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COVID-19 Update – May 13, 2020

To all MHYC Members,

On behalf of the Board and Flags, we hope that you and your families are in good health and you have adapted well to the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While it may still be some time before the Club can return to normal operations afloat and ashore, it is nevertheless welcome news that an easing of restrictions in NSW will be gradually phased in.

I have been meeting regularly with Australian Sailing and the Commodores of the other major Sydney clubs to share ideas and receive updates from Australian Sailing.  This week’s Return to COVIDSafe Sailing Update will hopefully provide a first look at the guidelines that Australian Sailing have prepared based on the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) COVID-19 Framework for organised sport, aligned with the Federal Government COVIDSafe Australia Plan.  The aim is to assist NSW clubs to have a consistent approach in their return to sailing.  All Commodores in this group have agreed to a unified and coordinated approach to a return to competitive sailing.

It is unlikely that we will be able to re-commence organised yacht racing until at least Step 3 of the COVIDSafe Australia Plan and it is uncertain when this might be, but possibly in July.

While our marina has remained open throughout this crisis and recreational sailing is permitted - provided this is undertaken in accordance with the current NSW Government Social Distancing Regulations - club sporting events (which includes any form of yacht racing, even for boats with only one or two crew) are not permitted.

As soon as the NSW Government COVID-19 Restrictions are relaxed to a point which enables clubs to resume racing, MHYC intends to re-commence its regular program at the earliest opportunity.  This includes Wednesday Non-Spinnaker Pursuit and the Winter Pursuit and Sprint Series – although the program may be modified.  However, it must be anticipated that the Social Distancing Regulations in force at that time will apply to racing and may affect crew numbers, social distancing aboard and social interaction before and after sailing.

Amongst the uncertainty, there is still some positive news…

The Sandbar Cafe re-opened at the end of April for takeaway service to support those Members using the marina.  Hopefully we will be able to soon announce an allowance for a limited number of seated guests on the deck area, but this is subject to confirming compliance with Government Regulations.

The Helly Hansen eSailing Autumn Series of virtual races for MHYC Members has proved popular.  This Saturday at 11am, a selection series will be held to choose MHYC’s representative in the NSW eSailing Championships.  Members can view the racing online.  There is more information at https://www.mhyc.com.au/sailing/e-sailing

With most owners already deciding to forego the Queensland regattas in August due to the uncertainty around travel and event restrictions, MHYC has been leading plans to organise a series of coastal passage and inshore races in NSW.  Details are yet to be finalised, but the likely dates of the “Breakout Series” are 8 –14 August 2020.  The event will be organised by MHYC in conjunction with Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club and Port Stephens Yacht Club.  Stand by for further announcements. 

The Club is planning for a great celebration on September 5th to open the 2020-2021 season and it will be themed as a Thankyou Day.  Subject to Government Regulations, we are hoping to invite the frontline services in our community who have served us so well during this crisis.

Work on rejuvenating the front of the club is well underway and some unusual flags are being displayed on the now more visible flagpole.  Originating at the San Francisco Yacht Club, clubs around the world are displaying a signal to let their members know they will be there for them after the COVID-19 pandemic.  The MHYC flagpole is now displaying the Code Flags C over G over Numeral 1 to communicate the message - I WILL STAND BY TO ASSIST YOU.

Please stay the course and keep healthy. If you are experiencing difficulties, please reach out to us and we will endeavour to assist.

We will continue to update you as further updates become available.

Yours in Sailing

Peter Lewis (Commodore)

 

Read more: COVID-19 Update – May 13, 2020

Wednesday e-Sailing Helly Hansen Autumn Series

   

 

On day two of the Wednesday Helly Hansen Autumn Series another 5 races were completed in five different European waterways, Aarhus, Cagliari, Fecamp and Kiel. The smaller fleet of eight J70 spinnaker racing boats battled it out in winds ranging from 20 to 30 knots. Will Wilkinson’s Rocky 2 continued his stellar performance with three wins and Mullet (Rob Armstrong) claiming the other two races. Graham Brown also had a successful day with three second places on his boat Adams10 MH26, named after his favourite MHYC yacht Another Dilemma.

