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DOWNWIND Racing Association Newsletter Diary Dates December Sat 3:

Offshore R3 / IRC R5 / Mini 2

Sat 3:

Coaster 4

Sun 4:

RSAYS Ladies R2

Wed 7:

Twilight R8

Sat 10:

Inshore R6 / IRC R6 / Multi R5

Wed 14: Ladies Helm Standalone Twilight Sat 17:

Coaster 5 / Multi R6

Sun 18: RSAYS Ladies R3 Wed 21: Twilight R9 SERIES PRESENTATION

Mon 26: Proclamation Day

January New Years Day

Sat 7:

Coaster 6

Wed 11: Twilight Series 2 - R1 Sat 14:

Inshore R67 / Multi R7

Sun 15: RSAYS Ladies R4 Wed 18: Twilight R2 Sat 21:

Many of us have experienced the challenging agony of a slow offshore race and the recent Haystack race was yet another example of how fickle the winds can be at this time of the year. In an attempt to elicit comments from his crew at a particularly frustrating point of the journey Geoff Boettcher was prepared to listen to anything “even lies”, whereupon one brave crew member quipped “Your nose isn’t big and it looks good !” Crew camaraderie, even in a less than ideal situation, is without doubt one of reasons we love to race and Offshores in particular have the ability to make good crews stronger whilst fragmenting weaker teams. As we look towards Lincoln Week this is the ideal time for skippers to begin finalising crews and confirming accommodation arrangements. The rumour mill is buzzing with speculation that we could expect to welcome an even larger contingent of interstate boats than usual as there seems to be some disgruntlement across the border regarding the finer details of Geelong Week. The washup remains to be seen but the welcome mat is certainly out for any boats who might choose to race with us in February. Our Phil Hoffman Travel Twilight Series is well underway and once again I remind skippers to check with Jess if conditions look to be a bit iffy on the Wednesday. We are mindful that many people travel a considerable distance to make the start line so we do try to make a final decision by 4pm (then cross our fingers that it was the right one!)

Sun 25: Christmas Day

Sun 1:

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

Kaesler Cup / Inshore R8

Thur 26: Australia Day Standalone Twilight

We thank Sportsmed.SA for their sponsorship of this years’ Premier’s Cup Regatta, a weekend which had it all. Challenging conditions on Day 1 saw the fleet fighting out windward leeward battles in gusty conditions. A broken boom fixture saw the retirement of Two True and other incidents included bingles on the water, crew members in the drink and (unfortunately) casualties requiring ambulance assistance. Thankfully day 2 provided more benign conditions for the long fixed mark race and it seems that overall the weekend provided plenty of topics for Patio talk. We thank Deputy Premier John Rau for making the time to attend our Presentation (fantastic also to see his son, Jack crewing on Another Planet). REX congratulates Geoff Boettcher and his Secret Mens Business 3.5 crew on their Division 1 win, yet another prestigious title to add to the long SMB 3.5 list. Congratulations also to the crews of Young Einstein (Division 2) and Jumping Jack Flash (J24 PHS and OD).

