Sunday 11 March

In contrast to last weekends’ Saturday race, which had to be cancelled due to heavy wind predictions, this weekend we saw the exact opposite. After a Friday Night postponement announcement due to the low tide at our usual start time, Saturday afternoon’s briefing brought slightly disappointing news. The duty boat crew, after having been out in search for some wind, had to sadly announce that no wind was to be found at sea. The race was cancelled and a social race to be held on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday came and the wind was blowing 14 to 17 knots, perfect conditions for an exciting race. If only these conditions were met on the Saturday! A standard Olympic Port race course was set which comprised of the usual Triangle, Sausage, and 2 Triangles, followed by a beat to the finish.

7 boats competed, after making sure that Affrodite (with Matt A. on crew) and Euffamism) made it to the start line before the start. A combined start signalled by the Pennant No 3 Flag (or “French Flag”) has everyone lined up for the start. A very close start of all the Flying Fifteens ensued with ZiffAffrodite and April Dancer nearly touching sides on starboard tack, only for Affrodite to tack away into shore. Wal and Euffamism were further down the start line. The two Keelboats, It’s Magic and Boheme, followed suit closely together with It’s Magic in the lead.

Second leg in the first triangle and we find our two keelboats well ahead of the fleet with a small position change and Boheme in the lead. These two are followed by our 5 Flying Fifteens with Wal leading the pact. Around the Jibe (Gybe) mark everyone goes and whileAffrodite and Wal attempt to gybe their spinnaker Ziff takes off after making the tactical decision to take their kite down entirely zooming past. Affrodite, however, gets their spinnaker flying and is able to stay in the lead.
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All the boats find their way around the bottom mark of the first triangle and positions seem well established at this stage. Euffamism, unfortunately, has to retire as one end of their main sheet bridle snapped leaving April Dancer at the end of the fleet. The duty boat observed the race from a distance while lingering down to the topmark end of the course in pursuit of Euffamism to ensure a safe passage back to the harbour in case their other end of the bridle would snap. One set of eyes toward the harbour and another set on the boats still racing.

The sausage (windward return) was observed from a distance and the boats made their way back to the top mark. Boheme, now well ahead of It’s Magic was leading the fleet.It’s Magic shaking out their reef in their attempt to catch up with Boheme. The wind has dropped and changed direction slightly at this stage.

With the Flying Fifteens we also seen some position changes. Ziff having sailed their own race in their attempt to get a tactical advantage on Affrodite is now well caught up and following closely behind. These two and the two keelboats form the front of the fleet.

Wal is significantly slowing down and are now in third place followed suit by April Dancerwho is catching up rather quickly. The duty boat is off to set the finish line and awaiting the results of the race. Boheme crossed the line first, but with only 14 seconds difference It’s Magic crosses. If only the course would have been a bit longer they almost certainly would have gained on Boheme.

All within the next 3 minutes the smaller boats sail across the finish line in this order:AffroditeZiffApril Dancer, & Wal. What happened Russel and Andrew? You were doing so well at the start? Hopefully we see you race that well at the state titles on 24 March.

The results (unofficial results… but they come with bragging rights)

1st Affrodite
2nd Wal
3rd April Dancer?? (not sure about this one)

1st Affrodite
2nd Ziff
3rd April Dancer

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Did you have an incident? Tell us about it!

We all know about the facts that we sometimes run into a lump of sand in the harbour, find a golf ball in our boat, or around the hard stand area. Did you almost get hit by someone driving to fast? Did we have to postpone or abandon a race due to the harbour entrance? In order to build an anecdotal case that we can bring to the table we need your help! Please report every incident to the committee so we can develop a report! 
Every time you run into an incident, such as described above, please help the club by submitting an incident report form (part of our medical emergency plan). You can find the form here or on our website (page 3 of the document).

Thanks very much for your assistance

ABSC Flying Fifteen Regatta

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With only three races completed due to weather related race cancellations the race committee has decided that for the results this year the following methodology will be applied: “3 races, no drops, followed by a count-back to divide 2 x equal first placings and 2 x equal 5th positions”. A notice of race will be written that accompanies next years’ race calendar. This means that the final results are as follows:

Apollo Bay P12 College wins Girlsail at Mt Eliza

As written in the School Newssheet:
“A very significant acknowledgement and congratulations is in order to Morgan Stewart and Yoko Tripp, who recently placed overall 6th in the Gold Fleet Devision 1 Competition and to Ella Summers and Harriet Deppeler who placed overall 3rd in the Silver Fleet Devision 1. Their combined points made them WINNERS of the 2018 Girlsail Schools Competition hosted by Davey’s Bay Yacht Club. The girls competed against various other schools such as Mentone Grammar, Loreto Toorak, Haileybury Girls, Toorak College, MLC, St Leonards and more. To our delight, the winning of this cup means it is indeed the first time it has left the private school system!! WOW!! What a fabulous achievement for the four girls, and indeed something to be very proud of, for themselves individually and for Apollo Bay P12 College!”

