SASNR Grand Slam

The SASNR Grand Slam incorporated the Instruman Dinghy Open held over the 27th and 28th of October 2018 attracted 21 entries of which 5 were Oppies.

Saturday started with steady winds out the south east blowing 10 knots and gusting 18 which tried the novice sailing contestants but the experienced hands were enjoying the winds. The Bridge managed to get 6 races in as the forecast for Sunday was not promising. Thank you to our mark layers and the NSRI who were on standby for rescues. Michael had a trying time on his Laser – Blue, but got better and better as the racing went along.

Sunday saw everyone waken to a beautiful sunrise but alas no wind. Maintenance became the order of the day with lots of tinkering and adjusting going on. Racing was called off at 12h00 followed by prize giving in the hall. Congratulations to Mark Biaggio and his son from PSC on his GP14 for winning first prize, 2nd went to Matthew Inglis from LDYC on a Laser Radial and third to Grant Hagedorn Hansen from BSC on his laser. The racing was close with only 1 point separating the top 3

Thank you to all participants for making the regatta a great success and we look forward to your return next year.

For the full results 


Opening Cruise 19 August 2019

The day started of cold and very windy  with the traditional sail past and salute to the new Commodore – Barry Ogilvie who looked quite spiffy in his jacket, tie and Commodore cap. The Holiday was spruced up and had all the pennants flying quite stiffly in the breeze. After the sail past the racing was started and we did 2 races in nice steady wind averaging 12 Kn out the North. The racing was tight with Mike and Pikkie swopping results and Pikkie winning on the count back – well done Pikkie & Zenobia.

1st Pikkie & Zenobia Smit on Even Tide

2nd Dave Martinson & Micheal Davidson on Copadaph

3rd Rory Hay & Alex Garoufalias on the Pirate aptly named Aaargh

4th John Wegerle, Barry Ogilvie, Colin Hay and Jacky Garoufalias on Jumanji

J22 Mpumalanga’s 2018 at WYAC

J22 Mpumalanga’s 2018 at Witbank Yacht and Aquatic Club
By Paige Haddock

What was predicted to be a light wind sailing weekend, with the forecast averaging between 2 to 3 knots, turned out to be just that. Light winds but as eventful as only J22 sailors can make it.
Racing started on Friday the 30th – Race Officer Ronnie Gurnell managed to get three races in before calling it a day. This was when the fun began; 3 boats did not make the start of the first race… commodore of Witbank Yacht and Aquatic Club Dave Martinson, J22 Chairman Brent Haddock for whom the wheels literally fell off (he managed to lose one trailer wheel on the way to Witbank and a second wheel on the slipway) and Rory Hay who had halyard issues. After the racing started Graham Baker, on Red G, lost his spinnaker halyard in his mast… just an average day on a J22!
Day two dawned sunny and breezy. Our J sailors demonstrated some great sailing skills over the five races that were completed. It started with Trevor Donald on G’day J doing four circles in the harbour before exiting. Tina Samways, of Phoenix Rising fame, took a chance on the far corner of the course, which really paid off for her in the second race! Keagan Nel, skippering Shambles, managed to fit a J22 into a dingy sized space on the start line… which resulted in a first place in the third race. Dave Martinson on Laugh a Minute lost a crew member over board while rounding a mark. Spinnakers under boats, doing circles with spinnakers hoisted, shouting and posturing… when you are sailing a J22 the fun never stops!
Easter Sunday turned out to be a rest day – rain and no wind was the order of the day. After sailing was postponed some sailors headed up to Sand Bar – where they were treated to Gordon Hooper’s Teapot Tumble and Ronnie’s almost slide into the dam!
On Monday, the final day of the regatta, Ronnie really tried to get another two races in but the wind did not play ball. Ever so keen to beat the competition, Damian Muller, almost went overboard while skippering Wild Card. This brought the 2018 J22 Mpumalanga Championships to a close.
Congratulations to Graham Baker who finished 1st overall, with Brett Van Rooyen placing 2nd and Paul Thompson 3rd. Many thanks to Witbank Yacht and Aquatic Club for a great regatta (as usual) and to Ronnie Gurnell for running a tight regatta (as usual).


Rimex Night Race – 2017


The annual night race was held on Saturday the 14th of October 2017 – WOW what a race. The warm up race got off to a roaring start at 16h00 with NW winds of 12-16 Knots and gusting up to 20 knots.
The warm up is held for a means of a shake up and it shook out a couple of problems which some of the boats had to sort out.

The night race started at 18h00 and had 7 boats entered. The bridge was ably manned by Johan, Adie Erasmus and Annemarie du Randt from shore with Francois Du Randt doing the mark laying in
tough conditions. The wind did not let up from the afternoon and thank goodness everyone had winter woollies as it was certainly needed. All the rigging lights on the yachts passed inspection and
the marks (with flashing light) we’re laid in a long triangular course to ensure there were no mishaps.

Concentration was as high as the winds and reefed sails we’re used on the big boats with the smaller yachts downgrading to Jib’s to have some manageability in the hard conditions.
The race was won by Steve Matthews and Rory Hay on his new Hunter Sulphide which had been launched for the first time at WYAC – well done Steve and in second place was Colin & Craig Hay on
Haysons and in third place was Pikkie & Zenobia on the Holiday – Naughty.

The club would like to thank Mr Ian Ray and Rimex for their continued support of the night race,

Hunter Nationals 2017 – DAC

WYAC entered 6 Boats in the Hunter National Regatta held at DAC, (Denyesville Aquatic Club)

John Bruckman and Dave Martinson came 4th (close but no cigar), Barry Ogilvie and John Wegerle were 11th, Dean Wegerle and Alex Garoufalias 15th, Pikkie & Zenobia Smit 16th, Rory Hay and Stiaan Du Plessis in 19th position and our last boat in was Michael Fogerty and Corbin Clack in 22nd place but they were also the 1st Juniors – well done boys.

Read the full report by James King – HUNTER NATIONALS 2017

Full Results Hunter 2017 Nationals