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

BREAKING NEWS - KYC Sailors win Hobie 16 Worlds!
William Edwards and Lucinda Edwards were crowned 2014 Hobie® 16 Masters Champions on 04/02/2014. Blaine & Roxanne Dodds came second in a field of 86 - very impressive indeed. Congratulations William & Lucinda - you have done KYC proud. Well done Blaine & Roxanne! We think you are just amazing.
For full details visit www.hobieworlds.com .

Happy New Year 2014 KYC enjoyed an amazing festive season during December and January, thanks to the wonderful support of the members. I would like to extend hearty thanks to Dawn and her staff as well as to the maintenance team, all of whom did a sterling job under great pressure, particularly on New Year's Eve Party evening, which contributed to the great success of the event.
It is extremely pleasing to see a larger fleet of boats on the water with up to twenty sailing on Saturday afternoons. Besides being a wonderful sight, this is very encouraging. I think I surprised a few sailors recently by sailing in a race - something I hope to do more often. The KYC Interclub Regatta takes place on 15th & 16th February, which is an ideal opportunity for sailors to show their skills and for all members to come along to join in the fun and support our team towards keeping the trophy at home. Jim Parkes
Knysna Yacht Club - fresh coat of paint The recently renovated restaurant and cloakrooms looks really grand in their fresh coat of paint. The project of keeping the club in shipshape condition is ongoing and we plan to continue with the upgrading of the main building soon.

Disappointedly, we have noticed many non-members making use of the Club.We appeal to all members to sign their guests in and we draw your attention to the club rules that state that a guest may only be signed in four times a year.

There are still some members that are behind in their subs and we have sent out letters requesting them to settle their accounts. If you are unsure of your account status, please contact Rob in the Admin Office (044 382 5724)
EVENTS for Your Diary    (Blue = Sailing; Red = Social)
   Fri 14 Feb - Valentine’s Dinner
   15/16 Feb - KYC Interclub Regatta
   Sun 16 Feb - Sunday Lunch
   Sat 22 Feb - Class Club Championships
   1 / 2 Mar - Mackinnac Trophy – Upriver Race
Inshore Sailing
Gayle Newby with help from Andrew Finn

THE KYC INTERCLUB is one of the major sailing events in our sailing calendar and will take place on Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th Feb. The Notice of Race, the Sailing Instructions and the Entry Form can be found on the KYC website, www.knysnayachtclub.com.

Please make an effort to participate and encourage all your friends to do the same so we can be sure to keep the Trophy in Knysna!

To help you plan ahead other upcoming Sailing Events are -
Sat, 22 February:Club Class Championships & Active Cup
Sat, 1 & 2 March:Mackinnac Trophy (Up river race)
Sat, 8 March:Michaelides Trophy & Keeler Active Cup - (Offshore)
Sat, 15 & 29 March:Fastnet Trophy 1 & 2
Sun, 23 March: Buffalo Bay Challenge 3(Canoe's,Dinghies, Cats & Keelboats are welcome to participate)

The Ma Wyatt Trophy, sailed on 10th December, was well supported with 22 boats participating in 4 fleets - 9 Open; 3 Hobie; 4 Keelboat and 6 Junior. The Open winner was Peter Unite, Colin Mathiesen was 2nd and Andrew Finn came third, all sailing various types of Laser. Chick Ramsay came first in the Hobie fleet followed by Pat Tarboton and then Jonathan Palmer. In the Junior fleet, Maneli Aphendule came top sailing an RS Tera Pro, Papu Lukhnyo was 2nd on an RS Tera Sport and Maggaza Sanele was 3rd also sailing an RS Tera Pro. Patrick Wilson won the keelboat section with none of the other competitors finishing.

The Westminster Cup, sailed on 12th January 2014, had only 8 participants in the Open fleet and no juniors at all. It was not the best of sailing weather. John Fowler won the race sailing his Sharpie, Colin Mathiesen came 2nd on his Laser 4.7 and in 3rd position was Colin Forster sailing an Extra.

The Mathiesen Cup 1, sailed on 1st February, had a good turnout of 20 boats. The weather was fine with moderate to strong winds. In the Open fleet of 10 there were 6 races. Peter Unite came first, Alan Waterston 2nd, and Colin Mathiesen came 3rd, all sailing Lasers. In the Hobie 14 fleet Don Tait won, Declan Nurse was second and H Niedermann came 3rd. Maggaza Sanele won in the Junior fleet of 4, with Maneli Aphendule 2nd and Rhulumente Asenathu was 3rd, all sailing RS Tera Pros. In the keelboat fleet, Patrick Wilson (Hunter 19) was the winner, Alastair Fraser (L26) 2nd; and John Young (L26) 3rd.

