Royal Cape Yacht Club Newsletter - 17 February 2017

THE RCYC CABLE - Vitor Medina & Luke Scott

Ahoy Capers
We are right in the thick of the sailing silly season, and we welcome the many sailors and yachts from the Eastern Cape, Kwazulu Natal and Gauteng, as well as our friends from neighbouring Western Cape yacht clubs. Thank you so much for your support and participation in summer yacht racing in Table Bay and beyond…I think it makes us all better sailors. Let’s have fun together.

The Fling Regatta last weekend once again introduced positive innovation; this time in support of the initiative to introduce a single national club rating system for South Africa, being the ORC Club measurement rating. A staggering 78 yachts have already received final or test certificates on the ORC Club system in South Africa, with more to follow shortly. There were 37 ORC Club entries in the Fling Regatta, with 35 actually competing on the water. Although the weather on the courses did not always play ball, the regatta brought some very competitive sailors and fleets together. We also saw the introduction of the exciting CAPE 31 pocket rocketship. Blink and it is gone. The initiative to develop an exciting new one design fleet for Cape Town conditions has been met with great enthusiasm, with the sale of 7 of the first 8 hulls confirmed within a week of the launch!

The Lufthansa Twilight Series continues to charm us all and Wednesday night was yet another beautiful evening on the water, with another 50 yacht fleet. Lufthansa is showcasing Cape Town globally as their City of the Month, and the social media reach of their sailing features is quite staggering, with hundreds of thousands of views…that’s got to be good for sailing and Cape Town?!
Next weekend is the Mykonos Offshore, with 85 yachts currently entered to have a jolly good time dashing off to Langebaan. There should be over 50 ORC Club yachts in that fleet, and it also forms part of the IRC Cape Summer Series. There are a couple of exciting innovations in this year’s event, to keep things fresh. Remember, there is also a more cruisy Saldanha Bay Raid the following week.
The fun summer season ender at RCYC is the Fin de la Saison Regatta, 18 - 19 March 2017. Entry is free, and fun sailing is the hook. Our friends at HBYC will be hosting their Admirals Regatta on 25 – 26 March 2017.
The current vibe in the club is really fun and contagious. It is especially great to see so many new faces and youngsters enjoying the club and sailing. We hope we can all share this positivity with the love, respect and tolerance for one another that we all deserve.

 Vitor and Luke


The Fling Regatta held this last weekend delivered on a couple of fronts:

• close and enjoyable racing when the weather and courses played ball! This being especially true for the first race on Saturday, which really could not have been much better.

• the ugly transition behind a 1km vertical slab of Table Mountain beauty showed everyone "who's da boss". Not a weekend for a timid race officer. Well done bold Stuart, your courses were innovative and fun when the wind played ball, and you stood up and listened to the views of both sated and frustrated sailors alike.

• the introduction of the exciting little rocket ship Cape 31 - a smashing new one design sports-boat developed for Cape Town. The sight of her planing downwind at over 20 knots on her first weekend on the water must be an exciting marker for things to come.

• a really good turnout of young sailors from around the country, showing fresh spirit on and off the water.

• sailors and entries from around the country, including some of the best in the land from Jozi, Durbs and PE. Very very cool - thank you for coming.

• a resurgence of interest from top sailors who've not been active in sailing in recent years.

• the ORC Club rating system used exclusively in South Africa for the first time, with some very close results in some races. There were some "lottery" races, especially for Div 2 & 3, with highly variable conditions in race 1 & 3, so the best example of the system is race 2. I don't think the actual races in the Regatta teach us much about any rating system, as there was simply too much variation in the conditions, so look forward to the next Regatta.

A big thank you to the Fling Regatta benefactor, Irvine Laidlaw.
Attention RCYC fleet - as you all know, the Saldanha Bay Raid is fast approaching, being the first Saturday in March and we would love your participation. The plan is to meet the Saldanha Bay members at North Bay, alternatively the Port Captain’s beach for a light braai. There will be fires and the suggestion is to bring wors and rolls. All then return to the SBYC for a braai and party in the evening where braai packs will be available for purchase. Next morning, everyone sails back to Cape Town. Andrew Collins is organising a bus from Mykonos after the Regatta and a bus back to Mykonos the following Friday, so far, very little interest has been shown. If there is insufficient support, it is not economical to arrange the buses so we need all of you to enter on the board and book your places on the bus at We need to let SBYC know the number of participants, so please sign up and support the event. – Simon Hamer (RCYC Cruising Chairman)
The Fin de la Saison Regatta is Royal Cape's ultimate summer season ender, featuring Fun Sailing! Taking place 18-19 March, and incorporating race date 2 of the Club Summer Series, racing will be based on fresh formats and offer an alternative to conventional windward leeward short course racing. Some ideas for races include, but are not restricted to:
The Sprint
In the Spirit of the Club Summer Series, this is a short dash to warm up. The Start and handling are key.

