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JBCYC well represented at Marley Point Regatta

posted Mar 14, 2021, 4:50 PM by Pat Grogan   [ updated Mar 14, 2021, 4:50 PM ]

Three JBCYC boats competed in the 2021 Marley Point Overnight Regatta, held on March 6th.  The boats and their crews were; PuffnStuff – Francis Killick (skipper) and  Alistair Killick ; Why Knot – Steve Lee (skipper) and Pip Davies; and Sirocco – Pat Grogan (skipper), Rick Early and Collette Early.  It was the first in this event for Francis and PuffnStuff and the first time Pat had competed in Sirocco.

The Regatta is sailed on the Gippsland lakes in Victoria.  It starts at the western end on Lake Wellington (Marley Point) and finishes on Lake Victoria at Paynesville. 2021 was the 53rd time it has been run and there were 93 competitors.

The race commenced at 7.45pm in close to ideal conditions – a 10 -15 knots Easterly, “on the nose”.  It was a 2-3 hour beat across the lake to “the narrows”, which connects Lake Wellington and Lake Victoria. On entering this section Sirocco and Why Knot were side by side with Puff and stuff a little further back.

“The narrows” was quite challenging, as it is only about 40 metres wide and twists and turns a lot. Added to this was the large number of boats contesting the same section of water in the dark.  The wind remained “on the nose” but dropped to less than 5 knots - this resulted in lots of tacking; Sirocco counted 64.

Why Knot revelled in these conditions and emerged about an hour ahead of Sirocco. PuffnStuff was a bit further back but had a clean run.

The wind increased to 10 -15 knots again on Lake Victoria but was still “on the nose”. It gradually dropped off during the night and was back to about 5 knots at daybreak. At this point Why Knot was passing Paynesville to complete the final leg around Raymond Island. Sirocco was about an hour further back while PuffnStuff was about 2 hours astern of Sirocco.

Why Knot completed the race in a time of 9hrs 39mins and finished 16th in Div C. Unfortunately, being an hour further back, Sirocco missed the last of the wind. After sitting becalmed for 1.5 hours behind Raymond Island and a forecast of no wind for the remainder of the day a decision was made to retire. PuffnStuff was in a division that didn’t include Raymond Island so managed to make it to the finish at Paynesville. She completed the course in 16hrs 11mins finished 25th in her division – a great effort for a first timer in a recently acquired boat, with only two on-board.

All 3 JBCYC competitors are indebted to their support crews who made a vital contribution to the all important race preparation.  The crews were: Kylie McDonald – Sirocco; Donna Killick – PuffnStuff; and Tom Davies – Why Knot.

Rick Early