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

'Kookaburra I lead Division One around the track today - Club Marine Series'    © Alex McKinnon

Last time I checked, The Club Marine Series on Melbourne’s Port Phillip was a Summer event. Just confirming, you see, as the forecast for Saturday February 2 was looking decidedly grim with just 19 degrees on offer and a cool Southerly blowing through briskly that only penguins could love.

At least the big heater upstairs was turned on to nearly full and the chill was far less Antarctic, but the waves came clean over the bow of everything that ventured out there, none the less.

From 185 degrees and 15-20 knots, with more like 18-22 on offer at race’s end, Huey blew consistently all day and this knocked up the more than occasional 1.5m faced wave of green coloured coolness.

So it was a little testing, but certainly not scary, unless you happened to be on board the host club’s (Royal Brighton) Committee Boat, Tarni. Just before the start of Division Zero’s second race at 1350hrs, Reverie also from Royal Brighton Yacht Club came careening in to the very much-anchored vessel and looked all set to lay a very heavy T-bone on Tarni’s starboard side. Indeed the Race Officer on board, Greg Sinclair, commented, 'At 15m out, I thought we were well and truly gone and the ladies did not know which way they would have to jump.'

Just before this occurred, Reverie went hard to wind and took a major chunk out of the wooden vessel’s toerail. From our position on board the media vessel, which was directly in front of Tarni’s anchor chain and two boat lengths ahead (OCS), we were all set for the major crunch as Reverie’s bow came straight down on Tarni’s topsides. Mercifully, this did not occur. Reverie should not have been in this position in the first place and secondly, why not choose to bare away and go below the Committee Vessel, as is the common practice?

To not come back and enquire as to the condition of the boat’s occupants, also seems a little curious to all of those that witnessed it. Perhaps this is why the Committee Vessel was asking a couple of boats that did indeed ask as to the state of their health, if they may perhaps have some spare toilet paper. We thought a quick Scotch may be a better idea, as the team was very much shaken by it all. 'The screams from the Reverie crew were possibly heard from ashore, even in that wind', Greg Sinclair added.

Audacious is one of the many Sydney 38s trying hard for a place at the top- Club Marine Series -  http://www.alexmckinnonphotography.com!©_Alex_McKinnon  

Greg Sinclair, RO for the Division Zero and One course, said also, 'Apart from that incident, what a great racetrack it was today. It settled in at 185 degree and was just fantastic. Certainly there were some bumps out there, as there were loads of sheep in the paddock, but it was really good racing and predominantly very clean, as well.'
'The Sydney 38s seemed to be having a great day and I understand that they are also really enjoying the series. Let’s hope it all continues for them.'

Living Doll came out to play - Club Marine Series -  http://www.alexmckinnonphotography.com!©_Alex_McKinnon  

The first race of the day was Division Zero’s two-lapper at 2.2nm. It was good to mark the return of Michael Hiatt’s Living Doll to the track and for the first lap, it seemed that it would be a golden moment as well. They rounded the top mark a couple of hundred metres ahead and also were in the lead at the bottom mark. This was as good as it got, however, for Calm 2 would overtake from there and grab the first gun, too.

They would retire from Race Two with no headsail, as the foil had been obliterated. It seems the tack point was further aft than usual after some work had been carried out on the vessel and the sail then just cleaned up the foil. It is terrific to learn that they will be on the racecourse for the remainder of the Club Marine Series, so that will be good. Also retiring from Race Two was XLR8 with a tangled kite.

Calm Two own Division Zero in the 2012/13 Club Marine Series. Having just had three wins at the Audi IRC Australian Championships, the same as Class A winner, Shogun V and Hooligan, you can bet they will be fired up for next week’s TP52 Southern Cross Cup and then the three remaining rounds of the Club Marine Series.

Jazz Player knows how to get on the scoreboard - Club Marine Series -  http://www.alexmckinnonphotography.com!©_Alex_McKinnon  

In Division One, it was a day for another of the newly crowned Audi IRC Australian Champions, Class B’s Ikon. They had plenty of Sydney 38s around to ride shotgun and the Bakewell-White Z39, Jazz Player was in the mix after the day’s race, too. In terms of the series to date, the top of the table is possibly sealed off, but the list of potentials for minor places is long and deep.

Greg Fisher, Club Marine’s CEO said, 'It really has been great to see 130 crews take to Port Phillip in Melbourne over Summer and enjoy the Club Marine Series. Sure there are some usual suspects at the top of the various leader boards. However, there are vessels like Nouannie and Under Capricorn that are always sailed well, but may not often hold a spot on the dais. Let's hope that continues for them.'

Div1 Start with Clockwork going for it - Club Marine Series -  http://www.alexmckinnonphotography.com!©_Alex_McKinnon  

'Various One Design fleets, like the Sydney 38s, continue to provide fantastic, close, competitive sailing to watch and it is no wonder we see so many of them on the scoreboard. With the weather having been very kind over the Club Marine Series so far, we trust that this blessing will continue for the remainder of the season, allowing for a safe and fun time for all as they enjoy their sport. Club Marine is delighted for the leaders to date and keen for our valued members to continue to do well, too. All the best to the entire Club Marine Series fleet spanning the four divisions.'