Sun 29: Chairman’s Cup Sun 29: RSAYS Ladies R5

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FROM THE RACE OFFICE

It has been a busy month in the Race Office, with the Racing Season in full swing. We are well and truly into all of our club series and have one successful regatta completed. Thanks to all who participated in the Sportsmed.SA Premier’s Cup Regatta this year. As we outline later in this newsletter we had a record number of keelboats participating this year, which is fantastic. I hope this trend continues for our Great Southern Regatta in March / April next year. The Queen of the Gulf Regatta will be held on Saturday 10 December 2011 in conjunction with Club Inshore Series Race 6; SA IRC Championships Race 6 and SA IRC Div 2 Championships Race 4. Entry is FREE for CYCSA Club Inshore Series entrants. For those not entered in the CYCSA Club Inshore series, the cost of entry into the Queen of the Gulf is a small fee of $25. Notice of Race can be found on the Racing Documents page of the Club website, and entries close on Thursday 8th December. A big thank you to the businesses taking up the Race Day Sponsorship opportunities - we were incredibly lucky to have Sportsmed.SA as our major sponsor for the Premier’s Cup Regatta, and I am pleased to announce that EverettBrookes Custom Jewellery will be sponsoring our first Ladies Helm Twilight race on the 14 December. If you are interested in sponsoring your Racing Association, please contact me in the Race Office. Attention Offshore Skippers - Neptune Island Race! There has recently been some discussion with RSAYS in regards to possibly reintroducing the Neptune Island Race into the Offshore Series Calendar for Season 2012-13. At this stage, we are just trying to gauge interest as to the viability of running this race again. Keep in mind that reintroducing this race would mean that boats entered would need to be Category 2 compliant. Please have a think about it and let me know what your thoughts are on reintroducing the Neptune Island Race next season. If you have any questions relating to the 2011-12 season, or our Race Day Sponsorship, please contact me on 8248 4222; or racing.manager@cycsa.com.au

JESS HARGREAVES RACING MANAGER

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MARINE ACADEMY NEWS

The CYCSA Marine Academy recently became SA’s only Royal Yachting Association / Yachting Australia shored based Training Centre for all your internationally recognised courses to sail in the world! Boat Licence Course Recreational Powerboat Operator Course

Essential Navigation & Seamanship A sound intro to coastal navigation coved over 5 evening sessions. Feel confident navigating in all conditions with chart, pencil, rulers and dividers plus electronic aids such as GPS and plotters.

This YA course involved theory and basic practical components. On successful completion of the theory test, you will be eligible for the SA Boat Licence. Members $180 / Non-Members $190

Members $290 Non-Members $300

31 January 2012

22 November 2011 & 6 December 2011

Small Keelboat Introduction Sunday Sailing November - 6th, 27th December - 11th, 18th January - 22nd, 29th February - 12th, 19th, 26th March - 11th, 25th

Wednesday Twilights Sailing November - 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th December - 7th, 14th, 21st January - 11th, 18th, 27th February - 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th March - 7th, 14th, 21st

Come and join us and enjoy being out on the water with our qualified instructors for an addictive sailing experience. 3 hours of hands on sailing and get a taste of what our full courses have to offer. All safety gear provided. Members $180 Non-Members $190

16 Jan 2012

School Holiday Program (8-16yo) Held during the January Holidays, this course is a fun, informative and practical experience for school age kids. For more info please see the website Members $240 Non-Members $250 16 Jan 2012

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GOOLWA TO MENINGIE RACE

The Goolwa to Meningie Race is the longest freshwater race in the southern hemisphere – 50 miles from Goolwa – upstream the River Murray to then cross Lake Alexandrina and into the Narrows channel at Narrung and then into Lake Albert – and across to Meningie – so you end up virtually in the South East! CYCSA’s OhReally! was the second boat across the line – AND they got first place in Fast Racing Division! In addition to a CYCSA Skipper (Mike O’Reilly), CYCSA Racing Member, Roman Domaretski, (Asylum) was a key crew member and bowman.

Image of OhReally! about to cross the finish line at Meningie – and giving lots of room to Wilparina 3, a big trimaran coming in at a million miles an hour!

