I mentioned in the most recent TY delegates report that I wish we had a few not so windy conditions to add a little variety to our Saturday afternoon races. Needless to say today’s race was run in a typical summer 20 to 25 knot north easterly breeze.
Thanks to Richard and Alex Hipsley for braving the conditions as our duty crew and setting a good course even though it was tough finding a place on the lake to share with 30 odd 16 ft and 13 ft skiffs sailing their regatta. Boy the skiffs look spectacular downwind though.
Barry Grant and Momentum put in an extra effort to make it to today’s race but unfortunately, just like what has happened to many of us sailing so far this season, the strong conditions show up the weaknesses in our equipment. Today Momentums weakness was a boom fitting that forced her back to shore before the start. That left Serenity with Wayne and Daniel aboard and Froufrou with Alan, Richard (Lech) and me aboard on the start line.
I believe I can speak on behalf of the crews of both vessels; it felt like tough work getting around the course in one piece today. On one of the downwind legs Froufrou thought she would even up crew numbers ejecting Richard overboard on a role windward. We did turn around and pick him up. We also had the pleasure of observing the very effective self inflating nature of Richards’s life jacket. At least both water and wind were warm so it didn’t take Richard long to dry out. It’s all part of the sailing adventure.
Wayne and Daniel were very impressive managing the strong conditions, especially upwind with only two on board Serenity holding the boat down in the gusts.
Results Pointscore 12
Position Boat Name PBH (CBH) in minutes
First Froufrou 82.15 (82.15)
Second Serenity 84.86 (90.83)
IYC Australia Day Regatta, 26 January 2017. Start at 11.30am.
St Georges Basin Regatta, 4 – 5 February 2017.
I hope to see you all back at the Club this coming Saturdays post-Christmas and new year break catch up and race.
The End Trev