After the 10 races so far in the series Will Wilkinson is the person to beat on Rocky 2 with a commanding lead on 14 points. Graham Brown is in second place on 20 points followed by Cameron Wall on SqWall with 36 points.

Will Wilkinson stands as the favourite at present to be MHYC’s representative for the upcoming eSailing State Championships but others are fast gaining skills.

Australian Sailing have launched the 2020 Australian eSailing National Challenge, involving Club and State rounds culminating in the inaugural Zhik Australian eSailing National Challenge regatta.

Clubs around Australia have been invited to host their own Virtual Regatta club championships, with one club champion proceeding to the next stage of the challenge. Club champions must be decided by Monday 18 May.

MHYC’s selection process is as follows:

  • At the conclusion of Round 3 of the Helly Hansen Autumn eSailing Series, the best placed competitors in the each of the Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday Series will progress to a Selection Series.  The target entry numbers for the Selection Series is twelve (12), with a maximum of fifteen (15) entries. Determination of entries is at the absolute discretion of the MHYC Race Committee. 
  • The MHYC Selection Series will be conducted on Saturday 16 May, 2020, commencing at 11am.  Five races will be contested in the J-70 class.
  • The winner of the Selection Series will be declared the autumn eSailing Champion and represent MHYC in the State Championships. 
  • Should the winning competitor be unavailable to contest the State Championships, the second placed competitor will be nominated to represent MHYC in the State Championships.  The MHYC Race Committee reserves the right to substitute a competitor due to extenuating circumstances. 

Results and information at https://mhyc.com.au/sailing/e-sailing

Read more: Wednesday e-Sailing Helly Hansen Autumn Series

Rocky 2 dominating the MHYC e-Sailing

MHYC's Centreboard Club Champion in the Optimist, Will Wilkinson, has completed a clean sweep of MHYC’s initial three e-Sailing Series after his three point win in the Saturday Spinnaker races today followed wins in the Wednesday Spinnaker and Thursday Non-Spinnaker series.

Today’s racing was in the J70 Day Racer class, with nine competitors lining up for a practice race and four windward-leeward races in varying wind strengths at four venues.

Wilkinson claimed two race wins with Rocky 2 to finish ahead of Dane Kearney DK123456, two points ahead of Michael Malseed and Rum Run.  Adam Mowser’s Ads was relegated to fourth place in a tie-break.

The club is now seeking expressions of interest to participate in an ongoing weekly series at our regular race times.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to take part.

For today’s results and more information about e-Sailing at MHYC, go to https://mhyc.com.au/sailing/e-sailing

Read more: Rocky 2 dominating the MHYC e-Sailing

Celebrating Wednesday Racing at MHYC

      

 

After successfully completing 2 of the Wednesday Non-Spinnaker Pursuit Series, Series 3 was cut short by the introduction of social distancing by the NSW Government to combat the spread of the Coronavirus after only one race.

Wednesday 18th March was the first day yacht clubs all around Sydney cancelled races in support of the measures to counter the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Series 1

All 12 races were completed in Series 1 with a solid 23 boats entered in the series. Race 3 was the only exception to the average fleet numbers of over 20 participants in each race with torrential rains reducing the fleet to a mere 3 boats in Division 2 crewed by the most dedicated sailors.

It was a close competition in Division 1 with only 5 points separating the top 4 boats.  With 2 billets and 3 second places Austmark proved too strong and come in 1st place for the series skippered by Gunther Schmidt-Lindner on 29 points. With one race to go Toy Box 2 was on 29 and Little Nico and Zen both on 30, it was a tight finish in the minor placings. With a 5th in the last race for Toy Box 2 they dropped off the podium leaving Little Nico (Adrian Walter) to take second place for the race as well as the series 2.5 minutes ahead of Zen (Gordon Ketelbey).