RACING ASSOCIATION SPONSOR

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RACING ASSOCIATION SPONSOR

PHIL HOFFMANN TRAVEL TWILIGHT SERIES 1 - RESULTS RACE 1 19 OCTOBER 2011

RACE 2 26 OCTOBER 2011

RACE 3 2 NOVEMBER 2011

RACE ABANDONED—No Wind

CRUISING

CRUISING

1st 2nd 3rd

Flying Circus - Steve Power Kudos - Vlad Humeniuk Game Over - Julian Newton

RACE 4 9 NOVEMBER 2011 1st 2nd 3rd

RACING

Vertigo - Jamie Goode JJF - Doug Watson Such Is Life - Dave Nicolson

1st 2nd 3rd

RACE 5 16 NOVEMBER 2011

RACE 6 23 NOVEMBER 2011

CRUISING

CRUISING

Poppy - Michael Phillips G-Wizz - Greg Patten Twilight - Colin Burgin

1st 2nd 3rd

RACING 1st 2nd 3rd

That’s Life - Greg Manuel G-Wizz - Greg Patten Liberator - Geoff Catt

RACING

RACE ABANDONED—Too much Wind

1st 2nd 3rd

1st 2nd 3rd

Good Company - Robin Townsend

JJF - Doug Watson Vertigo - Jamie Goode

Aqulia - Mark Johns Medosa - Brian Smith Game Over - Julian Newton RACING

JJF - Doug Watson Vertigo - Jamie Goode Good Company - Robin Townsend

1st 2nd 3rd

Vertigo - Jamie Goode JJF - Doug Watson -

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IRC NEWS

with WILLIAM STRANGWAYS

After much planning and encouragement, the first event of the SA IRC Division 2 Championships was held at the CYCSA in conjunction with the Premier’s Cup on the 19-20 November 2011. We had plenty of wind both days and exciting racing. Series entrants: 4 from Port Adelaide Sailing Club (Peer Gynt, Dejavu, Bolistik and Blue Max); 2 from RSAYS (Take 5 and Freedom), and 1 from CYCSA (Young Einstein). Race 1 (19 November 2011) Wind: 15knts from 195° Course W/L 1.2 mile legs x 2 laps

Race 2 (19 November 2011) Wind: 23knts from 200° Course W/L 1.2 mile legs x 3 laps

Close racing throughout, wind strengthened on the 2nd lap up to 20knts. Young Einstein just pipped Take 5 over the line by 37 seconds, followed by Blue Max only 26 seconds further back with Peer Gynt 1 minute later. Bolistik, |Freedom and Dejavu were a bit further back, however all 3 finished in 1 minute, 30 seconds. Race duration was 60-70 minutes.

A lot of drama in this race due to the increased wind strength – some yachts opted not to fly kites. Blue Max led the fleet home by 3 minutes, followed by Take 5 and Peer Gynt, who were only 10 seconds apart. The rest of the fleet spread out a bit due to the gusty conditions of up to 28 knots, however there were no retirements from this division. Race duration was 90-105 minutes. SA IRC CHAMPS DIV 2 R2 - 19 NOV 2011

SA IRC CHAMPS DIV 2 R1R1- 19 NOV 2011 1st 2nd 3rd

1st 2nd 3rd

Young Einstein - Rob Sellick Peer Gynt - Paul Bull Take 5 - Steve Martin

Peer Gynt - Paul Bull Freedom - Bob Schahinger Blue Max - Peter Montgomery

Race 3 (20 November 2011) Wind: 10-12 knts from 190° Course: Long Inshore An interesting course: Start to Wreck Buoy (beat) to No. 1 (reach) to lean in (reach / run) to Wreck Buoy (hard Beat) to Finish (run). During the second leg, the wind increased to 15-17 knots and later got up to 22 knots. Another great day at sea, with more close racing. Young Einstein pipped Take 5 on the line by 5 seconds with Blue Max (main sheet problems) 4 minutes back and Peer Gynt just another 35 seconds away – the rest of the fleet spread out today. Race duration 154-180 minutes. SA IRC CHAMPS DIV 2 R3 - 20 NOV 2011 1st 2nd 3rd

Young Einstein - Rob Sellick Freedom - Bob Schahinger Peer Gynt - Paul Bull

A great start to the 8 race series – the next race is scheduled for December 10 2011.

