Practical advice for the MAC 24 Hour Sailors

Hi sailors

The weekend draws near and I hope everyone is starting to get excited. I thought I would take this opportunity to give some more details about the event and what is required of you sailors.

Study your Notice Of Race & Sailing Instructions now, you will be too busy on Saturday to do that. Nag you team leader to enter beforehand as this saves a lot of time. Your team leader must report to registration on arrival even if you have entered beforehand.

It would be great if we could have everyone at MAC by 9h00 latest, the earlier you show up the better. Remember the race starts at 12h00 and you still have to rig your boat and get it checked by a scrutiny officer, who will be Brent Gray, Dave Blewett & Mark Barnardo. Many of you will also need to complete your personal contact details on the entry form at registration if that was not done beforehand, and your team leader needs to obviously enter & make payment. Skippers Briefing will be at 11h00. For the first team starting the race you need to ensure you have snacks and water to take on board. Don’t forget the SUN BLOCK, keep one on board too.

In terms of the stuff you’ll need:

Clothes to sail in – it gets cold so we recommend windbreakers, polar fleeces, rash vests, wetsuits, boots, beanies, anything you can get wet and that will keep you warm in the wee hours. Scarves are good for protection from the sun and cold.

Clothes to party in – When not sailing, there is going to be plenty going on at the event, so bring clothes for the day and night, incl. more warm stuff to get changed into after sailing. Warm jackets will be needed in the evening.

A towel

Toiletries – Sun Block!

A tent – the idea is for everyone to stay the night and all camp in a group, so please feel free to organise tents and stuff in order to make sure no one goes homeless.
Camping is allowed for participants from Friday and if you want a good spot we recommend you come on Friday and pitch your tent, the earlier the better. The galley and bar will be open on Friday night too.
A fold up chair is nice to have as lots of time is spent by the waters edge watching the racing but not essential. If you have a Gazebo bring it as it is nice to have shade during the day, but remember to set it up early as space is limited. There will be regatta committee members who will guide you as to where you are allowed to set up tents and Gazebo’s. No fires of any description are allowed in the camping area. Braai’s are available in the pool area only.

LOCK VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLES or leave in the MAC Office for safety sake, please don’t leave them in your tent.  Never leave anything in the bathroom after you leave.

Mattress/stretcher – we recommend an inflatable one, to avoid the mission of lugging around a real mattress, but hey if you can get it there, all the better for you. Torches and camping lights are a bonus.

Sleeping bag/blanket – Again, it gets cold, bring plenty of blankets to sleep under.

Money – there is a galley and a few excellent food trucks and coffee stalls, as well as a bar to get the party going. The Flipside Band are playing on Saturday night from 17h00 to 20h00 & thereafter we have a DJ so we can dance the night away.

If you wish to win the Best Dressed Team, then get creative & dress the part, many do.  Remember it is St Patricks Day on Saturday 17th March but you may pick any dress up theme you like)

Here is your MAC 24 Hour Committee should you need advice over the weekend:

Brent Gray (Sail Commodore/Scrutiny Officer)
Brian Web (MAC 24 Chairman)
Paul Allardice (Race Officer)
Craig & Matilda Latigan (Bridge Officer & Assistant)
Lisa Burger (Sail Secretary/Registration)
Angela Gray (Communication Officer/Photography)
Mark Algra (MAC 24 Hour Adviser)
Mark Barnardo (Safety Officer /Scrutiny Officer).
Dave Blewett (Scrutiny Officer/NSRI)
James Digby Grant (Sponsorship/MC)

Scrutiny Officers will need to inspect all boats before they are allowed on the water:
They are: Mark Barnard, Brent Gray & Dave Blewett

A positive attitude – this event is absolutely awesome and a great way to get to know people & make friends.

Get ready to bring the gees

Kind regards
Angela Caroline Gray
MAC 24 Hour Communication Officer

On behalf of the MAC Sail Committee
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