The Mathiesen Cup 1 - Open Fleet Winners The Mathiesen Cup 1 - Junior Fleet Winners
Open Fleet Winners Junior Fleet Winners

The results of all the races are accumulated towards determining the winner of the Aggregate Cup (Open Fleet) and the Marine Pharmacy Trophy (Juniors) at the end of the sailing season. The current status as at 2nd Feb is as follows -

Aggregate Cup (Open)
Name Total Pts
Peter Unite
Colin Mathiesen
Allan Waterston
John Fowler
Rob Clark
Marine Pharmacy Trophy (Juniors)
Name Total Pts
Sanele Maggaza
Aphendule Maneli
Lukhnyo Papu
Hani Bhekumuzi
Sakhumzi Funda

There are only 3 months left to improve your ratings so make sure you compete.

Rescue Boat & Bridge Crew volunteers are in very short supply. If you can assist please contact Stephanie Finn 076 968 1996 or Nan Jamieson 081 393 6632.
Offshore Sailing
Geoff Goddard

The 12th & 13th December 2013 saw the Knysna yachts; "SARA" (vd Stadt, Agulas 45) "NIRVANA" (Muira) & "GEMINI" (Carter 33) sail on a short Rally to Mossel Bay & Return. The downward leg was sailed in perfect conditions with 1.5m seas and 18-20 knots of south easterly breeze. However, in the approaches to Mossel Bay the wind freshened to 25 knots with 2 - 3m seas necessitating a change of plan from anchoring off the Yacht Club to the arrangement of three berths on the MBYBC walk-ons. After communication with Wilhelm von Schutz (MBYBC), three berths were hastily made available making the overnight stop a much more pleasant experience for the collective 11 crew members. Huge thanks go to Wilhelm and the helpers from MBYBC for their prompt assistance, hospitality and camaraderie. The return leg was less eventful in calm seas with a pleasant 12 knot southerly breeze, beam reaching for the first two hours, after which the fleet was becalmed resorting to motor sailing for the remainder of the trip. The event was enjoyed by all and has kindled interest for the staging of future 'cruising in company' events and for the continuation of what was the norm in KYC annals.

Rally to Mossel Bay and Return Rally to Mossel Bay and Return

The Buff Bay/Noetzie Challenge 1, on Sunday, 22 Dec, was sailed in good weather and the number of boats was encouraging. A great day was had by all.

Buff Bay/Noetzie Challenge 1 Buff Bay/Noetzie Challenge 1
The Knysna Heads - Buff Bay/Noetzie Challenge 1 The Knysna Heads - Buff Bay/Noetzie Challenge 1
The Knysna Heads - Buff Bay/Noetzie Challenge 1

The Buffalo Bay Challenge 2, was held on 19th January. Twenty yachts of various sizes enjoyed a glorious day of fun out to sea. The photos tell the story.

Buffalo Bay Challenge 2 Buffalo Bay Challenge 2

The Active Cup
In the skipper's log, after Race 10.2 on 1st February, there are new leaders - Patrick Wilson in first place with 37 points, followed by John Young with 34 points while Brett Gething has dropped to third with 24 points but that maybe is because he has not been entering the races during December and January. In the boat log the L26 "Welsh Witch" is at the top of the ladder with 34 points while L26 "Knysna Challenger" is tied with Hunter 19 "Maxie". For full table of results visit KYC Website www.knysnayachtclub.com.

REMEMBER - NO KYC NUMBER AND CURRENT BOAT PARKING STICKER means that the boat is likely to be removed from the boat parking area to the trailer park alongside Morton's and if not claimed will be disposed of to defray costs. While due care will be exercised by the club in all instances, the trailer park alongside Morton's is less secure than the area in the immediate vicinity of the club house and it has been known for trailer wheels and lights as well as spars (masts and booms) and fittings to be removed from boats and trailers. Please note that the club and/or its employees accept no responsibility for the property of members left on the premises, or, which due to the actions of the member, is relocated to the trailer park.
Social & Dining (Restaurant Tel:044 382 0166)

Galley Specials which are served on Wednesday’s and Fridays at lunch and dinner, are very popular indeed so don't forget to book.

Friday Night Lucky Draw Winner of R1,900 was Christa Sparer. Her lucky draw came on the week before Christmas - what a lovely present!

Winners not at the club to claim the prize
03/01/14 N Lurie R650
17/01/14 Mr /Mrs Webstere R750
31/01/14 Mr Maul R850

Happy Hour on 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:
08/01/14 Maureen Price R180
15/01/14 H. V Zyl R156
22/01/14 Nan Jamison R156
29/01/14 Mike Volk R160

Wet Weather Gear For Sale:
Ladies' Musto Performance Size "S" - Used only twice R5,000
Men's Burke PB20 Size 36 - Hardly used R5,000. Contact Roger 082 569 7888.
Thought for the Month

"Thought is cause. Experience is effect. If you don't like the effects in your life, you have to change the nature of your thinking." (M Williamson)
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.


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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