As many will be aware, we have had our fair share of protests this year, with everyone dusting off the rules book and reviewing what is happening out on the race course.
During Aggregate 7 we had rather bad example of a number of boats attempting to “Barge” the start line. This resulted in a number of boats getting themselves into trouble…and one even raming the side of the start boat.
This also resulted in a protest being lodged with the Protest Committee after a number of barging boats failed to appropriately give way to others who were to leeward and had rights.
After much debate, the Protest Committee upheld the protest with the protested “barging” boat Disqualified from the race. Another boat who was involved was forced to run over the starting boat “barging bouy” then failed to correctly exonerate themselves. (The boat undertook a 360 degree turn further up the course,..however actually needed to re-round the starting line and start again.)
Accordingly, this boat was also Disqualified from the race.
It is clear that Barging is something that needs to be avoided by all boats, given the serious implications of getting it wrong. For those interested, a good summary is available on the Yachting Victoria website,……..at the following Link.
This coming Sunday the 17th of November, Altona Yacht Club is holding a Discover Sailing Day.
We need many volunteers to make the day successful, the early forecast is looking good with 21deg and sunny.
The day will run form 10am to 3pm with setup from 9am.
If you can help at all please come along and invite family/friends to come and try sailing.
Look out for more info on these boats and the upcoming junior Tackers program on the AYC website shortly! For more information on Tackers,…go here!
After a battering by recent high winds, the first results are now up, for Commodores Cup Races 1 and 2 last weekend.
Goto the RACING link to check out the winners!
Please take not of the updated 2013-14 Sailing Calendar. This has some minor updates from the last version, and is available in the calendar section of the website….or download it HERE!
When Ken recently sold his much loved Taipan “Felix”, we all thought he would be upgrading to something far more comfortable.
Seems this isn’t the case, with Ken spotted lifting this old dinghy onto the roof of his Disco. The boat was recently washed ashore during the exceptionally strong winds recorded in late October.
Lets all hope that Blackie can swim!
Over the winter months the Club Committee have been working hard to secure some new upgrades to the AYC Training Fleet. A special thanks to Craig and Gail who head up our Grants Committee, for securing a sizable grant for the purchase of some new training boats.
This has enabled the recent purchase of another new Pacer for the Adult training, as well as a new Open BIC for the Juniors. Soon, we will also get our hands on a few Tackers for the smaller Juniors too.
Once again the Grand Final is over and the club faithful braved the chilly water of Port Philip for the annual Ice Breaker.
Although quite a few boats arrived at the club, only a small group of die-hards braved the gusty conditions to try to squeeze in 2 races. Although the wind looked promising when the boats left the beach, the pressure soon built, with gusts to 25kts by race start…and 27kts as the boats labored through race 1.
One positive was a new PB for the club Commodore, almost cracking the elusive 24kt barrier on his Foiling Moth. Despite the full race briefing, the bulk of the fleet decided to ignore these instructions and failed to sail a correct course. Accordingly, pretty much everyone was disqualified.
Looking forward to some slightly more moderate conditions next week for Aggregate 1!
Well the Bendigo Ice breaker regatta has come and gone for another year and delivered some sensational weather along the way.
If your up for some pics, check out these……http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/1793111/bendigo-ice-breaker-regatta/?cs=2602