CYAA (Vic) 2014 Winter Series Race 4 July 20

2014 Winter Series Race 4 postponed to August 3

After all the gale strength winds experienced across Port Phillip over the previous week surely there would be some left over for the weekend. So went the thinking of the 18 cracks from Melbourne’s Classic fleet yesterday. Not to be. 10:25 am and up went the Answering Pennant (AP) with a diesel train engine strength sound signal from the Hobsons Bay YC Race committee vessel.

From Sandringham YC we had Kent Bacons with his laced latte sipping Renene crew and Phil Atkins with Trim advising the handicapper.


After the hard, drift

One must eat

Kingurra from Royal Brighton showed with sails ready to set. From Royal Melbourne came a dot that transformed into a pair of Tumlare`s.  Jim Hutchinson’s Dingo providing an effective demonstration of how the highly torqued British Seagull outboard engine is equal to any task by the speedy towing of George Lows Snow Goose from St. Kilda to the start area.

Shamrock, the highly credentialed H28 from Hobsons Bay YC, with Rod Fuller on the helm waited patiently, in fact to 3:15pm when he was last seen disappearing into the afternoon fog that came up to also gave Renene 100 metres of visibility. Corio Vertue with andy Indrans also wasn’t going to let the day.

image003Shamrock with Dingo towing Snow Goose in the background

Sayonara supervising. Avian taking a peek.

From the RYCV the Tumlare’s  Zephyr, Ettrick and Avian received assistance to the start line area against a ripping ebb tide from Marie Louise III, Claire and Bungoona respectively.

image004Ettrick advising committee of intention to race.

Kingurra observing

image005Handicapper advising Renene from Marie Louise III

Trim in the background

John Payne and his team put Swan on the line race ready to take on Clive Mouldays team on Blackadder.

image007 image006Swan in race ready mode with Blackadder and Snow Goose observing

In the meanwhile a never ending line crew of kept appearing on Bob Munro’s Tandanya to also have her ready.

After a leisurely hoist of sails and a check on Dingo’s towing progress Sayonara drifted around the start area. Helmsman Dave Allan took a stress break to provide collision strategy advice to Roger Dundas on Avian.


Far to much talking. This should be serious

Charlie Salter, present and Dave Allen, past custodians of the Tumlare` Ellida

Discussing Ellida’s current makeover while Avian custodian Roger Dundas looks on with assistance from Jennifer Cook.

Michael Mactavish, after blessing Serifa’s engine, went out to do a light wind battle with the fleet full of his Dutch Barge handling skills.

image009image010Serifa and the city

Mark Chews Fair Winds II under the relaxed helm of John Donati kept a watching brief on the proceedings in preparation for the run home.

So at 11:00am with the two sound signals and the hoisting of the N over A visual signal, the fleet of 18 cracks accepted the decision to abandon racing for the day. Race 4 is now postponed to August 3. No worst score drop for the Series aggregate score is now in effect.

We all had a great day.

Just shows that if on the water ,can always be great.

Comment and photo’s supplied by Kent Bacon, Renene.

2014 Cup Regatta and Lipton Regatta

Keep these two dates pencilled in November 1 and November 15 2014.

RGYC Festival of Sails 2015

The CYAA have advised the organisers of this event, suggestions to make this event more Classic friendly.


The publication prepared by the Association for The Norman S Wright 105th shipyard celebration event was on display. Limited edition copies are available.

CYAA International

Cowes Classic Week 21st to 25th July 2014.

Our UK member, Rees Martin and his Tumlare` Alert, received a mention in the 2014 August edition of Classic Boat magazine for his work in starting up this regatta.

Regards to all

Peter Costolloe
CYAA (Vic) Handicapper

Below are some photos from Celia Dymond of the race, shared via the CYAA Facebook page





 945 total views,  1 views today