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Knysna Yacht Club
Newsletter - October 2013
Commodore's Corner
Jim Parkes

The weather was somewhat uncooperative during the month with strong winds and very choppy conditions on the lagoon on several occasions, which caused some events to be re-scheduled.

Parks Cup 1 and Spring Party However, the New Members’ Evening on Wednesday 2nd was an enjoyable and well attended occasion. The Parkes Cup 1, scheduled on Saturday 12th, had to be cancelled but the tea and cakes helped to cheer disappointed sailors and spectators alike. Not to be daunted, party goers had fun at the Spring Party that evening to the music of Cloud Nine. The photos on Facebook tell the story.

(Amazing collage created by Kat Forster)

Finally, on Saturday 19th, a good sailing day dawned and the Parkes Cup 1 & 2 together with the Keeler Active Cup took place. That afternoon the club was a hive of activity and jam-packed. After sailing there was prize giving followed by tea and cakes and in Asche’s Cabin the semi-final Currie Cup Rugby matches were being screened.

Restaurant Maintenance THE RESTAURANT is undergoing maintenance from Monday 28 October until Monday 5th November. All meals will be served in Asche's Cabin. However, Wednesday and Friday Dinner as well as Saturday Lunch will be served in the Restaurant. The General Committee apologizes for any inconvenience but we feel sure that you will be delighted with the result.

During November there are sailing events at the club every Saturday, including the Baillie Cup 1 & 2, sponsored by Huizemark. Hopefully conditions will be more clement.

Membership Subscriptions: There are still a number of members who have not paid. If you are one of those, I appeal to you to please play the game and pay up. There are still some payments that have been received but cannot be identified so, if you have paid but have not received your cards please contact the KYC Office 044 382 5724; kyc@kingsley.co.za; and provide the details of your payment.

KYC Office Hours KYC Office Hours: The KYC administrator, Rob Clark, will be on leave from 7th to 26th November. During that time the Office will only be manned 3 days a week, between 11h00 and 14h00.
If you need assistance call Gayle Newby on 082 491 1343.
EVENTS for Your Diary    (Blue = Sailing; Red = Social)
   Sat 2 Nov - Devereaux Trophy 1
   Sat 9 Nov - Devereaux Trophy 2
   Sat 16 Nov - Baillie Cup 1 (Huizemark)
   Sat 23 Nov - Baillie Cup 2 (Huizemark)
   Sat 30 Nov - Ma Wyatt Trophy 1
Inshore Sailing
Steve Eriksen & Gayle Newby

Knysna Lagoon was alive with sails as the competitors battled strong and gusting winds to compete for the Parkes Cup being held on one day in place of the normal two. Day 1 was rained and blown out on Saturday 12th October, so the competition was re-arranged into an early start at 13:30, and shorter races, on Saturday 19th. The shorter races resulted in a greater spectacle for the spectators, with boats passing close to the Clubhouse as they rounded marker buoys within a stone’s throw, more often than normal.

In the Junior fleet of five RS Tera Sports and a Mirror, Sanele Maggaza was placed first, Aphendule Maneli second and Lukhnyo Papu third. In the Open Fleet of 4 boats, Peter Unite was the winner, sailing a Laser, Dudley Isaac came second on a Finn, and Rob Clark third on another Finn. The Hobie fleet consisted of three 16s and six 14s. The regular champion Blaine Dodds, with his son Peter as crew, was placed first. William and Lucinda Edwards on their Hobie 16 were second, while Declan Nurse was third on a Hobie 14.

Regular competitor Dudley Isaac commented, "It was enjoyable, the wind was strong providing lots of fun and challenges, with some very strong gusts at times". For some of the regular sailors, particularly those in the senior category, the conditions were too strong and they decided to withdraw or not sail at all. The Hobie Fleet in particular enjoyed the strong winds, and sailing a longer course, got in some exhilarating runs.

The Keelboat fleet was well supported with five entries. After a good outing of two races, the winnerby a whisker, was Brett Gething on the L26 "KYC Challenger", while Patrick Wilson and Stuart Hume on the Hunter 19 "Maxie" came second and John Young on his L26 "Welsh Witch" was in third place

The Parkes Cup Winners
The Parkes Family with the Winners

The Parkes Family, represented by Mrs Margaret Parkes, Jim the Commodore and Joanne, sponsored wonderful and plentiful prizes and living up to their reputation, they provided a superb spread for tea and cakes. Sailors and spectators packed the east deck for fun and a variety of refreshmentswhile the Prize-giving took place.

