Spring into action

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  • By Ross Macdonald
  • 07 Sep 2017 22:25:10


Sunday saw the close of the CYCA’s Spring Series with the final day a good representation of the four-race event – breezy.

Consistent wind in excess of 20 knots and gusts of up to 30 knots meant an exciting finale but a nervous one for George Waldthausen and his Cavalier 350sl, Superfine.

“We had the a very tight lead in Division 2 going into the closing race but we weren’t that confident about winning. Our boat goes best in the lighter air and when we saw the forecast of 20-30 knots we knew we would have to push pretty hard. We were on the edge of being out of control at some stages but it was a fantastic race and we got the result we were looking for.”

With a podium finish Superfine sealed the Spring Series win in Division 2, a victory which felt like a long time coming for owner/skipper Waldthausen.

“We’re a bit thrilled because Superfine is 20 years old. We’ve been doing racing at the CYCA for over 20 years and recently, for the first time in 20 years, we won our division in the Land Rover Winter Series. To follow that up with the win in our second Spring Series is just fantastic.”

For us the recent form is down to a combination of the right sort of winds and a great, consistent crew. We’ve had the same group across the Winter Series and kept the momentum. Add to that some some good tactical decisions in the last few races of the Spring Series and a bit of luck for good measure.”

It will come as no surprise that after strong results in the recent CYCA series, Waldthausen is looking forward to more harbour competition.

“Ours is an older boat and feel her days in long distance offshore are probably over. I really do enjoy doing the short races so the upcoming Mondays and/or Wednesdays are something to look forward to. Our handicap might be somewhat prohibitive in this weekend’s Monica Geddes but the Twilights will be a focus.”

As a veteran of CYCA racing Waldthausen is looking forward to bringing the next generation of his family into the club although the Youth Sailing Academy has a few more years to wait.

“My 4 year old daughter will be getting signed up as soon as she is old – she’ll have no choice in the matter! That said, of course the struggle of getting your children to do the thing you actually want them to do is never easy.”

Many of us will relate to those true words.

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