The Festival of Sails Geelong and our Race Officer, Kevin Wilson, put on three great days of racing for the Sydney 38 Australian championships. All three days of racing saw building breezes so there were no problems completing the nine race schedule.
This was the first major regatta with the new mast head kite configuration and every boat had their hands full at some stage in the 20knot plus winds in the last race of each day. A couple of round ups and one Chinese kept all of the skippers looking around and focussing hard. Despite the deeper running angles with the larger chutes there was plenty of gybing and a fair amount of overtaking done hill thanks to the well laid courses.
Friday saw Peter Coleman our class measurer ticking of the sails and boats and some malnourished crew crawled to the 5pm weigh in where all crews were under the weight and legal. Thanks Peter for giving up your day to keep our true one design status intact!
Day one set the tone of the regatta with Sierra Chainsaw pulling a blinder in the first race and then the current champion Phoenix and their arch rival Ikon38 hitting their straps and getting out in front in race 2 and 3. Ikon38 was the North Sails boat of the day by 1 point over Phoenix with only seconds separating all of the places. We all retired to the Edge Restaurant where 110 sailors attended the Association dinner. Ikon38 won the “most at the table” award with 20 adults and 4 kids. Kirwan Robb said “We sail as a family and we eat as a family”. Lots of mouths to feed with one more due any time! Jane Flowers donated an oil painting which was auctioned and sold for the magnificent sum of $2001. Chris Mrakas was the lucky buyer with $1500 of the proceeds going to the Lorne Surf Coast bushfire appeal.
Day two saw Phoenix and Ikon38 slugging it out again. Audacious rolled the dice in the last race of the day and managed a first place but it was Phoenix as boat of the day with Ikon38 second, Audacious 3rd, Sierra 4th, Cinquante 5th and the unlucky Chutzpah38 6th. The first tow boats were out of reach but the competition for the coveted 3rd place was hotting up with only a handful of points separating 3rd and 6th. Quantum Sails sponsored an exclusive drinks event for the 38s at the yacht club after racing and everyone enjoyed a beer or a wine as we all speculated what the last day would bring.
Day three was yet another cracking sailing day. The breeze was up a bit and Phoenix found another gear. They pulled off three bullets on the last day to clinch back-to-back championships. Congratulations to Brenton, Jen and crew. They were pushed all the way by Ikon38 who had an outstanding regatta to comfortably take second. Audacious had a good final race of the day to sneak back in front of Sierra Chainsaw to hold on to third overall. In Corinthian it was Phoenix 1st, Audacious 2nd and Sierra Chainsaw 3rd.
White Knight from South Australia commented “We weren’t sure if we would be on the pace, so it was pleasing to see we could mix it with the top boats at times. Our crew work needs to improve so we will work on that. We loved the event and the close racing. The class was very welcoming and friendly and we had a ball. We are glad we made the effort to come across”.
So thanks to our major sponsor Morris Finance and Ian Murray, to Jane Flowers artist, Quantum Sails and North Sails. Thanks go to your committee for all their time and effort to organise both the on and off water activities. And thanks to those boat who participated. There has only been one NSW champion in the past five years – so what will the next championships bring?
SOUTHERN CHAPTER SYDNEY 38 ASSOCIATION
2014 / 2015 SEASON REPORT
Whilst the standard of Sydney 38 racing in Victoria is strong with “Phoenix” (Brenton & Jen Carnell) in particular, having a stellar year winning both the National and State Championship, the new “kids” on the block, “Icon38” (Kirwan Robb) are threatening to take over that mantle. However, the number of active competitors has declined. Unfortunately, “Playground” (Andrew & Gayle Robinson), a big improver in recent years and “Mille Sabords” (Stephane Howard), a regular competitor, are now both on the market. “Cinquante”, owned by RGYC Commodore, Ian Murray, who has been a huge and generous supporter of the class, has found it difficult to compete in class events and his absence has been missed. On a sad note, the co owner of “Adrenalin”, Ian Beer, passed away earlier in the year. Whilst not actively racing, Ian will be missed by the Sydney 38 family.
