Archive for January 2016
Summer Race 6 was the end of the Saturday Summer Series for 2015 – 2016. Luckily the predicted storm and damaging wind held off until all skippers, crews and starters were soundly ensconced in the clubhouse albeit under a dripping roof. The strength of the tempest which hit around 4:45pm was amazing.
The course which was set, Course 17, was again to minimise the impact of the small tanker returning to Gore Cove after refuelling the cruise ships in port.
The start in Division 1 was close and required a restart by some eager to get their race over before the storm. Solitude made the early break in the fluky conditions which they held for the remainder of the race. Forte Forever and Blue Chip had a close race and were not too far back.
At the finish Blue Chip, Sweet Chariot and Irukandji finished within seconds. Handicap results went to Speedwell from Blue Chip and Forte Forever.
Summer Series results to Solitude with Forte Forever and Irukandji equal second.
In Division 2 it was great to have five boats keenly contesting the race. Joka dominated from the start and Evo and Umzimkulu II traded tacks for most of the race. Flair were underpowered and Paca had an unwanted excursion on the kite run past Cockatoo Island. In the end Evo took the handicap honours from Joka and Flair.
Paca were the series winner from Flair and Then Umzimkulu II.
It was good to have two GFS yachts competing in the Australia Day Regatta on Sydney Harbour on Australia Day. Naughty Call and Flair braved the melee of vessels to sail in different divisions – Flair in spinnaker Division 3 and Naughty Call in non-spinnaker Division 2. It was an interesting day to locate the assigned marks and sail in a different area.
Flair was 4th in their division and Naughty Call 6th in theirs.
Race 5 was not only part of the GFS Summer Series but also designated as our Saturday contribution to the Sailing Events held in conjunction with Australia Day. The GFS Twilight Australia Day race is next Wednesday January 27.
Race 5 began with ominous skies and a strong breeze which reached about 25 knots with a couple of gusts of 28 kts. However, rain kept away and the wind eased (???).
Course 28 kept the fleet away from the tanker movements in Gore Cove and gave a chance for skippers and crews to show white sail reaching skills.
In Division 1 the start was won by Sydney Ferries as yachts negotiated the orange diamond as they attempted to clear the line and the ferry. The next obstacle was the totally upturned Hartley trailer sailer at Snapper Island. At the end Irukandji made it home just ahead of Sweet Chariot and then Solitude. Division 1 handicap results as published are incorrect and will be updated.
In Division2 late sail changes and exceptionally strong breeze at the start spread the fleet. Umzimkulu II and Paca continually made up ground throughout the race. Evo kept in touch and were rewarded with third on handicap, Paca finished strongly to be second just behind Flair.
Grey skies and a predicted strong wind looked like it would be a miserable afternoon on the water. However, no rain and a moderate but tricky SE – SSE breeze made for a good race.
Blue Division had the trickiest exit through Humbug and the fleet clustered at Onions Point in the disturbed air. Foxy and Solitude made the early break whilst Flashback gave the others an start on their way to their turning mark at Lady Bay. The run home had Flashback at pace to be back ahead of Solitude and Irukandji. Handicap results went to the Etchells – Foxy, Eggshells and Forte Forever – in a clean sweep (even if they had difficulty recognising their skipper or crew).
In White Division Humbug again trapped the fleet momentarily with Tana, Paca, Joka and New Territories making the early break on their way to Neilsen Park. At the end New Territories had a good lead over Tana and Joka. Joka took the handicap result from Out of Africa and Tana.
The Red Division Match race was on again and proved to be a fabulous race with both Barubi and Flair in the lead at several times. The exit through Humbug was a bit easier as there was no disturbed air and only the true (???) breeze to negotiate. The run home for both was extra special with a couple of cruising Hunter 33s deciding to sit on both our transoms until we were finally able to break away. At the end Flair and Barubi were separated by 2 seconds on the water.
Please consider entering the Australia Day Regatta on the Harbour on Australia Day. For details see above.
It is with sadness that we advise the passing of Alan Hunt, a former member of the Club along with myself and brothers Malcolm and Warwick Hunt. Alan Hunt sailed in 12 ft Skiffs Eva and Valhalla during the 1960’s. He served as President of the Club. Some of his trophies are displayed in the trophy cabinet.
I realise that time has passed but there maybe older members who remember Alan.
A memorial service for Alan will be held on Saturday at Terrigal (cnr Terrigal and Willoughby Road) commencing at 11:00 am.
Popular Club members Adrian Van Bellen (J/122 Jackpot) and Ralph Pickering (J/109 Sweet Chariot) have just completed the prestigious Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race, organised by the RPAYC.
All Club members can bask in the glow of the performances these two boats achieved flying the Cub burgee.
Out of the 42 boats that started the race, many of which are seasoned and successful ocean racers: Jackpot won IRC Div 2, won ORCi and came 2nd IRC overall (Behind Beau Gueste). Sweet Chariot finished 6th in IRC Div 2 and 17th IRC overall.
A great result for not only the owners, skippers and crew, many of whom are members at the Greenwich Flying Squadron.
It was pleasing to note the number of Club members, not just family but friends that made the effort to get to Broken Bay to watch the start. (reporter GD)
Similar to the West Harbour Winter Series there is a combined Summer series open to yachts from DSC, BSC, PRSC and GFS. Races take place on each second Sunday with Race 1 on January 17. There is no entry fee for participating racing members of these clubs.
All skippers intending to sail in this series must register via the Top Yacht Entry System on the Balmain Club Website http://www.balmainsailingclub.com/. As this is a pursuit series, entries are required as soon as possible so that handicaps and a Start Number can be allocated before the first race.
The Endeavour National Titles are being hosted by Drummoyne Sailing club next weekend – Saturday January 9 and Sunday January 10. if you are interested come and watch the racing from the balcony at DSC or on the water. The Sailor’s Grill at DSC offers excellent snacks and meals . Racing starts at 12.15pm on Saturday and 11.30am on Sunday. Notice of race.