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Knysna Yacht Club
Newsletter - August 2013
Commodore’s Corner
Jim Parkes

The month of August lived up to its reputation for stormy weather bringing gale force winds and heavy rain, which regrettably caused the Opening Cruise to be cancelled. However, we can look forward to a full calendar of events for the new sailing season. The 2013/2014 KYC Calendar of Events booklet is now available and will be posted out to members during September. The detailed Sailing & Social Calendar can also be accessed on the KYC website: www.knysnayachtclub.com/sailing-calendar. So read all about it, plan ahead and make the most of your club's facilities in the glorious Spring weather.

Georgou Divaris CONGRATULATIONS to Georgou Divaris, for winning Gold at the RS Tera World Championships!
As reported in the most recent Gybeset Newsletter, Georgou was among the medal winners who were recognised by the Minister of Sports and Recreation, Mr Fikile Mbalula, at a glittering gala dinner in Cape Town on 31st August.

According to the report by Peter Hall, South African Sailing National Councillor and Western Cape Dinghy Chairman, "sailing was recognized together with the World Championship achievements of the 7's Rugby, Rowing, Swimming and Deaflympics, with the gold medal winners being awarded R10,000, silver medal winners R7,000 and bronze winners receiving R5,000.

In a rousing address, the Minister expressed his enthusiasm for excellence within sport ("we do not roll out the red carpet for mediocrity, we roll out the red carpet for excellence") and congratulated all the award winners for being role models and an inspiration to fellow South Africans. Sailing was high on the agenda - "it is not just rugby, cricket and soccer - there is sailing, swimming and rowing too!" The Minister also mentioned the importance of "make sailing fashionable" (Really good news!!)

It is wonderful to see the hard work and commitment of our award winners being recognized at this level and we hope that this will serve as additional motivation for all sailors to achieve results at the highest level for South Africa."

The following sailors were recognized:
   •  Ryan & Michaela Robinson - Mirror Worlds - Gold
   •  Allan & Daniel Lawrence - Hobie Tiger Worlds - Silver
   •  Blaine & Peter Dodds - Hobie Tiger Worlds - Bronze
   •  Georgiou Divaris - RS Tera Worlds (Sport) - Gold
   •  Sam Lombard - RS Tera (Pro Fleet) - Silver
   •  James Hellstrom - RS Tera (Pro Fleet) - Bronze
   •  Brandon Wijtenburg & Todd Fisher - Hobie Dragoon Worlds - Silver

Boat parking: If you have a Dinghy, Tender; Canoe or Trailer in the boat park or the trailer park, the Sailing Committee needs your kind assistance to update the boat parking records at the Club. You can help by contacting Rob Clark in the office as soon as possible by telephone on 044 382 5724 or by email kyc@kingsley.co.za. You need to provide him with the KYC boat number, the type of craft or trailer, where it is currently parked and your contact details. It would be preferable that you complete a Boat Parking Application Form, which is available as a download from the KYC web site www.knysnayachtclub.com or can be obtained from the KYC Office. In case you need it, the new KYC Fax No is 086 516 7563.
EVENTS for Your Diary
   Sat 7 & Sun 8 Sept - Founders Trophy 1 & 2 (KYC)
   Sat 7 Sept - Active Cup Race 1 (KYC)
   Sat 14 Sept - Club Class Championships (KYC)
   Sat 21 - Tue 24 - SE Cape Regional Champs (MBYBC)
   Sat 28 Sept - Dewar Shield 1 (KYC)
   Wed 2 Oct - New Members Evening (KYC)
Inshore Sailing

The Sailing Season is now officially open. There is so much fun to be had so let's see plenty of boats on the water. The first sailing event of the season, the Founders Trophy 1 & 1 will take place on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September.

Presentation from the RS Tera World Championship Sailors
Wanga Mbabe On the afternoon of 31st August, despite bad weather, a good crowd gathered to hear Wanga Mbabe and Georgou Divaris give feedback on their amazing experiences at the RS Tera Worlds in Weymouth. Unfortunately, Bhekumuzi Hani was unable to be there for family reasons. However, the two sailors did a great job as could be gauged from the audience response. The presentation included travelling by air to the UK, the venue, preparation, practice, the opening ceremony, sailing with the world's top 50, fun time, making new friends, the closing ceremony and their visit to London.

