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Race Report 29/04/18

This week end was that of the Laser training weekend and we couldn’t have had better weather, well maybe a bit more breeze on Saturday morning would have been better, but overall it was great.

However I will not start this report with a report about an insular and self-indulgent small group of Laser sailors– rather I note that it was the last official sailing day at Indented Head Yacht Club and the day of the “Mystery Race”

Your Ed has had this race design in the back of his folder for about 3 years and has always been dying to try it out. The “D” race (for a different course) features two large reaches and minimal up wind and downwind sailing. Personally I am a great believer in avoiding upwind and downwind sailing and reckon that the best race ever would have to be a continuous reach (possibly at the now extinct sauna sail) but this was the next best thing.

So the race was a short beat from start to windward, left turn to reach way out, left turn back to start, right turn downwind and then left turn to back through the start and on to windward.

The description may appear simplistic but the forward committee member and rearward committee did have some difficulties through the race with terms like “bear away”, “ease sail”, “point up”, “port” and “starboard” and “left” and “right” so have resolved that next season the rearward committee member should bash a shoulder belonging to the forward committee member and the forward committee member will move in the opposite direction.

If you are really clever you may be able to reconstruct this course and work out that it is – “tack”, “gybe”, “gybe” and “gybe”. Actually both the forward committee member, while on the course, and Graham Bignell commented on this. I’m not sure if they accepted the subtle design plan. Lasers tip on gybes more often. A bit more breeze and we would have creamed them.

For a while it appeared that we had lost the results but I am now able to advise that that which was lost has now been found.

In race one, and you should note that there are no handicaps in a mystery race, save for Graham Bignell who sailed a Van De Stadt 15 which is obviously a Dutch design and therefore rates as the same as a Flying Dutchman, Chris and Mandy Green dominated. Geoff Dixon was next in followed by Terry Johnson and Leon in Impulses. Garry Venn might have been next (writing numbers down on Ozone is difficult) with the Tasar committee next followed by Danny and Kerryn Rayson. (The Committee was lucky as Danny/Kerryn made some unforced errors we were able to take advantage of). Chris K-T had an uncharacteristically bad race but was ahead of John Carabott on his Weeta. (Don’t ever think that sailors are not competitive, John having wallowed with his small sail last week, having not collected the bigger square top sail previously, had the bigger sail here this week). The Van de Stadt was last over the line and on handicap. Nate Beard was the only Div 3 boat.

In the second race your Tasar committee went for a radical port start and nearly made it. Well we would have made it except that Chris and Mandy Green were in the way (they did it again at the right hand turn mark) and we had to duck behind them. As a result everyone caught up and we had to avoid them. It was nearly brilliant. (The forward committee member differs in this opinion).

In Division 3 Nate was first.

Chris and Mandy were first in Div 1 followed by Leon, who had a better race, Geoff who was consistent, Garry, the Weeta of John who liked the stronger wind, Terry, Chris and Danny and Kerryn. The Tasar committee beat Graham Bignell and crew home.

Peter Ellenby and Tim Waller might have had enough Laser training and missed the last session to run our race. Thanks to both. (Actually I suspect that they both wanted to give back to the club having had the training. More power to them).

The Laser training weekend went smoothly.

It began for us at 8.30 am on Saturday when your Ed turned up to open the Club, put up flags, open the rigging area and whatever. John Walter arrived with drinks and assistance before he was off to work. Ned, Finn, Barney and Pearl arrived and launched boats and organized the day. (Your Ed escaped and took his crossword and hat up to the road to welcome people with Barney’s assistance, and send them down to the rigging area to drop off boats where Peter Ellenby told people where to go, you know what I mean).

The sailing started at 11.00 with introduction and went on to 5.00. Ned had arranged for lunch type rolls which were collected by Anne who was doing tower with Alex. Your Ed had a fine day taking the photographer from Bellarine Times out on a RIB and giving the younger sailors the heebie jeebies as we sought a good picture angle. Alex and Barney helped. Barney failed his boat licence as he insisted that flat out was OK in the 5 knot area, and hit the accelerator.

In the afternoon Alex, the Ed and others assisted in clearing an area for a wedding that Bellarine Bayside had booked in (they wanted a clear view of the sea). It would be nice if Bellarine told us what was happening, in the same way that we had told them that the Laser training day was on, and then we could have been pre warned. But we have a licence over the rigging area, and pay a fee, and I reckon that trumps the wedding’s permit. On the other hand it is a very important day and we tried to make it work for the wedding. Actually the wedding people seemed delighted at the spectacle of about 50 Lasers leave shore just before they started the wedding (cameras were out in force).

