Quote of the Month

Quote of the Month; The Commodore of the club leads by example, usually he leads round the race track as well-Joe King.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

2012 Western Port Challenge

18th February Hosted by Hastings Yacht Club Inc.

The 2012 Westernport Challenge for Trailable Yachts, Keelboats and Multihulls is scheduled for the 18th February 2012 starting in the vicinity of the Cowes Yacht Club at 11:00

The Organising Authority shall be the Sailing Committee of Hastings Yacht Club (HYC) on behalf of Yachting Western Port
Entry is open to all Trailable Yachts, Keelboats and Multihulls that are financial members of a Yachting Westernport affiliated Yacht Club.

       Eligible boats may be entered for this race by completing the Race Entry Declaration                 Form and lodging it with the HYC Office by 17 February 2012

The entry fee for the race will be $20.00

All boats competing in this race must comply with Category 6 YA Special Regulations.

Festival of Sail 2012

Well well, what a big week in Multihull sailing!!!!

Lets start off with a "WHO AM I."

I like mounting blow up buoys?
I like using a knife but thought better of it.
I like jumping on blow up buoys when there stuck under my trimaran nets.
I like jumping into the cold water and pulling the BUNG out.
I was the reason there were 6 protest lodged because they couldn't find the mark.
I was the reason the race committee had to quickly lay another mark.
I dragged the blow buoy 100m from where it was meant to be.

OK one clue, it wasn't e-marineworld Bare Essentials.

Bare Essentials more than enough for Geelong Passage Race

Bare Essentials the 8m foil assisted Grainger trimaran has claimed the fastest elapsed time for the 2012 Melbourne-Geelong passage race with a time of 3hr35min57sec.  Next to finish was the TP52 Shogun with a time of 3hrs38min08sec.  Well done Tim, Rob and crew. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Looking for volunteers to help run MYCV promotional stand.

I've organised for a stand for MYCV at the Melbourne Summer Boat Show quayside on 3-5th of February at Waterfront City Marina in Docklands.  Looking for anyone able to help man the stand distribute flyers, promote MYCV and chat to the public.  Also wondering if anyone can spare their boat to put on the stand,  24hr security is provided for the duration of the show.  I'm happy to put my beach tri on display but think a Farrier tri like an F22 would make a better display afterall thats what more of our members sail and what our racing is geared towards.  Anyone have a MYCV banner, flag or burgee I can fly on the display?  Also if anyone has any video, photo's in an album or other interesting material to display it would be much appreciated.

Melbourne Summer Boat Show

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

MOD70 Trimaran racing programme announced

  The MOD70 Championsip organisation has released a programme for the MOD70 trimaran circuit.  There is an Australian link to this story as the MOD70 world ocean race in 2013 will have a stop in Sydney.  The MOD70 is a fully crewed successor to the ORMA60 trimaran programme the one design aspect was incorporated to try and negate the skyrocketing costs of competing in ORMA60 and make racing closer. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Solid show of hands for Victoria’s oldest sporting trophy

2011 Passage Race Start 
Entries for this year’s Festival of Sails closed on Sunday and organisers, New Tack and the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, are delighted with the late surge of applications, which pushed the fleet size to a very respectable 316.

It’s another solid show of hands for Victoria’s oldest sporting trophy and one of Australia’s premier yachting regattas.

Event manager Jav Greaves said, “Currently we have 316 boats entered for the Festival of Sails 2012 and with RGYC deciding to waive late entry fees, those latecomers who need a little more time to submit their paperwork could boost numbers even higher”.

The Festival of Sails will kick start this weekend with a key showpiece opening proceedings. The invitational two-day Premier Racing Series has been made a standalone event and Virgin Tea has thrown its support behind the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria hosted IRC regatta.

“With the great prizes on offer for the Melbourne Premier Racing fleet winners, we hope to see a larger fleet and some high end racing at the top of the Bay as a prologue to the iconic Passage Race,” added Greaves.

Principle Race Officer Denis Thompson will preside over a strong Victorian fleet, including primed Rolex Sydney Hobart handicap runner up and Festival of Sails regular, Michael Hiatt’s Farr 55 Living Doll, and the visiting teams from New Zealand, Western Australia and South Australia looking to take home some silverware for their efforts.

Jason van der Slot’s TP52, Calm, a top five finisher in the Boxing Day blue water ocean classic, is another Victorian boat in the groove. Both skippers will be keeping a close eye on Rob Hanna’s Shogun V, the replacement TP52 for his older generation TP, which is making its debut hit-out on local waters, and Jim Farmer’s well campaigned NZ Botin and Carkeek 52, Georgia.

