40 vessels at interschools regatta
George Lakes Yacht Club hosted the 2018 SA Sailing Eden Interschools Regatta at its Island Lake venue over the past weekend, when more than 40 vessels participated.
The regatta was well supported by nine high schools and five primary schools from Mossel Bay, Knysna and George. The high school fleet had 31 boats and the primary schools had 16.
On Saturday 24 March there was just a very light, patchy breeze to get the fleets going for the first race. This then faded to nothing and no further races could be held.
In the primary school race, Ashley Layland (Milkwood Primary, Mossel Bay) got line honours on her Tera Pro and was also the race winner, ahead of the Optimist of Sean Vonk (Glenwood House Preparatory). In the high school fleet, first place was contested by team-mates from York High, Georgou Divaris and James Hellstrom, sailing Lasers. At the finish, Hellstrom was seconds ahead.
Knot too shabby
On Sunday 25 March, sailing conditions were much improved, with a consistent breeze of 8 to 10 knots from the southwest, allowing six races to be completed. In the primary school races, line honours were contested by team-mates from Milkwood, Ashley Layland and Oliver Holden on Tera Sport. However, the Optimists of Sean Vonk and Conrad Holm (Outeniqua Primary) were close behind to contend for the race wins.
Holden got a race win and Holm got two, but then Vonk got three to secure the overall win in this fleet.
York wins again
In the high school fleet, it was Georgou Divaris who dominated, getting five of the six race wins of the day, only conceding one to James Hellstrom. Third place was contested by the Laser Radials of Lameck Jason (Knysa High) and Robyn Hellstrom (York High). Hellstrom was the most consistent to secure the final podium position, also being the first girl in this fleet.
With York High taking the first three positions, and six in the top 10, the high school winner was clear, with York High retaining the trophy for the third year in succession. Second place went to Knysna High School, ahead of Sao Bras (Mossel Bay).
It’s a tie
For the primary schools, the scoring system calculated a tie on points for first place between Milkwood Primary and Glenwood House Preparatory, thus both these schools were awarded the trophy as joint winners, with Pacaltsdorp Primary in third place.
George Lakes Yacht Club (GLYC) extends its grateful thanks to its primary sponsors Sothebys International Realty (George) and Raubenheimers Attorneys, as well as George Wildlife Park, PNA, Sportsmans Warehouse, and Elevate Trampoline Park.
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The start of a race on Sunday 25 March for the primary school fleet.
All the participants in the 2018 Eden Interschools Regatta at the prize-giving.