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Winter Series Race #1 Results
On Sunday it was Race #1 of the Winter Series. A total of 11 yachts participated. We welcomed three entries in the series from RMYC, including a new entrant Kulani, an East Coast 31, helmed by Noel Borel.
We raced the 7.6Nmi course #19 – Rp, T, S, Tp, Rp, S. Sydney Harbour observations (Wedding Cake West) was 9-13kt, with gusts 13-17kt, mainly from WSW. It was similar on Pittwater, except for a few light patches on the leg from Towlers to Stokes Point. The wind died soon after the race, which made it perfect for the BBQ on the deck.
The race was handicapped for a 120 minute ‘slowboat’ for a target finish time of 1:35pm (the start was postponed by 5 minutes). The mid-fleet yacht came in at 1:50pm, so it was a bit longer than expected, which favoured the backmarkers. The two standout performances came from Kulani and CazBar, helmed by Uwe Statz. Kulani in her maiden series race put in a very good performance and won the race with a few minutes to spare. Well done. The handicapper will be tougher next race!
CazBar took a 4 minutes spinnaker penalty, so started after the other two Etchells. She sailed a brilliant first upwind leg and never looked back. Her elapsed time of 1:35:53 was more than 6 minutes better than the next competitor (Wimmera). We kept looking behind for the normal fast finish from the backmarker Pirihi, but a jacket overboard (Ross?!) led to a costly detour!
The next Winter Series race + BYO BBQ is on 26 June.
The approach taken to handicapping at Avalon Sailing Club is to handicap yachts based on personal performance (using elapsed times), rather than class based boat handicaps (using rig based measurements). Personal performance based handicaps have the benefit of encouraging participation, as race results are based on how well you sailed in a race compared to your ‘normal’ performance. This seems to fit in well with ASC’s motto of “Fostering, encouragement, promotion, teaching, and above all, enjoyment of sailing on the waters of Pittwater”.
For calculating handicap race results, for scratch starts, ASC uses the method of elapsed time multiplied by an Allocated Handicap (AHC) to calculate a ‘corrected time’. The yacht with the lowest ‘corrected time’ is the winner on handicap. For handicapped starts, the ‘offset’ times are calculated based on the AHC of each yacht and the expected elapsed time of the slowest yacht.
I think the preferred method of handicapping is to calculate the ratio of the elapsed time of each yacht in a race against each of its competitors and then compare that to the expected ratio based on assessed handicaps. Using this method, the full set of data is available to the handicapper for assessing a ‘normal’ handicap. This data can then be collated for each series, with the aim of the handicapper for the median performance of each yacht if she sailed ‘normally’ to be 0.0%. In an individual race, if a yacht has a negative median performance then she sailed faster than ‘normal’, and if she has a positive median performance then she sailed slower relative to ‘normal’. For determining handicaps, the use of medians, rather than averages, is a better method as it removes outliers from the calculation.
Avalon Race #8 Results
Sunday’s Avalon Race #8 was the last regular series race of the 2015-16 sailing season. The Etchells regatta is this weekend. The first of the Winter Series races is on 29 May (11:30am handicap start). A total of 12 yachts participated in Sunday’s race. Quite a few of our yachties were on hand at Portuguese beach for the annual tug-of-war against BYRA. However, it seemed that our opposition got a whiff that the yacht race started soon after 1:00pm, so they were still comfortably eating their picnic lunch when we all had to leave. That said, ASC had a good turnout of centreboarders on hand and we took home the honours!
The race was handicapped for a 180 minute ‘slowboat’ for a target finish time of 4:30pm. The mid-fleet yacht came in just before 5:00pm. The two standout performances came from Just Magic II, helmed by Chad Leggett, and Here’s Trouble, helmed by Alan Bertram. They had a close tussle for the entire race. They started on the same time and finished only 10 seconds apart, with Just Magic II first home. Good sailing! The light conditions suited the Etchells, with Wimmera, helmed by Ian Craig taking out third place.
With regard to the series, Just Magic II won the inaugural title finishing with three bullets and a total of 23 points. Well done to Chad and the team. Second place went to Resurgent, helmed by Rick Hall, on 28.5 points. Third place went to Iluka, helmed by Di Mattes, on 32.8 points.
