Hunter Nationals 2004
What a regatta.....what a finish....
Hats off to Witbank Yacht and Aquatic Club for hosting a bumper regatta deserving of it's National status. Hats off too to our sponsors for having the vision to support a class which has proven itself as a perfect nursery for future Springboks. Thirty Boats on the start line...... not many classes can boast that entry.
E.T. Wins a tightly fought battle with Odin's Eye, whilst Guess Who battles Mickey for 3rd..
Herbie and Gerrie sailed out of their skins to steal the Championship out of Tony and Jason's grip in the last race of the regatta. Up to this stage, it was Odin's Eye all the way as Tony and Jason sailed consistently well in tricky conditions which even confounded the locals. John Bruckman and his crew had to fight tooth and nail to hold onto 3rd as Mickey sailed into contention.
Finds of the regatta have to be Mike Dann and his crew, on a borrowed Hunter, who sailed very competitively, and of course Spazzymoto continues to serve notice.... wait until they have a new suit of sails....!!
At the AGM, on Sunday evening, it was decided after a vote, to run the KZN Provincials Offshore... lets hope the 17 people who voted FOR put their money where their mouths are, eh?... and support the event. Sailing offshore can be fantastic fun.... Jessica has been given the green light to organise next year's Nationals at a Club of her choice... and all dates basically remain as they are.
Technically, it was decided that blades with full length top battens are permitted but not mandatory, but that barberhaulers on the Blade are outlawed. It was also agreed to amend the rules to accommodate the new Hunter Mast section.
Our new Chairman, is Colin Hay, a dedicated Hunter sailor who can be relied on totally to drive the class whilst retaining it's attractions, and Jessica Lenz was revoted as our Treasurer, with Sandy Ostendorf as Secretary again.. Well done you guys and gals.
War Stories abound, mainly relating to the travelling to and from the regatta.. Midmar boats alone suffered 4 tyre failures, and two wheel bearing failures....... one resulting in a hunter having to be trailed home on a low-bed at considerable cost.
On the Lighter side... after a good party, at 3am one quiet morning, one nameless hunter sailor was heard by all camping in the vicinity of his tent, serenading his lady.... promises of unimaginable acts of love were promised, all of this over his cell phone. Just what this produced for the luckless sailor makes one wonder, being that the call was made in the middle of the night. Ah well, it's great to hear that romance is alive and well in the Hunter Fleet!
2004 KZN CHAMPS - HMYC
10 Races in everything from 8knots to 28knots over four long and tiring days saw Royal Natal Yacht Club's Chris Frost and Mark Stockhauzen claim an emphatic victory in the 2004 Kzn Championship. Five wins, a 2nd and two 3rds by the 8th race meant the Prodigy II team could sit out the last day's sailing knowing they had Gold. The same could not be said for the other top positions, as in typical Hunter fashion 2nd to 4th positions were chopping and changing with every race sailed. Paul Changuoin and B Barker on Essex Girl were in 2nd position until they were 6 in the 9th race and blew the 10th with a OCS. That opened the door for Tony and Kevin on Odins Eye, and they come through with a 1st and a 3rd, but it was Guess Who with John Bruckman and Dave Martinson who did just that little bit better by getting a 2nd and 1st. Both boats ended with 19 points, six behind Frosty, but Guess Who took silver due to them having scored two 1sts in the regatta as opposed to Odin's one. Essex Girl finished in 4th on 20 points, with Spazzymoto in 5th with 38 points. in all 13 Boats entered, with 4 from HMYC, 3 from PYC, 2 from RNYC, 1 from DAC and 3 from WYAC. Thanks to RNYC for a well run Regatta, and thanks to Dave Rushton and his team for a slick Bridge.