In conclusion, Wanga extended special thanks to the KYC Gencom for arranging the Weymouth fundraising campaign and also to the Knysna Municipality, the Rotary club, members of the club and non-members who donated different valuable things such as money to pay for the trip, and sailing gear, with particular thanks to Andrew Finn for all his support and to Mike Pogodin for looking after them. He concluded by saying "Without all this support we wouldn't have been there."

The presentation will be available on the KYC website soon.

RS Tera World Championship Sailors RS Tera World Championship Sailors

KYC Sailing Academy offers junior sail training in the following categories and time slots -
   •  Novices - every Friday afternoon at 14h30;
   •  Intermediate - every Saturday morning at 11h00.
Contact Senior Coach, Mike Pogodin, on 076 276 7960; mikepogodin@mydialup.co.za

Sailing Secretary: Unfortunately, Don Brink, who was elected as the Sailing Secretary at the AGM, has stepped down for personal reasons. No new appointment has been made as yet but in the meantime, Andrew Finn is holding the fort and several people have been co-opted to assist.

Rescue Boat & Bridge Crew volunteers are in very short supply. If you can assist please contact Andrew Finn 082 556 4604 or Anton Heymann 082 074 6352.
Offshore Sailing
Geoff Goddard

The Active Cup - Race 1 is being held on Saturday 7th Sept. We really hope you have got over any winter blues, shaken out your sails and readied your boat for a challenging season of sailing, which includes 16 Active Cup events and 3 Buffalo Bay Challenges.
Paul Dugmore

August has seen the K2's out in force as paddlers prepare for the two big Cape events, the Breede and the Hansa Fish River canoe marathons.

There were two Breede pre-races as usual. Zac Isaac and Danie Van Zyl teamed up to enter the first one, which was raced from Drew to Swellendam on a full and freezing river.

Last Saturday Hubby Sandberg and the mixed pairing of Rory Sandberg and Jess Wienand tackled the race from Robertson to Bonnievale. Most paddlers who are used to the normal flow of 30-50 cumecshad to contend with a Breede flowing at around 600 cumecs. This made for a very fast race with the first 31 canoes all breaking the record. Rory and Jess recorded their TOP SPEED AT 27KM//H!!! Well done to Hubby and his partner, Andre Rabie, who finished 2nd in their age group.

Breede and the Hansa Fish River canoe marathons 20km George Dam race

Knysna canoeists also took part in the 20km George Dam race earlier in the month. Early morning bad weather unfortunately put some paddlers off but it warmed up nicely later on and everyone enjoyed the event. The Knysna paddlers' results are as follows.
   •  1st - Paul Dugmore/ Norman Frost
   •  2nd - Hubby Sandberg/John Stanwix
   •  4th - Trevor/Jenny Niksch
   •  5th - Rory Sandberg/Jess Wienand

Good luck to everyone racing over the next month!
Social & Dining Scene

The Friday Evening Lucky Draw is now worth over R1200 and goes up by R50 every week. Remember to be at the Club between 19h00 and 19h30 so on Fridays so that if your name comes up, you can claim it.

Galley Specials - Try the delicious and varied dishes available every Wednesday and Friday. Check out Facebook or the Notice Board to see what tempting delights are on offer.

Peter and Agelika Uhlmann are from Tourensegler Vereiniging Berlin and they visit Knysna every year for their annual holiday. Although they had exchanged their club burgee with KYC about 5 years ago, this year they asked the Commodore to do so again with their new larger burgee.

New Members evening on Wednesday 2nd October: This is an opportunity to make new members feel welcome and to make new acquaintances.

The people whose names were drawn during the past month but were not there to collect were Mr John Winfield (R1050); Mr Gennaro Frezza (R1100); Mr Cecil Orren (R1150); and Mrs Lorna Bluck (R1200).

Winners of Happy Hour Draws:
31 July Paul Coetzee R186
07 Aug Sharon Sharrocks R116
14 Aug Linda Barnard R81
21 Aug No draw  
28 Aug No draw  

KYC Clothing & Memorabilia - are available from the Barmen or from Ian Price 073 410 1563. If your size is not in stock orders can be placed. Be proud and fly your club's colours for all to see.
Thought for the Month

"Motivation is the fuel necessary to keep the human engine running."
(Zig Ziglar)
The editor would like to thank all the contributors for their input and photos and Albert Lombaard for making the colour copies available at the club for the first couple of weeks each month.


Gayle Newby - Liaison Officer
Cell: 082 491 1343
Email: extraheads@iafrica.com
KYC website: www.knysnayachtclub.com
KYC facebook: www.facebook.com/knysnayachtclub

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