The 2012 Mosquito Nationals, sponsored by Tuffex Exhaust Systems, was heralded to be one of the most fiercely and closely contested championships and it certainly did not disappoint. Bradley Stemmett and Kevin Webb (who have a long standing history of competition between them) could often be seen at Vogelvlei Yacht Club having friendly jousts about who would take the trophy in 2012. Sarel Van Der Merwe and Markus Progli were also strong contenders and the bets were out as to who would win the title.
Port Owen Yacht Club was the venue of choice for the 2012 event and every competitor was extremely excited to be spending time at such a wonderful venue. The welcoming and accommodating members of Port Owen are renowned for their hospitality and they completely outdid themselves for the Mosquito family. We were treated to awesome breakfasts, delicious dinners and were even privileged to have hotdogs and cokes delivered to us on the water. Now that is one way to make sailors feel like royalty. A special thanks to Franck Stuyk and Peter Music who slaved away tirelessly in the kitchen.
Racing was scheduled to start on Friday, 19 October 2012 but sailors awoke to a very strong breeze with bouts of rain squalls. I think that I can speak for everyone when I say that we were quite relieved when Doug Alison, our race officer, called off racing for the day. Since sailors are generally quite a competitive bunch, the majority of us ended up playing a good game of putt-putt which was great fun. I think a few of us hoped that the Putt Putt results would count towards the overall sailing results JDay two started in a light South Easter which promptly switched 180degrees after the first race. I think that our race officer grew a few more grey hairs as a result. Race two and three were sailed in steadily increasing breeze with the final race sailed in a very strong South Easter. The racing was extremely close with positions constantly changing. Unfortunately the nasty shore break made the launching and returning to the beach quite tricky and about five competitors experienced rudder breakages. After a good rest and some boat repairs, all 16 competitors were ready for the final days racing with the top five positions hotly contested. We sailed three races in light to medium breeze and were very satisfied to have completed seven races which allowed for one discard. A big congratulations must go out to the only lady helm, Belinda Avery and to Sean and Bev Le Seur who were beginner Mosquito Sailors and showed us all how to de-rig a boat while still on the water.
At the prize giving we were all very impressed by the huge array of prizes waiting to be handed out. Prizes were awarded from 16th up to 1st position and we would like to say a huge thank you to the sponsor, Kevin Webb and Tuffex Exhausts, for recognising the efforts of every single competitor. A big thank you must also go out to everyone who made the event possible, to the rescue, bridge team, Mosquito Class Association and all the members of Port Owen Yacht Club.
Final Results (first 5 positions):
1st: Bradley Stemmett and Saskia Kemp (VYC) – 10 Points
2nd: Markus Progli and Kelly Godfrey (VYC) – 14 Points
3rd: Kevin Webb and Vaughan Krumbock (VYC) – 16 Points
4th: Sarel Van Der Merwe & Bev Shaw (VYC) – 22 Points
5th: Gideon Snyman & Nicolene Els (VYC) – 31 Points