Saturday saw the first ocean race of the season for Division A and B fleets. Twelve yachts traveled north through a thick smoky haze to the Madora Bay Mark on a broad reach, after first rounding the windward mark – sometimes on the first go!
The fleet then proceeded to pound southwards to Seascapes in a fickle wind that blew in fits and bursts from a wide westerly arc, before deciding to almost disappear mid-afternoon.
After 14 nautical miles, Scavenger (Warren Blay) was first across the line for Division A (1:47:20) – must have found the down switch for the keel – and Clearwater (Robert Voss) for Division B (2:28:53), after Baruna (Bec Wright) was forced to retire owing to gear breakage (hope that’s easily fixed). Congratulations to Vaquero (Stuart Ledger) who took out first place on corrected time for Division B.
Great to see some new faces among the crews on the water – hope you had fun!
The Soling fleet showed up en-masse to compete in the season’s first championship race, with a blistering performance by Stop Making Sense (Mark Robbins) ensuring she took out fastest boat (01:35:53), leaving Anything Goes (Dave Limpus) and Blood Sweat & Beers (Steve Gill) to battle it out for second place.
Progressive sailing results are available on the club website (https://mofsc.com.au/sailing-2/sailing/).
A big thankyou to our regular and also our new volunteers (all 12 of them), particularly the crew of Comet Queen who had to go quite some distance to keep an eye on all three fleets and also to lay and recover the race marks. And can you imagine a Saturday without one of Lisa Abbott’s fantastic burgers or hot dogs – available from the Hook Cafe – thanks Lisa!
Saturday also saw our first draw for our weekly prize (a $25 club voucher) generously provided by Mandurah Yacht Sales (mandurahyachtsales.com.au). Registered sailors and volunteers are all eligible to win, with Peter Wrigley (volunteer) taking home our first $25 prize. Guy Moody (Moodz) was also awarded a discretionary voucher for his admirable efforts to pit his trailer sailor against the unforgiving Indian Ocean and equally unforgiving Division B fleet.
Please show your support for our new sponsors by clicking on the link and visiting their web site, as well as liking and following their facebook page (www.facebook.com/mandurahyachtsales/).
Dont forget to make sure that you have registered to race and paid your fees (https://mofsc.com.au/sailing-2/sailing/), which go towards covering the cost of the keelboat racing program.
Lets not forget about our intrepid Sunday Social Sailing crews – Alouette (Peter Jamieson) and Rainbird (Andre and Vanessa) flew the flag on Sunday morning. All boats are welcome, with departures every alternate Sunday from 9:30, returning to the club for lunch.
This Saturday’s events will be Short Courses, starting at 13:30 for Solings and 14:00 for the other fleets. Given it’s the last Saturday before the official start of summer, it might even be warm, but I doubt it….
Contact RCS@mofsc.com.au if you want to know more about the summer sailing program, or link up with our skippers through SailConnect.com.