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Farr 40 Social Regatta 2017

The 2017/2018 FARR 40 Australian Open Series kicks off at Middle Harbour Yacht Club on 23 & 24 September with the Farr 40 Social Regatta.  

Day one will be sailed in comnjunction with the CYCA Short Ocean Pointscore (SOPS) race being conducted by MHYC.  Day two will be a series of windward-leeward sprint races held inshore.

To view the MHYC Farr 40 Social Regatta Sailing Instrctions - click here

To view the CYCA Short Ocean Pointscore Sailing Instrctions (Saturday Courses) - click here

 

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Centreboard Sailing Update

  

Centreboard Racing starts Sunday 17 September

The MHYC Centreboard Racing Season gets underway on Sunday 17 September with three races scheduled for the One Design Series starting at 1pm.  Briefing will be at 11.30.

Enter Now - To assist the Sailing Department allocate entries in the various divisions for the different series in the new season, it is important that you complete your online entry at the earliest opportunity.  We cannot anticipate which series or races you wish to enter, so please lodge your entry online at least 48 hours prior to the race in order to confirm your entry.  Online entry for all centreboard series is available at http://www.mhyc.com.au/sailing/centreboard-results

Safety Audits & Insurance - All yachts racing in MHYC events this season are required to have completed a declaration of compliance with the Australian Sailing Special Regulations Part 2 and current public liability insurance in order to be included on start lists and eligible for results. 

Sailing Handbook - The 2017-2018 Centreboard Handbook is now available at http://www.mhyc.com.au/sailing/centreboard-results.  Printed copies are available at the office. 

 

Volunteers Needed

MHYC has a busy program of keelboat and centreboard events scheduled through the season and we are seeking volunteers to help support these activities.  Volunteering can be a fun and rewarding way to enjoy being on or by the water with a great group of people.  The club aims to match people to the roles which fit their interests and abilities, and is supporting some accredited and non-accredited training for interested volunteers.  Aspects of volunteering can include on-water race management and safety support, protest committees, safety auditors, beach marshals etc.

 

Please contact Cathy or David in the Sailing Office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 8969 3103 if you have any questions.

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The Farrs and the Quicks are back!

By Lisa Ratcliff/Australian Farr 40 media

2017 National Champions, Estate Master – Photo: Allan Coker Photography 

The longstanding Australian Farr 40 class is assembling for another busy season with a great group of enthusiastic returning owners plus a new father and son team ready to reenrol at the school of hard knocks that is one design racing.

A social regatta later in September kicks-off the Farr 40’s 2017-18 season a month earlier than previous years, then the four weekend regattas staged between Sydney Harbour, Pittwater and Newcastle lead into the NSW title coinciding with the Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s (MHYC) established Sydney Harbour Regatta in March. Finally the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (RSYS) will host the National Championship: John Calvert-Jones Trophy, also in March.

Alan and son Tom Quick took ownership of what was the Farr 40 Transfusion at the end of the 2016-17 season and spent the winter months racing the renamed Outlaw on Sydney Harbour.

On the first season of class racing since their Sydney 38 one design days Tom said: “We will build on our CYCA Winter Series social crew and import a few seasoned Farr 40 people into mix, to hit the ground running. Julian Plante will be tactician and David Chapman is going to start on main, plus we have a few from the Voodoo team. Mark Langford has signed up for most of the season and Pete Sheldrick will be in pit, so we’ll have a good number from various high-level programs who will be subbed in and out as they move between classes. Dad and I will share the helming on Outlaw.”

Speaking on the requirement for crew weigh-ins for the states and nationals only Tom adds, “It makes it friendlier and easier to get out on the racetrack with competent crew.”

Gordon Ketelbey is standing for another Farr 40 association presidency term and says, “It’s a solid fleet of nine. Roughly this number reoccurs each season and it’s still the very best of one design racing. The class is alive and well and kicking with a strong association and professional administrator. The 2017-18 circuit is similar to last time and MHYC, where five of the 40s live, will run most of the regattas.”

