Thanks to all those competitors that took part in the King of Bramble Bay Regatta this past weekend. A special thank you for all the boats and crews that travelled from afar. Saturday was a beautiful day with light conditions, warm and humid. Perfect for sailing in wetsuits! Sunday was another beautiful day with a little more breeze.
For something different, the RO started the boats at the Shorncliffe Jetty and it was great to see members of the public watching on from the Jetty and the shore. The course set was from the Jetty, to Otter Rock off Woody Point, then aaaallllllll the way back to Schultz’s Canal near the Airport and Nudgee Beach. The final legs were to Fisheries beacon then to the finish off the Jetty once again. A long race, but there was no time to relax with the breeze oscillating about 10 degrees and the occasional shift and variations in breeze strength.
Refreshments were available at the clubhouse after racing and thanks to Sue, Michelle and Lindsay for organising and providing the BBQ and snacks and Graeme for opening and manning the bar.
Results for the event can be found by clicking here. Congratulations to Earle and Rasmus for winning the Regatta and also to Chris and Ian Gregg for providing solid competition, placing as runners up. Earle again had time after packing up to spend talking to other competitors to provide insights and tips for improvement. Thank you Earle and we hop to see you again soon. Chris Gregg helmed Team Primate to be runners up in the regatta, winning the second race on Saturday in the process. We hope to see Chris again and are excited to watch his future in sailing develop.
Next event at SYC is the Ted Rice Shield 12 May. Hope to see you then.
505 class winner and Overall King of Bramble Bay – Earle Alexander and Rasmus Goerge
Flying Fifteen class winner – Greg and Laurie Williamson.
Photos courtesy and thanks to Paul Young.
Sundays racing saw 6 boats make their way out to the race course in conditions that were building from a light breeze to what ended up being gusts to 20 knots from the NE.
Race 1 had 5 starters but only 3 finishers with the Lightweight Sharpie retiring before the start with problems. Both 3710 SNAffU and 3572 Relience 17 elected to use the new style jibs and both met at the top mark together ahead of the fleet with nothing but a layer of gel coat to separate them. After the excitement of the first mark rounding behind them, SNAffU lead for the remainder of the race, closely pursued by 3257 Think Big. Think Big declared the victor on corrected time, Relience 17 a retirement.
By the start of race 2, the breeze was solid with strong gusts, but underneath the dark clouds was softer breeze. Only 3 boats started this race, 2 finishing with Stirfry withdrawing on the second lap. SNAffU declared the winner on CT and Think Big 2nd.
Next race day is 9th December. If you want to get involved on or off the water, please reach out. We have a club boat available to sail and positions on the Race Officers boat.
Results can be found on the Events page, or by clicking here.
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.
The final days racing in this years Winter Series was held on Sunday in blustering conditions.
7 boats were on the start line including an OK Dinghy and a Lightweight Sharpie plus 5 Flying fifteens. The breeze was piping in from the WSW at 12-18kts. Being from the west, the breeze varied in strength and in direction and there were surprises from time to time across the race course. The water was flat with very little swell to bash through upwind and surf downwind.
Results are posted on the Events page. Series Results will be posted later, but the boat that has taken out the Winter Series Championship finished every race of the series and finished with an average score of 2.2 points per race! Well done.
The 2018-19 season begins on September 2nd with the Opening Day and Blessing of the Fleet, where a race will also be run.
After Day 3’s racing was abandoned due to a complete lack of any wind, the crews were nervous as to whether there would be any racing today. While rigging the boats the wind was patchy south-westerly and not helping to ease the tension. 4 crews set out to the race area, being towed some of the way by the Race Officials vessels. After a short delay racing began with a light SE breeze and the following 3 races in a comfortable easterly breeze.
The club was visited today by Graham from Poole in the UK. Graham sails Flying Fifteens at Poole and ably assisted the Race Officers. Thank you for you assistance today, safe travels home and we hope to see you again soon.
Many thanks to the Race Officers for setting the courses and conducting the starts. Results from today’s racing can be found on the Events page.
Sunday the first Winter Series event was held and it was a beautiful day and the water was clear and not too cold.
The start crew elected to delay the start due to some members being late AND forgetting their sails!
Only 3 boats were able to make it to the start line due to travel commitments and injuries – once underway the boat crews were challenged with oscillating variable strength winds from the SW. In the first race, Saffron picked up a great breeze on the left hand side of the course which placed them well and managed to finish closely behind the Sharpie, Patrick Kills Oysters.
Races 2 and 3 were managed well from start to finish by PKO with SNAffU not able to get a lane past them.
Race 4 was nearly won on the first lap by SNAffU….. luckily they realised the race was not over yet and managed to stay in pressure and finish well ahead of PKO to get the line honours victory.
Results are posted on the Events page.
The next chance to participate in the fun is June 17 – Winter Series day 2 which includes the trophy presentation for the 2017-2018 sailing season.
With scattered showers, the conditions were changeable and this kept the crews and the starters on their toes. Race 1 was started in 8-10kts ESE breeze with little swell. The fleet got away cleanly, although some boats had trouble finding clean air. Mickey Occhi Blu, Relience 17 and SNAffU bounced each other around on the first work to the top mark. Once the boats cleared the top mark the teams were able to settle in. Throughout the race Relience 17 held off SNAffU‘s pressure as they were never able to get close enough to make a pass. Line honours went to Go To Red, but there was an exiting finish between Relience 17 and Mickey Occhi Blu with Relience just edging out Mickey with starboard rights at the line.
Race 2 was started in very light conditions, still with scattered weather about. Right on the cue, as the starters flag dropped, there was a substantial shift in breeze to the North. There were also inconsistencies in the breeze strength across the course. For this reason, the starters chose to abandon this race and the regatta was concluded with only the one race sailed.
Bramble Bay Shield results here
Next race is Club Championships Races 7 & 8 on April 8th. Good Luck to all competing in the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race next weekend.