In Division 2 it was the consistent performance of Garth Riley on Sirius that lead to the Series win on a comfortable 56 points. It was close competition between the next 3 boats with only 1 point between the 3 to decide the podium winners. Despite a lacklustre showing on the last race for Wailea her strong performance across the series took them to second place for skipper Neil Padden on 64 points, closely followed by Rumba (Kerry Burke, Rob Carr & Stephanie Cook).

Full Results click here

     

Series 2

Toy Box 2 came back with a vengeance with a strong performance across Series 2 for Ian Box, including 3 first places, 2 of which were in the last 2 races to beat Zen in a count back for 1st place in the Series both on 38 points. Peter Sorenson came in third place on Advanced Philosophy.

In Division 2 the Adams 10’s proved too strong for the fleet claiming the top 3 positions. Garth Riley continued his winning streak on Sirius, taking out the series on 59 points ahead of Paul Saunders on 62 points with Let Loose.

Full Results click here

Series 3

The 1st race of Series 3 started well for John Crawford on Innamincka getting the gun ahead of vising boat Tensixty (Ian Green) in Division 2, closely followed by Gary Carless on Renaissance. In was a tight race in Division 1 with only one minute between the top three boats.  Rob Reynolds pulled ahead taking first place on Exile ahead of Little Nico (Adrian Walters) in in second place only one second ahead of Advanced Philosophy (Peter Sorensen) in third.

 

With no racing now for 7 weeks we are all dreaming of the day we get back on the water to challenge our mates. In the meantime check out the media gallery of races past and relive some great memories.

For Media Gallery click here

 

Read more: Celebrating Wednesday Racing at MHYC

Easter Colouring Competition

Get your Pencils and Crayons ready!

Middle Harbour Yacht Club's Easter Holiday Colouring Competition is in full swing.

WE HAVE 2 CATEGORIES: Tackers - Tackers 1, Tackers 2 and any MHYC children and siblings ages 10 and below. Win a Tackers pack containing: Tackers branded Carry bag, Spandex top, Cap and Drink bottle.

Fleet - Tackers 3, Opti Green, Opti Race, and Opti Open Fleet. Win your very own MHYC’s Race Fleet bib.

TO ENTER: Download colouring sheet here

Take a photo of your completed colouring sheet and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before midday on Friday 24th April 2020 for a chance to win remember to let us know what category you are entering in.


The winning entries will be posted to MHYC Junior & Youth Discover Sailing Facebook page and announced on at 4 pm on Friday 24th April.

Read more: Easter Colouring Competition

COVID-19 Update - April 23, 2020

To all our valued Members,

On behalf of the Board and Flags, I send you greetings. We hope you are coping with the stress of the Covid-19 pandemic and that you and your families are safe and well.

I’m sure you are abreast of the latest developments, however, I want to update you on our strategy at the club coming into May. Our best information is that the lockdown will continue in its current form with no defined period end, however, we are starting to see discussions and media about these current laws being gradually lifted. In this regard, we remain on our current footing and are planning for a September 5th opening of the sailing season in line with Government regulations at the time.

If constrictions ease before that time we have been discussing with Australian Sailing and the Commodores of other clubs starting up organised events in a coordinated manner and in line with Government regulations. This is unfolding daily and we will continue to monitor the situation.

The rules about using boats has been unclear and we have posted this week yet another advice from Australian Sailing and have sent this out to all members. We the Commodores have asked Australian Sailing to seek further clarification. We ask you to read the advice this week and comply.         

On a positive note, we are aiming to open the Sandbar Cafe from next Wednesday 29th April for takeaway service observing social distancing, to support those of you currently using the Marina. We are already holding virtual racing and I’m informed of the great enjoyment of all.

Australian Sailing will be holding a National Virtual Sailing Competition for all clubs so we will look to selecting a representative to that end.

As already stated we are hopeful to hold a great celebration on September 5th to open the season, we will theme it Thankyou Day, subject to social gathering rules we are hoping to invite the frontline services in our community. The Membership team are well underway with the planning. With the help of the MHYC Foundation we are initiating work on a facelift at the front of the club. It is hoped this is the beginning of a long road of rejuvenation. I commend the Foundation to you and ask all those who can, to dig deep and help the Foundation develop facilities and youth sailing. Finally, if the view continues to open up with regard to Covid-19, and with the continued support of our members, we are well placed financially to weather the storm.

