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10 Days to Departure

What a great day yesterday was. Exactly what Classic Yacht Racing should be about.

(Gordon Tait)

Having sailed our last race of the summer yesterday morning we spent the afternoon loading up Fair Winds with all the gear for a slow and steady circumnavigation of Tasmania. The trip is unofficially titled “The Fishing and Expensive Whiskey Cruise to Hobart” and so one of the first items on board is the Cray Pot very kindly leant by Tim Phillips at The Wooden Boat Shop. By the time this is strapped down the dingy is on board and the life raft loaded on the lovely expanses of teak deck space that we have enjoyed since getting back from New Caledonia start to disappear again.  Add the dodger and Philip Rhodes would be sad to see how we transform his beautiful lines into a cargo boat.

There is still a fair amount to sort out, and the provisioning to be done. How much we rely on the skills of the fishermen on board is a bit of a question.  Based on past experience we will be conservative in this regard….Crew of Six with only four sea berths is going to be cosy but I can’t wait!

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2011-2012 Summer Series Race 3 Comments and Results (Posted 21.2.12)

Dear Skippers and Crews of the Classics 2012 Summer Series.

Below are the Feb 19 race results plus the 2012 Summer Series points status.

Lack of wind and the 1 hour race start delay meant nothing. We were on the water at last and those lazy, crazy days of summer were with us again. After the race comments received from Boambillee reflected those of the fleet. Let’s keep sailing.

Blinders of starts and performances were the order of the day,

Our Tum fleet sailed as though the clock was turned back to the 50’ and 60’s. Dingo with Jim Hutchinson and Avian with Charlie Salter(Ellida) and Roger Dundas on the foredeck have put the Classic fleet on notice, this is the start of performances to come. Zephyr ,helmed by Anne Batson, also worked the wind and sea conditions to their favour. Our Tums, while known as serious light wind performers also take on and successfully race in 45 knot bay winds and seas.

Other closely watched racing performances were put in by that light wind phenomena, Kent Bacon’s Renene, the Martini team of Ross Clark and Michael Williams and especially by the colourful team on Craig Brown’s Cyan. Her elapsed time over Marie Louise was startling.

The most notable performance of the day was the fleet’s start. The HBYC race director requested his comments be passed to the fleet. After all the flag signals our race committee used to manage the multiple division start delays, watching the Classic fleet cleanly hit the start line on the button of 11:30 am was an impressive and rewarding sight.

The best news of the day was all our fleet of starters recorded a finish time. Thanks to the race committee foresight to shorten the race, our entire fleet squeeked across the finish with 1.15 minutes to spare.

A notable inclusion in the Race 3 fleet was the welcome return of the Amanda with Merella Curtis and Boyd Young. A strong performer within the Couta Boat Fleet, the Amanda took out the 2011 Portsea Cup and circumnavigated Tasmania in 2005.

Cyan’s race performance capped off a big weekend for her. Lead by her previous owner, Bill Manning from Sydney, a 50 strong team of Cyans Melbourne supporters, on the Royals lawn last Saturday afternoon, acknowledged 5 years of Craig Browns custodianship. The spirit of Australia’s Classic yachting, with Craig and his team of Cyan supporters could not be better shown.

A not forgotten big moment for Cyan under Bill Manning custodianship, was taking out the Best Yacht at Show second in the inaugural August 2001 Sydney Classic Yacht Association Concours event.

So on with our next race, a pursuit, from Royals on March 4. There will by some appropriate, but not too large, handicap changes made after Sundays race. When the March 4 group start times are generated the handicap used to calculate the start times will be published.

One extra item for March 4 race. I’m looking for spaces. We have 5 potential Association members from Beechworth North East. They are a team of Classic Yacht enthusiasts, with sailing experience. They want closer involvement with the Classic Yacht racing scene on a regular basis. We are always crying for regular crew. This is a not to pass up opportunity. Let me know early.

The Geelong Wooden Boat Festival. March 10 and 11

Entry activity is building.

The table for 10 I booked for the Sunday Dinner with Larry Pardy after dinner speaker is almost full.

Any more takers for this dinner who want the use the rare opportunity to catch up with other association members let’s know. We can arrange a couple more tables. So far there are 78 takers for 150 places.

Don’t forget the Association will have an onshore presence at this festival. We have one taker, Rod Fuller of Shamrock, to help out with our on shore presence. More would be welcome. The plan is to keep this presentation simple.