Ketelbey’s Zen crew finished fifth overall and second Corinthian at this year’s Rolex Farr 40 Worlds at Porto Cervo. They’ll line up against the 2016-17 season and Australian champion, Martin Hill’s Estate Master, and the rest of the strong Sydney fleet plus Newcastle based Good Form and the two Melbourne boats, Double Black and Nutcracker, which were dry-docked in Sydney over winter.

Well-known sailing family, the Treleavens, are planning to add to the Farr 40 tally when the father and daughter team of Ian and Janey join the fleet for the 2018-19 season. The pair bought the former Queensland based boat, The Fat Controller, and plan to spend the next year converting what is now called Finn from offshore mode back to one design.

Zen and the Farr 40 Fleet downwind at the 2017 John Calvert-Jones Trophy – Photo: Crosbie Lorimer, Bow Caddy Media

List of entries for the Farr 40 2017-18 season:

Estate Master - Martin Hill, MHYC

Double Black - Rob Pitts, Sandringham Yacht Club and MHYC

Edake - Jeff Carter, MHYC

Exile - Rob Reynolds, MHYC

Forty - Sam Hill, RSYS

Good Form - Joe de Kock, Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club

Kokomo - Lang Walker, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia

Nutcracker – Rob Davis & Andy Baker, SYC

Zen - Gordon Ketelbey, MHYC

Regattas and dates:

DATE

REGATTA

VENUE

22 September 2017

SEASON LAUNCH

RSYS

23-24 September 2017

FARR 40 SOCIAL REGATTA

MHYC

21-22 October 2017

MHYC ONE DESIGN TROPHY

MHYC

25 & 26 November 2017

SYDNEY SHORT OCEAN RACING CHAMPIONSHIP (SSORC)

MHYC

9 & 10 December 2017

NEWCASTLE ONE DESIGN TROPHY

NCYC

20 & 21 January 2018

MHYC/PITTWATER ONE DESIGN TROPHY

MHYC/RPAYC

3 & 4 February 2018

NSW STATE TITLE

MHYC

3 & 4 March 2018

SYDNEY HARBOUR REGATTA

MHYC

16, 17, 18 March 2018

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: JOHN CALVERT-JONES TROPHY

RSYS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Optimist TT Regatta at MHYC on September 10

TT2 MHYC 10 September

A fantastic Sydney spring day welcomed around 60 Opti sailors to Middle Harbour Yacht Club on Sunday for the 2nd round of the NSWIODA Travellers Trophy (which followed the 1st TT back in June at GRSC).

10 knots of consistent breeze greeted the sailors on water and RO Jeremy Atkinson was able to complete a total of 5 great races off Balmoral Beach.

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Sailors from RPAYC, GRSC, WSC, HHSC, NSC, SLMASC, MHYC, DAC, GSC, Ascham and Scots were represented across all fleets and it was great to see the excitement on many of their faces ahead of the new sailing season about to commence.

A fleet of 23 Intermediates and 30 Open fleet sailors competed over the 5 races. During presentations at the end of the day, Jeremy Atkinson made special mention of the good behaviours and sportsmanship being demonstrated by many sailors which was really pleasing to see.

We congratulate all sailors and recognise the below trophy winners for TT2:

Optimist Intermediate Fleet
1st place – Ben Costandi (GRSC)
2nd place – Cameron Scade (GRSC)
3rd place – Thomas Whitehead (Scots)

1st Female – Hannah Kernohan (GRSC)

Optimist Open Fleet
1st place – Finley Scade (WSC)
2nd place – Fletcher Walters (RPAYC)
3rd place – Daniel Links (RPAYC)

1st Female – Bridget Conrad (SLMASC)

We want to also acknowledge our small and great Green fleet sailors at this regatta who were under the supervision of Connor Campbell. The Green Fleet got 4 races in with big smiles on faces all day. Well done Green Fleet.

