To open the pre race notes for the Classic’s Race 3 at SYC Click here
For those who wish to relive some of the 2014 Cup Regatta racing.
We have the final stage of Race 1 where the fleet took on a south westerly 40 knot storm front that hit the fleet in the final part of the race. This video is a but long but it shows what the effect of gusts from the shipyards. Close the the video end watch Fair Winds go down. C97 also had many moments. Unfortunately the distance to the fleet is a bit too far to see the real action. The video’s were taken by a phone from the rescue boat that had to stay back to cover the following fleet
The second is a short video of Fair Winds on a tight reach from R4 to channel mark 19. Fair Winds was crewed and skippered by members of the Classic Yacht Association of New Zealand
Another video of the fleet approaching and rounding Channel mark 19 will be added later.
News of the Classic’s 2014 Cup Regatta has hit the street. Take a look.
The press release image credit and story text could be improved but it gets the story out. It’s gone to Australia, NZ and the UK. For a better take of the PR sent to Sail world I’ve attached the pdf of the story. This pdf will go to the local keel boat yacht clubs. Pass it on to other groups as well. If members what a High Resolution copy of the poster in A3 size lets know.
Below is more Cup Regatta news and activity for our Association members. Cup Regatta Sailing Instructions and Course Documentation has been sent for installation on the Associations Web site. To be sure I’ll attach all the doco to this mail. I’ve also attached the current Docklands Marina Berth allocations. Some of the entrants have indicated they will be a no show at Docklands. I’m yet to confirm of the Tums Snow Goose and Dingo can make it up. In the morning Tums are towed down the river.
Any Cup Regatta Doco corrections deemed required let’s know.
2014 Cup Regatta Update
This year the Cup Regatta will be the venue for a unique Classic Yacht racing event, the return of Sayonara Cup racing on Port Phillip. Don’t miss out on being part of this where Sayonara, Acrospire III and Frances return us to those days of the Golden era of Australia’s yacht racing on Port Phillip.
Still time for entries.
There will be $2500 of sponsor trophies being raced for at this Cup Regatta.
So get to it.
Here’s the To Do list for all our Classic skippers
- Enter the Regatta
- Advise numbers for Cocktail Party at Docklands on Friday evening, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
- Advise numbers for BBQ at RYCV on Monday afternoon.
Docklands Marina Berth allocations
Berth allocations will be submitted to the Melbourne City Management on Monday. The CYAA provide all the individual skipper contact details to allow the Marina management send out the Marina facilities access codes and the berthing terms and conditions. While the Marina will provide a work boat to assist with berthing help from other members will be the go. A berth allocation plan will be sent to all skippers intending to tie up at Docklands on Wednesday Oct 29.
Pens will be available from Friday or earlier by arrangement with the Marina. Some boats are arriving on Thursday.
All yachts are encouraged to FLAG UP: CYAA flag, buntings, Australian flag, NZ flag, corporate flag…Let’s show Docklands that we are having a Regatta
Inter Association Challenge:
The draw for the allocation of the 6 RYCV Sail Training Elliot 5.3 craft will take place during the Friday lunch time BBQ at the RYCV. All the planning for this event has been in the capable hands of Dave Allen.
Below are the teams for the Challenge to be the Cock team of the Associations where the Skipper receives the well appointed and lusted for Classic Gear Bag, hand made for the Cup Regatta by the New Zealand Sailmaker Bud Nalder.
Aust: Dave Allen (Sayonara)
Peter Bowe (Mercedes III)
NZ: Martin Robertson (CYANZ) Bruce Tantrum, John Duder
Gregory Schultz (CYANZ) Charles Clark, TBA
Coutas: Joe Tuck, Matthew Fewster and Peter Denniston (Loama)
Tas. Classics Justin Barr, Glenn Stewart and James Cowmeadow (Caraid)
Coutas : C97 (Jeff Richardson) and Gemfish (Phil Edwards/Nigel Abbott)
Classics: Boambillee (George Fisscher and Michael Rhodes) Mercedes III (Martin Ryan)
If you are coming up on Friday afternoon, hang around and watch the Inter Association Challenge and the Guineas from 3pm to approximately 4.30pm, trying to keep away from the start line action is a hard call. In particular watch the action on the Race committee vessel. Starting 6 x 20 minute races within one hour, recording 10 finishes in a space of 1 minute for each of 6 races is the go.
As previously noted let David McKenzie or the handicapper know your intentions to be on the scene of the social functions. We need your input to confirm catering plans.
