Quote of the Month

Quote of the Month; The Commodore of the club leads by example, usually he leads round the race track as well-Joe King.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Dinner Hastings Marina

Guys & Gals if you are coming this Friday night the 7th Dec let me know for booking. Shaun 0418 363 071

If anyone is interested in a ride on a SOMR line hournors tri down to the Fairway Buoy on the reigning defenders boat, on Saturday the 8th give the crew coordinator a call on 0428 254 736, Fuller this could be your ticket to ride.

I will probaly have some room to, if they run out of space.



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Christmas social dinner at Hastings

We are planning a Christmas get together at the marina resturant on Friday the 7th of  December at 7pm. Please let me know numbers ASAP so we can book.

0418 363 071

Sunday, October 21, 2012

URGENT - SOMR catering numbers needed ASAP!

Hello Calling all SOMR participants !

We are in countdown mode to SOMR 2012. Geoff and myself are happy to provide breakfasts for the Sat to Monday mornings inclusive as done last year.

I would like to provide Gourmet BBQ Sat night with selection of quality meats from Barry Purcell, and selection of salads and desserts. On Sunday we would like to provide a sit down meal for everyone Sunday Night upstairs in the Hastings Yacht Club.

In order to keep the costs at reasonable prices I desperately need to know numbers of entrants and crews..the sooner i have this i can organised food etc....

Please can you let me know ASAP....Much appreciated
Regards Lisa
fitzell.lisa.m@edumail.vic.gov.au

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Sean Langman Guest Speaker.

Remember Everybody don't miss this years AGM. All the the fun of committee elections followed by a fantastic talk from Sean Langman.

The AGM will be held on Tuesday 16th of October.
Venue: RMYS
Address: Jacka Blu St.Kilda.
Time:7.30pm.

 By the way, Bare Essentials is back in town ready for another SOMR campaign. We all can't wait to get back on the water and whoop some farrier butt.... Bottom.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Notice of Race - SOMR 2012

NOTICE OF RACE

                                                                      SOMR  2012
SOUTHERN OCEANS  MULTIHULL  REGATTA

November 2nd – 5th, 2012
ORGANISING  AUTHORITY: Multihull Yacht Club of Victoria
HOST CLUB: Hastings Yacht Club
VENUE:  Hastings Yacht Club, Hastings, Victoria
1          Rules
            The regatta will be governed by the current rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012, the Modified Texel Rule (the QMYC Offshore Multihull Rule),  except as any of these are altered by the sailing instructions.
            Advertising code  “C” shall apply to all entrants in this event
           
2          Alterations of Racing Rules
            The racing rules will be modified in accordance with rule 86 as follows:

2.1       Rule 50.2 will be altered by: ‘fixed and retractable spinnaker poles will be permitted for the purpose of setting asymmetrical spinnakers’   

3          Eligibility and Entry

3.1       The regatta is open to all multihulls equipped for Racing Category 5        in accordance with Addendum A part 1, Sections 1 – 5.        

3.2          Eligible boats may enter on the attached Entry Form sent to:


The Multihull Yacht Club of Victoria
39A Sussex St.  Brighton Victoria, 3186
by Friday 26th October 2012 accompanied by the required fee.
Late entries may attract an extra fee.
           
3.3          All entrants shall be a current member of an affiliated club
  through their Yachting Australia State Authority (MYA).

4          Fees

4.1       Regatta Entry                                             $99.00    
          
           
           Single Day entry (results not classified)  $ 35.00                                              


5.1        Schedule of Events

Item
Date
Start Time
End Time / Warning Signal
Measurement Inspection, Welcome Gathering
Fri 2ndNovember
11h00
1800
17h00
 Registration
Sat 3rd November
08h00
09h00
Heat 1
Sat 3rd November
10h30
10h25
Heat 2
Sat 3rd November
13h30
13h25
Heat 3
Sun 4th November
09h30
09h25
Heat 4
Sun 4th November
13h30
13h25
Heat 5
Mon 5th November
08h30
08h25
Post mortem cruise
Tues 6th  November
TBA


           Race Committee may alter the course length prior to the course flag being displayed.
            No warning signal shall be made after 1000 hours on the last scheduled race day.   

