There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around.
The Frostbite Regatta was under way,
It was worth a “Yarra Water “ bottle from 1965,
So all the cracks had gathered for the fray……….
Sunday morning, thin high cloud cleared to a blue sky, just a zephyr to sail in, the RMYS pond mirrored the sky – flat as a tack. Undeterred the combatant’s from RBYC and RMYS were ready to tussle it out on the water. RMYS Commodore Marcus Coppens stood guard on “73” as “Squadron Beach”. Race officials on William Patterson set the course.
Juniors sailed first – RBYC crewed 3 of the RMSTA pacers, RMYS presented one crew lead by Alex Ward. The juniors showed the Seniors that it was a challenging course in light breeze. The main task seemed to be rounding marks on the side set in the SI’s! As the junior finished their 2nd race the real challenge gathered pace, RBYC had the blue sail tips, RMYS the red.
First problem was getting off the beach to the start line – All 6 competitors made it.
RO took over and in continued light wind, the 5 min warning sounded, the competition was under way.
One RMYS crew manoeuvred to the mark end of the start line crossing on port tack, well clear of the fleet on starboard at the boat end. With a blistering 5 knots of headwind the pacers crept toward the windward mark. RBYC rounded first. RMYS teams strived to bridge the 2 meter gap on the downwind leg– without success RBYC rounded the bottom mark ahead – then held on to cross the finish line still 1 meter ahead.
Team results were RBYC 9 points RMYS 11 points – The bottle of “Yarra Water” was retained by RBYC.
Congratulations to James Haywood (RBYC Club Captain) and his team.
Michael Culhane CC RMYS