SailingPE has had a very positive start to life as an officially registered SA Sailing Club.
As we know SailingPE was represented at Lipton 2019. The regatta was a success for the Lipton, the first of the Cape 31 Lipton Cup. Though the boat is seen as high end and expensive for many clubs to enter teams, the regatta showed a renewed vigour for one design racing. Lipton 2020 will be held in Saldanha Bay and we aim to have SailingPE represented again.
Back in the waters of Nelson Mandela Bay, races have largely been using virtual Marks or the existing ‘furniture’ depending on the forecasted conditions. Double handed racing has seen good boat numbers – partially down to ideal conditions to sail any of the boats on the Marina two up with no more than 12 knots of breeze and flat waters. The GPS marks have been successful with boats all rounding ‘marks’ within a few metres (with the exception of Adios, who prefers to go the long way around).
The launch of the Team Sailing League was a huge success. 8 teams competed the event with ‘the Warriors’ (sailors from RYC) winning the event after the final race against SailingPE. With teams from East London, Rhodes, NMU and NSRI all contributing to the spectacle.
With sadness, we say goodbye to Roger Lucas. He will long be remembered as someone who cared deeply for sailing in Port Elizabeth. His rubber duck was always on hand to assist with regattas. Through trying times Roger kept sailing in the bay going and his input as a founding member of SailingPE was invaluable.