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JANUARY 2021 LOG
 

Commodore's Report

I have been away during January – I trust you have been enjoying some better sailing weather.
 
We have just received the momentous news that our tenants, Endeavour Marine Services, will be finishing up at the end of their current lease, on June 30th 2021. Grant and Col and their team have provided fabulous service to the boat owners of the area, and have been an asset to the club and members during their 10 years on site. Their knowledge and skill have kept our boats in prime condition, and rescued many of us from the various pitfalls of boat ownership. They will be sorely missed in the yards, but hopefully they and the mighty Stockade will still be keeping us on our toes out on the race course for seasons to come. I am sure you will join me in wishing Grant and Col all the best as they move into the next phase of their careers.
 
The club will be putting out a call for Expressions of Interest for prospective new tenants, with the details to be developed by the club’s Lease Committee headed by Warren Browne. Stay tuned for details via the BBYC website as well as on Facebook and in various media outlets.
 
In the meantime, I look forward to catching up with you at the club next Friday or Saturday.
 
Commodore
Brian

Vice Commodore's Report

Welcome to 2021. The year hasn’t quite got off to the racing start we would have hoped for.

The planned working bee to tidy up the yard had to be cancelled at the 7th hour due the neighbour bringing in the tree loppers and filling the carpark with branches.
 
Then good old COVID struck again. The enhanced safety measures required for running a public bar put the brakes on the run-away success of the after-twilight activities on a Friday, and has members enjoying their own refreshments under the “Do Not Enjoy Refreshments Here” sign outside the EMS office.
 
Not opening the bar after the Australia Day regatta was a bridge too far. It was good to see everyone up in the club house enjoying a refreshment whilst engaging in the race postmortem.
 
The latest COVID restrictions are beginning to be lifted, let’s look forward to fun and frivolity at BBYC in February.

Glenn and Brian

Rear Commodore's Report

It’s been great to get out on the water after the Christmas/New Year break, with racing now back in full swing and the cruisers making the most of the warmer weather. Earlier this month, the regular twilighters enjoyed the biggest fleet of the season, welcoming Windrift III (Emma Elcombe) back to the club. The Bay fleet is also expanding – we welcome Alan Lan with Wukong (J70).

I had the pleasure of joining the starter Garys on the Start Boat for the Claytons Commodore's Cup on 9th January - well worth doing to understand the various factors that influence decision-making re course set-up. From forecast wind shifts, the actual wind direction differing by up to 30deg between the top mark and bottom mark, sufficient room to lay the wing mark, wind strength during the race to ensure a fair and reasonable race duration, and tide influencing water depth, there is plenty to consider. Thanks Gary and Gary!   
 
The Australia Day regatta went off well again this year, with 13 boats competing across 4 Divisions. A big Thank You to Gary Kembrey and Col Tickell for officiating on the Start Boat, and for Garry Ford for recording finish times plus manning the Bar. Congratulations to the Division winners: Div A, In Tune; Div B, BOB; Div C, Halcyon Daze; and Div E, Scallywag Too. The first 3 boats across the line represented Divisions C, B and E respectively. More details and the full results are in the Race Reports section below.
 
On the subject of race results, please be patient as we work through issues with posting results online. The results are still being calculated and recorded in TopYacht but, since changing the host server for the club’s website (you will have noticed the website now loads more quickly), we are experiencing compatibility and security issues which prevent TopYacht reporting to the internet. We hope to have this issue resolved soon, but in the meantime the latest race and series results have been posted to the club’s FaceBook page.
 
Following the second Gate Start of the season, for the last race of 2020, a great video taken from onboard pathfinder Griffin has been posted to the club’s FaceBook page – recommended viewing (click HERE). Clearly old habits die hard for some – spot the barger!!
 
Seas the day!
Phil
Alan Lan and crew, with J70 Wukong

Cruising Club

CRUISING DESTINATIONS
In this occasional section of the Log, we will provide descriptions and tips for local destinations for prospective cruisers to explore at their leisure. This month's destination is Manly Cove.
7 miles from Sydney, 1,000 miles from care & about 12 miles from Botany Bay mean Manly is a great destination for a mini break.
 
