14Sep

Sydney 38s dominate the Victorian Winter series

Whilst primarily designed as a One Design class, the Sydney 38 yacht continues to be competitive in both IRC and AMS handicap events. This was illustrated in the recently completed 2011 ORCV seven race Winter Series. Sailed in a variety of conditions from light to gale force winds, two Sydney 38s namely Lou Abrahams’ “Challenge” and Bruce Taylor’s “Chutzpah 38” virtually match raced throughout the series to be placed 1st and 2nd overall in the Division 1 of the IRC event and 2nd and 4th respectively in the AMS event.

Counting two wins, a second, two thirds, a fourth, and dropping a DNF “Challenge”, finished with a series score of fourteen points, four points clear of “Chutzpah 38”. Both Sydney 38’s had dramas in the windy races with “Challenge” experiencing steering problems in one heat and “Chutzpah 38” breaking a spinnaker pole.  Up to five Sydney 38’s competed in the ORVC event providing great racing and interest. However, with the lead changing within each race, and three points separating the boats going into the last race, it was apparent from the start that there was a race within the 44 mile passage race to Geelong.

“Challenge”  started on “Chutzpah 38’s”  hip rounded the first mark ahead and maintained the closest of covers on “Chutzpah 38 crossing the finish line three minutes ahead after seven hours of racing. No doubt their competiveness pushed both boats to do well on handicap. At the end of the day Bruce, forever a gentleman, congratulated Lou on sailing “a beautiful race”. Little did he know, the pressure he and his crew had applied to a very wary “Challenge” crew.

It was great to see “Cinquinte” owned by Ian Murray make the effort to sail from Geelong to compete in most of the races. The enthusiasm of  Stephane Howarth sailing her “Mille Sabords” cannot be denied and it was great to see “Fullynpushing” owned by Andrew Griffiths and the new addition to the fleet “Playground” owned by Andrew Robinson out on the water for the last race of the series. “Audacious” owned by Greg Clinnick and Paul Holden joined in the fun for the last couple of races and demonstrated she cannot be ignored.

The ORCV is to be congratulated for running the series and listening to owners who felt the previous passage race to Geelong was too long. The provision for shorter courses made for a testing yet  enjoyable race in difficult conditions. The photos such as those supporting this article were also well received and a promotion for yachting generally.

Rowan Simpson

12/9/2011

16Aug

July Newsletter

Winter is well and truly upon us and if you are like me, you are counting down the days to summer and lookingto escape up to the tropics. Despite the conditions, there is still plenty of 38 sailing available with winter series racing at the Harbour, Pittwater and
Victoria and we have race reports from each of these series below as well as information on Port Lincoln week where the inaugural SA state titles will be held in February 2012.

Probably the most important news of late (and which you should by now all be aware of) is that the association membership fee has been dropped to $250, which is a substantial drop on where it has been, and is now at a level that there is no reason not to be a member, particularly given the member only benefits that are available now, or soon will be. Credit for the drop in fees needs to go to Greg Clinnick for his efforts in cost cutting.

Hopefully by the time you receive this email, the new web site will be live. If not it is not far away and will offer greater functionality and ease of use as well as having additional
sections such as members only sections for  supplier discounts and a trading post for boats, sails and other gear.

For anyone looking to replace running rigging, Sydney rigging is offering a 10% discount to association members before end October, and there is a full price list on the members’ only
section of the new website.

We will shortly be distributing the proposed amendments to the class rules for voting at the next AGM.
Regards

Mark Griffith President

AUDI  CYC
Winter series report by Larki Missiris

Cursing (Freudian slip? I think this is meant to be Cruising) Yacht Club of Australia Audi Winter  Series this year attracted over 130 yachts which races in 12 divisions including
a Sydney 38 division. The Sydney 38‘s were able to attract seven starters which were the first group off on a scratch start at 11.25am. Race results were determined by performance handicap system over the ten race series.

With the first three races out of the four being a shortened course due to the light conditions
Wild One owner Larki Missiris took full advantage of the conditions winning four straight races, with the crew on Outlaw, Alan and Tom Quick sailing a faultless race in race 5 taking the podium finish and beating the next Sydney 38 Calibre G Bonus/ R Williams by more than 7 minutes over the line who were able to claim second and Livewire P Barnes in third spot.

Race 6 was a different story with Sydney waking to a cold measurable wet Sunday the breeze around 15 knots out of the south and by mid afternoon gusting to 25 knots from
the south / east. Three yachts from other divisions hitting Sow and Pigs reef due to the north cardinal marker missing, with another yacht came to grief hitting the rocks at Steel Point off Nielson Park. The Sydney 38 fleet reveling in the conditions with some great kite runs with speeds of 13 knots reported on the day.

