Due to the ongoing situation in NSW with Covid-19, and after consultation with the relevant authorities, the Organising Committee has today decided to postpone the Breakout Series to an appropriate future date to be advised. This is very disappointing news but MHYC, RPAYC, NCYC and PSYC as joint organisers thank the 83 entered boats and their crews for their interest and support. All entry fees are being refunded and a more detailed announcement will be circulated to entrants in the coming days.
The Breakout Series, already postponed from August 2020, will not go ahead in January but will be rescheduled for August 2021.
A meeting of the joint clubs Organising Committee - Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay and Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club - today decided that in considering the current Covid-19 situation and recommendations of NSW Health, it was not feasible to proceed with the event on 18-22 January.
Starting in Sydney, the Breakout Series includes several offshore races taking in Pittwater and Newcastle.
“It is disappointing to postpone the Breakout Series once again but rescheduling to the original August time-frame enables the event to conclude in Port Stephens,” said Committee Chairman, Commodore Peter Lewis from Middle Harbour Yacht Club.
“This will provide an appealing series for those boats which are not travelling North for the Queensland regattas’” he said.
For more information about the Breakout Series, go to www.breakoutseries.com.au
The second day of MHYC Winter Sprints was another sunny day with a moderate southerly which softened toward the middle of the afternoon. Nineteen boats enjoyed the excellent condition on The Sound.
In race three, the first for the day, Khaleesi (Sandy Farquharson) took the Division 1 win from Wailea (Neil Padden) and Kayimai (Rob Aldis). In Division 2, Innamincka (John Crawford) was first on PHS from Escape (Dean Dransfield) and Shibumi (Bryan Moore). Rock Solid (Mitchell Miller) was the first of the Adams 10s to the finish on One-Design ahead of Powderhulk (Patrick Delaney) and Sirius (Garth Riley). Sirius won on PHS.
The breeze held for lap one of the final race, but became progressively lighter through lap two. Peter Woodhead’s Melges 32 XC3SS revelled in the lighter air to take the race win from Khaleesi and Kayimai. Ace (David West) claimed the Division 2 honours from Innamincka and Stella Polaris (Goran Hultin). Sirius made it a double-header with wins on PHS and on One-Design from Powderhulk and Rock Solid (Mitchell Miller).
Next Saturday sees the continuation of the Winter Pursuit and Adams 10 Winter Fleet Series, with the next Winter Sprints on July 18.
For the latest Winter Sprints Results – click here
By Lisa Ratcliff
Close to two years of shooting for a MC38 one design class top result finally yielded Steve Proud’s Swish team the main prize, on dreary Pittwater in the shortened five-race Act 4 winter pointscore.
“We’ve had a couple of thirds before but this is our first regatta win; we’ve been chipping away for nearly two years and it’s finally starting to come together,” a grinning Proud said back at the conducting club, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.
“We’ve got a really good bunch of sailors. Sometimes you just have to settle down and play your own game, and not let the nerves and everything going on around you get to you. It never lets up in that fleet. Opportunities come to you and take advantage of them; that’s how we played it today,” Proud added.
The Middle Harbour Yacht Club skipper named his team one by one, a special mention going to longtime tactician Billy Sykes. “Billy has been with me from the start, he’s put a great team together. We’ve got some excellent sailors. Nobody’s putting tickets on themselves; we just get out there and do the job.”
A second by two points for John Bacon’s Dark Star - looking resplendent following a recent makeover in Newcastle - is a great result for the local team. “We’re really happy and I’m really pleased for Steven, Billy and the Swish team - they have worked so hard,” Bacon acknowledged.
Most Valuable Player of the series goes to Dark Star’s mainsheet Darren ‘Twirler’ Jones, who heads home to South Australia for his second quarantine stint in as many months, following a MC38 weekend regatta. “He’s done 28 days in quarantine for the Dark Stars,” Bacon pointed out.
“Things were supposed to be open this time,” rued Jones. “It’s no problem, I just get the dirt bike out and ride around the property. I went back home after the last series for three weeks, had one week out of quarantine then back up to Sydney. Now I’m back home for two more in isolation. I’m feeling a little institutionalised!”
Third in Act 4 went to Lazy Dog, Shaun Lane and Quentin Stewart’s MHYC team who opened day two with a bullet off Mackerel Beach on Pittwater’s western shoreline, then slid back in the rankings when the track was shifted to an area known as ‘big pond’, the expanse north of Scotland Island.
A south-moving and deepening low pressure system brought heavy rain and changeable breeze to the fleet on Sunday July 26, mostly south swinging to an easterly flow, 8-10 knots. On the verge of a fourth and final race, an attempt to make up part of Saturday’s two race shortfall, the heavens opened. The downpour reduced visibility and played havoc with the wind, RPAYC race officer Steve Merrington deciding another start was optimistic, and the cold and saturated had probably had enough.
Next on the calendar is Act 5 over the weekend of September 26-27 hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron on Sydney Harbour.
Photos by Tilly Lock Media.
It was a perfect day for the Winter Sprints held on The Sound today with sunshine and a steady 8-10 knot north easterly for the two races conducted by Race Officer Steve Tucker and the MHYC Race Management Team.
Khaleesi (Rob Aldis) and Nine Dragons (Bob Cox) each scored a race win and a second place in the Division 1 fleet. Khaleesi takes the series lead on tie-break and Wailea (Neil Padden) is three points behind in third after today.
It was the J/24s Ace (David West) and Innamincka (John Crawford) each taking a 1 and 2 in the Division 2 races, with Ace ahead on tie-break and Escape (Dean Dransfield) sitting third in the series.
In the Adams 10 One Design pointscore, Powderhulk (Patrick Delaney) took the win in both races. Another Dilemma is second overall after today’s races with Sirius (Garth Riley) third.