There are a couple of public (pink) moorings to the west of the ferry wharf, near the baths and old aquarium. Or anchor in a sandy spot to protect the sea grass. 
 
It’s a busy place, especially at weekends. There’s a bit of ferry noise, but it was surprisingly comfortable in a NE, close to shore there’s not much ferry wash.
 
Things to do:
  • Stroll down the Corso for a surf
  • Head to Shelly Beach for a snorkel in Cabbage Tree Aquatic Reserve
  • Rent a SUP or join a SUP yoga class
  • Spot fairy penguins coming back to shore at sunset.
  • Do the Manly scenic walkway to Fairlight or further.
You shouldn’t go hungry, with a profusion of cafes, bars & restaurants. There’s a fresh produce market on Sundays, an Aldi at the wharf, bottle shops & more.
 
Have fun!

Further details can be found on the RMS site (click HERE).

Race Reports

Twilight Series
8th January
The first race back after the break, and the fleet headed off towards Taren Point in a light to moderate sou-easter, with Blys leading the charge followed by Juluka.

It was a close tussle around the two laps, with only 90 seconds separating the first four boats after the lap one. The second lap was even tighter. Powered by the sou’easter, there appeared to be nothing separating the first three boats charging down Kogarah Bay to the finish line. In Tune held a slight lead at the mouth of the bay, with Blys trying to take her wind with Tic Tacs close astern. Blys was convinced they had done enough, but In Tune hung on to cross the line 2s ahead, followed 2s later by Tic Tacs – the closest finish for many seasons. Rhumbline IV looked to be gaining on the leading pack on the last run to the line, but couldn’t quit haul them in.
15th January
A moderate NNE gusting to 20kts at the start saw 6 boats charge the line. Tic Tacs timed their run to perfection, with the pack soon in hot pursuit. Juluka enjoyed the stronger breeze downwind to overhaul the middle guard on the run to Taren Point. Heading back into Kogarah Bay the first time, Blys had opened up a handy lead, followed by Tic Tacs and Rhumbline IV. The breeze moderated during the second lap, but Blys maintained her lead to finish well ahead on scratch from Tic Tacs and Rhumbline IV. Scallywag Too took a minor detour looking for mudcrabs in the middle of Kogarah Bay, but soon got back to the main game and found the finish line. Blys won on corrected time from Rhumbline IV and Tic Tacs.
22nd January
A brisk nor’easter greeted the fleet of seven boats, the biggest twilight fleet of the season. Barry Elliott kindly assisted with the starting duties in the Commodore’s absence. Everyone was well-behaved at the start line, and with the favourable wind were soon heading back up into Kogarah Bay on the first leg. Scallywag Too was clearly appreciating her appointment with the diver mid-week, and was pushing for the lead with In Tune and Rhumbline IV, with Tic Tacs and Blys wondering what had changed from last week, and Juluka trying to stay in touch. Windrift III, making her first appearance of the season and ably assisted by George Reed on board, was hanging on gamely. The top three boats kept up the pace on the second leg, with In Tune getting scratch just ahead of Rhumbline IV and Scallywag Too. On corrected time, it was Scallywag Too from Rhumbline IV then Juluka.
 
29th January
The rain kept most of the fleet away for the last race of the month, but Scallywag Too and Rhumbline IV made the most of the ENE breeze. Nothing separated the two around the course, with Scallywag Too eventually crossing the line 9s ahead, and taking the daily double with the handicap win as well.
Saturday Bay Racing
Claytons Commodore’s Cup

Only 3 boats turned out for this non-point score race, the first of the New Year. Tic Tacs, Griffin and Blys enjoyed a very pleasant day on the Bay, with handicap placings in that order.
 
Transit Series Race 3 16th January
Course setting (length and direction) was a challenge for this handicap start, with various forecasts ranging from WSW to ESE and every point in between, possibly easing to less than 10kts. In the end, the fleet set off from the clubhouse start, on a falling tide, to the airport, then Kurnell, back to the airport before turning for home.
 
