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APRIL 2022 LOG
 

Commodore's Report

Dear members
I look forward to welcoming you to the AGM at 7pm on Wednesday 11 May. The Flag Officers and I will report on the latest news, projects and the Club’s financial position. We’ll elect the Board for 2022-23 and answer your questions.

I really appreciate the members who have nominated for the Board. Some are very long-standing supporters of our Club and I thank them for their continued support. There are many ways we can all contribute to our Club’s success, so if you would consider being our trophy officer, an equipment auditor or have an idea for a project please let me know at the AGM or by email. 

If you are not able to attend the AGM in person, please email info@bbyc.com.au and we will send you the link to dial in by videoconference or phone. Please note that only members attending in person will be able to vote. Please ensure you submit a proxy form if you plan to dial in.

Best
Karen
Commodore
With the glorious weather, the pontoon dock was a hive of activity over Easter.

Vice Commodore's Report

Another year is fast coming to an end with the AGM to be held on the 11th May 2022.
 
Although not my first choice being VC I have enjoyed working with Our Commodore and Board Members, they have done an excellent job under another difficult year.
 
If we use the half bottle of wine story, depending on your attitude it is either negative I only have half left, or Positive I still have half left, even with the continuation of COVID and adverse weather I hope you are Positive like me and agree we are lucky overall to be in the position the Club is at present.
 
I wish to thank those who have assisted me this year, Glenn Hugget, Brian Talbot and Bert Morales plus several other Members who also gave me a hand.
 
Because of COVID and weather there has only been limited access to the Club and limited camaraderie after races. It is hopeful after the AGM and the Winter series begins we can regain what we have lost over the last 2 years.
 
I have one last request, after the last Working Bee in the rain we still have a large number of leaves in the car park if we could put some of them in the Bin I would appreciate your help.
 
Although I will not be on the water till the Winter Series, I still look forward to seeing you Saturday mornings.
 
I will prepare a more detailed report for the AGM.
 
That’s all for now.
 
Regards,
 
VC Brian

Rear Commodore's Report

Congratulations to Steve Hall and crew on Halcyon Daze, winning the Tony Brauer Memorial Trophy race last Saturday – see the race report below. There is still plenty of glory and silverware up for grabs, with the Autumn Bay Series, Transit Series and Club Championship all still in play. And don’t forget, the re-scheduled Commodore’s Cup will be run on 14th May.
 
As you will be aware, the Endeavour National and State Championships regatta that was to be hosted by BBYC over the Easter long weekend was cancelled – the EYAA is looking to reschedule the regatta to mid-late January 2023. Stay tuned for updates.
 
The results of the depth survey of the outer Georges River channel, conducted by Roads and Maritime Service in February, are still under consideration by RMS and so are not yet available publicly. RMS have confirmed that some navigation marks may need to move, but that the details of any such action need to be managed in consultation with the Department of Primary Industry who are focused on impacts on sea grass beds in the vicinity. The next step is a re-survey of specific areas to confirm findings and assess the impact of the recent floods, before developing an agreed plan for more accurate definition of the navigable channel. I will update members once details are available from RMS.

Finally, wearing my other hat as editor of the Log, you will have noticed that this edition is pretty light on for photos - all budding photographers out there, get snapping, your contributions will be much appreciated.

That’s all from me. See you on the water.
 
Phil

Cruising Reports

Surprisingly with back-to-back long weekends we actually had some pleasant weather. Good to see plenty of members out and about on the bay, a few cruisers including Catch 22 and Vamos heading further afield and plenty of TLC being lavished on your boats at the Club’s pontoon.

For our longer distance cruisers, Priscila is up at Coffs Harbour, just a hop and a skip away from the Gold Coast. With more than 25,000 ocean miles under her belt, Pit Pony is heading up the west coast of Mexico getting ready to find a safe haven for the next cyclone season.

As always please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need the support of the ‘balcony of knowledge’ for a project or to develop your seamanship and sailing skills. Watch this space, and the Cruising Division Facebook page, for details of the next cruising division BBQ.
Thanks to Priscila for the spectacular shots from aboard Acrux (above and masthead) while cruising from Port Stephens to Coffs Harbour.

