GEORGE SAILING NEWS - The second series of races for George Lakes Yacht Club's Frostbite Trophy last Sunday was nearly abandoned due to a lack of wind.
A good breeze in the morning faded and the entire surface of Island Lake resembled a huge mirror. The race was abandoned and the fleet drifted back to the starting area.
Another race was started when a light south easterly breeze filled in. Due to the slow pace, the race was taking too long to complete the full course, so a shortened course was signalled. Once all the tail enders had finished, it was deemed to be unwise to start another race. However, as often happens, soon after this decision had been made, a cold westerly breeze arrived. Some sailors took the opportunity to put in some sailing practice in these conditions.
The GLYC sailors were boosted in number by the visit of students from Rhodes and UCT who were there to put in some practice for their end of year inter varsity regatta.
In that race Evelyn Osborne managed to seek out the best available breeze on her Laser and opened up a big lead over the rest of the fleet. She had a five minute lead ahead of the second place Laser of Henry Paine, who had Robyn Hellstrom close behind. Class ratings gave second place to Robyn, ahead of Henry.
Ashleigh Hellstrom and Louise Poole sailed the first 420 into fourth place. Series leader, Hans Delport, struggled with boat speed in the light conditions and got a 10th place on handicap.
Overall for the Frostbite series, the winner is Evelyn Osborne, ahead of Robyn Hellstrom and Hans Delport.
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