Skiff Sail Sandy Regatta Report October 20th-21st 2012
Article: Tim Hill
Returning from his 4th place at the Weymouth
Worlds, Jon Newman stamped his class on the opening
regatta of the Australian summer by taking out the Sail
Sandy Open Meeting last weekend, the 20th and 21st of
Marcus Hamilton, Chris Piele, Robin Dayes (launching
his new Musto Skiff), Sabre class legend Wayne Bates
and Tim Hill, wiping baby vomit from his rash top, joined
Jon Newman for the regatta.
The forecast 10-15 knots sea breeze failed to appear
on Saturday, leaving the fleet to admire their reflections
in the water as they drifted around in the tide waiting
for the committee. Racing was abandoned at 3pm; on cue
a light sea breeze materialized that built to 10 knots,
leaving the red faced committee to announce a 9am start
Sunday morning underneath fluttering racing abandoned
Sunday's ferocious 20-25 knot forecast held off until
lunchtime, allowing 4 races in flat-ish water and building
breeze that began at 15 knots reaching 20 knots at times.
Marcus Hamilton got proceedings underway by leading
to the top mark in race 1, followed by Tim Hill and
Jon Newman. Marcus and Jon went right down the run whereas
Tim elected to go left, letting Jon through at the leeward
mark. Tim picked up Jon up the work rounding behind
Marcus in second, before returning the favour down the
run. Marcus won, Jon second, Tim third.
Race 2 saw Robin Dayes pip Jon to the top mark, followed
by Tim then Marcus. Jon took the lead at the bottom
mark, followed by Marcus then Tim in close pursuit.
Marcus took the left hand side of the beat, Tim and
Jon the right. Positions remained unchanged at the finish
with Jon taking the win from Marcus with Tim in third.
Jon was quick out of the blocks in Race 3, leading to
the top mark followed by Marcus and then Chris Piele.
Jon and Marcus went to the right hand side of the run
with Tim in third having overtaken Chris and Robin at
the pin. Marcus went left up the second beat, the rest
of the fleet hit the right. Jon led at the top mark
and went on to record a comfortable win from Marcus.
Tim recovered to finish a close third from Robin and
Chris having parked his boat firmly in reverse at the
top of the second beat as he tacked to the layline.
Marcus Hamilton came out firing in Race 4, leading to
the top mark from Jon and Tim. He held his lead to the
bottom mark with Jon pushing hard, Tim in third. Marcus
again went left, and tacked back to hold a loose cover
on Jon. On his tack to the layline his trapeze ring
snapped, dropping him into the water and briefly capsizing
the boat. Jon slipped through to lead, Marcus rounded
in front of Tim. Jon went on to record the win, however
the Golden Boot award goes to Marcus Hamilton, who,
despite his broken trapeze wire and tiller extension,
managed to hold Tim off by sailing low and deep through
the rising waves, made the gybe, but capsized two boats
short of the finishing line, letting Tim through for
Back on the beach, the sun came out and the breeze roared
in, leaving the Musto Skiff division to call it a day
and elect not to join the race committee in trying for
3 more races in increasingly bleak and nasty weather
Congratulations to Jon who comfortably held the rest
of the fleet. Congratulations also to Wayne Bates who
managed to complete his first Musto Skiff regatta in
champagne conditions that try all newcomers - and welcome
to David Taylor, who completed his purchase of Jon Newman's
boat and has now joined the fleet.
The next Open Meeting will be held at Blairgowrie on
the 10th and 11th of November.