The Mykonos Offshore Regatta impressed once again this year with over 80 entries and one of the best attended events to grace the Langebaan shores. The overall winner of the prestigious regatta, based on RCYC’s Handicap, was the talented Patrick Holloway and his team from the yacht Jacana.
The 65 nautical mile race took sailors from the Royal Cape Yacht Club start line in Table Bay, all the way through to Club Mykonos. The start of the race began with a light 10 knot North West wind, which allowed the first boats to get off the line into an upwind race. As the fleet headed up to Dassen Island the wind picked up for the front runners given the first half of the fleet a really good sail. Later into the day, with wind slowly disappeared and the mist arrived making it very difficult for most of the fleet to finish. The first yachts started coming in at 7pm Friday evening, and the last yacht made an appearance on Saturday morning.
The RCYC had entered their Sailing Academy into the regatta for the first time this year, and were sailing neck on neck with world class skipper, JJ Provoyeur, which was indeed a proud moment for Harry Brehm who represented the academy.
The Pursuit Bay race which followed on Saturday was equally as remarkable, with so many yachts taking part in the fun race around Saldahna Bay, and spectators enjoying the spirited competitiveness of the sailors.
The prize giving and dinner was held at the Bouzouki restaurant at the resort. There were trophies awarded for the IRC Class, Multihull Class, Division 1, 2, 3 Fleet, and the RCYC Handicap Overall. A first prize for each division that had five or more starters was also issued, and some other prizes based on performance. The ceremonious proceeding led onto one big celebration which lasted up until the early hours of the Sunday morning.
MC, Deon Bing from KFM 94.5 did a good job at hosting the weekend long event.