We would not be here in such good shape without the diligence of the Board, Flags, our volunteers and particularly our loyal and hardworking staff ably lead by our interim GM Bruce Aitken. To you our valued members, our community is a strong one, please stay the course and be safe. If you are experiencing trouble or difficulties reach out to us and we will endeavour to help. We will continue to update you as changes come to hand.

Yours in Sailing
Peter Lewis (Commodore)

Read more: COVID-19 Update - April 23, 2020

Centreboard Race Series 2019/2020 Season

 

 

 

The 2019/2020 Season Centreboard Race Series has sadly come to end but what a great summer for youth sailing participation at MHYC!

We have seen some fantastic racing across three separate classes in a range of conditions! With COVID-19 putting a pause on any end of seasons awards or presentations we wanted to wrap up the season and look back at the progress that has been made.

This year saw some extreme weather resulting in two abandoned race days, along with one race day lost to COVID-19, meant we completed a total of 12 out of 21 scheduled races. All races went smoothly with thanks to the host of Parent volunteers and the Race Management of MHYC Sailing Manager David Staley. We could not have done it without the support of our volunteers, so they have our upmost gratitude! If you are interested in getting involved, please keep an eye out for information about learning the skills to become a race management volunteer.

Now let’s look back at how the season unfolded…

 

20th October 2019

The first round of the 2019-2020 MHYC Centreboard Club Championship was sunny and mild with a moderate and consistent south-easterly – a perfect way to start racing for the new season.

Ten Optimists, three Club 420s and a 29er were on the water for three races commencing at 2pm.  Ben Crafoord took the lead in the Division 3 Optimist fleet with a 4-1-1 scoreline, only ahead of Jakob Marks on tie-break and with Miles Greenwood in 3rd.

Thank you to the parents and coaches who assisted with race management and safety.

3rd November 2019

Centreboard Racing Round 2 - races 4, 5 & 6.

Some interesting racing conditions for the 15 strong Optis, 420’s and 29er’s which saw only one race completed before the RO Dion abandoned the remaining races. Well done to all competitors and volunteers for getting out there and competing.

17th November 2019

A moderate to fresh and shifty south-easterly provided some challenges for the Optimist and 29er fleets, the final session of MHYC Centreboard Club Championship before Christmas.  There were some fast downhill rides on the Balmoral racetrack, but there was quite a bit of swimming and bailing going on too.

Jake Barnabas claimed two wins in the 29er, with Archie Cropley taking the final race.  In the Optimists, Zara Marks was first home in race 7 and Sebastian Wegner claimed the race 8 win.  After 9 scheduled races, Jake Barnabas currently leads the 29er point score and Zara Marks is on top in the Optimists. Many thanks to Mark McLeay, Matt Marks and Michael Giffney for race management.

9th February 2020

With a gale forecast and lots of rain, the Centreboard Club Championship Racing has been abandoned.

23rd February 2020

After the races in early February were abandoned due to the severe weather, the MHYC Centreboard Club Championship series continued today. 

Three races were completed for the Optimist and 29er divisions and two for the 420s.  The breeze was a gentle North Easterly of 8 knots building to 12 knots during the afternoon. 

15th March 2020

A great day of moderate to fresh breezes for the centreboard club championship series today. Three more races completed for Optimist, 420 and 29er. Thanks to everyone who helped out.

5th April 2020

Abandoned due to COVID-19 restrictions.

 

Check out some of the highlights from the season

 

Race Series Results – click here          Overall Race Results - click here           For more information about Centreboard Racing at MHYCclick here

 

Read more: Centreboard Race Series 2019/2020 Season

NSW Maritime COVID-19 Update and Reminder

Dear Members,

The following message has been sent to the club from Australian Sailing, please adhere to current Public Health rules for sailing.