Out on the Bay, the breeze had shifted to SSE and filled in to about 12-15kts. The front markers, led by Rhumbline IV, made the most of the tide and wind out of the channel to maintain a big lead on the chasing pack. By the Kurnell mark the wind had started shifting east, making for a great kite run back to the airport. The leaders held on under kite to the outer channel and looked uncatchable as the breeze continued to clock further north. But by this time, the outgoing tide was in full flow, and the smaller boats got stuck, making good speed through the water, but with way less SOG the backmarkers were fast hauling them in. Halcyon Daze made the most of a puff out of Wooloware Bay by keeping to the Taren Point side of the eastern channel, while Rhumbline IV, Wasabi and Blys got stuck in a wind hole at the channel markers. Halcyon Daze carried the breeze round the hole, clearing out to take line honours. Blys was next, followed by Stockade, Rhumbline IV, Wasabi, Griffin, Tic Tacs, Vamos and Juluka.
Bay Summer Series Race 4, 23rd January
Ten boats fronted for the start, with the Bay sparkling in a light easterly that forecasts suggested would go further north. Once the usual melee at the starter boat end of the line got sorted, the fleet had split with Stockade and Halcyon Daze leading most boats to the left side of the course, while Griffin and Resurgent tried their luck on the right.
 
It was soon clear that the left was the place to be, with Stockade clearing out and Windy Point doing well until they had a near-man overboard incident. After rounding the top mark behind Stockade and Halcyon Daze, Resurgent were clearly missing their foredeck guru (Rob is recovering well from hip surgery), with an almighty SNAFU on the first kite leg, allowing Griffin to close up. Blys was leading the charge from the smaller brigade.
 
The breeze kept a bit of south in it down the kite legs, resulting in a tight kite run to the bottom mark. Everyone kept left up the next two works, waiting for the northerly influence, but it never appeared. Stockade took out line honours followed by Halcyon Daze and Griffin. Blys took out handicap honours, with Rhumbline IV second and Wasabi third. This continues the trend of a different winner in each of this season’s 12 Bay races to date (who is going to break this run?).
Australia Day Regatta
The Australia Day forecast warned of a heatwave, tempered by strong coastal sea breezes. Thirteen boats headed off from the clubhouse starting line in a staggered start, with the first boat off at 11:55 and the last at 12:42. The front markers enjoyed a moderate NW-W breeze out of Kogarah Bay and were well across to the Kurnell mark before the nor’easter came in. The middle to back half of the fleet got caught in the outer reaches of the channel and around outer Towra, between the dying nor’wester and the strengthening nor’easter. At times, the outgoing tide was the only means of forward progress, while the steady stream of power boats and mad jetskiers knocked the little available wind out of our sails. Eventually, the nor’easter reached even the backmarkers, who finally enjoyed a good work across to Kurnell before turning for Yarra Bay. By this stage, the nor’easter had well and truly kicked in, reaching 18-20 kts. On approaching Yarra Bay, the backmarkers saw the race leaders, Windrift III, Scallywag Too and Rhumbline IV turning past Molyneux Point to head to Brighton. As usual, the Yarra Bay mark was well into the bay which, with the hot conditions had become a zoo with moored boats, jetskis and swimmers, at times surrounding the turning buoy making it tricky to find a clear path.
 
Most boats set a kite out of Yarra Bay, and then enjoyed a great reach just below the airport runways, with some thrills and spills thrown in. Eventual race winner Halcyon Daze got up to 13.2kts on that leg. By the time the race leaders reached the Brighton turning mark, the nor’easter was still trying to overcome the nor’wester off the land, and some yachts had to pick their way around the buoy. No such problem for the backmarkers, who brought the nor’easter with them and turned hot on the heels of the leaders. Halcyon Daze took the lead on the leg to Ramsgate, and was never headed, although BOB had was cause for concern as she seemed to be closing the gap. The ride down the outer channel, particularly off Doll’s Point, required close monitoring of power boats, who seemed oblivious to racing yachts, and jetskiers, who just seemed oblivious, as yachts under spinnaker had to pick their way among driverless machines and their swimming owners.
 
