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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.
Quartet Bowl Race #3 Results
On Sunday it was race #3 of the Quartet Bowl. Nine yachts participated in the race in perfect weather conditions for a sail. Talking about a sail, don’t forget to come along and participate in the Club’s marine garage sale ‘All Things Boat’ which is on this coming Saturday.
With the perfect conditions, and an unusual lack of holes, all of the yachts spent the day enjoying the perfect conditions. It showed, with less than 13 minutes separating the fleet at the finish line. A variety of tactics were adopted, but the steady conditions meant they made little difference. The winner, sailing an excellent race was Bandaleni, helmed by Greg Kowalski. She celebrated her solid lead by flying her big blue kite to the finish line. Only five seconds separated the next three yachts. Wimmera with kite up tried the boomerang approach (so often used by Pirihi) to the finish line, but just missed out on the podium. Bangalla was 2nd, she pipped Diablo by just one second. Diablo took 3rd pace, holding out Wimmera by four seconds. A shout out of well done to solo sailor Steve Parker on Panchax. She was over the start line two seconds early and had to return – not easy to do on your own! - but still managed to finish a commendable 5th place.
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!
F11 States Round 1 Port Kembla
Five boats from Avalon made the trip down to Port Kembla to sail on Lake Illawarra for the first round of the Flying 11 states hosted by Port Kembla Sailing Club. 1294 “Sparta” (Louis and Issy Festa), 1295 “K” (Sarah Rodgers and Albi Gibson Healy) 1304 “Chill” (Finn Moller and Jonah Nicholson), 1332 “This Way Up” (Zoe Whitlock and Jasmine Bridge) and 1393 “Waverunner” (Harry Parker and David Tulk).
Port Kembla is a small volunteer run club with a beautiful grassy rigging area. Camping is available right on the lakes edge and a few of the ASC crew spent a windy night camped on the foreshore. Some with more success than others as could be seen by the running repairs being carried out to tents on Saturday morning.
Avalon Series Race #3 Results
On Sunday it was race #3 of the Avalon Series. Twelve yachts participated in the race. We had a good turnout given the forecast for a strong and strengthening westerly.
Despite the strong winds there were some quiet pockets on the western shore between Longnose Point and Pugnose Point. If you managed to stay clear of those, it was possible to be in breeze for the whole of the race. That together with minimising round-ups in the strong gusts was the key for the day. Kick Back, helmed by Ian Mudie, showed us all how it should be done, winning by just under 10 minutes. Well done! In second place was Under Pressure, helmed by Toni Fox; and third place went to Summer Wine, helmed by Brett Stapleton.
The conditions were tough for sailing, but at least the course design made it a bit easier. Imagine sailing all over Pittwater and not having to do one gybe! Tacks were also kept to a minimum, mainly for mark roundings. Talking about mark roundings, a couple of yachts managed to hit a mark and were forced into a penalty turn (maybe they really wanted to do a gybe!).
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”.