CYAA 2014 Winter Series Race 5 Aug 19 Results and Series Aggregate Points Status

CYAA 2014 Winter Series Race 5 Post Race Notes

Attached are the 2014 Classic winter Series Race 5 results plus the Series Aggregate points and Marie Louise III consistency trophy score status.

A “Tight on the line start” was the word for today’s race.   A quick look down the line at the pin end from Mercedes III showed a fleet of 17 Classic Yachts, all powered up ready to hit the line on the gun. Shamrock, closely followed by Bungoona led the fleet across the line with Kingurra powering through the fleet.


Shamrock and Bungoona playing hard


Loama with Joe Tuck and the boys were in there as well.

After that it was “get that heady in” time on Mercedes IIISayonara, with her 14 attendants, was at the committee end of the line and threw early to chase the river outflow. Good move till the wind shadow and no tops’l got them.


“Get that heady in” time on Mercedes III

When the race results were announced, congratulations  and cheers went up with the news that with spot on team work by Clive Moulday and his consistent crew Blackadder was bought home in great style to take out first placing on corrected time.  Today’s performance by Blackadder was a reminder of those days when she took out the Classic’s 2003 Winter Series and second in the 2004 Winter Series. Bob Munro’s Tandanya took out first in 2004.

Blackadder on the march to first on corrected time

Blackadder on the march to first on corrected time

Line honours went to working hard team on Kingurra with Mercedes III executing some fancy manoeuvres to pick her up. Not to be.

Kingurra with her team working hard at the top mark to take line honours

Kingurra with her team working hard at the top mark to take line honours

With a consistent 15 knot South Easterly breeze over a 6.9 NM  course, tight corrected time grouping were a feature of today’s results. Indicative of this was the first two, Blackadder and Loama, on corrected time without spinnakers and the lowest on handicap while the next two placing by Kingurra and Mercedes III with spinnakers, and the highest on handicap were separated by 52 seconds on corrected time.

In between all this we had 42 seconds on corrected separating the Tumlare’s of Avian, with a massive performance improvement under the helm of our much welcomed international member and now NZ resident Pip Todd and Zephyr.

Avian under the helm of Pip Todd

Avian under the helm of Pip Todd Free at last

19 seconds separated the Tumlare’s of Snow Goose and Dingo as well. Mid fleet we had 19 seconds on corrected time separating Trim, Serifa, Shamrock and Bungoona with Tandanya following by 66 seconds. Martini on her first race for a while was 28 seconds over Renene and Bluejacket was 13 seconds over Sayonara.

Sayonara playing catch up over Dingo

Sayonara playing catch up over Dingo

Under these ideal racing conditions those Classic Yachts whose handicaps are based on consistent use kites show they have to be used with spot on crew work to feature against those yachts whose handicaps are based on non use of spinnakers.

So all up another great day of Classic Yacht racing, with Andy Indrans of Corio Vertue on taking photo’s of the fleet. When available they’ll be posted. If copies are wanted contact Andy at

Thanks to the HBYC Race committee for sending the fleet on it way with a decent windward beat to the first mark.

HBYC Race Committee “Hard at work” on Privateer

HBYC Race Committee “Hard at work” on Privateer

For the series aggregate result,  we have a situation where the overall series placing’s revolve around how 5 yachts place in a pursuit race, the last race of the series. Pressure on the handicapper for sure. The pursuit race dart board and crystal ball will be locked up. After a close analysis of previous pursuit race results what decision making tool will be used by the handicapper this time?

Your handicapper at the ready with his sharpened pencil.

Your handicapper at the ready with his sharpened pencil.

Last race of the 2014 Winter Series. Sept 7

As mentioned with the announcement of the results at the RYCV today it was noted there’s a problem for some of our members with the final race date. Sept 7 is Father’s Day. RYCV and HBYC have ORCV race conduct commitments on August 31. Being an ORCV Winter Series reserve date, August 31 may become available but we won’t know till Aug 25. Too late for a change of race date to Aug 31 notification. Bringing the RMYS back into our group of YA keel boat clubs used to conduct our racing will help resolve this messy date clash

Our 2014/2015 Summer Series

Notice of Race and entry is all set for issue. First race Oct 5.

Some other dates to note are on August 28 where the Royal Society in Melbourne are presenting a free lecture about Matthew Flinders on the 200th of his passing.

On August 30 there’s the City of Melbourne Regatta at Docklands as part of the celebrations to not the establishment of Melbourne. Today we received the attached Sailing Instructions for this event from Jeff Gordon, operator of the Melbourne Showboat, the Lady Cutler. Jeff has asked the Association to put in a special effort to help make this Regatta an notable event.

Some other news. The Alan Payne designed and multiple Sydney to Hobart performer, Terra Nova, previously owned by Rob Pierce, a Kinglake fire victim has found a new home at Lakes Entrance and  Aerial a Laurent Giles Normandy design that was rescued and restored by Richard Morrison was seen smartly sailing alongside the fleet as they approached the RMYS A Mark on Sunday.


Regards to all

Peter Costolloe
CYAA (Vic) Handicapper

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