Sally Warneford’s Sydney 38 Thirlmere being steered by Vanessa Dudley champion Laser sailor taking out race 6 in style with a handicap win as well as first Sydney 38 home. The
other place getters on the day were Calibre G Bonus / R Williams and Next I Mason / M Wenke finishing third.

The crew of Thirlmere continued where they left off the previous week with a win in race 7
for a second week in a row just holding Wild One out by 13 seconds for second
spot and Next in third.  Pleasant sailing condition in a 10 knot breeze out of the west as well as a sunny day with most competitors wearing shorts and t-shirts. The only hazardous objects on the harbour were the Manly Ferries and those container ships which come in the harbour that morning creating an obstacle to some competitors.

Getting down to the business end of the season in race 8 competitors were getting their boats scrubbed leaving nothing to chance. With light wind forecasted the Sydney 38
fleet started in a north/west breeze at 5-7 knots with the race committee having
no choice but to shorten the course as the breeze was dying out all day. Wild
One taking advantage of the shortened course winning race 8 with Outlaw Alan and
tom Quick in second place and Livewire Phil Barnes in third.

Larki Missiris owner of Wild One taking his fifth win in eight races is in an unbeatable
position with only two races remaining to determine the series winner.
After a short AP in race 9 due to the lack of wind the Sydney 38 fleet were started in a 7-10
knot north/north westerly breeze which was build to 15 knot by the afternoon. A
fully course was sailed in perfect conditions. Bruce Foye The Goat picking up
his first win for the season with Livewire second and Next in third.

Due to the excessive winds on the last race of the Audi Winter Series the race committee
abandoned race 10. The breeze on Sydney Harbour was 30 knots gusting to 45 knots
with the committee announcing the abandoned of race 10 just before 11.00am. A
great series was had by all the Sydney 38 owners with good close racing hopping
next year to attract a larger fleet to contest the Sydney 38 Audi Winter Series.

Series Results

Handicap:

Wild One   11  pts  L Missiris

Livewire     20 pts   P Barnes

Next          21 pts   I Mason /  M Wenke

Outlaw       24 pts   A and T Quick

Thirlmere   29 pts   S Warneford / L Jamie

Calibre       31  pts   G Bonus / R Williams

The Goat    33 pts   B Foye

Scratch:

Wild One  14  pts L Missiris

Outlaw     18  pts A and T Quick

Next         19  pts I Mason / M Wenke

Calibre      24  pts G Bonus / R Williams

Thirlmere  25  pts S Warneford / L Jamie

The Goat   34  pts B Foyed

Livewire    36 pts  P Barnes

Victorian report

The Victoria fleet  has a more relaxed sailing program over the winter, with some of the boats a complete break whilst others are enjoying some less serious club racing and catching up with the maintenance list. The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria run a series of interclub races every second Sunday throughout winter, and for the hard core, this racing is where you will find the strongest competition.

A number of Sydney 38 are competing this year, and in IRC division 1, Chutzpah38 and Challenge are currently 2nd and 4th respectively after 3 races. To date the conditions have been a bit puffy and on more than one occasion the 38 brigade have been practicing their chinese if you get my drift. That mast head configuration certainly tests the limit sometimes….. It was great to see Cinquante make the effort in race 1 to come across from Geelong to play with the fleet. All of the owners are looking forward to our preseason 38 regatta at Geelong in September.

Pittwater report by Chris Dawson Eye Candy

Well looks like CD has let us down but not to worry Chris, I will provide my completely unbiased report:

We had a good turnout with all but one of the Pittwater fleet turning out for the winter
series, which was a light hearted pursuit series, where crews could enjoy the
scenery of beautiful Pittwater while sipping cocktails , well this is what it was meant to be, but as you can imagine inevitably there is all ways one crew who exhorts others to participate in racing “one Design”. I am pleased to say that despite this unseemly peer group pressure, Old School remained true to the concept of winter racing and started on its allotted time, where the crew were able to enjoy refreshments accompanied by classic music without interruption by yachts barging in at marks without overlaps (well that was the plan anyway).

After the dust of combat had settled, Eye Candy emerged victorious in Division 1, which is a
credit to the competitiveness of the twenty five crew lining its rail, while Old
School came out third, one point behind missing second on a countback to a well
sailed but extremely raucous F40.

