Wednesday 11 March
The first race of the IBG Twilight Sprint Series was held in a 14-knot southeaster, with a great fleet of 38 boats. Matrix took out the race, with Geomatic Allegro in second and Matador third.
The best starter was Addiction on 0 seconds, with a number of other boats getting very close to their allotted time. The Banks Group Elapsed Time Award went to Siren in 21st place, in a time of 1:06:40.
The Mountain Goat of the Day was awarded to Quartermaster, for tacking 20m before the finish line and adding 30 seconds to their time!
Saturday 14 March
Saturday saw two important events take place. The Port Phillip Sea Pilots' 50th anniversary race was first off at HBYC in the morning. The breeze was a very pleasant 15-20 knot southerly at the start, but became more challenging as the day went on. The last boat was home at 11:30pm, making for a long day for both competitors and race committee.
Three RMYS boats competed, with Sunshine finishing 2nd on PHS and 5th on AMS; Portofino 3rd on AMS and 9th on PHS; and Matador 3rd on IRC and 24th on PHS.
RMYS also hosted the Napier Cup on Saturday afternoon. The traditional race gives the Squadron’s junior sailors the opportunity to helm a keelboat in authentic racing conditions. This year the race was a battle between Take Five, Shadow Dancer and Mistress. Take Five got off to a great start helmed by 10 year old junior member Lucas Ambrens, who is part of Leigh Brennan-Smith’s Thursday night Green Fleet training group. Sally Davis was skippering Mistress and Nelson Dean took the helm of Shadow Dancer.
There were a couple of close mark roundings as well as boats from neighbouring clubs to be negotiated on at least one beat. But Take Five was never headed, and when the handicap results were announced Take Five also took the Cup. Many thanks to the owners and regular crew who made their yachts available. The Squadron’s young sailors are encouraged to participate in this unique event next year.