Young yachties give their all
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.
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