Inaugural 2012 SA State Championships

The inaugural South Australian State Championships will be held during Pt Lincoln Race Week in February 2012.

With the increasing number of Sydney 38s in Adelaide – all based at the CYCSA- it was
decided to hold a South Australian state title as part of one of the best
regatta weeks in Australia.  The Lincoln Race Week held in Pt Lincoln  following
the Adelaide to Lincoln Bluewater Classic, is held on some of the best sailing
waters in Australia.  The waters of Boston Bay provide flat water, nice breezes,
sunshine and the hospitality of Pt Lincoln and the Pt Lincoln Yacht Club results
in a memorable sailing experience.

“We will do everything we can to make it a hugely successful event.  We have appointed an
extra National Race Officer to assist Stewart Ross in our race management so all
is looking good for a great week .” said Regatta Chairman, Steve
Kemp.

Dates to note are: 2012 Lexus Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race – Friday 17th February and 2012 Lexus Lincoln Week and SA Sydney 38 Championships – 20th February to 24th
February.

A number  of Victorian boats have expressed interest in coming across for the SA
Championships and bolster the growing SA fleet which should result  in some
excellent competition and close racing.  Berthing of boats during Lincoln Race
week is usually at no charge and special packages are available from the CYCSA
for interstate boats heading up to Adelaide to compete in the Bluewater
Classic.

For interstate crews, the Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre is best source for
accommodation information.

For more information contact either the Port Lincoln Yacht Club at www.plyc.com.au or [email protected]
or SA Sydney 38 Fleet Co-ordinator,
Andrew Corletto at [email protected]

18Jul

Inaugural SA State Championships

The inaugural South Australian State Championships will be held during Pt Lincoln Race Week in February 2012.

With the increasing number of Sydney 38s in Adelaide – all based at the CYCSA- it was decided to hold a South Australian state title as part of one of the best regatta weeks in Australia.  The Lincoln Race Week held in Pt Lincoln  following the Adelaide to Lincoln Bluewater Classic, is held on some of the best sailing waters in Australia.  The waters of Boston Bay provide flat water, nice breezes, sunshine and the hospitality of Pt Lincoln and the Pt Lincoln Yacht Club results in a memorable sailing experience.

We will do everything we can to make it a hugely successful event.  We have appointed an extra National Race Officer to assist Stewart Ross in our race management so all is looking good for a great week .” said Regatta Chairman, Steve Kemp.

Dates to note are: 2012 Lexus Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race – Friday 17th February and 2012 Lexus Lincoln Week and SA Sydney 38 Championships – 20th February to 24th February.

A number  of Victorian boats have expressed interest in coming across for the SA Championships and bolster the growing SA fleet which should result  in some excellent competition and close racing.  Berthing of boats during Lincoln Race week is usually at no charge and special packages are available from the CYCSA for interstate boats heading up to Adelaide to compete in the Bluewater Classic.

For interstate crews, the Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre is best source for accommodation information.

For more information contact either the Port Lincoln Yacht Club at www.plyc.com.au or [email protected] or SA Sydney 38 Fleet Co-ordinator, Andrew Corletto at [email protected]

 

30Mar

2011 Sydney 38 Nationals – The Goat Dominates

Only four points separated the first four boats in the 2011 Sydney 38 National Championships hosted by Royal Geelong Yacht Club during Audi Victoria Week. The championship attracted 13 entries, three of which were from interstate. Eight races were sailed in a variety of conditions ranging from very light shifting breezes to a gusty southerly reaching 25 knots at times.

With four heat wins it was ‘The Goat’, skippered by Bruce Foye from NSW which dominated the championship. ‘The Goat’s’ only blemish was a DNF in heat 4 after an altercation with ‘Sierra Chainsaw’ (Andrew Mollison) in a start line altercation. However, the team including Bobby Wilmot on mainsheet were good enough to carry that penalty to win the eight race series by three points.’Zen’ (Gordon Ketelbey), also from NSW, was placed second on a count back from ‘Challenge’ (Lou Abrahams) from Victoria. Close racing was the feature of the series.

DAY 1
After 2 restarts due to light and variable winds, only 2 races were completed. Race 1 set the scene with ‘The Goat’ winning comfortably from ‘Chutzpah38’ (Bruce Taylor) from Victoria with ‘Challenge’ a boat length away third.. ‘Another Challenge’ (Jonathan Neate) sailed a brilliant second race to hold off a fast finishing ‘Zen’ by one second with ‘The Goat’ consolidating its position in third. It was a long, hot day on the water and crews were happy when the PRO Greg Sinclair called it a day.

