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 spread the Brass Bell Regatta held over from the Easter week-end. The forecasts (all three that I consulted) got Saturday correct with next to nothing all day and, initially, looked to have successfully predicted the same for Sunday, until a complete change gave those who continued the attempted race a taste of 30 knot fetching (maximum recorded on Water Music was 36,6 knots). Well done to those  who completed the second lap.

Paul Dennett and family on their cruising catamaran, Kiraku, found the conditions very much to their liking, winning by a few seconds on corrected time from Billy Leisegang and Spook Trainor on Garmin Fiesta. The next three finishers (four boats had retired), Water Music, DHL BT2 and Jasper were separated by just over a minute on corrected time.

The forecasts had suggested for almost a week that Monday would experience a north wester in the lower teens ideal for a Seal Island and back race. Instead, we found very light, switchy conditions – John Leslie beating  in a south easter a couple of hundred meters ahead of Water Music running (actually “ambling” would be more correct) under spinnaker – until a steady westerly breeze settled in for long enough to bring the fleet close to Fish Hoek before dropping off, with the last three finishers finally drifting in after 6 o’clock.

Thanks to the generosity of the Brass Bell, each entrant walked away with a prize, while the winners of the individual races, Kiraku and Little Wing (John Leslie, by the proverbial [sea] mile) and the top three overall (DHL BT2, Water Music and Little Wing) were further rewarded for their overall efforts. All in all, a great Brass Bell Regatta with a bit for everyone. Special thanks are due to Yvonne McDonald for starting the race on Sunday, Simone Balman for looking after the bridge alone for some seven hours on Monday as well as Rob Lawrence for taking the buoy to Seal Island .

Andrew MacK

Quiz Nights are back!!

3rd Night  – Thurs 11th May  entrance fee per night per person R70.
Visitors welcome!! Start time  19h00

Current Teams leader board

THE OTHER TEAM                           62
NIGHTSHIFT                                       61
MENSA MENSE                                 57
BLUE                                                     52
EISH                                                      47
DRAIN BRAIN                                     45
FIGJAM                                                41

The winning team will win the floating trophy 1st year.

Light Meal: Please note that the meal on offer is a light meal, so 1 portion per person.

To enter email: with your team name and members.

R 2 400.00
Friday 5th  May 2017 @ 19h00
If you are insured with Intasure you will in addition to the CASH, get  up to  R 5000.00 off the vessel’s annual insurance premium or your car & household insurance premium

PS: you have to be present in the Crow’s Nest to claim the winnings

Ever wanted to try kayaking?

Well here’s your chance!
Come to the yacht club on Sat 13th May between 10am & 1pm and we will make sure you get a chance to try a kayak for yourself.
Would your children be interested? It is ideal for teenagers; younger children will go in a double with an adult.  Life jackets are compulsory, will be supplied by club.
Come and join us at the Fisherman’s slipway for a fun morning.

What do you need to bring?
A hat or cap, sun tan lotion and something like a takkie to wear on your feet, on the slipway (nothing too clumsy for your feet!)
Remember baggies or shorts and shoes may get wet so bring something dry to change into.
If the weather is not suitable, the Kayaking Open Day will be moved to the following Saturday 20th May 2017. If the date for the Kayak Open Day has to be changed, it will be announced on Dolphyn Diary in the week prior to Saturday 13th May.

Come and join the fun!

SAT 13th May 2017 starting at 08h30
With the weather changing our bay has become increasingly littered with all sorts of unnatural products.
If you are a diver and would like to join in we would love all the help we can get.
Young snorkelers welcome with parent supervision.

Stay and braai afterwards.

Please give your name in at the office or email should you wish to take part.

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