“Girl Sail is a schools team racing event with about 100 girls from all over Victoria competing to take home the trophy for their school. Morgan Stewart & Ella Summers have been competing in this event since year 7, but this year decided to enter two boats and recruit some new year 7s. Harriet Deppeler & Yoko Tripp were fortunate enough to join Morgan & Ella in the competition.”

“The qualifying heats were run in the morning and Morgan & Yoko were selected for Gold Fleet and Ella & Harriet for Silver Fleet. The finals were run in the afternoon and Ella & Harriet were awarded 3rd in Silver Fleet.”

“Morgan and Ella had to leave to catch the ferry and just missed the final presentation to the winning school, which was Apollo Bay!!!”

“Their efforts and perseverance over all those years finally paid off. Well done Girls!”

Duty Boat update

The Committee have ordered our new Club Boat!
ABSC has paid a 5% deposit on a Stabi 2050 Supercab. The hull is being built by Stabicraft in Invercargill, New Zealand. It will be fitted out with a removable side door and will be given a part paint job (orange from the belting up) before arriving at Richardson Marine in Warrnambool for fitting out.

Congratulations Apollo Bay Sailing Club!

Every single one of you have contributed towards this boat in one form or another over the years. It’s a fantastic boat and it will give us a lot of pride and peace of mind.
At the moment the club has $80,000 in the kitty for our new boat. Ideally we need $89,000 to secure the boat with the preferred outboard and accessories.
“So, how we gunna do that” you may ask? Well while we have some sponsorship coming in, we are still looking for donations. Do you want to help us out?

Again, congratulations everyone on a wonderful achievement, we are almost there.



Sunday 4 March

Unfortunately, Sat’s race was cancelled due to a forecast for 40 knots bang on start time. Race Management notified all sailors early so they would not spend the morning wondering if we were going out or not. Sunday was a perfect sailing day and with a small fleet of just 4 boats it was decided to run the Big ‘S’ Course.

This involves a short reach to port from the top mark a gibe onto a huge reach across the course then a gibe to starboard round the bottom mark and back up wind, 3 times. It sounds complicated, but it’s my favourite course and I love it! It’s designed to get spinnakers out and go fast and Sunday is the perfect day to be a bit reckless.

The start was very close for the FF15’s, with the magnificent Its Magic hanging back enough to allow the smaller boats to cross before them. A very generous sporting gesture I thought. The wind shifted to the right so all of the boats stayed together. On the reach the FF 15’s tossed their kites out and planned across the longer section, woohoo. Its Magicstill found the reach a bit short for their massive kite and kept it in the bag. After 3 up winds the race was close and it was going to come down to the last big reach. Its Magic had worked themselves into 2nd place behind the very consistent, make no mistakes boat Ziff.Affrodite was a close 3rd and April Dancer 50m behind them. Any mistake or kite blunder from any boat was going to cost them a place.

In stepped race management and after a hail to the lead boat Ziff and a radio call to the fleet we moved the lower end of the big reach to be a fun 1.5km blast to the finish line. The pressure was on. Ziff planed the whole reach with the crew screaming like they were having a baby (it was a bloke by the way). The amazing Its Magic put up the pole, ready to launch, Affro came alongside Magic and the wind went to 16 kts, 17 kts then 20!, the strongest of the day by far. It hit Affro knocking them down. Magic was already planing without the world’s biggest kite. They wisely chose to keep their powder dry and leave the massive kite in the bag. Affro recovered and managed to pass Magic to take 2nd spot.April Dancer saw the drama up ahead and kept their kite in the boat as well and still managed to plane to the finish.

The commodore supplied food after we returned to shore and was planning to hand out prizes from the lost property box, but it turned out most of the stuff was Geeks’ anyway.

Lids’ favourite sailing course ‘The Big S’
Thanks to our sponsors: Apollo Bay & District Community Bank, Great Ocean Road Trading Post, Waterfront Motor Inn, Café 153, The Fishing Co op, Surf-n-Fish, J&C Marriner Earthworks

Life is good. Come Sailing!