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COASTER RESULTS COASTER RACE 2 12 NOV 2011 1st 2nd 3rd

War & Peace - Stefan Marcel Flying Circus - Steve Power Carioca - Beth Hutton

SA IRC (D1) RESULTS SA IRC CHAMPS DIV 1 R2 - 11 OCT 2011 1st 2nd 3rd

SA IRC CHAMPS DIV 1 R3 - 19 NOV 2011

Two True - Andrew Saies Vulcan - Jimmy Howell Asylum - Derek Morrison

1st 2nd 3rd

SA IRC CHAMPS DIV 1 R4 - 19 NOV 2011

SMB 3.5 - Geoff Boettcher Two True - Andrew Saies Lucette - Chris Pratt

1st 2nd 3rd

SMB 3.5 - Geoff Boettcher Lucette - Chris Pratt Another Planet - Brenton Pegler

CLUB INSHORE SERIES RESULTS RACE 2 - 22 OCT 2011 D1 1st 2nd 3rd

PHS Alliance - Jim Hallion Another Planet - Brenton Pegler

Bullistic - Paul Martin

1st 2nd 3rd J24 1st 2nd 3rd

RACE 3 - 22 OCT 2011

IRC 1st The Business - Nick George 2nd Another Planet - Brenton Pegler 3rd Asylum - Derek Morrison

D1 1st 2nd 3rd

PHS White Knight - David Knights Alliance - Jim Hallion Bullistic - Paul Martin

D2 PHS Young Einstein - Rob Sellick Dr. Feelgood - Jason Coonan Taurus - Adrian Lawrie

PHS Cookie Monster - Brian Walsh Vertigo - Jamie Goode JJF - Doug Watson

1st 2nd 3rd

OD 1st JJF - Doug Watson 2nd Vertigo - Jamie Goode 3rd Good Company - Robin Townsend

J24 1st 2nd 3rd

D1 1st 2nd 3rd

PHS Bullistic - Paul Martin Shining Sea - Andrew Corletto Another Planet - Brenton Pegler

1st 2nd 3rd J24 1st 2nd 3rd

OD 1st JJF - Doug Watson 2nd Vertigo - Jamie Goode 3rd Good Company - Robin Townsend

RACE 5 - 19 NOV 2011

IRC 1st Two True - Andrew Saies 2nd Shining Sea - Andrew Corletto 3rd The Business - Nick George

D1 1st 2nd 3rd

D2 PHS Young Einstein - Rob Sellick School’s Out - Adrian Wotton Dr. Feelgood - Jason Coonan

PHS JJF - Doug Watson Such Is Life - Dave Nicolson Vertigo - Jamie Goode

D2 PHS Young Einstein - Rob Sellick Dr. Feelgood - Jason Coonan Taurus - Adrian Lawrie

PHS Cookie Monster - Brian Walsh JJF - Doug Watson Vertigo - Jamie Goode

RACE 4 - 19 NOV 2011

IRC 1st Two True - Andrew Saies 2nd The Business - Nick George 3rd White Knight - David Knights

PHS Another Planet - Brenton Pegler

The Business - Nick George Asylum - Derek Morrison

1st 2nd 3rd

OD 1st JJF - Doug Watson 2nd Vertigo - Jamie Goode 3rd Good Company - Robin Townsend

J24 1st 2nd 3rd

D2 PHS School’s Out - Adrian Wotton Dr. Feelgood - Jason Coonan Young Einstein - Rob Sellick

PHS Good Company - Robin Townsend 1st

Vertigo - Jamie Goode Such Is Life - Dave Nicolson

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IRC 1st Another Planet - Brenton Pegler 2nd Asylum - Derek Morrison 3rd The Business - Nick George