6      Measurements    

      
Yachts will not be measured to determine performance handicap base.  Yacht owners wishing to obtain an OMR rating certificate should contact George Bulka (03 5981 2616) for copies of the rule, measurement forms and information on measurement assistance.  Interstate and country yachts may make arrangements with their state measurer or call George to make an appointment to be measured at the venue. Pending demand, facilities to weigh boats may be made available on Friday 2nd November.

  
7      Sailing Instructions

        Sailing instructions will be posted to all entries received by the 31st
        October 2012
        Sailing Instructions will be available at Registration.

8          Regatta Site

        The regatta will be based at the Hastings Yacht Club, Foreshore Street, Hastings, Victoria. Regatta headquarters will be the Hastings Yacht Club Race Office, Upper Level, HYC        

9             Racing Area

The racing area shall be in the areas known as Western Port and Bass Strait.  The areas are covered by charts AUS 150 and 151.

10        Courses

            The courses shall be as described in Attachment A of the sailing instructions.          

11        Scoring

            The ISAF Low Point scoring system, Appendix A.4.1 will apply.  

           
12        Radio Communications
         
            All competitors shall maintain a listening watch on either VHF channel 77 (preferred) or 27mHz channel 94 for the duration of the race being sailed and while proceeding to and returning from the start/finish area.
            For the courses over 30nm all boats shall radio the committee vessel as soon as practical after rounding the designated marks with their position and expected finishing time.
A boat shall only make radio transmission as above.  This requirement also applies to mobile telephone communications, except for emergencies.
Each skipper has a responsibility to ensure all communications and safety equipment is up to date and in good working order.

 13          Divisions for the Awarding of Trophies

A minimum of 3 yachts will constitute a division.  The Race Committee reserves the right to vary divisions depending upon the number of entries.


            Racing             -Performance Handicap Division
                                   -OMR
    

14        Handicaps

 

An OMR rating certificate will determine the handicap for OMR division.
Performance handicaps will be determined by the Multihull Yacht Club of Victoria using the latest known handicap for each yacht and adjusted as required by the race committee.
The Multihull Yacht Club of Victoria Inc., at its absolute discretion, reserves the right to alter or adjust any handicap.

15        Prizes

            Prizes will be awarded for fastest time,1st, 2nd, and 3rd on OMR, 1st, 2nd and 3rd on Performance Handicap after each race at a ‘happy hour’ at the HYC.  Presentation of regatta trophies will take place at the Regatta WindUp at the finish of competition on Monday 31st Oct..      

Southern Oceans Multihull Regatta Point score:        
OMR – 1st (TYCV Perpetual Trophy), 2nd and 3rd
Performance Handicap –1st (MYCV Club Champion Perpetual Trophy),2nd and 3rd
Sponsors trophies and MYCV perpetual trophies for individual races to be announced.

Other Trophies:          
Pigs Might Fly Trophy (most unlikely occurrence)
Zinta Trophy  (Best(?) Boat Breakage)     
        SOMR Virgin Award (Best First Time Performer)



            Further Information
 Please contact:
David Tapper             03 9844 0361     /   tappers@bigpond.com
Ian Anderson              0402 088 990    /   iandi46@optusnet.com.au  
Tim Pepperell             0418318019      /   tim@tricoraustralia.com.au

  SOUTHERN OCEANS MULTIHULL REGATTA 2012  
                                      
                                    November 2nd-5th 2012

Click Here for :SOMR 2012 - Notice of Race and Entry form 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

AGM- Guest Speaker

It is my pleasure to announce the guest speaker at this years AGM to be held on Tuesday 16th of October at the RMYS is:

Sean Langman.


That's right folks, Sean will be talking about his sailing adventures, Sydney to Hobarts and of cause his latest purchase his Orma 60 TEAM AUSTRALIA.


Sunday, September 9, 2012

e-marineworld SOMR 2012

SOMR will be held over the Melbourne Cup Weekend in the same format as previous years. So book in now Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th and Monday 5th of November and get ready for a fun packed long weekend of fun. Hasting Yacht Club will again host the event in conjunction with the MYCV.