Good morning Club Commodores, General Managers and Sailing Manager;

Over the last couple days I have had notification from NSW Maritime and NSW police that there have been ‘groups or gatherings’ of sailors have been observed by officials around the state, some of which have been linked back to sailing clubs and are prohibited under current public health orders. One club has been issued an official warning over the weekend for a group of nine sailors taking part in ‘non-official’ racing. I have been made aware of groups of yachts on a day cruise together, as well as other groups of dinghies in gatherings on the water. With fines able to be issued up to $11,000 for individuals and $55,000 for corporations this is an areas we don’t want our sport or clubs having attention brought to ourselves.

I been asked that you remind your members that from 31 March 2020, NSW Government Public Health Orders have been updated requiring people to stay at home unless they have a ‘reasonable excuse’. View or download the Public Health Order. In addition, the NSW Public Health Order directs that a person must not participate in a gathering in a public place of more than 2 persons, which includes multiple boats for instance unless they are from the same household.

As from the Maritime Covid-19 Page:

Unless you have an essential need to be out - stay home. 

A ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home to use your boat could be to:

  • exercise (e.g. kayaking/sailing/paddling/fishing etc);
  • get to and from work, where the work cannot reasonably be performed from home;
  • get groceries; and
  • provide assistance, care or support to an immediate member of the person’s family

Socialising or cruising on the water is not a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home. And to remember, social distancing and social gathering rules apply at all times – including marinas, boat ramps and on your boat.

Whilst we would all love to be on the water at the moment, the more we can comply with the above, the quicker we will see clubs and activities back in action and hope that a reminder to members will prevent clubs or their members being fined under prohibited activities in the current circumstances.

Read more: NSW Maritime COVID-19 Update and Reminder

Virtual Racing at MHYC

Helly Hansen eSailing Series

Winter eSailing Notice of Race & Sailing Instructions

Winter eSailing Entrants & Results

While “real” racing has been curtailed by Covid-19, the club has been conducting “virtual” eSailing f.  Free and open to all MHYC members, the club has run a group of short (races on a number of days to evaluate the potential to establish an ongoing series and the feedback has been positive. 

The Helly Hansen Autumn eSailing Series included Wednesday races (using the J70 Day Racer) with spinnaker, Thursday races as non-spinnaker (using the Star Class) and Saturday races (using the Offshore Keelboat class) with spinnaker.  For each race session, there are five short races on windward-leeward courses with an offset mark at the top and a leeward gate.  There is a maximum of 20 entrants in each race including the race administrator.

The Winter eSailing Series commences on 27 June.

If you would like to participate:

  1. Go to https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/inshore-game/
  2. Registration is free.  You will need to agree to the terms and provide your email address and register a pseudonym (or boat name) that you will race under
  3. Complete the basic training (Sailing School) which familiarises you with the boat controls at the same time as going over the essential rules
  4. Do some single boat training (colourful boat icon at bottom left of screen) in the type/s of boat you plan on racing in the races organised by the club
  5. Enter some of the free (usually green) races to get some fleet racing practice
  6. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enter by advising:
  • Skipper Name
  • Pseudo
  • Email Address (for notices about racing)
  • Mobile Number (for text alerts on race day)
  • Which of the following eSailing competition/s you would like to enter 
    •         Wednesdays at 1pm (Spinnaker)
    •         Thursdays at 6pm (Non-Spinnaker)
    •         Saturdays at 1pm (Spinnaker)

If you have any questions, email Catherine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Watch Racing Online

To view the Selection Series Races this Saturday at 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 view.

RYA Virtual Regatta Videos

Previous Results

Read more: Virtual Racing at MHYC

Celebrating MHYC’s Season of Ocean Racing

Stormaway (Jack Stening & Colin Gunn)

Sydney’s Ocean Racing Program for the season of 2019-2020 came to an early conclusion on March 21.  The final race of the CYCA Short Ocean Pointscore, due to be conducted by MHYC in conjunction with Race 5 of its own Ocean Series, was abandoned when NSW Government Social Distancing Regulations were introduced to counter the COVID-19 Pandemic.

 

MHYC Ocean Series

With four of the six scheduled races completed when the MHYC Ocean Series was declared, the results were incredibly tight in Division 1 - but there was one stand-out in Division 2.

