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Club Moorings in Pittwater
Avalon Sailing Club hold a quantity of club moorings in Pittwater, located near to our home at Avalon.
Mooring availability is currently: AVAILABLE
Avalon Sailing Club Presentation of Trophies Sunday 30th April 2017
Commodore's Ball - May 6th (Ticket deadline April 29th)
10th Don McLachlan Wet Etchells Regatta
A cordial invitation is extended to owners of eligible Etchells yachts to enter this event on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April 2017 on Pittwater.
The Regatta will consist of six races conducted by the Avalon Sailing Club (ASC).
An interim presentation for Races 1, 2 & 3 will be held at a catered dinner on the Saturday evening at ASC. Bookings are essential. The Don McLachlan Perpetual Trophies presentation plus presentation for Races 4, 5 & 6 will be held after the race on Sunday 23rd April at the Clubhouse.
Adult Learn-to-Sail Course
Calling all adults interested in learning to sail! ASC will running the inaugural ADULT Learn to Sail course, starting on May 20.
The course will cover basic theory and competencies and will be conducted in the Club’s Puffin Pacer 2-man dinghies.
A great step for getting out on a dinghy on your own, or crewing on a yacht.
Avalon Series Race #8 Results
Last Sunday it was Race #8 of the Avalon Series, followed by the Club Picnic. Thirteen yachts participated in the race.
Goldfinger, helmed by Jan Evans, got the shock of the day. She was not the ‘slowboat’ and had to start on ‘1’. She was not helped by a mistake in the start sequence, but that cost her less than a minute. She quickly went to the early lead and it was up to the rest of the fleet to chase her down. Racing was tight at the back of the fleet, with the four Etchells and Just Magic II looking to make the most of the large wind shifts and claw their way through the fleet. Lighter winds near the Rocky Point mark proved the downfall of a number of yachts. Getting from Towlers back up to Stokes in wind proved to be pivotal. Just Imagine did well and started to put the pressure on Goldfinger’s lead. Under Pressure, helmed by Toni Fox, best managed the conditions. She took out first place. On elapsed times she beat home all but Resurgent. What a race! Resurgent, helmed by Rick Hall, also had a sensational race, finishing just 41 seconds behind Under Pressure. Most of the yachties were a bit late to the Club Picnic, but the good news was we had already won all the events of the day. Just to finish off an eventful day, Yellow Glenn with the BBQ on board ran out of fuel in the middle of Pittwater!
The win for Under Pressure saw her take out the title, the Force 8 cup, on 21 points. Well done to Toni and her team. What a great season!! Second place went to Goldfinger on 23 points and third place went to Iluka on 27.6 points.
Retriever Race #6 Results
On Sunday it was Race #6 of the Retriever. Six yachts participated in the race.
Wimmera and Just Magic II got the best of the start and first leg to round the windward mark ahead of the fleet. In the lighter breeze Wimmera, helmed by Glenn Barnes, went to the eastern shore. That worked a treat. Just Magic II and most others went down the middle. Goldfinger with her spinnaker up was keeping pace, maybe even gaining against the some of the Etchells, until the wind got up around Soldiers Point and she decided it best to furl away her kite. Near the Palm Beach Pole, Bangalla picked up the strengthening southerly and hoped to carry it to the leaders, but by the leeward mark Wimmera had already a commanding lead. It was an impressive display from Wimmera. She continuedto get things right and she was the winner on scratch by a margin of just under 5 minutes. Resurgent tried valiantly. When only 2-up, she flew and gybed her kite in the pretty tough conditions to finish 2nd on scratch The winner on handicap was Goldfinger. That meant she took a trifecta with wins in races 4, 5, and 6. Well done.
In terms of the series, as the last race started there was only two points separating Wimmera, Goldfinger and Bangalla. A win or second would be good enough for Wimmera. With Goldfinger having a great race, Wimmera needed to sweat on the time of the final yacht, Stag. Stag needed to finish before 16:05:50 to take second spot, pushing Wimmera into 3rd. Instead, she finished at 16:06:49, which gave Wimmera the result she needed to take out the Retriever trophy. Well done to Glenn, Ian and Warwick on a great series!
Koolong and Blue Water Shield Race #6 Results
On Sunday it was Race #6 of the Koolong and the Blue Water Shield. Seven yachts participated in the races (4 in the Koolong; 3 in the BWS).
After a long run of 20+ knot wind days we finally got a reprieve. Team Laura reported that it was a “Perfect Pittwater Day” to be on the water. We were at the pointy end of the series and in the light wind conditions anything could happen. In the Koolong the spirit of competition was evident with Wimmera and Just Magic II finishing just one minute apart, with Wimmera taking out scratch but Just Magic II winning handicap by just over one minute of corrected time. That meant Bangalla sneaked home with the series win on 13 points. Second place went to Wimmera on 14 points, followed by Just Magic II on 18 points, Iluka on 19 points and Resurgent on 20 points.
The Blue Water Shield race was hotly contested by Bandaleni, Under Pressure and Diablo. Team Laura reported that Diablo sailed a brilliant race with a perfect set spinnaker on the homeward leg to win scratch by a convincing 9 minutes. She also won on handicap by an equally impressive 7 minutes of corrected time. Well done to Jean and Dick. Despite a 3rd place in the race, Under Pressure did enough to take out the title on 10 points. Well done to Toni and her crew. Bandaleni finished second on 11 points. Diablo took out 3rd place on 17 points.
Quartet Bowl Race #6 Results
On Sunday it was Race #6 of Quartet Bowl. Seven yachts participated in the race.
The team from Bandaleni got the race start off right on time, but they had to wait 38 minutes for the first yacht to cross the start line. The smaller yachts stayed at home, but the weather turned out to be pretty good with a fresh ENE breeze. The sun even came out for our sail back to the clubhouse from Juno Point. There was some pretty big swell going up the Hawkesbury. Those yachts that put up spinnakers were flying down the waves, recording speeds above 10kt. At the finish only 4 ½ minutes separated the fleet (only 2 ½ minutes of corrected time). The wind came and went a bit on the way to West Head but generally the left side was favoured. Bangalla turned around Juno in 3rd place, but by the time she reached West Head she had hit the lead. The chop near West Head slowed down a few yachts on the way back. On the last leg back to the clubhouse the right side was favoured, with Under Pressure and Resurgent making the most of it, but they didn’t quite make up sufficient ground to overtake Bangalla. Great tactics from Under Pressure near the finish line allowed her to take second place, with Resurgent taking third spot.
That was the final Quartet Bowl race of the season. The series winner on 11 points was Under Pressure. Well done to Toni and her team. Second place in the series went to Bangalla, with Resurgent taking 3rd position.