in 3rd spot just 2 points behind 2nd place with out a win to count.

Seventh it must be mentioned that RCL134 Denny M won the 'tune up' race.

Eighth the biggest spectator turn out to watch the spectacle of the racing seen at the Pond for a long long time.

Ninth what a awesome morning at the Pond

Tenth Well done to all the RCL sailors that took part

Eleventh the "Official 11 Race" results are below
Until next time
RCL140
Terry F
Sorry folks if you were not mentioned but with so many sailors and other news it just tooo difficult to mention everyone by name

Sailwave results for Awesome August Regatta 3rd August 2014 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2014

Awesome August Regatta 3rd August 2014

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 11, Discards: 2, To count: 9, Entries: 13, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Total Nett Notes
  1st 23 Norrie Taylor (7) 1 (7) 2 2 1 1 4 3 1 1 30 16  
  2nd 8 Bjorn Hanssen 1 2 2 (8) 1 7 (14 DNC) 1 4 4 2 46 24  
  3rd 140 Terry Flynn 3 (12) 5 4 3 2 3 2 2 2 (6) 44 26  
  4th 13 Bruce Schnell 4 (7) 1 1 (10) 6 5 3 1 6 7 51 34  
  5th 117 Stephen Binedell 2 4 6 5 (7) 3 6 (14 DNC) 5 3 4 59 38  
  6th 29 Justin Botha 6 5 4 7 5 (14 DNC) (14 DNC) 5 6 5 3 74 46  
  7th 7 Peter Heathcote 5 6 9 3 (14 DNC) 4 (14 DNC) 6 6 7 5 79 51  
  8th 134 Denny Moffatt 8 3 3 9 4 5 2 (14 DNC) (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 90 62  
  9th 166 Andrew Mather (11) 9 8 6 8 9 4 7 9 (14 DNC) 8 93 68  
  10th 120 Bernard Allan-Brown (10) 8 (11) 10 6 8 7 8 8 8 9 93 72  
  11th 146 Duncan Starke 9 10 10 11 9 10 (14 DNC) (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 129 101  
  12th 84 Ian Gielink 12 11 (14 DNC) 12 (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 147 119  
  13th 147 Pete Dowdeswell (14 DNC) (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 11 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 151 123  

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Good Day to the RCLaser Fleet, We sailed the RCL July Derby on Sunday 6th July and despite the weather being chilly and very light winds a fleet of 10 RCLs were on the start line for the first race at 10h35. It looked for awhile that no sailing would be possible but all credit to the sailors who stuck it out and ended up getting in 6 races by the cut-off time of 13h00.

All morning the wind switched between north westerly (a land breeze) to the predicted south westerly but all under 5 knots and then throw in the occasional light shower and the sailors resolve "was a thing to behold"

RCL56 Des Fairbank, RCL8 Bjorn Hanssen & RCL13 Bruce Schnell were all race winners with Des & Bruce producing a dead heat for 1st place in the last race.

Well done to all sailors

The results are published below

Until next time
Terry F

Don't forget that the Thursday afternoon sailing continues at the earlier time of 15h30, fleets of 6 boats and more are sailing with only the dying breeze in the early evening dampening the enthusiasm

Sailwave results for July Derby 6th July 2014 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2014

July Derby 6th July 2014

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 10, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett Notes
  1st 56 Des Fairbank 1 (3) 2 1 2 1 10 7  
  2nd 8 Bjorn Hanssen 2 1 1 (6) 1 4 15 9  
  3rd 13 Bruce Schnell (4) 2 4 4 3 1 18 14  
  4th 117 Stephen Binedell 6 4 (9) 2 5 6 32 23  
  5th 134 Denny Moffatt 7 5 3 (9) 4 5 33 24  
  6th 7 Peter Heathcote 3 (7) 5 5 6 7 33 26  
  7th 166 Andrew Mather (9) 8 6 3 7 3 36 27  
  8th 146 Duncan Starke (8) 6 8 7 8 8 45 37  
  9th 120 Bernard Allan Brown (11 DNC) 11 DNC 7 8 11 DNC 11 DNC 59 48  
  10th 9 Tony Humphris 5 (11 DNC) 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 60 49  

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All RC Sailors would like to thank Bruce Schnell for the manufacture and donation of the permanent marker buoys that have now been placed in the Pond. This really makes life much easier for the guys who normally set the courses.
Thank you Bruce from all Radio Sailors at the Pond not only the Laser guys
The start of one of the races on Sunday 1st June 2014
Photo by Terry Flynn

Jolly June Regatta 1st June 2014

Good Day Sailors, No wind was predicted for Sunday but just before 10h30 a light north easter came through which allowed for a practice race to be sailed before the set start time of 10h30.

