The ever-popular Winter Series kicked off over the weekend with competitors jumping at the opportunity to go racing. There was an amazing turnout with 117 yachts across the 10 division lining up on the Point Piper start line.
With clear blue skies and a westerly breeze which built throughout the morning, it was a perfect return to racing for the many sailors who took part and enjoyed the day.
Many owners had to work hard towards the end of last week as racing was changed to allow spinnakers and a larger number of crew.
One Club Member, who was able to make the most of the conditions was Bob Penty and his crew on Great White in Div F.
“It was hard getting a crew together at the last minute, but we managed to sort it out. It was exciting for the crew to come, they were chuffed with being able to sail with spinnakers again,” said Penty.
Conditions throughout the race were ever-changing as the breeze built throughout the day with some gusts up to 20 knots and the wind direction swinging from west to southwest.
“The wind was kind to us, we need strong wind for our boat and we weren’t expecting that much, but it was great to have it. There was a little bit of luck with the wind and good crew work which after a long time not sailing was great to see.”
Neil Burling, owner of Baltic Lady, who many would know from his countless hours and days working with the Breakfast Club was able to capitalise on the day’s racing with a first in Div J2.
“It was wonderful out there, perfect breeze for our boat and just a good race for everyone involved. We got caught up in a fleet of lasers off Point Piper early on but were able to sort that out,” said Burling.
“I think this is the first time I have ever been happy with my handicap, but I am sure I will pay for it later. We will be back out there again next week, when you have a win on the first race it’s always good to be able to get back out and give it another go.”
Neil, along with all the other Members of the Breakfast Club, whilst not currently able to undertake their usual breakfast have been working to help the entire fleet stay healthy. This past week they made bags containing hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes to give to all entrants and keep them healthy and safe during this time.
Whilst they have not been able to produce their famous ‘bun on the run’, Neil is assuring everyone that they will be back up and running as soon as possible. For now, Cafe 44 at the Club is working to fill sailors hungry stomachs with some great food and beverage offerings. So take a moment to stop in before the next race and enjoy all the Club has to offer.
This week’s divisional winners include:
|A2||Little Nico||A Walters|
|B (Provisional)||Min River||J Lin|
|D||Crosshaven||S Rahilly & J Pelly|
|E||K8 Sports||G Bonus|
|F||Great White||B Penty|
|J1||Silver Cloud III||H Piggott|
|J2||Baltic Lady||N Burling|
|K||Eau Well||L Hawksley|
|Sydney 38 (PHS)||The Goat||M Gordon, A Clift & D Hawkins|