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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.
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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.
Commodore's Ball - May 6th
Avalon Series Race #7 Results
On Sunday it was Race #7 of Avalon Series. Twelve yachts participated in the race.
The yacht starting team from Just Magic II kept themselves occupied while bobbing around on Yellow Glenn by rating the starts of each of the yachts. I think Summer Wine got the nod for the best start. That said, there didn’t seem to be much correlation between the quality of the start and the finishing order. Instead, those yachts that most enjoy a reach at good speed in the fresh winds come home the earliest. Goldfinger, helmed by Jan Evans, continued her winning form by leading from the start to finish to win by nearly 7 minutes. She is putting at risk her ‘0’ start time. On elapsed times she beat four other yachts in the race! Well done. The placings from 2nd to 9th were much tighter. Second place went to Bandaleni, helmed by Greg Kowalski. Third place went to our visitor, the blue hulled Razzamatazz, helmed by Sean Mullin. She is a Farr 1104 and we hope to see her back for more Avalon races. Down the back of the fleet it was pretty tough going, but at least the weather was splendid for sailing!
After seven races in the series, with two drops, there are four yachts in contention for the Avalon Series title (the Force 8 cup). Three yachts (Goldfinger, Iluka, and Under Pressure) sit on 20 points, with Summer Wine on 22 points [note that points are subject to correction/amendment/review etc.].
‘Come Sailing’ - Adult Sailing Open Day at Avalon
Avalon Sailing Club invites adults (members and friends) who are interested in trying out sailing to have a go on one of the member yachts on Saturday 25 March.
So, if you have watched others enjoying yachting on beautiful Pittwater in envy, or your children are learning to sail, you have a chance to try it out yourself. You might want to learn more (ASC has plans to introduce adult sailing lessons) or there might be opportunity to join the crew of an ASC yacht for either cruising or racing.
On Saturday 25 March from 10 am, people will be taken out to yachts to enjoy an hour or so on the water and be ‘shown the ropes’ of sailing.
Bookings are needed so that everyone can ‘get a go’. This is a free event.
If interested, please call Chad on 0476 790 826. More information will be provided on booking.
Retriever Race #5 Results
On Sunday it was Race #5 of Retriever. A total of seven yachts participated in the race.
The course was set up for a southerly wind, but it mostly held from the SW, which made it a bit of a reaching course. That said the wind was shifty, with some big puffs coming through, especially out of The Basin. The start line was pretty square to the breeze. The left paid on the first leg and despite a bit of a late start, Bangalla was the first to round the top mark. On the downwind leg it was pretty gusty. Resurgent put up her white kite and was moving along at good speed. Then, just off the clubhouse, her spinnaker shredded into pieces. Fortunately its time was coming to an end anyway. Just Magic II also got off to a late start, but did the best downwind to lead at the ‘K’ mark. Bangalla led at the last mark, but in the end 1st place on scratch, by 38 seconds, went to Just Magic II, helmed by Chad Leggett. First place on handicap went to Goldfinger, helmed by Jan Evans. She set up nicely at the start taking advantage of the fleet holding off the line by coming across on port. From there she enjoyed the conditions and sailed a consistent race. Second place on handicap went to Bandaleni, helmed by Greg Kowalski.
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.
Koolong and Blue Water Shield Race #5 Results
On Sunday it was Race #5 of the Koolong and the Blue Water Shield. A total of eight (5+3) yachts participated in the races.
Some might have been turned away due to the weather forecast, but it turned out to be a pleasant day (sun!) on Pittwater with a good breeze. It was a bit rougher out in Broken Bay, with the Blue Water Shield yachts required to twice round Lion Island. The breeze was pretty steady throughout the day, so it came down to good crew work and steady as you go racing. In the Koolong, Wimmera, helmed by Glenn Barnes held the lead for the whole race, despite some troubles with the topping lift on her spinnaker pole. Wimmera also won on handicap. Well done to the team. Bangalla just managed to hold off Just Magic II to take out second place. CazBar had no luck. She broke her jib downhaul and she had to retire. Resurgent couldn’t even race as she has a broken boom (any spares? call Paul). Tough going in those Etchells!
In the Blue Water Shield, Element, helmed by Rob Slack, sped around the course and was home more than 40 minutes before the second yacht. That said, handicap honours were close, with Element winning by just 36 seconds of corrected time to Bandaleni, helmed by Greg Kowalski. On return, the skipper of third placed Under Pressure vowed to “never to do that race again” until she heard she was leading the series. She’ll be back out there next month!
ASC - Flying 11 States Round 2
Round 2 of the Flying 11 states was hosted by Manly 16 Foot Skiff Club. Sailing out of Manly adds new challenges for those used to only sailing in the relatively quiet and flat waters of Pittwater. At Manly you add swell coming through Sydney Heads, the Manly ferry steaming around the outisde (mostly) of the course and the normal busy Harbour traffic. \
It was a challenge that the five Flying 11's from ASC meet head on proved they are up to the task - 1294 “K” (Sarah Rodgers and Albi Gibson Healy), 1295 “Sparta” (Louis and Issy Festa), 1304 “Chill” (Finn Moller and Jonah Nicholson), 1332 “This Way Up” (Zoe Whitlock and Jasmine Bridge) and 1393 “Waverunner” (Harry Parker and David Tulk).
MJ Nationals Report, 2016
Avalon represented by Stingray (David and Sophie) and Red RIB as the pin and rescue boat
David and Sophie are back from the Manly Junior Nationals at St George Sailing Club, where they finished 6th in the Open Fleet, 2nd in the Junior Division for Under 12s, and 8th on handicap. It was a great regatta, with some challenging conditions to make it really interesting!
Let’s hear what they have to say.
So David, first up, when did you start sailing?
D: I was 7 and I did blue group. Then I crewed on Stingray for 2 years with Harry Parker as my skipper. Last year I skippered in MJ Novice with Sophie and this year we were in the Open Fleet
And what about you Sophie?
ASC Open BICs @ The Kurnell Cup
The Kurnell Cup is an annual event, extremely well run by the guys at Kurnell Catamaran Club, a regatta to suit all levels, lots of fun and has become a must do for NSW Open Bic sailors
With 46 entries the regatta really showed the growth in the class in NSW.
A big thank you to all the guys & girls at Kurnell for a great weekend
Day 1 was the Teams Racing for the Gold Fleet , some of the more experienced kids were selected as team captains.
The team captains were then given the chance to select their teams with the 1 rule being they had to select someone from another club first, a great inovation for building friendships throughout the class.