Bob and Johnny Porter headed north to Trial Bay to defend their State Title and achieved 4th place overall. On recent form I’d have picked them to win it – there must have been some very strong competition. Uncle Les sailed in the Victorian A Class State Titles at Westernport Yacht Club and managed 9th place overall despite not competing in the first and last races.
Well done guys!
A highlight of the day was Ross Fyfe celebrating his 80th out on the water in wind conditions that he loves. Congratulations Ross! It’s inspiring for us ‘youngsters’ to see that sailing promotes such physical longevity.
On duty was another club stalwart and septuagenarian Billy Ledger ably assisted by Leo Mavromattis. They set a great port course with top mark towards Primbee and wing mark off the point. The bottom mark was just south of Gooseberry Island. Thank you Bill and Leo!
On the start line there was Paul English on Playtime (16Sq), Kurt Griffiths on Wreckless (16Sq) and me on Symphony (A Class). We all started cleanly on starboard tack with Playtime quick to tack for clear air and head for more pressure on the right side – which certainly paid off! Symphony arrived first at the top mark but was closely followed by Playtime and Wreckless. On the reach we picked our way through the Small Cat fleet. It was there that Kurt with his flat head main was able to slip past Paul. Kurt and Paul were equal on progressive yardstick so line honours would decide their result.
The wind direction was fluctuating a lot and tacking on a knock didn’t always pay off as the wind would often shift back immediately. It was tricky.
At the finish Symphony led by 18 minutes, but the yardstick honours went to Kurt who sailed very well. There were no losers in the large cats, we all finished on the podium. (ha ha!)