Nevertheless, “Audacious” (Greg Clinnick and Paul Holden), “Chutzpah” (Bruce Taylor), “38 South” ( John Chatham & Kate Mitchell) and “Sierra Chainsaw” (Mel, Andy & Pat Mollison) have continued to enjoy close One Design racing throughout the season. Chris Mrakas, the new owner of “Challenge” did well to compete in the 2015 National and State Championships, gaining much needed experience. Chris has now decided to concentrate on offshore events in the lead up to the 2015 Sydney to Hobart.
So it was a case of quality not quantity in 2014/2015. The racing was close, the regattas successful and the focus is now on the 2016 National Championships at Geelong in the New Year.
2014 / 2015 Highlights
1. 2015 Quantum Sails Victorian Championships
The 2015 Quantum Sails Victorian Championship was hosted by Sandringham Yacht Club and won convincingly by the reigning National Champion “Pheonix” from Royal Geelong Yacht Club. The series was reduced to a single day of racing on Saturday, April 18 due to a blow out on Sunday with 25 to 35 knot wind squalls and driving rain. With an impressive scorecard of 2,1,2,3 and a final tally of eight points “ Phoenix” was a clear winner over “Icon38” in their first Sydney 38 regatta with “Audacious” third on a count back from “Playground”. The Corinthian result placed “Audacious” first from “Playground” and “Sierra Chainsaw” which could not sustain her early sensational form.
The Saturday night social at Royal Brighton Yacht Club was well supported where videos and slides of recent regattas were displayed. Thanks to the President’s wife, 100 cupcakes decorated with the Sydney 38 logos not only looked good but tasted good as well!
Many thanks to the Championship sponsors, David Eickmeyer from Quantum Sails and Ronstan for their continued support.
2. 2014 / 2015 AUS Sailmakers Sydney 38 Summer Aggregate
15 of the 17 scheduled races were sailed over the last summer. Whilst most races were held at Sandringham Yacht Club on Sunday mornings, the results from the Lipton Cup sprint series hosted by the Royal Yacht Club Of Victoria were also included. To allow competitors time to compete in other events such as the Sydney to Hobart and other offshore events, 3 drops were allowed. The series was won by “Audacious” from “Playground” with “Pheonix” third overall. On average, seven Sydney 38’s participated in each race.
The sprints are popular because multiple races are had each day with each race taking no more than 45 minutes to complete.
Thanks to Sam Haines for sponsoring the series. Sam has since joined North Sails who have agreed to be the new sponsor of the 2015 / 2016 summer series. To date, two days of racing has been completed in the North Sails Summer Sprint Series with “Icon38”, “Phoenix”, “Chutzpah38” and “Audacious” all winning races.
3. 2015 Winter Series
Five Sydney 38’s participated in the 6 race series hosted by Sandringham Yacht Club. The event was won by “Ikon 38”, from “Phoenix” with “Audacious” third.
4. 2015 Morris Finance Pre Season One Design Regatta
Without doubt this is a favourite regatta on the calendar. The Royal Geelong Yacht Club is a fantastic host and the regatta not only provides an opportunity for Sydney 38 sailors to get away for the weekend but also to get crews organized for the new season. This year the racing was held on the weekend of 26th and 27th September. Racing was close but Sunday’s light and variable winds provided a challenge for some. The regatta was won by “Icon38” from the local Sydney 38, “Phoenix” followed by “Chutzpah38”
Again, our sincere appreciation goes to Ian Murray of Morris Finance for his support and to the Royal Geelong Yacht Club for their hospitality.
5. The 2015 / 2016 Sydney 38 Southern Chapter Sailing Calendar
The calendar is posted on the class website.
6. Appreciation To Office Bearers
On behalf of the Southern Chapter owners, I would like to express their appreciation to the President, Greg Clinnick, out going Treasurer, Andrew Robinson, Chief Measurer and his team, John Chatham and the rest of the Executive for their commitment to the class. The membership has been well served by this committee.
7. 2016 Nationals
Plans are well under way to host the 2016 National Championships at Royal Geelong Yacht Club where we hope to attract interstate interest and encourage non participating local Sydney 38’s to charter their boats. The Association has insurance and charter contracts in place to encourage participation. Sponsorship has also been arranged to not only limit costs but to provide affordable social activities for participants. Geelong offers great sailing conditions and we are looking forward to a great series. Special appreciation must go to Ian Murray and his company Morris Finance for their support of the Championship.