Jack Stening and Colin Gunn’s Sydney 36 Stormaway finished the series clear on top in Division 2, with a four-point lead on IRC and 3 points on PHS.  The minor placings were identical on both handicap pointscores, with Wailea (Neil Padden) second and Rumba (Kerry Burke, Rob Carr & Stephanie Cook) third on IRC & PHS.

It was a different situation in Division 1 however, with tie-breaks deciding the winner in both the IRC & PHS pointscores.

Toy Box 2 (Ian Box)

Ian Box’s Xp44 Toy Box 2 and Bob Cox’s DK46 Nine Dragons had both claimed a single race win on IRC during the series but finished on equal points.  Two second places handed the IRC win to Toy Box 2 and Rob Aldis’ Azuree 46 Kayimai was third. 

In the PHS pointscore, it was another tie-break.  Toy Box 2 and Kayimai ended up on equal points and, while Toy Box 2 was more consistent, three race wins secured the top of the series table for Aldis and Kayimai.  Nine Dragons finished third on PHS.

For all the MHYC Ocean Series Results – click here

 

CYCA Short Ocean Pointscore Series

MHYC was again strongly represented in the CYCA’s SOPS.  Organised by Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the Short Ocean Pointscore is effectively Sydney’s Interclub Ocean Racing series with Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and Middle Harbour Yacht Club sharing the race management responsibilities equally with CYCA.

In Division 1, Ian Short’s TP52 Bush Paul Group from CYCA had notched up two race wins and a four-point buffer to claim the series, but the next three spots went to Middle Harbour boats.  Ian Box and Toy Box 2 were second on 16 points, Bob Cox’s Nine Dragons third on 21 points and Rob Aldis’ Kayimai just off the podium with 22 points.  Samarkand (Walter Carpenter) and Dreki Sunnan (Ken Holmes) finished the series seventh and ninth respectively.

Another CYCA yacht took the Division 2 win.  Sean Rahilly & Justin Pelly’s Crosshaven claimed a three-point win from last year’s winners, MHYC’s Jack Stening and Colin Gunn in Stormaway.  Bryan Moore and Shibumi finished sixth.

Nine Dragons (Bob Cox)

For all the CYCA SOPS Results – click here

 

Sydney Harbour Regatta Offshore Divisions

After six offshore races over two days for the Open Division during the Sydney Harbour Regatta, Bob Cox and Nine Dragons took out a commanding eight-point win in the nine-boat division.   Gordon Ketelbey’s TP52 Zen was fourth, Kayimai sixth and Wailea eighth.

In the Sydney 38 Division, David Hudson and Peter Byford’s RPAYC entry Conspiracy claimed the win by a single point from MHYC’s Peter Sorensen and Advanced Philosophy.  Mike Logan’s Thirlmere was sixth.

For all the Sydney Harbour Regatta Results – click here

 

RPAYC Pittwater Regatta

Wailea (Neil Padden)

Hosted by Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in February each year, the Premier & Performance Series regularly attracts a number of MHYC boats to the Pittwater Regatta.  In the IRC competition, it was RPAYC’s Gerry Hatton and Bushranger who won the series from Bob Cox’s Nine Dragons.  Neil Padden and Wailea were fourth.  It was a different story on PHS handicap though, with Wailea first and Nine Dragons second.

For all the Pittwater Regatta Offshore Results – click here

 

75th Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Middle Harbour Yacht Club again provided one of the start lines on Boxing Day for the commencement of this iconic race while there were a large number of club members competing across a number of boats from MHYC and other clubs.  

