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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Psycho Therapy Wins Bertie

February continues to be a big month for sharpie racing around Australia.
The past weekend saw the NSW states at Balmoral and Victoria's classic the
"Bertie" revived last year after Lake Wendouree filled after 8 years of

6 Sharpies turned up in Ballarat to contest the 3 race Ballarat Bertie
series. We arrived with about 30 degrees and an 8-10 knot northerly. However
during lunch on the Yacht Club deck we noticed the breeze fading a bit. Race
1 got under way just after 2.00 pm due to a short postponement. V642
Breakaway, V750 Flash as a Rat, V823 Hasta La Vista Baby, V835 Psycho
Therapy VF840 Furnace of Affliction and V852 Crews Control fronted for the
starters gun. V720 Kanga Crusher was a late withdrawal due to medical
reasons. About half way up the first work Furnace of Affliction were hit by
a massive knock and had the dubious honour of being the only Sharpie to have
a swim for the day. With quite a few lead changes during the race and a
shifty up and down breeze it was going to be a hotly contested series. Local
boat Breakaway managed the win in heat 1.
As the afternoon progressed the breeze moved more westerly. Race 2 was again
like race 1 with many a lead change. Hasta La Vista Baby was in front at the
end of the 1st triangle and Psycho Therapy was bring up the rear in 6th.
However by the top mark again it was Psycho Therapy in front with Hasta La
Vista Baby bring up the rear. Psycho Therapy went on to win heat 2 with
Break away in 2nd.
Race 3 got under way with a very soft breeze. Again every boat had their
moment of glory for a short time. With the breeze dying right out, this race
was shortened at the end of the second work, with just a run to the club
finish. Psycho Therapy hung on for the win giving Grant Nichols, ex WA
sailor Tony Aisbet and making his first appearance in a Sharpie for many a
year Craig 'Slug" Macaulay the series win.
We all enjoyed the hospitality of the club after the racing and laughed
about Lake Wendouree living up to all we had forgotten it could be. The
water level was good for Sharpies and the weed situation was the best I can
remember with only having to clear the rudder a couple of times. Many stayed
on for the BBQ and enjoyed the fellowship of Sharpie sailing.
A big thank you to Ballaarat Yacht Club for running this event.
Please have a look at the attached photos and hope to see you all in
Ballarat next February.

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