I've dusted down the mantel piece in the pool room for the Greyhound Trophy and looking forward to giving  Frassld and Mustang Sally a whooping on OMR.....Lets hope its not blowing over 15kts and Culphy and Sknot with her new carbon stick will come out and play. Spread the word and lets get as many boats as possible to compete. Anyone needing crew or anyone wanting to crew, please call me and I will organise, we don't want any boats sitting in the yard.

Stay tuned for further announcements as social events and NOR are finalised


AGM 2012.

The AGM will be held on Tuesday 16th of October.
Venue: RMYS
Address: Jacka Blu St.Kilda.
Time:7.30pm.
Guest Speaker: Things are looking good to having "Sailing Royalty" as our guest speaker. It's not 100% over the line yet, but it's looking good. Stay tuned for the announcement; You thought the last meeting was BIG, well wait for this one!
Myself and David Tapper have resigned from the committee, so there are places to fill. Please don't be shy in coming forward, the club needs new blood on the committee to drive this great club into the future. If anyone wants to know more you can call me anytime on my mobile.




Saturday, September 1, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pigs might fly



I saw this in country NSW on my way to Airle Beach. Thought it could be our new trophy but wasn't happy with the number on it!!!! So I left it?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Peccadillo’s Three Peaks Race 2012 – Leg 3 Coles Bay to Hobart (finish)

Before leaving Coles Bay, the skippers and crews discussed the difficult options ahead. With strong cold south westerlies forecast most skippers were looking for good reasons to use the Dunalley canal option, although neither option looked inviting.

Peccadillo's choice was more straight forward. We would not be able to tack in a narrow channel against a strong current and strong wind, nor could we physically drag her 7 tonnes through if needed. Also, it would not be in our best interest to follow Big Wave Rider into the canal where they would have the double advantage of being ahead of us as well as having a better chance of  getting through, so off we go to round Tasman Island.

Soon after starting with the wind around 20 knots we set our flattie spinnaker and take off at 22 to 25 knots thinking we could scream down the lee side of Tasman Island at record pace. The plan worked a treat until Marion Bay when we had to get rid of it quickly as we were hit by worrying successions of 50 knot bullets followed by near dead calm periods as night fell.

This led to an amazing experience as the black storm fronts opened a small crevice in the sky to allow the full moon to gleam through producing moonlight cliff faces and an amazing rainbow in the darkness of the night. The East coast of the Tasman peninsula was surreal and awe inspiring in these conditions although we were under no illusion about what to expect when we break free of the shadow of Tasman Island.

After a few massive windshifts in the sheltered conditions with our double reef and staysail, we headed into the darkness meeting 35knot and bitterly cold southwesterly winds, huge seas and ripping current. This was a tough slog, handling was tricky and required helming from the outside cockpit.

With extremely high wind chill, a 4 hour shift left me with frostbitten fingers then with the oncoming shift, conditions were voted as too dangerous so we sailed into nearby Safety Cove at Port Arthur and anchored to refresh and wait for expected easing of conditions at daybreak.

After a much needed five hours rest, conditions had improved and we managed to beat our way out of Storm Bay, and up to the finish, still with strong squalls all the way. Our rest period had let two more boats slip past and finish ahead.

Our two athletes came through the ordeal in good shape, set the fasted time over snow-capped Mt Wellington, missing the record time by just 3 minutes.

After counting elapsed time for the whole race we were second placed in the multis, four hours 10 minutes behind Big Wave Rider, who deserve great credit for managing to physically drag their boat through the canal to take the podium. The monos were won by Advantedge, who sailed an excellent race in the conditions. In all, six of the twelve boat fleet finished this particularly stormy Three Peaks.

Video here: http://vimeo.com/46678879

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

MOD70's complete Transatlantic crossing New York to Brest.

