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56 Wednesday February 1, 2017
The wind abandons the sailors during first race of the year
Story by Tim Symons, photos by John Byrne and
Lake Jindabyne Sailing Club re-commenced its 2016/17
twilight series with heat nine on the evening of Wednesday
January 25. Nine mono-hulls and six catamarans rigged up
to compete in a light wind race. Fingers were crossed for
the breeze to increase, but this was not to be as the breeze
steadily dropped during the race. John Byrne manned the
start boat and sent the cats off first. Jason Abbott manned
the rescue boat with his main task towing boats back to the
beach after the race.
All the boats headed off from the start line towards the Bay
mark on the starboard rounding course. Alex Machin and his
Hobie 20 led the cats with Barry Dennis in pursuit. The cats
headed out to the far off Mountain mark on their first triangle
lap. The long square run saw lots of different tactics as Martin
Bannister sailed his Hobie 16 solo and made a big move
through the fleet. He then chose to sail around Lion Island
hoping that a new easterly breeze would arrive. He retired
from the race after slipping way behind the others. Michael
Fearnside on his Hobie 18 chased Alex while Adam and Cade
Robinson caught up to Barry Dennis. Cade decided to swim
back to the beach from the Quarry mark, leaving Adam to
complete the race solo.
John Baird and Steve Osborne re-commenced their rivalry
and battled for Laser full rig supremacy in mono-hull race.
Meanwhile, Martin Van Weel, Kerry McGaw and Suzie Green
battled away on their Laser Radials. In the
cat’s race, Terry Lee and Lucas on their 470
split the Laser fleets. Martin VW amused the
other sailors when he capsized his Laser
while trying to cross the finish line. Adam
passed Barry and Tim caught up to Barry
as they slowly completed the last few legs of
the very slow race.
John shortened the course to a triangle
lap and part of a sausage lap as the wind
dropped off to almost nothing. Alex led the
cats to the finish line way ahead of Michael,
Adam, Barry and Tim. Alex won the race on
handicap corrected times followed by Adam,
Barry, Michael and Tim.
John Baird led the mono-hull fleet to the
finish line about nine minutes ahead of Phil
Daly and his daughter Pip, Steve, Terry
and Lucas, Suzie, Martin VW, Kerry, Nic
Luntungan and Karen Green and Felix and
Alex Hearn. John took the handicap win
followed by Steve, Phil, Kerry, Terry, Martin,
Suzie, Nic and Felix.
Australia Day was celebrated by the Lake
Jindabyne Sailing Club members with a BBQ
and a remote controlled yacht race at the
club house. Steve Osborne took the honours
in the swirling breeze and ski boat waves.
The final race of the 2017 Sir William
Hudson series was held by Lake Jindabyne
Sailing Club on Saturday January 28. John
Byrne started the race from the Club mark
and sent the 11 boat mixed fleet off towards
the Bay mark. Most of the sailors started on
port tack, but Martin Van Weel and Steve
Osborne were recalled for jumping the start.
This gave Kerry McGw the early lead in the
six boat Laser fleet within the fleet.
Barney Davis and Sam Bylett led the fleet
onto the main lake, past the Peninsular
mark and down to the Cardinal mark behind
Cub Island. A Windward work back to the
Peninsular mark and a triangle, sausage, and
triangle lap course followed. The wind was
around 15 to 20 knots at times, but started
to decrease around half way through the
Barney, Tim Symons and Adam and Cade
Robinson battled at the front of the fleet
on their Hobie cats with the lead changing
hands many times. Andy and Jake Kennedy
sailed their red sailed Hobie 16 completing the cat fleet.
Barney and Adam slipped away from Tim on the second-last
windward work. The shifting breeze took its toll on the sailors
as they neared the finish line near the Peninsular mark. Adam
used a lucky bit of breeze to pass Barney and led the fleet to
the finish line. Barney finished next followed by Tim and the
Kennedeys. Suzie Green and Thomas Davis returned their
Lasers to the beach early after a few capsizes in the strong
breeze. Terry Lee and Ross Tattersall also decided not to
complete the race.
After over an hour and a half of close racing, Kerry led
the Laser radials to the finish, followed by Steve and Martin.
Adam kept the win on yardstick corrected times followed by
Barney, Kerry, Steve, Martin, Tim and Andy and Jake.
Thomas Davis and Terry Lee on a close square run.
Suzie Green enjoing her sailing.
Kerry McGaw and Suzie Green.
Alex Hearn reaches out for a high five from
Busy mono-hull fleet start.
The cats head out to the Mountain mark.
Michael Fearnside and crew.
Tim Symons and Barney Davis.
Team Robinson leads Team Davis.
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