2023 Winter Series: Race 9 pre-race notes

Race 9, 10:00 am Sunday 27 August. Conducted by the RYCV.

First up, some Race 8 comments

Check out the gallery of Race 8 photos

It’s congratulations to Richard Gates who helmed Wanita home for her first on corrected time finish Pushing all the way is the word on Wanita. From the tower it was the performance by Marama that attacterd attention. It not being in the right place at the right time, it’s doing it right thing at the right time that counts. That was plainly the case on Marama. Her performance sure had the tower heads nodding to one another. So sail of the day congratulations went to Marama. With her startling first over the line performance Boambillee was a clear runner up to sail of the day award.

Here’s a race eight from the Mercedes III skipper Martin Ryan:

Div 1 start saw Wanita on the line at A mark despite Mercedes lll trying to push her up, with Fair Winds close behind coming at full speed. Boambillee chose 20 metres to leeward in clear air, climbing up with her go fast no 1 light headsail. A drag race to G, slightly sprung. 

Boambillie was the clear winner from Fair Winds with a gap to Mercedes lll.

Near G, two yachts appeared to have a gentle kiss, Wanita and Avian?

Boambillee the standout sail of the race.

The Race 3 course description problem has been sorted out. Too much race documentation flying around is the story.

2023 Winter Series Race 9 scheduled for 27th August

Here we go again. Last race of the 2023 Winter Series. Another series of great classic yacht racing behind us. For once we have a full card of completed races for the series. Touch wood Race nine will run as scheduled.

This last race will be an on water start conducted by the RYCV. The RYCV committee boat call sign will be Royals Three. VHF Channel 72 will be the working channel for this race. The start line location will be in the vicinity of the Kerferd Road pier. For wind direction reasons the start line may be closer to the main shipping channel.

The course selection and start line location for race 9 will be notified by Royals Three at approx 9:45am

All posted start times will be signalled by a sound signal from Royals Three.

Although the BoM Forecast for Sunday says 15-20 knots ESE for Sunday, the Met Eye indicates 10-15 for our racing area on Port Phillip. So it’s all systems go for a scheduled start for the first boat off at 10:00am.

Links for Race 9:

RMYS Two Handed race on Sunday

Some FYI for Sunday’s fleet. RMYS will be conducting a Two Handed race on Sunday with a 10:30am start time. We’ll be in contact with their race committee in the tower. The plan is to avoid course selection that will cause mark rounding clash problems. They will be using channel 72 as well.

A 2023 Winter Series fleet congratulations

All things considered, entrant participation numbers for each race have been a feature of our 2023 winter series of Classic yacht races on Port Phillip. So it’s congratulations and a serious thank you to all our fleet for this significant detail from our CYAA executive team. It’s our sustained fleet participation in our racing that keep the Association going and our executive on their toes.

Keen Series medallion competition

First up is the close series point status. Let’s hope that handicapper, who you all know and love, has got it right for the allocated start times. While Wanita is looking good there’s plenty of keen competition on her heels to receive the Series medallion.

Mercedes IV returns to classic yacht racing

Second up is the weather dependent participation of Mercedes IV in this race. To have Mercedes IV is a big occasion for both her syndicate of owners and for the CYAA. To have a classic yacht from the same stable as Mercedes III is a definite boost to the high reputation that classic yacht racing has always had on Port Phillip.

See “A Classic with a special history joins our fleet” – a story from Martin Ryan on how Mercedes IV came to be racing with the classics on Port Phillip .

2023/2024 Summer Series

Yes! It’s all go with entries now being accepted via the RMYS Top Yacht race entry portal.

This Summer Series has been named the Sayonara Summer Series. A RYCV permanent trophy in the name of Sayonara is being established by the Sayonara syndicate to recognise the CYAA contribution to yachting on Port Phillip.

We intend to give each Summer Series race a title, either using a boat name or a sponsor name for trophy reasons.

So far, no takers of this offer. To all you CYAA members and supporters out there, here’s a chance to put your name up in CYAA lights!

Click the poster thumbnail to see the full size poster. It’s a re-use of our Logan sponsored 2000/2001 Summer Series poster. The image is a turning block on the deck of Sayonara.

2023 Cup Regatta

Entrants count is sure building for the 2023 Cup Regatta.

Go to the Cup Regatta page on SWS to sort out your entry, be it racing of display only, and your participation in the 2023 Cup Regatta social whirlwind.

Post race nine social catch up

All being well weather wise, we’ll have our usual post race catch up on the RMYS Marina. If Mercedes IV is with us she’ll be ready for an eye catching inspection.

So till next week’s post race notes…

Time has run out for these notes to hit the press. Copyboy!

Here’s to another day of great classic yacht racing on Sunday to wind up our 2023 Winter Series.

Regards to all
Peter Costolloe
CYAA (Vic) Handicapper

Print version of these Race 9 pre-race notes (pdf)

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