Bill Ledger on Billyo Nacra 14sq , Jodie Matthews on Blue Tongue Windrush S/S, Ross Boyd on Symphony 2 A Class Classic, Paul Leaudais on Silver Fox Windrush S/S, Kurt Griffiths on Wreckless Nacra 16 sq, Paul English on Playtime Nacra 16 sq , Hugh Lewis Hot Pepper Windrush S/S and Tony Sanderson on Groove Thing Windrush S/S. Ross Fyfe also coming down to catch up, a bit stiff and sore not being able to sail due to a dog walking incident. After a famous PKSC burger and briefing. everyone was out on the water at least ½ an hour before start time.
The NE breeze allowing an easy reach from the beach out into the lake. Most of the cats cruising out around the lake checking out the course set up by duty crew Andy Blakey, Trevor Dunn & Allan Bennett. Start out near the middle of the lake, top mark over near the entrance to Illawarra Yacht Club and the wing mark near the NE corner of Gooseberry Island. Twenty or thirty wind surfers set up a course in the middle of the lake adding an extra set of marks and plenty of colour. The TY and Mono classes started promptly and allowed the Small Cats to get away at around 14:10:15 and Large Cats around 14:15:15. Small cats all starting on Starboard tack. Billyo followed by Groove Thing , Silver Fox, Hot Pepper and Blue Tongue. All heading towards the club house side before tacking to head up to the top mark. A good breeze allowing a number to trapeze. At the top mark, large cat Symphony 2 caught the small cats except for Billyo. Bill liked the conditions and gradually built a good lead and held off the A Class until the bottom mark. Silver Fox and Groove Thing, Hot Pepper and Blue Tongue also having a good tussle. The wind was a bit shifty and wind strength fluctuated challenging the sailors. On the windward return most chose to work on port tack out to the shallows and tack down to the top mark. With the wind being a little shifty a couple of different sailing lines were used. By the end of the race Symphony 2 lead the way followed by Billyo, Wreckless and Playtime. Next, less than 7 minutes separated the Windrushes led home by Groove Thing, Silver Fox and Blue Tongue. An enjoyable day was had by all.
I’ll be jealous next few weeks as I am going over to Europe for around 5 weeks. Will catch up upon my return.
- Jervis Bay Regatta at Callala Bay is being held on Labour day long weekend. Saturday 1st October and Sunday 2nd October. Tony Sanderson has booked accommodation and has plenty of room. Anyone interested in going down, advise either Tony Sanderson or Paul Leaudais and they can fill you in with the details. This is a great regatta with a multiple short race format. It is a beautiful part of the world on a sunny day with crystal clear waters it is not unusual to see dolphins.
- Kurnell Sunday 16/10/2016. Rowan from Hero Hoists has invited PKSC Windrushes to come up to Kurnell to promote this class in particular for their juniors. He has contacted myself and Tony Sanderson. Tony suggested he (and anyone else interested) could make it on Sunday 16/10/2016. Anyone else interested in heading up to Kurnell let Tony Sanderson know and he will be able to give you further details. It is quite a nice place to sail and for those who have not been before would be a great experience. Ross Boyd and Les Porter are regular visitors and can fill you in regards what it is like to sail at Kurnell etc. They have a short course format consisting of 2 races in the afternoon.
Regards Hugh Lewis