Its been a few weeks since the last Saturday racing report. Tuesday tattler has been in recess and I have been on a break with Lisa. During that time, we have had 3 weekends of sailing scheduled around Christmas, New Year and the 420 Nationals. So, I think to kick the year off I will combine all my observations over that time into a single report and get back on schedule next week.
Saturday 21 December
It seems a while ago now, but we did have racing scheduled on the last shopping weekend before Christmas. Lisa reminded me that clearly men are responsible for putting the sailing calendar together, as no woman has time to sail at this time of year. My response was that as men we don’t need to start Christmas shopping until Christmas eve at the earliest ! Thankfully for everyone’s sake another Saturday gale stopped any racing plans, and all those desperate for a sail retired to the deck. Just as we were all about to pass on our final Christmas wishes to each other, Ant Creed noticed something in the water out past the pier. We all put our beers down and concentrated our attention and then it became clear there were 2 swimmers out near the start line in large seas whipped up by the southerly and they were in trouble! Fortunately, a duck was in the water and Lisa was quick to get to Graeme Alexander and Cam McKenzie out on the water and into rescue mode. The 2 swimmers were rescued just in time as a few minutes longer and it could well have been a different situation entirely.
Saturday 28 December
A good fleet of 13 boats turned out for an aggregate series race, in what turned out to be great sailing conditions. 15 knots at the start built quickly to 20 knots of breeze. The smaller boats in the fleet were on the limit of their large sails and looking to de-power. Our fill in crew member was feeling the strain after the race from winching the No.1 in all day. Some shifty ESE winds on the way home made the beat to the finish challenging, seeing a few positional changes in Division 3.
Well done to Obsession in Division 1 taking line and handicap honors. YT2 doing the same in Division 2. Division 3 saw Dark Side of the Moon get line honors and Mixed Nuts picking up handicap honors.
Saturday 11 January
After the 420s had moved on from MYC it was back to some club racing in the combined series with SBSC and MCYS. 25 knots of breeze and big seas greeted those planning the trip south to the middle course. Unfortunately, the trip down took its toll before racing even started with several boats deciding the conditions in the harbour were far more preferable to those on the way to the Mt Martha. Well done to the 7 determined boats and crews that made it to the start line. The MYC boats were joined by 6 MCYS / SBSC boats and racing got underway in what tuned out to be a very quick days racing with most boats completing the course in under 1 ½ hours. Grant Chipperfield in Joker on Tour from MCYS took the handicap honors in the combined series with MYC boat Morticia coming home in 2nd position on handicap. Whilst those out racing had their hands full, those that had retired to the deck were also kept busy with, yet another rescue required. This time a club RIB had run out of fuel. Hysport was quickly launched by Geoff Heard, Ant Creed , John Underwood and Tim O’Grady. The rescue was completed much to the excitement of the students who thought it was all part of the tackers program.
Just goes to show that my mother was wrong. She always said nothing good could possibly come from hanging around on the club deck drinking beer. 2 rescues completed and barely a drop of beer spilt.