First Full Day’s Racing at the Aussie Nationals…..!!

Report by Sue Thompson, at Davey’s Bay…..


If yesterday’s conditions were perfect then todays could be described as magic!

Racing started early at 11am with a 7-10kt SW breeze which fluctuated in pressure and direction enough to keep the fleet on their toes, or tearing their hair out depending where you were. But it was the wind pressure that made the difference as the fleet split, some heading straight for the shore, while others played the shifts out to sea.

In the first race it was local pair Mark Daly and Chris Schwarz who rounded first with Sue Thompson and Cameron Taylor in Ark close behind. With three windward returns to complete Mark and Chris crept back to mid fleet while WA combination Chris Paterson and Rupert Leslie in (aptly named) “Storyteller” quickly worked their magic downwind and lead for the rest of the race. However, when there was no victorious hooter for Storyteller, it was Sue and Cam who took out the race as the WA pair were OCS.

Gippsland Lake brothers Craig and Ian Rainy did battle with Queenslanders Ashley Smith and Adam Kingston in the final stretch to the finish to complete the top 3. Yesterdays clear winners, Adam Hawkins and Ben Jones, were not as comfortable in the lighter conditions but managed to work their way through to finish 5th just behind OK Dinghy Class stalwart Peter Milne and crew Phil Dubbin. There were plenty of stories of gaining 10 places just to lose them again, but it was Grand Master Bill Shand who made sure he moved up the fleet at the right time and finished 10th.

The second race started with a few more knots but it only lasted for the first lap. A gutsy port start for the Queensland pair of Smith and Kingston saw them at the first mark with Sue and Cam and the battle continued for the whole race. Dale Collings and Glenn Sheen in Aussie Falcon had a better race as did our international visitor David Tabb sailing with Davey’s Bay YC Commodore Scott Lidgett.

A couple of port and starboard incidents, touched marks and busy gate rounding’s kept the mid fleet amused while the Rainy brothers skilfully worked their way through the downwind pack to the finish narrowly beating Sue and Cam who had to settle for 3rd. Aussie Falcon hung on to 4th but it was current champion Matt Owen who looked the most relieved when he crossed in 5th place after being in double digits in the morning.

Full results are available on the Davey’s Bay Yacht Club website.

2 races are scheduled for New Years Day.

(Here are the results of the first full day’s racing at Davey’s Bay …..)

The Aussie Nationals – Melbourne…..!!

Regular readers of the FF Blog may remember that about this time last year, Steve Goacher was down in Perth busy beating the Aussies at the 50th Anniversary Nationals…

Well, the 51st Nationals have just started at Davey’s Bay near Melbourne.   Click here to read the day one race report.

Click here for the Results Page  (but as I type, nothing posted yet)

If you click here for the results of the invitation race to see who’s playing…

Datchet Autumn Open Meeting Goes for a Sprint…..!!

Sixteen teams, including five visitors, took to the slip on Saturday for the Datchet Open.  PRO, John Hanson, laid a set of excellent courses in the face of pretty challenging conditions. It was generally on the light side, aside from the second race when a stinging hail bearing squall swept through the fleet …!!  A heck of a lot gear changing became the order of the day!  We got three races in, and Ian Linder sailing with Matt Firth (yes, yet another “Firth”….!!) gripped the days results with a 1,1,3.  Hamish Mackay and Andrew Lawson, as ever though,  were pushing all the way and took the gun in the third race.

Sunday morning eighteen teams took to the slip.  Sadly we had good breeze and thick impenetrable mist.  We postponed for an hour and the sun burned its way through leaving a pretty flat, breezeless looking lake.  At 1130 racing was called off – and as the first mast came out out at 1140, the breeze filled in … typical !!!   However, the Saturday results stood with Linder/Firth taking the trophy, Mackay/Lawson in second and Lovering/Alvarado in third.

Results for the first 14 places are here, but I could not steal page two from the Club Office…!!

Yachts and Yachting Report here.

Photos are here.

Ian Linder in Control at the Datchet Open….!!

It’s the end of day one at the Datchet Open – and Ian Linder crewed by Matt Firth is in firm control!

We had sixteen boats racing, including five visitors. Conditions were light and challenging aside from one hail storm that swept through the course with a fabulous little breeze underneath it!!

At the end of day one, Ian and Matt from Datchet have scored two firsts and a third, putting them just two points ahead of Hamish Mackay and Andrew Lawson.  In third lie Richard Lovering and Matthew Alvarado from Hayling.

Forecast for tomorrow is light…..


Coming to the Draycote Sprint Next Week….??

Please remember that the first ever ‘Sprint’ Event in the FF will take place at Draycote on Saturday 20 Oct – see BIFFA website for details.
The one day format means no requirement to arrange overnight accommodation, although entrants are invited to join club racing on Sunday if they wish. The racing format will be new to the FF with 45 min races and the number of races will be limited by time I.e. We’ll squeeze in as many as the time limit will allow.
Our new National Champions have confirmed that they are ‘up for it’ and are keen to see if they can win under this format as well, so I have thrown the gauntlet down to the likes of Greg, Steve, Charles etc to see how they fare!  And Steve says he is coming!!!!  Greg is coming !!!   I have also challenged the 2011 World Champions to beg, borrow or steal a boat to compete! It’s one not to miss and I hope you will come along too.
See you on the 20th Oct!

Jeremy Davy

BIFFA President

BIFFA HQ Goes Racing at the Scottish….!!

Can’t get twitter on this phone, sorry it’s too old…. here is a report!!

6 am start –  Dawn over shap very picturesque, Goacher is 30 mins behind on the road –  is this a good omen for the w/e?!?!  Or is that going to be the only time he is behind me this w/e!?!

Very clear skies don’t bode well for wind anyhow the club’s great and a warm welcome awaits; met up with another fifteen crew at Hamilton for the usual breakfast stop.  More later your roving sec and reporter


The “Draycote Sprint” is in Two Weeks Time…..!!

Draycote, ever innovative, have decided to go with a one day format for their Autumn Open Meeting on October 20th – to see if the one day sprint racing format will boost turnout…! (Well, I hear there is already one entry from as far afield as Scotland…!!!  dm)

You can find details on their website by clicking here for the FF Page.

Good luck with this one, Guys!!