A beautiful still Saturday morning was greeted by a chorus of grumbles down at Apollo Bay Sailing Club – no wind at all – disaster loomed! Eventually, a light breeze sprung up so we rigged boats, set the course and headed out to sea with a few brand new sailors joining Uncle Ken on Ten Plus One to get a taste of life on the ocean waves at Apollo Bay.
A cracking keelboat start saw Ten Plus One fly by, closely followed by John Marriner and crew on Interlude who were ‘neck & neck’ with Bill Gross and team on Tumbleweed. Boheme arrived a little late and so were still motoring towards the start and hoisting their sails as the starting gun went off leaving them with plenty of catching up to do.
When it came to the smaller craft, Suzie and Caroline on April Dancer scored a perfect start before pulling just a little too hard on the mainsheet, breaking their control column and having to retire from the race. Next time don’t pull so hard ladies!
With the breeze picking up Sista Mermaid had a bit of equipment failure at the top mark allowing Croc McTaggart to cruise past on Ashley, competing in his first solo race on his home built craft – well done Croc!
The wind continued to freshen flipping Morgan over in her Laser, Icebreaker, but she soon recovered from her capsize and was back up and on her way in hot pursuit of the keelboats. Gallantly keeping within ‘coo-eee’ of the keel boats was also Ian on Apollo Bay & District Community Bank, acting as both as skipper and crew. Quite a good effort considering the wind freshened much more than all anticipated, especially Ian!
Ten Plus One came in first past the post but the Old Salty Dogs on Interlude came first on handicap – so well done John Marriner, Bob Hansen and Laurie Shaw together with new member Damian Byrne. Age and raw cunning triumph again, although there are rumours that Tumbleweed was slowed somewhat by having a loose nut at the wheel?! ….photographic evidence shows that the loose nut was well-oiled later in the evening at Cafe 153.
Thanks to Russell Smith and Matt Armstrong for their advice to the rescue boat novices.
Sailing! – come along every Saturday at 12pm. No boat or experience necessary – come and try it. Life’s better when you go sailing!
Results: Heat 4: ‘Leo DiCecco Plumbing’ Pre-Christmas Series Heat 4: ‘Beach Front Motel’ & ‘Four Winds Marine’ Club Championships.
1st Interlude 1st Wickens
2nd Wickens 2nd Icebreaker
3rd Ten Plus One 3rd AB & D Comm Bank
New members are always welcome. Come along around 12pm on Saturday if you’d like to sail inApolloBay. Briefing at 12:30pm, race starts 2pm.
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***more photos from the day’s race in ‘Gallery’***