2012 Schneider Electrics Hunter Nationals - HMYC
Results amended post SAS redress
Hunter KZN Provincials 2012 - Offshore Durban

Hunter and Flying Fifteen KZN Provincial Champs (account by Rob Samways)
This past weekend RNYC hosted the Hunter and F 15 2012 KZN Provincial Champs offshore Durban starting on Saturday 15th and ending on Monday 17th of December. A total of 10 Flying Fifteens and 11 Hunters, 4 from Gauteng, entered to contest the KZN Provincials.

Race Officer Dave Rushton, assisted by the RNYC Rescue Committee provided excellent racing in some trying conditions over the event. The club manager, Steve Rawlins and his staff excelled themselves with top class catering and hospitality, along with complimentary braai on the Saturday evening for all the entrants of the regatta.  Rear Commodore Phil Downing and Regatta Secretary Sandy Samways require specific mention as well, as their overall organization and management of the regatta ensured that everything happened when, how, and where it should. PYC must  be thanked for assisting us with the loan of their Committee Boat, Husky 2, releasing Galaxy along with Scorpio to perform Mark Laying, Rescue  and as Escort Vessels for the  fleet  passing through the harbor entrance.  Thanks also go to Vernon Goss for the use of his catamaran “Go To” to accommodate our Race Officer.  Sea Sailing Adventure were generous in their sponsorship of prizes.

Saturday produced much higher than forecast  NE wind of 15 – 18 knots (and it got much higher than this at times) against a contra flow current that produced a wildly pitching washing machine that stressed the limits of sailors bodies and their boats as they were tossed around, over and off waves, with rouge waves with peaks breaking at 2-3 m heights. The upwind component was most torturous, but the downwind ride under spinnaker exhilarating.  On a Hunter, before the start of race 1, when we had time to monitor boat speed, we were already recording 13,5 knots SOG surfing down waves under spinnaker. In the races that followed and into the next day, we broke that speed many times! The Rescue boats were kept busy with a swamped F 15, and a Hunter with a broken mast. At the end of day 1, bodies were bruised, strained and exhausted.

Day 2, Sunday, the wind was not as high as forecast and we had a SW’ter of 18 – 25 knots with some really huge gusts to get adrenalin going and boats screaming. The waves and sea conditions were far more civilized and the sailing was more enjoyable than, and not nearly as tortuous, as the preceding day. The downwind legs were in my opinion the most exciting rides I have ever had on a Hunter, but for some it rewarded them with spectacular wipeouts and broken equipment with one Hunter breaking a rudder. We got 3 races in by “close of business” for the day bringing the total races sailed to 5.

Day 3, no wind! We all floated around awaiting a forecast 7 knots of ENE to fill in. Eventually, at 13h00, 30 minutes before the cut off last race start time for the regatta, Dave Rushton had enough wind to get the racing underway. The anticlimax of the preceding adrenalin rush racing days, now required intense concentration and boat handling with sail trim to keep the boat moving. It capped the end of racing, testing everything and more one could expect from an excellent event.
The final results are as follows: