2014/2015 Summer Series Race 1
Attached are the details for the first race of the 2014/2015 Summers Series, Sunday October 5 10:30am. Another event this Sunday is the start of Daylight saving. Clocks go forward that one hour.
The race will be conducted for us by the Hobsons Bay Yacht Club. The current weather forecast for Sunday indicates Mark Chew will have conditions to grab some decent action images of the 20 Classic Yachts entered for the series. Note that HBYC will also be starting their 2 handed race series at 11:00am in the same area. Depending on the course set for the Classics race our fleet may be racing close to the pre start area of this race.
One feature of our 2014/2015 Summer Series will be new courses for the fleet. We will have RMYS courses for Races 2 and 6 and when the Classic Summer Series fleet races with the Cruising and Classic divisions of the Lipton Cup Regatta for Race 3.
Thanks to all the Skippers and Crews of the entries for this Summer Series. 20 entries. Thursday was full on for David McKenzie and Anne Batson when several entries had to be processed and passed to the handicapper. Looking over the entry list we see all those consistent entries that bring national credibility to our Classic Yacht racing on Port Phillip. There’s the welcome return of Craig Brown and his top gun crew who’ll be pushing Cyan hard again. Richard MacRae’s Claire and Bob Munro’s Tandanya also notified the handicapper of their intentions to take the fleet on.
As previously mentioned with a wider selection of courses now available, we should have some good and hard racing throughout the series. If we manage to have 8 races, all the better.
Let’s see if the handicapper can maintain those tight corrected times, a feature of the recent CYAA Winter Series.
Our CYAA sponsored Summer Series commencement BBQ will be at RYCV after first race. Karen Batson of Zephyr and Cookie Restaurant and Beer Hall fame is our Maite’ d with all her famous fixings and gastronomic surprise’s with Donati’s of Lygon Street sausages. Re helpers, … open to some cooking assistance but Karen’s sure she can rope in the apprentices on the day. The BBQ professionals from Mercedes III crew have put their hands up.
2014 Cup Regatta activity.
Cup Regatta entries are being received. A revised copy of the Cup Regatta entry has been attached. The Friday Cocktail function at the Docklands and the Monday RYCV Regatta BBQ function dates were out by a day.
The Cup Regatta racing will be made up of 5 races, 2 x Saturday, 2 x Sunday and 1 pursuit Monday.
Although we don’t know what the conditions will be for the first Cup Regatta race on the Saturday and Sunday, but with a 10:00am start, a course off a decent length and challenges for all entrants can be selected. The second race on Saturday and Sunday will provide the chance to make amends for the mistakes of the first race. A course will be selected that to allow time for the after race social at Docklands. With the possibility of 5 races for the Cup Regatta the Regatta based handicaps should be able to bring about some tight racing by race 4. .
One pleasant task for the Cup Regatta is the allocation of Docklands Marina pens for the Regatta. Berthing our Classic Yacht Regatta fleet in the centre of Melbourne’s maritime district is the opportunity to promote the heritage of Melbourne’s Classic Yacht Racing.
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Classic Yacht boat yard news.
After a significant program of work including the installation of an electric motor by Ferdy Darly’s people, Frances should hit the water Thursday Oct 2. Rib repairs and sheer line rework were some of the task completed this time out. Some warm up crew work is now the order before Frances restarts her racing career. During his shopping tour to provide Frances with an upgrade of running rig fittings, Peter Johns used the services of “Toplicht”. Peter recommends this organisation to all Classic Yacht owners as a source for their fitout requirements. The web based catalog can be viewed at toplicht.de and mailed to you at no charge of wanted. There’s many paper catalog items not listed on the web based catalog.
Two Frances items of note was that in 2004 she was awarded the CYAA Waitangi Trophy. This trophy is awarded for the most significant contribution to Victorian yacht history through the restoration or preservation of a vessel. In our summer series racing of 1997 and 1998, 18 years ago, Frances was either first or second in every race.
Phil Atkins has Trim slipped at SYC for fast repair to a mast spreader. The damaged happened while racing on a shy kite reach. Obviously the mast was saved by dramatic and prompt action by Phil. Unfortunately this means Trim will be a no show for the first race
Over at HBYC, evidence of Pastime II’s recent Channel mark incident have been removed by Peter McDonald and Andy Indrans been hard at work with Mike Hurrell to refasten Corio Vertue’s ribs and rebuild her interior.
Jim Woods has reached the final stage of preparing Windward II for the Cup Regatta. Mast varnishing is the word here.
Lindsay Holland has his Tumlaren Zea out at of the water at RYCV and looking good. Lindsay is looking for some crew to help Zea race again with the Classics. Here’s the opportunity to have some Classic yacht racing action in a well known and noted Tumlaren, Zea. Members willing to help Lindsay race Zea with our fleet, contact the handicapper.
That’s it till 10:30am Sunday when we hit the line for the start of our 2014/2015 Summer Series and present the better side of our Classic Yachts to Mark Chew.
Incidentally, Mark Chew as owner of Cotton Blossom took out the first race of the 1998/1998 summer Series and was awarded the Fair Winds trophy for the best racing results over the 1997 calendar year. For 2014 Cameron Dorrough with Bungoona took out the Fair Winds trophy.
Cheers to all
CYAA (Vic) Handicapper
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