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Knysna Yacht Club
Newsletter - April/May 2014
Commodore's Corner
Jim Parkes

Another year down.

The closing cruise took place on Saturday 26 April under grey skies and rain however this did not deter the sailors who took to the water and put up a great display for the spectators gathered in the club house. The closing cruise was followed by prize giving with tea and cakes and I would like to thank my mother and Dawn for the wonderful selection of cakes and savoury eats.

The end of the KYC sailing season does not mean go into hibernation, the water will still be there and even in winter we are fortunate in Knysna to experience wonderful weather. As a sailor it is time to take a hard look at your craft and put in that little bit of maintenance and TLC which will ensure that when the KYC sailing season kicks off with the opening cruise towards the end of August you will be ready to take to the water in style.

While sailing takes a back seat your club continues to function as usual and it is time to enjoy the warm hospitality, friendship and good meals that the club has to offer.

An important event on our calendar is the AGM to be held in June. This is the opportunity to hear about the functioning of your club. If you would like to be part of the team contributing to the affairs of the club please let Rob Clark in the office know. Formal notice of the AGM will be posted at the club and sent to members shortly.

This month’s newsletter is a bit late and some of the content maybe little dated for which we apologise. The reason for the delay is due to the resignation of our Liaison Officer Gayle Newby and her husband Roger.

Gayle, who served on the General Committee for the past four years, has produced the monthly newsletter for the past six years, sometimes from as far away as Australia. Roger was the Offshore Sailing representative for two years and has also given much computer related assistance such as the KYC database and the newsletter distribution list.
I personally and, I’m sure I speak for many club members, will miss Gayle's input and positive contribution to the affairs of the club as well as Roger's expertise. It is always a sad day when main stay persons decide to call it a day but change is inevitable.
Gayle and Roger, on behalf of the General Committee and members, I would like to record our thanks and appreciation for what you have done for the club over many years; you will always be welcome visitors.
 
EVENTS for Your Diary    (Blue = Sailing; Red = Social)
   Sunday 11 May: Mother's day lunch
   Sunday 15 May: Father's day lunch
 
Inshore Sailing

THE COMMODORES CUP was sailed on Saturday 5 and 12 April. The event was well supported with four fleets represented - Juniors, Catamarans, Open and Keelboats. Saturday 5 April provided for some great sailing with strong winds while on Saturday 12 there were light and more predictable winds.

Podium positions were taken by two former junior sailors, who learnt their skills at the KYC Sailing Academy, and are now sailing in the senior fleet.

Well done to Jason Cooke and Siyabulela Msindo sailing Lasers who took 1st and 3rd place respectively in the Open category. The Junior fleet winner was Sanele Magazza who has sailed consistently well during this season.

Left: Open Fleet Winners receive the Commodore’s Cup
L-R: Siyabulela Msindo; Jason Cooke;
       Jim Parkes(Commodore); Andrew Finn
Right: Jim Parkes congratulates the
Junior Fleet winner Sanele Magazza

The Hobie 14 Nationals were sailed in East London over 4 days from 28 February to 3 March. Our sailors took 4 of the first 6 places out of a fleet of 14. Well done to Blaine Dodds for taking 1st place, with Don Tait, Declan Nurse and Don Brink taking 2nd, 3rd and 4th places respectively.

The Hobie 16 Nationals followed hot on the heels of the 14's and were sailed from 19 to 23 March at Hobie Beach Port Elizabeth. Blaine Dodds did it again with Roxanne as his crew taking 1st place, William and Lucinda Edwards, and Douglas and Pippa Edwards taking 2nd and 5th places out of a fleet of 30.

Not to be out done by the seniors our Junior sailors have also chalked up a few success stories over the past months.

7 sailors from our development group took part in the Interschool's Championships held at Red House in Port Elizabeth in March representing their school, the Percy Mdala School of Knysna where they succeeded in bringing home the trophy.
Again over the Easter weekend 7 young sailors travelled to False Bay Cape Town, to take part in the Laser Nationals and the Western Cape Championships. The conditions were taxing to say the least and while our budding Laser sailors enjoyed the experience, our juniors made a clean sweep taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions in the Tera class. Our thanks and appreciation go to Mike Pogodin our Junior coach for the time and hard work put to achieve these results.

Georgou Divaris, won the School Sportsman of the Year 2013 award presented by the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) at a gala event in Paarl on Friday, 14 March 2014 where a total of 21 awards were handed over to the province's elite athletes.

Among the many achievements in 2013 that earned him the award, he won the Laser 4.7 SA National Sailing Championships, he took the Gold Medal at the RS Tera World Championships and a Bronze at the African Optimist Sailing Championships.

It is refreshing to see the success that the KYC junior and senior sailors have achieved this year. KYC sailors have again excelled not only in club races but on a national level as well; congratulations to them all.

2014 Tera World Championships are scheduled to be held at Pine Lake Marina Swartvlei Sedgefield. Pre-worlds training will take place from 24 to 26 July, 26 and 27 are allocated to Registration and Equipment registration, with racing from 28 July to 1 August. Three of our junior sailors took part in the 2013 Worlds at Weymouth; with this event on our door step this year hopefully we will see more of our young sailors taking part.
 