MHYC wishes to thank all volunteers who helped out on the day and in making the event a very enjoyable one indeed.

Congratulations to all the sailors.  Here are the winners.....

Results will soon be available here.

       

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Lightspeed bows out as Ginger consolidates MC38 winter pointscore

By Lisa Ratcliff, Australian MC38 Association media

The loads on the MC38 fleet racing in 20-25 knots and big seas took their toll early on day one of one design class’ Winter Series, Steve Barlow’s Lightspeed suffering bow damage which finished their day prematurely, and ultimately their regatta.

"MC38 Lightspeed won't be sailing tomorrow, the damage to the hull is extensive and needs time to repair,” Barlow said late Saturday afternoon after Lightspeed was fully assessed at Woolwich Dock having bowed out of race one without recording a finish.

Speaking on the blow-out coming into the first bottom mark when a 25 knot gust hit Barlow said, “I don’t know what boat speed we were doing but we were in good shape at the time and bearing away with the gust. The bobstay was ok but the lateral force on the pole split the side of the hull when the pole protrudes out, and we ended up a bow sprit pole sheared in half. The loads on these boats in 20 knots and heavy seas is massive but I’m philosophical; these things happen. We are disappointed but look forward to the next regatta.”

Leslie Green’s Ginger is firm favourite to take out the four-part MC38 Winter Series pointscore, finishing ahead on points and the North Sails boat of the day thanks to Saturday’s three wins. They lost the final race of the day to Neville Crichton’s Maserati, steered by TP52 owner Matt Allen, and scraped into second place by two seconds over Chris Hancock’s Vino.

Today was Allen’s first crack at MC38 racing and the Australian Sailing president had this to say: “I still had my training wheels on downwind. It’s quite a different boat to sail compared to the 52. It was good fun; it accelerates nicely and once you are in the grove you can make good gains.”

Some of Allen’s Ichi Ban crew joined their skipper, including longtime teammate Gordon Maguire on mainsheet. To their credit, the combination of two Maserati regulars plus guests never held back - in fact they were pressing so hard Maserati was pinged for being OCS at the race one start and eventually finished the day in second by just two points.

Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s race officer Phil Yeomans reported plenty of action on Sydney Harbour between the MHYC, Sydney Amateur Sailing Club and the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s inshore club racing, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s match racing event and the Manly 16ft skiffs. 

“It was the usual manic harbour and everyone was talking on channel 72 at the same time!” Yeomans said. He and his team ran race one in a fresh sou’wester, shifting marks halfway through as the breeze went left. Races two to four were moved away from the swell at Sydney Heads and rolled out without any further adjustments in a sou’east breeze 10-12 up to 15kts.

Racing recommences at 1100hrs on Sunday September 9, 2017 and the forecast is for light and funky east to south-easterly winds in the middle of the day.

Three more races will tidy up the regatta and the class’ winter season, and next month the MC38’s 2017-18 summer pointscore will commence with a big fleet turn-out expected to sail out of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron October 14-15, including a Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club youth crew.

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Commodore's Front Up! Cup

The Commodore's Front Up! Cup gets the 2017-2018 sailing season underway this Saturday starting at 1230.

To download the Sailing Instructions - click here

To enter online - click here

To view entries & results - click here

 

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First round of MHYC Inshore Racing

Saturday September 9 was the first round of the MHYC Inshore Series for 2017-2018.

Yachts in four divisions sailed in a fresh southerly that backed to south east during the afternoon and eased in strength.  A sunny day made for some good racing.

On PHS Club Handicap for the Inshore Series, Powderhulk (Patrick Delaney) took the honours in the Adams 10s from Rock Solid and Lumine Lunae. Mortgage Choice Rumba (Carr/Cook/Burke) won Division 1 with a good gap to Forty Two and XC3SS.  In Div 3, it was Bob Penn's OneLife from Innamincka and Pinta.

