Dear Skipper and Crews of the Classics 2012 Summer Series,
Our last race of the 2012 Summer Series is about to happen. Weather wise the current on water conditions forecast for Sunday race have changed from ideal to light winds. Not a good look at this time.
Even so I’ve suspect we’ve all hit the disappointment wall hard this series. Particularly our boats. We all know, they, as well as their skippers and crews, have bad reactions to loss of racing days.
What has been the big tick item for the Associations racing this season, is the rewarding sight of our fleet that appears on the dot of 10:30 am for each race. Our racing fleet arriving to race from various points around the bay is a great sight for Classic Yacht racing tragics.
The consistent effort our skippers and crews put into their Classic Yacht racing is recognised by all keel boat clubs around the bay. It’s also through this consistent effort by our skippers and crews that the Association’s credibility in the yachting fraternity is sustained.
Our Exec team now has David McKenzie, Mercedes III, taking on the tasks of Association Admin and Treasurer. This takeover task was accomplished with no dramas due the great dedication and organisational skill shown by Pip Todd, our previous administrator. Pip was the unknown organisation person behind the Associations successful Cup Regatta, our Series Racing management and our highly successful membership renewal programs. No easy task, but all successfully accomplished by Pip, with her natural grace and skill.
David brings a skill set from a previous life as treasurer ar of the Melbourne University Car Club and Watsonia RSL Pipes and Drums. He was also an auditor of the MU Car Club for 10 years. Given a new State Govt. incorporated associations regulatory regime is happening this July, our Association administration is ready to work with the opportunities these new regulations present.
One small “on water” item to note. Royals requested a reminder note be given to the Classic fleet asking them be aware of the shipping channel proximity when dropping sails. Apparently there have been incidents where yachts have drifted into the shipping channel after Wednesday afternoon races.
Also watch out for the Royals Tacker fleet. They use the Royals “O” mark as a turning mark.
To start this Sundays race, the Sailing Instructions plus the Entries and Group start times are attached.
The course has been fixed, the start has been fixed but not the result, never, ever. Particularly with the light winds now forecast.
Bye the way, being the last race of the season as tradition now befits. The Association will put on the after race BBQ of mussels and snags at Royals. All Classic members welcome to our end of Summer Racing Series revels.
It’s all go.
Don’t forget Daylight saving stops on Sunday.
Notice of Race and Entry forms for our 2012 winter series will be sent out with the 2012 Summer Series wrap up comment next week. They are already installed on our web site. Below is the link address.
To get us going for the 2012 Winter Series here’s an early look at the 2012 Winter Series race dates.
Race 1 May 6 HBYC
Race 2 May 20 RYCV
Race 3 June 3 HBYC
Race 4 June 24 RYCV
Race 5 July 22 HBYC
Race 6 Aug 5 RYCV
Race 7 Aug 19 HBYC
Race 8 Sept 9 RYCV (Pursuit)
Regards to all
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