MSC Week incorporating J22 Nationals and L26 Provincials

  • MSC Week incorporating J22 Nationals and L26 Provincials

    MSC Week incorporating J22 Nationals and L26 Provincials

    Point Yacht Club

    MSC Week incorporating J22 Nationals and L26 Provincials

    Offshore of Durban: 2 – 6 July

     

    With the annual MSC Week just under a month away, crews are busy getting their boats in ship-shape for the five day regatta hosted by Point Yacht Club offshore of Durban from 2 – 6 July.

     

    Joining the MSC fleet are two of the biggest one class design classes in South African sailing. The J22s will be hosting their highly competitive nationals, together with the L26 Provincials. The L26s will be using this event as a fine-tuning session ahead of the most prestigious sailing event in South Africa, the Lipton Challenge.

     

    A fleet of about 30 Js are anticipated to be racing offshore of Durban. Having just had the J22 Mpumalanga Champs, the 22footers are keen to head out onto the open waters to stretch their legs in some of the best sailing conditions in South Africa. Well known J sailor, Graham Baker topped the log at the inland champs recently and is in good form leading up to the Nationals. However, Dave Rae and his team of Mike Hayton and Shane Elliot will be keen to retain the national title that they won in 2017.

     

    The last time the J22s hosted their nationals offshore of Durban, was in 2015 during the MSC Week. Durban and the J22s have had a magnificent history, when the J22 World Champs took place on the water local waters in 2007 and local sailor Mark Sadler earned gold and Ian Ainslie was awarded bronze.

     

    A popular racing class in Durban is the Ls: ten Ls participated in the MSC Week last year, with double that expected to take to the water for MSC ahead of the Lipton Challenge this July. In 2017, Rob Wilcox representing Point Yacht Club took the honours on the yacht Philanderer. The L26 class will wrap up their sailing one day earlier than the rest of the MSC fleet as they are required to do Lipton registrations and measurements ahead of the esteemed challenge that starts on Sunday 8 July.

     

    A number of different classes are anticipated to compete in the popular MSC Week. Back to defend his title is feisty and passionate catamaran sailor, Wayne Smith on his racing multihull Crazy Diamond. A regular feature in sailing events, Gregg Hurter and his crew on Bellatrix should be back to defend their title in the racing class. They will be pushed to the limits by newcomer to the local scene, the slippery Argo FY skippered by Craig Millar.

     

    An exciting addition to this year, is the inclusion of kite surfing. The class will keep a window of opportunity open as they require a fair bit of breeze as they blitz around the race track.

     

    Last but not least, a small gaggle of cruising boats will be the final class competing in the round-the-cans event. Keen sailor, Clynt Finn and his wife, Jackie led the way last year on their small yacht, My Way and should be returning this July.

     

    The race officer is MSC Week regular, Dave Rushton from Henley Midmar Yacht Club. Weather permitting, Rushton will be trying to get the minimum of four races for both the nationals and provincial championships. For the nationals to constitute as a regatta, ten boats are required to start and finish at least one race, while only five need to finish one race in the provincials.

     

    For more info visit www.pyc.co.za or like the club’s Facebook page.

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