OD Vertigo - Jamie Goode

2nd Good Company - Robin Townsend 3rd JJF - Doug Watson


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HAYSTACK ISLAND RACE

The 2011 Haystack Island Race was an endurance test of a different kind – the fleet of 10 (5 CYCSA and 5 RSAYS) battled light conditions and the possibility of a very long time at sea for the 200nm race. The start this year was in open water (not the traditional river start) - quite uneventful in ideal light conditions at 1900 Friday evening on the 11 November 2011 – a start to remember! With the breeze out of the south east the Code Zero was deployed and powering Two True towards Marion Reef. The conditions were ideal for everyone and the fleet was tightly bunched across the Gulf St Vincent. During the night the wind decreased and moved to the east. A neat peel to the S2 was executed. Asylum was a little bit slow to hoist their m/head spin and watched Shining Sea sail through them. It was classic night sailing with a clear sky and bright full moon. Asylum rounded Marion leaving it well to starboard around 0100 Saturday, planning to take a dig into investigator straight – looking for a friendly breeze.

Saturday morning saw Two True well short of Haystack still under the S2. Due to the conditions, the fleet were still well bunched. Secret Mens Business 3.5 had still not rounded Haystack according to the 0530 sked. All boats in the 36-40 foot range were still bunched together; Two True was leading the group of Vulcan, Asylum, Patrice IV and Shining Sea. Aikin had taken a long gybe out into Investigator Strait and seemed to have gained from the move. There was still a boat race to be fought! By mid-morning Two True had rounded Haystack Island. Executing several gybes as we approached, Aikin had indeed gained from going out wide as we watched her round tighten up and head past Seal Isle. We rounded within minutes, and the following 4 close boats were all around within 30-40 minutes of us. The beat along the north coast of Kangaroo Island had commenced. At this stage Carpe Diem, Shining Sea and Enchantress (who had dropped off the pace) all withdrew - heading for home. Here there were two distinct paths from the nava-guessers. One group (Secret Mens Business 3.5, Aikin, Vulcan, Asylum and Vicky J IV) hugged the coast, playing the shifts and vagaries of the easterly breeze. The second group (Two True, and Patrice IV) opted for long tacks further out. By late afternoon it appeared that the inshore group had won out and were building a substantial lead. Asylum had moved up from 7th – 4th. Two True’s attempts to tack in to shore to join them were met with large knocks and disappointment. The wind again dropped and an interesting set of transitions occurred. The inshore group it seemed had gone into Emu Bay for a picnic as there was no wind for them to do anything else. Two True on the other had launched the overused wind seeker / staysail to catch the left over zephyrs. From this to the No 2 and even the Code Zero was back for a short period as we powered to Marsden Point. There is still a boat race happening! When we crossed tacks on the beat to Beatrice Islets South the order was: Secret Mens Business 3.5 (well in front), Aikin, Vulcan, Two True and Asylum all within 10 minutes of each other. Patrice IV had tried to get inshore and lost ground badly. Rounding Beatrice just on dusk, the S2 was launched in a gentle south easterly. The chase for Aikin and Vulcan was on. All that was needed was a fair breeze to bring us all home. This was not to be! During the evening as the wind veered to the east, there was a peel to the A4 and then the Code Zero appeared again. Asylum mirrored Two True’s sail changes experiencing N/E winds up to 18 knts at times causing a change down to no 2 headsail – amazing after approx 30 hours of less than 8 knots. In the wee small hours of Sunday morning, as the wind veered back to south east the S2 was called for again. Two True crossed the finish line at 0540 Sunday morning, or 34.5 hours for 200nm. In that time we used only one headsail, the No. 2 and every other spinnaker on the boat. Asylum finished at 0617 only 37 minutes astern of Two True. OFFSHORE RACE 2 HAYSTACK— HAYSTACK—11 NOV 2011 PHS 1st 2nd 3rd

Asylum - Derek Morrison Two True - Andrew Saies Patrice IV - Shane Wiseman IRC

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Two True - Andrew Saies Asylum - Derek Morrison Patrice IV - Shane Wiseman

