Race Reports

15/09/2018 - Handicap Pointscore

Provisional results for PBSC Handicap Series September 15th 2018.
 
Thank you to Joan, Sam, Alicia for assisting on the start boat and to Joan for the photos. Thank you to Richard for putting on the BBQ and to Upu for spending his post race downtime changing the Webster gearbox oil. All the extra work our members put in to keep the club running smoothly is greatly appreciated.
 
What a day on our glorious Pittwater !!!
 
In the morning it was hot, sunny and with no sign of the 20+ knot NNW breeze that was forecast. In fact at the briefing it was looking like a nice steady 8-10 knots and pretty easy going. The plan was for the start boat to go out and find a location that had the maximum amount of breeze so that there might be a little crew trapeze action for the assembled fleet of 7 boats.
 
Oh what a difference 5 minutes makes in the world of sailing !!! As we were leaving the beach to set the course the weather gods launched a 22+ knot westerly, with some initial gusts possibly closer to the 30 mark
 
While we were setting the course (since we were all out there anyway), Tristan and Beau on Viper 1 retreated to the safety of their home base in Newport, Dick retreated to the beach to fix his A Class rudder than he had just broken, Michael and Regina were having multiple attempts at capsizing and righting their Hobie 16 and Richard and Cameron thought it would be a good time to take their Hobie 16 back to the beach and start the BBQ early :-)
 
 
It was time to have a quick roll call and start race 1. Three boats left standing out of the original seven but wait James and Phillip decide to go looking for Tristan and Beau as no one where they are at this stage.
 
Race 1 starts with two boats and there is a general recall. Oh well we all need practice at starting races and doing starts :-( On the second attempt the whole fleet (two at this stage) are off and racing in a breeze that had settled slightly but was still gusting from the west at around 20 knots. Darren and Barbara on their Hobie 18 crossed the line first with Upu and Ainslie in second place on their Hobie 16. Unfortunately due to some confusion around PBSC marks vs RPAYC marks Darren and Barbara failed to round the correct top mark, Darren scored a DSQ and Upu was promoted to first place :-( Sailing can be pretty cruel at times.
 
Race 2 and the breeze had settled into a nice but patchy 10 to 12 knots from the west with an occasional bullet to keep everyone on their toes. The fleet has grown by 50% with James and Phil returning from their fruitless search for Beau. We later learn Beau is in his hot tub back at the Viper home base Newport, enjoying a shandy or chardonnay or what whatever Viper sailors drink. Anyway back to racing and the three boats are off, two Hobies and believe it or not the last standing Viper. No more A Classes will be damaged on what has turned out to be a lovely day to sail and with those now watching from the beach wishing there were still out on the water enjoying the action. At this stage P.S. Richard is still cooking the BBQ. Upu and Ainslie cross the line first, Darren and Barbara second and James and Phil not far behind in third.
 
Time for the third and final race, James and Phil decide to pull the pin and head off to Viper home base to join Beau in the hot tub. Two boats start and one being slightly OCS, what the hell, keep on going !!! Darren and Barbara cross the line first but its Upu and Ainslie who take the win on yardstick.
 
Overall on the day its Upu/Ainslie are first, Darren/Barbara second and James/Phil are third ……… and yes, Richard is still cooking the BBQ.
 
It was a great BBQ (all that extra prep worked a treat), lots of chat, good food and no one wanting to rush off early. The Viper boys did finally get out of the hot tub and came to join in on the BBQ fun.
 
Again ,many thanks to everyone that contributes to make Saturdays something to look forward too !!!
 
Next Saturday is the first Club Championship race for this season and the joint will be jumping ....
Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: Trevor Gourlay / Joan Gourlay


08/09/2018 - Handicap Pointscore

The first PBSC club racing season got underway last Saturday, weather forecast predicted 30knts and decreasing to 17knts at 1pm. Didn't see any of that, but overcast. Races got under way about 2pm at 8-10 knts, decreasing in last two races. Managed to get three races in on the day. Highlights of the day were father and son, Beau and Tristan White on Viper, the overall winners on the day, followed by another, father and daughter Darren and Claudia Schmidt on Hobie 18 in 2nd place. See provisional race results attached. It is great to see fathers taking out their kids to show them how to sail and have fun. Thank you to Sam for helping me on start boat.

Written By: Upu Kila      Start Boat Duty: Upu Kila / Sam Miller Duchatel


25/08/2018 - Heart Starter

Another sailing season begins and another Heart Starter is done and dusted !!!

A big thank you to Sam and Joan for assisting on the start boat and to Joan for taking a few photos. Also thank you to Dick for doing some work around the club while we were on the water.

The day started with a lot of questions and self doubts. Is the wind going to blow us off the water, is it going to rain, is it going to be freezing. In the end it turned out not too bad and we managed to have a couple of reasonable hours on the water.

It was good to see Ainslie making her H16 comeback crewing for Upu and also to see some new faces at the club.

Highlight's of the day included:

Upu and Ainslie leaving the beach on their freshly polished H16 and finding themselves upside down in the first 5 minutes. There was only one gust all day and that was their undoing :-(

One race win apiece to Anthony / Evelyn and Upu / Ainslie. Well done to both teams. Unfortunately Anthony didn't make the start of race one so missed out on the chance of overall victory.