To minimise function booking procedures all we ask for is prepayment for the group of the people skippers nominated on the 2014 Cup Regatta entry form. No names required, we’re all strong enough to introduce ourselves. Our Treasurer will be available to sort out the function entry payment for those attending with no pre booking. Make yourself known to David McKenzie.
If you can’t do the Regatta, make sure you come to the social events, support the CYAA, swap stories and have fun.
Cup Regatta Race Documentation.
All prepared and soon to be posted on the Web. Lot’s of it. The documentation consists of the first race entry list with handicaps, 4 sets of Sailing Instructions and a PDF with 9 course maps plus a poster prepared for us by Celia Dymond. Celia crews for Jim Hutchinson on the Tumlare Dingo.
The entry list and allocate handicaps have been prepared. This entry and handicap list will be issued later in the week due to possible late entries may be updated Every series we have last minute entries, why should this 2014 Cup Regatta be any different.
The Cup Regatta documentation will also be sent to the handicappers mail out list.
Cup Regatta courses
The courses have been prepared to allow all entrants to complete two races each day and for after race socialising at Docklands. As much windward work as possible has been squeezed in. The course locations stay at the top of the bay and are set up to keep the entire fleet in view during the race. All first race starts are scheduled for 10:00am and will involve a windward beat to a gate. The gate will be sailed through in the same direction as when starting. Either mark of the gate can be rounded to run down to the course proper. The colour of the gate marks is TBA. All finishes will be at the RYCV Marina. If sea conditions prevent morning racing then the first race will start at 1:30pm.
Interstate and International Visitors.
Caraid will be raced by Bobby Barrs family who are travelling up from Hobart. One of our Elliots will be crewed by the Caraid team. As former Dragon title holders they are working with Joe Tuck and the boys to represent the Couta Boat Association.
We have an 11 strong Kiwi team on the way. Under the skippering of Tony Blake some of this CYANZ team will pushing Fair Winds hard to take our Cup Regatta trophies from us. They are staying at Docklands for the Cup Regatta duration.
Jeff Richardson of the Couta Boat C97 has one of his Couta Boat mates from Perth flying in for the occasion.
One feature of the Classic Cup Regatta is the opportunity for sponsors to share with us a repeat of the racing action that took place on Port Phillip, 50 to 100 years ago on Port Phillip.
We have the Bud Nalder, Sailmaker from New Zealand donating Classic Gear Bags for the best performer in Inter Association Invitational Team event. Dave Allen who took out for the 2013 Event will receive a specially made trophy from Bud Nalder this year.
Col Anderson operator of Doyle Sails loft in Melbourne, owner of Acrospire III and our Classic Yacht sail specialist has put up Vouchers the best performing Classic Yacht as deemed by the handicapper.
Karen Batson, crews the Tumlare Zephyr with sister Anne is the Classics Restaurateur plus. Karen supports the 2014 Cup Regatta with a dinner for two at her electric restaurant Cookie for the Concours Trophy as judged by our CYANZ visitors.
Gordon Tait, skipper of the Tumlare Ettrick, operates TAIT, a Melbourne high end outdoor furniture design and fabrication facility. Gordon has put up a contribution to assist with the conduct of the Regatta. Take a look madebytait.com.au
Andy Doolan of Tina of Melbourne has put up the provision of Neverfail bottled water to assist the with the requirement for Classic Yacht to carry 10 litres of water while racing. A special note here is that Tina will be off ocean racing once again with the 2014 Sydney to Hobart fleet. This weekend she’ll be taking part in a qualifying race to Portland.
Mark Chew of Fair Winds, has put together a collection of images of our Classic Yacht fleet skippers and crews in full race concentration mode. The collection had been collated into a poster and framed. The poster will be on display at the Cup Regatta opening function ahead of a special that night. A repeat auction will be at Presentation BBQ on Monday at the RYCV. Last year Mark’s posters were auctioned off by Jeff Richardson of C97 with great applause.
A special 2014 Sydney to Hobart note is required here. Mark is part of the team on the Cookson designed, A Cunning Plan, entered in this year’s S2H. He’ll be away for the Cup Regatta weekend doing the Portland S2H qualifying race.
Attached is a PR release that will go out to all Port Phillip Keel Boat Yacht Clubs and Sail World Australia to notify the world the Classic 2014 Cup Regatta is on.
It’s all go.
CYAA (Vic) Handicapper
What a great day yesterday was. Exactly what Classic Yacht Racing should be about.
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!
The CYAA website is undergoing a rebuild, we’ve stripped it back to the keel and have begun re-planking. The old content will return but with a new look.