Friday night at the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club was the fifth race in the twilight series. One highlight was watching Nigel Kies nearly sinking the big red 21 Nerana on the first gybe, he saved it and there was much rejoicing onboard.
The spinnaker fleet saw Gidget win the start and finished third over the line. During the race some yachts had the wobbles under kites and there was a commanding display of boat handling from the lads on Bohica with them flying around the course.
The skipper Todd Bartlett was rewarded for his efforts with first over the line and a win on corrected time, first on handicap was Brad Briggs – Ffuition.
In the non-spinnaker division there was close racing and only four seconds separated first and second and the entire fleet had a final result within 66 seconds. Voodoo Child held off Looking Good to win line honours and once the magic of computers had done a clever process, Its a Rule – David Brumpton was first and on personal handicap it was Chris Reiffel – Voodoo Child.
And the start that captivates an entire town, the Riverboats, Ellen looked to have won the start, but had to contend with Nerana and its wind shadow after the first tack. Nerana was first over the line first, but then the results were calculated and it was first Wylo X1 – Randal Cooper and first on personal handicap Lena – Alex Woods.
And it’s will sadness we say goodbye to Angie, the club’s chef in The Galley.
In the Xmas Twilight Series, 33 yachts participated in four races with the fleet divided into three divisions, Riverboats, spinnaker and a non spinnaker start, which was the largest with 20 starters.
In the Riverboat fleet – line honours were with Bright’n that was first over the finish line in each race.
Once the witchcraft of handicapping had been applied it was Wylo, Randal Cooper first, Ellen, Trevor Baldock second and Bright’n, Mike Schirmer third
The non spinnaker fleet there were three different winners over the four nights of racing. The Soling’s, Gidget and Looking Good seemed to ignore the rest of the fleet and had a match race after each start with them ending up two each.
Its A Rule a Farr 6, picked up a third in one race and past competitor returned to the fleet, “Farr Beyond” had been in storage for 15 years and looks like new, picked up a second in one race.
Final results - As Good As it Gets, David Smallacombe/Robby Parker first, Voodoo Child, Chris Reiffel second and Farr n Fast, Locky McLaren third.
In the spinnaker division there were three different winners over four races and a tie. It was Bohica, Todd Bartlett first, Blaze, Ben Kelsey second and Elanora, Louise Edwards third.
Do yourself a favour and check out Canvas Sails on Facebook for all the pictures of the action by Chris Caffin.
Huge thanks to the volunteers who make these events possible and especially the people involved in the constant stream of a variety of food that is produced each night.
The best way to celebrate a new year is to buy a boat and join a yacht club.