Race Reports

Transit Series Race 6, 2 April
This was supposed to be the last race of our offshore series, but since the previous 2 had been abandoned due to strong winds, this was converted to a standard handicap start Transit race (besides which, the forecast SW winds and large seas would have made offshore racing a tad uncomfortable!). As it was, the fleet encountered some large swells in the bay and even into the Georges River channel.
 
With the staggered start, the fleet initially split into two groups, with Blys and Scallywag Too in hot pursuit of Juluka, while at the back of the fleet Resurgent and Griffin headed off after Vamos. The 2 Endeavours were enjoying a close tussle, with Scallywag Too closing up on Blys, and both reeling in Juluka. Resurgent and Griffin similarly closed up on Vamos after an exciting shy kite run to Brighton. After two works and a run between Airport and Ramsgate marks, Blys led the fleet back into the channel against the falling tide, closely followed by Scallywag Too, Vamos, Resurgent and Griffin. Juluka was flagging in the lightening breeze. There were some exciting tacking duels up the channel, dodging Lasers, MGs, Skates, 16s and marker buoys. Blys took their efforts to stay out of the tide a tad too seriously (or were they looking for mudcrabs?) and ended up on the eastern mudflats, and that was their race shot. Vamos cruised home for the win, followed by Resurgent, Griffin, Scallywag Too and Juluka.
Autumn Series Race 3, 9 April
The starters set an ENE course to the prevailing light sea breeze, and the fleet got away using a Gate start. By the time we reached the top mark, the breeze had backed NE, and by the wing mark gone further to about NNE. Stockade led at the top mark, followed by Resurgent then Griffin, Blys and Rhumbline IV. Most boats two-sailed to the wing mark, but Resurgent was locked in to setting their #2 asymmetrical kite regardless, and enjoyed a fast but short ride towards Ramsgate – unfortunately, the wing mark was near Brighton! Undaunted, Resurgent doused the kite and headed off after Stockade and Griffin. After a squarer, and more sedate, kite run to the bottom mark, Resurgent’s backstay tackle landed on the skipper’s head after gybing for the mark, having come loose from the transom. That was Resurgent’s race done.
 
Blys and Rhumbline IV were enjoying a good tussle, while the backing breeze left the remaining works heavily port-tack favoured. With the strengthening breeze, Griffin was closing in on Stockade up the last work, while Blys started pulling away from Rhumline IV. Stockade got the scratch win from Griffin then Blys. Blys won on corrected time, followed by Rhumbline IV and Griffin.
Autumn Series Race 4, Tony Brauer Memorial Trophy, 23 April
Eight boats fronted up for a very late-building SSE going SE breeze 8-15kts through the race time which was supposed to be in all day. It took a long time to push the SW away but after arriving it was reasonably steady in direction. High tide at 2.30PM but a “low” high. All boats had set the biggest 3 sails they could find, and we were off towards Quibray. The line was set very evenly and Halcyon Daze lead us off right on the gun ¾ the way down to the buoy end, followed by (coming back up to the boat end) Stockade next then Juluka, Resurgent, Rhumbline IV, Wukong, Blys and Tic Tacs. Resurgent gradually eased into the lead up the centre of the course while Wukong tacked off to the RHS of the course and HD was footing nicely out on the LHS in a worrying portent. At the top mark, Resurgent rounded barely ½ a boat length in front of Stockade sailing nicely 3 up who came back into the mark on a good starboard lift late in the work, with HD right on our heels and Wukong hanging in well, followed by the E-Brigade 3 with Rhumbline placed well, and Juluka. We kite set and slid down to the wing mark in an easy broad reach and planned for the 2nd reaching leg which would be tighter.

As a result, Resurgent with masthead symm kite battled to hold height to see off HD and Stockade with masthead asymmetricals, and just did so while Wukong came through as expected and the E-Brigade watched each other like hawks. On the next work, the expected SSE to SE shift and lessening tide impact was in everyone’s head and HD tacked early to go on a long starboard leg out to the airport followed by Stockade and then Resurgent. HD came back into the windward mark well and the gap at the windward mark the 2nd time was similar to the leeward mark and so the square run 5th leg would be crucial.

