Martha Cove weekend 2016……Phil Grossi
This is a brief report on the Martha Cove weekend race/overnight held on 11-12 November 2016 as reported by Phil Grossi Mrs Overnewton crew. The event is known in our race calendar as the Ruth Nangle and Jeanette turnbull trophy
Mrs Overnewton is a 38 foot Bavaria Match racer/cruiser. Currently fitted with cruising
rig as purchased in 2005
Accommodation is in two separate lock up cabins, one in a vee berth and the other on port quarter. Centre bunk sleeping provides two extra permanent berths. A separate shower /head is provided on starboard quarter. An outside shower also provides a quick wash down. Auxiliary engine is a Volvo Penta. We are not a light boat.
The yacht is recognised by our sailmaker, Col Anderson from “Doyles” sailmakers, as being one of the most regularly sailed yachts on Port Philip Bay. We have 21 available crew on our mailing list which sounds rather formidable yet we are never under crewed though sometimes a little squeezy. She is most comfortable racing with 8 crew. When cruising we normally assign a skipper and co skipper, assigned navigator, cook and other permanent positions. For this weekend, we started off with 6 on Saturday morning and 5 for return trip on Sunday.
Victualling for 6 on board Mrs Overnewton is an interesting affair as we try to outdo each other with various cooked on board meals, Saturday however it was far simpler with a Bring your own affair.
Five of the six crew have spent much time sailing together on Club races and also ORCV ocean events. Several have radio licences, navigation skills and excellent culinary skills. Crew was: Phil Grossi, Graham Dicker, Nadine Huels, Maggie Allmand, Scott Lambert and Paul Auckett. As usual crew co-operation and coordination was exceptional. Crew positions were rotated throughout the weekend to give all helm practice. I even got to pack a spinnaker.
Martha Cove is Located in the Southern parts of Mornington Peninsula close to Mornington and Westernport bay, just a few miles from Port Philip Heads. Both safety beach and Martha Cove are protected from prevailing Southerly winds and are nestled away in the Lee of Mornington Peninsula, making it a good ideal weekend cruise location. Depth over the inlet to the cove on this occasion was around 3 metres however swell near the entrance should be monitored. Overnight pens were made available at a cost of $50.00 per boat. Access to the Safety beach Yacht club is via a 20 minute walk around the perimeter of the marina then under the beautifully engineered road infrastructure which is also under the overhead yachts in the entrance and into the club.
The marina is accessible from nearby roadway. Unfortunately the yacht club was double booked so we were not able to have dinner at the club . Alternative arrangements were made at the Safety beach Country Club where all crew were ferried by minibus. Dinner at the Country club was a buffet affair at $30.00 per head. A large room was made available for us and the venue was well attended. Race results were not announced and this would have improved the evening allowing more crew interaction.
Whilst Martha Cove weekend has only been on our calendar for around four years, interest has been increasing with 15 boats attending this year.
Attendees on this cruise were:-
ANASTASIA S818 Anthony Callanan
ARCADIA S17 Peter Davison
ASTARTE S262 David Kelly
CLOUD TEN S601 Kevin Barron
ELLIPSE S369 J Setton / A Kaminsky
FOXTROT S7290 Cameron Hines
LAAFIN 1959 Andrew English
MATRIX S54 Keith O'Donnell
MRS OVERNEWTON S47 Leslie Norton
SEA EAGLE S91 Kevin Curtis
SEAYAS 1902 James Holroyd
TAKE FIVE S197 Jurgen Pfeiffer
TAKE ONE S800 Kellie Knowles
TIGRIS AUS61 Ian Lodewyckx
XIT STRATEGY S149 Peter Smith
Mrs Overnewton was minus her trusting Owner Les Norton due to eye surgery the Previous day and he kindly entrusted Mrs Overneton to his crew.…….Thanks Les
Sea Eagle was also minus her owner Kevin Curtis but did make an appearance for her somewhat subdued after party on board.
Day 1 Melbourne to Martha Cove
Course selected was:-
As this was a pursuit start, our start time was 9:45 am, more than 1 ¾ hours after the first yacht. Winds were very fickle in the beginning but were soon able to hoist our large spinnaker after rounding Fawkner beacon, but was soon dropped due to an unexpected issue in just 8 knots of breeze.
Tower Start at RMYS, E, RBYC2, Fawkner beacon, MYCC, R1 and finish at Safety Beach yacht club.
Kind of Ho Hum at the moment
Day 2 Martha Cove to RMYS
Course was the reverse of day 1.
Winds today were as forecast and we were prepared for a combined start in 20-25 knots of North Easterly.
Deep in thought as to our next move. Here Scott calculates the time since our last drink.
Scott was also our Tactician/foredeck/provedore as were other crew.
Conditions at the start were a little lumpy so we opted for a comfortable double reef and number 3 which surprisingly gave us a very comfortable ride and were able to stay ahead of and up wind of both Matrix and Tigris (both eventually overtook us nearing MYCC and both later retired for unknown reasons)
Above:- After our return home in an exciting southwester
This event is a good weekend cruise destination on the RMYS calendar. Overall sailing time is typically total 4-5 hours each way with an overnight at Martha Cove Marina. Good reports have been received from most participants and our club is are keen to keep the event going.