Black Rock Musto
Report by Richard Ekburg&
Photos Russell Bates
Black Rock once again hosted the Musto
fleet for the last event on the 2011-12 season calendar.
We shared the course with I14s, B14s and Moths in the
annual skiff get together.
Saturday turned out to be a much nicer day than forecast
with a fairly steady 10knt south-easterly and 25 degrees
– not bad for winter sailing. The first race got underway
with a big wind shift 5 minutes after the gun, half
the fleet tacked onto it, but it never went back, so
the race quickly turned into 2 divisions. Not that it
mattered all that much, the little guys all finished
up the lead group, and setting the trend for the weekend
no-one could catch Jon Newman, who led home Tim Hill
and an excellent race from Chris Piele.
There was a little more breeze for the start of the
second race, with Paul Newman rounding the first mark
just in front of Tim Moorhouse and Richard Ekberg. Paul
cruised away for a good win without ever bending his
knees, while the next 2 struggled with their extra 20kgs,
Tim hung on for a good 2nd, but Richard got run down
by Marcus Hamilton and Jon.
They gave us a 3 lapper for the 3rd race with the breeze
fading a little. Paul and Jon had a match race for the
whole course with the older, lighter, wiser brother
Paul eventually holding out for a narrow win. Marcus
and Tim Hill had another match race for the minor placings
and Richard held off the fat boys division.
Sunday turned out to be a different animal altogether.
What looked like a fantastic northerly to begin with
soon turned out to be a complete monster. The wind gauge
in the club saw a spike during the first run on the
4th race at 34knts. Not that this seemed to trouble
Jon who rounded the top mark ahead of Richard, Marcus
and Richie Robertson, and cruised away from the rest
of us while we all had a turn on the centerboard. RiRo
loved the fresher conditions and plugged away for a
good 2nd from Marcus and Richard inches in front of
The 5th race was if anything a little windier. Much
the same result at the front with Jon showing us some
brilliant boat handling, to win easily from Marcus and
Robin Dayes, who came around the last mark in last place
and waved at everyone else on their centerboards while
he cruised in for a terrific 3rd, followed in by Wayne
Bates in his new boat and only second regatta. With
the breeze backing a little to the west it was picking
up particularly steep slow waves which turned out to
be perfect for launching off, but sometimes the landings
were not pretty.
We had all had enough by then and headed for the beach.
The race team headed by Mark Taylor saw the writing
on the wall and called the rest of the afternoon off.
Black Rock conducted the weekend with their traditional
professionalism and we’d all like to thank the 25 odd
volunteers for their hard work.
With Tim Hill taking the day off and Jon Newman sailing
a brilliant regatta for the event win, Jon also wins
the overall Victorian Championships, sailed over the
4 Open Meetings for the season, with a win in each of
the 3 events he contested. Tim came a very close 2nd
with a consistent performance and Richie Robertson in
Results (click the below for larger image)