Young yachties give their all

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - SPORT - Dave Sa­vides

COM­PET­ING against the top yachts­men in the coun­try, the young Zululand Yacht Club (ZLYC) crews are prov­ing they are up for the chal­lenge.

ZLYC has two L26 class yachts in the pres­ti­gious Lip­ton Cup Chal­lenge tak­ing place this week off-shore of Dur­ban, where 17 boats are con­test­ing the an­nual race that goes back to 1909.

‘Spirit of uMh­lathuze’ skip­pered by for­mer three-time SA ju­nior cham­pion Bryan Martin and spon­sored by Land Rover Em­pan­geni, fin­ished in 7th place on Sun­day and on Mon­day af­ter tak­ing an early lead.

For most of his crew this is their first time com­pet­ing at this level and they are on a fast learn­ing curve.

With only one of­fi­cial yacht en­try per club per­mit­ted, the sec­ond ZLYC boat ‘Walde­cia’ is sail­ing un­der the Seal Point Yacht Club burgee, its crew com­pris­ing de­vel­op­ment sailors un­der the coach­ing of Craig Dev­er­son.

They man­aged 13th and 14th place re­spec­tively on the open­ing two days.

There was no rac­ing on Tues­day ow­ing to lack of wind, but with the pro­gramme ex­tend­ing to to­mor­row (Fri­day) there is still plenty of hard sail­ing ac­tion to come.

Bart Fokkens

We are sail­ing! Skip­per Bryan Martin leads his crew aboard the Zululand Yacht Club en­try ‘Spirit of uMh­lathuze’ dur­ing Mon­day’s off-shore rac­ing for the Lip­ton Chal­lenge Cup

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