Sail Exchange (Carl Crafoord and Tim Horkings)

Carl Crafoord and co-owner Tim Horkings excelled with Sail Exchange this year, placing 2nd in IRC Division 5 and taking the win in ORCI Division 3.  Other notable achievements included:

  • Dreki Sunnan (Ken Holmes) 9th IRC Division 4 & 9th IRC Corinthian
  • Flying Fish Arctos (George Martin) 5th PHS Division 2
  • Galaxy III (Chris Canty) 6th PHS Division 2
  • Highly Sprung (Mark Spring) 8th IRC Division 4 and 9th ORCi Division 3
  • Maverick 49 (Quentin Stewart & Shaun Lane) 3rd IRC Division 2 & 10th ORCi Division 1
  • TSA Management (Tony Levett) 11th IRC Division 5, 6th ORCi Division 4 & 4th Sydney 38
  • Zen TP52 (Gordon Ketelbey) 6th IRC Division 1

For all the RSHYR results – click here

 

Sydney Short Ocean Championships

The SSORC in November is the first offshore regatta of the season each year and attracts entries from Sydney Harbour and Pittwater clubs.  A long passage race on the Saturday is followed by three windward-leeward offshore races on the Sunday.

In Division 1 IRC, Gerry Hatton’s Bushranger from RPAYC built a three-point lead from MHYC’s Nine Dragons (Bob Cox) to claim the win.  Toy Box 2 (Ian Box) was fourth, and Kayimai (Rob Aldis) fifth.  Another RPAYC yacht took the Division 2 IRC win this year. Kieran Mulcahy’s Soozal finished on top of the table ahead of Jack Stening and Colin Gunn’s Stormaway.  MHYC boats filled positions 4-8.

For all the SSORC Results – click here

 

While our season of ocean racing has been shortened somewhat due to COVID-19, all the major regattas were completed, MHYC again showed its commitment to this area of the sport and club members demonstrated their competitive abilities.

Fingers are now crossed that the Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island and Magnetic Island Regattas up north can proceed ahead of the 2020-2021 season getting underway in September.

Read more: Celebrating MHYC’s Season of Ocean Racing

Celebrating Thursday Twilights at Middle Harbour

After 22 of the 25 races scheduled for the 2019-2020 season, the Thursday Twilight Non-Spinnaker Pursuit Series has been cut short by Covid-19.  While we look forward to the restrictions being lifted and resuming Twilight Sailing again in October, here is an overview of a Twilight Season that provided a lot of fun over the past six months……….

Entry numbers were very strong this year, with the fleet peaking at 45 boats on January 30.

The weather was generally kind this season.  Racing in the Post-Christmas Series was abandoned on February 13 and March 5 due to strong and gusty winds, but every race was completed in the Pre-Christmas Series.

Sydney Beach Homes came on board this year as sponsor of our Twilight Theme Nights.  It was wonderful to see so many of the crews getting into the spirit of the occasion with some outstanding outfits.  Following on from a great Christmas Twilight on December 19, we had an Australia Day theme on January 23 and Valentines theme on February 13. 

Here are a few photos of the fun…

The theme nights certainly boosted the numbers enjoying a meal at the club after racing, but every Thursday Twilight provides an enjoyable social atmosphere.

SailPass was introduced in September to enable all crews to comply with the World Sailing eligibility rules and ensure all participants had personal accident insurance cover.  While there were a few teething problems with the new procedures and it took a little while for regular Twilighters to get accustomed to the online registration, most people found it was very easy to register with their smart phone or PC.  Overall, including the Charity Regattas, MHYC had almost 1,200 SailPass registrations for the season with about half being Twilight participants.

Twilight Pre-Christmas Series

Walter Carpenter’s Dovell 50 Samarkand scored two wins in the first three races of the new season, setting the pace for the Division 1 fleet.  With no other wins but consistently low scores throughout the series, Samarkand claimed the Pre-Christmas title with 38 points, just beating Tempo (Michael Smith) on 39.  Toy Box 2 (Ian Box) was third on 43 points.

Eliza, David West’s nimble Barrett 10, kept the scores low in the early part of the Division 2 series to build a buffer and finish on top with 36 points, six ahead of Equinox (Todd Trenear).  Both Equinox and Gusto (Angus Grinham) finished on equal points, but Equinox took second place on a tie-break.

Richard Royle and Gil Burton’s Jeanneau 36 St Elmo’s Flyer claimed the Division 3 Pre-Christmas title without scoring a single win.  Consistent sailing delivered 35 points at the end of 11 races, with St Elmo’s Flyer finishing ahead of Bula (David Lavings) on 38 points and Freedom (Stephen Smith) on 43.

