DOLPHYN DIARY NO:  2nd May  2017 – 205 Read your Dolphyn Carefully for all the Sailing & Club events on the Calendar. Wednesday sees the start of the DHL Twilight series of 5 races start time 17:45. Forecast; fresh south easter. Miura weather! Andrew MacK Saturday: Round the Cans race, start 14:30. Forecast: upper teens North West – ideal flat water sailing, followed by some rain (hopefully). The often-used comment that “A forecast is not a promise of what is to come, it is only a forecast” was never more true than over the past week-end. Fortunately, we had three days over which to spreadRead More →

  DOLPHYN DIARY NO:  25th April  2017 – 204 Read your Dolphyn Carefully for all the – Sailing & Club events on the Calendar. WEDNESDAY NIGHT:  1ST OF THE DHL Series After a sneaky south easter on Sunday, the forecast looks fairly benign for the next few days with the hope of a freshish northwester on Wednesday for the first round of the DHL Twilight Series (start 17:45 by special request of Flag Officers). James Scott has very kindly (and expertly) designed and constructed a flashing yellow light for the Emergency/Start mark. Both competitors and bridge crew should now be able to identify it easilyRead More →

  DOLPHYN DIARY NO:  18th April  2017 – 203 Read your Dolphyn Carefully for all the – Sailing & Club events on the Calendar. STBB Twilight Series Wednesday sees the 5th and final race of the series followed by a prize-giving – with live music. The start will be at 17:30 in view of the ever earlier sunset. The current forecast is for a lower to mid-teens south-easter. Should be a great evening worthy of a record-breaking entry of more than 16 boats.Adamastor’s RevengeAccording to Portuguese poet Luis de Camoes, Adamastor is a Greek-type mythological character representing the dangers Portuguese sailors faced when trying to roundRead More →

  DOLPHYN DIARY NO:  11th April  2017 – 201 Read your Dolphyn Carefully for all the – Sailing & Club events on the Calendar. SAILING CALENDAR – CORRECTION The often quoted comment that “weather forecasts are only forecasts, not promises (or words to that effect) was proved to be correct last Saturday when the forecast 10-12 knots degenerated into a large “hole”in the middle of Simon’s Bay causing the double-handed race to be abandoned. WEDNESDAY NIGHT RACING:  12th April 2017 @ 17h45 fifteen minutes earlier due to light. Forecast upper teens NW. This week sees RACE 4 of 5 race of the STBB Series. LiveRead More →

  DOLPHYN DIARY NO:  4th April  2017 – 201 Read your Dolphyn Carefully for all the – Sailing & Club events on the Calendar. SAILING CALENDAR Wednesday evening Twilight Racing is still proving to be the most popular by far. Sixteen boats last week, including some newbies, making well over twenty different entries since January. Keep it up. Remember that racing even at the “back of the fleet” identifies the inefficiencies in your sailing, since all systems need to work easily (and quickly). Inefficiencies equal SLOW! Many an active regular club racer started out as a “tail-end Charlie”. Give it a try. Saturday’s race forRead More →

DOLPHYN DIARY NO:  31st  MARCH 2017 – 200 Read your Dolphyn Carefully for all the – Sailing & Club events on the Calendar. SAILING CALENDAR The reduced velocity of the wind on Sunday. (Did someone mention that autumn must be on the way?) led to the decision to adopt a shorter (and slightly different) course for the Medium distance race. Fortunately, one of the octopus trap buoys placed at the entrance to Fish Hoek bay  offered the ideal opportunity to set a longer course than normally used for our Round-the-Cans races, without having to run the risk of minimal wind in the middle of FalseRead More →

DOLPHYN DIARY NO:  199 – 21st MARCH 2017 Read your Dolphyn Carefully for all the – Sailing & Club events on the Calendar. SAILING CALENDAR For a change, the weather forecasts look somewhat more friendly than they have been for the past couple of weeks with lower to mid-teens Southerly winds expected on both Wednesday and Sunday. That means that there is no justifiable excuse (even if you prefer to call it an explanation) for not spending time on the water. Whilst I need to check my arithmetic, I think that we finally achieved the elusive 20 different skippers since the beginning of February lastRead More →