TY Delegates Report for 16-17 November Lord Mayors Regatta
Just a quick report with no philosophizing this time.
We had some good sailing weather for the Lord Mayors regatta weekend put on by the IYC. In my opinion it was good well contested racing in a fleet of 21 starters. Plus for those that stayed at PKSC Saturday night, some very good conversations etc. that did not dwell on the importance of facts. Both days were sailed in South easterlies with the Saturday peaking at around 10 knots and Sunday up around 20 knots. Good testing breezes that found the kinks and glitches in our boats and bodies.
I have calculated our normal Point score race by adding the two Saturday race finishing times together. If you have any objection to this please let me know and I can fix.
Anyway, for PKSC boats the results are as follows:
Congratulations to all those who participated. I believe we represented the PKSC very well.
Please find attached the full finishing times for the 3 races sailed in the Lord Mayors regatta.
Hopefully I will see most of you this coming weekend to help with running our Kembla Klassic.
Another successful sailing day. Although the Southerly was blowing 25 knots during the morning it eased significantly by start time. This meant a flurry of activity on the 4 starters in today’s race, Momentum with Barry, Greg and John aboard, Ruby with Tony and Paul aboard, Rosstered Off with Jim, Richard, Dan and Brad aboard and Froufrou with Gemma, Mark, Derrek and me aboard, to change up and undo reefs.
Thanks to Sam and Kevin our duty crew today. They set a good and fare course in difficult shifty wind conditions. We all appreciated their efforts on the day.
Speaking of shifty wind, the five to 8 knot southerly/south easterly/easterly (not necessarily in that order) was good to some of the TY fleet but not so good to others. I believe there was an element of luck in being on the right side of the course when the wind decided to do its shifty thing. Froufrou and Rosstered Off appeared to benefit and Momentum and Ruby were not so lucky with the shifts. Still, you have to admit it was a good day to be on the water.
In my opinion it was a particularly good day to introduce new crew to Port Kembla Sailing Club. On that note and on behalf of us TY sailors I extend a big welcome and thanks to Froufrou’s crew for today Gemma and Mark. Not only are they intelligent and capable, but they lowered the average age of the sailors on board by more than 20 years. I was also lucky to have Derrek Shepard aboard. It was great having the eyes of an accomplished and consistently good sailor, to pick up on things you can tweak that make it easier to sail faster. Much appreciated Derrek.
One of my personality flaws is that, in general, I find people irritating. For example they can want stuff from you at a time that isn’t convenient, ask you questions you don’t feel like answering and get in your way at supermarket shelves. Contradicting this generalisation is that I also find people endlessly fascinating. They most often have interesting lives and interesting stories, and in many ways can enhance your sailing experiences and your life. Today I am glad that I put my flaw (even though its often accurate) of finding people in general irritating and invite people that I did not know aboard Froufrou. They were interesting, intelligent and enhanced my life. Needless to say I hope that all you TY skippers take the risk and invite new people aboard to crew, especially if they are young, intelligent and agile. It will expand our pool of sailors and, like me, you may also be happily surprised.
Only a few more sailing days to go before the end of the year. Hopefully you are able to make them.
Results for Championship 4, Pointscore 10
The End, Trev
What a great start of the season with good manageable winds on each of the 3 race days sailed. Even with the specter of a blown out race that Barry Grant, Ray Stanley and Greg historically bring to their scheduled duty day we had near perfect Saturday sailing conditions. Barry, Ray and Greg set a cracking course for Rosstered Off and Froufrou to make the most of the great conditions. Thanks guys.
No close racing today as Rosstered Off lead from start to finish increasing her lead over Froufrou every leg. It did give Froufrou to experiment with our sailing trimming which is always a good thing to do when the pressure is off.
That is enough of the sailing stuff now let’s get down to the real reason we belong to a sailing club, the talking shit with your sailing buddies. Given that we usually make the most of our winter break we should have a lot to talk about. I regret not spending enough time chatting to my TY colleagues about their adventures, without too many facts getting in the way of a good story. I for one joined quite a few of our club members who trekked north for the Hamilton Island Race week. including Aaron Weare with his crew aboard Hasbeencounter, Derek and Nicole Shepard and their crew aboard Black Sheep and me Paul Leadaus and Clayton McLellan aboard Froufrou. It was a very well run, challenging and enjoyable event, and I believe we all represented PKSC club well both on and off the water. It’s a dauntingly long drive north but, if you can take your time I recon its worth the adventure. I think we will go back next year and maybe include Airley Beach and Magnetic Island race weeks as well. Who else wants to come?
We have some catching up to do on the results of the first 3 races as follows:
Place Boat Name PBH (CBH)
First Serenity 83.813 (86.807)
Second Froufrou 86.254 (86.254)
Third Momentum 89.176 (90.484)
Fourth Ruby 90.428 (91.767)
Championship 1 (Pointscore 2)
First Rosstered Off 84.604 (83.303)
Second Froufrou 85.258 (85.258)
Third Momentum 86.243 (88.086)
First Momentum Duty Boat
First Froufrou 79.095 (79.095)
Second Rosstered Off 80.651 (79.288)
It is my hope that we can attract a more regular turnout for our Saturday races. Club races are a perfect opportunity to fine tune boats and crew against consistently well sailed club benchmark boats and, to catch up on all the important business that goes along with the pre and post-race discussions. Life is too short to procrastinate so please consider making an effort, putting a crew together and coming down to join us in the club and on the water this season. Its always a good adventure and always good company.
The End, Trev