sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Moguls at the Club Marine Series
Moguls at the Club Marine Series


'Tigris playing in the waves. - Club Marine Series'    Teri Dodds ©

The bumps were pretty decent and always capped with the fresh white stuff skiers adore. It was even cold enough to be the snow season, with the wind chill making it feel quite nasty, actually. Speaking of evil, the seaway was terribly confused. Yes, the predominant direction was Sou’souwest, but there were cross lines about as clear as those on the hash tag symbol so many people are fixated on these days. Only problem was they were neither anywhere near as a parallel as those, nor always from the same direction.

Back in 1990, David LeRoy had an idea to get boats from all the clubs around Melbourne’s Port Phillip to race against each other. Today he is the PRO and on Saturday November 9, 2013 the newest component of the mix got underway. 'The Club Marine Blue Series has been created to help novice skippers and/or crew get more racing experience, without being forced immediately into the cut and thrust of fleet start style racing. It really is great to see the extra boats partaking in this annual event and what a tremendous thing it is for our sport. Well done to Sarah Allard and Saltair for being the first winner of this great new initiative. I am sure it will become a permanent fixture', said David.

The big blue kite of Executive Decision won that battle. - Club Marine Series -  Teri Dodds ©  

'Out on the traditional White Series course for Division Two and Three, we saw some really good sailing and some not so good at all. In the case of Executive Decision, the same crew gave us plenty of examples of both. Their gybes proved they’re good and why they win a lot of things, but this time the edge bit back. When you sail at the limit, sometimes it will come unstuck. Any number of people had issues, even seasoned campaigners like David Ellis and Penfold Audi Sport, who endured a challenging wipe-out.'

In amongst that is Wavelength. - Club Marine Series -  Teri Dodds ©  

'The sea state was very short and so bumpy. By way of example, Billy, who is 80 years plus, was leaving the deck as he hauled in the marks after racing. What a guy. He used to sail the little Hick, Hick Up. Actually, speaking of Hicks, Robert Hick did really well and had a couple of bullets in the Australian Measurement System (AMS) with Toecutter. Like them, the crews at the top end of Division Two all carried spinnakers and gybed well. It was really good to watch.'

Yes. It deteriorated significantly from here for Dark Energy. - Club Marine Series -  Teri Dodds ©  

'At one stage in mid-fleet of Div2, we had four boats in the bottom gate and one guy was really letting loose with the verbal barrage. We could hear it, but not decipher it, which could be a good thing. The breeze had a few small shifts in it, but was mostly solid. We set an axis of 185° over a range of 1.4nm for four legs and the winner did it just under one hour, so happy days. Dark Energy romped home, then Executive Decision, now sporting the conservative white spinnaker, over the ridiculous blue one.'

'Our second race was on an axis of 175° and with that slight clocking to the left the chop increased some more on top of the swell lines. Not nice. We never saw more than 24 knots and the lowest was 16, with an average of say 20 to 21 knots. Having the temperature up a couple of degrees would have made it spot on!'

Wicked surfing in amongst the waves. - Club Marine Series -  http://www.alexmckinnonphotography.com!©_Alex_McKinnon  

'Given the forecast, it was just terrific to get the races in. We’re now in happy days, with four races completed and just five more to get a whole series covered off and five race days to do it in. Before the next round of the Club Marine Series, we have the Lipton Cup on November 23 and 24. It is short course sailing on the Saturday and a long course on the Sunday, with a Cruising Division on offer for those who would like to savour it all a bit more. See http://www.liptoncupregatta.yachting.org.au/ for more information', said David by way of finishing.

In Division Three, Up ‘n Go was a vessel that did just that. Gary Mackinven commented afterwards, 'We had two really exciting rides downhill in that first race and certainly had the pace on the other S80s uphill, so we’re very happy to chalk up a win in IRC and also the Performance Handicap System (PHS). Cheers to our crew of Deanne, Len, Brian and Chris - what a great job - bruised and battered and some sickness too, but we all slugged it out and had a great day.'

Ikon stood out all day – great sailing team. - Club Marine Series -  http://www.alexmckinnonphotography.com!©_Alex_McKinnon  

Other boats to do well on the Division Two and Three course on the Eastern side of the main shipping channel and not always mentioned were, 2Xtreme. Wild Side and Skipjack. Now out on the Western course it was a day for boat with a name that stands for a beacon – Ikon. Bruce McCracken said of it all, 'We’ve had our core crew for six or seven years now and it really does make a difference in these sort of conditions. We are really happy to be extracting all that we can in both light and heavy going.'

'The sets of waves that came through were really challenging and it was hard to keep way on. The good, clean and long start lines helped, so we jumped off the line and took them ‘round the track for two guns. All in all it was very tiring and we were physically on the go for the whole five hours we were out there. Oh the aches and pains', said Bruce of his own ailments. 'Well done to the crew, other competitors and all those great volunteers on the support craft, especially the ones on the boats on anchor!'

