GEORGE SAILING NEWS - The official start of the George Lakes Yacht Club 2019/2010 sailing season took place at Island Lake on Sunday. Proceedings commenced with two races before the traditional sail past.
The vice-commodore, Maurits Lammers, took the salute from the committee boat as commodore David Laing was not back yet from competing in the Fireball World Championships in Canada.
A gusty south-westerly wind provided good sailing conditions and two short races could be completed before the sail past. In both races the Dart 18 of Hans Delport was able to extend a good lead ahead of the rest of the fleet.
For the dinghies Malcolm Osborne (Laser) had the initial lead, until a rigging problem forced a retirement.
Henry Paine then took over the lead ahead of Maurits Lammers. The Sonnet of Conrad and Ferdinand Holm and the Dabchick of Matthew de Villiers were able to finish close behind the leaders.
Georgou Divaris, back briefly before returning to his sailing employment in Europe, joined the second race. Delport built up a lead of over two minutes and Divaris had a 1,5-minute lead ahead of the Lasers at the finish, with Malcolm Osborne next, ahead of Lammers and Evelyn Osborne.
The junior fleet comprised three Optimists with Jean-Paul Buys winning both races with comfortable leads ahead of Aydin Gething and Tristan Boshoff. Jean-Paul recently attended an international training and regatta as part of the SA Sailing Western Cape Optimist team in Qingdao, China.
The senior fleet was competing for the Verhagen Trophy. Henry Paine was the winner of race one and Georgou Divaris won race two. But the overall winner is Matthew de Villiers with a second place in race one and a tied second in race two.
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