The 2014 Mosquito Nationals was held at Mossel Bay Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Southern Charter Grand Slam, Eastern Cape Dinghy Champs and Fireball Nationals. We were all looking forward to sailing at an exciting offshore venue with a great opportunity to showcase the Mosquito class to other sailing classes. This regatta would also enable the Cape Town sailors to experience the sailing conditions that the Mossel Bay sailors are accustomed to, sharks and big swells included.
Saturday morning saw the Cape Town boats frantically rigging on the beach so that we would all have enough time before 13h00 to get used to the Mossel Bay conditions and sweep out the cobwebs that had developed due to a long winter in hibernation. All the Mosquito sailors looked fantastic showcasing the stunning regatta T-Shirts organised by Lisa Krumbock. The colourful Mosquito Spinnakers with accompanying trendy Mosquito Sailors looked awesome on the beach.
Racing started on Saturday afternoon and we had to adapt to difficult conditions with very large swells and a fairly strong breeze. Andrew Finn, our race officer, ensured that we made good use of the wind and completed 4 races on day 1. Competition was tight and everyone raced very hard to ensure maximum speeds on the downwind legs. The large swells made for some very exciting spinnaker runs.
Day 2 heralded much lighter breeze but the large swell remained. This made for very technical sailing. We completed three races, enabling one discard. The last race of the day was quite frustrating as the wind dropped considerably and many sailors were convinced that the beer at the clubhouse was far more appealing than the racing. Unfortunately the wind decided to take a holiday on the final day of racing and we awoke to a breathless day with a mirror sea. A stunning day for tanning on our trampolines on the beach but not so stunning for sailing. The racing was called off and prizegiving was held under the tent at Mossel Bay yacht club.
In true Mosquito style, the prize giving was an impressive affair with fantastic prizes awarded to all competitors. A big thank you to Harken South Africa for donating the wonderful gift voucher prizes. Thanks to Dave and Lisa Krumbock for always ensuring that all competitors receive a prize and acknowledgment. Lisa Krumbock made amazing IPad covers with the Mosquito Emblem and these are now very sought after items. A big congratulations to Gideon Snyman for winning the most improved skipper trophy. Congratulations must also go to Vaughn Krumbock for winning the first junior trophy, Saskia Stemmett who was awarded the trophy for first lady and Kevin Webb who received the trophy for First Veteran. The Creepy Crawley trophy for the best results in moving up the fleet was awarded to Miles Webb and the Lisa Krumbock Wagging Tail trophy was awarded to Gideon Snyman for being the most enthusiastic sailor.
We would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who assisted on bridge and rescue, to Andrew Finn for being a wonderful race officer and to the Commodore, staff, members and volunteers at Mossel Bay Yacht club for the organisation and for making us feel so welcome and accommodating us so graciously.
Final Results (first 5 positions):
1st: Bradley Stemmett and Saskia Stemmett (VYC) – 8 Points
2nd: Kevin Webb and Vaughn Krumbock (VYC) – 10 Points
3rd: Gideon Snyman & Sarah Krumbock (VYC) – 19 Points
4th: Miles Webb & Diane Webb (VYC) – 20 Points
5th: Pieter De Vliiers & Daleen Naude (MBYC) – 28 Points