The NSW S38 OD Championship was hosted by RMYC at Broken Bay on the 7th & 8th of November. It was an extremely successful regatta with seven entries, with four Pittwater boats, two Harbour boats and one charter entry. Some close racing occurred over six races over the two days with a full range of conditions from light and variable direction sub 5 knots in races 1 & 2 picking up to 10-12 for race 3 all held offshore through to solid 15-20 knots for the three races on day 2 held on the inside of Palm Beach.
The Championship was dominated by Rick Welch’s Bolter, with three guns a 2nd and two 3rds. Bolter also picked up the double being also 1st in Corinthian. Well done to Rick and his crew! Second in the series was Old School Racing (Charter entry) skippered by Mark Griffiths who has previously been a podium finisher in many States and Nationals. Good to see an ex S38 owner chartering and still participating in OD racing. Third overall and 2nd Corinthian was Richard Williams, with his crew on Calibre from CYCA. Third in Corinthian was Conspiracy, Peter Byford and Dave Hudson and their crew.
This regatta was very promising for the NSW S38 fleet with a resurgence in interest post a number of changes in ownership over the last year. We had another 4 boats keen on participating, however couldn’t quite get their boats ready in time. As a result of the success the owners are keen to arrange a number of mini regattas alternating between Pittwater and the Harbour next year. It also appears we will have one (Bolter) and possibly another coming down to Geelong for the Nationals. Very encouraging for the future of the Association in NSW!
The NSW chapter of the Sydney 38 Assocation have just announced the 2015 NSW State Championships will be run on the 7th and 8th of November from the Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay.
See below the NOR and an event flyer. Please support this event with your participation. Charter boats are also available.
|Sydney 38 Southern Chapter Calendar For 2015 / 2016|
|Sunday||14th June, 2015||WINTER SPRINT SERIES RACE 1 SYC|
|10.00 am start|
|Sunday||19th July, 2015||WINTER SPRINT SERIES RACE 2 SYC|
|10.00 am start|
|Sunday||16th August, 2015||WINTER SPRINT SERIES RACE 3 SYC|
|10.00 am start|
|Saturday||26th September, 2015||Morris Finance Pre-Season Regatta|
|Sunday||27th September, 2015||Morris Finance Pre-Season Regatta|
|Sunday||25th October, 2015||North Sails Summer Sprint Series Day 1|
|SYC 10.00am start|
|Saturday||14th November, 2015||North Sails Sprint Series Day 2|
|(Included as part of Lipton Regatta RYCV)|
|Sunday||22nd November, 2015||North Sails Summer Sprint Series Day 3|
|SYC 10.00am start|
|Sunday||17th January, 2016||North Sails Summer Sprint Series Day 4|
|SYC 10.00am start|
|Friday||22nd January 2016||Weigh in and compliance checks|
|Saturday||23rd January 2016||Morris Finance National Championships RGYC|
|Sunday||24th January 2016||Morris Finance National Championships RGYC|
|Monday||25th January 2016||Morris Finance National Championships RGYC|
|Sunday||21st February, 2016||North Sails Summer Sprint Series Day 5|
|SYC 10.00am start|
|Sunday||6th March 2016||North Sails Summer Sprint Series Day 6|
|SYC 10.00am start|
|Saturday||16th April, 2016||CENTENARY REGATTTA|
|North Sails Summer Sprint Series Day 7|
|Saturday||23rd April, 2016||Vic State Titles @ SYC (Grade 1)|
|24th April, 2016||Vic State Titles @ SYC (Grade 1)|
|* Club Marine Series Dates hosted by various clubs on Centre Course Race Area are|
|October 10th, November 7th, February 5th, 13th & 27th, March 19th & April 9th.|
|* All events apart from Nationals and States are Grade 2 Events|
Torquay sailors Brenton and Jen Carnell wasted no time registering for the Festival of Sails 2016 when online entry for the annual Australia Day regatta opened this morning, Monday August 10, 2015. Their current Sydney 38 national champion, Phoenix, is the first published entry. The couple is super keen to let their one design classmates know they can’t wait for the chance to defend their title when the Morris Finance Sydney 38 Australian Championship plays out as part of the Festival next January, 22 – 26. The class is talking about a likely fleet of 16 Sydney 38s from Victoria, NSW and possibly South Australia. “It’s an honour to be the first entry for our local Festival of Sails 2016,” Brenton said today. “Given it’s a title year for the Sydney 38s we couldn’t