Below are the 2012 Summers series points status after Race 4 on March 4. I’ve also listed the results plus the actual on course racing times.
With the river at full flow after the recent rain and at full ebb tide combined with variable wind from all directions presented conditions where constant attention to sail trim was needed to chase down the first to start boats.
A clean race by George Fisscher and Michael Rhodes with their Boambillee crew showed the fleet how to pick the winning path way around a difficult course to move through the pursuit fleet of 19 starters and take the first to finish gun.
Loss of that racing edge due the multiple race postponements appears to be the cause for the many and various off beat sailing incidents during this race.
We have one race left to finish off our 2012 Summer Series. This race will again be a pursuit race to finish up with an end of series get together on royals lawn.
The date for the last 2012 Summer Series race is April 1.
The association has two events preceding this race. Next weekend, March 10/11 we have the Geelong Wooden Boat Festival. The overall vessel entry number is approx 53. the Classic Association makes up 20 of that number including 6 Tumlarens. The Festival organisers know they are in for a rare visual treat to have a fleet of 6 Tumlarens racing at their festival. This will be a sight to turn back to clock to those vintage days of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s when the Tumlarens were the premier one design fleet on the bay. From the Association’s fleet of 20 attending the Festival we also have 7 yachts listed on the Australian Maritime Museum’s Register of Historic Vessels.
Doug Jenkin and his team of helpers are sweating to have that well known Tumlaren, Ettrick, ready for this event.
Ettrick has featured in previous Classic Association racing. Under the helm of Richard Downey, ex Kamiri, and David Kerr as crew, now on Wanita, she took out the 2001/2002 Summers Series.
The second event to mention is the Queenscliff Maritime Festival on Saturday March 24. This is the event where Classic Association yachts race with the Couta boats at the southern end of the bay. More details will be provided after the Wooden Boat Festival.
Further in the future is our 2012 Winter Series. The first race is scheduled for May 6. The Notice of Race and entry forms will be generated via email, close to the final race of our 2012 Summer Series.
Regards to all
To those unable to sail to Geelong for the Wooden Festival make the trip down to review our fleet.
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