Regards to all

Peter Costolloe

CYAA Handicapper

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WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL OF GEELONG – UPDATE (Posted 17.2.12)

WHYTE, JUST & MOORE WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL OF GEELONG.
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th MARCH 2012
At the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.

Along with the impressive array of wooden boats, the array of onshore static displays will display various aspects and pieces of nautical equipment, rope making, boat building displays where local boat builders will demonstrate chalking, laminating and steam bending plus boat care and maintenance. There’ll be sea trips, yacht races, ‘Concours d’elegance’ to select the best cared for and the best maintained amongst an amazing display of ‘well loved’ wooden boats!

AND THERE’S MORE! Music, food, refreshments, wandering entertainers, Cap’n Jack Sparrow, Colin Mockett and Shirley Power, will amuse you as they meander among the boats and visitors, while in the RGYC Theatre, historic footage of old time movies and pictures of sailing history will be running all weekend!

AND IT’S ALL FREE!!! DON’T MISS IT!! On Saturday afternoon a jazz band will entertain and you can Rock and Roll with the Hoos Bros on Saturday night to help strengthen your sea legs.
Children’s events will include a treasure hunt with Cap’n Jack Sparrow.

The highlight will undoubtedly be to meet and hear the incredible pair of nautical narrators, Lin and Larry Pardey who are undoubtedly, the world’s wisest wonders of wooden boat wisdom.
This amazing pair of adventurers, Lin and Larry, has voyaged more than 200,000 miles together on self-built engine-free wooden boats. They’ve been round the world, east and west-about and against the prevailing wind south of the great southern capes.

The stories of their exploits will help to launch your dreams with inspiring talks to all would-be sailors. In 2010, the Pardeys were awarded The Cruising Club of America’s prestigious Far Horizons Award! Make sure you don’t miss them!

Another of the many highlights of the festival is the full-size copy of a 15th century caravel, as sailed by early world explorers. It’s the oldest ship re-construction in Australia and is the magnificent replica wooden ship, the caravel, the ‘NOTORIOUS’.
Christopher Columbus’s ship, the ‘Santa Maria’ of 1492 was a caravel, only 8 metres longer than ‘NOTORIOUS’ and sailed in company with two smaller caravels, the ‘Pinta’ and ‘Nina’, each 4 metres shorter than ‘NOTORIOUS’! Early history unfolds before your weather beaten eyes!

‘NOTORIOUS’ was built near Warrnambool in SW Victoria, by amateur boat-builder, Graeme Wylie who researched, designed and constructed ‘NOTORIOUS’ entirely from reclaimed timber, NOT having to chop down a single tree! A truly unique endeavour.

21 metres long and weighing 70 tonnes, ‘NOTORIOUS’ is straight from the 15th century. Rounding the Cape of Good Hope in 1488, Bartholomew Diaz was on board a caravel and the ships used by Ferdinand Magellan for his circum-navigation of the world in 1519 to 1522 were caravels. And, the same ‘Lateen Rig’ is still used on Arab dhows in the Suez Canal today!
You’ll be welcome to board this majestic ship of the late 1400’s, when it is open for inspection during the festival. A once in a lifetime opportunity!

Even if this or all the gleaming polish and varnish doesn’t excite you, then the nautical innuendos of the roving ‘press-gang’ of the port.

The tall ship Enterprize will be open for sea trips and display entries are coming in thick and fast.

SAYONARA of 1897!!! Sayonara is arguably the most famous classic keel yacht in Australian yachting history and records quote her as the yacht of the Victorian era that could not be beaten!

Sayonara, (Japanese for goodbye) was built by G F Garrard, then Commodore of the RYCV when the largest yachts in Australia were to be seen on Port Phillip Bay. She was designed as a fast cruising yawl by William Fife III of Scotland, built in Adelaide and launched in November 1897. She then cruised to Melbourne in record time.

In the winter of 1899 her rig was altered to the alternative Fife plan of a top sail cutter which increased her sail area to 2079 sq. ft. Sayonara stayed on the register of the St. Kilda Yacht Club until 1912 when she was sold and went to Sydney.

ln 1997 and in very rundown condition she was bought by a Melbourne syndicate and returned to Melbourne for an authentic and complete restoration.

The yacht was authentically and meticulously restored by skilled shipwrights carefully following the original drawings, copies of which were obtained from Fairley’s of Scotland and amidst fanfare and celebration was formally recommissioned at Royal Yacht Club of Victoria in August 2000.