Sprint racing continues in two weeks.
For the latest Winter Sprint results – click here
It was a disappointing end to the Winter Pursuit and Adams 10 Fleet Race today with the time limit expiring before any boats had finished.
With little breeze at the clubhouse just before 12:30, the start was moved to on-water with Hugh George setting a line near the Bombora. A 5-8 knot easterly initially pushed the fleet comfortably around the course, but as the afternoon wore on the breeze declined and the race had to be abandoned.
Nicole Balestro was on the water to take some photos today.
The NSW Government have eased restrictions to allow sailing to resume under a phased approach. This means that MHYC and other NSW clubs have the opportunity to re-commence their racing and training programs from early June.
The return to sailing is being done in a consistent and coordinated manner thanks to the cooperation of the major Sydney clubs. The Commodores of MHYC, CYCA, RSYS, RANSA, RPAYC, RMYCBB, SASC, MYC and RPEYC have met weekly with Australian Sailing since the Covid-19 pandemic first impacted our programs.
While detailed plans are yet to be finalised and approved, we are hopeful that MHYC’s Wednesday Pursuits will be able to start on June 10 and a modified Saturday racing program can also get underway later that week. Members need to be aware there will be changes to these programs, particularly for related shore-side activities, as clubs are obliged to ensure that sailing at this time is CovidSAFE.
Please stand by for further details which will be released next week.
Looking forward to seeing you on the water soon.
Peter Lewis – Commodore MHYC
MHYC have arranged a generous 20% discount on some Flying Fish training courses for MHYC Members over the Winter Period.
20% off any of the courses listed below for MHYC members.
To get the discount you need to book online and enter the promo code below.
RYA Diesel Engines – September 3
This course gives you an overall awareness of the main systems of a marine diesel engine. We teach you how to take simple measures to prevent mechanical
breakdown at sea and to rectify defects which do not require workshop support.
ACMA Marine Radio License (VHF, HF, GMDSS) – July 24 and September 4
This one day Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) approved course teaches you to use VHF (Short Range) as well as MF and HF
(Long Range) radio for distress, urgency, safety and general calls. The course includes GMDSS and DSC
AS/ISAF Offshore Safety and Sea Survival - September 5 & 6 or October 10 & 11
This two day course meets the requirements of ISAF, RYA and AS for crew planning to take part in offshore yacht races like the Sydney to Hobart race.
The course is also highly recommended for anyone going to sea for any purpose.
Marine First Aid – September 2 or October 2
This course has been specifically designed for those working in the marine environment and is ideal for boat owners, watersports instructors,
yacht skippers and crew. The course leads to an internationally recognised first aid qualification.
Essential Navigation and Seamanship Online Course
This self paced online course provides a beginner's introduction to the navigation theory and safety knowledge required to go boating safely at sea.
Flying Fish are also offering MHYC memebrs 10% off their popular crew develeopment courses - RYA Start Yachting, Competant Crew and Day Skipper Courses for booking until 30 August 2020.
Please see Flying Fish website or drop into the office next to the Sandbar cafe for more details.
Will Wilkinson has today been declared the Club eSailing Autumn Champion and will now represent MHYC in the State eSailing Championships. 120 clubs have registered for the competition which will be held from Friday to Sunday next weekend.
On race courses from Sydney Harbour to Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Will’s J/70 Rocky 2 dominated the racing again this morning. A nervous start and a 6th place in Race 1 was followed up with four straight wins to secure the series and selection. It was ultra-tight for the minor placings with Dane Kearney (DK123456), Adam Mowser (Ads) and Graham Brown (Adams 10 MH26) all finishing on equal points. Tie-breaks handed Dane and Adam the 2nd & 3rd placings.
Thanks to all the eSailors who competed. Congratulations to Autumn Champion Will and good luck at the States!
Today’s results – click here
MHYC eSailing page – click here
The wind was looking dire as we cast out eye down the glassy waters of Middle Harbour shortly before race 3 of the Winter pursuit series. The Adams 10 class came to a unanimous decision to abandon their division leaving the race committee the difficult task of picking a course appropriate for a possible shorten if the rest of the fleet managed to get away. The sailors were keen to try and the horn blew at 12.30 with very little wind coming from the nor west but just enough for most to fill a spinnaker setting them off at a snail’s pace. A shorten was inevitable and the race committee set up at Lady Bay for the shortened course.
In Division 1 Rob Aldis got the gun on Kayimai closely followed by Stormaway ( Jack Stening and Colin Gunn) with Khaleesi
(Sandy Farquharson) only a second behind for third place.
In Division 2 Peter Charteris took out 1st place on Dania followed by Innamincka (John Crawford) and Escape (Dean Dransfield) in third.
For full results click here
Fifteen races have now been sailed in each of the Helly Hansen Autumn Series with Will Wilkinson’s Rocky 2 leading the Saturday Offshore Keelboat, Wednesday J70 Sportsboat and Thursday Star Non-Spinnaker pointscores.
Will tops the list of sailors who will be invited to contest an eSailing Selection Series in the J70 on Saturday morning at 11am. The winner of the five race series will represent MHYC at the NSW eSailing Championships being held between 22-24 May and potentially go on to represent the State.
To view the Selection Series Races this Saturday from 11am, or any of the scheduled Helly Hansen eSailing Series, simply go to https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/inshore-game/, wait for the main screen to load, click on Custom Race, click on the video tab (camera icon), then select the Helly Hansen eSailing race from the list of races available to start watching. You can follow individual boats, change the camera angle or select the birds-eye overview of the fleet.
For the latest MHYC eSailing results and information – go to https://www.mhyc.com.au/sailing/e-sailing