wait to register Phoenix!” Brenton’s association with the Festival host, Royal Geelong Yacht Club, and the sport is lifelong. He and younger sister Teri Dodds, the well-known sailing and official Festival photographer for the past 12 years, crewed on family boats with their parents from a very young age. “I’ve been a continuous RGYC member for maybe 45 years and don’t think I’ve missed an Australia Day regatta since I was 10, back in the 1970s,” Brenton recalls. “I’m sure I can rightly remember as a kid smashing into a southerly on my dad’s Firebird in the passage race and hating every minute of it, saying, ‘are we there yet?’” It’s a very different story looking forward to the 174th edition of Victoria’s oldest sporting event. Brenton is the boat owner and the Sydney 38 Australian title holder, ready to defend the crown on his patch – Geelong’s Corio Bay. “Hopefully we’ll need to extend the trophy cabinet after the upcoming season,” laughs Jen, referring to last season’s winning streak that included both the Australian and Victorian Sydney 38 titles.
“We will be up against some stiff competition. The level of racing has lifted thanks to the newcomers and existing teams really finding their groove, and dragging the fleet up,” Brenton added. “Everyone is capable of winning a race or two during a regatta but consistently achieving good placings has been our winning ticket. The current fleet of Sydney 38s is very close.” A second national title, for the VX One one-design sports boat, will fall under the Festival of Sails’ banner. If a national title or divisional win or place is a pipedream there’s always the major prize of a trip for two to New York valued at $10,000 open to all owners who register an entry before the closing date of Friday January 15, 2016. It’s the biggest prize ever offered by the RGYC and has been generously donated by Geelong Travel.
A bonus incentive for interstate entries is the Bausele watch valued at $1,000, the special prize for one lucky winner who hails from a territory or state beyond Victoria, plus any international entrants. Pre-Festival, RGYC is ramping up and reaching out like never before, sending sailing manager Rod Hagebols on a national roadshow to speak to other clubs’ members and extend a personal invitation on behalf of the club’s board and Festival organising committee to be part of Australia’s largest annual mixed keelboat regatta. “The reaction from the Sydney clubs has been really positive and I’m looking forward to similar receptions when I visit the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia, which fielded a strong state-based team last year, and the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania in the coming months,” Hagebols said. “All Rolex Sydney Hobart and Melbourne to Hobart yacht race finishers, particularly those from ports other than Melbourne, are naturally invited to detour to Geelong and be part of the Festival of Sails on their way home.” The Festival of Sails 2016 presented by Rex Gorell Land Rover will be staged over five days across the Australia Day long weekend. Dates move around year to year to lock into Australia Day. The sports boats will kick off the racing on Friday January 22, followed by the historic Melbourne to Geelong passage race on the Saturday and the remainder of the series racing held across Sunday, Monday and Tuesday morning. The regatta draws to a close on the Australia Day afternoon. The following year, 2017, marks the 175th running of the Festival of Sails as a Victorian major event and RGYC is already considering ways to commemorate the historic milestone. All information relating to the Festival of Sails 2015, including the Notice of Race, is on the regatta website http://festivalofsails.com.au/
Picture of the Late Lou Abrahams with Brenton Carnell in 2013 courtesy Teri Dodds
With AUS Sails Sam Haines accepting a role with North Sails, we were hopeful that we would be able to transfer our sponsorship of the Victorian Summer Sprints series across as well.
Our thanks goes to Aaron Cole and the North Sails team for not only agreeing to take over the sponsorship, but to also increase their level of support. Aaron is often seen on the water providing after sales service to the 38s and Sam tells me he will have more time on the water and less time on the sewing machine now he is part of the North Sails team.
On behalf of the 38′s – thanks North Sails.