After all that time (approx 34.5 hours) Vulcan beat Aikin over the line by just 43 seconds! Vicky J IV was last home finishing at 0820 Sunday morning (37 hours 21 minutes at sea). From Asylum’s point of view the crew were very happy they did not get cold or wet at any stage – well fed with hearty meals and snacks, teas / coffee on tap – they had 8 in the crew and used the race to build team work and confidence amongst the crew implementing much of the advice given to them by Brett Young during training sessions. Obviously it paid off as they WON the PHS division and were 2nd on IRC. Notes by Mark Hutton (Two True) & Tom Abbot (Asylum)

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SPORTSMED.SA PREMIER’S CUP REGATTA

The 2011 Premier’s Cup was held on the 19-20 November, and had a record number of entries, and plenty of wind which ensured a great regatta. This year we saw the most keelboats participating in the Premier’s Cup History - 28 (17 from CYCSA, 7 from PASC and 4 from RSAYS). In addition, we had 5 J24’s (all from CYCSA) participating in the Southern Cross Cup, bringing the total to 33. This has only been achieved once before in 2006-07 when we had 23 keelboats and 10 J24s participating! Race 1 – Saturday. Windward/Leeward, 2 laps. Div 1 – 1.6nm / Div 2 – 1.2nm. Wind 17 knts from 195°. A good start by all divisions – In Div 1, Secret Mens Business 3.5 cleared out, but the bulk of the field stayed close together for the entire race, often swapping places due to good or bad crew work. Apart from Secret Mens Business 3.5, the other 10 yachts finished over the link in 6 mins. On PHS the first 7 yachts in the fleet of 11 finished in 1 minute. Race duration was 50-68 minutes. In Div 2 it was Dr. Feelgood who blitzed the fleet over the line and although there are significant variations in size and age of the yachts in this division, the remaining 11 yachts finished within 10 minutes. On PHS the first 7 were within 3 minutes and the entire 12 yachts within 8 mins! Race duration was 55-71 minutes. Race 2 – Saturday. Windward/Leeward, 3 laps. Div 1 – 1.6nm / Div 2 – 1.2nm. Wind 23 knts from 200°. A good start once again – in Div 1 Secret Mens Business 3.5 cleared out but fierce racing continues in the following bunch. During the first downwind leg, gusts of up to 27 knts took their toll on the fleet, causing many retirements. Shining Sea put their bow girl in the water and a crew man dislocated his shoulder. Two True broke their boom. 3 Cool Cats had gear failure. Aikin shredded 2 spinnakers. White Knight had gear failure – the list goes on. With only 5 left out of 11, apart from Secret Mens Business 3.5, the next 3 finishers were only 4 minutes apart over the line, with Patrice IV a further 3 mins adrift. Race duration was 71-103 mins. In Div 2 – only 2 of the 12 retired (Troppo and Touch’n’Go). It was another excellent close race with 7 yachts finishing in 4 mins on PHS, with 2 more only 3 minutes further back. Race duration was 82-110 minutes. Race 3 – Sunday. Long Inshore. Wind 10 knts from 190°. Excellent course: Start – Wreck Buoy (beat) – No. 1 beacon (reach) – Northern Silt (run) – Wreck Buoy (hard beat) – Finish (run). Start was at midday, and even with yesterday’s carnage we had 12 face the start in Div 1. The conditions were much lighter than yesterday, but were predicted to increase during the afternoon. Another good start saw most of the fleet head inshore – 3 Cool Cats tacked out o sea early gaining a significant advantage over the fleet. Secret Mens Business 3.5 was clear leader at the Wreck Buoy, followed by 3 Cool Cats, The Business, Aikin and the rest of the bunch. No change in order coming up to the No. 1, however the breeze had increased to 17 knts. During the run some yachts did a few gybes – 3 Cool Cats laid it without a gybe – during the beat back to the Wreck Buoy the wind strengthened further to 20-22 knots. Last leg to finish was a run in 20 knts of breeze – exciting catching the occasional wave. 3 Cool Cats did very well on this leg although Aikin gradually reduced the gap, but all too late. On PHS 8 yachts finished in 7 mins with the other 3 not too far behind. Race duration was 125-170 minutes. In Div 2, skipper much appreciated their course. Start – Wreck Buoy (beat) – No. 1 beacon (reach) – Lead In (reach / run) – Wreck Buoy (beat) – Finish (run). Once again, Dr. Feelgood was too fast for this group, however Take 5 and Young Einstein had a monumental battle with Young Einstein, eventually pipping Take 5 over the line by 5 seconds. On PHS, 8 yachts finished in 8 mins, the next 3 were 4 minutes away, with Hawks Nest bringing up the rear 3 minutes later. Race duration was 134-191 minutes.