‘LA BELLE LIMONE’ is a twin engined ‘Riva Aquarama Super’ off shore speedboat with a top speed 87 Ks!!

Built in 1970 by ‘Cantieri RIVA’ in Sarnico, ITALY and designed by Carlo Riva. ‘La Belle’ is constructed of African Mahogany & European Beech. Has an O/A length of 8.5mtrs, a beam of 2.1mtrs and draws 0.75mtrs. When empty, she weighs 2,850 kgs. Driven by two 454s Petrol engines @ 320HP she carries 480 litres of fuel in two tanks giving an endurance of 7hours.

She was delivered to Monaco in 1970, imported into Sydney in 1980, to Melbourne in 1996 and is owned by Greg Sinclair. The name, ‘La Belle Limone’ is Italian for ‘the beautiful lemon’.
She is ‘Aquarama Super’ hull no. 440 in a series of 786 hulls built between 1962/1996. Only 203 of these hulls were ‘Supers’. It is estimated that 500-600 still survive, mainly in Europe. ‘La Belle Limone’ is believed to be the only one in Australia.

In 2004 she had a complete rebuild by Frechville/Heaney boats of Paynesville, to strict factory specifications.

‘NELLIE ROSE’ (Circa 1900) is a 21ft couta boat with an 8ft beam. She draws approx. 3ft with her centre board raised. Now with a new rig, decking, floors, centre board case, fastenings and fittings after an extensive reconditioning by Brett Almond.

‘Nellie’ is powered by a 3 cylinder 17 hp Yanmar and is a unique little girl with a plumb bow and quite a fine transom. She was once known as ‘Nellie K’ and it is believed that, at one time, she belonged to St Augustine’s. ‘Nellie’ was built in Port Fairy in the very early 1900’s and is now owned by Russ Watson.

’WINDWARD II’ (1929) was designed by Norm Dallimore, and built by Percy Coverdale in Hobart in 1929 using the finest Australian timbers. King Billy pine on Blue Gum frames. She is roved copper fastened and has a lead keel. With Oregon Spars, she measures 44 ft on the deck, waterline length of 34 ft. 2ins, overall length is 54 ft. 6 ins. And her beam is 10ft. 3 ins. A draft of 6ft. 6ins. and displaces 13 tons.

‘Windward II’ raced with distinction during the 1930’s and 40’s winning the 1932-33 Fairfax Cup four years in a row, then the Gascoigne Cup then the Revonah Cup and came to Melbourne in 1990 where she now races against classic yachts of her vintage and undertakes corporate charters.

‘Windward II’ was extensively restored in 2006 following a collision on the racecourse.
After the depression and the 2nd World War, ‘Windward II’, along with the yachts ‘Thetis’, ‘Norn’ and ‘Morna’ restarted the racing seasons for a new era and, despite age & competition, ‘Windward II’ won the Fairfax, Norn, Bayly-Macarthur and Boomerang Cups.

‘RENENE (1955) was designed by William Atkin in 1925 and based on the 47 ft Colin Archer Design REDNINGSKOITE. (Norwegian Sailing Rescue Craft.) Built by Murray Perry and launched in 1955 at Hobart.

She has 1.5 inch Huon Pine planking and a Jarrah Keel, stem and stern. Her mast is of Oregon. Overall length is 32 ft, has a beam of 11 ft. a draft of 5 ft 6 in and weighs 12 tonnes and has a 56 HP Perkins diesel engine.

‘Renene’ was purchased by the Bacon Family (Bud) in 1957 one year after the boat competed in the 1956 Sydney to Hobart. She has competed since then in many Devonport/Coastal and Bay races and continues to race in the Bay at Sandringham and in Cruising Yacht Club activities.
The Boat has carried the SM 23 number for over 50 years, from 1957 till 1973 at Sandringham Yacht Club, then 20 years at the Royal Pittwater Yacht Club, NSW. In 1995 ‘Renene’ was sailed back to Sandringham by her owners, Bud, Kent and crew and is still being enjoyed by Family

‘FANCY’ (Circa 1920) has a LOA of 24ft. 3in. was built in the 1920s specifically to win the Williamstown to Portarlington race, which she promptly did!

Following a life of fishing she was wrecked in the creek at Queenscliff where she languished for many years until she was brought to Geelong’s Western Beach for major repairs. The side wall of the Western Beach Boat Club rooms had to be removed to get her inside for the operation!

