Leilani had the best start on 1 second, and the Banks Group Elapsed Time Award went to Weekend Option for the 11th-fastest time.
Charlotte won the Mountain Goat of the Day after a self-nomination for running aground!
Thanks to RO John Taylor, Selwyn Stokes, and Nadine Hibbert for conducting the race.
Saturday 23-Monday 25 January - Festival of Sails
30 RMYS boats entered Royal Geelong Yacht Club's Festival of Sails over the Australia Day weekend, which was a great fleet.
Here are the full results for RMYS boats:
- Primitive Cool finished fifth in IRC Division 1.
- Mood Indigo finished eighth in the S80 fleet.
- In Cruising AMS Div 1, Addiction was 13th, Ellipse was 18th, Archimedes was 23rd, Antagonist was 24th, Portofino was 25th (and also came second in the Passage Race).
- In Cruising EHC Div 1, Ellipse was 10th, Addiction 18th, Archimedes 20th, Antagonist 25th and Portofino 29th.
- In Cruising AMS Div 2, Johnny Be Goode finished third, Take Five fourth, Xit Strategy 12th, Phantom 27th and Weekend Option 29th.
- In Cruising EHC Div 2, Take Five was 11th, Johnny Be Goode 13th, Phantom 23rd, Xit Strategy 25th, Foxtrot 26th (also winning the Passage Race) and Weekend Option 29th.
- In Cruising Spinnaker Div 1, Christine won the series, with new RMYS boat Arcadia finishing fourth (Editor's Note: and winning the Passage Race!).
- In Cruising Spinnaker Div 2, Sea Eagle was fourth, Seaya sixth, Mrs Overnewton ninth, Mistress 14th, Sunshine 17th, and Tigris 28th after their crew helped out other boats during the weekend.
- In Cruising Spinnaker Div 3, Bushido was 11th and Revenge was 19th.
- In Cruising Non-Spinnaker, Laafin placed 11th, New Morning II 14th, Anastasia 16th, Ubique 20th and Oleana 21st.
- In the Multihulls, Peccadillo was fifth.
- In the Classic Yachts, Windward II placed third.
Congratulations to all who competed, and in particular Christine, Johnny Be Goode, Foxtrot, Arcadia, Portofino, and Windward II for their podium finishes.
Tuesday 26 January - Agar Wynne Trophy
The Agar Wynne Trophy was contested from Geelong to St Kilda yesterday. The entire fleet finished within six minutes of each other after almost six hours of racing - and most of the boats came through within one minute, which was a big challenge for the tower crew!
Revenge took out the PHS division, with Xit Strategy second and Bushido third.
Xit Strategy won the AMS division, with Take Five second and Weekend Option third.
Mood Indigo was first on IRC, with Archimedes second and Mrs Overnewton third.
Thank you to RGYC's race management team for starting the Agar Wynne, and to Terry Parker, Deb Plueckhahn, and Marg Bowman for waiting several hours in the RMYS tower for the boats to finish.
UPDATE: John Bade from Seaya has sent through a fantastic video of the finish, with all the boats coming together right at the end. Click here to check it out on YouTube.
This Saturday 30 January at 1400 is the International Cup, which will be run on a laid course if we have sufficient volunteers. We are still looking for a few (including one boat driver), so if you can help, please let Lou in the office know ASAP. Thanks.
The Classics will be racing on Sunday 31 January from the RMYS tower. Albatross will also be heading out to support the fleet, and we would love to have one more crew member on this boat. This racing will only go for a couple of hours and commences at 1030. Again, please let Lou know if you can help.
Saturday 6 Feb is the Squadron Trophy and Plate at RYCV.
Saturday night will see the Cruising Progressive Dinner at Docklands - see the separate article for more details.
Sunday 7 Feb is WISC, the first of the Port Phillip Women's Championship Series races, conducted by SYC with a 1030 start. To enter and for more information, go to this link.
The Big Bay Challenge is also fast approaching on 4-5 March. Start getting your boats ready for another amazing event.
Parents who otherwise would not be able to afford to send their children to this unique school work on designing and making the bags to help subsidise their school fees.
The bags are such a success at Salamanca Market every Saturday that they are going through a large amount of sail and are always on the look out for more unwanted sail to use for raw material.
To this end Peregrine parents are “hitting the road” in mid-February and are hoping to fill a two tonne truck with sail as they journey from Sydney to Melbourne on their way back to the ferry!
If you have sails of any description (they use Dacron, spinnaker, Kevlar and carbon fibre) large or small, boat or windsurfer, which are damaged beyond repair or superfluous to your needs, Peregrine would love to hear from you.
