South Africa has their very own Gypsy Class and the World Championships are coming up soon. (If America can have World Champs for their sports then so can we!)
The Gypsy dinghy is an easy to sail boat which is ideally suited to beginners and family sailing. Designed and manufactured in South Africa the Gypsy dinghy has a strong fibre-glass hull, an integral centre board and an unstayed two piece mast. Sails consist of a Mainsail and a Jib each of which are hoisted and controlled by a simple system of ropes and pulleys.
Gypsy dinghies are available second hand at reasonable prices ranging from R3500 to R8000 dependent upon condition and equipment level.
The Redhouse Yacht Club will be hosting an Interclub Regatta, the River Championships and the Gypsy Africa Championships from Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 January 2017.
The regatta is open to all Dinghy Classes and the acttive Gypsy fleet is looking for more prospective World Champs to haul their Gypsy’s out of the shed or from under the trees and come contest the African/World Champs.
Please do submit your entry fees to the regatta secretary, Esme’ Girdlestone on 041 463 1605 or firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business on 20 January 2017.
The bunch at Redhouse are most forgiving though and will accept late entries during the course of the regatta.
The required entrance fees are as follows:
- Senior single-handed per boat – R200-00
- Senior double-handed per boat – R300-00
- Junior single-handed per boat – R120-00 (under 18)
- Junior double-handed per boat – R160-00 (under 18)
The crews of the first 8 Gypsy’s entered will each receive FREE T-Shirts.
A voluntary briefing is scheduled to take place at 10h45 on Saturday 21 January 2017 and the first race is scheduled to start not before 11h30 on Saturday.
Gypsy’s will be pleased to note that camping facilities are available at RYC at no charge from 20 January 2017 until the end of the regatta. Light meals and refreshments will be available to purchase for the duration of the regatta. Braai fires and salads will be provided on Saturday evening. Braai Packs will be available to purchase.
Here William Fraser sails his Gypsy to a favoured fishing spot on the Swartkops River, Redhouse.
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