26th November 2019 Sailing Newsletter

26th November 2019 Sailing Newsletter

Racing results


The Summer Series 1 has had seven races with Dreadnaught ( Ed Hillier) leading from Morticia (Geoff Gardner) and Pugsley (Len Lavers).


The Spring racing series has completed nine races and two have been abandoned. We have three very competitive fleets and the point scores are tight.

In 1st Division, we have Rhumb (Robert & Ian Humphris) on 39 points leading Stampede (Michael McDonald) on 41 points, from Squid4Woodsy (Steve Liddell) on 43 points from.

In 2nd Division, we have Echo Beach (Philip Mathews) leading on 36 Points from Tenacity (David Young) on 37.5 points and Pogue Mahone (Scott Hamilton) on 38 points on a countback.

In 3rd Division, we have Topaz (Greg Nolan) leading on 34 points from Pentangle (Brian Varnum on 39 points and Treka (Roger Mostyn) on 40 points.


She Sails Regatta

She Sails is a great initiative started by NCYC and now with the support of Australian Sailing to increase female participation in Sailing https://www.shesails.org.au/&quicklink=true/.  Our Club Captain Eleanor Cunningham is the LMYC rep for She Sails, and I am sure Eleanor is happy to talk about this initiative.

NCYC hosted the She Sails regatta on Newcastle Harbour on 9/10 November.  Sixteen teams of 3-4 ladies sailed identical Elliot 6 boats over four races.  The teams were from RANSA, LMYC, NCYC, Mooloolaba YC, Manly YC, RQYS & ADF.

The Gold Division was won by a crew from RANSA, Natalie Butterworth helmed a mixed NCYC/LMYC crew of Sarah Gamble and Tracey Hanson to 2nd place and the NCYC crew came in 3rd.  LMYC was represented by Susie Wright (Helm), Eleanor Cunningham (main) and Kath Johnson (foredeck) and they were 4th in the gold division.  Well done ladies.

In the Silver Division, Manly were 1st followed by ADF and Mooloolaba YC in 3rd.

See this link for some video of the ladies in action.



Racing Rules of Sailing

A big thank you to Damian Boldyrew who presented a very informative session on the key racing rules of sailing.  We had about forty sailors present, and there were plenty of question and scenarios posed.  I encourage all skippers and crew to read and understand the rules, your rights and obligations to avoid collisions.  If you have a rules query we have several people on the sailing committee and other experts sailing at the club who are happy to clarify things.  Please send your question to me, and I will follow this up for you. 


Wind Warriors Trans Tasman Challenge

The Wind Warriors had a Trans-Tasman Challenge with the Victorians and the Kiwis for the unofficial world championship on 16/17 November.  After a total of forty races completed with eight discards (one for every five races completed) Grant McKinnon (NZ) 1st held off the challengers with Terry Farrell (AU) 2nd and Dave Anstey (AU) 3rd. The Australian Championship results were Terry Farrell 1st, Dave Anstey 2nd and Richie Robinson 3rd. The Trans Tasman Championship Shield was won by Australia and the Trans Tasman Club Series Shield was won by Clarks Beach Yacht Club (NZ). You can see David Anstey aka Blazer holding the trophy and looking like a winner but alas he came 2nd. The gentleman on his left is Terry Farrell who came 1st and the gentleman on the right is Richie Robertson who was 3rd. Our club Captain Eleanor Cunningham presented the trophy.  Nice try Blazer, if you can’t win,  make it look like you are a winner!!

Friday Twilights

With the weather getting warmer and daylight saving started, Friday twilights are in full swing.  Twilight sailing is a great way to introduce friends to sailing in a relaxed race around the bay.  It’s also a great way to finish the working week and start the weekend.  Why not have a sail and then stay for a few drinks and dinner at the club.

Where are our Sailors?

Chris Villa and Mark Holmes are off to the Queensland Flying 15 State Championships later this year.

If you are going anywhere sailing, let me know, and I will make mention in this Newsletter.

Contributions Welcome

We are always looking for stories for the Newsletter.  If you have a contribution, please forward to me and I will include it in the next Newsletter

Steven Ford

Rear Commodore LMYC, rearcommodore@lmyc.com.au