Attached are the results of Race 3 and the current series aggregate points after Race 3.
Below is a summary of the Series Points after Race 3,
The points status tells the story that light winds have been a factor in series so far.
With the high pressure system preventing any of the forecast winds moving up the Bay, a Classics fleet of 21 starters put in a long but enjoyed day with their boats.
Following the 15 minute start delay, yesterdays very light winds race was a matter of having your personal wind that no other boat was allowed into. With the prospect of light wind conditions persisting for the day, the HBYC Race director shortened the course to finish the race at the RMYS Breakwater start mark.
On the light beat to the top mark, Peter McDonald’s Pastime II cleared out to be a dot on the horizon then an hour later becalmed but drifting took out line honours by 1 minute 4 seconds with George Fisscher and Micheal Rhodes on Boambillee eating them up after a brilliant effort by Boambillee’s crew to keep her sailing with a full kite in ghosting conditions.
Light wind performances by the Mercedes III crew supported Martin Ryan to edge out the hard working Ian Mcfarlane, Guido Brandt and Glen Kile on Kingurra.
With no kite to support a downwind drift, Col Anderson’s with his crew on Acrospire III, the task of finding wind flaws and needing sail a longer course in the downwind drifting conditions, prevented them, by a minute, to take the line ahead of Kingurra.
Wanita again showed her all round performance capability under the helm of Richard Gates to move away from the second part of fleet at the top mark and make up ground on the fleet leaders during the downwind ghost to finish with a corrected time fourth.
The three Tumlarens that finished were led by Jim Hutchinson’s Dingo, then Charlie Salters Ellida assisted by Phil Atkins and the first timer, Kelly Rajak. Doug Jenkin was hit by too many knocks to repeat Ettricks previous race performance. Although a DNF, the light wind performance by Galatea, helmed by George low was a noted feature of the Tums duelling together.
With the shortened course and Pastime II’s finishing within the first finisher time limit, allowed an extra hour for two more starters to make the finish line. The welcome return of Phil Edwards “Gemfish” to our race fleet. Tight sailing by Gemfish was rewarded with a finishing time and the honour of taking out Sayonara by two minutes. Sayonara’s team lead by Dave Allen worked hard to bring her home as the last starter to beat the race completion cut off time.
The starters left with a DNF were in with a chance till 0 knots finally guillotined them. Light wind kite battles by Martini, Tandanya, Marie Louise III, Cyan and Bungoona were taking place right to race kill time. No complaints, as the day on the water with their boats and crew was the pay off.
Persistence would have also paid off for Jan and Loama. An extrapolation of their probable finish times would have put them mid fleet. Unfortunately, we know all races have a time limit and light wind days have to be taken with no complaints. Loama, with her great on the dot start put her in a fleet position where her performance was saying this was to be her day. Sad to relate. Not to be.
After giving Marie Loiuse III a light wind performance fright, Renene with Kent Bacon and his persistent crew, unable to recover from the wind knocks, accepted the inevitable and went for an on water tour of the Royal Brighton marina. Blackadder, with Clive Moulday and his crew, also accepted the inevitable and retired to the Royals dining room.
So ends another race of the winter series. Of interest is the performance of the handicaps. After 2 hours of racing the corrected times were reasonably close for the first 7 on corrected time. The corrected times of the remaining finishers indicated how on water conditions on the day make life difficult for the handicapper. As the Classics fleet covers a performance range that varies with on water conditions on the day, only small, if any, handicap changes will be made for Race 4.
One other on water performance noted by the Race 3 fleet was that of the welcome appearance of the RYCV RIB with Roger Dundas and Mal Botterill as driver. Having Roger and Mal on the water and working with the HBYC race director was the way to assist the HBYC Race Director conduct our Race 3 to the proscribed Yachting Australia safety conditions for Category 7.
Roger’s working out the process to make is photos of the day available for perusal.
Another item of good news is the return of David McNiece’s Akala to the water after a project to install a new Yanmar 3YM30 and folding prop. David reports engine is working perfectly and Akala is all set for a return to the Classic racing fleet. A couple of shots of Akala have been attached.
Shots taken by Scott McDonald during the Race 3 drift are available on
Next Winter Series race, June 24 at RYCV. Our series has to skip a week to fit in with other Bay racing fixtures.
Regard to all
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