Saturday 27th October

There’s always some early morning starters down at the Apollo Bay Sailing Club, and last Saturday was no exception with the coffee addicts, Colin & John, making an early start rigging Wickens (formerly known as Flying Furniture), and Matt rigging Miss Molly in preparation for some quality time sailing with his son Declan.    And, of course, there’s Smithy, there’s always Smithy, towing down the club’s rescue boats and making sure everything is just right for the rest of us to enjoy a day on the water.

And so, it was with a warm welcome and words of wisdom, that Pete Sarda, the club’s vice-commodore, announced the start of our summer sailing season.

With the Interlude crew, Bob, Sid and John (don’t mention decrepitude) manning the rescue boat, a sensational course was set, and with the fresh south westerly breeze, combined with a lumpy sea, promised an exhilarating day on the water.

In the keelboat start, Boheme, skippered by Angelika, crossing the start line in front of Ten Plus One and Tumbleweed,  sailed a faultless race and held the lead over the entire course to take out line honours with a 2 minute lead over Ten Plus One.  Ken’s excuse was that his crew were talking too much and not focused on winning, although he did manage to claw back some of Angelika’s lead in the last leg of the race.

The dinghies starting five minutes behind the keel boats sailed a closely contested race until Miss Molly, with a combination of Matt’s cunning and Declan’s vitality, drew ahead to cross the line some 5 minutes ahead of Lids in Windswept with his new crew member, Tim.

At this point the writer of this article wishes to apologise on behalf of the Interlude crew for the brevity of the actual on the water detail, this being due to a preoccupation with hypothesising as to where we would be positioned in the race had we not been manning the start boat…it was presumed, somewhere between Boheme and Ten Plus One.    This would come as no surprise to fellow sailors, as when this august group of gentlemen are not otherwise distracted with stories of gout, prostate problems, caravans, past glories etc. etc., they have been known to demonstrate incredible levels of focus accompanied by equally incredible results.

Sailing! – put it on the bucket list.

Results:

Heat 1: ‘Leo DiCecco Plumbing’ Pre-Xmas Series

Heat 1: ‘Beach Front Motel’ and ‘Four Winds Marine’ Club Championships.

Handicap                                  Yardstick

1st      Ten Plus One                      1st   Miss Molly

2nd     Boheme                              2nd     Windswept

3rd   Wickens                              3rd Wickens

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New members are always welcome. Come along around 12pm on Saturday if you’d like to sail in Apollo Bay. Briefing at 12:30pm, race starts 2pm.

Thanks to our sponsors: Café 153, Apollo Bay & District Community Bank, 4 Winds Marine, Beachfront Motel and greatoceanroadtrip.com

 Life is good. Come Sailing!