Please contact the Fundraising Coordinator, Lyn Hellewell on 0499024017 or by email email@example.com
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On PHS in first place was Addiction, followed by Sunshine and Salamander III.
Under IRC in first place was Salamander III followed by Moneypenny (RYCV) and Primitive Cool.
Under AMS in first place was Take Five followed by Moneypenny (RYCV) and 3 Ring Circus (HBYC).
Thanks to Race Officer Ross Flood, PJ Davison, and Duncan Blake for running Saturday’s race.
Upcoming Events – January
Wed 20 Jan KISS Printing Terry Hill AMS Trophy R2
Horizon Sails Twilight Spinnaker Series R2
Troubleshooters LA Nangle Twilight Series R2
Fri 22 Jan Festival of Sails Regatta - RGYC
Sat 23 Jan Race Port Melbourne – Geelong 0900
Tues 26 Jan Agar Wynne Race Geelong to St Kilda 1100
Wed 27 Jan KISS Printing Terry Hill AMS Trophy R3
Horizon Sails Twilight Spinnaker Series R3
Troubleshooters LA Nangle Twilight Series R3
Sat 30 Jan International Cup
Sun 31 Jan Classics Summer Race 6
The Banks Group Elapsed Time Award for the 9th fastest elapsed time was awarded to Oleana.
The Mountain Goat of the Day was awarded to Steve from Espresso, for misreading the course online!
Saturday 9 January
The Doc Bennell Trophy long race was held on Saturday in a light and fading breeze.
On PHS, Primitive Cool was the winner, followed by Sea Eagle in second and Jungle Juice in third. Primitive Cool also took out the IRC division.
In the AMS division, Take Five won, with Mrs Overnewton in second and Salamander III in third.
In social news, a large group of SYC members brought their boats for a visit to RMYS on Saturday. They very much enjoyed the marina facilities and the beautiful weather for a dockside lunch! Thanks to members for making them feel welcome.
J24 Australian Championship
SYC hosted the J24s on 4-8 January for a hotly contested Australian Championship. RMYS member Hugo Ottaway and his crew finished an excellent 3rd on PHS and 5th overall, with SYC's Pacemaker an unsurprising but always deserving victor. A link to the full results is here.
S80 Victorian Championship
A number of members competed at the S80 Victorian Championship at RGYC over the weekend. Congratulations to Mood Indigo on finishing 5th on PHS and 9th overall, Espresso finishing 15th on PHS and 16th overall, and Rock n Roll finishing 17th both on PHS and overall. A link to the full results is here.
Optimist Australian Championship
Further to last week's report, the huge Opti Nationals have been run and won at Georges River Sailing Club in NSW, with three RMYS members competing in the Open Division. In the Gold Fleet, Linus Talacko finished 41st, while in the Silver Fleet, Matthew Walker finished 56th and Hugo Macmillan finished 61st. A link to the full results is here.
Upcoming RMYS Events
This Wednesday is the first race of the Troubleshooters LA Nangle Twilight Pursuits, The Horizon Sails Spinnaker Series II, and the Kiss Printing Terry Hill AMS Series. Please check that you are entered in these series if you would like to compete.
The Big Bay Challenge is coming up on 4-5 March, so start getting your boats ready to race. Further information will be available shortly.
The Association Cup is on 10 April 2016 at RYCV - and the Sailing Committee will be confirming the selections shortly. Geelong's Festival of Sails over the Australia Day long weekend, and the International Cup at RMYS on 30 January, will be the final results considered for selection. As a reminder, the selection policy is published on the Association Cup page.
After seven races over four days, the winner was decided in the last 50 metres of the last race, with Tristan Cole and his crew of Moritz Haese and Stephen Suits in C181 'Mary-Alice Auxiliary' beating Clare Carew and her crew of Rosie Murray and Darcey Holmes in C183 'John Akhurst' by one point. Both of the leading boats were from RBYC.
RMYS was represented proudly by its three teams:
C160 - 'Mollie G' (Nelson Dean, Patrick Walby, and Tara Cartlidge) finished 4th;
C174 - 'Catani' (James Walby, Reuben Wilmott, and Ella Robinson-Clarke) finished 10th;
C169 - 'OAM' (James Moeller, Sally Davis, and Rafay Rizwan) finished 13th.
Congratulations to all RMYS members on their achievements.
The final results for the Stonehaven Cup can be found here.
There was also an Open competition, consisting of three races, held on Saturday 9 January. This division is open to sailors of all ages, including those sailing in the main Stonehaven Cup competition. T162 'Aussie II' took out this division, with Pablo Borboa the nominated skipper.
