Dear Classic Yacht Skippers and Crews,
Race 1 of our 2012 Winter Series has finally come about.
Attached are the Sailing Instructions for the race and the list of entries with their assigned handicaps.
Sundays race will be conducted for us by Hobsons Bay Yacht Club under the direction of Tony Dawson, HBYC Race Director and assisted by Bob Tanner, ex ORCV commodore. The HBYC committee vessel “Privateer” will be on station as indicated by the Race 1 Sailing Instructions.
Within our fleet for this series, which is particularly strong, in numbers and quality, we have two yachts, Corio Vertue H99, under the helm of Andy Indrans and Jan S/N 132, a Stella, under the helm of Greg Hynes, with us for the first time. Andy with Corio Vertue, has been a long time campaigner in Geelong passage races and Greg, with Jan, has been a long time crew on Tandanya. They are both ready to take the fleet on.
We have a welcome return of another Tumlaren, Vahine under the helm of Andrew Godwin. With Vahine back we have a 6 strong Tum fleet. And there’s more to come. Tight racing in our Tum fleet.
Reviewing our list of entries for this series, and knowing the capabilities of each entrant, indications are we are in for one of the most exciting and hardest fought series, ever conducted by the Classics.
Racing with the Classics fleet is unique experience. No where else on the Bay is there a fleet of yachts, all with distinctive racing pedigrees, that range from ocean racing to round the sticks club racing, sailing hard, together, to hit the start line on the button. Say no more, it’s stirring stuff. We all know to make these mass starts of our fleet go off with no hiccups, absolutely no barging at the start.
So it’s on again. From that great moment when we see all the Classics from the top end of the bay converge for another series of tight racing between closely handicapped yachts while all sailing against the clock, through to, who will it be to win the day? Weather predictions look to be on our side.
Regards to all
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