Then, fitted with a truck engine, she was used for fishing before being purchased by the current owner, Paul van Prooyen. In 2005 after a decent knock from a boat moored nearby, she was completely restored from the keel up, by Brett Almond keeping the original keel, planks, stem, stern and rudder intact. Like all good craft, she has kept her shape well. Her colour scheme was inspired by the garden, Iceberg and Canterbury!

TOREA is a Bermudian (Marconi) cutter and a fine example of a classic yacht from the late 1930s. Carvel built with Oregon planking above water line with spotted gum below. She has copper and bronze fastenings and her deck material is of the original kauri timber planking overlaid with plywood/fibreglass; copper and bronze fastenings.

Tiller steering and sails of synthetic Dacron made traditionally from narrow panels using dark thread and leather strips tied as bowlines to the brass track slides.

‘Torea’ has an auxiliary inboard Yanmar 2QM15; 2 cylinder diesel engine, 11 kw (15 hp) and is owned by Stephen Shanasy. An overall length of 9.14 m (30 ft). LWL: 8.49 m (27 ft 11 in), beam: 3.05 m (10 ft), draft: 1.30 m (4 ft 3 in) displacement: 5.9 tonne (6 ton) and 48 sq m (517 sq ft) sail area.

AND – The topsail schooner, ENTERPRIZE

There aren’t many vessels that can be said to have been present at the birth of a city. But it was from the original topsail schooner Enterprize that a handful of settlers disembarked on the Yarra River on August 30, 1835, to begin the settlement which has capital of around 3.5-million people. Today’s replica Enterprize was constructed in Melbourne and launched in 1997 to commemorate that event. Colonisation was already under way in Tasmania in the 1830s, and the schooner brought settlers from Launceston.

All can be seen at the WHYTE,JUST & MOORE WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL OF GEELONG on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th MARCH 2012 at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club. ENTRY IS FREE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. Best times, Saturday from noon onwards and Sunday.

Bob Appleton. 2012
tempest@ncable.net.au

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2011-2012 Summer Series Race 3 Feb 19 Entries, Handicaps and Sailing Instructions (Posted 16.2.12)

Dear Skippers and Crews of the Vic Classic Fleet.

Our 2011/2012 Summer Series of races restart this Sunday, Feb 19.

This race will be conducted for the Association by Hobsons Bay Yacht Club Race Director Tony Dawson. The race will be conducted from the HBYC launch “Privateer”

Attached are the documents that carry the Entry list, assigned Handicaps and Sailing Instructions.

The long term weather forecast for Sunday is predicting light winds. At least we will be on the water, for once. Two races completed out of 5 attempts. Not good for our dreams of lee gunnel down.

On Sunday HBYC are also conducting a two handed race, starting at 11:00 am. If we have a very light wind issue, keep in mind the times of day for the Classic start sequence may change.

If the wind strength at 10:25 am on Sunday morning is deemed by the race committee to be too light for a Classics race start, a postponement AP flag with the Classic Pennant will be flown. If the wind is still deemed to be still too light for a Classic start but sufficient for a two handed race start, the HBYC two handed race will be started at 10:55am, with the AP over the Classics Pennant still flying. If the wind at 10:55 is deemed to be too light for any start, the Classic Pennant will be removed and the AP flag alone will remain hoisted.

Refer to the Race Signals section in the Racing Rules of Sailing Blue Book for the appropriate sound signals that will occur during these race control signalling sequences.

The HBYC race committee will determine the time interval between the two handed and classic start.

The Classics race 5 minute countdown starts when the Classics Pennant is hoisted.

The HBYC race committee will provide a race control status using VHF Channel 73.

The Classic Fleet finish line will be laid in the same location as the start line.

There’s an important change to the penalty turn requirements in our sailing instructions. If a penalty turn is required for exoneration from a protestable incident. The exoneration penalty is a one turn only. Penalty turns are to be logged and executed as soon as safely possible after the incident.

New Zealand Classic Yacht Regatta

Our team of members that participated in the NZ Classic Yacht Regatta report the event lived up to their sailing and social expectations. NZ classic yachting preparing for a days racing in the Auckland Viaduct marina was a spectacle. Classic yacht racing is alive and well in New Zealand. Visuals taken in daily were the line up of NZ built super yachts in the Auckland viaduct marina plus the Team NZ AC45 fleet with their helmet wearing teams, preparing for race training.