All of the MOD70's have arrived in Brest.  Spindrift racing came in first followed by Edmond de Rothschild in second and Foncia in third place.  Oman sail suffered equipment failure when one of their float mounted lifting foils broke and the ended up having to shift their one remaining foil from port to starboard with each tack (their float mounted lifting foil weighs 100kgs!).  Race for water came in last they suffered damage when they hit a submerged container.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

MOD70 Trimarans get ready to race

The MOD70 one design trimarans are preparing to race across the Atlantic from New York to Brest.  Prior to the race they are holding a regatta in New York.  There is also a virtual regatta style game on the website where you can match up against the MOD skippers and try to beat them round a course. 

Multi One Design website

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Next meeting - focus on multihull cruising

The next meeting of the club will be held at the Caulfield RSL, 4 St Georges Road, Elsternwick, at 7.30 on Wednesday 27th June. The RSL has an excellent meeting room, and the bar and dining room (good, well-priced food) is open from 6.00.

After the usual brief club business, there will be three short talks on multihull cruising, with questions and discussion to follow. Lindsay Cuming will focus on cruising the north and west coast of Australia, Alex McNaughton on the east coast, and Al Bennet on Bass Strait and on cruising in smaller multis. You won't get three more experienced skippers than these, so come along and invite anyone else you think may be interested, as all are welcome (especially prospective new members!).

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Peccadillo’s Three Peaks Race 2012 – Leg 2 Lady Barron to Coles Bay

After the wild survival conditions of the first leg, we survived with little damage and prepared to do battle with our catamaran rivals "Big Wave Rider", "Storm Bay" and "Degeullo". Heading into the rough current-torn Banks Strait, we took a high course aiming to seek some relief close to landfall. This proved to be a slower route allowing others including BWR to take the wider course and develop a lead around Schouten Passage by the next morning. Meanwhile we had some close battles through the night with the other two cats "DG" & "SB" in the light conditions.

Once into Coles Bay it was a beat upwind with enough wind to occasionally fly a hull on "Peccadillo" to reach Coles Bay in second position behind "BWR" with John & Chris well rested and fired up for a good run. This proved to be true as the boys set a new record time for the Freycinet run, getting us underway again before dark, a few hours behind "BWR" who was heading for the Denison Canal.

Video here:

http://vimeo.com/43871439

Thursday, June 14, 2012

North Sails seminar on sail trim at Sandringham Yacht Club








Noticed on Sail World thought some members may be interested?

After an overwhelming response and a fully booked out first seminar, Sandringham Yacht Club Sail Committee has announced that on Wednesday 20 June 2012 the team from North Sails will be conducting another North Sails Australia ‘North U Trim Seminar’ at Sandringham Yacht Club.

The experienced team from North Sails including Noel Drennan, Aaron Cole and Michael Coxon will be conducting the seminar on the evening focusing on the detailed aspects of trimming and maximising your boats performance.

Whether you sail a small one design dinghies, cruising yachts, multihulls or high performance racing yachts. This is a great opportunity to learn how to trim your sails efficiently and fast with the seminar focusing on the key aspects of rig and sail set up, trimming techniques and some top tips for boat handling.

SYC Members = free
Non Members = Gold coin donation [funds raised will go to SYC Junior and Youth Development Fund]
Date: Wednesday 20 June 2012
Start Time: 7:00pm
Venue: SYC Training Auditorium

Places are limited so to confirm your booking click here http://www.syc.com.au/keelboat/wednesday-20-june-maximize-the-performance-of-your-boat-north-u-seminar/


by Dave O'Connor

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Quarterly Meeting

On the 27th of June the MYCV is having its 2nd meeting for the year. This meeting will have a cruising feel to it with legends of the club Alex Macnaughtan and Lindsay Cumming talking about there experiences in cruising Bass Strait and beyond. Some of the pups of the club will also speak mainly Al Mustang Bennett, The doc and Rob and myself talking about sea sickness when crossing Bass Strait. Both experts in the subject?

Keep this date spare and invite as many people as possible. Time and Venue to be confirmed.
Stay tuned....

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Peccadillo’s Three Peaks Race 2012 – Leg 1 Beauty Point to Lady Barron

After much hard work and preparation Peccadillo lead the sail past on the start line at Beauty Point in Tasmania for the 2012 Three Peaks race.

