The Eventider's News
Issue Ten. Spring/Summer 2008
Page No 2 Sailing in Africa!
Sailing in Africa!
Sailing in Africa!
The following has come in from Robin Barratt in Zimbabwe. He owns and sails not only an Eventide, but a Senior too! this is an extract from the racing on Lake Kariba. He is just back from a trip in Aurora, his Eventide, around the coast of Mocambique. There will also be an article on that to follow! Seem as though Robin's Senior was not to be collecting trophies, but he gets an honourable mention, for falling overboard! Watch out for the Crocs!
MAY CRUISER REGATTA 2008
Newsletter No. 7
Dear CRUZ Members
A short report back on this year's very successful May Regatta, for those of you who were unfortunately not able to join us.
There should have been a couple of pics here, but for some reason they would not print...
A fast finish in the Ume River midday.......... and a slow start in the Ume River early morning!
(Photos by kind permission of Dick Pitman and Mike Robinson)
The May Regatta 2008 was one of the best ever. Despite the challenging economic situation in Zimbabwe, 28 boats and 72 sailing enthusiasts took part. The winds were kind and left out the extremes for us this year, so we had some good sailing, beautiful weather and always magnificent wild scenery. Our catering arrangements went well, with a peri-peri chicken braai in Marineland to start with, a mid-week Mongolian Braai at Tiger Bay (who really pulled out all the stops to make our stay comfortable) and an excellent final prize-giving dinner at the Cutty Sark Hotel in Kariba. We were particularly pleased to have a motorboat to finish each race this year, and would like to thank Bruce Taylor and Rosco Dickinson for doing a brilliant job of laying finishes and recording places.
This year we introduced an optional mid-week "Lay-Day" which proved popular with about half the fleet who were able to relax, fish or explore at will. Those wanting to race that day took part in a special 18 nm "Rhino Run" sailed in and out of the Ume River estuary on boat handicap only. This race did not count towards overall regatta placings, but had its own prize-giving evening at Tiger Bay, where we gave the occasion a "charity theme". The Ume forms the western boundary of the Matusadona National Park - a refuge for the endangered black rhinoceros. The evening drew attention to the plight of this threatened species and to the efforts of non-governmental conservation organisations and Zimbabwe's National Parks Authority to protect it under extremely difficult circumstances. We hope to continue the "charity" theme next year, with a focus on a different worthy cause.
Highlights included Robin Barratt going over the side in the Ume and being retrieved by Helen (missed your chance there, Helen!), and Sharon Chittenden hauling on a halliard that turned out to be a stowaway snake.
Our prize-giving dinner was held at the Cutty Sark Hotel in Kariba on Saturday 31st May and, thanks to the generous sponsorship received this year, all participants were able to receive worthy prizes for their efforts. Sponsors were acknowledged on a dedicated page in our Regatta programme and at each of our three dinner events during the course of the week. It is entirely thanks their generosity that we are able to ensure that this event remains a major focal point of the sailing calendar each year. Our sponsors this year were:
Safari Par Excellence
Triple C Pigs
Cathode Electronic Products
Anne & Andy Heelas
The African Fisherman
Nets and Ropes
African Distillers Ltd
Saw Services (Mozambique)
Irvines Day Old Chicks
The Regatta sailed six races (one line start and 5 stern chases) on combined boat-skipper handicap with one discard. This year, the fleet was split into Monohulls and Multihulls and the final results were as follows:
The Rhino Run Race was won by D Lapham (Cosmos); Second: P McCosh (Biriwiri) and Third: G Redmile (Ume)