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Get constructing for annual race

The Gordon’s Bay Yacht Club (GBYC) will again host the much anticipated and exhilarating Anything That Floats race – a fundraising initiative in aid of NSRI Station 9 (Gordon’s Bay).

Club manager Elenore Baiocchi promises this year will be the best one yet, complimented with a weekend of events that will include a comedy evening, gala dinner and closing braai.

Entries are now open for the Anything that Floats event and all businesses, schools and organisations are invited to come forward and make this event one to remember – and at the same time support a very important initiative.

“This year we have a really audacious goal and that is to raise the funds required to purchase a new JetRIB for NSRI , valued at R400 000,” said Baiocchi, adding that she was optimistic about reaching this goal for volunteers who put their lives on the line almost daily.

NSRI Station 9 – located in the Old Harbour of Gordon’s Bay – is one is of particular importance to the Gordon’s Bay Yacht Club because it’s this station they call on to assist when someone is in trouble.

“And they drop everything and run – no matter how big or small the problem. And it’s for this very reason that we set aside a weekend once a year to raise as much as we can to help with their efforts to enhance their skills, improve their techniques and update their technology.”

A JetRIB will benefit Station 9 in many ways, including the creation of a much more stable platform and increased flotation capability with the hull and Hypalon pontoon, enhancing their ability to respond to cliff rescues, which make up a significant portion of their calls, allowing for a helmsman and two extra crew members to respond to a casualty in the water, and enabling more effective response to calls in challenging surf conditions, like the rocky areas between Gordon’s Bay and Strand.

Anything That Floats promises to be a great weekend and there are three ways to get involved:

. Sponsor – the overall event, one of the days or evenings, prizes, auction items or an element of an event, such as welcome drinks, furniture hire, video production and so on.

. Race – by building something that floats and racing on the day. You can enter as a club member, in the open category or as a business.

. Spectate – on the day or at any of the events. Club members can even purchase a weekend pass for all of the events.

“The most fun of all is the race day,” reiterated Baiocchi, who urges members of the community to gather their team, submit an entry, plan a float, build it and show up on race day.

The rules are as follows:

. All vessels must be self-designed and constructed

. No traditional water crafts or elements (such as surf boards, SUPs and so on) may be used.

. No mechanical motors are allowed – your float must make use of human propulsion or wind.

. A minimum of four members per team is allowed, except for the open race.

. All competitors must wear life jackets and the judges’ decision is final.

V To get involved or for more information on the event, contact GBYC on 021 856 3263 or gbyc@gbyc.co.za.

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