This race was won by RCL13 Bruce Schnell with RCL8 Bjorn Hanssen in 2nd place and RCL9 Tony Humphris in 3rd place. The results of this race were not included in the final result calculations but Bjorn & Bruce continued their titanic battle for honours for the next 9 races that were sailed by 13h00.

Both sailor discarded a 3rd place overall but Bjorn came out to be the clear winner of the June Regatta with Bruce sailing very well to challenge Bjorn all the way.

RCL9 Tony Humphris also sailed very well and came out as a very solid 3rd place overall.
Well done to the top 3.

Despite this my "Sailor of the Day" was new skipper on the water RCL120 Bernard Allan-Brown who was sailing a RCLaser for the 1st time and not only finished every race in challengingly light conditions but also led tot the 1st buoy on a number of occasions and also managed a number of 4th places, a sailor to be reckoned with in the future me thinks. Welcome to the fleet Bernard.

Another visitor to the fleet was Andrew Mather sailing RCL166 Bruce Schnells other RCL, Andrew also had a good first days sail with a top position of 2nd the the 8th race. We hope to see Andrew with his own RCL in the near future.

RCL81 Peter Heathcote & RCL117 Stephen Binedell had bad luck with their boats. Peter started off very well but developed comms problems and missed the last 4 races and Stephen didn't manage to finish the 1st race with some sort of electrical short in the boat.

A most enjoyable morning of sailing with some very light patches but fair sailing in general.
Until next time
Terry F.

Sailwave results for Jolly June Regatta 1st June 2014 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2014

Jolly June Regatta 1st June 2014

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 9, Discards: 1, To count: 8, Entries: 7, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Total Nett Notes
  1st 8 Bjorn Hanssen 2 2 1 1 (3) 1 2 1 1 14 11  
  2nd 13 Bruce Schnell 1 1 2 (3) 1 2 3 3 2 18 15  
  3rd 9 Tony Humphris 3 3 3 2 2 (8 DNC) 1 5 3 30 22  
  4th 120 Bernard Allan Brown (5) 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 40 35  
  5th 166 Andrew Mather 6 (8 DNC) 6 4 5 3 5 2 8 DNC 47 39  
  6th 81 Peter Heathcote 4 4 4 6 6 (8 DNC) 8 DNC 8 DNC 8 DNC 56 48  
  7th 117 Stephen Binedell (8 DNF) 8 DNC 8 DNC 8 DNC 8 DNC 8 DNC 8 DNC 8 DNC 8 DNC 72 64  

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Good Day Sailors, Last Sunday was a great day for RCLaser sailing at the Pond!
With all the public holidays about the fleet was slightly depleted with many of the regulars taking advantage of the long weekends to get away for a break.
The day started with a light north easterly breeze that increased through the morning and moved, unusually, more into the north making for an interesting port biases start line that was tested by a few skippers.
RCL 8, RCL 120 & RCL 81 shared the wins in the 12 races that were completed before 13h00 with RCL120 coming out on top for the day closely followed by RCL 8 and RCL 81 in 3rd place.
It was good to see RCL146 & RCL82 moving up the fleet in some of the races both achieving a 2nd place each in a race but also missing out on the 1st few races for different reason that effected their overall positions
RCL9 results were also effected because he had to leave early and missed the last 4 races
Our next official regatta will be on Sunday 1st June but watch this space for another impromptu sail day before then.
Until next time
RCL120

Sailwave results for RCLaser May Day Regatta 4th May 2014 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2014

RCLaser May Day Regatta 4th May 2014

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 12, Discards: 2, To count: 10, Entries: 6, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo CrewName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Total Nett
  1st 120 Terry Flynn DRBC 1 (3) 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 (3) 2 20 14
  2nd 8 Bjorn Hanssen DRBC 2 1 3 2 2 (7 DNC) 1 1 4 2 (5) 1 31 19
  3rd 81 Peter Heathcote DRBC 4 4 1 (5) 4 2 3 4 (5) 3 1 3 39 29
  4th 9 Tony Humphris DRBC 3 2 4 4 3 5 4 3 (7 DNC) (7 DNC) 7 DNC 7 DNC 56 42
  5th 146 Duncan Starke DRBC (7 DNC) (7 DNC) 7 DNC 3 5 3 6 6 3 4 2 4 57 43
  6th 82 Gerald & Roy DRBC (7 DNC) (7 DNC) 7 DNC 7 DNC 6 4 5 5 2 5 4 5 64 50

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April Fools Regatta

Good Day Sailors, The  April Fools Regatta sailed this last Sunday was well supported with a fleet of 12 RCL on the water for the first race.
The south westerly to southerly breeze was at its worst on the Pond with nose burying gusts on part of the run to flat calm drifting patches on other parts of the same run and 90 degree wind direction switches on the beats, not the most enjoyable sailing conditions in my book anyway.

