In ideal wind strength and Bay sea conditions, a fleet of 24 Classic Yachts started in our first race of the 2012 winter series.
“Cyan”, 3 cheers must go out to her for the performance she put in today. From a spot on start by her skipper, Craig Brown, with her crew holding the kite to the absolute last moment on the first run and flawless rumb line windward beat to the weather mark, Cyan continually ate into the time differential of the fleet leaders, “Kingurra” and “Acrospire III”, to come home first on corrected time and take the silver.
One other notable performance was “Serifa’s”. Her work on the windward leg under the helm of Michael McTavish where she overcame the wave chop and held position against the fleets longer waterline yachts and holding max waterline speed on the downhill reach, allowed her to knock off Peter McDonald’s Pastime II and take out fourth place.
Another powerful start by “Renene”, with Kent Bacon and his crew, put her in good position to hit the line flat out and into clean air.
A notable point of the day, except for one incident, was the lack of start and turning mark incidents. A start line slightly biased for a port start, due to a wind shift, also helped.
A comment was received about problems caused to following boats, when boats involved in a not giving way when overlapped prior to the RMYS A to action to avoid a collision.
We all know how congestion at fixed turning marks is difficult and dangerous, when gaff rigs with overhanging booms and sloops with a mix of rig heights converge, particularly for a gybe, if good seamanship is not used.
Still a great start to the series. No grumbles about the course. Some about handicaps though, which makes the handicapper happy.
I’ve attached the results of yesterdays race that include the BCH calculations plus the series points score and the points status for the MLIII ACH to BCH consistency award.
Regarding results publication, with the assistance of John Neve, Crew on “Renene”, we managed to have our race results published in this mornings “Sun”. The word “Classic” is removed from the results info provided. Sub editors strike again. A bit misleading but progress in the area of informing the general world we exist. Nothing in The Age.
Below is a link to some Race 1 images that Scott McDonald managed to snap from “Pastime II”
He’s always happy to provide the high resolution images.
Next race run by RYCV on May 20.
Regards to all
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