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Knysna Yacht Club
Newsletter - February 2014
Commodore's Corner
Jim Parkes

February is known for being the month when people quieten down after the festive season, get back to serious work and take stock of the year ahead. However, I am pleased to say that the Club has continued to be busy particularly for lunches and dinners on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The main event of the month was the successful staging of the KYC Interclub Regatta. It was great to see the place buzzing with activity. There was a wonderful atmosphere with families camping in the boat park, children jumping in the water, plenty of activity around the braai area and lots of young people generally having fun, not to mention all the sailing action on the lagoon. Congratulations to Andrew Finn and his team on a job well done!

I would like to thank Joop Weddepohl for his generous donation of a beautiful model cutter-rigged cruising yacht, which will be on display in the main clubhouse very soon. It will add to the new look of the club, which is looking very smart, thanks to the perseverance of Albert Lombaard.

Friday Night Lucky Draw Winner of R1050 was Mr J Neuwerth on 28th Feb. Good start to the year!
Celebrate your occasions at the KYC clubhouse including weddings, birthday parties and anniversaries. The venue has the wow factor!
EVENTS for Your Diary    (Blue = Sailing; Red = Social)
   Wed 5 Mar - New Members' Evening 18:00
   Sat 08 Mar - Michaelides Trophy
   Sat 15 Mar - Fastnet Trophy 1
   15 /16 Mar - Eastern Cape Interschool's (RYC)
   Mon 17 Mar - St Patrick's Day Pub Evening
   Sun 23 Mar - Buffalo Bay Challenge 3
   Sun 23 Mar - Sunday Lunch
   Sat 29 Feb - Fastnet Trophy 2
Inshore Sailing
Malcolm Osborne & Gayle Newby

THE KYC INTERCLUB REGATTA, which took place on the Knysna Lagoon over the weekend of 15/16 March, was most enjoyable and successful event, well supported by the local clubs (Mossel Bay and George Lakes) in large numbers, with smaller contingents coming from Port Elizabeth (Redhouse and Algoa Bay Yacht Clubs). The fleet of 60 boats made a wonderful spectacle out on the water. In the senior fleet there was a wide variety of craft racing together, but the Lasers were in the majority. Catamarans had a separate start - they had Darts, Hobie 16's and Hobie 14's. The junior fleet consisted of Optimists, RS Tera, Mirror and one of each of Dabchick and Topper.

Four races were sailed on Saturday in a light South Easterly wind. The fleet had to contend with the incoming tide and most chose to short tack up the sand banks to avoid the current when going upwind. The senior fleet in these races was generally led by the GLYC Fireball of David Laing & Mark Dee, chased by the Finn of KYC's David Shilton and RYC's Sonnet, sailed by Stephen du Toit and Sarah Arnold. The junior fleet was led by KYC's RS Tera Pros, sailed by Sanele Magqaza and Aphendule Manelii, with the RS Tera Sports of Robyn Hellstrom (GLYC) and RYC's Sophie Hynch not far behind.

On Sunday, it was spring low tide at the scheduled start time, with not much water in the channels. To cater for this, a long haul race was set. The start was from the club house, and the senior fleet had to round a mark near the Knysna Heads, then return to finish at the yacht club. The junior fleet's rounding mark was closer - just past Thesen Island. Then, with the incoming tide, there was sufficient water to set normal races in the channels. Three further races were set in the moderate South Easter.

The prize giving ceremony was held just after the sailing had been completed. The winner of the KYC Interclub Trophy in the senior fleet was Mossel Bay Yacht & Boat Club, ahead of KYC. This is MBYBC's first win in this category. The junior inter club competition was won by George Lakes Yacht Club, ahead of KYC.

In the individual categories, the overall winner in the senior fleet was the Sonnet of Stephen du Toit and Sarah Arnold, with David Shilton (Finn) second and John Marc Olivier (Laser Radial) in third place. In the junior fleet, first place went to Robyn Hellstrom, with Sanele Magqaza in 2nd place, Sophie Hynch 3rd, all seen in photos below.

Front Row L-R: Sophie; Sanele & Robyn
Back Row: Albert Lombaard (KYC Vice-Com)
David; Stephen, Sarah, John Marc with Andrew
Offshore Sailing
Geoff Goddard

The Juenger's sailed into Knysna on their Halberg Rassy 34 "Susanna" for a short stop over last November. Subsequently they have fallen in love with our town and club and have taken out temporary membership.

They have kindly donated a used mainsail, which will work handsomely with the KYC sail training vessel "Restless"

Burgee exchange with Susi & Elmar Juenger (Yacht Club, Austria) Geoff Goddard & Roger Clancy (KYC)

The Buffalo Bay Challenge 3 SUNDAY 23 March
After the exciting Buffalo Bay Challenge 2 in January, it is time to get ready for the final off-shore event of the current sailing season. Make the most of it!

Walk on berth at KYC (7.5m) Number 88 For Sale: The sale is being performed on a tender basis and is subject to an undisclosed reserve and to approval by the General Committee. Interested parties must be members of KYC. Tenders should be addressed to the Commodore and delivered to the KYC Office or mailed to PO Box 613, Knysna, 6570. The deadline for tenders is 12h00 on 31st March 2014.

Definition of Sailing - "The fine art of getting wet and becoming ill while slowly going nowhere at great expense." (Source; Henry Beard & Roy McKie)

Active Cup Logs Races 1 to 11.2
Social & Dining (Restaurant Tel:044 382 0166)

The Restaurant is open for breakfast from Monday to Saturday 08:30 to 12:00; for lunches from 12:00 to 14h00 and for dinner on Wednesdays and Fridays from 18:00 to 21:00. The popular specials are served on Wednesdays and Fridays at lunch and dinner, so don't forget to book.

Friday Night Lucky Draw Winner of R1050 was Mr J Neuwerth on 28th Feb.

The people who were not at the club to claim their prize were -
07/02/14 Mr Rosendahl R900
14/02/14 Not Eligible R950
21/02/14 Mr P Jeens R1000

Happy Hour: Wednesday evenings from 18h00 to 19h00 is always buzzing. Enjoy half price drinks on selected items and the friendly atmosphere.

Winners of Happy Hour Draws:
05/02/14 Maureen Price R100
12/02/14 Pierre Basson R100
19/02/14 No Draw  
26/02/14 Glen Hansen R118
Thought for the Month

"Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest." (Mark Twain)


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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