|2003 National Championships||Northvaal Sailing Association|
Flying Dutchman, Dolphin & Enterprise Classes
GP14 NSA Provincial Championships
Pretoria Sailing Club, October 2003
Early on the Saturday morning of the event, as the boats were arriving and rigging, a good, steady wind prevailed from the east. However, as it often happens with this direction, as soon as sound signals for the start of the racng went off, it started subsiding.
One race was held in the
morning. By the time the last boats finished, there was not enough to start a
second. An early lunch was called for. Over lunch, puffs from the north started
appearing. Three races were held in
the afternoon. A passing thunderstorm caused some concern, but it went to the
east. It did bring a bit of wind, but from the opposite direction.
A start time of 09:00 was
called for on Sunday morning, in the hopes that the races could be completed
before they faded. There was sufficient wind for three races to be completed.
The wind was from the N/W, over the hill behind the clubhouse. This resulted in
large shifts getting to the weather mark.. Where possible, Olympic courses were
set, otherwise club courses were used.
All classes struggled to
get their members to enter the event. The Dolphin class was the largest, but
also had far fewer than normal. The Enterprises and Flying Dutchaman classes just managed to get ten boats to
qualify for a SAS gold medal.
class, Nigel Trevarthen & Gavin Breckle did not have too much trouble. Their
main competition came, as usual, from Dirk von der Fecht. He in turn had
competition at times from Willem. In two of the races, the leading boats stopped
to wait before the finishing line to ensure the tail enders were not out of the
20 minute time limit.
The Dolphin class was dominated by Tim Addison & Rosanne Roos, who won four of the seven races and were second in the others. This class was also plagued by a low turnout. In the past, Dolphin numbers, particularly when sailing at PSC, comfortably made over 30 entries This year, with 16 boats sailing, they could only qualify for gold and silver medals.
In the Enterprise class, competition was close between Hofmann, Davies and Mitchell, with single points separating the 3 at the end. The winner was decided in the last race over the last few metres of the last beat to the finish. Kim Davies went to the right, Pat Mitchell went to the left and got a lift from that side to win overall.
For the full results for each class, go to the Results section