Another fantastic article from the CYAA, on this Sunday's racing. Five RMYS yachts competed: Boambillee, Warringa, Snow Goose, Akuna, and Dingo. Particularly impressive was the tacking duel between Boambillee and RYCV's Frances towards the end of the race! Read on for more...
Story by Peter Costolloe, CYAA Handicapper
'All’s well that’s ends well' were the words for the day. After resolving our pre-race management issues, today's race, without exaggeration, was one of the better Classic Yacht races for some time.
With a decent breeze and flat water, the Classic fleet of 19 starters all going for an on-the-money start was described as a sight and a half by the race committee. Avian at the pin end and Boambillee at the committee end led the fleet away in great style. In the middle was Sayonara with full rig and fully committed for her on-time start, under the helm of Ron Evans, our CYAA Sydney member. Warringa was another Classic who started well under a never-seen-before asymmetrical.
Kites were cracked to work on the fully shy run. Some could and some couldn’t hold them was the result. Those Classics who held on with full kites were soon in leeway trouble.
Down to P3
Boambillee led the Classic fleet at the mark rounding and was all set for the running duel with Frances. Sayonara, her large crew on the lee side and constant headsail trimming, was keeping in contact with the leaders.
It was not the time to look behind as not far from the Tums and Trim was the swift flying bird, Tandanya, designed by Henry Rasmussen and launched in 1936. Tandanya was under the helm of Stephen Lake, which led the top scoring Admirals' Cup yacht of 1967, Mercedes III, around the P3 mark.
After an excellent run to P3 the fleet was still bunched up. Bungoona wasn’t far behind along with two more Tumlarens; Snow Goose, and a rapidly closing Dingo along with Knud Reimer's Albatross designed Bluejacket helmed by Doug Jenkin. Chris Havre’s Akuna was also on the pace. Martini and Cyan had recovered after stalling at the start while Michael McTavish was giving Serifa her first Classic yacht race for some time.
This fleet bunching was going to bring in some interesting corrected time results, said the handicapper. Any mistake will be costly.
Back to Gellibrand and then Mark 72 and down to R4
Frances had overhauled Boambillee and set a kite on the approach to Mark 70 to take advantage of the wind change by Breakwater Pier. In procession, those in the fleet who could set kites did. More downwind work was the go. Sirocco, while trying to take wind away from Mercedes III, worked hard to hold off Avian and Ettrick. Akuna was also into kite flying mode.
Back to the finish
A windward work tacking duel between Frances and Boambillee saw Frances lead the fleet across the line while exhausted crews from each Classic called for the smelling salts. Classic yacht tacking duels and crew age cannot go on forever.
Sayonara also put in a close upwind performance to hold off Mercedes III. Phil Atkins had Trim in a comfortable position to follow while Sirocco held off Avian and Ettrick. Warringa was next after deciding not to bother asking Rolly Tasker for help. The Tums Dingo and Snow Goose were through next, with Tandanya and Bluejacket not far behind. Martini, Bungoona and Cyan were caught by a dying breeze while on the run to R4. Closing the Classic Fleet race for the day and still on the pace were Loama, Serifa and Akuna.
After race Soirée
Our end of the race year BBQ, thanks to the work of the Tumlaren team, headed up by Karen Batson, was the hit of the day.
Thanks go to Sam Cowell and Tony Hoppe of Warringa for their assistance to the handicapper to calculate the corrected time results - invaluable assistance that saved the day.
Corrected times were a feature of the race results. The first five placings were inside one minute. Only small numbers of elapsed time seconds separated the first four placings. Close to six minutes separated the placings up to 17th. Close racing with no mistakes was the order of the day.
Presentation of the Lark Distillery trophies from the Cup Regatta 2015 was made prior to the Race 5 results announcements.
The Summer series restarts 31 January at RMYS.
Happy Christmas and New Year to all.