Other boats deserving of a mention today were Wicked, Gienah, Kookaburra and Mille Sabords.

Kookaburra may be from another era all together, but…. - Club Marine Series -  http://www.alexmckinnonphotography.com!©_Alex_McKinnon  

Tim Wagland was the RO today for the Division Zero and One course. 'That washing machine reminded me of Bass Strait along the Surfcoast there – unpleasant and ordinary, which is code for something far less palatable. Thank you to my team for really slogging it out in tough conditions. They earned triple frequent flyer points! Both races were run on an axis of 185° over a range of 2.1nm, in 16-23 knots of wind, with a little 30 surprise every now and then. We lost half the fleet between races with halyards shattered, a split mainsail on Addiction and some reports of sea sickness.'

'Most chose to fly spinnakers - some did so quite well, whereas others danced a merry tune all over the track. In second race, the crews flew well and must have had the odd the moment of joy as a result. Good rides for good times! All said thank you as they finished, so must have a had a least enough joyous times to all look forward back for the next round. I have put in my order for 12 knots from the North and 30 degrees Celsius, so Hughie (the God of Wind), you had better be listening!'

Rush worked hard in the conditions - Club Marine Series -  http://www.alexmckinnonphotography.com!©_Alex_McKinnon  

Finally, vale Jason Van Der Slot, last year’s winner of Division Zero. He truly loved his yachting and definitely brought a certain type of panache to it all. Our thoughts go to his wife and two children.

If you're based in Melbourne and think the Club Marine Series sounds like great fun, then you’d be right. So come out and get amongst it. Casual entry is welcome and in fact, very much encouraged! Just use you home club's entry system and you are in... The next round is on November 30, 2013, so get your crew organised now.

Mille Sabords went conservative with a slab in the main, but stayed to play all day! - Club Marine Series -  http://www.alexmckinnonphotography.com!©_Alex_McKinnon  

Division Blue is a new initiative to get novice skippers and/or crew out racing from fleet starts and begin the process of learning their boat and the rules and nuances of racing. If you’re short of crew, perhaps see the Melbourne Sailing website, where there are around 40 sailors looking to get into sailing and out on the water. They range from beginners to intermediates, but all are keen. Full details can be found at www.clubmarineseries.com.au

Many thanks to all the participants for being involved in the Club Marine Series, but also and especially the many volunteers it takes to run two courses on the day, let alone the preparation beforehand. For braving the cold on the day, thank you, as too Yachting Victoria and Sandringham Yacht Club who provided the media vessels for the day.

Star was out again making a statement to her fellow Sports Boats. - Club Marine Series -  Teri Dodds ©  

The Club Marine Series is proudly sponsored by Australia's largest provider of recreational boat insurance - details and full information about the series can be found at www.clubmarineseries.com.au


by John Curnow

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=116506

2:47 PM Sat 9 Nov 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World

























A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,




ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video by Luissa Smith, International 470 Class Association,


























2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4 by William Wagner, San Francisco












Extreme Sailing Series: Emirates Team NZ bounces back for series win
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - Light winds and current test six classes
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Solid Day 3 for US Sailing Team
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 3 images by Jesus Renedo
Marseille One Design 2014 - GC32 Armin Strom blitzes final day
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Una Etapa 0 complicada para todos
Santander 49ers: Olympic Gold Medallist says two into 90 does not go!! *Feature
GBR aiming for first ever Nacra 17 Games berth at Santander Worlds
Volvo Ocean Race: Man and sail overboard as Leg 0 serves up drama
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 – Images by Dan Ibsen
Santander Worlds – already a spectator success
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 - Day 3 morning report
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Tales from the extreme
Volvo Ocean Race: Latest starter wins opening race
2014 J/70 World Championship - Healy, Abdullah, Becker and Borges win
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Full-blown, once again
ISAF Worlds - Americans jump up Laser and Laser Radial leaderboard
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 3
America's Cup: Luna Rossa sailing with two foiling AC45's + Video
Extreme Sailing: Emirates Team NZ retain second overall
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio Olympic Laser spots snapped up   
Rolex Swan Cup - All set for final showdown   
Upper Midwest sailors need help to take it to the next level   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - RS:X action begins in Santander   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans rise in Laser and Radial   
Extreme Sailing Series - A remarkable penultimate day’s racing + Video   
Marseille One Design - GC32 GDF Suez unstoppable in the light   
Rolex Swan Cup - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Images of the leaders in Santander   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Good day for Double Trouble   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2 images by Erik Simonson   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - TP52 fleet ready for tricky race tracks   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Plenty maintains lead   
2014 Asia Pacific Student Cup - Count down begins   
Extreme Sailing Series: Live coverage of Day 3 - view here   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Going away   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Practice makes perfect   
2014 J/70 World Championship - Contrasting conditions on Day 4   
Rolex Big Boat Series - 50 years of big boat racing: a retrospective   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT