Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club has its twilight racing

Twilight racing at the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club. Photo courtesy Chris Caffin.
Twilight racing at the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club. Photo courtesy Chris Caffin.

What a big night of yacht racing on Friday, February 2. It was the final of the SPI Flooring series and the breeze turned up to play. Twenty boats took to the water and everyone involved had a story to tell back at the club after racing.

In the Restricted 21 fleet it was another win for Nerana after starting on Port tack, but having to pass behind the other boats, they decided not to run a spinnaker, but had the fantastic sight of Dolphin and Endeavour bearing down on them side by side, both with big spinnakers flying.

In non-spinnaker class it was Encore beating Looking Good, then the lovely Lena in 3rd position. There was action in the spinnaker division with The Kraken first over the line and first on corrected time. Second was Flying Squad and third Vice Commodore Louise on Elanora. Friday is the start of the Goolwa Car & Commercial series and on Saturday, the return race, Goolwa–Milang starting at 10am.

A reflection of Freshwater Classic Milang –Goolwa

By Roger Rees

A rare, still and glassy aspect to Lake Alexandrina greeted sailors at Milang on Saturday morning, January  27. Over the traditional Milang Yacht Club breakfast, sailors discussed their prospects. By this time temperature was reaching 40 degrees and the lake glimmered. But among the doubters were old hands, who believed the afternoon sea breeze would arrive once the fleet had rounded Point Sturt.

The start was delayed by half an hour or if you were in anything below class 3, it appeared that the start was delayed by hours. Once started there were those who believed that the best strategy was to sail west towards the land hoping for an early breeze. It was not to be. All that happened was this meant that reaching Point Sturt could take up to four hours; and it did!.

By this time those sailors such as Randal Cooper, Caroline Bucher, helming her Noelex 25 Sea Eagle, and Sonata’s such as Don Richardson’s Encore, could sail a more direct line to Point Sturt and catch the 1pm sea breeze. Experience told in the end and the sea breeze kicked in and those that reached Point Sturt, raced home to Goolwa in ideal sailing conditions.