With zero wind at the start, our two runners Chris Wight & John Winsbury manned the specially-engineered pedal propulsion system to put us ahead of the pack coming out of the Tamar River.

Our tactic for this leg was to sail fast under our reacher directly out into Bass Straight to place ourselves ahead of the approaching weather front and wind change leaving a free run into Franklin Sound towards the finish at Lady Barron. This seemed to be working as most of the fleet opted for the inshore route, as we changed to headsail then spinnaker as the wind began to build to the expected 25-35 knots.

By dark we thought ourselves to be in the box seat to snatch a big lead travelling at around 20 knots and the perfect course, until with the wind building over 35 knots true we managed a complete spinnaker wrap locking up the forestay. This was starting to get dangerous with the wind still building over 40 knots, seas rising, screaming towards rocky islands and needing to work the boat to a higher course. After several jibes we managed to unwrap the mess and thought ourselves lucky to have the spinnaker safely back in the bag in one piece.

With the wind now over 50 knots true, and down to staysail & 2nd reef, Peccadillo was difficult to handle so down to 3rd reef then drop main. We were now sailing under only a reefed staysail – but still doing 17 knots!

Now recording true winds of up to 63 knots (reports of 76 knots from another competitor) with nasty seas throwing the boat around, we navigated a careful course through the surrounding rocks and islands into Franklin Sound hoping for some relief, however we still faced the difficult task of tacking upwind to Lady Baron and the finish line.

This was proving to be extremely dangerous with the reduced control resulting from only a small staysail and having to gybe if we didn't make the tack (winds always over 50 and gusting). Several other competitors elected to motor past us to the finish and take the time penalty. In the end, we were third multihull in.

Thankfully we managed to deliver Chris & John in good shape to do the Mt Strezlecki run against 50 knot winds and rain. Despite the conditions, they set the fastest time for this running leg.
The extreme conditions of last night had taken its toll with the retirement of three yachts including the grounding of Haphazard. The race committee had little choice but to postpone the start of Leg 2 till later in the day as conditions abated.

Until the Leg 2 instalment, have a look at our race video...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u423G3H4MoM



Tuesday, April 17, 2012



Due to the acquisition of a new boat, Quckskipskangabagemarineworld has to go. If you know anyone after a F9RX or similar boat please pass on my details. No reasonable offer refused; Price has been slashed.......

My wife wants a new house and if she finds out a new boat is on its way, I might never get to enjoy any of them. Please help!!!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

OMR Preamble

The new OMR Preamble is finished. Have a read and comment below. Changes to the OMR are through and may I say not before time. Bare Essentials is now .975. That is a lot better than .995 which is where we were rated.

http://www.mycq.org.au/OMR/OMR%20Preamble%20Mar%202012%20MH.doc

Monday, April 2, 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Frassld @ Marlay Point overnight race 2012

Friday, a nice sail down to Loch Sport for the night, about midnight the wind went North and it started pushing me up onto the sand, so I motored out and anchored. Saturday, a nice fresh Westerly so a beat all the way to LWYC at Marlay Point, found a nice parking spot in the reeds. Lots of trailer sailors rigging and launching, and lots sailing down from Paynesville and anchoring out front, Lisa Lisa and Steve arrived in time for the briefing. With a South Easterly blowing Sknot decided to try and join us onshore, but the rocks were narrowly missed with the quick actions of some fellow sailors. Next minute the Bare Decided to take off as well so it was the Commodore at full gallop to the rescue! Quite a action packed Briefing! Time for the twilight start at 7.45 pm and soon after looking back at a sea of bow lights slowly fading in the distance. With Mad Max well out of sight Frassld was behind Bare Essentials with Dash just behind us as we entered the Mc Clelland Straights, we managed to get into 2nd place for a while but Dash passed us then we ran aground just after Hollands landing before entering Lake Victoria, Steve jumped in and saved the day. Bare passed us before Storm Point as did Sknot just after Point Turner but as we neared the GLYC at Paynesville the wind dropped out as did most of division M, but after being anchored, and a couple of hours sleep we decided to press on, we could just see Tripple Expresso sailing into Lake King so after 4 hours sailing around Raymond Island (and 16.5 hours since the start) we finally had a nice kite run over the finish line 36 seconds behind Tripple Expresso. Off the 15 division M boats only 4 finished. So a special thanks to my crew and the other competitors who traveled long distances to attend. Shaun Fishley