Some sailors thrived in the testing conditions, RCL56 Des F being one of them with a convincing overall win with 6 wins out of the 10 races that were sailed. RCL8 Bjorn H also showed a 'dab hand' with 2 wins and a solid second place overall while 3rd placed RCL47 Jens F was the only other race winner with 2 wins and 3rd place overall.

The attrition rate was high with the 1st race being the only one that all 12 skippers finished, this was because of the very challenging conditions and some gear failure caused by the big gusts that were prevalent through the morning (and some other reasons best known to the skippers themselves.)

RCL146 Duncan S & 'new boy on the block' RCL84 Neil Johnston decided to change down to the 'storm sail' which made the boats much more controllable in the gusts but too slow in the lulls!

,,,but as they say a bad days sailing is better than a good day in the office!

The Thursday Summer Series is set to continue for a few more Thursday even though RCL23 has gone overseas for a holiday, so RCL8 Bjorn H will be there to set up if I am not there so come down on Thursday for the 1st start at 16h30.
After racing each Thursday a short chat will decide on sailing the next Thursday as the day light continues to get shorter each week.
Until next time
RCL120
Terry F

Sailwave results for RCLaser April Fools Regatta 6th April 2014 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2014

RCLaser April Fools Regatta 6th April 2014

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 10, Discards: 2, To count: 8, Entries: 12, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo CrewName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Total Nett
  1st 56 Des Fairbank MRYC 2 1 1 (3) 1 1 1 (3) 2 1 16 10
  2nd 8 Bjorn Hanssen DRBC 1 2 (4) 2 2 2 2 1 (3) 2 21 14
  3rd 47 Jens Frolich DRBC (7) (5) 3 1 3 3 3 2 1 5 33 21
  4th 134 Denny Moffatt DRBC (6) 4 2 4 4 5 (13 DNC) 4 6 4 52 33
  5th 117 Stephen Binedell DRBC (12) 6 (8) 5 5 7 4 5 7 3 62 42
  6th 26 Glen Lawson DRBC 5 8 (9) 9 6 6 5 (13 DNC) 4 7 72 50
  7th 13 Bruce Schnell DRBC 8 (10) (13 DNC) 7 8 8 6 7 5 6 78 55
  8th 9 Tony Humphris DRBC 4 9 5 8 (13 DNC) 4 (13 DNC) 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 95 69
  9th 81 Peter Heathcote DRBC 9 7 7 6 7 (13 DNC) (13 DNC) 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 101 75
  10th 120 Terry Flynn DRBC 3 3 6 (13 DNC) (13 DNC) 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 103 77
  11th 84 Neil Johnston DRBC 10 (13 DNC) (13 DNC) 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 6 13 DNC 13 DNC 120 94
  12th 146 Duncan Starke DRBC 11 (13 DNC) (13 DNC) 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 13 DNC 128 102

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Good Day RCLaser Sailors, A good fleet turnout of 12 RCLs and a building north easterly breeze and 'hot as hell' humidity made for a pleasant but sweaty morning down at the Durban Radio Boat Club yesterday where we completed 11 races by 13h00.
It was great to see RCL55 Peter Simons down from his new home in Howick to sail a RCL after a long break and with 4 x 1st places 2 x 2nd place & 2 x 3rd Peter has not forgotten how to go fast. Peter missed the first two races and still managed a very competitive 2nd place overall
RCL56 was his normal competitive self and was a worthy overall winner for the day.
Other race winner was RCL23 Norrie Taylor with 2 x 1st places and a 3rd overall
,,,,and then came the rest of us!
The fleet is becoming very competitive and rules were generally adhered to with penalties taken but a 'rules afternoon or evening' would not be amiss for the whole fleet so that we can all be reminded of rule interpretation. Let's see when we can organise this.
Thank you to IOM sailor Peter Marklew for manning the bridge for most of the morning
Thanks to everyone who participated and made for an enjoyable morning
Until next time
RCL120
Terry F


Sailwave results for Mad March Regatta 2nd March 2014 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2014

