Summer has arrived in Melbourne and with it brings hot wind and strong breezes. This was seen yesterday, December 3, when day three of the Club Marine Series took place, the final race of 2016 before the Christmas break is due.
Port Phillip Bay was a picturesque array of colours from the various boats sailing around the bay yesterday. From the international athletes preparing for the Sailing World Cup Final to the junior and youth competing at the George Mac Regatta the bay was filled with boats, big and small.
With welcoming conditions and a stellar turnout, intense battles took place within each of the divisions of the Club Marine Series. Two races were completed; the first race saw a gentle 6 – 10 knots as the seabreeze tried to come in. By the second race the seabreeze had settled and a solid 15 knots increased the overall speed of the racing.
Gary MacKinven, now leading the series in Division 2 in AMS and YV Handicapping, explained that the company while sailing can make all the difference,
“Our crew work was great! Three of the crew from ‘Veloce’ have joined us since the boat was sold last year so the quality of our crew is definitely a factor helping us around the course.”
We got buried in the first start, but managed to make some smart decisions and sailed a strong downwind so were able to make some big gains on the second beat. Generally our boat performs better in the light wind but we did well yesterday,” said Gary.
With high calibre, matching skills in Division 3 close racing and congestion at the top and bottom marks was a game changer. Those who tactically positioned themselves around the high congestion areas made large advancements.
Leslie Norton's, ‘Mrs Overnewton’, took line honours through her sheer size, B. Feore/ G Jackson's, ‘Skipjack’, was well placed and finished first in the series overall in IRC while PNeilson's/ R Langham's, ‘Moonraker’, stands the highest in the series for AMS and YV Handicapping.