THE WEEK IN SAILING – 22nd July
INSHORE DIVISION – BRASS MONKEYS
Wednesday 14th July 2021
The Inshore fleet was made up of 28 boats this week. The mild Gold Coast winter not offering much in the way of wind forced Race Control to shorten the course allowing 19 boats to finish. A big thank you to Race Control for always doing your best to form a race for our skippers and crew.
In celebrations after the race an administrative glitch named QUARTERFLASH the winner and awarded skipper Doug Brown a bottle of Bundaberg Rum for his efforts. Sorry, Mr Brown, it looks like you might owe Tony Hight a bottle of Aqua Vitae.
2ND BABY ARAMEX
3RD FOX MAY WONDER
THURSDAY TWILIGHT – Race 11
Thursday 15th July 2021
It was certainly an afternoon of contradictions. Breeze – no breeze. Sunshine – cloudy. Blue sky – grey sky. There was even a hint of a rainbow without rain.
With no wind and an outgoing tide, it looked uncertain that the race would go ahead. The fleet of 20 hopeful sailors and a resolute Race Control seemed to inspire a gentle breeze for the Thursday Twilight series to get underway on another shortened course.
Despite many boats crossing the start well after their actual start time, 18 of the fleet managed to make it home without retiring. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
The podium places were filled by the following:
3RD BOOZE BUS
A big thank you to our sponsors Document Solutions and to our dedicated volunteers John and Noel on Race Control.
INSHORE DIVISION – WINTER PASSAGE
Saturday, 17th July 2021
Today was a day of spirited sailing in the WNW averaging 20 knots with bursts of the infamous westerly bullets. Despite the chill factor, it was great conditions for passage racing.
The fleet today for Inshore Division was made up of 14 boats, with 10 officially crossing the finish line.
A special mention goes to 4 SHAW who sailed a spectacular race but unfortunately rounded the wrong marker to return home 30 minutes ahead of the fleet. Regardless of the outcome, Steve Broadbent and crew deserve recognition for their smooth sailing.
OFF THE BEACH CATAMARANS – WINTER PASSAGE
Thrills, spills and capsizing was the name of the game for a few of today’s OTBC’s. When those winds speeds start pipping 20 knots on the anemometer, skills are tested.
In the first race of the day, placings were shared between well-regarded competitors.
2ND WAKA TAUA
Kudos to NAMAZU for battling the Broadwater blues. I’m sure Bill and Mackenzie were happy to get home and toastie after a long day on the water.
The second race placings went to
1st WAKA TAUA
2nd DOUBLE SQUID GRIP
Well done Nigel Lawrence. This was the strongest winds he has encountered on BELLELA, his Nacra 5.8. A great day of growth.
The stunt award of the day goes to Igor Prado on NAKED. Rumour has it that Igor enjoys shouting the bar on Cat Saturday’s as it is happening so regularly.
OFF THE BEACH DINGHIES
Sunday, 18th July 2021
Thankfully for our dinghy division the winds died down today to a pleasant 5-10 knots allowing suitable conditions for our Juniors to get out on the water and enjoy race day.
Congratulations Addy Newlan who took out two firsts and a second in the Junior Division even after completing the 17km Kokoda Challenge the day before.
Well done Jonah Parry for also taking out a first and a second place on the day and Matt Sinnamon for achieving a place in all three races on SAFARI.
In the Open Division, Kelvin Holdt won all three races on his beloved GREEN EGGS and HAM.
KEEPING THINGS SHIPSHAPE
A reminder to all skippers who would like to have an ORC Club handicap to please ensure you logon to the ORC website and pay for your certification.
This Saturday, 24th July 2021 is SYC Flat Rock Race. If you are out and about near The Spit on Saturday morning at 0800hrs, cheer on the competing boats.
KNOT ANOTHER PAINKILLER
For our skippers, we remind you of Sailing Instruction 19.4 SIGN ON RC: All Yachts shall report to the Race Committee vessel at the starting area with all crew on deck, no later than 0740 hours on Saturday 24th July 2021, each wearing their compliant safety harness and tether (compliant in accordance with AS Special Regulation 5.02 SAFETY HARNESS AND SAFETY LINES (Tethers)).
Upon visual inspection by the Race Officer, confirmation of Persons on Board (POB) will be hailed by the Race Officer to the Skipper of each Yacht confirming details.