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Friday, December 31, 2010

Nationals Heat 2

Note to self: Keep the mast pointing in the air.

Black rock once again turned on great sailing conditions with the standard Southerly dropping in just in time for racing. The swell built constantly through racing and proved challenging to negotiate.

Keysie was once again up in the results with an 12th with Gordo just holding him off to finish in 11th place. Vita Brevis finished in 8th place after rounding the bottom mark behind both keysie and gordo and taking the left hand side.

The moral of the story being that Vita once again went for a swim when going for the kite drop at the bottom mark. Mistakes like those really hurt. Gordo was impressed with his teams effort in the race saying that he stepped outside the box and tried some different sail trim which worked a treat in the swelly conditions.

Today we have WA like weather forecast with 40 degrees and most likely a high land breeze that the seabreeze will not be able to fight out. The locals say in these conditions can prove very shifty.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Nationals Heat 1

Black rock once again turned on some spectacular racing conditions with the sea breeze coming in right on queue. From there the swell built rapidly and while we were racing reached close to 1m in parts of the race course (particularly at the gybe mark). It was on for young and old both uphill and downhill with some of the best testing the water temperature.

From the pin at the start it looked like many boats were OCS at the start however only 1 was pinged by the race committee. Working into the waves uphill was a constant battle of whitewash. The steerer had to be alert. The main had to keep boat surging and the trap had to make sure he avoided getting washed backwards from his position. After the 5th wave in a it gets hard to maintain that rhythm.

Downhill you hang on for the ride. And make sure you keep it upright.

Keysie was up there in the results with a 6th and Vita Brevis 8th place by half a bow. Both recovering well from capsizes early in the race. Gordo was right next to Keysie until the last top mark when they went for a swim resulting in a 15th. Once again Camel showed the fleet how to do it followed closely by Geoff McCloud and Dave Higgins.

Today lighter conditions are forecast with a large high pressure system lingering to the east.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Invitation Races

The fleet took to the water yesterday to warm up and shake off the nerves before the real national series starts with 2 invitational heats. Black rock turned on some perfect sailing conditions with 16-20 knots from the south which did not move around too much during the day either.

Keysie proved he's still got it with a 6th and 9th positions. Gordo got off to a good start with a 12th and 15th. Vita Brevis bent a spinnaker pole in the first race. We figured we must have run over a china man on the way here. However we quickly recovered running back in to get our spare and making it for the second race. The second race we picked up a few positions on the last leg to finish in 5th place. Aisbett managed to make it round the course finishing ahead of a couple of boats in the second race.

Results here

The podiums for the day were dominated by Camel and Dave Higgins finishing 1 & 2 in both races proving they will be hard to beat through the series.The first heat has similar weather conditions forecast with a high still in the bight.

Afterward we all shared a few (some too many) beers in the bar. Although the sharpies are conventionally Corona drinkers we have given them up in favor of the sponsored Broo Beer with carton after carton being drunk by thirst sharpie sailors at the low price of $4 ea over the bar. We managed to break Brendon out of his round before it got messy and took a ride down to the local pizza shop for dinner.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Committed Stupid Dumb idiots

Was the call from the Gallery in the bar.

There were 4 of them who decided that a warm up was worth it in waters off Black rock yacht club. The conditions were exhilarating. Maybe that's the stupid coming out in me as Vita Brevis was one of them.

All WA participants have successfully arrived at Black Rock Yacht Club ready for the start of the 2010/11 Nationals. Although not totally in one piece they are now ready to race. At the moment a SSW has set in around 20 knots. Which on the bay in kicks up a bit of swell. We estimate around 2.0m.

After out practice session a couple of brews were enjoyed back at the club. The new flavor of the month is the sponsored Broo beer which is walking out the door at $4 a pop. I think they might need to order more.

Tomorrow looks to be light on the bay for the invitation heats.

Monday, December 20, 2010

GBYC club heat 3

Saturday was club heat 3 and with a promise of 15 to 25 knot breezes all was set for a epic showdown between the four contenders, all skippers were nervous in the rigging area as the pressure was on them to get their boats away to a good start. On the way out to the start the breeze filled in to about 15 to 18 from the s/e swinging a bit to the west but holding reasonable pressure.

On the start Suicide got away first closely followed by Suburban and the uninvited and spiny norman, problem the gun didnt sound till Mozz got to the line and merv went the wrong side of the start boat due to a barging incident,Mozz in the uninvited cotinued up the first work while the others set about restarting.

Heading to windward for the second time it was Uninvited from Spiny, Suicide and Suburban. With the exception of mozz the places swapped with each tack and the lead mozz had was down to a few boatlengths on the run.

Into the breeze for the third time Mozz in the uninvited lead from Spiny Norman and Suicide Blonde with Suburban Boys close behind. Suicide hung left whilst Spiny and Suburban went right with Uninvited trying to cover both options. At the mark Suicide had closed the gap to be in second with a bit of a gap to Suburban and Spiny. The breeze had gone west a bit by now making the first reach square and the second to tight to fly a kite.

Into the breeze for the last time it was Uninvited, Suicide Blonde, Suburban Boys and Spiny Norman.The breeze being s/w meant it was a one tack run to the line, Mozz, Dean and Jess in The Uninvited held on to win. Suburban Boys made good use of stand in forward hand Pete 118kg Ravenscroft to be all over Suicide on the beat to take second and Spiny in fourth.

Nothing like a good race to finish the year, makes relaxing analysing the race with a few beers whilst the sheet hands wash and pack up most enjoyable.


