Paul Monaghan also coming down but not able to sail as he had to go to work in the afternoon teaching pilots in a flight simulator. Ross Fyfe not sailing due to his knee also brought down his faithful dog and had a chat and socialise. He is waiting on his knee replacement a little later this month.
This week Ian Richardson and crew doing duty setting the course. With no TY's (All at a TY regatta) we had 3 starts. Division 2,3 and 4. Division 3 for small cats and division 4 for large cats. With the southern breeze there were a few white caps and it was pretty bumpy out front of the club. The duty crew set a port course.
Start line out front of the club southern side of Gooseberry Island, windward mark over towards the middle of the shallows and the wing mark near the southern side of the entry to ITC bay. Tim MakePeace and David Zahra went out a little early on their F18 and could be seen scorching across the lake under kite. The balance of the cats left around 10 minutes before the start and easily made it over to the start line in a couple of minutes.
A few wondered what he was doing when Ross Boyd on Symphony2 had to dart out of the way as the small cats start coincided with him advising the duty crew that he noticed a capsized craft over to the side of the lake. Most of the small cats were closely packed heading across the start line.
Majority chose starboard tack heading east towards the entrance to the IYC before tacking and heading south towards the top mark. On the 1st work to the windward mark not a lot separated the small cats. The works were exhilarating with plenty of spray and hulls flying. Hot Pepper gaining confidence on the trapeze getting good boat speed but still needing to work on pointing to mix it with his more experienced piers.
With good angles the small cats were able to broad reach directly to the wing and starting marks when sailing the triangle. There was plenty of spray flying as the cats skimmed across the waves. Dark Horse in particular appeared to be enjoying the downwind legs. A number of the cats afterward advised occasionally a hull digging into the back of a wave causing spray to explode over their boat. White Wave’s strategy varied to that of others and kept heading over toward the IYC when rounding the bottom mark and heading up a less bumpy shallows route. Majority of other cats chose to head straight up towards the middle mud stick south of Gooseberry island before tacking over to the top mark. Jack Kroek on Jack Pot was in a commanding position when on the last triangle rounding the start mark for the final time had an uncharacteristic capsize when stepping out on the wire his dog bone disengaged causing him to go for a swim and allowing a number of other boats to catch up and pass.
Tome Makepeace and David Zahra on their F18 narrowly crossing the finish line around 3 seconds in front of Ross Boyd on his A class Symphony 2. Next only around 6 minutes later Whitewave had a convincing win in small catamarans division followed a few minutes later by Groove Thing, closely followed by Dark Horse, then only 6 seconds separated Billyo, Playtime and Jackpot for a very tight sprint to the line. The catamarans were then closed out by Hot Pepper and Blue Tongue.
Scratch times across finish line were as follows
(small cats start time 14:12: 08 & large cats start time 14:17:08 as per my wrist watch):
15:13:59 Tim Makepeace & Dave Zahra AUS47 “Tim F18” 15:14:02 Ross Boyd 860 "Symphony 2" A Class Classic
15:19:27 Tony & Amie Zahra 526 "White Wave" Maricat Sloop
15:23:00 Tony Sanderson 6308 "Groove Thing" Windrush S/Sloop
15:27:19 Bill Ledger 182 "Billyo" Nacra 14 square
15:27:20 Paul English 70 “Playtime” Nacra 16 Sq
15:27:25 Jack Kroek 6421 "Jackpot" Windrush S/Sloop
15:33:21 Hugh Lewis 6237 “Hot pepper” Windrush S/Sloop 15:45:59 Jody mathews 629 “Blue Tongue” Windrush S/Sloop
DNS Craig & Bruce Standen "Felix the Cat" Windrush S/Sloop
1. Small and Large Catamarans turn to run the canteen next week Saturday 13th Feb 2016. Hence need volunteers in the canteen preparing hamburgers etc around 10 am
2. Kembla Kats Regatta Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of March 2016.
3. Next week Saturday 13/02/2016 is back to back races as we will be using the Katagatta regatta race format as practice/test for upcoming regatta. Start time will commence at 2pm. 3 minute starts per division. And 2 courses will be run windward return and triangle. There will be 2 back to back races approx 30 to 45 minutes each.
Start and finish boat will be anchored and run by Tony Sanderson and Jack Kroek (Tony will be bringing his own boat as Puffa will be away with MJ's). The course setting and response boat will be done by Paul Leaudais and Hugh lewis. More details will be explained next week at the briefing. See below for further course info.
Regards Hugh Lewis