DAY 2
The conditions for day 2 of racing were at the opposite end of the spectrum. The wind was over 20 knots and gusting to 25 knots at times making for interesting races, the occasional broach none more spectacular than that orchestrated by ‘Another Challenge’ which destroyed a spinnaker in its shrouds. Even ‘Challenge’ suffered the indignity of an uncharacteristic wipe out as a result of a particularly vicious gust!

After exchanging places on the first beat in race 3, ‘The Goat’ escaped the cover of ‘Challenge’ to record her second win of the series. Local boat ‘Cinquante’ (Ian Murray) did particularly well on the preferred left hand side of the course to place third.

In the absence of ‘The Goat’ and ‘Sierra Chainsaw’ due to sail damage, ‘Zen’ sailed a clean race to beat ‘Chutzpah38’ with ‘Cinquante’ again doing well in race 4. ‘The Goat’s DNF in a no drop series opened the door for others to win the series only if they were good enough!

Race 5 again started with most yachts opting for their heavy weather jibs. ‘The Goat’ lead from start to finish and was again the dominant boat. ‘Chutzpah38’ also enjoying the conditions was a clear second with ‘Audacious’ improving with every race doing well to finish third. This race was a defining one for ‘Zen’ which was pipped at the post by I second by ‘Audacious’ whist ‘Challenge’ exploded a main halyard block to effectively end her chances of a better result. Crews were tired and relieved to head back to the to the club to heal their wounds after an exciting and eventful day on the water.

DAY 3
Where did all the wind go? The plan was to complete the final 4 races, so the fleet was sent out early only to face another protracted wait for wind. The Race Officer finally got the fleet away in a very light north easterly. ‘Audacious’ jumped clear of the fleet and dominated the race with superior speed to win from ‘Zen’ and ‘Challenge’ enjoying their own battle for honours.

‘Zen’ and ‘Challenge’ were the early leaders in race 5, but a major shift to the left on the second beat enabled the fleet to close. Whilst ‘Zen’ was able to hang on to second place, ‘Challenge’ on the extreme right was hung out to dry and finished seventh. ‘The Goat’ made the most of the dual between ‘Zen’ and ‘Challenge’, attacked the left and won the race with the boat of the day, ‘Audacious’ third.

Another race was started in the fading breeze but this time the shift was to the right and the Race Officer had no choice but to abandon proceedings.

The sea breeze eventually kicked in from the south at 14 knots late in the day and these conditions no doubt were responsible for the best and closest racing of the regatta. Being the last race of the day, the start was keen with a general recall and a black flag restart. The whole fleet finished within 2 minutes and there were extremely close finishes. For example, 3 seconds between ‘Challenge’ and ‘Sierra Chainsaw’ and 2 seconds between ‘38 Degrees South’ (John Chatham Vic) and ‘Clockwork’ (Gordon Mather & Frank MacDermont Vic) illustrated the attraction of one design racing. ‘Chutzpah38’ sailed well to win her first race of the series from the series winner ‘The Goat’ with ‘Challenge’ third.

FINAL PLACINGS
!st The Goat Bruce Foye 28 points 1, 3, 1, 14, 1, 5, 1, 2
2nd Zen Gordon Ketelby 31 points 8, 2, 4, 1, 4, 2, 2, 8.
3rd Challenge Lou Abrahams 31 points 3, 4, 2, 4, 5, 3, 7, 3.
4th Chutzpah Bruce Taylor 32 points 2, 7, 5, 2, 2, 4, 9, 1.
5th Sierra Chainsaw Andrew Mollison 44 points 6, 6, 6, 6 rd, 6 rd, 6, 4, 4.
6th Audacious Geg Cliinick 57 points 11, 14, 12, 8, 3, 1, 3, 5.
7th Cinquante Ian Murray 57 points 7, 10, 3, 3, 6, 12, 5, 11.
8th Clockwork Gordon Mather 57 points 4, 5, 7, 7, 8, 7, 12, 7.
9th Another Challenge Jonathon Neate 62 points 9, 1, 10, 6, 7, 9, 11, 9.
10th Shining Sea Andrew Corletto 68 points 5, 8, 9, 5, 9, 8, 10, 14.
11th 38 Degrees South John Chatham 77 points 10, 11, 13, 11, 10, 10, 6, 6.
12th Adrenalin Ian Beer 79 points 12, 9, 8, 10, 11, 11, 8, 10.
13th Mille Sabords Stephane Howarth 95 points 13, 12, 11, 9, 12, 13, 13, 12.

