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Bird Island Race

  • Posted by Patrick Bollen
  • October 3, 2011 8:32 PM AEDT

Around the country the summer yachting season is now under full sail.

In Victoria at the Sandringham Yacht Club on the eastern shore of Port Phillip Bay well respected sailor  and mentor John Chatham owner of the Sydney 38, 38 DEGREES SOUTH kicked off the season with a very informative session on the golden rules  to improve racing performance.

Simply called S-M-A-R-T-S it represents the following:

          Sails – Trim, selection and care

          3M’s – Mistake elimination,motivation and maintenance.

          Application – Training and implementation

          3R’s – rules, rig tune and research

          Tactics – Tactics and strategy

          Safety – Risk analysis,training and practice.

A rewarding, factual and interesting evening was had by all. Something all clubs should implement at the beginning of each season. 

Back in Sydney the famous Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s season saw the sailing of the annual Bird Island yacht race. An 85 nautical mile race from Sydney Harbour to a little islet just off Norah Head south of Newcastle and return. Stephen Ainsworth’s Reichel Pugh 63 LOKI blitzed the fleet in excellent breezes to smash Brindabella’s 15 year race record by an astonishing 1 hour and 3 minutes covering the course in 6 hours 38 minutes and 56 seconds. Ainsworth who was in the USA on business was thrilled with the effort. “You beauty, the boys must’ve had a great ride.”

With sailing master Gordon Maguire in charge LOKI had a pretty straight forward race. “We had a good 25 knots at the start the conditions were just right but throughout the evening the breeze softened dropping to just 12 knots by morning.” said Maguire.

“We got in early and were back home in bed by 0300 hours. Now that is a pleasant change,” he added. Sam Haynes Rogers 46, CELESTIAL finished second overall while Ed Psaltis was third with AFR MIDNIGHT RAMBLER.

The TP 52, RAGAMUFFIN [ Syd Fischer ] won the ORCi Division. The Port hacking Race was won by Julian Farren Price aboard ABOUT TIME beating nearest rival ST JUDE by just 20 seconds.

CYCA Commodore Garry Linnacre’s Corby 49 VAMP took line honours.