Mad March Regatta 2nd March 2014

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 11, Discards: 2, To count: 9, Entries: 12, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Total Nett Notes
  1st 56 Des Fairbank 1 (4) (4) 1 1 2 3 2 4 1 1 24 16  
  2nd 55 Peter Simons (13 DNC) (13 DNC) 1 2 2 1 7 1 1 3 3 47 21  
  3rd 23 Norrie Taylor 3 1 (8) (11) 3 6 1 5 3 6 2 49 30  
  4th 120 Terry Flynn (6) 3 6 (7) 5 3 4 3 2 2 6 47 34  
  5th 8 Bjorn Hanssen 2 2 7 (13 DNC) (9) 5 2 4 5 4 4 57 35  
  6th 117 Stephen Binedell 8 7 2 3 4 4 (12) 6 (13 DNC) 7 5 71 46  
  7th 13 Bruce Schnell 7 9 3 9 (11) 9 5 7 6 5 (10) 81 60  
  8th 81 Peter Heathcote 5 5 (9) 6 7 (10) 8 8 9 9 7 83 64  
  9th 134 Denny Moffatt 4 6 5 5 6 (13 DNC) 6 11 11 (13 DNC) 13 DNC 93 67  
  10th 26 Glen Lawson 11 11 11 4 10 7 9 10 8 (13 DNC) (13 DNC) 107 81  
  11th 146 Duncan Starke 10 8 10 10 8 (11) (11) 9 10 8 8 103 81  
  12th 82 Gerald Taljaard 9 10 (13 DNC) 8 (13 DNC) 8 10 12 7 10 9 109 83  

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Report & Results for the Impromptu Regatta 16th February 2013

Good Day RCLaser Sailors, I think more "Impromptu Regattas" are called for with yesterday proving to be a very enjoyable & competitive morning
Some stats from the day
11 entries on the start line, biggest fleet since the Nationals
Light north easterly picking up during the morning with some big switches to the east that were great if you got them right!
Hot Durban summer weather at about 30degC
Very competitive fleet
11 races completed before 13h00
The new 1 minute start procedure saving 11 minutes in start time and allowing for 11 minutes more racing
RCL56 Des F a very definite winner for the day. Well done Des
2nd, 3rd & 4th all recorded net points of 30 and depending on which tie breaking rules are used the positions change with each one see 3 result sheets
RCL23 Norrie T & RCL8 Bjorn Hanssen would have been declared 2nd & 3rd with the normal tie breaking rules we use which are Appendix A8.1 & A8.2
Some "on the water bantering" to keep the fleet honest
5 different race winners
Penalties completed almost all the time!
What more can I say but remind you that the Summer Series of Thursday afternoons will officially end on March 6th when we will enjoy a braai and few beers after sailing
Until next time
RCL120

Sailwave results for RCLaser Impromptu Regatta 16th February 2014 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2014

RCLaser Impromptu Regatta 16th February 2014

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 11, Discards: 2, To count: 9, Entries: 11, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo CrewName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 Total Nett Notes
  1st 56 Des Fairbank MRYC 1 2 1 (4) 1 1 2 3 2 (5) 1 23 14  
  2nd 23 Norrie Taylor DRBC (12 DNC) (8) 3 1 5 2 8 1 4 2 4 50 30  
  3rd 8 Bjorn Hanssen DRBC 4 1 4 3 (7) 3 1 2 6 (7) 6 44 30  
  4th 120 Terry Flynn DRBC 3 3 2 2 6 7 (9) 4 (12 DNC) 1 2 51 30  
  5th 81 Peter Heathcote DRBC 7 7 (12 DNC) (12 DNC) 2 5 5 6 1 6 3 66 42  
  6th 117 Stephen Binedell DRBC 2 6 5 8 4 8 3 (12 DNC) 5 4 (12 DNC) 69 45  
  7th 134 Denny Moffatt PYC 9 (10) 6 (10) 3 9 10 5 3 3 7 75 55  
  8th 26 Glen Lawson PYC 6 5 7 (9) (9) 6 4 9 9 8 5 77 59  
  9th 9 Tony Humphris PYC 5 9 9 5 (10) 4 6 7 7 9 (12 DNC) 83 61  
  10th 146 Duncan Starke DRBC 8 4 8 7 8 (10) 7 8 8 (10) 8 86 66  
  11th 82 Gerald Taljaard   10 (12 DNC) 10 6 (12 DNC) 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 12 DNC 122 98  

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Report & Results for the Valentines Regatta

Hello Sailors, Well after some debate about the possibility of rain before sailing yesterday it was decided to 'give it a go' which was the correct decision.

The rain in general held off with maybe a drop or two in one of the 9 races that were sailed.

The wind was from the south west with the strength being from a little nose diving on the run to complete drifting and everything in between.

The shifts couldn't be called shifts but rather wind direction changes and in my opinion the conditions were only just bearable if you were in the lead!!!

