sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Big day for the little ones at the ORCV Winter Series

Big day for the little ones at the ORCV Winter Series

'Division One got away cleanly. - ORCV Winter Series'    Alex McKinnon

Two little Hick 30 foot yachts had a great time in Race Five of the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s Winter Series.

After early morning fog lifted in a very gentle Northerly breeze, sunny skies and flat water on Melbourne’s Port Phillip were the order of the day. The wind died completely for a brief but frustrating moment as it swung from out of the North to hold a more Southerly direction, which it did for the rest of the day as it built in firstly towards a genuine ten knots and then crept just over that mark as the sun very much waned for the day. By that stage, all the boats were indeed home and happy crews had enjoyed the traditional passage race that has been a feature of the Winter Series during its 41-year history.

The Race Director for the Winter Series is ORCV legend, Robin Hewitt and he had this to say about the day and the racing. ‘There was thick fog to the South of us (from our proximity to Recreational Mark #2) and as a result, the shipping was going slow - read proceeding with caution!!! We had six knots from the North for the start and it was more than a little overcast, which later cleared and calmed out. Speaking of starts, Division One got away quite orderly, but Division Two had two individual recalls for being on course side.’

Robin also went on to say, ‘Goldfinger was the first to round R2 and head off to the spoil ground with a spinnaker. Some anxious moments followed when an unnerving calm appeared, right when the boats were traversing the main shipping channel. We had to get on the radio and use the course boat to ensure our yachts did not impede shipping. Those who persevered West of the Channel reaped the eventual local seabreeze first. The new breeze maxed for us at around 7 to 8 knots, at about 3pm. To add to our busy times on board the Committee Boat, we had an absolute dead-heat finish with Dry White and Schüss and had a big scramble to fire the gun, as Toecutter 2 (one of the little Hicks) appeared amidst Division One to actually take Line Honours for Division Two!’

Looking over the results, we find that Toecutter 2 and Godzilla (the other little Hick) came in twelfth and fourteenth overall on the day, respectively, which was well ahead of the next Division Two vessel, The Secretary. 12 minutes, in fact. In IRC corrected times, Godzilla beat the Division One winner, Challenge, by 11 minutes, with another two of the Division Two boats, White Noise and Laurelle, also getting 'home' before the Sydney 38. So it is hardly surprising then that Godzilla got a win in the performance category, as well.

Tom Fowler’s little Hick, Godzilla. - ORCV Winter Series -  Alex McKinnon  

Now not only did both of the Hicks beat the Division One Australian Measurement System winner, Dry White in absolute terms, in AMS corrected times, Toecutter 2 got 'home' 23 minutes before Dry White and Godzilla was 22 minutes clear. The biggest result out of all of this is that Toecutter 2 has now given herself a clear and distinct margin in the race for the Lord Warden Trophy, which is awarded to the vessel with the lowest pointscore in the series from any division. At just five points, she is six points clear of both of her nearest rivals, Jazz Player and winner for the last two years running, INSX, who are on eleven points.

Robert Hick’s ultra-light and well-sailed 30 footer, Toecutter 2. - ORCV Winter Series -  Alex McKinnon  

Principal Race Officer, David Leroy, from the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria said, ‘We set a short, 3/4nm beat North to R2, before the fleet headed off to the Spoil Ground mark. OK. In the politically correct world it's Dredged Material Ground. Once there, they turned back for a 5nm run towards Williamstown and the Pipeline #3 mark. From there it was over to Gellibrand and finally R4, the last mark before a shortened 3nm beat back towards Brighton and the laid mark finish.’

‘Setting off in six to seven knots from the North, they rounded R2 and went off on their reach to the DMG. Of course it went quiet at the Channel, which was terribly handy with the shipping around at the time. The breeze did come back out of the South and everything ended up fine. There were plenty of happy faces and many a thank you, as the crews crossed the line, which was really great. Pretty Woman was the last home, but things did not separate too much during the race. Sure the usual suspects stamped their mark, but it was not overly spread out as that dead heat shows’, David finished on.

After heading in towards the CBD, the yachts all headed out to the dredged material ground mark. - ORCV Winter Series -  Alex McKinnon  

The ships in Australia’s busiest container port were certainly prevalent on the day and Race Management’s efforts in ensuring the maximum safety are commendable, especially in light of recent events on the other side of the globe captured on video for the entire world to see. Well done to all crews for listening and looking.

Race Six, the penultimate round of the Winter Series is on Sunday, August 28. The fun that is the final event, the race to Geelong is on Saturday, September 10. An ever-growing fleet appears from all around Port Phillip to fill not only the racing divisions, but the terrific cruising categories, too.

XLR8 takes in the lull in proceedings. - ORCV Winter Series -  Alex McKinnon  

Dry White was earning a thirst. - ORCV Winter Series -  Alex McKinnon  

Division Two were not all behind the line. - ORCV Winter Series -  Alex McKinnon  


Clear demarcation is a good way to ensure yacht safety near shipping. - ORCV Winter Series -  Alex McKinnon  

Full results and standings, along with details of the race to Geelong, are available at orcv.org.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=87320

9:39 AM Mon 15 Aug 2011 GMT






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: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
















America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












































2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins by Vanessa Yates, Hawaii






BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet
Anna Tunnicliffe holds fourth at mid-point of Reebok CrossFit Games
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Maxi Soh wins Doubleheader A event
International Moth World Championships - Nathan Outteridge wins
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - First blood to Toselli and Angulo
Melges 24 Nationals - Record entries for 2014 and 2015 venue revealed
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Anna Kjellberg claims the lead
Jessica Uniack Memorial Beach to Bay Race at Long Beach YC
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship - Poland tops the leaderboard
America's Cup - Four teams confirm full support regardless of venue
Plastic Classic takes place at Mariposa Hunters Point YC
Six Metre European Championship - No champion declared for 2014
J/Teams sail tough Chicago Mackinac Race
Anna Tunnicliffe wins first event of Reebok Cross Fit Games + Video
2014 Pacific Cup - Skill and luck required for victory   
Six Metre European Championship - Action resumes on day 4   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 4   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam on the horizon   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Golden Jubilee to take place this September   
DH Pacific Cup - Running with the pack + Video   
Women's Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Testing day in Vannes   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland establishes solid lead   
International Moth Worlds: Outteridge charges into the lead + Video   
Marina Rubicón Round Canary Islands Race - First blood to Team Brunel   
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - Competition heats up on day 2   
Laser Radial World Championships - Competition aplenty on day 3 +Video   
Extreme Sailing Series - Penultimate Act to take place in Nice   
Leukemia Cup - Images by Leighton O'Connor   
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Meeting of the grand designs   
29er North American Championship - Final series kicks off   
29er World Championship 2014 set to start in Kingston, Ontario   
Barcelona and Parnu chosen for 2015 ORC championship events   
2014 Race for Rady Yacht Race - Benefiting Rady Children’s hospital   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Doubleheader events start tomorrow   


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