Sydney dumped an ice-bucket on MC38 crews racing on Pittwater in Act 3 of the season, Marcus Blackmore's local Hooligan crew shaking off the dismal winter conditions, and their classmates, to land back on the one design class podium for the first time in a while.
With Daniel Turner driving, Ben Lamb calling tactics and Blackmore's regulars pulling the strings, Hooligan put five points between them and second-placed Lazy Dog, Shaun Lane and Quentin Stewart's Middle Harbour-based MC38, after seven races. Third by three points off second place was Indy Beck's InfoTrack, sailing for the Greenwich Flying Squadron.
"Marcus has a great team and he was pumped with the result,” Daniel Turner said. "While it was a cold and wet Pittwater weekend, we all agreed it was still better than a Pittwater non-event, with no wind. We managed to avoid the scenario of ending up on our side in the gusts on Saturday. Really, we just tried to stay clear of Joe Turner, otherwise there would have been serious words at our next Christmas gathering," the stand-in helm joked.
Daniel’s brother Joe is InfoTrack’s tactician and last time the fleet met, InfoTrack prevailed.
“Saturday was pretty fresh - SSW 20 knots up to 26. Full credit to Merro (Steve Merrington, race officer) and his team for getting us out there and amongst it,” Daniel added.
There was a question mark over Saturday’s program with a severe weather warning issued Friday afternoon for the following day on Sydney’s northern beaches. MC38 owners and the race committee deemed Saturday morning’s 20-25kts manageable and the run-sheet rolled on.
Breeze in the upper range led to minor breakages and several knock-downs among the six-boat fleet. Across four races, Lazy Dog scrambled to recover from a shredded kite, blown winch and a jib failure that meant they were way more than fashionably late to one start. Amazingly, Lane and Stewart's canny team climbed their way back to second by the finish.
"There was a lot of pressure to cancel the series early, but things turned out in our favour,” said Lane, co-owner/skipper of Lazy Dog and the MC38 Australian Class president. "Merro and the guys were amazing; races went off without a hiccup and the racing was pretty clean. Conditions like that are what the boats are made for."
Cold southerlies moderated on Sunday June 20, 15kts SW gusting to 20 as plenty more rain saturated crews for a second day.
The class thanks the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s staff and volunteers for another great regatta.
Act 4 of the MC38 season will be hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club on July 24-25.
By Lisa Ratcliff - Australian MC38 Association media
2021 Call for Nominations
In accordance with the Constitution of the Middle Harbour Yacht Club and complying with the triennial rule,
notice is hereby given calling for nominations, read more here
It gives me great pleasure to be able to provide you with an update that is not Covid related, so I will take this as my first official Club update.
Over the past 12 months the Club’s Board & Management have committed to a programme of regenerating the Club’s assets and facilities, from upgrades to the Club’s entrance and gardens and other essential repair works. The commitment to improving the members amenities will continue over the next six months with key projects such as the refurbishment of the Marina A-Arm due to commence in May, structural repairs to the rigging deck ramp and walkway, and the long-awaited Sandbar refresh.
FIRST LOOK AT THE SANDBAR CONCEPT
Here it is, the first glimpse of the Sandbar concept design. By capturing one of our greatest assets, the surrounding beaches and harbour, we plan to open our dining area to the surrounding environment and provide a comfortable waterfront venue that will rival Sydney’s best.
The project will be developed through three stages, with the first stage requiring the relocation of commercial tenants from the Sandbar deck. Construction works will commence within stage two on the Sandbar deck creating a larger entertaining space opened to take in “The Spit” and beach to the North, this stage will include structural upgrades to the subfloor. Enhancing the capability of the Sandbar kitchen in stage three is critical and will enable us to offer members an improved and expanded menu.
Stage one is expected to commence in April, with construction works on stage two beginning shortly after with an expected project timeline of 7-8 weeks to complete. Stage three is currently going through design concepts and regulatory planning.
The Sandbar Cafe will continue to offer its current menu through stages one and two with the Harbourview Room open for beverage service to support members sailing on Wednesday and Saturday.
Regular project updates will be provided to members as we progress through the works via our weekly E-News.
MEMBERS Q&A NIGHT
We thank you for your continued patience and look forward to working together with you to build a stronger and vibrant Club.
Mark Maybury | CEO
1st Day of the Optimist National Championship
Report by Ben Crafoord
Over 90 Optimists from all over Australia arrived at the Adelaide Sailing Club for the start of the 4 day Opti Nationals this week. MHYC has 10 representatives that braved the 2 m swell with Optis capsizing, filling up with water and surfing down monster waves in the 15-18kt breeze on day one. The intermediates completed 1 race and the Open Fleet completed 2 races.
Day 2 & 3 of the Optimist National Championship
There was a huge shift in conditions for the 2nd day of the Optimist Nationals at Adelaide Sailing Club. It looked like a completely different race track with much less breeze and waves.
This favored the lighter sailors and the Green Fleet were able to have some fun. Day 3 the wind dropped even more to around 5-10 knots with cloud coverage which sucked wind out of pockets of the course. It was a challenging day.
Thank you to the Race committee and many volunteers who have put on a great event so far and to Rob & Tom Brewer for their Coaching. Tomorrow (Sunday) will be the last day of the Championships and I wish all the MHYC youth sailors a great hit out.
Ben Crafoord Signing off “UnderDog”
To check out the results click here