The table below includes the start and finish times, and place, for the fleet organised in Divisions.
Div Yacht Name Skipper Start Time Finish Time Overall Place
A In Tune D. Cradock 12:18:00 15:37:58 6
A Wasabi S. McLennan 12:11:00 15:40:50 9
A Windy Point P. Bennett 12:27:00 16:12:17 13
B Bob G.Bridges 12:38:00 15:25:35 2
B Windrift III E. Elcombe 11:55:00 15:42:33 10
C Halcyon Daze S.Hall 12:42:00 15:22:24 1
C Griffin D. Houridis 12:38:00 15:36:03 4
C Wukong A. Lan 12:35:00 15:37:41 5
C Vamos G. Ballantyne 12:42:00 15:39:17 7
E Scallywag Too P. Young 12:15:00 15:34:42 3
E Rhumbline IV W. Eggins 12:15:00 15:40:05 8
E Tic Tacs P. Ashton 12:18:00 15:47:25 11
E Blys W. Browne 12:18:00 15:49:36 12
 
Overall, the race took significantly longer than those in recent years, giving the back-markers more time to catch the front-runners. But it was good to see the first 3 places overall filled by boats from different Divisions.
Bay Summer Series Race 5, 30th January
With their regular motor still at the repairers, Resurgent hitched a tow from Vamos out to the Bay, as there was absolutely no wind to sail off the mooring. The start had to be delayed for about 15 minutes, until the breeze eventually came in and settled from the north. The usual suspects were joined for the first time in a Bay race by the J70 Wukong - welcome Alan and crew.

In the gentle breeze at the start, line position was crucial, and Resurgent, Wukong and Stockade got away well at the favoured port end of the line. The wind up the first work was very fickle, but Vamos found their way to the top mark first, followed by Stockade and Wukong, with Tic Tacs, Blys and Wasabi also putting in a strong showing.

Stockade hoisted their huge white aso shade sail and overtook Vamos on the next two kite legs. Wukong was nipping at their transoms, while Resurgent and Griffin were madly trying to stay in touch.

The breeze had filled in slightly up the next work, and Stockade maintained their lead, wihile the smaller brigade were hanging on well. Positions stayed the same on the downwind leg, and by the last work the breeze had picked up to about 12kts. Stockade relished the stronger breeze to take out the scratch win, while Wukong closed on Vamos, and eventually crossed half a minute ahead. Griffin and Resurgent engaged in a close quarters duel on the work to the finish line, with Griffin having too much power to eventually draw away at the line. The Endeavours were having a great battle up the last work. On corrected time, it was Wasabi first, followed by Tic Tacs and Blys. So that destroys the run of first-time winners - well done to Wasabi as the first dual race winner of the 2020-21 Bay Series!

International Race Reports

contributed by Col Tickell
The seventh RORC Transatlantic Race – started on 9 January, with the race from Lanzarote in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Lesser Islands of the Caribbean Sea, with a distance of 2,735 nm. This 7th edition of the race was in association with the International Maxi Association. Front runners were expected to be a couple of new Class 40’s, an IRC Botin 56 and a Volvo 70. There was also a separate division for multi-hulls. Eight yachts competed, with the smallest being the Jeanneau Sunfast 3300 MoshiMoshi (interestingly a 3300 won handicap in the Melbourne – Devonport race reported last Log). Overall line-honours went to a Multi 50 trimaran, Rayon Vert, sailed two-handed by skipper Alex Pella, in a time of 9 days, 3 hours and 33 minutes. Monohull line-honours went to Green Dragon, a Volvo 70, in 9 days, 18 hours, 54min; this was the first time a monohull has completed the race in less than 10 days and also won the IMA Trophy. Palanad 3, a Class 40, has the best corrected time under IRC with 10 days 1 hour 43 min. Black Pearl, the Botin 56, pulled out shortly after the race start.
Palanad 3 – a Class 40 entrant in the RORC Transatlantic 2021
Prada America’s Cup Challenger Series
The Ineos Team UK boat Brittania has won the round-robin series with 5 wins and no losses. In the final race against Prada Pirelli’s Luna Rossa, Brittania crossed the line ahead to take their fifth race in a row, a race that had seen no less than 9 lead changes and top speeds exceeding 50 knots. Wind speeds during the race varied from 18 to 22 knots.

Brittania now has three weeks to prepare for their next race, the finals, while Luna Rossa has only 6 days before their next race against American Magic who are in a race against time to repair their boat and get back to the startline (check out the American Magic crash at speed - click HERE).