In the Open Division, Neil Padden's Wailea took the win from Toy Box 2 and Farr 'n Away on PHS.  IRC results will be published soon.

To view the results - click here

Read more: First round of MHYC Inshore Racing

New Women's Keelboat Training Program

MHYC is launching a new keelboat program for women.

The program will incorporate a start crewing / start skippering course in September and October, followed by six coach-led training and racing sessions from November through March.  These sessions will all be held on Sundays and use the Melges 20's at MHYC.

If you are interested or want to know more, please email Deborah Dalziel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Cathy Rofe (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

To register for the Women's Discover Sailing Keelboat Course - click here

To register for the Women's Melges 20 Keelboat Program - click here

 

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MHYC Keelboat Racing Update

Attention all MHYC Keelboat Owners

 

Enter Now

To assist the Sailing Department allocate entries in the various divisions for the different series in the new season, it is important that you complete your online entry at the earliest opportunity.  We cannot anticipate which series or races you wish to enter, so please lodge your entry online at least 48 hours prior to the race in order to confirm your handicap and division.  The Top Yacht entry system also enables you to update the yacht and skipper details ahead of your series entry.  Online entry for all keelboat series is available at http://www.mhyc.com.au/sailing/online-entries

 

Safety Audits & Insurance

All yachts racing in MHYC events this season are required to have successfully completed a safety audit for the category of races they are entering and the new Australian Sailing Special Regulations have come in to force as of July 1.  The MHYC Sailing Office will not accept race entries from boats that have not completed their 2017-2018 safety audit and provided evidence of current public liability insurance – these boats will not be included on start lists or eligible for results. 

 

Notices to Competitors

A Notice to Competitors has been posted to the noticeboard and online keelboat noticeboard noting a change in the colours of laid marks for the Inshore Series.  Notices to Competitors, Sailing Instructions and Notices of Race can be viewed at http://www.mhyc.com.au/sailing/keelboat-division/keelboat-noticeboard

 

Results Links

Entrants and Results links are progressively being updated on the website and the new season’s results and start lists will appear at http://www.mhyc.com.au/files/results/2017/club/index.htm

 

Sailing Handbook

The 2017-2018 Sailing Handbook is now available at the office.  One copy is provided free to full members.  The cost for sailing and social members (and additional copies for full members) is $10.  A PDF version can be downloaded from http://www.mhyc.com.au/sailing/keelboat-division/keelboat-noticeboard/sailing-handbook

 

Racing Rules of Sailing

Having a copy of the current RRS is an MHYC Requirement.  This can be the electronic version published by World Sailing or, if you prefer a printed version, copies of the Racing Rules and Australian Sailing Special Regulations for keelboats are available from the office at a cost of $35.

 

Volunteers Needed

MHYC has a busy program of keelboat and centreboard events scheduled through the season and we are seeking volunteers to help support these activities.  Volunteering can be a fun and rewarding way to enjoy being on or by the water with a great group of people.  The club aims to match people to the roles which fit their interests and abilities, and is supporting some accredited and non-accredited training for interested volunteers.  Aspects of volunteering can include on-water race management and safety support, protest committees, safety auditors, beach marshals etc.

 

Please contact Cathy or David in the Sailing Office on 8969 3103 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

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Annual Skipper’s Briefing on Sep 21

The Annual Skipper’s Briefing will be held on Thursday evening September 21.

This important session will include a briefing from NSW Roads & Maritime Services, on-water emergency procedures, updates to the Australian Sailing Special Regulations and the 2017-2018 racing program.  It is a must-attend event for the skippers of all MHYC yachts.

The briefing will be held in the Harbour View Room at 7pm.  Come along earlier to enjoy dinner beforehand.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone the Sailing Office (9969 1244 Tues-Sat) to advise your intention to attend the Skippers Briefing or if you have any questions.

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