Yacht acing trials Sundays as interest shown

Smooth sailing: Simon Meathrel and Graham Lovell. Photo: Supplied.
Smooth sailing: Simon Meathrel and Graham Lovell. Photo: Supplied.

Victor Harbor Yacht Club

Perfect conditions prevailed on Saturday for a weekend of sailing at Victor Harbor Yacht Club.

A steady 12-15 knot breeze kept everyone on their toes. Numbers were down slightly with 12 boats taking to the water but the sailing was close and very enjoyable.

In the large catamarans Mick McGuire and crew Mel Lomman (Taipan 5.7) were quickest in both races, closely followed by Scott Edgar on his Taipan 4.9.

The Yvonnes had close battles all day with Simon Meathrel and Graham Lovell (SMB) able to pull in front of Brianna and Grant Williams (Touchy Feely) thanks to a slight miscalculation in lap numbers by the latter.

In the second race Brianna and Grant were able to turn the tables and finish 11 seconds ahead of Simon and Graham. Corey and Noah Williams (MK3) have improved out of sight and finished within a minute of the first two Yvonnes.

Pete Michelmore and Dave Cooney (Tullamore Dew) were also big improvers with more boat speed than the previous week, their new mainsail starting to work for them.

In the monohulls only two boats ventured out, great to see Tony Gluyas on his Laser back on the water and Steve Rogers sailing with his daughters in a 125.

The club has moved its normal Saturday sailing (March 24) to Sunday, March 25.

This is due to many people who have shown an interest in sailing but are unavailable on Saturdays so we are trialling a Sunday sail to gauge the level of interest.

We are encouraging anybody interested in having a sail to come and join us from 12noon on Sunday March 25.

Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club  

Friday night was heat four of the Goolwa Car & Commercial twilight series and the breeze turned up again with 16-18 knots from the SSW direction - lots of good close racing with the positions changing on most legs of the course.

In the 21 division only three faced the starter and Dolphin hit the front around two of the bouys , but going to windward on the final leg Nerana, carrying a smaller headsail,  sailed higher and quicker to win. Dolphin was next with Altair nine seconds behind in third

In the non-spinnaker fleet line honours went to Carina, Ben Morris, 43 seconds ahead of The Shed, skipped by Peter Nielson and Sea Eagle, Caroline Butcher was third.

Once the calculations were done on GRYC ratings, it was Sea Eagle ,then Farr n Fast two seconds behind and the lovely Lena in third place.

it was the spinnaker division once again and it was Bohica first over the finish line even after a dubious spinnaker drop at the last mark.

Behind them it was a close race for second between Sea Bomb and Envy with them finishing in that order.

They were being pushed the whole race by Bubbles on Kylie’s Carbon Bike.

Personal handicap results:

21: 1st  Altair – Graham Roberts

Non Spinnaker : 1st Lena - Alex Woods; 2nd Away with the Farries – John Brice; 3rd Sea Eagle – Caroline Butcher

Spinnaker: 1st Karnagree – Tash Blacker;  2nd Girlfriend – Peter Briton-Jones;  3rd Elenora – Louise Edwards