Club Championship – Races 1 and 2

The first 2 races of this years Club Championship have been run. The weather forecast predicting a strong change kept a few boats away, but 3 boats started both races and experienced a variety of conditions.

For the sail out of the creek the competitors were battling the last of the tide and a light and shifty SE breeze. Once out of the creek the breeze had increased a little and by the time the first race got underway, the breeze had settled in ESE. There were many close passes on the windward legs and a few overtaking manoeuvres on the reaching legs. Micky Occhi Blue edging out SNAffU with Ghost Magic close being in third place.

Race 2 the forecast change was starting to push through. The shifts were very small now and increased wind strength meant the crews had to work harder. Through the race the breeze kicked again and turned to the right. Micky Occhi Blue 1st over the line, narrowly beating SNAffU and Ghost Magic DNF.

An exciting days racing with no damage reported. Thanks again to the volunteers giving up their time to prepare and run the events – Dobo, Mumbles, Tom, Liam and Bill. The next racing events, Summer Series races 3 and 4, are not until November 25. There are a few boats looking to go for a social/training sail on November 11. If you would like to join in, please make contact.

Results can be found on the Events page, or by clicking here.

Club Championship 2018/19

Sandgate Yacht Club’s first heats of the Club Championships for 2018/19 are to be run this Sunday 28th October. Warning signal at 1200hrs to take advantage of the 2.31m high tide at 1137hrs. This is an all boat fleet an all classes are welcome. There is a club boat available to sail also.

Club Champs and Summer Series sheepstations

What a great way to finish off both the Club Championship and Summer Series events today with champagne sailing conditions.

There was some close racing with the two 505’s going at it hammer-and-tongs, 2 leading Flying Fifteen’s match racing around the course and solid action in the rest of the fleet too.

This from SNAffU crew Chris: “I think Greg and Laurie knew exactly what the scoresheet was prior to the first race starting. The first reach, we were both heading well above the layline, each trying to protect our air. We were giving each other a hard time! The boys got the jump on us and lead into the wing mark. From there we were not able make any in-roads, although we gave it our all to the line. The following races we were given a lesson in how to position your boat to defend.”

Congratulations to Peter and Gary running away with 3 line honours victories, showing their heels to rest of the fleet.  Full results can be found on the Racing page.

There are 2 events remaining in this years official sailing season. 22 April is the Ted Rice Shield, a single day multiple race event for all off-the-beach craft. Final event is the Fun Race and trophy presentation on the 20th May.

If you want to join in the fun, the club has 2 boat that are available to hire on club days.

Final Club Championship races this Sunday

The current weather forecast from the BOM looks very good for races 7 and 8 of the Club Championship.  These 2 races are the last 2 races of this years Championship and points matter with many boats separated by just a point in the current standings.

Following these 2 races, Summer Series race 4 will be re-sailed which will complete the events in this series.  The Summer Series events are handicap based events and the placings in this event are also closely fought.

First warning signal is scheduled for 13:00.  High tide is 1.54m @ 15:13.

See you Sunday.