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posted Aug 25, 2012, 6:20 PM by Mark Tobin

Club members again attended Race Week at Hamilton Island with Mick Linhart in his new boat, a Bavaria 44 known as ‘Manly Too’ sailing to an impressive mid fleet result this year.  Mick’s new boat was valiantly sailed by club members, Terry & Sharon Ford, Mark Bakewell, Bruce Lay, Peter Brown, Dave Brown, Matt & Polly Linhart, Karen Holdsworth and Mark Tobin to finish 14th overall from the 23 boat fleet in Cruising Division 2.  The week started off well with a 7th in the first race and expectations high for the rest of the week.  The Cruising Division allegedly for boats flying ‘primarily Dacron sails’ proved testing for Manly Too, probably the only boat actually with Dacron sails, there was more carbon and Kevlar in the division than has been seen in the waters of Jervis Bay.  Mick in his usual conscientious way and wanting to stay focused for the racing opted out of the first night Welcome Cocktail Party sending stand in’s Mark Bakewell and JBCYC Commodore, Mark Tobin, in his stead for the official greeting by Bob Oatley, the pair representing the club with honour and distinction.  The week saw a number of highlights both on and off the water, with whale sightings numerous (one calf passing alongside not more than 5 metres away) the Bavaria owners party (whole crew invited), personal tour of Wild Oats XI, the lay day pool party, the sangria party, not to mention the super rock band with Angry Anderson (Rose Tattoo), John Swan (Swanny), Eric Wiederman (1927) and The Choir Boys on the opening night.  The crew, thrown together for the first time, showed their commitment by resisting the temptation of the copious quantities of free alcohol consumed on the island during race week, drinking moderately each night before retiring early to prepare for the upcoming races.  The theme for the ‘Pre de Elegance’ was “Dragons Ate Manly Too” with the boat being decked out with a dragons head and St George NRL colours and all joining in the dress up for the day.  The primarily light wind regatta, not ideally suiting the sturdy Bavaria, saw results difficult to obtain but the skipper and crew battled to the final day with the last race starting late due to fog and lack of wind.  The stand out crew performance was Terry Ford’s rapier wit in his verbal attempts to demoralise other boat crews often as they passed nearby during racing or at the post race celebrations ashore while consuming free sausage sandwiches and kegs of Heineken Lager.  The pre-booked Presentation Night tickets were still savoured despite no silverware being offered to the boat, but a great night was had by all.