The Corinthian Division was won by ‘Sierra Chainsaw’ from ‘Audacious’ and ‘Another Challenge’. ‘Shining Sea’ from South Australia was awarded the Special Effort prize in recognition for their determination to make it to the regatta after breaking a rudder in the Sydney to Hobart. The popular Bruce Taylor won an award for being the most tolerant skipper! (He knew what it was for!). The series was sailed in good spirit and the Race Management team, lead by Greg Sinclair are to be congratulated for their on water management in difficult conditions. Our Victorian Measurer, John Chatham also deserves recognition for ensuring all entries conformed to the class rules.

However, there may not have been an event without the regatta sponsor, Ian Murray of Morris Finance Ltd. Ian and Mel also organised the hugely successful social function held on Monday night as well as the trophies. The Southern Chapter really appreciates your support each time we come to Geelong. A presentation on the lawns of the RGYC concluded a very successful National Championship.

Congratulations to Bruce Foye and ‘The Goat’ team who were clearly the best performed boat of the series.

Rowan Simpson,
Secretary,
Southern Chapter Sydney 38 Association

30Mar

2010/2011 Ullman Sails Sprint Series

The final races of the Ullman Sails Sprint Series for the Sydney 38 class was run and won last Sunday at Sandringham Yacht Club. Under a grey overcast sky, an excellent fleet of seven Sydney 38s came out to play.

Three races were completed to wrap up the 10 race series. The series was dominated by ‘Sierra Chainsaw’ owned by the Mollison family for the second year running. Second was ‘Audacious’ (Greg Clinnick and Paul Holden) from the improving ‘Clockwork’ (Gordon Mather and Frank Mc Dermott).

Race 1 was sailed in a southerly wind of 16 knots with a nasty choppy sea. ‘Challenge’ (Lou Abrahams) got the best of the starts at the pin end of the start line and hit the left hand corner to lead comfortably at the weather mark from ‘Cinquante’ (Ian Murray) sailed by Tony Bull from Ullman Sails on this occasion. ‘Challenge’ extended her lead to the finish whilst ‘Cinquinte’ did well to beat the fast finishing ‘Sierra Chainsaw’.

With the wind showing signs of abating, spanners were out as crews loosen rigs in the search for power before the start of race 2. ‘Challenge’ again won the pin but had a race on her hand with ‘Clockwork’ showing good speed. On a tight lay line ‘Challenge’ being helmed by Mark Bulka, was able to squeeze around the weather mark to take the lead enabling her to which sail her own race to win comfortably. Back in the pack racing was close and willing. There were a number of close encounters and a rules night may well be necessary in the future. Again it was ‘Sierra Chainsaw’ to come from behind to pass ‘Cinquante’ to finish strongly behind ‘Clockwork’.

The final race of the day was a real test. The wind was dying but still over 10 knots so the jib selection was critical. Once again ‘Challenge’ wanted the left but on this occasion it was ‘Cinquante’ who won the start. With a well timed start ‘Bully’ took the pin, was headed and immediately had a 100 metre lead. ‘Challenge’ bailed early but whilst she crossed the rest of the fleet, the wind continued to go left allowing a number of the fleet including ’38 Degrees South’ (John Chatham) and ‘Sierra Chainsaw’ to lift on port to the mark. ‘Cinquante’ and ‘Sierra Chainsaw’ engaged in combat on the run allowing ‘Challenge’ the opportunity to close the gap by the leeward mark. ‘Challenge’ changed to the light jib on the run and this paid dividends immediately. The wind was now under 10 knots but the sea state was still very choppy. This allowed ‘Challenge’ to power her way to the lead on the favoured left side of the course. ‘Cinquante’, which had sailed the forty miles across the bay from Geelong to compete in the days racing, finished a good day with another second place with the consistent ‘Sierra Chainsaw’ third.

The Sydney 38 class combined with a number of Rotary Clubs used the day to take some young members of the community who would not otherwise have the opportunity, to go sailing and from the smiles on their faces, the experience was a terrific success. A barbeque presentation was held on the deck of the new SYC clubhouse to conclude the activities.

Many thanks must go the host clubs Sandringham and Royal Brighton Yacht club and the sponsor Sam Haines of Ullman Sails. Ullman Sails have recently relocated to Sandringham and have been great supporters of the class. No doubt the involvement of Ullman Sails has contributed to the improvement in ‘Audacious’ during the year.

The next major regatta for the Victorian Sydney 38 fleet is the Sate Titles to be hosted by Sandringham Yacht Club on the 16th and 17th of April, 2011.

 

by Rowan Simpson

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