Watching Michael / Regina and Phillip / Anna sit at bottom mark on lap 1 for 5 minutes while the fleet sailed past a few metres away in totally different breeze :-( Sometimes the wind gods can be very cruel.

James having a great day sailing his H16 one up. Don't worry James we will find you a friend for your next sail :-)

Richard and Cameron beating team Henman in race 2.

Conditions ranging from a steady two on the trap to will we need a paddle to get back to the beach.

All the teams getting safely off the water and packed up before the impending storm. Lion Island was hit by lightning not long after.

BBQ report:

Firstly thank you to Richard, Evelyn, Dick and everyone else that had a hand in organising the BBQ feast. It was one of the better BBQ's that we have had and a great way to kick off the new season. Singing and Ukulele courtesy of the Upu Kila big band, Hula dancing, tall stories and a few quiet drinks.

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: Trevor Gourlay / Joan Gourlay


14/10/2017 - Handicap Pointscore

Provisional PBSC Race Results for "Handicap" Pointscore Saturday 14th October 2017.

A big thank you to Mick, Trevor and Alicia for setting the course and doing the starts.

Top 3 boats on the day were:
1st - Andrew Nelson / Davis Koorey - Hobie 16
2nd - Peter DuRoss - Weta
3rd - Anthony Duchatel - Hobie 14

Weta Cup:
1st - Peter DuRoss

Battle of Titans (Hobie 14 vs Weta) on Scratch:
1st - Anthony Duchatel - Hobie 14
2nd - Peter DuRoss - Weta
(two races to one)

Full results and year to date progress can be viewed on pbsc.org.au

Lessons learnt on the day:
- "never" not turn up for sailing because you think the conditions will be unsuitable. Once again by the time racing came around the wind had settled right down and there was only a light dusting of rain. The wind peaked around 14 knots and at times was more like a drifter :-) All in all in was a pretty good day of racing with lots of variety and challenges
- invite Mick along to help out on the start boat. It's so much easier when he is doing all the work :-)
- Anthony is hard to beat no matter what he is sailing :-( If he wasn't on the baseline H14 handicap due to this being his first outing on the boat and the amount of weather helm he was having .... he would have been very hard to beat. As it turned out it would have been a perfect day for him to sail the H16 one-up
- Master Yoda and young Skywalker (Andrew and Davis) found out two on the trapeze works so much better with wind ..... splash !!!!
- Darren learnt that when it's not you day, it's not your day. Hopefully the H18 will be back in fighting shape for the Marathon next week

It was good to have Martin Cross drop in for a beer post race. You need to get a Cat so you rejoin us on a more regular basis .... failing that it's always good to catch up with you at the BBQ.
Did I mention the fiery debate in the protest room post racing :-) .... I will save that story for another day. It was all fairly light hearted with the protest chairman (Martin Cross) giving the decision to H14 over Weta :-) Watch out for some Weta revenge in coming weeks with some refined strategy :-)

Note: this is a "Handicap" series and handicaps will be slightly adjusted at the beginning of each month. Skippers who are new to the club will start with a base yardstick and will be given a personal yardstick after completing 3 races.

The personal yardstick for one-up sailing of a two person boat will be used where appropriate.

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: Trevor Gourlay / Mick Sweeney


07/10/2017 - Handicap Pointscore

Provisional PBSC Race Results for "Handicap" Pointscore Saturday 7th October 2017.

A big thank you to Michael and Regina for setting a great course and doing the starts. Also, many thanks for a fine BBQ :-)

Top 4 boats on the day were:
1st - Anthony Duchatel / Evelyn Curtis - Hobie 16
2nd - Richard Lacey / Belinda Koorey - Hobie 16
3rd - Peter DuRoss - Weta
4th - Trevor Gourlay - A Class

Weta Cup:
1st - Peter DuRoss
2nd - Geoff Waldon

Dick was well in contention until he parted company with his boat in race 2 :-(

Thank you to Mick for being the second safety boat on the day.

Full results and year to date progress can be viewed on pbsc.org.au

Note: this is a "Handicap" series and handicaps will be slightly adjusted at the beginning of each month. Skippers who are new to the club will start with a base yardstick and will be given a personal yardstick after completing 3 races. The personal yardstick for one-up sailing of a two person boat will be used where appropriate.

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: Michael Henman / Regina Renfree


23/09/2017 - Club Championship

Provisional results for PBSC Club Championship September 23rd 2017.

Thank you to John Goldsmith and Kerry Holmes for their continued support of the club and for doing a fantastic job starting/scoring the races.

Top 5 boats for the day:
1st - Weta - Peter Martin
2nd - A Class - Dick Clarke
3rd - Viper Sloop - Tristian White / Beau White
4th - Weta - Peter DuRoss
5th - A Class - Trevor Gourlay

Top 3 boats on scratch:
1st - A Class - Dick Clarke
2nd - Viper Sloop - Tristian White / Beau White
3rd - A Class - Trevor Gourlay

Weta Cup:
1st - Peter Martin
2nd - Peter DuRoss

Written By: Trevor Gourlay      Start Boat Duty: John Goldsmith / Kerry Holmes