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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 Sailing Camp
January 23-25, 9am-3pm
Contact: Shane Cruikshank email@example.com M: 0412522106
Australia Day Regatta
Avalon Sailing Club are proud to again host the Australia Day Regatta on Pittwater.
A cordial invitation is extended to owners of all yachts - including centreboard classes, one design keelboats, gaff-rigged and classic yachts plus multi-hull yachts, to enter the oldest continuously conducted sailing regatta in the world on Australia Day, Thursday 26th January 2017.
Crew's Race Results
On Sunday it was race the Crew’s Race. A total of six yachts participated.With the course set for the forecast of wind from the SE, but the wind having more E than S, the start line was set towards Woody Point which just allowed for a starboard start for most yachts. Some yelling was heard, but the start line was plenty wide which took the pressure off the skippers for the day, and a majority of the starts were pretty good. The right side paid on the way to the first mark, which allowed Bangalla, helmed by Nick White, to take the early lead. While the wind was pretty steady throughout the day, there were plenty of shifts and pockets of wind strength. On the way from T to the S mark sailing in the stronger wind in the middle was better than working the shore to Longnose Point.
With five downwind legs, Under Pressure, helmed by Caren Beer, seemed to do the most impressive kite work. The most adventurous award went to Chad Leggett, who mid-race took the bosun's chair up the mast of Just Magic II to retrieve a spinnaker halyard that had got away. If only he could have blamed the crew! Bangalla lost the lead a few times, but managed to get home first, winning on scratch and handicap. Well done to Nick (and crew!). Second place on scratch went to Resurgent, helmed by Paul Westcott. Second place on handicap went to Under Pressure.
Avalon Series Race #5 Results
On Sunday it was race #5 of the Avalon Series. A total of thirteen yachts participated. The breeze was stronger than in recent weeks and it made for some exciting sailing. Under Pressure and Resurgent were seen with kites up, but most played it safe. That said the bravery award goes to Brian Milton on INGA. He sailed solo using his #1 headsail as he thought the conditions were going to be lighter than forecast. He kept tacks to a minimum and finished in a credible 7th place. We also had a honeymoon couple on the water. All within 24 hours, Greg and Flick were married and then back crewing on Just Magic II. Congratulation to you both. The helm of Bangalla made a costly mistake by forgetting about the ‘T’ mark. Who designed these courses anyway?
The winner on the day was Just Imagine, helmed by Ralf Moller. She sailed a clean race with what looked like a smooth hull. Well done. Hot on her heels in second place was Summer Wine, helmed by Brett Stapleton. Under Pressure, helmed by Toni Fox, finished in third place.
Quartet Bowl Race #4 Results
Last Sunday it was race #4 of the Quartet Bowl. A total of ten yachts participated. It was another Sunday with perfect sailing conditions. As is typical with the Quartet Bowl, it was a race full of tactics. With the SE blowing, yachts carried spinnakers from the start through to the ‘J’ mark, and then were faced with upwind sailing all the way back to the clubhouse. That meant if you don’t carry spinnaker and you don’t point high, it was always going to be a tough day.
Under Pressure, helmed by Toni Fox, got all three right – tactics, spinnaker handling and pointing. She hugged West Head, gybed and headed straight for the J mark. She worked back up close to shore, avoiding any holes behind West Head. Well done to all on board. Pirihi, helmed by Ritchie Venn, also had a good day, flying downwind and on the way back overtaking all but Under Pressure. The day was, of course, not that smooth sailing for everyone. Bangalla had a tightly wrapped spinnaker around her forestay on the gybe. It eventually came out!
Ex Member wins Youth Worlds
Congrats to Natasha Bryant (past ASC member), who has just won the Youth World Championships in 29er Women, with Annie Wilmot.
Known as "the smiling assassins", They secured Gold with the last race to spare, an awsome effort after many (1500 ?) hours of training with local Pittwater (RPAYC) coach, Traks Gordon.
Only a small step from ASC Blue group, MJ's and F11's. ... seemed like yesterday.
Retriever Race #3 Results
On Sunday it was race #3 of the Retriever. A total of six yachts participated. It was the sort of race where the lead changed frequently (some of us helped by a rogue yellow mark off Great Mackerel Beach!). Each of the three Etchells led at various stages around each of the marks, but that didn’t count for anything when Just Magic II, helmed by Chad Leggett, steamed home on the left and took the lead for the first time just out from the finish line. She came home first on scratch, beating Wimmera, helmed by Glenn Barnes, by 6 seconds.
On handicap, Bandaleni, helmed by Greg Kolwalski, put in another strong performance. She enjoyed the steady breeze and came home strongly. Second place on handicap went to Just Magic II. Stag was looking good all race, but got caught in the bit of a hole on the home stretch. That said, she held on to take a podium finish on handicap.
Koolong and Blue Water Shield Race #3 Results
On Sunday it was race #3 of the Koolong and the Blue Water Shield. A total of eleven yachts participated, with seven in the Koolong and four in the Blue Water Shield.
The Koolong racers got dizzy going up and downwind, sufficiently so that one yacht lost a crew member overboard when he was trying to recover a loose spinnaker brace. Resurgent, helmed by Rick Hall, had a close battle all day with Just Magic II, but she managed to pretty much lead from start to finish. On handicap, the winner of the Koolong went to Stag, helmed by Barry Black. She got off to a good start, battled through the lulls on the way between T and S, and then finished strongly.
The Blue Water Shield racers were given a single mark rounding, earning them an ‘early mark’. The scratch winner was Element, helmed by Rob Slack. She was over the finish line just after 2:20pm! She had a practice start with the Koolong fleet, and still managed to get back in time for her own race start! Second placing on scratch in the BWS went to Diablo, helmed by Jean Cross. On handicap, Bandaleni, helmed by Greg Kowalski, took advantage of the conditions with her big asymmetrical kite, and was a convincing winner.
NSW OPEN BIC CUP MANLY
All I can say is what an amazing regatta we just had, 64 entries with some of the best Open Bic sailors in not only this country but the World.
Along with all the wonderful competitors, we had some of the worlds best sailors there to inspire the kids for the future.
With Sir Russel Coutts, Lisa Darmanin Olympic Silver medalist & Tom Burton Olympic Gold medalist there to support the kids, you could not help but be inspired.
With 5 competitors from New Zealand along with kids from WA, QLD & VIC it was very hot competition and a hell of a lot of fun.
MJ States Hornsby Wrap
2 MJ boats, 4 courageous Avalon sailors traveled to compete at the recent MJ state titles at Hornsby Kuringai Sailing Club. Boats & sailors arrived by waterway to set up at ‘Dead Horse Bay’s’ tiny strip of sand in front of the quaint but not so dry Hornsby Club. A line up of 35 MJ’s filled the bay.
Conditions were challenging, day 1 wet & cold yet reasonable winds, day 2 windy windy windy.
At the end of day 1 after 2 races, Full Throttle with Quentin & Sascha & Stingray with David & Sophie were at the top of the gold fleet in equal 4th position. Wow!