Within the Open division there were also four Classic boats contesting a separate prize. These boats had the traditional lugsail rig and were all of wood construction. Ray Smith from RBYC won this division aboard C133 'Pandora', with our very own Sailing Coordinator Liz Haines as one of his crew (multitasking at its finest!). Our General Manager Matt Solly finished 2nd in this division, skippering the famous C126 'Venom'. It's been a bit of a break for both our staff members, since they were last in a Cadet at 17!
A big thanks go to our on-water volunteers, led by RO Andrew Gluth, who ran top-quality racing for the sailors; to the on-shore team of Cadet parents and supporters, who provided excellent lunch and a bar service to competitors, volunteers, and parents each day; and to the coaches and team managers from RMYS, RBYC, King Island Boat Club, and Cairn Curran Sailing Club for their support. All the feedback from our visitors has been very positive about their stay at RMYS, and the atmosphere around the club was fantastic.
There are some beautiful images from the Stonehaven Cup on the ABC News website, courtesy of Ray Smith. Click here to view them.
Competition wraps up on Australia Day morning, Tuesday 26 January.
We look forward to having you join us for five days of fun and festivities on and off the water!
For more information on the 2016 Festival of Sails please visit us at www.festivalofsails.com.au
To connect with us on social media:
Twitter: @FestivalofSails #fosgeelong
Wednesday 6 January
This Wednesday's evening race for keelboats is the Club Captain's Invitational Pursuit Race, starting from 1800hrs. If you have entered the summer block, you should be on the entry list, and all members are officially invited to participate! This is a non-spinnaker race and will be a lot of fun.
Saturday 9 January
This Saturday we are running the Doc Bennell Trophy, which is Race 2 of the Charles Marshall Series. This is a long race, so there is an early start (1100hrs).
We are still in need of volunteers for both Wednesday and Saturday in the tower. If you can help, please contact Liz on 9534 0227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PC team finished second on IRC Division 1, fourth on Overall IRC and eighth on Line Honours. This is a fantastic achievement and a great reward for the team after a couple of tough years previously.
Go to the Primitive Cool Facebook page and 'Like' it for more updates and photos.
ORCV Cock of the Bay - 26 December
Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron again hosted the Boxing Day Dash (Cock of the Bay).
Affascinante, Akuna Maid, Antagonist, Gienah, How Bizarre, Koa-Atea, Mrs Overnewton, Peccadillo, SeaYa, and Sunshine all entered the race.
Peccadillo took out overall Line Honours and won the Multihull division.
How Bizarre finished second on PHS, third on Line Honours, third on IRC, and fourth on AMS in Division 2.
SeaYa came ninth on Line Honours, ninth on PHS, and 12th on AMS in Division 2.
Mrs O finished eighth on IRC, ninth on AMS, 12th on Line Honours, and 13th on PHS in Division 2.
Sunshine won Division 4 AMS, came fourth on PHS, and was sixth on Line Honours.
Congratulations to all who competed.
Unfortunately, a number of our yachts retired and so did not get a place.
ORCV Melbourne to Devonport - 27 December
Charles and the Peccadillo team backed up their performance at Blairgowrie by winning Line Honours and the Multihull division of the Melbourne to Devonport. Peccadillo was also second on Line Honours for the Top of the Island race on 30 December. Congratulations!
Launceston to Hobart - 27 December
Remedy, crewed by RMYS members Russell Hibbert, Andy Hibbert, Andy Doolan, and Ian Lindsay, placed a very creditable 12th on PHS and 10th on AMS in the Launceston to Hobart Race Series (which includes Hobart's King of the Derwent race). They did especially well in Race 1, scoring a very low 2 points. Congratulations to this team on a sterling effort! Full results can be found here.
BYS Petersville Regatta - 27-30 December
After the Boxing Day Dash, BYS hosted a revitalised Petersville Regatta after a long hiatus. RMYS yachts Matrix and Avocet competed in this regatta.
Matrix finished 19th on PHS in Division 1.
Avocet finished third on PHS (after winning the first two races!) in Division 2.
Optimist Australian Championship - 2-9 January
We have three members competing at the Opti Nationals this week at Georges River Sailing Club, NSW. There is the usual huge fleet of Opti sailors, with 253 boats on the water. After two qualifying races, Linus Talacko is sitting in 35th, Hugo Macmillan in 77th, and Matthew Walker in 114th, all in the Open fleet.
J24 Australian Championship - 3-8 January
Sandringham YC is hosting the J24s for their Nationals this week and three races have been sailed so far. There are 19 boats competing, with a number of RMYS members sailing in the event. Current series results can be found here.
If you know of any other members competing in sailing events, please let us know! Stories and photos are always much appreciated. Email Lou - email@example.com or reply to any eBreeze newsletter.