DEPUTY PREMIER OF SA, THE HON JOHN RAU PRESENTS GEOFF BOETTCHER (SMB 3.5) WITH THE PREMIER’S CUP

2011 PREMIER’S CUP REGATTA RESULTS RICHARD FIDOCK JNR PRESENTS ROB SELLICK (YOUNG EINSTEIN) WITH THE RH FIDOCK PERPETUAL TROPHY

D1 IRC 1st Secret Mens Business 3.5 - Geoff Boettcher 2nd The Business - Nick George 3rd Another Planet - Brenton Pegler

PHS 1st The Business - Nick George 2nd Secret Mens Business 3.5 - Geoff Boettcher 3rd Another Planet - Brenton Pegler

D2 IRC 1st Young Einstein - Rob Sellick 2nd Peer Gynt - Paul Bull 3rd Freedom - Bob Schchinger

PHS 1st Dejavu - Craig Henderson 2nd School’s Out - Adrian Wotton 3rd Freedom - Bob Schchinger

2011 SOUTHERN CROSS CUP RESULTS OD 1st JJF - Doug Watson 2nd Vertigo - Jamie Goode 3rd Good Company - Robin Townsend

PHS 1st JJF - Doug Watson 2nd Good Company - Robin Townsend 3rd Vertigo - Jamie Goode

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ANDREW SAIES OF SPORTSMED.SA PRESENTS DOUG WATSON (JJF) WITH THE SOUTHERN CROSS CUP


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5TH CHINA CUP INTERNATIONAL REGATTA 2011

Half of the crew from Two True and their families flew out of Sydney, on the evening of Wednesday 26th October, bound for Hong Kong and the excitement of an overseas regatta! Nine hours later having shared the overnight flight with a rowdy Bucks Party heading for Macau the gloss had worn off. Customs and Immigration passed without incident and a memorable taxi ride to the Excelsior Hotel, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island. Here the rest of the crew are to meet at 0800. With the crew now assembled; Andrew Saies, Alex Saies, Bret Young, Rob Human, Rob Last, Les de Witt, Michael Clark, Jason Flak and Mark Hutton, it was down to the chartered Beneteau First 40.7, moored at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, to make her into a useful race boat. No. 29 looked like the 29 other Beneteau First 40.7’s at the RHKYC for the One Design class in the regatta. The race halyards were run in, lacing to keep sails and foredeck crew on the dry side applied to the lifelines, extraneous cruising paraphernalia removed and the “Two True Vicsail” banner applied to the sides, No. 29 was transformed. A quick shakedown sail on Hong Kong harbour with a few crew missing, nanna naps needed, and Two True Vicsail was declared ready for the 5th China Cup International Regatta 2011. First race on Friday 28th October is the Simpson Marine Passage Race from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, 30 Nmiles. The start is from a bay around 1hour east of the RHKYC so an early start to motor to the start. Our first taste of the South China Sea was a brisk easterly around 18 – 20 knts. Nice start in familiar conditions. The start was hotly contested with a general recall at the first attempt. The RO wanting to get us all on our way to Shenzhen raised the black flag for the second start. We started conservatively at the pin end and were well up the fleet.