RCL8 Bjorn Hanssen & RCL23 Norrie Taylor sailed exceptionally well in the challenging conditions and apart from race 9 that was won by RCL13 Bruce Schnell , Norrie & Bjorn shared all of the other eight race wins.

Unfortunately for Norrie he ran out of batteries in race 7 so missed 3 races and Bjorn ran out of batteries in race 9

It was good to see new boy on the block RCL82 Gerald Taljaard finally on the water and finishing a few races

Thank you to Peter Marklew for assisting with the race starts and position recordings

Until next time when we will sail the Mad March Regatta on Sunday 2nd March 2014
RCL120

Sailwave results for Valentines Regatta 2nd February 2014 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2014

Valentines Regatta 2nd February 2014

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 9, Discards: 1, To count: 8, Entries: 8, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Total Nett Notes
  1st 8 Bjorn Hanssen 6 1 1 2 3 2 1 1 (9 DNC) 26 17  
  2nd 120 Terry Flynn 2 (6) 6 5 4 3 2 2 2 32 26  
  3rd 23 Norrie Taylor 1 3 2 1 1 1 (9 DNC) 9 DNC 9 DNC 36 27  
  4th 13 Bruce Schnell 5 5 3 (6) 2 5 4 3 1 34 28  
  5th 146 Duncan Starke (7) 7 7 7 6 6 3 4 3 50 43  
  6th 134 Denny Moffatt 4 4 4 4 (9 DNC) 4 5 9 DNC 9 DNC 52 43  
  7th 81 Peter Heathcote 3 2 5 3 5 (9 DNC) 9 DNC 9 DNC 9 DNC 54 45  
  8th 82 Gerald Taljaard 8 8 8 8 (9 DNC) 9 DNC 9 DNC 9 DNC 9 DNC 77 68  

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Knysna News
Hi All,
Sailing this week will be at the western end of Leisure Isle. Meet at 15h30.
Drive straight to the end of the island and park under the big tree on the circle.
There is a narrow alley running between the houses that leads to the sailing beach.
Wear "wet" shoes as you will have to wade in a metre or two to launch.
Regards - 104

Knysna News & Results
Hi All,
We had some great sailing at Leisure Isle on Saturday 18th January!
Wind 6 to 8 knots, high tide and 10 races completed without sail changes.
Sailing was competitive, but mistakes, bad luck and concentration lapses separated the wheat from the chaff.
George, as usual, was absolutely consistent and emerged a clear winner. Congratulations George!
The results are attached to this email.
In the morning before the race, George and I did some canoeing to see if the western end of Leisure Isle was suitable for low tide sailing.
After circumventing the shallows we discovered a deep channel off the beach that looks promising.
We will probably try this new venue next week at low tide.
Regards - 104

Sailwave results for Radio Laser 18 January 2014 at Leisure Island 2014

Radio Laser 18 January 2014

Leisure Island

Overall

Sailed: 10, Discards: 2, To count: 8, Entries: 7, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Total Nett
1 61 George Winter (2.0) 1.0 (2.0) 2.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 14.0 10.0
2 104 Jim Cleland (4.0) (2.0) 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 19.0 13.0
3 119 Peter Clunas 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 (4.0) 3.0 3.0 3.0 (4.0) 32.0 24.0
4 90 Brian Beauchamp 1.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 (DNF) 3.0 (DNF) DNF 4.0 3.0 47.0 31.0
5 123 Carlo Brovelli (DNC) (DNC) DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 80.0 64.0
5 77 Malcolm Osborne (DNC) (DNC) DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 80.0 64.0
5 103 Mick Furman (DNC) (DNC) DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 80.0 64.0



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Knysna News
Hi All,
Our first sailing event of 2014 took place at Leisure Isle on Saturday 11th January.
I forgot the course marks so there was a delayed start, but in the end we sailed five races.
Apologies to all. I'll try to get it all right this week!
We sailed in light winds and ended up on "A" sails.
Congratulations to George who was a worthy winner.
Peter's boat showed a good turn of speed in the latter races and he will be a top contender in future regattas.
Attached are the results.
We will race at Leisure Isle on Saturday 18th at 15h00. (not Crab's Creek as discussed)
Please let me know if you are available to sail this week.
Regards - RCL104
Sailwave results for Radio Laser 11 January 2014 at Leisure Island 2014

Radio Laser 11 January 2014

Leisure Island

Overall

Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Entries: 7, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
1 61 George Winter 1.0 1.0 1.0 (2.0) 1.0 6.0 4.0
2 104 Jim Cleland 2.0 (3.0) 2.0 3.0 3.0 13.0 10.0
3 119 Peter Clunas (4.0) 4.0 4.0 1.0 2.0 15.0 11.0
4 123 Carlo Brovelli 3.0 2.0 3.0 (DNF) DNF 24.0 16.0
5 103 Mick Furman 5.0 5.0 5.0 4.0 (DNS) 27.0 19.0
6 77 Malcolm Osborne (DNC) DNC DNC DNC DNC 40.0 32.0
6 90 Brian Beauchamp (DNC) DNC DNC DNC DNC 40.0 32.0



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Sailing Dates for the Knysna RCL Fleet.

