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Final Race for Season

posted May 18, 2011, 8:38 PM by Mark Tobin   [ updated May 20, 2011, 1:17 AM ]

The Club wrapped up its 2010-2011 Season on the weekend with the last race in the Autumn Series.  Sixteen boats signed on for the race but the fleet saw a couple of early losses when Raphael Joudry’s boat Isis got hooked on the pin end mark of the start line and after extricating themselves the sight of the remainder of the fleet in the distance helped their decision to retire.  Camilla in only its second race with the club struggled with the light conditions and decided on an early finish rather than chasing the fleet.  With glorious sunny conditions it was a very pleasant day on the bay but the forecast 10 to 20 knots didn’t eventuate with the wind dropping out to zero after the start leaving boats floundering in the middle of the bay.  The smaller and lighter boats were favoured in the early running with Steve MacDonald’s boat Sundowner streaking away to reach the first windward mark in Division 2 with Shane Firkin’s Chutzpah the first boat around for Division 1.  As conditions lightened boats spread out looking for extra wind with Ken Dryburgh’s Rockhopper and Tony Byrnes Arabesque falling into a hole as they tried the westerly option close to Callala Point.  The big catamarans of Alan Leach’s Tranquility and Brian Saunder’s Sea Change took the opposite option and headed south east only to find a similar fate with Sea Change caught doing a full circle as they chased the breeze.   Spinnakers hoisted after the rounding of the mark off the western end of Callala Beach quickly collapsed with the absence of wind and tide was having a bigger affect on the movement of boats for almost the next hour.  The race was shortened before the halfway mark with all boats orders to straight to the finish line after the next rounding point.  An intended short race for the last of the season ended up being a marathon on the water with the first boats reaching the finish line just before the four hour mark.  Sundowner  leading the way for Division 2 boats with their massive spinnaker set had led all the way on the day.  Division 1 saw a hotly contested finish between Chutzpah and Mark Tobin’s Cougar after Cougar stole the lead midway through the race only to be pipped at the post across the line.  Chutzpah had pulled out all stops for the final race with a gun crew onboard including local sailmaker Adrian Mills who managed to squeeze the most out of the wind as it swung to the north east, for a narrow win.  Jeremy & Irena Hutchin’s Eves Delight returning after a lengthy spell took the handicap win in Division 1 on the day with its experienced crew of Kanga Birtles and Peter Dallaway with second place going to Terry Ford’s Jouissance.  The 2nd placing being enough for Jouissance to take out the Autumn Series for Div 1.  Division 2 winner on handicap was Sundowner with Graham Rickard's Legaleze right behind in second place.  The Div.2 Series win went to Rockhopper.  The Committee & crews can now take a well earned rest with the first race for the new season in mid September.  Watch the Club website for details.  The Clubs Annual Dinner and Presentation night is scheduled for 25 June, tickets from Ken Dryburgh and Peter Cowman.