Saturday 5th January

A beautiful morning and a host of New Year’s resolutions lured a big fleet of sailors to the harbour on Saturday. From small Laser and Sabre dinghies through a fleet of  Flying Fifteens and catamarans up to six large keelboats, all lined up to start the first race of the year.

We welcomed back Outsider, a summer migrant from Williamstown, together with Moody Blues and Skedaddle, two fast catamarans.

The keelboat start was led by Ten Plus One and Outsider with a late surge from Boheme following a shout of ‘Have we started yet?’ from Boheme tactician Gary Millar!

Exodus and Tumbleweed surprisingly opted to hang back and start with the smaller vessels?! A crowded dinghy start saw Lids and Marg on Windswept barrelling (not barging) through to set off in the lead.

New skippers Peter Bourne on Miss Molly, Pete Sarda on Tumbleweed and Anton Tibbits on Sista Mermaid all showed their ability as helmsmen – maybe staking their claims to be permanent skippers.

Light winds saw brightly coloured spinnakers flying high – a stunning sight as the fleet swept across the bay seeking every puff of wind.

At the finish, Outsider held on to take line honours by just seconds from Black Pearl and a close contest between the catamarans was decided in favour of Moody Blues just ahead of Skedaddle.

Back at the clubhouse the sailing was reviewed over a beer or two at the end of another perfect day on the bay.

Sailing! – come along every Saturday at 12pm.  No boat or experience necessary – come and try it.

Results:                                                                                                                      Heat  2: ‘J&C Marriner Earthworks’ Post-Xmas Series                                             Heat 11: ‘Beach Front Motel’ & ‘Four Winds Marine’ Club Championships. Handicap                                  Yardstick

1st      Sista Mermaid                     1st   Black Pearl

2nd     Outsider                              2nd   Miss Molly

3rd   Black Pearl                         3rd   Windswept

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

Life is good. Come Sailing! 

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