Saturday 13th April

Fourteen boats lined up on a grey showery day with wind gusts well over 20kts. The first retirement came ½ hour before the start with Morgan on “Icebreaker” ending up with a two-piece tiller and no steering!                                                                                                 This was very unfortunate as Morgan was still in with a chance of Handicap honours for the season.                                                                                                                          She was towed back towards the harbour by race management; thankfully Russell Frost came along and offered to tow her back so the rescue crew could continue with managing the race. Thanks Russell, and thanks for your efforts in trying to fix the tiller. Next to retire was Crock McTaggart on “Ashley” with main sheet problems. So we were down to twelve.

On returning to the start line it was decided to go early as the conditions were getting unpleasant.

Unfortunately for “Boheme” and “Tumbleweed” they had decided to do a survey of the Wild Dog Beach (maybe they were after some salmon?), which put them at the wrong end of the course for the start.

“Ten+One” was in the box seat as the race was started, with “Tumbleweed” just getting back in time. “Boheme” missed the start by a couple of minutes…the conditions got slightly colder on the race management boat with the glare from the skipper of “Boheme”.

The dinghy’s got away 5 minutes later with “Black Pearl” and “Miss Molly” trying to chase down “Ten+One”. The Smith brothers (Andrew and Simon) borrowed “Wickens” for the day and were trailing the fleet at the start. The wind shifted almost immediately after the start so marks were shuffled around so we didn’t have a soldier’s course.

Ken and crew on “Ten+One” sailed a perfect race and were unstoppable, with “Black Pearl” a close second, losing only a minute over the whole race to “Ten+One”, with “Miss Molly” third. “Affrodite” gave the rescue boat some entertaining 360 degree action after hitting the top mark allowing “Windswept” to catch up.

With the wind dropping “Tumbleweed”, “Sista Mermaid” and the rest of the fleet began to drag their feet, with “Exodus” doing as her name suggests and retiring.

“Affrodite” was at it again at the finish running what could only be described as a bluffing manoeuvre causing “Tumbleweed” to stall right on the line. Something about a ‘protest’ was heard from under Bill’s beard…I think he thought better of it and put it in the memory bank.

Always remember….Life is good….come sailing.                                                               Every Saturday, 12.30pm briefing, 2pm race start. New members welcome.

Results:                                                                                                                              Heat 7: Commodore’s Cup                                                                                                 Heat 24: ‘Beach Front Motel’ & ‘Four Winds Marine’ Club Championships.       Handicap                                  Yardstick                                                                               1st      Ten+One                            1st   Black Pearl

2nd     Black Pearl                         2nd   Miss Molly

3rd   Miss Molly                           3rd   Affrodite

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The club would like to thank Frank and his staff at Apollo Bay FoodWorks for their generous community spirit in supporting the club’s sausage sizzle fundraiser at this year’s Apollo Bay Show. Support such as this, from local business, helps keep community groups active and vibrant.


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