1st The uninvited
Mozz, Dean and Jess
2nd Just Suburban Boys
Snow, Rob and Pete
3rd Suicide Blonde
Craig, Pete and Brownie
4th Spiny Norman
Merv, Neil and Greg

With 3 different winners so far the race for club champion is alive and well
as there is no sailing till the 8th Jan Hope everyone has an enjoyable Xmas
Good luck to those going to the Nats

Pete C

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Boxed in Sharpies

After a long afternoon on Tuesday all 3 Sharpies travelling to Melbourne in the sea container are successfully stowed. The packing exercise was relatively smooth with master chippy Gordo building the frame in the container to stack the boats. Keeping the plumber away from the construction site with his sledge hammer was a challenge, but once Boogs was tasked with Corona logistics (Supply of Corona's to Rhyss and David who were somewhere in the container trying to strap boats down) he had a job to do that he seemed extremely experienced at.
Also congratulations to Paul in 862 for your win at MBSC on Sunday, the results were;
Paul Main

Fiddle Pigs
Micheal Liddle

Run to Paradise
Tony Aisbett

Good luck to all crews competing at the nationals this christmas. More updates will follow so watch this space for more news.

Monday, December 6, 2010

MBSC Club heat 2


The last couple of weeks has seen a fair bit of banter between State Presidents in the lead up to the Nationals and National Conference. Some interesting ideas and some great input from the active associations and some more left field ideas from the less active States. Nothing that has not come up before or again in the future.

To keep you all in the loop the main consideration at a Nationals level is the trialing of a Program over 7 days.
Other than SA we seem to be between 30ish and up to 50 for the Championship. QLD has proposed a 7 day format for the 2011/12 series This was accepted last year and has ended up a 9 day series due to a few forced alterations. Most feel a 7 day event would attract more starters and at least than half to cost to both host clubs and competitors. Hard work on the ground is still the key issue and introducing new and recyled sailors to the class.

The Local fleet has a number of relatively new sailors to Sharpies including two junior skippers along with occasional appearance of The Son of Don steering Original Sin when not on 420 duties. After having assisted in Wise Magic changing hands I have received an order for a boat from a past Champion as plans are in place to return for the Perth Nationals.

Wise Magic was out in the morning with TJ doing the official handover and familiarization session with Peter King.

With the breeze West SW and between 8 and 12 knots it was going to be an interesting day. Not just the normal SW pattern. Half way up the first leg we had some big separations. The poor starters had gone west and picked up a massive westerly shift, Impact was pinned by SS and Gordo was forced to the south lay line, and effectively last place. The Pigs had streeted the fleet to lead at club, Vita had bailed early and dug all the way west to be next around and probably a good minute behind the Pigs, the rest were toast and fighting for scraps after one leg.

The reach to Addison was a soft mongrel run. Not unless you have three flee weights on board (Original Sin all of 180kg ringing wet) who flew down full wiring and back into the pack. The Pigs, VB then a gap to SS, Loaded, Original Sin and then Impact at Addison. VB worked west of the rumb line taking the lead and clearing out on the work to Robins, the rest battled it out getting in each others space on the work and run to Addison. SS, Loaded Dice and Impact spent the rest of the race in close contact and pulling away from Original Sin and the Pig’s. With VB at least 3 minutes ahead the race was for second, SS was assisted by the great sheet hand Sam Abbott, Gordo was inspired while Impact had to put up with the incompetent skipper.

VB was cruising to a massive win after a rather lackluster start to the season. All the best in Melbourne.
Fort the rabble the decisive move came late in the race at Quarry where the mark had been replaced by a temporary bouy. Luckily for Impact the alert and knowledgeable forward hand Andrew (Magic Fingers) Gill spotted the mark earlier than SS and Gordo and Impact was able to close the gap. Great calls by stand in Sheethand Allan Thomas (Father of Steve (the God) Thomas) had Impact on winners all the way up the final leg and into second place. The action not over with yet with Gordo having to duck SS on the line rather than inflicting significant damage to SS’s  Starboard midships. Pedro was later found guilty by the Balcony Jury and ordered to buy for the bar or walk the plank and Gordo was fined for not protesting in the allotted time and bought for the now rowdy mob.
This Mob was lead by none other than Graham Keysie Keys (assisted by Scott Glaskin) who had been let down by Drew Mitton not fronting and hence had downed several hundred middies by 6pm. As a reward Keysie hosted a rather entertaining presentation the like that has not been seen since past Commodore Matt Jahns passionate performances. As a result the bell was rung many times including right down to 3rd place getters.
Graham Keys leads the Presentation of flags
On a sad note we mourn the passing of Joe Creeper and pass on or thoughts and sympathy to Greg. 

Next weekend is another short race series at MBSC.

Written By Craig  Mann

Sunday, December 5, 2010

GBYC club heat 2

Well what a difference a week makes!!!
after the breeze dropping out for the start last week this week saw a 15k westerly at 2pm, on the way to the start it built to about 18k swinging to the sw.

At the gun it was Spiny norman at the boat and the uninvited courtesy of mozz's new watch away first followed by Suburban boys and Suicide blonde 15 sec later, it was a drag race to gain accendency by the first mark Merv "the little master" rounded first follwed by Suicide, Suburban and Uninvited close behind.

By the gybe it was still spiny from suburban, suicide and uninvited, some clever sailing from "regular skipper"craig put suicide into second in hot pursuit of spiny.
the breeze kicked in a bit for the next windward. At the top for the second time spiny opened up a lead on suicide and suburban with uninvited a bit back. All boats split tacks for the run closing up the gaps.

As the breeze kicked a bit more the places stayed the same finishing with a good two sail reach to finish, as the gaps were not too great no one risked a kite in fear of being carted off the course.

End results were
1st Spiny norman Merv,greg and neil
2nd Suicide Blonde Craig Pete and Brownie
3rd Suburban boys Snow, Rob and Josh
4th The Uninvited Mozz, Dean and Jess "iceman"

Funny how no one whinges in a good breeze

Pete c

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