LASA (Laser Association of South Africa)


2022 ILCA Nationals - Hermaus

Published Fri 01 Jul 2022

Hermanus Yacht Club was the venue for the 2022 ILCA South Africa National Championships. Forty five boats sailed in the three divisions, with ILCA 4 (4.7) being the largest, with twenty two in that fleet, 11 in ILCA 6 and 12 in ILCA 7.

On the first day, the fleet was sent out for a start at the scheduled time, however the breeze then died and the fleet was sent back to shore. A breeze picked up later for the first two races to be completed. The second day had the strongest wind, a bit lighter on day three. On the final day, a race was still required to get to ten for the second discard. This race could only be started once the wind eventually veered to the south, just before the final race cut off.
In the 12 boat ILCA 7 fleet (Laser Standard), competition for first place was between Alastair Keytel and Peter Hall, with Pete Wilson just behind. Alastair had the initial series lead but Peter then started to catch up. After 10 races, there was a tie on points for 1st place. In the tie break system, both had equal number of 1sts, 2nds and 3rds, with the tie remaining. The tie had to be broken on the basis of the winner of the last race, ensuring that the gold medal and Laser National Champion trophy went to Peter Hall.

The 11 boat ILCA 6 fleet (Laser Radial) was dominated by Keagan Nel, who scored 6 first places, the rest were 2nds. Second place went to Robert Collingridge, with Helen Jansen van Vuuren in third place.

The ILCA 4 fleet (Laser 4.7) had no less than 22 boats sailing. After the first two races being not so good by his standard, James Matchette went on to win the remaining eight. Girls took the remaining podium places - Isabella Keytel was consistently finishing 2nd or 3rd in most races to claim 2nd place overall, with Chiara Fruet in third place.