TY Delegates Report 3 – 4 February 2018
The Sussex Inlet and St Georges Basin Regatta is arguable one of the best regatta of the PKSC TY sailing season, and this one was shaping up to be just as memorable and fun. There were PKSC TYs coming out of the woodwork everywhere, 12 in total of a fleet of 26 starters for the regatta.
The Sussex Inlet and Basin Yacht Club regatta organizing committee putting a lot of effort into making the event enjoyable, both on land and on the water. A big thanks must go to Lynne, Andrew, Greg and many more SIBYC members who sacrificed their valuable time to make sure us sailors were welcomed and went away feeling rewarded by the experience. Apologies for forgetting all your names.
Maybe it’s because this regatta, as well as being set in a beautiful location, is reminiscent of the PKSC events we do. The hands-on member participation creates a wonderful atmosphere. Volunteers seem to put something extra into an event to ensure things run smoothly and participants fell included. That’s not to say we all didn’t try as hard as we could to do our best on the water. It just makes it more enjoyable when you know you are not just another boat make up the numbers.
Friday night at the RSL was full of stories of sailing friends hurting themselves doing sailing related activities. For example, getting on and off boats while under the influence of alcohol was a prominent theme of these reminiscences. I learnt something new as well. Apparently the drunker you get the funnier the stories are.
After a night of heavy rain, the weather turned on perfect sailing conditions for Saturdays around the Basin Race. Not too windy and not too sunny making it challenging enough but still ensuring everyone finished safely.
Here is something else I learnt. Did you know Smurfs could sail? A crew of Smurfs took over Breakaway, and after a slow start on Saturday, they did surprisingly well.
The Breakaway Smurfs were not the only crew to a slow start on Saturday. Some of us were a little confused by the starting sequence and were ill prepared when the gun went. Most of us made our way around the course doing the best jibes we could, dodging big clumps of weed and trying to pick the shifts in the tricky north easterly winds.
A similar overnight rainstorm happened Saturday night with Sunday turning out to be an equally pleasant day sail with slightly less wind.
Connor Weare, Micah Sullivan and the two Carrol boys showed us all how to sail in a borrowed Young 5.2. They came a very credible third overall on day one and forth overall on day 2. It was exciting to see our juniors do so well.
For anyone reading this article who was unable to attend the regatta, you missed a great weekend of sailing and talking sailing crap. If we are all in a fit enough state next year we will do it all again.
I will put the Pointscore results for Saturdays race in next week’s newsletter. But here are the CBH results for your perusal.
Boat name Elapsed Time Corrected CBH Place CBH
Nirvana 115:55 88.54 1
Froufrou 122:29 91:22 2
Bluey 152:46 91:46 3
Breakaway 117:10 93:09 4
Rosstered Off 118:11 93:57 5
Momentum 118:51 94:29 6
Hasbeencounted 119:15 94:48 7
Hailstorm 130:00 96:59 8
Whitewash 124:30 98:59 9
Pipedream 140:00 101:30 10
Serenity 141:23 102:30 11
Magella 148:42 114:03 12
The End Trev