The eight-strong Sydney 38 fleet will join the larger grand prix IRC fleet for this weekend’s windward/leeward series. Up to three races are scheduled on Port Philip for both fleets on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January, 2012.

On Australia Day, Thursday January 26, the rest of the Festival of Sails entrants will amass off Williamstown, Melbourne, for the 34 nautical mile passage race to Geelong where the Festival will expand and continue through to the closing day, Sunday January 29.

A number of classes will contest their national championship as part of the Festival of Sails 2012, including the Melges 24s class which is lining up for its fifth Australian title bout.  Among the Melges competitors will be local Royal Geelong Yacht Club champions, the Farrimond family of four brothers and their father, racing Vitesse.

For the first time, the Farr 1020s will hold their national championship in conjunction with the Festival of Sails while the SB3s class will be scored for their state championship. The well travelled one design SB3 class will be represented by north Queensland teams joining their NSW and Victorian classmates.

When the Festival is in full swing, Geelong’s Corio Bay will be bustling with multihulls, S80s, Super 30s, Sports Boats, Elliott 7s, J24s, classic and trailable yachts, among others, plus the many race management teams charged with running course areas and feeding results back to race HQ at RGYC.

“With over 3000 competitors expected to participate in this year’s Festival of Sails, and more than 100,000 visitors to the Community Shoreside Festival, Royal Geelong Yacht Club relies heavily on its great team of over 300 volunteers and staff,” said Greaves.

“The team of 150 plus on-water volunteers will ensure that all participants enjoy the safe, quality racing they have come to expect from Geelong Week”.

While standard entries have formally closed, RGYC is welcomes late entries and has generously waived late entry fees for 2012.

Entries will be accepted up until 1700hrs on Tuesday 25 January, 2012.

ONLINE ENTRIES are still being accepted (late fees have been waived).
By Lisa Ratcliff/Festival of Sails Media

Monday, January 16, 2012

36th Warneet Around French Island Race


Will be running the 36th Annual, 2012 W.A.F.I.R. on Saturday 4th February 2012

The Multihulls will start at 7:30am

"The start line shall be a line between an yellow buoy and the Committee Boat, located south of
Rutherford inlet entrance. The starting line in light wind conditions may be moved to a area of
palmer point and spit point "

Notice of race, Entry form and Sailing instructions are available for the Hastings Yacht Club website notice board

HYC Notice Board

For further information contact the WMYC
Ph: 0429001512

Thursday night Dinner at Geelong

Some of the Crews are having dinner Thursday night after the Melbourne-Geelong Race at La Perizienne Rest.
Book your own table on the deck 7.30-8pm so we can watch the fireworks. Phone number is 5229 3110.

Hope you can all make it and join in.  Anybody not sailing down but would like to join us for dinner, give me a call and I will organise room for you,


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Festival of Sails

Hi All
A few of the competing multi hulls plan to sail from Martha Cove to Waterfront City on Wednesday the 25 th of January, all welcome the more the merrier. If you plan to stay at Waterfront City, you will need to fill out a application and book a berth asap or you may miss out.

COM_SERVICE_PROD-#6864886-v1-WFCM_-_Application_for_Permit_to_Berth.PDF308K View Download

Waterfront City 9658 8738

Shaun Fishley 0418 363 071 Tim Pepperell 0418 318 019

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

F22r Sails - For Sale

One set of F22r sails mainsail jib spinnaker and furler $3,000.00 get in now before they go on e bay.
Contact: Chris Culp  0401 679 780

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Banque Populaire smashes Jules Verne Trophy Record

Banque Populaire V has set a new record for the round the world Jules Verne Trophy the new record time is 45d 13h 42m the maxi trimaran sliced 2 days 18hr 1m and 59 seconds off the record achieving an average speed of 26.5 kts over the duration of the record. 

Banque Populaire V has incredible speed potential having achieved a 24 hr run of 908nm during the Atlantic record which was reduced to slightly over 4 days and was achieved with and average speed of 33kts.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everybody,

I hope you all had a great Christmas with your families and now have re-charged your batteries after a wild New Years Eve, ready for your trip to Geelong. Already 6 boats have entered and another 3 have committed to enter.

It is a short regatta this year compared to previous years, so you only need 1 or 2 days annual leave. Their is heaps of crew available for Skippers for racing and delivering boats round to Port Phillip. Comment below or call me anytime on 0418 318 019 to organise. Enter before Wednesday 18th and avoid the late fee.

Terry Jones from Seawind Catamarans and me working hard at Blairgowrie... Lovely boat!

Hope to see you all in a couple of weeks
Happy sailing.