Hats off the H23 'Vaalie' fleet. These guys and gals really extract the maximum value out of their lovely boats. Rod Alport, the man who has taken the reigns of the Vaal Dam H23’ers, has not let the weeds grow under his keel. Over the past long weekend he organized yet another very successful Spring Villiers cruise for the fleet. Rod was careful to advise that the cruise entailed a goodly amount of motoring, and that the skippers had better stow extra fuel just in case. The weather outlook was favourable and the fleet left their home club’s and moorings on a mission to have fun and enjoy themselves Braaing en route, so easily achieved on a H23, seemed the way to go, and even a Pizza was baked en route. What is so great about this group is that they constantly post on the Whatsapp Group, and us land lubbers got to hear about the odd boat running aground, with no lasting issues thankfully, and the posting of some magnificent pics, both on the water and on land for the stop-over braais.
Today is the 28th April 2021. One day after the Holiday 23 Vaal Dam Masters event, and I have empty nest syndrome, after a 3 months build up to one of the best annual sailing events on the dam.
This year we had 20 boat entries and 48 hungry mouths to feed. The itinerary had to be designed with Covid in mind so all socializing was planned outdoors.
I arrived at Stilbaai Yacht Club at 7:00 am of Day One thinking I'd get there early to launch my boat. It looked like someone had shaken up a bee hive, there was so much excitement and action with 8 boats lined up ready to be launched. Elbow greetings turned into hearty hand shakes and hugs were done with caution but that's what family do.