at Go for Gold Regatta at Black Rock (AUS)
Report by Will Phillips
Last weekend was the annual mixed class
regatta with over 100 boats at Black Rock
Saturday was hot. The heat brings all
sorts of people to Half Moon Bay. Salman was there for
a swim, he was from the Nunawading triathlon club. Salman
found the Musto Skiff intriguing, he was keen to give
it a try, he wondered why somebody would go so far out
into the bay without an engine.
Race 1, the 10 knot northerly was perfect,
Richard was leading by miles but decided to do his own
race around the long course. Will showed some rare form
leading around the short course from start too finish.
Jon had a costly bad tack on the first work, which cost
After waiting for Richard to finish his
race we eventually got the second one under way, with
everyone around the long course. This race was more
variable with position changes everywhere and major
shifts in wind direction, we finished the race in a
light south-westerly. Tim held his nerve to claim victory.
The wind then died completely and the Musto fleet led
the way back to shore. It took Tim, Robin and Chris
2 hours to drift back to Sandy. Salman was right, they
needed an engine.
For Sunday's races 3, 4, 5 and 6 we had
8 knots building to 18 from the south by the final race.
Each race followed a similar pattern with every one
of the top 4 taking turns in the lead, and any mistakes
were costly, it was tight the whole way around. With
the exception of the last where Jon got away. Although
there was still an epic battle for the rest of the fleet
down the last run, until Tim had a swim at the last
Congratulations to Jon, taking all 4 race
wins on the final day and the overall regatta win from
Tim and me. Also to Robin, Richard, Tim and Chris for
the great competition!
AUS425 Poker face Jon Newman 11112
AUS472 Jet Tim Hill 23212 10
AUS417 Skye Will Phillips 23231 11
AUS438 Black Spot Richard Ekberg 34444 19
TBA Wave Train Robin Dayes 55555 25
AUS391 Erica's Kitchen Chris Peile 88754 32