Following is the proposed sailing program for the next few weeks.
Please let me know if you are available to sail on Saturday 11th January.
11th January - Leisure Isle - 12h00
The following dates are for information only at this stage, and may change as we get nearer the time.
18th January - Crabs Creek - 11h00
25th January - Leisure Isle - 09h30
1st February - Crabs Creek - 10h00
8th February - Leisure Isle - 10h00
15th February - Leisure Isle - 15h30
22nd February - Crabs Creek - 13h30

Contact Jim Cleland for more details

Good Day Sailors, Well I had a few 'cock-up's' in yesterdays report and results.
Apologies to those who were affected negatively :-)
,,,,,,,but I am very please to actually know that some people do read the e mails that I put out and don't just hit the delete button!

FIRST
I had inadvertently 'published' the results with the results sorted on the last race positions and not the overall result.
So thank you to RCL13 Bruce Schnell for picking that up and telling me about that with his reply email comment

"From the results on Sunday, I came fifth and not third"

The results now correctly sorted are attached and well done to RCL23 Norrie Taylor and RCL8 Bjorn Hanssen for 2nd and 3rd respectively

SECOND
IOM specialist Peter Marklew comments in a reply e mail to my comments of his 2nd and 3rds that he achieved were

Mr Flynn
I’ll have you know, I had 2 or 3 firsts, ha ha…….
Thanks for letting me sail the boats, it’s a load of fun!!!
Peter

,,,well Peter I'm not sure about 2 or 3 firsts, I think it may have been one, well done anyway

Anyway guys we all know it's all for the good of our class and keeps the interest up so all comments are always welcome as sometimes it feels like I have sent my email report into cyber space and no one has even seen then
Until Summer Series on Thursday afternoon
RCL120
Terry F

Report & Results for the RCL New Year Regatta

Good Day to the RCLaser Fleet, For those that were not at the RCL New Year Regatta yesterday you missed a real great morning of racing and the weather played it's part with the north easterly already blowing before 10h30 and then just kept building all morning.

Some skippers started with the storm sail option but all except RCL146 Duncan Starke switched to the B sail after the first or second race and the wind stayed at the top of the B sail for the 1st 5 races but all along the wind was slowly increasing until a few spectacular nosedives and cartwheels downwind in the 5th race persuaded all but RCL8 Bjorn Hanssen & RCL23 Norrie Taylor to change down to the storm sail.

Norrie almost showed that he had made the right decision by staying with the B sail only to 'loose it' on the last run and 'broach out' to let RCL120 snatch the lead from him on no less than 3 or 4 races

RCL146 having stayed with the storm sail for the whole morning and showed that all that practice paid off when the wind came up for the last 5 races and he was amongst the top of the fleet at every buoy and was sailing really well recording his best result of a 4th overall with a number of 2nds and 3rds amongst his results.

RCL23 Norrie T initially dominated the first few races then RCL8 Bjorn H took over from him and then finally RCL120 took the last 5 races and a 1st overall for the day.

New skipper in the fleet RCL82 Gerald Taljaard had unexpected radio troubles and was unable to sail at all. This is the 2nd time Gerald has tried to sail his newly acquired RCL without success, on his 1st attempt he twisted his ankle and that put an end to his 1st attempted sail. It can only get better Gerald!

The wind took a toll on the boats as the results show with a number of skipper experiencing boat failures and some even 'brain failures' !!
RCL23 Norrie was 2nd overall and Bruce Schnell a very deserving 3rd overall

Peter Marklew of IOM fame did some guest appearance on a number of different RCLs and proved to be 'no slouch' recording 1st, 2nds and 3rds on different boats

Bruce also had some friends down who sailed RCL66 for the morning one being the well known PYC member John Howard, it looked like they all enjoyed themselves with the heavier winds proving a bit too challenging

Let's hope we have a few more days like Sunday just such good & enjoyable sailing.

