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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 Im 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, Im 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
Dont 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!
Thats 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
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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 wasnt 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 wasnt 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.