Things are hotting up, well, metaphorically speaking anyway he says as the storm front goes through … But now that we have our clubs up and running again and have reinstated our calendars, there is a range of upcoming events over and above the mundane IOM Club Racing to set your sights on.
Having finally achieved the running of the Eric Fisher A Class Memorial Trophy last Sunday, we can now move on to the next significant events. The A Class sailors got a bit crafty and paid attention to the forecast by setting a course for a westerly breeze out of the southern car park and got stuck into racing early, before the inevitable lightening off of the wind. This strategy paid off so well that we were able to complete 12 races, have time off for lunch and still be home early.
As you can see from the photo (thanks Craig Taylor) there was enough breeze for the sparkle on the water to make viewing conditions a bit tricky but that was better than the drifting conditions we had in the first couple of races before the wind kicked in from the west.
As PRO, I can report that there were no start line breaks, only one DNF all day and only a couple of calls for mark contacts, so the entire fleet was well-behaved and able to get on with racing amicably throughout the day. A couple of times we thought about tweeking the course a bit but every time we did, the wind straightened up again and held true for long enough to complete the race fairly. As Jackadder conditions go, it was a good day to be racing.
In the end, and despite a momentary brain-fade in Race 10, Graeme Howie in his Wombat held off Jeff Green and Denton Roberts in their Swords, though it took until the last race to confirm the positions and the points, which you can see on our club website at https://perth.rsawa.asn.au/ . We took the brain-fade as a sign that the sailors were tiring so we ended the event at 12 races before the sailors no longer had the strength to lift their boats out of the water.
The next big event for the club will be the IOM Perth Classic, to be sailed on Sunday 12 July at Jackadder from 9.30 am (registration). Looking at the 28-day forecast (!), I can see a pre-frontal westerly of reasonable strength is predicted (by me) and ideal winter sailing conditions. Mark your diaries now. I might have a competitive IOM back in the water by then …
The following weekend we will be hosting a DF 95 Shootout at Austin Lakes on Sunday 19 July, there will be a DF 65 Shootout there on the 26th and the A Class State Championships are there on Sunday 16 August.
Events that were postponed during the lockdown have now been rescheduled and the Great Southern Regional IOM Championship will be held at Albany’s new lake on the weekend of 29-30 August, and the DF 95 State Championships at the same venue will be held a fortnight later on 12-13 September. So there’s a couple more to mark in your diaries (and make accommodation bookings for) – joint IOM and DF 95 sailors will have a double dose of trips to Albany.
The RSAWA website https://rsawa.asn.au/ is constantly evolving and is now able to take your online entry for the IOM Perth Classic and shortly all the other events mentioned. I told you things were hotting up!
Today’s attachment, long-awaited no doubt, is the new listing of the Duty Teams for the rest of this year at least. By and large, you’ll still find yourself in the same team as ever, surrounded by most of the same reprobates that have populated your team previously. Only a few really special people have been promoted to new positions and roles. The Duty Team's list is also available on our website (see the Sailing menu option).
Without actually listing them this week, I reiterate that Team 1 is the duty team for the rest of June and the new Team 2 will take over in time for the first Thursday event of July.
For those who are new to being named in a duty team, I can tell you that the concept of being in a team DOESN’T mean that you can’t sail your boat that month and must attend every Thursday and Saturday regatta to fulfil a team role. We do still accept that your diary may have other entries in it (like work, dental appointments, global cruises or a slack attitude) that preclude your attendance – that’s why we make teams have 8 or 9 members, so that your team mates can cover for you if you’re absent. Four team members is usually enough to run a club event, especially if there are other volunteers there to PRO or score. All we hope you’ll do is tell your Captain if you can’t make it for a significant part of your duty month. Alternatively, you can swap with a sailor in another team who has the reverse problem.
You’ll also enhance your skills in activities like dinghy boat handling, course setting, PROing and scoring (which is even easier now the computer actually does it for you). Eventually you’ll know so much, you’ll be able to take over a Flag Officer role, like Secretary.
Thursday 18 June 2020: IOM and DF 95 Club Handicap Racing, at Jackadder Lake, from 2.00 pm. Weather: Showers, Max 18, Cloudy. Very high (95%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm in the early morning. Gusty winds in the morning. Winds west to southwesterly 25 to 40 km/h tending south to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon then becoming light in the evening.
Saturday 20 June 2020: IOM and DF 95 Club Racing at Jackadder Lake, from 2.00 pm. Weather: Sunny, Max 20, Winds easterly 15 to 20 km/h turning northeasterly 20 to 25 km/h during the day.
Saturday 20 June 2020: 10R Club Championship Racing, Heat 2 at Maylands, from 2.00 pm. Weather: Sunny, Max 20, Winds easterly 15 to 20 km/h turning northeasterly 20 to 25 km/h during the day.
As we learned at the Eric Fisher last Sunday, and on many other days, if the wind holds true to the forecast, and the forecast actually includes some real wind, then we can have a good day’s racing, so I’m hopeful. At least neither of the forecasts include the words “light winds”.