Retriever Race #6 Results
Last Sunday it was race #6 of the Retriever series. A total of 6 yachts participated in the race. With the light winds a shorter course was chosen. Just before the start the wind shifted to the east making the line heavily biased – and most of the yachts headed off to Tp on a port tack. Wimmera, helmed by Glenn Barnes, was first off the line at the favoured pin end and she was the first to round ‘Tp’. Just Magic II, helmed by Chad Leggett, rounded in second place but then picked the better wind on the left on the downwind leg to ‘T’. From there she held on to her lead for the rest of the race – including putting on display her big white (Farr 40?) spinnaker on the S to N leg. There was not much Wimmera could do against that weapon!
On handicap, Just Magic II came in 1st place. Goldfinger, helmed by Jan Evans, put in a very good performance in the light conditions to take 2nd place on handicap.
In terms of the series, the win by Just Magic II made sure she took out the Retriever Trophy for 2015-16 with 10 points. Well done to Chad and his dedicated crew. Second place in the series goes to Wimmera on 14 points. Equal on 20 points with Bangalla, but getting 3rd place on countback was Resurgent.
Quartet Bowl #6 Results
On Sunday it was race #6 of the Quartet Bowl. A total of 11 yachts participated in the race.
With the regular ‘J’ mark still missing, a mark was laid by the yacht race officer – and it was actually off Juno Point!
The section of race between West Head and Juno again proved most difficult in the SSW wind. A variety of tactics were used, most to mixed success.
The battle for the series title was very close. Resurgent needed to beat Pirihi by 4 places to take the title. She had a fantastic race and as she rounded West Head on the way home she was well positioned to take a top 3 place. Then her main halyard broke! She had to sail the rest of the race with only a jib, but still finished in 7th position. Pirihi finshed in 5th place. That was enough to take the series title. Congratulations to Ritchie Venn and crew.
The winner on the day was Goldfinger, helmed by Jan Evans. She smashed the fleet, winning by more than 15 minutes. Well done. Second place went to Panchax, helmed by Steve Parker. Third place went to the ever consistent Just Magic II, helmed by Chad Leggett.
Koolong & BWS Series Race #6 Results
On Sunday it was race #6 of the Koolong and Blue Water Shield. A total of 12 yachts participated in the races. It was a bit quieter than normal down at the club following the horrific sailing accident on Pittwater the previous day. On behalf of the ASC committee and its members our condolences go to family, friends and all those affected. In the Koolong race, the scratch and handicap order was identical. The winner was Resurgent, helmed Rick Hall. She finished just under two minutes ahead of Wimmera, helmed by Glenn Barnes. In terms of the series results, Iluka (1, 1, 1, 1, 2, ) helmed by Di Mattes was the clear winner on 6 points. Well done to Di and Neil. In second place on 14 points was Wimmera (5, 2, 2, 3, [DNC], 2) helmed by Glenn Barnes. In third place was Bangalla (2, 4, 3, 4, [DNC], 3) helmed by Martin Hickling. The Blue Water Shield was a close race with less than 5 minutes of corrected time separating the fleet. Scratch and handicap honours went to Just Magic II, helmed by Chad Leggett.
NSW Flying 11 States Titles @ ASC
The second round of the NSW Flying 11 State Titles were hosted by Avalon Sailing Club on the weekend of 20 and 21 February. Five races of a 12 race series had been run and with the forecast high winds on Saturday it was hoped that there could be some exciting sailing. However the high winds didn’t quite eventuate, and Saturday’s three races were conducted expertly by PRO Col Chidgey in around 10 knots southerlies just to the south of Sand Point at Palm Beach.
Manly Junior 2016 State Titles
Perfect sunshine and steady North Easterly sea breezes welcomed us at Point Woolstoncroft for the 3rd and final round of the Manly Junior NSW state titles. As usual, Avalon secured the primary camping spots on the foreshore under the trees, the kids headed off to the swimming pool and the adults enjoyed some relaxation lakeside.
Australia Day Regatta 2016 Review
Australia Day Regatta – ASC style
A small band of volunteers and boat boys, coffees in hand, arrive early at ASC eager to embrace and support the 180th Australia Day Regatta – the longest continually conducted sailing event of its kind in the world!
ASC is hosting the Pittwater event, 9 divisions, 3 race courses, 48 boats, over 100 sailors, with rain forecast but ultimately a classic Australian sailing day with 10-15 knots north-easterly sea breeze and not a drop of rain in sight.