Until Next time
RCL120

ps Don't forget that the Summer Series of Thursdays starts again this Thursday so try to get down to the Pond at 17h00 for racing at 17h30

pps The DRBC AGM takes place on Sunday 19th January at 10h00. So why not bring your RCL down for a bit of fun sailing after the meeting and maybe a borrie roll for an early lunch

Sailwave results for New Year Regatta 5th January 2014 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2014

New Year Regatta 5th January 2014

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 10, Discards: 2, To count: 8, Entries: 9, Scoring system: Appendix A
  Rank SailNo CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Total Nett Notes
  1st 120 Terry Flynn 2 (3) (4) 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 18 11  
  2nd 23 Norrie Taylor 1 1 1 (5) 4 (10 DNC) 2 3 4 2 33 18  
  3rd 8 Bjorn Hanssen 4 4 3 1 1 2 4 5 (10 DNC) (10 DNC) 44 24  
  4th 146 Duncan Starke (7) (7) 5 3 3 3 3 2 2 4 39 25  
  5th 13 Bruce Schnell (10 DNC) (6) 6 4 5 4 5 4 3 3 50 34  
  6th 81 Peter Heathcote 3 2 7 (10 DNC) 6 (10 DNC) 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 78 58  
  7th 66 John Howard & Others 5 (10 DNF) 2 (10 DNC) 10 DNC 10 DNC 6 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 83 63  
  8th 9 Tony Humphris 6 5 (10 DNC) (10 DNC) 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 91 71  
  9th 82 Gerald Taljaard (10 DNC) (10 DNC) 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 10 DNC 100 80  

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Good Day RCLaser Sailors, I hope you had an enjoyable Christmas with your family and friends and now as we move into 'party mode' for the last 2 days of 2013 it's a good time to make a note in the new 2014 calendar that we will be sailing the RCLaser New Year Regatta next Sunday.

We are only sailing once a month so let's try to start the New Year with a real good fleet.
RCLaser New Year Regatta
Sunday 5th January 2014
10h00 for 10h30

Please also remember a few other things that require your attention
The Durban Radio Boat Club subs are now due. Go to this link for all the details http://www.drbc.co.za/index.htm
Do you want just one good reason why you should pay your subs for the club then think of this
If it was not for the DRBC we would no longer have a Pond it would be a picnic spot!!
The RCLaser Association subs of R60.00 are now due, these can be paid into the same bank account the DRBC subs are being paid into at the above mentioned link.
The DRBC AGM is scheduled for Sunday 19th December 2014 at 10h00 The club needs your support.
If you haven't been down to the Pond recently you will be amazed at the turnout that the Scale guys have got going. Have e a look at yesterdays turnout at this link https://www.facebook.com/groups/yachtpond/

Until the 5th January
Terry
RCL120

Hello SA Laser sailors,
Great website.
We are holding the 2014 Australian Titles on the Emerald Lakes on Queensland’s Gold Coast on July 26 and 27. We would love to have a representative/s from SA. Our NoR will be out soon and I can give you more details if you wish. In the meantime, if you go to http://lasers2014.paradiseryc.org/ you will see our preliminary website. This will be added to as we get closer to July.

There are many South Africans living here now and you may well have members who have been thinking of visiting someone here. I can assure you that we will make all visitors very welcome.
Any information you can place on your site will be much appreciated.
Regards
Peter O’Grady

The Father Christmas Regatta was sailed on 1st December 2013.
A Father Christmas hat was an entry requirement .
Left to right. Denny Moffatt, Stephen Binedell, Duncan Starke, Bruce Schnell, Terry Flynn, Norrie Taylor,
Jens Frolich, Des Fairbank, Bjorn Hanssen, Peter Heathcote
photo by Peter Marklew
All the Winners and other competitors seen at the 2013 RCLaser National Championships
All photos thanks to RCL8 Bjorn Hanssen
National Champion RCL56 Des Fairbank receiving the Trophy & Gold Medal from Elize Dixon

Runner Up RCL3 Richard Weddell receiving the Silver Medal from Elize Dixon
RCL4 Rudi McNeill receiving the Bronze Medal from Elize Dixon
RCL61George Winter highest placed Cape sailor at the Nationals in 8th position out of a fleet of 23 boats
RCL114 Yestin Hundley highest placed Northvaal sailor and most 'flights' sailed at the Nationals in 11th position out of a fleet of 23 boats
Michael Surgeson & Mike Dixon the hard working Race Officers for the Nationals
RCL3 Richard Weddell & RCL4 Rudi McNeill representing the 'youngsters' in the fleet and doing a very good job of it!
RCL81, Commodore of DRBC, Peter Heathcote & TCL23 Norrie Taylor in 5th & 12th position respectively
The Cape contingent RCL113 Rob Johnson & RCL61 George Winter
(3rd Cape sailor Brian Beauchamp not in photo)