Thiseldo, Kevin Bloor’s Adams 8, notched up four race wins in the middle of the series to finish eight points ahead of Single Malt (Peter Gilliland) on 27 at the conclusion of the Division 4 series.  Chowringhee (Harry Brigden) finished in third on 28 points.

For Twilight Pre-Christmas Results – click here

Twilight Post-Christmas Series

Division 1 was closely contested after the Christmas break, with Andrew Hurt’s Sydney 36 Onya claiming the series win by one point from Wailea (Neil Padden).  With a single win in Race 4, Wailea was on the right side of an equal points tie-break with The Gambler (Stewart McGeady) who finished third.

Garth Riley’s Sirius and Geoff Charters’ No Friends were neck and neck throughout the Division 2 races, with neither scoring a race win.  At the conclusion of the series, Sirius claimed the win on a tie-break from No Friends, with Rumba (Kerry Burke, Rob Carr & Stephanie Cook) in third just one point behind.

Wirrajurnd, the Sydney 32 of Gerry O’Connor and Murray Smith, was the clear winner in Division 3 after 11 races.  White Pointer (Keith LeCompte) finished in second place – eight points astern of Wirrajurnd and one point ahead of French Connection (Neil Simpson).

Peter Gilliland’s J/24 Single Malt included two bullets in a nett score of 18 points, two ahead of Cutting Loose (Tim Kaill) in the Division 4 post-Christmas pointscore.  Thiseldo (Kevin Bloor) finished third on 21 points.

Twilight Post-Christmas Results – click here

Twilight Overall Series

Consistency is all-important in the Annual Pointscore which combines the Pre and Post-Christmas results.  The final scores were extremely close in most divisions and only one of the divisional winners in the Pre and Post series claimed the overall title.

Division 1

  • 1st Tempo (Michael Smith) 69pts
  • 2nd Samarkand (Walter Carpenter) 71pts
  • 3rd Onya (Andrew Hurt) 71pts

Division 2

  • 1st  No Friends (Geoff Charters) 64pts
  • 2nd Gusto (Angus Grinham) 67pts
  • 3rd Sirius (Garth Riley) 69pts

Division 3

  • 1st Freedom (Stephen Smith) 66pts
  • 2nd French Connection (Neil Simpson) 67pts
  • 3rd St Elmo's Flyer (Richard Royle & Gil Burton) 73pts

Division 4

  • 1st Thiseldo (Kevin Bloor)
  • 2nd Single Malt (Peter Gilliland)
  • 3rd Cutting Loose (Tim Kaill)

Twilight Annual Results – click here

Women’s Twilight Series

Five of the six scheduled races were completed for the Women's Helm Twilight Pointscore with a variety of wind strengths.

Liz Charles steered Kayimai to the Division 1 win, finishing on 7 points ahead of Pauline Henderson at the helm of Tempo (8 points) and Onya (9 points) with Mel Godfrey at the wheel.

Tracey Richardson took three race wins on the Adams 10 No Friends to claim Division 2 with 5 points from Deborah Dalziel on Shibumi (8 points) and Samantha Gallagher helming Galan (10 points).

Nicky Bethwaite took White Pointer to a one point victory in Division 3 with three boats on equal points close behind.  The tie-break came down to the result of the last race with Gillian Ruckreigel claiming a win to secure second overall on Moonshadow V.  Amanda Hicks’ Peach-Teats Velocity held on to third place while Jackie Morgan and French Connection dropped off the podium.

There were only two boats in the Division 4 series won by Catherine Rofe on the J/24 Kaotic from Kelly Nunn-Clarke at the helm of Nashira.

Women's Helm Twilight Results – click here

MHYC’s Annual Prizegiving, originally scheduled to be held on May 16, has been postponed until the social distancing restrictions have been lifted.  Until we have the opportunity to come together and celebrate the achievements of all our sailors, congratulations to all the series winners and placegetters.

 

 

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