David Mackenzie, who sailed on some the oldest and grandest of the NZ Classic fleet, took out the Trans Tasman Trophy.

Our Association members presence was noted by the NZ Classic Yacht Association organisers and race committee as an important Regatta highlight.

Links to the videos and stills taken during the Regatta will appear shortly on our web site.

Some NZ visit side events our team took part in were a half day visit to the Traditional Boat Building School managed by Steve Cranch, a 5 hour visit to the Auckland Maritime Museum, the sight of the J boat Endeavour loaded on to a submersible ship transporter after an 18 month refit.

On water recreational and commercial activity on the Waitemata Harbour suggests we should not under value our Port Phillip Bay.

Regards to all and let’s have some decent sailing weather for once.

Peter Costolloe

CYAA Handicapper

Sailing Instructions

Entries and Handicaps

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Classics Summer Series Race 3 Feb 5 Comments (Posted 6.2.12)

Dear Skippers and Crews of our 2012 Summer Series.

Another disappointment when yesterdays race was postponed to Feb 19. The call to postpone was based on expectations of what the wind speed was likely to be close to 10:30 and later. Consistently 30 + knots was recorded during the time our fleet would have been racing.

The lack of series races this season is hitting home. Skippers and crews of Pastime and Shamrock from Hobsons Bay set their yachts up to go racing, come any weather. At Royals the large numbers showed up prepared to sail. Our fleet from Sandringham, Renene with Kent Bacon, and Royal Melbourne with Boambille with George Fisscher and Michael Rhodes and Dingo with Jim were all set to take on the weather till the postponement was received.

Rod Fuller on Shamrock with his crew of Peter, Paul and Tony came to sail and sail they did. Running and reaching at 7+ knots, under a #3 head, 2 reefs in the main and 1 in the mizzen, our H28 Shamrock, with her lee gunn’ll down and lee cockpit coaming constantly awash, took on what the Bay could throw at her skipper and crew on the day. Shamrock and Rod won. A sail from Williamstown to St Kilda, across to Altona then a beat back to Williamstown under the shore lee till Breakwater then “whamo” as Rod said. Rod reports, even with his 20hp Volvo MD2 he was unable to make headway under motor into the weather to return to his marina pen.

We have 3 races left for the series, Feb 19, March 4 and April 1 and a couple of festivals to sail to, Geelong Wooden Boat and Queenscliff Maritime. Our run of outs with the weather has to end. Any suggestions about the handicapper being a weather Jonah will have to wait.

Next week a group of Classic Association members are off to Auckland to take part in the NZ Classic Yacht Regatta Feb 10-12. To be there in spirit jump on our web site and read up the stories, in past issues of our magazine, told by our members who sailed in previous NZ Classic Regattas.

Preparations by our members intending to take part in the Geelong Wooden Boat Festival are starting to be heard. Remember a table for 10 members at the Festival Sunday dinner has been taken by the Association.

While we dream of our boats and those “no care’ times when we have our lee gunn’l down and that stern quarter wave slipping away on a balanced helm we know life is not always that easy.

During the last week, notice was received from Richard Gates of Wanita informing us Wanita would not be sailing this Sunday. Wanita’s crew would be attending the funeral of Daniel Eimutis, the 19 year old son of Val who sails on Wanita. Daniel died tragically 2 weeks ago in Laos while on holidays with university mates. Daniel’s passing is a devastating loss.

The Classic Association extend their sincere condolences to Val and his family”

Peter Costolloe

Classic Association Handicapper

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2011_2012 Summer Series Race 3 Feb 5 Entries, Handicaps and Sailing Instructions (Posted 2.2.12)

Dear Skippers and Crews of the Vic Classic Fleet.

Our 2011/2012 Summer Series of races restart this Sunday, Feb 5.

This race will be conducted for the Association by RYCV Race Director David LeRoy.

Attached are the documents that carry the Entry list, assigned Handicaps and Sailing Instructions.

Although our race this Sunday is the  5th race of the series it’s designated as Race 3.

Postponements of our previous Summer Series races in 2011 for weather reasons have bought about this situtation.

In a race series, the race subsequent to a postponed race carries the race number of the postponed race until that particular race is completed.

One small note about the Sailing Instructions for this race.

