Archive for June 2015
The Belmont leg of the NB Sailsports Sprint Series saw a continuation of the light conditions experienced at Georges River and Avalon. Three races were completed in light westerly winds with 35 boats competing.
Thanks to Belmont 16′s for running this event. The winds were not kind but the management on the water and the facilities were first rate. The rain stayed away and despite the lack of wind it was a pleasant day on the water.
Lorenzo Cerretelli won the Standards convincingly with two first and a second place from Ric Longbottom on a countback from Ian Alexander. Lorenzo continues to lead the series overall.
The Alexanders also had a win in the Radials with series leader Finn the winner from Jordan Makin and Chris Meech. Finn’s two wins and a second on the day keep him firmly at the top of the overall series leader board.
Jack Littlechild also had a 1,1,2 result in the 4.7′s winning from Mark Lewis and Jack Moran. Tom Farley leads the series overall.
The next leg of the event will be on Sunday 2nd August at Gosford Sailing Club with the first start at 1.00pm.
There are three races scheduled the first of which is 11.00am.
Belmont is the venue for the Open National Laser Championship next season so this is a good chance to get some miles on the race track. The club has great facilities for sailing and for socialising on a winter Sunday.
You can enter online on the NB Sailsports web site here or using cash at the venue on Sunday. Entry fee is $20.
You still have lots of chances to get tickets for the draw for fabulous prizes from NB including a new Laser upgrade. The more races you compete in as well as how well you do will determine how many tickets you get for the prize draw which will occur at the final NB event at Double Bay Sailing Club on 29th August.
At this event the draw for the prizes, including the new Laser upgrade, will be made. If you participate in any of the races in the series you will qualify for the draw but the more and better you sail the better your chances of winning.
This should be a great event and a while since we have had a Laser event on Lake Illawarra.
The club has unpowered camp sites and will allow sailors with swags to bunk down in the club. The club will be open from mid day on Friday 16th October. There is also motel style accommodation availble in the area.
The club has a fully licensed canteen and a cafe and it will be serving dinner on Saturday night at very reasonable cost.
More information on the venue and arrangements for the event are here.
To assist with indicative planning and catering the club have asked that on entry you indicate if you would like to avail of the camping, swag space or dinner on Saturday. There are check boxes on the entry for this purpose.
66 boats turned out for the NB Sailsports Sprint Series run by Avalon Sailing Club off Sand Point at Palm Beach on Sunday.
Thanks to Commodore Jan Scholten and the team at Avalon Sailing Club the event ran smoothly, if slowly and the après sail sausage sizzle was much appreciated.
The weather was cold and damp and the wind took a holiday so only two of the scheduled three races were completed for the Standards and Radials. The 4.7′s completed only one race when the race time ran out in in their second as the shifty four knot breeze retired early.
It was great to see the large contingent of 4.7′s towed up from RPAYC on the day. They probably enjoyed the tow more than the sailing – such is life.
Winner on the day in the 26 boat Standard’s fleet was Chris Dawson. Chris won by one point from fellow RPAYC sailor William Dargaville. Malcolm Parker was another point away in third.
In the Radials Finn Alexander from DBSC posted a first and a second in the tricky conditions to win in the 21 boat radial fleet. Second was Jordan Makin from GSC closely followed by Noah Taylor from CYC.
Nathan Bryant from RPAYC won the only completed 4.7 race from Jack Littlechild and Charley Wells. 19 4.7′s competed.
Results for the day are here.
The results for the series to date i.e. after four races are here.
Avalon are raffling a new Laser sail. Tickets are $5. The funds raised from the raffle will be put towards the club’s deck construction which is currently underway. The draw for the sail will be made at the Gosford leg of the NB Sailsports on 2nd August so you still have a chance to win. If you would like to donate to help Avalon then there is a form here.
The next round of the series will be at the National’s venue Belmont 16′s Sailing Club on 21st June. A good chance to experience an interclub Laser event on the National’s race track.