George Lakes Interclub Regatta was sailed on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October in pretty windy conditions. The Junior fleet of 27 entries was won by Sophie Hynch (Redhouse YC) sailing an RS Tera Sport. The Youth fleet of 16 entries was won by Georgou Divaris (GLYC) sailing a Laser 4.7, while the Senior Fleet of 24 entries was won by Mark Dee and Rory Laing(GLYC) sailing a Fireball. The overall winner of the regatta was Georgou Divarisand GLYC was the winning club. KYC had 19 entries altogether. The breakdown was 8 entries in the Junior fleet with best placing to Sanele Maggaza in 5th place, 5 entries in the Youth fleet with best placing to Siya Msindo in 7th place, and 6 entries in the Senior fleet with best placing to Rob Clark in 7th place.

Georgou Divaris - George Lakes Interclub Regatta Sophie Hynch - George Lakes Interclub Regatta
Youth Winner, Georgou Divaris Junior Winner, Sophie Hynch

Junior Sailing needs volunteers to help with sail training and with administration. Please contact Alan Waterston 083 226 6028; mwwally@mweb.co.za, if you can help in any way.

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
Offshore Sailing
Geoff Goddard

The Active Cup: Two further races were held during October. Brett Gething sailing the L26 "Knysna Challenger" continues to hold on to his lead, closely followed by John Young on his L26 "Welsh Witch" with Patrick Wilson on the Hunter 19 "Maxie" third.

  Position Points
Brett Gething
John Young
Patrick Wilson
Jamie Bacon
Earle Seals
Julie Middleton
Maarten Visser
Anton Heymann

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.
Paul Dugmore

September was a busy month for Knysna paddlers. The Breede River marathon held between Robertson and Swellendam doubled as the Western Cape K2 championship and was well attended. Although still full, the flood conditionsof the previous weeks had subsided. The following Knysna combinations made it to the podium in their respective age groups:

  •  Grandmasters: Hubby Sandberg/John Stanwix
  •  Sub-grandmasters: Paul Dugmore/ Norman Frost
  •  Masters: Albert Wasserman/Danie Van Wyk
  •  Juniors: Kaylie Beers/Nina Orzechowski

The annual Hansa Fish River canoe marathon took place at the end of September and drew over 1,400 paddlers. The 48km first day begins with a Le Mans start and a paddle over the Grassridge Dam situated between Cradock and Middleburg. However this year the wind was already pumping when the first batch set off at 6am, which eventually forced the organizers to make the dam a compulsory portage. This meant a long slog around the dam wall to the 'put in' on the river.

With most of the larger rapids negotiated, Day 2 is more about the three famous or infamous weirs which need to be shot. With less than 4kms to the end the largest of these, Cradock Weir, has a big team of lifesavers and is a favourite spectator point. Top finisher for Knysna was Danie Van Wyk paddling with his son Gabriel in 78th position overall. The event ended with a music concert on the Saturday night.

Kaylie Beers and Nina Orzechowski Kaylie Beers and Nina Orzechowski
Above: Kaylie Beers and Nina Orzechowski at Double Trouble on the Fish.
Below L:John Stanwix/HubbySandberg at start of the Breede Le Mans start at the Fish
L:John Stanwix/HubbySandberg L:John Stanwix/HubbySandberg

Fish boat pound

Paul Dugmore/Andre Rabie shooting Cradock Weir
Fish boat pound Paul Dugmore/Andre Rabie
Social & Dining Scene

Galley Specials - We have heard many compliments about the food generally and the specials in particular since the nicknamed "Commodore Chef" took responsibility for overseeing the Galley. If you have not yet tasted them you really are missing out. Why not stay on after Happy Hour or come down on Friday evening and try the delicious and varied dishes. Check out Facebook or the Notice Board to see what tempting delights are on offer.

The Friday Evening Lucky Draw is now worth over R1650 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. The names of the people whose were drawn during the past month but were not there to collect are 5th Oct - Mr Mark Sofianos (R1450); 12th - Mr & Mrs J Taylor (R1500); 19th - Miss J Wylie (R1550) 26th - Ms S Brandt(R1600)

Winners of Happy Hour Draws:
2 Oct Katrina Forster R143
9 Oct Katrina Forster R112
16 Oct Chris Ryan R 42
23 Oct Pierre Basson R116
KYC Clothing & Memorabilia

Great Value Items:
  •  Great Short -sleeved T-shirts with Logo availableat R82.50 each - ideal for summer onshore or on the water.
  •  Pro Active Moisture Management Golf Shirts at R193 each - ideal for sailors
  •  Ladies Baroness Golf Shirt at R219 each.
  •  Metal Key rings (R36) and Lanyards (R31.50) - ideal Christmas presents

Ladies Baroness Golf Shirt
Ladies Baroness Golf Shirt
Lanyards Metal Key rings

Ask at the Bar or call 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

"The reason a dog has so many friends is that it wags its tail instead of its tongue." (Unknown)
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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