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Sad Tumlaren Championship news
Gale warning for Port Phillip now in place for 10th April. The original schedule was for two days of racing April 10 and 11. The forecast for Sunday conditions on April 8 had all racing changed to Saturday. The April 9 forecast for Saturday went bad so all scheduled racing was postponed to 24th April. This is a last chance date for the Tum champs till mid October as Winter racing starts on 2nd May.
Live Cam at RMYS Breakwater
For news and information about the 2021 Tumlaren State Championship event scheduled for 10th & 11th April at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron visit the 2021 Tumlaren Championship page.
Click here to view and download the CYAA 2021 and 2022 event schedule for Classic Yacht racing in Vic and NSW.
CYAA Cup Regatta passage race wrap up news 22nd March.
An unpublished return from Geelong voyage story for the Hobsons Bay Yacht Club.
It’s all done. All starters reported a brilliant classic yacht sail after a very slow start. 80% of the fleet had to motor to reach the wind to make the brilliant and well attended 6:00pm Topsy D Passage race dinner.
Congratulations to Boambillee, Akala, Martini and Seabird for their patience to sail the Topsy D passage race course.
It was Trophy clean up time for George Fisscher and Michael Rhodes and their Boambille crew.
Boambillee took out the Topsy D trophies for division one line & corrected time honours and overall best on corrected time for the Topsy D Passage race .
In addition the performance of Boambillee throughout the 2020 rescheduled Cup Regatta earned her the Col Bandy trophy for the best performing boat of the 2020 Cup Regatta. To add some icing to the Boambillee trophy cake. RGYC Commodore Stuart Dickson awarded the Concours dËlegance trophy for best looking classic yacht with the best dressed crew to Boambillee.
The Division 3 Line honours and best on corrected time went to David McNeice and Akala. Her shadowing of Boambillee through the passage race was notable.
The Tony Blake trophy for the best performing classic yacht over prior twelve months to Martini by one point over Boambillee.
The handicapper’s trophy for the most notable classic yacht performance of the passage race went to Evan Bieske and his Folkboat Seabird.
The return sail to Melbourne with 20 know on the nose through the Hopetoun Channel and betong was not without drama. We should have some news on this event later this week.
All up the 2020 Cup Regatta passage race was a brilliant way to finish up our Covid-19 delayed 2020 Cup Regatta. The Royal Geelong Yacht club are all set to host future CYAA passage races. Being the first Cup Regatta race has been an event the CYAA will use this occasion to sustain their presence on the Port Phillip yacht racing scene.
Finally a serious big thanks must go to Bill Chittenden of Vic Sail for his support of the Classic’s at Geelong and the Vic Sail full sponsorship of the Classic’s Topsy D passage race dinner at RGYC. Let’s not forget the support the classic received form the RGYC Commodore and Vice Commodore, Stuart Dickson and Roger Bennett. Their support was critical to make the passage race event happen and finally thanks to the Digby family for their support by providing the four magnificent trophies for RGYC to use as perpetual trophies for Classic Yachting at RGYC. From the classic’s its “We’re in for Geelongs 2022 Wooden Boat Festival.
To give an idea of wind strength throughout the race here’s some tracking images of Boambillee and Akala.
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