Concentration at the Nationals Photo by Peter Marklew
Sailwave results for RCLaser Nationals Regatta 9 and 10 November 2013 at The Pond at Blue Lagoon 2013

RCLaser Nationals Regatta 9 and 10 November 2013

The Pond at Blue Lagoon

Results are final

Overall

Sailed: 17, Discards: 4, To count: 13, Entries: 23, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank SailNo CrewName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 Total Nett Notes
1st 56 Des Fairbank MRYC (24 DNC) 1 (4) 2 (3) 2 1 2 3 1 (9) 3 1 2 2 2 2 64 24
2nd 3 Richard Weddell PYC 1 (24 DNC) 2 (9) (7) 1 3 (7) 2 4 3 1 3 5 1 1 1 75 28
3rd 4 Rudi McNeill PYC (24 DNC) 3 1 4 1 3 (5) 1 4 3 1 4 5 1 (6) (12) 4 82 35
4th 7 Andrew Heathcote PYC (24 DNC) 4 5 1 4 (7) 2 4 5 (10) (15) 2 2 6 3 4 3 101 45
5th 23 Norrie Taylor DRBC 6 (24 DNC) (11) 3 5 (8) 6 (11) 6 2 2 5 6 3 5 3 6 112 58
6th 47 Jens Frolich DRBC 4 (24 DNC) 8 5 9 (11) 4 3 8 6 4 6 (10) 8 (11) 7 10 138 82
7th 8 Bjorn Hanssen DRBC (24 DNC) 7 7 (10) 6 (12) (9) 9 7 5 5 9 7 4 7 5 7 140 85
8th 61 Goerge Winter GRRSC 3 (24 DNC) 3 8 (12) 6 (11) 8 1 (12) 6 11 8 11 8 9 9 150 91
9th 120 Terry Flynn DRBC 5 (24 DNC) (16) (15) 2 4 7 6 12 11 (14) 7 4 9 13 10 8 167 98
10th 6 Jimmy Melville RNYC (24 DNC) 2 12 (14) 14 13 10 5 10 (19) (16) 13 9 7 9 8 11 196 123
11th 114 Yestin Hundley LDYC 10 (24 DNC) 10 6 10 10 8 12 (20) (24 DNF) 8 8 12 (14) 4 11 14 205 123
12th 81 Peter Heathcote DRBC (24 DNC) 9 14 11 13 9 12 14 9 8 7 12 (18) (24 DNF) 15 15 (24 DNC) 238 148
13th 90 Brian Beauchamp GRRSC (24 DNC) 5 15 16 11 17 (24 DNF) 10 13 7 12 (24 DNF) 11 17 14 13 (24 DNC) 257 161
14th 117 Stephen Binedell DRBC 8 (24 DNC) 13 13 15 (20) 14 13 (18) 13 (17) 14 15 13 16 6 12 244 165
15th 134 Denny Moffatt PYC 2 (24 DNC) 9 12 16 15 17 15 14 9 10 (24 DNF) (24 DNF) (18) 17 16 15 257 167
16th 13 Bruce Schnell DRBC (24 DNC) 10 17 (21) 18 18 16 17 17 16 11 10 17 10 (20) (24 DNC) 13 279 190
17th 89 John Wright PSC 9 (24 DNC) 18 18 17 14 18 18 (19) 17 (20) (24 DNF) 13 16 10 19 5 279 192
18th 26 Glen Lawson PYC 7 (24 DNC) 21 19 20 16 13 16 11 14 13 (24 DNF) (24 DNF) (24 DNF) 18 18 18 300 204
19th 146 Duncan Starke DRBC 11 (24 DNC) 20 20 (21) 19 (24 DNF) 20 16 18 19 (24 DNF) 16 15 19 14 16 316 223
20th 24 Jerome McLoughlin PYC (24 DNC) 6 6 7 8 5 (24 DNC) (24 DNC) (24 DNC) 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 320 224
21st 113 Rob Johnson DRBC (24 DNC) 8 19 17 19 21 15 19 15 15 18 (24 DNF) (24 DNF) (24 DNF) 24 DNF 17 17 320 224
22nd 9 Tony Humphris PYC (24 DNC) (24 DNC) (24 DNC) (24 DNC) 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNF 14 12 12 24 DNF 24 DNC 374 278
23rd 17 Gregg Hurter DRBC (24 DNC) (24 DNC) (24 DNC) (24 DNC) 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 24 DNC 408 312

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A start of one of the races at the Spring Regatta on Sunday 1st October 2013
Photo by Sharon Schnell