Saldanha Bay Yacht Club was once again represented by “Esmeralda” in Mossel Bay. The team was managed by Ingrid Farmer and Esmeralda was skippered by Bernard Farmer. The crew were David Raines, Louis Botha and Larry Taylor.
Mossel Bay lived up to it’s reputation of being one of the most difficult bays to sail in close to the shore. The wind shifts were large, and if you missed one, you found yourself on the wrong side of the field. There were a total of 6 races sailed over the week in tough conditions. We experienced no wind, sheeting rain and also finishing in darkness.
Esmeralda finished in 15th place overall, with a best position of 11th in the 5th race of the week. This was in flat water with a very light wind! We managed to claw back 5 positions on one run to the finish mark!
The final result was only determined on the last beat of the final day’s racing. FBYC had to beat KYC by 2 boats to win the event on a tie break. They did this on the last beat, and I think they are still celebrating. Team Intasure False Bay Yacht Club had a 3 year plan to win Lipton Cup. After finishing second in the 2010 event, they managed to win this years challenge in great style. Intasure was skippered by Andrea Giovannini and Markus Progli. The team age is only 13 to 29 years, including the first woman onboard to win Lipton.
In Mossel Bay, “ Het Deegmeisje”, a local bakery, sponsored accommodation and daily lunch packs for the entire crew. A big thank you to the “Botha” family!
Also thank you to Saldanha Bay Yacht Club Committee and members for their support and the honour to represent our club in the most prestigious event in South African sailing. I hope we will be able to do SBYC proud next year in False Bay!