The Semi-final - the first knockout phase of the PRADA Cup - starts on Friday 29 January, when the pressure ramps up dramatically.
Britannia and Luna Rossa in the final round robin race – photo courtesy PAC Website
Vendee Globe 2020-21
In the final stages of the VG, the leaders were within 1 nm of each other in their distance to finish of 931 nm (as at 25 Jan), although widely separated on the ocean off Spain and Portugal. Charlie Dalin on Apivia who was much closer to the coast, had swapped the lead with Bureau Vallee 2 skippered by Louis Burton much further out in the Atlantic north of the Azores but heading rapidly east. Apivia has led most of the race from south of Cape Town.
By 27 to 28 January, the leaders had passed the finish line, with Apivia first to cross in 80 days, 6 hours and 15 minutes. Corrected times were then added for those who took time to assist in the rescue of Kevin Escoffier on PRB between South Africa and Australia. On corrected times, first place was Maitre Coq IV by Yannick Bestahven in 80 days 3 hours 45 minutes, second Apivia, third Bureau Vallee 2 by Louis Burton with 80 days 10 hours 25 minutes, and Yes we Cam! with John Le Cam in fourth with 80 days 13 hours 45 minutes on the first unfoiled yacht (he had been the one to rescue Kevin Escoffier). Of the 25 still competing yachts, Stark with Air Huuseler has the furthest to travel with 6,000 nm to the finish line on 29 January, off the coast of Argentina.

Just one interesting statistic from the race is the farthest travelled in 24 hours – 515.3nm by Linked Out with Thomas Ruyant on 21 November – producing the highest average 24-hour speed of 21.5 knots.
Photos courtesy of the Vendee Globe web page.
Line honours winner Apivia, sailed by Charlie Dalin (left) and handicap winner Maitre Coq arriving into port in Les Sables d'Olonne, France.

Rules Review

World Sailing publishes The Case Book for 2017-2020, with annual supplements, to present specific examples of the application of the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) 2017-2020. In this occasional section of the BBYC Log, we will present selected cases to illustrate how the rules have been interpreted by protest committees. Click HERE to access the World Sailing document in full. If members are interested in exploring particular aspects of the RRS in future editions of the Log, please contact the editors with your suggestions.
 
This month’s example explores a published case (#53) relating to pre-start rights and obligations. Relevant rules are:

Rule 11, On the same tack, overlapped
Rule 15, Acquiring right of way

A boat clear ahead need not take any action to keep clear before being overlapped to leeward from clear astern.

Facts
Thirty seconds before the starting signal, W was nearly wayless, her sails flapping. At least three hull lengths prior to becoming overlapped to leeward of W, L hailed ‘Leeward boat’. W took no evasive action. Immediately after she became overlapped, L had to bear away to avoid contact with W; meanwhile, W began to trim her sails and head up. L protested. The protest committee found that W, having been given adequate warning of the impending situation, failed to keep clear of a leeward boat, thereby breaking rule 11. W appealed, asking ‘Does W, under rules 11 and 15, have an obligation to anticipate becoming overlapped to the extent of having to gather sufficient way to be able to respond immediately after the boats became overlapped?’
Decision
Allowing adequate time for response, when rights and obligations change between two boats, is implied in rule 15 by its requirement to allow a newly obligated boat ‘room to keep clear’. This rule does not require a boat clear ahead to take any action to keep clear as a windward boat before the boat clear astern becomes overlapped to leeward.
 
If L had not borne away immediately, she would have broken rule 15. After L became overlapped to leeward of W, W immediately trimmed her sails, headed up, and thereafter kept clear. By taking these actions, W fulfilled her obligations under rule 11. W’s appeal is upheld; neither boat broke any rule. W is to be reinstated.

Members' Corner

Members' Contributions
The Editors welcome input from Members to the BBYC Log - old photos, reports on how you're sailing through social distancing, other items of interest. The best 5 contributions will win a prize. Please send input to: phillipwidders@optusnet.com.au.

What I did on my holidays                     contributed by Grant Ballantyne

Went sailing of course, but just for a change on the A class. It’s a good vintage, complete with Herrick sails. 

The pinnacle of the Swan Lake Sailing Club racing season is the Cudmirrah Cup. Sadly it can only be won by a maricat, but I scored the smiley man for coming first over the line.

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