The Lighthouse Family
A Bay Race visiting some or all of the lighthouses in Table Bay (Mouille Point; Robben Island; Milnerton)

The Dassen Duster
A 70 mile race to Dassen and back, with the option to shorten course and finish at Dassen and return under non racing conditions.

The Bokpunt Blaster
A 44 mile race to Bokpunt and back, with the option to shorten course and finish at Bokpunt and return under non racing conditions.

The Vulcan Rocker
A 26 mile race to Vulcan Rock and back in a westerly or southwesterly breeze.

The Floater
Rather than stay ashore and wait, this is a no wind scenario raft up at Granger Bay or Clifton with on water entertainment. Anyone of the other races could follow on if weather permits.

The Navigator
A mystery bay race to stated waypoints to test the navigators

In all cases, suitably shorter courses may be set for smaller and slower (or all) yachts, with the emphasis on fun sailing.
There will be a cocktail party for all on Saturday night.
Cape 31 Design
The Cape 31 design is by Mark Mills, specially created for conditions in Cape Town. It is faster than his C&C30 design because of hull shape, weight and ballast ratio. The boat is built in E-glass, with carbon rudder and foil. Engine is an inboard Yamaha 10hp. Winches by Harken. Spars are carbon by Southern Spars. Standing rigging is rod. Ropes are high tech by Southern Ropes. Designed light ship weight is 1770kg. Builder (except for hull 1): Uwe Jasperson. Proposed crew weight limit will be 595 kg. Continue reading...
Eric Lebreton, Michel Barge, Jacques Deniaud and Paul Bonnet, all members of the Yacht Club|La Baule exchange burgees with Greg Davis and Luke Scott, RCYC Sailing and Vice Commodore respectively. YCLB is home to sailors like Bruno and Loïck Peyron.


The Fling Regatta that took place over the previous weekend saw the Academy enter a team on the L26 “Escape”. We had to swap crew members around from Friday to Saturday as not everyone could make it on all the days but the core crew stayed the same.

Left to right in the picture:
Trevor Allin, Sonja Stock, JC Knobel, Carlo Olivier, Brent Gray

(People missing from prize giving: Ricardo Botha)

We managed to achieve first place after another boat had to retire due to accidentally exceeding the weight limit.

L26 “Colour of Magic” sponsored by Lights by Linea took second place. On board were Ryan Barnardo and Cullen Keytel, both Academy members, who have sailed the Lipton Cup for the Academy before.

Third Place was taken by our own Commodore, Vitor Medina, on his Miura “FarMed”   - Jason Grey


Team Hollard Jacana

In response to being voted as RCYC sailor/team of the month as recognition for our success in Maserati Cape Town Race Week and the Harken Round Robben Island Race, the crew has prepared the following submission. continue reading...

17 February 2017 

A friendly reminder to our participating boats. Please be so kind as to keep one or two spaces on your boat for visiting guests. Kindly advise Micky in reception on Wednesday Evenings

24 – 25 February 2017

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Club Summer Series

This series is part of the 2016/2017 Club Championships.

Saturday, 18 March

First Race starts at 13h00

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Fin de la Saison

18th – 19th March

The Fin de la Saison Regatta is Royal Cape’s ultimate summer season-ender, featuring Fun Sailing

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For our Full Sailing Calendar click on the picture below
Cape Town is Lufthansa's City of the Month for February, and they have identified the Twilight Series as something they would like to showcase across their social media channels. Please send your hi res Lufthansa Twilight Series pictures to , with photographer credit, for consideration. Look out for the hashtag #LHCityoftheMonth in social media in February.
Also, tag your social media pictures with #lufthansatwilightseries


This Week

R 5 500

The winner of last Friday night’s lucky draw was Mr Keith Scholtz, who was unfortunately not present to collect his prize.

The draw takes place around 19H45 every Friday evening in the club bar. You have to be a fully paid up RCYC member and present at the time to qualify for the win.

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 Tickets R200 - Ladies Only

25 March 2017

and join us for the Commodore's Wife's Dinner
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