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Dabbie Camp 2011

posted Nov 17, 2011, 3:03 AM by Damian Gibbs   [ updated Nov 17, 2011, 3:04 AM ]
Dabchick sailing dinghy
The Western Cape Dabchick Camp has been an annual event over the past twenty years and this year was again  hosted by Imperial Yacht Club over the weekend of 29th and 30th October . The event is a sleepover and is very popular with the Dabchick sailors.

This years event was attended by 22 Dabbie sailors and included two 2-up boats. The training was coordinated  by Gareth Blanckenberg.  The conditions were light shifty north westerlies which was great for both the novice and the experienced sailors as it was brilliant practice for light wind sailing which the Western Cape sailors seldom get.

Theory of the importance of sail settings was discussed with the combination of main & jib & what each does. The fleet went out and sailed with jib only then came in and furled their jibs and went out to sail with mains only. Lots of short races and start practices allowed for tight fleet racing.
Stephen Du Toit and Markus Progli also assisted Gareth with on the water coaching.  Both Markus and Gareth got onto Dabbies and  showed the young sailors how to fine tune and get the speed up.

Dabchick sailing dinghy
After supper Alan Keen discussed the main rules and ran a mock protest. The sailors learnt to observe correct details of incidents, plus boat details such as numbers, colours, and kit sailors are wearing. Alan in particular emphasized the importance of being honest.
Huge thanks go to the IYC members, in particular Marion Foreman ,Barbara  & Mark Sher, Alan Rynhoud, Oscar Miles, Rob Hill , Magriet Louw & Alison Bothwell & many other behind the scene helpers who made this event  possible.

IYC and t he Dabchick class thank Alan, Stephen, Markus and Gareth for their continued support and commitment to the Dabbie class.

Dabchick sailing dinghy
Four of the Cape Dabbie sailors were unable to attend the camp due to exam commitments; however they will be at the Nationals which will be held at Hermanus Yacht club in December.

We anticipate a Dabchick fleet of forty boats.
Rob Foreman

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