Gladis and Roux clinch the offshore race

Rudi Bowe

Günther Gladis and Leanie Roux won the 48th Walvis Bay offshore sailing race that was part of the annual Namibian sailing season hosted by the Namibia Sailing Association. The race kicked off on 17 December and concluded on 30 December 2021 at the Walvis Bay Yacht Club.

The Junior Nationals took place on 17 and 18 December, the Bell Buoy race on 19 December and the Hobie 14 Nationals on 20 and 21 December with the offshore race held on 26 December and the Hobie 16 nationals on 27 and 28 December the prize giving was held on December 2021.
The offshore race, which is usually sailed from Walvis Bay to Swakopmund, was modified last year with participants sailing from Walvis Bay to Langstrand and back to the Walvis Bay Yacht Club. The race saw two-member sailing teams on six Hobie 16’s one Hobie 14 in action.
Gladis and Roux with their Hobie 16 “French Connection” won the race in a time of 3 hours and 27 minutes with Adam Key and Peter Davidson second in a time of 3 hours and 32 minutes. Lothar Redecker and Doris Gladis came in third position in a time of 3 hours and 34 minutes followed by Lauren Davidson and Reiner Ein-beck in a time of 3 hours and 39 minutes in the fourth position, whiles Niko and Christopher Brückner come in fifth in a time of 3 hours and 40 minutes, Hans Knupp with his Hobie 14 finished in sixth place in a time of 4 hours and 27 minutes and Gero Knupp and Marianne Friede finished seventh in 4 hours and 6 minutes.

Peter Davison, one of the sailors explained that the offshore race has been going since 1973 when the municipalities of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund joined forces and decided to do a race from Walvis Bay to Swakop. “Last year we decided that we would sail to Langstrand, up to-wards one of the oil rigs and back to Walvis Bay. The reason is largely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
According to Davidson most of the sailors decided that it was a great idea because logistically, it’s difficult having to sail all the way to Swakopmund. “The sailors have to hook up trailers and take it over to Swakopmund to the Mole where there is limited space. Hence, we decided to keep it offshore and give the Langstrand residents the joy of seeing the boats because it gives them a good view of the boats when they come along the beach. Depending on the wind it becomes quite a competitive race back to the Walvis Bay Yacht Club.”
Six Hobie Cats and one Laser participated in the 2021 edition of the competition with Brian and Adriaan Key clinching first place. Lauren Davidson and Ryno Engelbrecht finished second, with Zane and Zia Cooper finishing third.
Big thanks to all the participants who made this day so fun-filled and lively with their Hobie Cats and their colorful sails and the crowd and all the sup-porters as well as Rojo’s Bistro for all the great food and drinks.
NSA Class Nationals Junior Nationals:
Optimist class (Under 16)
1st Place: Nicole Steyn
2nd Place: Anna Verchusa
3rd Place: Emily Zander
Overall (under 19)
1st Place: Xenia Plarre
2nd Place: Xia Cooper
3rd Place Anna Verchusa
Hobie 14 Nationals:
1st Place: Robert Glover
2nd Place: Zane Cooper
3rd Place: Xia Cooper
Laser Nationals:
1st Place: Susan Steyn
2nd Place: SalvaVerchusa
3rd Place: Xenia Plarre
Hobie 16 Nationals
1st Place: Helm – Robert Glover, Crew – Jaco Van Rhyn
2nd Place: Helm – Stefan Gladis, Crew – Günther Gladis
3rd Place: Helm – Lauren Davidson, Crew – Rainer Eimbeck
Walvis Bay Yacht Club Offshore:
Hobie 16
1st Place: Helm – Gunther Gladis, Crew – Leani Roux
2nd Place: Helm – Adrian Key, Crew – Peter Davidson
3rd Place: Helm – Lothar Redecker, Crew – Doris Gladis
Hobie 14
1st Place: Hans Knupp

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