inety-two sailors. Fifteen Race Management staff. Thirteen canteen and bar staff. Three people sleeping at the club each night. One tireless Duty Officer. It takes a very large number of people to run an event like the Pacer and Javelin State Championships but the members of BYC rose to the challenge as usual and we ended up with a very successful event. This was the largest regatta run by the Club for a number of years and I‟m sure those who attended left with very positive impressions of a fantastic Club and a smooth, well organised and professional sailing event. You will have to forgive me, I spent the regatta on a rescue boat so this will be written more or less from a race management point of view!
THE SAILING It‟s what they all come for and is certainly the hardest part to organise. Organising racing for forty six boats was certainly a challenge but the many, many hours of preparation ensured that the sailing side of things went off without a hitch. Firstly, the
weather. If there is one thing people will remember about this regatta it‟s the completely ridiculous weather on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday saw Melbourne hit with what the Bureau of Meteorology called a “mini-cyclone” (a large thunderstorm rotating around a low pressure system) and while we certainly didn‟t get the worst of the storm we definitely got enough of it to remind everyone of the awesome power of large weather systems. Indeed if it weren‟t for the large array of weather monitoring systems in place in the tower the boats may have not got off the water in time to avoid the storm. With Saturday a blow out the pressure was on to fit the full racing program into the remaining two days. Sunday dawned with ominous dark grey clouds and drizzle but soon cleared up into 10kts and flat water which made for good racing. Sunday afternoon was a totally different story! With wind ranging from 3-15kts and the wind moving through 300 degrees it was a very challenging situation to set a course in. Indeed after
two 180 degree wind shifts and subsequent shifts of up to 60 degrees at a time those on the boats tasked with moving the marks were soon very tired and quite confused as to what mark was what. When Todd Fraser and myself were tasked to pick up a wing mark we spent a good 5 minutes trying to ascertain which mark was the wing after so many course changes! Indeed, when we were moving the starting mark for the committee boat I had to radio the Alex St John to see if he would like to set the starting line for a northerly or southerly breeze... Not something I‟ve ever had to do before. However after a long and difficult afternoon both the Pacers and Javelins got two races in each just sneaking in before the cut off time for racing. Monday dawned with a pretty marginal forecast and yet more rain. Expectations for a full racing session were low but the BYC race management team yet again showed what they were made of and got things underway quickly enough so that the Pacers