All singing, all dancing, all conquering Executive Decision - Club Marine Series -  Teri Dodds ©  

David Ellis from Penfold Audi Sport and the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria Sailing Captain, said of their dominance of Division Two scoreboard, 'It is an Adams 10 kind of day when we get this amount of breeze, so we just need to hang on for the best result we can get. Executive Decision won Class C at Geelong, recently. Another 10, Top Gun, would get second in both IRC and AMS (Australian Measurement System) for their day’s efforts, as well. These sorts of variations are a perfect example of what the Club Marine Series is all about. It was good to learn that Kookaburra I (KA 11) lead the Division One fleet around the track and they go to windward like nothing else, carrying all that load in the rigging as well.'

Top Gun was just that today - Club Marine Series -  Teri Dodds ©  

'Footloose (Div3) had a great day as well, and lead the Club Marine Series in Division Three AMS. Johnny Robb and the crew are always consistent and he may not get the credit he deserves. They sail the Noelex 25 so well and are always a danger in the AMS. Royals as a club are all about being serious with our racing, so it is good to see the club so well represented amongst the leaders.'

John said of it all, 'We had an extra person on board to take us to three for the day and so we feel like we’ve been on holiday, but also really thrilled. We do enjoy it and hope to get on the dais at the end.'

Wavelength won IRC and AMS on the day - Club Marine Series -  Teri Dodds ©  

S80s and Farr1020’s like Wavelength, Intrusion and Skipjack would have a great time out there, like the Diamonds, Lucy in the sky and Mystery. However, the series is still controlled by Intrusion, Skipjack, Watermark II, Footloose and Nouannie, with none of those keen to relinquish anything. After the closeness of the Sydney 38s in Div1, this armada are always good for a viewing. The overall pace may be slower, but the competition is always fast tracked from gun to gun.

Lucy in the sky (of ....) - Club Marine Series -  Teri Dodds ©  

David Leroy, the Principal Race Officer for the Club Marine Series was running Divisions Two and Three today, right up the top of the Bay, in between Williamstown and St Kilda. 'We had a really nice breeze for a yacht race today. It was 185 through to 200 degrees at times and sometimes a bit from the left, as well. It did not cause us to have to look at resetting, however. At the front end of Division Two, the sailing was really very good, but the same could not be said for the back end.'

'A few people decided to jump off and some things like that. Their crews subsequently retrieved them. One came off Matrix and was in the water for about three and a half minutes and a couple of other vessels went to his assistance. One of these was K2, who had just endured a major kite issue and the other was Under Capricorn. This all took place just before Matrix was coming in for a finish and the others went back to assist.'

'The Bowman came off the Adams 10, Longshot, but he was scooped up as the boat went by. We will look at the usual two-race day next time, provided the weather is OK. We just wanted to allow everyone a bit of a breather after Geelong and everything, so be prepared is what I am saying.'

'The sea state and breeze were calmer for us at the top of the Bay and I think this is because the tide started to back off a little (low tide was at 1430hrs). I now where you were it went from annoying to painful, so it just shows the Bay always has something on offer in its many different parts.'

Div2 gets away for their race - Club Marine Series -  Teri Dodds ©  

Many thanks to both Hobsons Bay Yacht Club and the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria for providing the media vessels. This ensured that a thorough set of images was taken across both courses. Lunch from the host club, Royal Brighton, was also enjoyed and appreciated.

Remember, it is never to late to be a part of it. If you're based in Melbourne and enjoying reading this, then maybe you should 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 Club Marine Series is proudly sponsored by Australia’s largest marine insurer - details and full information about the series can be found at 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=106209

11:21 AM Sat 2 Feb 2013GMT


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







News - USA and the World





























America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,




Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours by RHKYC and Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong


























HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle








ISAF Match Race Rankings for 16 April 2014
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres – World’s best to race on French Riviera
Rolex China Sea Race – Fleet off to a clean start
America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature
World Youth Sailing Week – Second edition officially presented + Video
Rolex China Sea Race - Sailing classic returns
Les Voiles de St Barth – Fired up for battle
CNN Mainsail Down Under for the 75th JJ Giltinan Trophy - 18ft skiffs
Volvo Ocean Race: North Sails on outfitting the Volvo 65
Image gallery: James Cook High's Royal encounter on Steinlager 2 *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Maersk Line named shipping partner
Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry joins America's Tall Ship fleet + Video
2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Glorious conditions prevail on final day
WWA Pro Card Qualifier - Pro Cards earned at Freedom Wake Park
Christmas Caribbean Rally - Top class sailors to compete
Earth Day boater tips
Anna Tunnicliffe - from CrossFit to Extreme 40's
Charleston Race Week - Photos by Chris Howell
Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata   
Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete   
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event   
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website   
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!   
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale   
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design   
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager   
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature   
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall   
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in   
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences   
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco   
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2   
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3   


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.
X6XL NEW US