Section 11 Radio Communication states the RYCV Race committee will monitor VHF Channels 16 and 73. If a yacht is required to contact the Race committee the process is to use channel 73 for the first call up attempt. If no response is received on Channel 73 and if the call up requires verbal contact with the race committee then Channel 16 can be used as the call up channel to the race committee . The Race committee is then to be requested to use Channel 73 as the working channel.

The Australian Maritime College web site has a pdf copy of the  Marine VHF Radio Operators Handbook

2012 Festival of Sails Results.

The overall winner of the Parks Victoria Trophy for the Classic Division of the 2012 Festival of Sails was Martini.

Consistent sailing by Ross Clark and Michael Williams, as a two up team throughout the series, allowed Martini to repay Ross and Michael for the time and effort they have given her.

Another piece of inspired sailing was that shown by Windward II in race 4 of Series. She gave Jim Woods and his team of crew members a line honours and first on handicap performance.

The Association was represented at the 2012 Festival of Sails by Windward II, the signature Classic boat of the series. Martini for the best of the series performance, Wanita with Richard Gates and his crew  performed better than expected in the prevailing wind and sea conditions and Ella, with Michael Mactavish, competed well when permitted to the RGYC sailing committee.

The Association is working with the RGYC Sailing committee and the Festival of Sails event people to make a notable Classics Association participation at the 2013 event.

A comment about start line barging

At the start of race 4 in the Classic Division of the Festival of Sails a serious barging incident that ended with the spearing of the race committee boat occurred.

This incident is a reminder our boats are displacement hulls. Because of forward way they are not easily turned away to avoid collisions.

The start of our races is one of the great moments of our Classic Yacht racing. Stirring and heart stopping stuff. That’s why we race our boats.

Barging incidents are caused either by too early a commitment to the start line or looking for clean air prior to the start and approaching to the start above the committee boats windward approach line. These start tactics will always lead to barging. At the last moment the person on the helm finds there’s no weather room to tack away. Boom goes the dynamite with right of way leeward boats required to take collision avoiding action.

As well as racing under the rules of the Blue Book that we all know and love, remember we also sail under the prevention of collision convention provisions and local marine safety regulations. These provisions and regulations apply all the time when either sailing or racing.

No one is in the right when a collision occurs.

That’s it for now.

Weather permitting we can hit that start line safely and on the dot of 10:30am

Regards to all

Peter Costolloe
Classics Association Handicapper

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Entries and Handicaps

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Short notes on Classic Association early 2012 racing/sailing activities (Posted 25.1.12)

Dear Classics Skippers and Crews.

A short note on various items to start our 2012 Classics racing calendar.

New Members

First up the Association extends a welcome to our two new members.

Robin and Diane Kerr with their truly great Vanessa.

Vanessa is known globally as one of the best ever 8 metre yachts to be on the water.

Festival of Sails Geelong Jan 26/27/28

10 entries in the Classic Division. 6 from the Associations Fleet.

The Association will promote the 2013 Festival of Sails as a Classic Yacht event.

Feb 5 1st race of 2012

Race 3 of our Summer Series is scheduled for a Royals conducted race with a 10:30 start on Feb 5

Although this will be our 5th attempt at racing in this 2011/2012 summer series, the Feb 5 race is designated Race 3, due to its postponement from December 11 to Feb 5.

The usual paper work will be generated next week.

Our sailing weather has to be better this year.

Feb 10/11/12 NZ Classic Yacht Regatta

The signature event of Classic Yacht Racing in New Zealand.

A fair sized contingent is set up to represent our association at this kindred association event.

Cameron Dorrough is our contact person for those who dream of up close classic racing from yesteryear.

Feb 19 Summer Series Race

Normal Mass start at 10:30 over one of the Classic courses set by HBYC.

March 4 Pursuit Start Co-event Mental Health Cup

This race, a pursuit, starts at Royals. Scratch boat 10:30am.

For the first time this race will co-event with the Royals conducted Mental Health Cup for the Mental Health Research Institute.

Racing with us, over the same course, will be performance yachts from Royals and other keel boat clubs.

Give way to the elderly will be the racing rule of the day.

The Mental Health Cup is a Royals fund raising event, ongoing since 2007.

If skippers or crew of any yacht from our fleet that know someone that can assist by sponsoring their yacht then contact David Seaman, Royals V/Cmmdre, at 0411141271.