ANDREW & ALEX SAIES

TWO TRUE CREW AT PRIZE GIVING

Not being locals we followed a local boat out to the left of the course and seemed to be doing well out of this move. The rest of the fleet going right into a softer breeze. This did not last long as we experienced the first of many “interesting” transitions, a hole in the wind. Once out of that we managed to climb into a second one. When the breeze finally returned the sprint for the finish ensued and a 17th place was gained. The whole race was run without getting far enough off the wind to get a kite out. Once into the marina at the Shenzhen Vanke Longcheer Yacht Club, with the boat tied up and packed up for the night the process of getting through Chinese immigration needed to be tackled. This is best done with humour and beer! Day two, the program is for three windward leeward races. Light conditions greet us with not more than 12 knots of wind. First race of the day, three laps. Again the start was hotly contested, unfortunately our timing for the start was a bit behind. It seemed that we could not pick the best side of the work on any of the laps. On a dying breeze the race was shortened to two laps and we had to be content with a 15th. Lunch that was gathered from the breakfast bar at the Hotel was consumed as we all milled around waiting for the wind to return and the start of the second race. DOWNWIND • CRUISING YACHT CLUB OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA RACING EXECUTIVE WWW.CYCSA.COM.AU


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5TH CHINA CUP INTERNATIONAL REGATTA 2011

The second race for the day was eventually started. Our start was better managing to carry some boats to windward over the line with an individual recall resulting. Unfortunately we were not able to pick the better side of the course on either the upwind or downwind legs and a 10th place was our best so far. Due to the late start of race 2 the third race was abandoned. Day three, the program is for a windward leeward race and an Islands/Geometric Race. Again light conditions greet us with not more than 12 knots of wind. First race of the day, three laps. Again the start was hotly contested but clean. In what seemed like déjà vu we could not pick the best side of the work on any of the laps. At the bottom mark on the first lap there was a minor dispute with Squadron Marine (No. 26), a team from WA, over buoy room. They raised a protest flag that was ultimately dismissed. On a dying breeze the race was shortened to two laps and we had to be content with an 11th. Lunch was consumed as we all milled around waiting for the wind to return and the start of the Island race.

The Committee Boat went along the Island Race course in search of the incoming sea breeze and found it. A line was set and the start sequence initiated. The fleet must have been overly keen as another general recall resulted. In the second start we managed a great start and lead the fleet on the chase around the Island. As we turned around the island first the Asymmetric was raised followed by a peel to the Symmetrical spinnaker. We managed to hold our lead all the way around the island to the finish and a well earned first place! Day four, the program is for a windward leeward race and another Islands/Geometric Race. Again light conditions greet us with not more than 12 knots of wind. First race of the day, three laps. Again the start was hotly contested but clean. It seemed that we could pick the vagaries of the Daya Bay winds making a significant gain on the first work. However the second work was lost due to the unpredictable nature of the wind. On the dying breeze the race was again shortened to two laps and we had to be content with another 11th. Lunch was consumed as we all milled around waiting for the wind to return and the start of the Island race.

TWO TRUE CREW & FAMILY ENJOYING LUNCH

This Island Race course took us around two islands in a figure 8 pattern. Once the wind returned the race was started with a 2Nm beat, then a power reach to the first island. The large sail wardrobe of Two True was missed as we reached across, just too shy for the asymmetrical to be deployed. We rounded the first island in 6th place, and headed to round the second island. On approaching the island it was noted that there was a small strait inside a point that could be sailed through. The course chart was consulted and in deed the small islet was not a “mark of the course”. So through the hole we went. We later learnt that one of the boats that followed through found the bottom! In the tacking then spinnaker run to the finish we gained several positions to gain a 4thplace!

Our overall placing was a credible 10 overall. As we headed in form the last race there was much discussion on how we could make this happen again next year!

MARK HUTTON

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Downwind November 2011