News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : Club Marine Series Round 2 - Lighter conditions

Club Marine Series Round 2 - Lighter conditions

'Light weather start equals a fair amount of flapping sail - Club Marine Series 2011 Round Two'    Teri Dodds ©

Club Marine Series 2011-12 second round was held on Saturday 5th November on Melbourne’s Port Phillip. Round Two could probably not have been more different to the first.

Yes, around 120 vessels of varying sizes and styles came out to race in four divisions across the three categories - Australian Measurement System (AMS), Performance Handicap System (PHS) and International Rule Club (IRC). Yes, they were spread over a large portion of the top of the Bay on two separate courses. Yes, the competition was tough and yes, there were a lot of smiles out there.

But no, the big difference was that there were not the wildly changeable conditions, strong breezes and lumpy seas of the first day’s welcome to the season. Nice one, Melbourne and the Bay, for making it a lighter session on both equipment and crews.

This particular round was run by Hobson’s Bay Yacht Club, right up the top of Port Phillip, just to the West of the mouth of Yarra River, where it joins the Bay. Low 30’s were predicted with mostly clear skies, ensuring the crews needed to worry about sunscreen just as much as sail trim. The forecast called for winds from the North to Nor’east of 5 to 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots as the day unfolded, with local afternoon seabreezes to about 10 knots. Flat water with barely a ripple, but maybe getting to half a metre, would ensure a dry outing for all, unless you got a spinnaker in the water during a drop. This really meant that it would be shifty, with no real direction to it, which would make it hard for Race Management and crews, alike.

Just before racing, Ashley Stevens, Commodore of the Hobson’s Bay Yacht Club said, 'We are proud to be associated with the Club Marine Series. It is one of the last, truly great inter-club racing series. We’re also hoping our boats can repeat their winning performances from Round One.'

From out on the course, Principal Race Officer David Leroy of the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, provides some extra detail. 'It certainly was a long day, but we did get in two good races in a shifty Nor’easterly. The maximum breeze was 11 knots and the Maximum something like 5’ish. There was a little bit of a parking session at one point down at the leeward marks, however. Generally speaking, all was OK.'

'Mostly, we saw smiling faces out on the track and it was a lot cooler on the water than ashore. The first race of the day for Divisions Two and Three was a four-leg Windward/Leeward return and the second was five legs. This puts us ahead of the game with the Club Marine Series now, as we now only need one race per day for them, for the remainder of the season. We will do the extra race for Division One the next time we have a decent forecast', said David.

So then, we move on to some standings. With so much racing taking place on the one day, we’ll highlight some of the achievements, with the full details to be found online. In Division Zero, the TP52, Calm, continued on from their wonderful efforts in the recent offshore race to Stanley to take out IRC and PHS from Veloce and Cadibarra 8. As a result, Calm has a commanding early position over the series, with both Veloce and Cadibarr8 sharing in the standings with other vessels like Rush and Scarlet Runner.

Chutzpah38 are all over the various scoreboards in the Club Marine Series 2011 Round Two -  Teri Dodds?nid=90369 ©  

Division One was all about Ikon and Chutzpah38 on the day, with Wicked, Swordfish Trombone and Audacious taking third place in IRC, AMS and PHS, respectively. Also in the mix for discussion as the series unfolds for this very closely contested division, will be likes of Bandit, Bombora and Jazz Player, who are already hovering near the podium.

Bullet right up near St Kilda beach in very flat water - Club Marine Series 2011 Round Two -  Teri Dodds?nid=90369 ©  
Divisions Two and Three had a big day, getting two races in each. For Division Two, Penfold Audi Sport continued on her winning ways, with Executive Decision showing all how they can sail and Gienah making a case, as well. Bullet took out some AMS honours and dark Energy featured in PHS. Stitched Up made a good case for exactly that in the second race of the day, but the omnipresent Toecutter 2 shone, as is somewhat usual. Overall in IRC, Penfold Audi Sport holds a significant lead from Top Gun and Absolut. AMS goes to Toecutter 2 for now, but they have just the one point as a lead over David Ellis’ Penfold Audi Sport. Dark Energy are in third, but have the lead in PHS, with the former two holding the minor places, presently.

Division Three may be for the smaller boats, but certainly has its share of big battles going on. Wavelength, Watermark and Intrusion are names that certainly come up regularly. Today was no different, except that others like Siren, Unami and Duckmobile, the latter back after shredding a mainsail in the last outing, occupied a bit of the podium, as well.

So as the series gets some good racing covered off IRC is currently led by Intrusion, with Wavelength and Siren in behind, but Watermark II and Footloose are with the latter on points. AMS is even tighter with just seven points separating first and tenth. In amongst them are boats like Rhiannon, Sea Eagle and Red Rocks, so expect that division to be one to have lots of movers and shakers over the remainder of the season. In PHS, Sea Eagle hold a slender lead over Outlaw and then it goes a bit further back to Duckmobile and Good Question.

As it is such a big event, the organising authority is suitably delighted that all are smiling. 'The Club Marine Series is a fantastic series of races. The series attracts in excess of 120 yachts and the 800 crew who sail them on various Port Phillip courses. The fiercely contested races are conducted in good spirits by the skippers and crews. Spectators can even see part of this spectacle from some vantage points around the Bay, like Brighton pier, the beach at Elwood and from their car whilst traversing the Westgate Bridge', commented Steve Walker, the CEO of Yachting Victoria, after the day’s activities.

The Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron will run the third round of the Club Marine Series on December 3, 2011. Before that, crews will get the opportunity for further practice and glory during the Lipton Cup Regatta on November 19 and 20. Details for that can be found on the Lipton Cup website.

Many thanks to the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria and Yachting Victoria for providing their vessels to the media crew, thus enabling them to get out on the water.

The Club Marine Series is proudly sponsored by Australia’s largest marine insurer.

In Division One, it was a day for Ikon - Club Marine Series 2011 Round Two -  Teri Dodds?nid=90369 ©  

Club Marine Series website

by John Curnow


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

1:18 PM Sat 5 Nov 2011 GMT

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

News - USA and the World

The first annual WetaFresh is a big success by Tim Wieringa, Muskegon, MI

Techno 293 Worlds - France and Italy claim titles by International Windsurfing Association,

420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup final qualification system published
Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac - Karma Sailing Group wins
Red Bull 49erFX: Easing into the Olympic scene at Rio
Kempe thrilled to invite himself to Gold Cup party
2014 420 World Championships - Singapore wins Day 2 race
Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals
Etchells Invitational Cup - Girls on top in Cowes
National Sailing Hall of Fame reveals inductees
J/111 North American Championship - Wind Czar victorious
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race sets off August 10th
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau victorious on day 5
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship headed for San Diego
WPA Championships - Kids race divisions offered
New Clever Pig launched by US Sailing
America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting
Copa del Rey Mapfre - Build-up reveals some remarkable enthusiasm
Marblehead NOOD Regatta - Images by Leighton O'Connor
America's Cup: Two AC72 skippers discuss Foiling Moths and the Cup
RS Feva World Championship - Brilliant sailing on day 2
America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014 - Relishing a challenge   
Edgartown Race Weekend - BBBR and Round-the-Island Race winners named   
Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4   
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event   
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014   
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston   
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet   
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Final two days of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014   
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader   
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3   
Vic-Maui Yacht Race - Polishing the silverware   
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day   
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins   
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final   

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  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





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.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT