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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
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.
Avalon Series Race #6 Results
On Sunday it was Race #6 of the Avalon Series. Fourteen yachts participated in the race.
The BoM predicted it well. The blast of the southerly hit right on 3:00pm. It was scary, exhausting and fun all in one! With the downwind start quite a few of the yachts set spinnaker to the ‘K’ mark. Thereafter, however, the wind picked up and the pain set in. Vangs were broken on two of the yachts. Four of the yachts were DNF - two of them due to needing to engage their engines in the tricky conditions. Well done to all those you got back in safely, especially the smaller yachts. A special well done to Brett Stapleton on Summer Wine who solo sailed in those conditions, finished 7th, and got himself back on his mooring with consummate ease. The order of the day was flat sails and pointing high. With the wind most of the afternoon coming from around 170 on the compass, after one violent tack onto starboard in a gust, Bangalla’s helm yelled “We’re doing 160s!” His crew muttered “.....and those were his last words”. Luckily they weren’t and Bangalla got home in first place. In second place was the ever speedy Force 8, helmed by Peter Gale. Third place went to Just Magic II, helmed by Chad Leggett.
Retriever Race #4 Results
On Sunday it was Race #4 of the Retriever. Six yachts participated in the race.
Sydney Harbour observations (Wedding Cake West) were 7-14kt, with gusts 11-17kt, steady from the NNE and dying late in the afternoon. The wind on Pittwater was similar but more from the NE. We raced the 11.6Nm NE course #5 – S, Rp, S, Tp, Rp, S, Rp, C
As predicted it was very hot out on the course (and even hotter in the clubhouse!). The wind held for most of the day, other than at the start (for a few) and at the end (for Iluka). The first beat proved to be pivotal. Wimmera and Resurgent got there first, and they left Bangalla and Just Magic II in their wake. Wimmera and Resurgent sat in a hole on the second leg to Stokes giving some hope to those behind, but even some spectacular wineglasses in Resurgent’s spinnaker sets didn’t hold them back. The two Etchells raced neck-and-neck throughout the whole race, with Wimmera, helmed by Glenn Barnes, holdings its slight lead to win on scratch by 40 seconds. On handicap, it was Goldfinger, helmed by Jan Evans, winning again, this time by just under two minutes on corrected time. After a bit of a slow start, she sailed a very consistent race and managed to get back in before the wind died. Well done!
Race Results - QB, Australia Day, Koolong & BWS
It’s been a busy past fortnight down at the club. We had 12 yachts race in the Quartet Bowl, 12 yachts participate in the Australia Day Regatta, 3 yachts in the Koolong, and 5 yachts in the Blue Water Shield.
We had a few new yachts participate in the races, but a particular welcome to racing to our own regular cruiser Chill (a Bavaria 44) with Bob Torning at the helm. She participated in three of the races over the fortnight.
For the Australia Day Regatta, we had 5 yachts in Spinnaker, 5 yachts in Non-spinnnaker, and 2 yachts in the Wooden Boats division. There was only 11 seconds of corrected time between 1st and 2nd in the Spinnaker division. Greybeard, helmed by Malcolm Bradford took the honours, from Panchax, with the co-helms of Jan Scholten and Steve Parker. The Non-spinnaker division was dominated by the entries from our friends at Palm Beach Yacht Club. First place went to Element, helmed by Rob Slack, and second place went to Frangipani, helmed by Phil Smith. That said, no one would have missed seeing the beautiful sight of Revolver, helmed by Michael Ritchie. This is the link to a great story about the Ritchie 38 http://www.mysailing.com.au/boats/revolver-dream-boat-and-build-for-ritchies In the Wooden Boats, 1st place was taken out by Cariad, helmed by James George.
ASC Sailor @ The New Zealand Open Bic Cup
Hi all, what a wonderful experience it was sailing in Dunedin in New Zealand’s South Island and having the opportunity to work with Sir Russell Coutts
The regatta was run by Ravensbourne Sailing Club and sailed directly off the Otago University Rowing Club in Dunedin. Friends and family had a great view of the racing from the main balcony or behind the glass for those who didn’t want to brave the conditions.
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.