Wednesday 20 January
Race 2 of the Troubleshooters LA Nangle Pursuit, the Horizon Sails Spinnaker Series, and the KISS Terry Hill AMS Series, was sailed in a 14-18 knot southerly. A number of the spinnaker fleet were recalled OCS; most of them returned to the course side.
Astarte took out the pursuit race and first place in the Twilight Tonner.
Dalliance finished second in the pursuit and Bushido was third.
Portofino won the AMS division, with Ellipse second.
Matador was the clean-sweep winner of the spinnaker race (AMS, IRC, and PHS). On AMS, Vagrant was second and Silhouette third.
On PHS, Eureka was second and Vagrant third.
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.