Below is a link to the page on the MHRI web site that promotes the Mental Health Cup.

http://www.mhri.edu.au/event-detail/title/Sailing%20for%20Sanity%202012

March 10 &11 Geelong Wooden Boat Festival

Details of this event have been sent by RGYC to previous event entrants.

These details have been mounted on our web site.

The Festival presentation dinner, sponsored by Tim Phillips “Wooden Boat Shop” is set for the Sunday evening, Larry Pardy, guest speaker.

The Classics Association has arranged for a table of 10. Let’s know if interested, $50.00 a head.

March 24 Queenscliff Maritime Festival

A no fee Queenscliff Marina berthing deal has been set up by Tim Phillips of the Wooden Boat Shop. Tim is the organiser of the racing part of this event.

It will allow skippers, intending to enter this event, flexibility to time their sail to Queenscliff.

The option exists to sail there after the Wooden Boat Festival.

Transportation of skippers and crews to and from Queenscliff at various times is an issue to be sorted out.

April 1 Pursuit Race Conducted by Royals

End of series celebrations and knees up on Royals lawn.

So till next week.

Best of Sailing to the Skippers and Crews of the Classic Associations fleet entered in the Festival of Sails Classic Division.

Best of sailing weather for our first 2012 race to the rest of us.

Regards

Peter Costolloe

Dear Classics Skippers and Crews.

A short note on various items to start our 2012 Classics racing calendar.

New Members

First up the Association extends a welcome to our two new members.

Robin and Diane Kerr with their truly great Vanessa.

Vanessa is known globally as one of the best ever 8 metre yachts to be on the water.

Festival of Sails Geelong Jan 26/27/28

10 entries in the Classic Division. 6 from the Associations Fleet.

The Association will promote the 2013 Festival of Sails as a Classic Yacht event.

Feb 5 1st race of 2012

Race 3 of our Summer Series is scheduled for a Royals conducted race with a 10:30 start on Feb 5

Although this will be our 5th attempt at racing in this 2011/2012 summer series, the Feb 5 race is designated Race 3, due to its postponement from December 11 to Feb 5.

The usual paper work will be generated next week.

Our sailing weather has to be better this year.

Feb 10/11/12 NZ Classic Yacht Regatta

The signature event of Classic Yacht Racing in New Zealand.

A fair sized contingent is set up to represent our association at this kindred association event.

Cameron Dorrough is our contact person for those who dream of up close classic racing from yesteryear.

Feb 19 Summer Series Race

Normal Mass start at 10:30 over one of the Classic courses set by HBYC.

March 4 Pursuit Start Co-event Mental Health Cup

This race, a pursuit, starts at Royals. Scratch boat 10:30am.

For the first time this race will co-event with the Royals conducted Mental Health Cup for the Mental Health Research Institute.

Racing with us, over the same course, will be performance yachts from Royals and other keel boat clubs.

Give way to the elderly will be the racing rule of the day.

The Mental Health Cup is a Royals fund raising event, ongoing since 2007.

If skippers or crew of any yacht from our fleet that know someone that can assist by sponsoring their yacht then contact David Seaman, Royals V/Cmmdre, at 0411141271.

Below is a link to the page on the MHRI web site that promotes the Mental Health Cup.

http://www.mhri.edu.au/event-detail/title/Sailing%20for%20Sanity%202012

March 10 &11 Geelong Wooden Boat Festival

Details of this event have been sent by RGYC to previous event entrants.

These details have been mounted on our web site.

The Festival presentation dinner, sponsored by Tim Phillips “Wooden Boat Shop” is set for the Sunday evening, Larry Pardy, guest speaker.

The Classics Association has arranged for a table of 10. Let’s know if interested, $50.00 a head.

March 24 Queenscliff Maritime Festival

A no fee Queenscliff Marina berthing deal has been set up by Tim Phillips of the Wooden Boat Shop. Tim is the organiser of the racing part of this event.

It will allow skippers, intending to enter this event, flexibility to time their sail to Queenscliff.

The option exists to sail there after the Wooden Boat Festival.

Transportation of skippers and crews to and from Queenscliff at various times is an issue to be sorted out.

April 1 Pursuit Race Conducted by Royals

End of series celebrations and knees up on Royals lawn.

So till next week.

Best of Sailing to the Skippers and Crews of the Classic Associations fleet entered in the Festival of Sails Classic Division.

Best of sailing weather for our first 2012 race to the rest of us.

Regards

 

Peter Costolloe

 

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