It was a fantastic weekends sailing at Sandgate Yacht Club on the weekend. The club held the Excelsior Cup and were joined by 505’s, Sharpies and an International Canoe. Racing on Saturday was held in 12-15kt ESE breeze, while Sundays conditions were lighter with a 5-10 NE’er.
Lots of good spirit and close racing was had across the fleet.
Thanks to all the volunteers, starters, organisers, bar staff and a special thanks to the visitors for joining us.
Club Championships racing today at Sandgate. Races 5 & 6 were conducted in NE breeze of 10-15 kts.
Race 1 started in a firm 15kt NE’ly breeze and Effeffex OWNED the start with a port tack start at the pin end and crossed the fleet. Effeffex were still in the lead at the top mark closely followed by the rest of the fleet. A quick spinnaker set by SNAffU gave them the edge on the first of the reaching legs and they were able to hold this through to the finish. The minor placings were hotly contested through to the finish.
Race 2 started in slightly less breeze from further right than race 1. There were no port tacks starts this time! Early in race 2 the breeze dropped to around 10 knots and it was as patchy as a quilt. The favoured side varied from leg to leg. Marginal surfing conditions and tricky upwind course management made this a tough race for all.
Thanks to our volunteers and welcome to Connor and Ollie from Brownsea Water Activities Centre and welcome back our members that have been travelling aboard.
Next event is the Excelsior Cup 25th and 26th February.
The Handicapper has checked, double checked and rechecked the results and he still can’t his name to come out on top!
Actual conditions varied from the forecast a little on Sunday. The breeze was mostly NNE up to 15 kts and mostly fine. The RO sent the crews out for 3 races with 0.5mi windward legs on Olympic Triangle courses. All the crews agreed that it was an exhausting day but fun day on the water.
The next event is Club Championship racing on February 12. First warning signal is set for 13:00.
This weekend the club held the King of Bramble Bay Regatta. Breezes were from the east, 10-15 kts, cloudy and overcast on Saturday and partly cloudy Sunday.
Saturday 2 races were run on a triangle-sausage-triangle course. The breeze was more towards the 15kts but with some lulls under the wet clouds.
Today, the PRO set a long course of 13 miles in length. Starting from the Shorncliffe Jetty, then a windward to the Fisheries beacon, north to Otter Rock, then a long leg to Kedron Brook floodway/Nudgee Beach, then return to the jetty for the finish.
While Laurie on the International Canoe was a long way ahead, the Flying Fifteens were relatively close to each other after such a long race.
Thanks to the volunteers for running the races and we look forward to seeing you all again on 29 January for races 5 & 6 of the Summer Series.
It was a lovely day’s sailing on Sunday for the Club Championship. Champagne conditions with directional variations between East and North to keep everyone on their toes. Some close finishes to keep the Race Officers on their toes too!
Given today’s forecast of possible thunderstorms and lightning, the PRO elected to run just 1 race for the Ted Rice Trophy. The race course was set in Bramble Bay in a ENE moderate breeze. 3 Flying Fifteens and 2 505’s took to the course to face the longer than normal course. Port end of the line was favoured and all competitors took advantage of this before settling into a long leg to the windward mark. The first of the reaching legs kept the boats pinned before running broad to the bottom mark. After 3 laps, first over the line was Ben and Charles in Mickey Occhi Blue, but after the handicapper had had his way, SNAffU was the victor.
All boats made it safely to shore before the rain and thunder set in.
Thanks to all the volunteers and competitors. We look forward to seeing you again on 11 December for episodes 3 & 4 of the Club Championships.
Results of todays racing can be found on the events page, or by clicking here.
Absolutely EPIC day on the water today! Up to 20 kts of NNE sea breeze was pumping with a reasonable swell to go with it. Summer is here!
7 boats took to the water to contest for the rescheduled Verdon Shield. 2 races were run with Triangle-Sausage-Triangle course set. The start was fairly square and breezes steady from the NNE-NE. Planing conditions on the reaches and runs made for some great surfing and fun down to the bottom mark. With 1 MOB event and a few retirements, the trophy this year was won by Bill and Dean on Effeffex.
Due to unforeseen circumstances the racing scheduled for this Sunday at SYC (Verdon Shield), has been postponed. A revised date will be announced in due course.
Although there is now no official club event on Sunday, there will however be a few boats heading out on the water for a social sail, training etc. The informal plan at this stage is to be on the water by 11:30. Feel free to join in.
The first races of this years Club Championship have been run in a 8-10 kt ENE-NE breeze on Bramble Bay. Most teams were at the club rigging their boats a lot earlier than normal and this allowed us time to catch up with some members we haven’t seen of for some time and welcomed some new ones. Racing began without delay on a triangle-windward-leeward-triangle course. Results can be found on the Events page.
The next race on the calendar is the Verdon Shield on 30 October.
Nearly everyone had a race win, but some very good consistency won the Series for Neil and Graeme on Ffunnily Enuff. The conditions were variable NW-NNE from very light up to gusts of 10 knots with smooth water. Full results of yesterdays racing can be found here.
Good luck to all competitors travelling to Tin Can Bay for the Flying Fifteen Queensland State Championships being held October 1 & 2.
Next race at SYC will be the first of this seasons Club Championships on 16 October.
Season 2022/23 is officially OPEN! Thanks all for attending. Special thanks to Councillor Jared Cassidy and Chaplain David Taylor for being part of annual festivities and taking time out of their busy schedules.
First event to kick off the season is Summer Series racing on 11 September with the warning signal for the first race scheduled for 10:00.
A great weekend was had in chilly Warwick. There was no Ice Boats division and no dry suits were used but getting in and out of the boats at the boat ramp was exciting! Most competitors had arrived by Friday and after rigging the boats gathered around the campfire for an exchange of stories and past victories.
Saturday morning the last few competitors arrived and there were some sore heads of those that over-indulged Friday night. The first of 3 races was started at 12:05 and the conditions were anything but stable. Getting a good start was critical and managing the fleet trumped worrying about the location of the breeze.
Sunday’s conditions were more settled with a 8-12kt SE’ly. There were areas of variable pressure and direction, but the fleet remained compressed and there were some very close finishes to keep the race officers on their toes.
A total of 7 boats attended the event – 2 from Sandgate, 2 from Tin Can Bay Yacht Club Inc., 1 from New England Sailing Club and 2 from Warwick Sailing Club. Competitors came from Armidale, Stanthorpe, Sunshine Coast Tin Can Bay, Beachmere and Brisbane. Positive feedback was received from all and thanks was extended to WSC for providing a tremendous venue to share.
Full results can be found here.
More photos when they become available.
Notice of Race for the upcoming Frostbite Regatta all-boats regatta being held at Warwick Sailing Club on July 30 and 31 is now available here.
All classes are welcome (maybe even Iceboats!) to join in the racing on Leslie Dam. Following the positive feedback from the recent Haven Regatta we are expecting more Flying Fifteens and Lasers to enjoy the warm hospitality and facilities of the Warwick Sailing Club.
Thanks to Earle, Rilke, Chris and Ian for coming and racing with us on Sunday. It was such a beautiful day and that can be seen in some of Chris and Ian’s onboard footage here
The breeze was very light with oscillating shifts of around 20 degrees made it tricky sailing and kept the fleet close. The first race was 3 laps and lasted over an hour in very light conditions. The RO elected to shorten the second race of the day to a 1 lap triangle course and with a touch more breeze, this race was completed much quicker. Team Primate were called back after the start signal due to being over the line early by the slimmest of margins.