The Redhouse Yacht Club will be hosting a 24 hour sailing event on the North End Lake sailed out of the Eastern Province Power Boat Club.
Dinghy and paddling teams will sail / paddle in relay over 24 hours. Each team will consist of a minimum of 6 and maximum of 10 persons who will see who can sail or paddle the furthest over 24 hours.
The regatta is open to both Junior and Senior’s teams or a combination thereof and will provide some competitive fun in a friendly fun atmosphere.
Craft that may take place include GP14, Enterprise, Mirror, Sonnet, Gypsy, Pico, Sprog and 420 Dinghy classes as well as two man paddle-craft. All boats must conform to class rules and craft will be placed using a special 24-hour handicap system.
The 24 Hour Challenge starts at 12h00 on Saturday 31 October and finishes at 12h00 on Sunday 1 November 2015
Competitors will be able to camp on the grounds of the EPPBC.
If you need any more information about the event contact the RYC Vice Commodore, Tim Jones on firstname.lastname@example.org or 082 78 11770.
The RYC 24 Hour Challenge joins the original South African 24 Hour Challenge, hosted annual by the Milnerton Aquatic Club since March 1988.
The MAC 24 Hour Challenge was born out of the grand daddy of such challenges – the 24 hour challenge hosted by the West Lancashire Yacht Club in Southport, UK which has been sailed annually since 1967 – at times with up to 100 team entries. It is a distance, two man, dinghy race and the world record was achieved in 1997 of 253.94 km sailed in 24 hours in a GP14 dinghy and was again equalled in 2001 in an Enterprise dinghy.
Some other 24 Hour Sailing Records include:
- Largest Sailing Race in the World: The largest sailing race in 24 hours is Bart’s Bash which involved 9,484 boats at 237 locations worldwide and was organised by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, in multiple venues around the world, on 21 September 2014.
- Longest single-handed distance sailed in a dinghy: The longest single-handed distance sailed in a dinghy by a male is 640.9 km (398.4 miles, 346.04 nautical miles) and was achieved by Robert Suhay (USA) who sailed a Laser Dinghy from Mooreheard City, North Carolina, USA, to Annapolis, Maryland, USA from 30 June to 4 July 2015.
- Longest Distance sailed in 24 hours: The greatest distance covered under sail in 24 hours is 766.8 nautical (1,420.1 km; 882.4 miles) by the 36.5-m (120-ft) maxi catamaran Orange II captained by Bruno Peyron (France), during the fastest crossing of the Atlantic between 2-7 July 2006. The average speed was 31.95 knots ( 59 km/h or 36.7 mph).
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