Resurgent did it with a gybe set and one port leg with the breeze seeming to go back S a bit, while HD held on very well with the breeze ramping up to 15kt gusts and helping them skate along nicely after a bear away set and 3 gybes down the leg. Stockade changed up to masthead symmetrical kite and came through significantly as did Wukong like HD. Blys got on top of the E brigade but Rhumbline IV was more than keeping them honest. Up the last work HD pressed hard with their sage guest crew Dennis down from the sunshine state obviously running tactics, and would just not go away rather drawing closer tack by tack but they ran out of runway in the effort to drag in Resurgent. They were followed across the line by Stockade and Wukong both finishing fast in the building breeze. So HD got the chocolates and Tony Brauer Memorial Trophy in an excellent effort, from Rhumbline IV in a similar effort only 1/2min back, with Stockade easing into 3rd. Well done to these 3 and all boats and to the starters for a great course in a very late building breeze, also to delay the start 5mins to allow all boats to start on time.
Autumn Series Race 5, 30th April
The wind in the morning was 12-15kts N as predicted, which was supposed to go around to 10-12kts W during race time but at 12.30pm we had S-SSE at 8-11kts and it looked very steady coming out of Quibray and a 140deg first leg course was set. All 6 boats got away cleanly with Tic Tacs down the buoy end followed by (coming back up to the boat) Stockade, Resurgent, Rhumbline, Griffin and Wasabi. Resurgent eased out to the lead but the wind gradually sagged and went all over the shop and all boats floundered as we spread out about 3-400m across the work. By ½ way up the work the wind had sagged right away to 0 on our instruments, and had gone from SSE to E, then WSW. Probably most of the 6 boats nominally led at one stage or another up to then, with Stockade and Tic Tacs doing well up the middle, and Wasabi coming in from out to the right on the new WSW.
 
Unfortunately, it dropped right away but came back in patches from the south till dying again but finally the WSW came back at 1-3kts and we kite set to the mark off Quibray, with Stockade arriving first from Resurgent then Tic Tacs, Griffin, Rhumbline and Wasabi. We all gybed around and the wind disappeared again. Finally the WNW came in at 1-3kts and we 2 sail reached to the shortened finish at the wing mark the first time with Stockade easing over at around 1:50 race elapsed time from Resurgent, followed in by Tic Tacs, Griffin and Rhumbline. Tic Tacs got the hcap from Stockade and Rhumbline. Well done to the starters and all boats in a very trying day.

News

Twilight Extensions
The first of the extended Twilight season races and dinners was held on Friday 29th, well organised by Bert who had to battle considerable odds with the absence through COVID of a couple of boats and significant support crew. There remains great interest to continue these events, with the next one planned for 13th May. Please touch base with Bert Morales if you are interested in participating.

Scuttlebutt

International Racing – Clipper Round the World 2019-2020: Restarted Leg 6 Philippines to Seattle
report and pictures courtesy Col Tickell
Leg 6 of the restarted Clipper Round the World 19-20 race finished on 23 April UTC off Cape Flattery, Washington State. The race start was 25nm north of Pagudpod on the north-eastern corner of Philippines main island of Luzon at noon on 24 March. The 6,100nm course went close to southern Japan, then across the North Pacific Ocean to the west coast of the USA near Seattle. ‘WTC Logistics’ won the leg in a time of 31 days 6hrs 30min, with UNICEF (UK) 2hrs 58m behind in second place and Punta Del Este third 4hrs 16min behind. The first seven yachts of the 11 boat fleet finished within almost 16 hours of the winner.
As expected, the race conditions included big seas, high winds, snow and ice, wind changes and wind holes (photo above of WTC Logistics mid north pacific, view from the helm with two reefs in the main, no headsail yankee, staysail only, crew gloved and trying to keep warm). Crew numbers were around 16 per yacht. After time to refresh and repair, the yachts will depart Seattle on 30 April for Leg 7, to Bermuda via the Panama Canal.

WTC Logistics also won the previous leg (Leg 5) of the race from Airlie Beach, Queensland to Subic Bay, Philippines in March 2019. The race was then delayed because of COVID and three host-ports in China (Sanya, Zuhai and Qingdao) were unable to take the continued section of the race. Further information can be found at www.clipperroundtheworld.com, or talk to Colin Tickell, who crewed on WTC Logistics for Leg 4 of the race (Freemantle to Airlie Beach).

Members' Corner

Members' Contributions
The Editors welcome input from Members to the BBYC Log - old or contemporary photos, sailing news, other items of interest. Please send input to: phillipwidders@optusnet.com.au.

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