Monday, March 12, 2012

Kraken 25 trimaran project

I'm making progress on my Kraken 25 rebuild the triple diagonal skin lamination is completed on the main hull and it's ready to turn and begin fitout. For now I've moved onto the construction of the new floats I'd hoped to salvage the originals but they are too far gone to repair economically.  The packing strap helps to prevent crushing of the surface veneer and makes removing the staples a bit easier once the epoxy is set with the layer beneath.





Thursday, March 8, 2012

Trimaran Association (MYCV) article from 1966

My dad Graeme found this article from The Age in his old papers.  Back then Lock Crowther had just appointed John Cadwallader the Trimaran Association's new promotional officer.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Peccadillo looking for crew Adelaide-Melbourne

After a very enjoyable Port Lincoln regatta (report coming soon when we get the pictures sorted), Peccadillo is in Adelaide. We are looking for crew for the return trip starting around Monday 5th March. Should take about 4 days.  May be able to assist with airfare if needed. Interested? Then contact Charles Meredith on 0419 280 322.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Festival of Sail 2012

                                                                        Terri Dodds photo.



Melbourne to Geelong Race continued: We now only had Shogun V in front and were 200 metres from the gate, Bare foiled all the way up to their stern before the wind dropped off and we slowed to 10knts keeping pace with them. Shogun lifted to squeeze us out of the gate so we tucked in behind comforted by the fact we had the channel to come with cracked sheets. Once through the gate the wind returned, we hardened up to go around number 1 and were amazed as we foiled over the top of them and 2-3 knts quicker.

Once we entered the channel “it was showtime”. With no boats in front to get in our way, we sent The Bare to Geelong and what a ride it was up to pile 10. No screecher required and certainly No Rums Required!! One fisherman anchored just outside the channel nearly dropped his can when we went passed at 20 knts, main hull lifting out and only 5 metres away from him. By the time we rounded pile 10 Shogun was only half way down the channel and it was hard to contain the wry smile on my face.

Up we headed to the finish line, trying to find the 2 boats with a flag on top. Something serious would have to happen now for us not to win; however I did let that smile slip out a few minutes ago which can bring you bad luck. 500 metres from the finish and suddenly someone turned the wind off. Golly gosh I thought (possibly not the exact thoughts), it couldn’t happen to us could it??? The boat sat down with crew scampering to the leeward side. We putted along for a few minutes with Shogun getting larger every second. But without notice it returned and we crossed the line; HOOOOT what a lovely sound it was to hear. 3 hours 35 minutes and 57 seconds we did it! Hugs and kisses all-round (Please note kissing with Libby only) and we all had a can to celebrate while we watched the first few boats finish. We dropped the sails and motored over to the moorings where lunch and a swim were enjoyed.

Some will say we were lucky as the weather suited Bare Essentials and yes maybe there right, but Bare Essentials didn’t sail herself and at times we did push her to the limits. It was a great sail and it was great to sail with a fantastic team and share a memorable moment. Congratulations to Rob, Cruisey and Libby, take a bow and enjoy!



Monday, February 20, 2012

Festival of Sail 2012

                                                            Terri Dodd Photograph.

Melbourne to Geelong Race. 630am and up for coffee and bacon and eggs. Everything here seems reasonably priced, food, grog and Waterfront City berthing was $45 per night. Clean towels for showering and a yachty lounge where you can relax with a cuppa watching TV in air conditioning or jump on their 2 computers or simply plug in your own. 9am start and we were off on the sth. start line with the big boys. Left Waterfront City at 7.30am to give us plenty of time. There’s something about sailing out of the Yarra and looking out at all the other boats. It certainly gets the blood pumping, Having a ship as big as the Titanic coming out of the river at the same time also is a little nerve racking. That is one time I wish our trimaran was  a little thinner!!

We decided to make a pin end start and try and find some clear air. The water was chopped up a lot with all the boats and our small light tri didn't like it. We footed off and headed to shore and tacked our way up to the first mark. After a  minor port Starboard incident at the first mark, (like we were on starboard and they on port!!!) we settled down to chase to the second mark. It was disappointing to be approximately the 20th boat round with the first few boats already on the Horizon. We sailed along keeping pace with the 30-40 footers before the wind came in. Once we were able to foil the main hull lifted out of the water and we increase to around 15 knts which we held until we could ease sheets at channel marker 12A.

 At this stage the 4 tp52's and living doll were still in front with the first 2 boats well down the leg. Now we were into the $1000000 boys and looking down the track thought they were too far in front to catch. With a steady 16-18knts blowing now, Bare Essentials was reaching a long at 18knts hitting 20knts in the gusts. We seem to pass Living Doll and the first TP52 quite quickly and suddenly dawned on me we might have a chance to be first over the line. Rob checked his GPS out and we still had 4 miles to the gate and a screaming reach up the channel after that. Well as the saying goes “No Guts No Glory” Lets go for it and see what happens.

“Put the screecher up and lets really chase these wonderful monos down” (not exact words used on the day). Libby moved to leeward and started un-clipping the screecher ready for hoisting. Just as she did, mother nature unleashed a bullet and we shot off at 20knts straight into a wave and for the first time on Bare I saw Cruisey shoot the Jib to lift the bow. Libby got wet a little I believe and I think it was a group decision that the screecher could stay exactly where it was! The “NO RUMS REQUIRED RULE’ came into play. For those of you not familiar with this rule, please see Chris sooky paints Culph from Sknot to explain.....Stay tuned for part 2.....

Friday, February 17, 2012

Festival Of Sail 2012



We brought the boat round early to sail a couple of club races at BYS,  take any interested members out for a sail and cruise with the family.
After talking to a family friend he kindly offered his mooring to us as he had sold his boat. After checking it out several times we were happy the boat was safe with plenty of swing room etc.
Anyway, didn’t quite check it out enough and ended up kissing a boat nearby. Quickly we pulled it out and up to Mornington to repair a couple superficial blemishes on the starboard float ready for our Festival of Sail regatta.

Tuesday 24th we met the Green Gorby boys and Daylight Robbery at Martha’s Cove and set up the boats for a cruise to Docklands the next day. Shaun and the Frassle crew sailed up from Blairgowrie and joined the cruise Nth.

David and Sophie Renouf  brought their new Corsair sprint down from Pittwater and stayed the night with Rob and myself. They caught the first ferry from Sorrento with Leon (Rainbow Man) to Queenscliff and set the boat up at Geelong so their car and trailer were there for a quick exit. Surprisingly they did all this and got into Docklands only 60-90 minutes after the rest of us. After a few drinks and an official  welcome from Doug Jarvious (Manager) we all showered and all went out for dinner with the Patronas Crew who arrived 2 days before. Geoff Cruise our crusty import from Qld. was well lubricated after spending the day with Keith (Freddy) Dunstan and his commitment was questioned as he choice to sleep on the floating caravan instead of the pedigree.

It was a nice day sailing up to Melbourne with 5 to 15 knts from the Sth. sth West which meant spinnakers were flown and great to catch up with everybody over dinner before the fun started….. Day 1 Passage Race coming soon.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Report on MYCV promotional stand at Melbourne Summer Boat Show

I had a look through my stack of flyers after the show and found that we had handed out 50 in total so probably not a bad result given the relatively low attendance at the show.  I hope that we will welcome some new members into the club that we met at the event.  I'd like to thank Ian Andersen for being stalwart and putting in two full days on the stand my father Graeme McKenzie for dropping in one arvo to help and Terry Pemberton for surviving natures onslaught, manning the stand on Sunday and staying on to help with packing up.  Looking forward to getting some more promotional material together for the club and maybe printing up some more colour banners to make a more eyecatching display in future.