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ZVYC News 2 November 2017

Dear Members and Friends,


Alfred’s Misverstand Regatta
Alfred’s had a great start to the regatta season at the Misverstand Heads and Spring regattas last weekend – well done to all the rowers involved.  Duncan won the MA1×, with Bully and Andrew taking revenge in winning the MA2X. Gavin got three medals with a good win in the Masters 1X and double with Geordie in a very close race.  The men had a good race in the Quad as well, coming first.  The ladies were locked in the same races as men, and competed very well! The Headsrace on Sunday was a special event, with some great rhythm work.
Our next event is the Alfred’s Head Race, at Zeekoevlei this Saturday (4 Nov).
Full results here: Misverstand Heads Race & WCR Spring Regatta 2017

MAC 24
“The kids took line honours (1st most distance covered) but came 3rd on handicap with the ZVYC 420 and Zeekoevlei Sailing Centre finished 2nd overall at the MAC24. The sailors were Alex Falcon, Matt Ashwell, Tristan Tomlinson, Jared Tyler, Ross MacKinnon, Oscar Duys, Rivaldo Arendse and Hamilton Slater. All of them are Optimist sailors or (3 of them) have aged out of Optimists this season. They raced under the name of team Pitchpole for ZVYC. The ZVSC members were Mornay Harding, Luke Topass, Amir Yogya, Shane Joseph, Lance Curtis, Ashley Rudolf, Dean Topass and Duone Petas.
The event was not as well attended as the previous years , due to the fact that school exams are starting soon (the regatta had been postponed to October from last March due to algae problems at MAC at the beginning of the year).
The next 24 hours will be in March 2018. Hopefully we will be able to bring both ZVYC 420’s by then.
The only other 420 at the event was Bishop’s, so the 420 were racing in Open division.

The Sonnets were hindered by the slightly too light wind for them, nevertheless the ZVSC won the Sonnet class and were hot contestants for Line honours, coming second.
Brian and Dean Carstens were racing on the MAC Pico that came first and Elisa Falcon was on the all girls MAC Pico that came second under the skippering of Chiara Fruet.”
Stefan Falcon


Vlei Rat Series is starting on Sunday. First race 09h30best to make use of the early morning conditions, other racing to include the Opti B’s starting at 11h30.
We need a volunteer to help on the Committee boat on Sunday morning for the racing. Please contact Kathryn.
Optimist & Dabchick training from 09h30.


Saturday, 4th November: Alfred’s Sprint Regatta 07h00; club hired for a wedding using East lawn at noon
Sunday, 5th November: Junior Training 09h30; Vlei Rat Series 09h30
Friday, 10th November: TGIF – Upper Deck 18h00
Saturday, 11th November: Alfred’s single scull sprint regatta 07h00; club hired for a wedding at 18h00
Sunday, 12th November: Junior Training 09h30; Vlei Rat Series 09h30
Saturday, 18th November: club hired for a wedding at 13h00
Sunday, 19th November: Alfred’s Social with Braam Malherbe, Upper Deck, 17h00
Saturday, 25th November: Power Boat Skippers Course 08h00 to 17h00 – (this is a golden opportunity to get a power boat licence at a relatively inexpensive price and without attending many lectures for the rest of your life) see poster & details below.

Zeekoevlei Yacht Club will be hosting a Skippers Course Cat E (Inland & 1 mile offshore).  Course fee: R2400 (incl: lectures, practical, course materials & SAMSA registration)  Min age: 16 years or older
MUST have:
– Doctor’s Certificate Medical Form
– Skippering Log Sheet – 25hrs verified Skipper Log Sheet
– Copy of ID
– 4x ID photos (colour only)
– Pen, calculator & ruler
Please bring your own lunch.  Space is LIMITED!! Payment confirms your spot!! Last date to register is Thursday 23rd November.
Book with Kathryn Tel: 021 705 3373  Email:


Youth Academy Volvo Ocean Race – Cape Town 

Firstly I would like to make it clear that in no way are we encouraging a sailor to participate in this event rather than participate in the Youth Nationals to be held in KZN at the same time.  We are simply trying to ascertain how many WC Optimist sailors will be in the area and available on this day as we have logistics and commitments to finalize.      SA Sailing have been given an amazing opportunity and have requested SA Sailing WC to assist.  Volvo Organizers have once again requested participation from our Optimist sailors and youth Umpires to participate in their Youth Academy.  This takes place at the Waterfront on 9 December 2017 (Optimists) and 8-9 December 2017 (Youth Umpires).  They have confirmed that they are very happy for our novice sailors to participate due to Youth Nationals taking priority.  Their aim is to give our youth sailors an amazing experience and an opportunity to be involved in the Volvo stop over.
For more on the program for the day please see the file HERE.
If you are able to volunteer please contact:
Email : – Cell: 082 439 7799

The Little Optimist 
The club has Greg’s book on sale in the office for R120. A beautifully illustrated book about a little boat with a huge heart! Read more about it HERE.

Tribute to Carol Armitage by Len Davies
was so sorry to hear of Carole’s passing – she was so very special in so many ways and deserving of paragraphs of praise for the service she gave to the Club as well as Sailing at so many levels in the Western Cape.
I was privileged to have her accept nomination as Treasurer when I stood as Commodore and found her diligence and attention to detail of immense support. Never a digit out of place and each and every answer readily available at the drop of a hat.
Carole’s attention to detail made her the ideal Timekeeper and as such a joy to Race Officers who were always up to speed with what was happening on the Bridge. This self-same approach was to be seen in the manner in which she managed equipment for not only the Club, but for major events having multiple courses, all demanding of bits and pieces.
Small in stature, Carole was a Club giant, absolutely deserving of the Honourary Life Membership bestowed on her and will be remembered by many far and wide for all her efforts and friendship.

Sadly, I will be out of the country on Tuesday and will miss her funeral.
RIP, Carole, and many thanks!

Lastly, CoCT has issued a Media Release and Guidelines for Water Usage. Read the full document HERE. The club now has 2 well point water taps. One at the Open Boat Park and the other to the left of the clubhouse for the Opti & Covered Boat Park. The shower at the Pool is also well point water as well as the 3 outside toilets (to the right of the braai area) and these are open 24/7. Thank you to Kobus Carstens of Freepower for the installation and plumbing of these points.

Best Wishes,
on behalf of ZVYC,
Ron & Kathryn

Sail at ZVYC

ZVYC provides training programs for multiple ages and levels – the most popular being the junior courses. To find out more about these programs please contact us.

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