Boat Parking

The new financial year of the club commenced on 1 April and it is time to review your boat parking requirements.

While the completion of a boat parking application form on an annual basis will assist in keeping records up to date, this is strictly not necessary and the club will invoice based on the records held. If your requirements have changed from last year please advise Rob Clark as soon as possible.

Boat parking is subject to Terms and Conditions which are usually published in the Calendar of Events and are available on request from the office. One of the conditions is that your boat must display a KYC number. If you do not have a KYC number for your boat, please speak to Rob Clark in the office. Sign boards have also recently been erected at the club dealing with the parking of boats on club premises.

With your help we can avoid a repeat of last year where we were only able to get around to dealing with boat parking in November/December.

Over the years we have also managed to accumulate a fair amount of JUNK in the trailer park. We need to get to grips with this area as well and will be getting to it shortly. If you have a boat or trailer in the trailer park tell us about it.


WHO OWNS THIS BOAT

Will the owner of the Laser dinghy No 176513 in the pictures alongside, parked in the sheds at the club, please contact Allan Waterston email mwwally@mweb.co.za as soon as possible. In the event that the owner does not come forward within the next 3 months the boat may be sold to defray expenses.
 
Offshore Sailing

The last race in the Active Cup series was sailed on Saturday 12 April with John Young on a L26 taking line honours, with Maarten Visser in an F180 and Partick Wilson in a Hunter taking 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

The overall results of the Active Cup sailed during the season are as follows:
2013-14 ACTIVE CUP FINAL RESULTS
Position Name Points
1
Patrick Wilson
44
2
John Young
41
3
Brett Gething
27
4
Maarten Visser
24
5
Jamie Bacon
5
6
Earle Seals
4
7
Julie Middleton
4
8
Alistair Fraser
4
9
Justin Stoker
2
10
Anton Heymann
1
11
Stuart Hume
1
 
Canoeing

Tuesday time trials Tuesday time trials Above: Day three, Tops Needle

In February Neil and Di Steenkamp went up to Pietermaritzburg to take part in the Dusi canoe marathon. This wonderful race takes place over three days, and sees participants starting at Campsdrift in Pietermaritzburg, and finishing at Blue Lagoon in Durban.

This unique race with many exciting rapids and portages covers a total distance of 120km.  Neil and Di had a flawless race, shooting all the major obstacles without any swims.  Day one and two had relatively low water, with temperatures soaring well into the 40’s, however this was made up for on day three when water was released from Inanda Dam, with paddling at its best – cool clear water, beautiful scenery and wonderful rapids.

Neil and Di finished 25th in the Mixed doubles, and 331st out of 713 boats.

The women’s race was one of the most exciting ever, with just over two minutes separating the first and second position. Abbey Ulansky and Robyn Kime managed to clinch a hard-fought victory from Abby Adie and Anna Adamová, whilst the men’s race was won by Andy Birkett and Sbonelo Zondi.
 
Admin, Social & Dining (Restaurant Tel: 044 382 0166)

Dining: (Restaurant Tel: 044 382 0166)
Remember the restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch daily Monday through Saturday and for dinner on Wednesday and Friday nights. Come and enjoy a weekly special or select from the a la carte menu.

Payments received
The club has received the payments listed below credited to the bank account without an adequate reference and accordingly these payments can't be allocated. If you made a payment to the club on the dates indicated please check your reference and if one of these is yours please contact Rob Clark in the office.

01/04/2014 – R1517.00 ref - Cash Deposit Knysna 383
03/04/2014 – R1537.00 ref - Sub 2014/15 Etc from Fabio
03/04/2014 – R2267.00 ref - V Stegeren # 646
08/04/2014 – R1537 ref- Knysna Yacht Club
08/04/2014 – R1537.00 ref - GretheMaritDelas
10/04/2014 – R1534.00 ref - Account A05 JWAMO

Friday Night Lucky Draw and Wednesday HAPPY HOUR Winners:

Friday night lucky draws continue and the following were the winners for March and April:
07/03/14 Mr C.L. Pinnoy R500   04/04/14 Mr Leach R700
14/03/14 Mr G.Hagedorn-Hansen R550   11/04/14 Mrs N.E. Engle R750
21/03/14 Mr Kevin & Mrs Hendrika Fouche R600   18/04/14 (no draw)  
28/03/14 Mr Raubenheimer R650   27/04/14 Mr D Simpson R850

Wednesday HAPPY HOUR remains a favourite and the winners of the draws in March and April were:
05/03/14 Diane Hannig R93   02/04/14 Vicky New R146
12/03/14 Yvette R201   09/04/14 Johan Mc Donald R194
19/03/14 Philippa R140   16/04/14 Elle Redman R194
26/03/14 Sylvia Kluhe R134   23/04/14 Duncan Carter R144
 
Thought for the Month

While the art of traditional communication (talking to someone) is almost dead we still practice it at the club. It is amazing how much can be achieved in a phone call or talking to someone face to face rather than via email or text messaging.
 
 

Lombkor
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this Newsletter in words, deeds and photos.
Thank you to Lombkor to providing colour copies for the Clubhouse and to GWIM for producing the electronic version.

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