An introduction to Hout Bay Yacht Club
Old Salts Race … everyone survived!
Sunday 10th June turned out to be a perfect day for holding the inaugural ‘Old Salts in Little Boats’ race at HBYC. Eight Hunter owners made their boats available, many acting as crew as well. The ‘Old Salts’ (think broadest definition of the term), were paired with their crews through drawing names out of a hat in the club beforehand. With up to 10 knots of breeze at times the ‘Salts’ battled it out, using old age and cunning, to claw their way up the fleet. Back in the HBYC clubhouse, the race was re-lived with more talk of sore backs and knee operations, than actual sailing tactics! Do they want to do it again next year? Hell yes! 🙂
Old Salts in Little Boats Race
10 June 2018 – start time 2.30pm
The ‘Old Salts’ in the club have been invited to each skipper a Hunter 19 in a race to find out who can live without winches, fancy fittings and other big boat luxuries, to use only old age and cunning, to outwit and out sail each other, to cross the finish line first, in a little boat!
A draw will be held in the bar at 1.30pm to match each Old Salt to a Hunter 19, which will be crewed either by the owner of the Hunter, or the regular crew. The rest of the crews from the handicap keel boats and Hunters will be encouraged to hi-jack a few of the boats left behind and become spectators, in the bay. A special prize giving will be held back in the club afterwards.
Phil and Gina fell in love with sailing quite a while back, however at last year’s Admiral’s Regatta, Phil decided to throw caution to the wind and find out if Gina might just love him, more than she loved sailing! So he rigged their Sonnet’s spinnaker, to pop the question as the rounded the windward mark. Gina, however was so busy sorting a tangle in the spinnaker sheets, that she didn’t immediately look up at the newly hoisted sail. A few tense moments for Phil, until Gina turned around with a huge smile on her face and a tear in her eye, and said I will, or I do, or something like that …. neither can quite remember.
The story was picked up by the Admiral’s Regatta PR team and went viral on Sailing Blogs around the world. A really cool way to propose!
Footnote: There were married about 6 months later and returned to sail in HBYC’s Admirals 2018 Regatta. Congratulations Gina and Phil!