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St Helena : PRESENTATION MARKS CONCLUSION OF GOVERNOR’S CUP YACHT RACE
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 12.01.2013 (Article Archived on 26.01.2013)

Silver Cloud, the last participant to conclude the Governor’s Cup Yacht Race, finished its race on Monday 7 January at approximately 11am.

PRESENTATION MARKS CONCLUSION OF GOVERNOR’S CUP YACHT RACE


 


Silver Cloud, the last participant to conclude the Governor’s Cup Yacht Race, finished its race on Monday 7 January at approximately 11am.


 


This marked the end of the race, which saw Thinus Groenewald’s ‘Reaction’ with a 0.925 hanicap win the Racing Monohull, in just under 12 days, beating its highly contested rival, Indaba.


 


Rob Newman’s catamaran Compromise, from False Bay Yacht Club, was the winner of the Rally Multihull fleet. Although Kevin Webb and crew, Sarel Van der Merwe and Brad Stemmett’s trimaran, Banjo, beat Compromise to the finish line, Compromise secured their win, with a handicap of 1.050.










Reaction Crew with the Governor’s Cup


JML Rotary Scout gained the title of Rally Monohull with a finish time of 19 days and 29 minutes.


Participants celebrated their achievements along with supporters at Donny’s on 9 January, where presentations began shortly after 17:00 to ensure all sailors were transported off their yachts and present at the event, with a crowd of approximately 200.


 


Billy Leisegang Principal Race Officer, commented on his immediate reaction to the overall race, “It could not have gone any better. Everyone involved, from the Governor to the participants, did an excellent job and this was echoed in the presentation at Donny’s, where the crews were filled with satisfaction.” Billy continued that at the end of the night the winning competitors were sitting in a tight nit group, celebrating their tremendous achievements with a bottle of champagne.










Reaction Crew with the Governor’s Cup


Julie George, St Helena Yacht Club Commodore, explained that behind the scenes on Island many people have been involved in the process, from Port Control, ESH to Tourism. “At Donny’s, with a great atmosphere and good entertainment, it was rewarding to see how the crews have enjoyed so many events, even to the Cricket match that was organised on Monday,” said Julie.


 


On the winning crews’ journey, Reaction, Billy said, “The crew found the first part of the journey frustrating as there were light winds, unusual for this time of year and they found it challenging. This soon faded and the winds filled in and they had a good time, a comfortable race, a little slow, but a pleasant trip.”


 


Reaction has sailed in the Governo’ Cup Yacht Race before and is known for having “unfinished business” to settle, as in the previous race the crew had to pull in to port to repair their rudder. Billy suggested that after their win the crew have finally satisfied themselves.










Banjo arriving in James Bay- Picture courtesy of Ed Thorpe


 










Banjo arriving in James Bay- Picture courtesy of Ed Thorpe


On giving advice to future participants, Billy mentioned that anyone thinking of entering the race must “prepare to get to know the sea and get to love the water. Whether going out fishing or sailing or both. There is a project under way to build a wharf at Ruperts Bay, which also can be used for leisure, which will make it easier for yachts to sail. At the moment it is quite difficult, as by the time you get to lower the yacht into the water, you have a limited amount of sailing time.”


 


Approximately eight yachts will be loaded on board the RMS tomorrow morning in the early hours, with the majority of the yachts sailing back themselves.


 


SHG


10 January 2013

 

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