Saturday looked initially like another blow out with winds 10 knots at 10am. With prediction it would blow up in afternoon. This was not the case at 2pm. Wind was at 3.5 knots hence 2pm. Start was postponed the mono fleet taking up to a half an hour to reach the start line all the cats had arrived hence they started first followed by the monos who all finally reached the line.
On “rescue” were Foxy and Bob in “patrol” myself and stelio in the tower Commodore Gail. The course for the day was .5NM with a gate at the bottom and only one top mark no offset mark. Wayne Hale in the NS14 won both races for fast monomorans there being no other opposition. Wayne with Sophie went up to Bendigo for the Australia day regatta and ended up winning over the weekend congrats to Wayne and Sophie. Brad won both races in bigcat division followed by Greg and Paul with his new crew Bruce looks like Boyd has had the flick for a while. Overall Shannon won in in this division.
In the small boat division Bianca Scott and daughter Alicia won both races with Jim sailing the sabre Altona now has a fleet of 9 sabres and increasing. The increase in the novice division is encouraging 5 boats entering this division Saturday. Basir and Kenneth sailing a club pacer were right up with old hands Ian and Jeanine. Noticed on Saturday a pacer sailor initials DW was seen leaving beach without a life jacket on a definite No No
On February 11,12 and 13th. Altona Y.C. will be running the mosquito and Arrow state titles with an 8 race schedule there will be many sailors camping at the club using our facilities. We need volunteers for rescue boats, Kitchen, cleaning and tower over the 3 days there will be up to 30 boats sailing. The club will be putting on dinner Saturday at $15.00 per head need volunteers to cater for this and someone running bar. Lunches on the 3 days need to organized. Please put your name on the notice board if you can help out on some of these days.
Next Saturday 18th. February Altona Y.C. will be sailing the Jack Bradley( we all know who Jack was) Handicap race based on club Handicap that has been acquired by using results of races up to this date. The race winner is the boat that improves his handicap on the day ie sails a good race. Typically your handicap may be 0.75 if this improves to 0.85 you will be the winner so any boat sailing on the day has a chance of winning the leading boats say Wayne Hale or Brad Carver with handicap of 1.1 would find it very difficult to win. Boats that do not have handicap will start at 1.00 like Fred Ackland
Only tomatoes from vegie patch this week peaches and nectarines have finished and capsicums wont grow only mini capscums.