John Walter went to the Laser dinner at Portarlington Golf Club on the Club’s behalf. He really does give his all.

On Sunday the Ed was again there at 8.30 but was beaten by Ned and John who had done all by the time the Ed arrived.


Your Ed had a lovely time in the morning in the control tower watching boats leave and come back to shore. To be fair I did have one radio call and did make a list of boat numbers as they left and returned.


Lunch was run by Anne and Alex.


The Lasers finished the weekend by running races through the afternoon and then came to shore to be greeted by Ned’s BBQ.


Great thanks to Ned, Finn, Barney and Pearl over the weekend, Anne and Alex in tower and canteen and to Peter Ellenby and Tim Waller who gave up the Sunday afternoon Laser racing to run our race.


Anne said that one elderly couple had come to watch their son. They said that despite living in Geelong for 60 years, they had never been to Indented Head. And the coffee/tea was free.

Race Report 22/04/18

It was my sort of sailing weather on Sunday as I neared Indented Head, pleasantly warm with a breeze at about 5 knots; drifting weather – and I drift with the best of them. The forward committee was studying and I was left to sail the Laser (and I will remember to put the plug in).

But it was not to be – The job of OOD was up for grabs and I forgot to step back. I even did a briefing with the sole purpose of offering the esteemed position of OOD to any takers, there were none – such is life

But you do get to have fun hooning away in Ozone and setting the course and playing with sailor’s minds. This is easy – you mention at the briefing that the sailing instructions do apply and to finish they must go between the ID mark and the shore prior to crossing the finish line which is between the club house and the blue mark. It doesn’t matter where the ID mark is – you go between it and shore in direction of finish line. You then raise the possibility that the blue with yellow inset triangle means general recall and that individual is blue cross on white (I think). At this stage it is wise to mention that you think it may be a starboard course, but you are not sure. Finish by pointing out that if you, as OOD, are getting bored you will probably shorten the course if it is taking too long. One hopes that by this time most sailors are feeling a little paranoid and wishing that they knew where the club sailing instructions were. (see web site).

At no stage do you mention that the race will be triangle, windward and return and triangle, and no one asks. (this must add to the tension).

I will admit that the first race was not easy for the OOD. He had the course set by 1.50 (having briefed at 1.00 only to find that by start the breeze, such that there was, had gone about 90 degrees right and the first beat was a shy reach, albeit very shy, and not quite straight forward as there was a strong tide away from the mark.

We sailed the race anyway.

Graham Bignall had a ball as the light breeze ideal for the Solo Swift. He was out on trap (in 5 knots) and able to use the big red sail. On the other hand visitor John Carabott in a Weta trimaran struggled, particularly with the tide at the first mark. (The VYC H/C bit says for the Weta that ‘Observation of data suggests that there is a wide disparity between light and moderate/heavy air performance, relative to most catamarans’. I reckon we agree)

Second over the line was Chris K-T with Geoff Dixon third. Then followed Terry, Danny and Kerryn Rayson, Gary, Leon (surprisingly slow for Leon), Rod Smith and Tim Waller. It was great to see Tim back and sailing. Tim was followed in by Peter Ellenby. The Weta did not quite make it to the finish.

After the first race and the wind swings your OOD was able to reset the course. And here for your edification and education is a brief description of the process.

The wind had swung from north west to east so where we had begun, of the public boat ramp, and heading for Melbourne in the first race, was now actually upwind from the original lee mark off the Ozone wreck. Hence I was able to play musical marks.

The initial thought was to take the mark from the public ramp further out to sea and call it the windward mark with a start off the Ozone wreck. But then a further solution was considered. Go to what was the previous windward mark out at sea and consider whether it could be a windward mark on a starboard course starting off Ozone wreck. This didn’t work so picked up mark and took back off public boat ramp. Then took original start mark, which was closer to shore, out to sea and called it lee mark. Proceeded to Ozone wreck mark and started race and then moved ID mark to make it more straight forward. This stuff is not easy.


Graham Bignall again reigned supreme and was followed by Danny and Kerryn Rayson in their Tasar. Leon made up for his first race by coming in third followed by Gary, Geoff Dixon,

Chris K-T, Terry Johnson, Peter Ellenby, Rod Smith and John Carabott on the Weta.


Perhaps the most disappointed in this race was Terry who pulled off a magnificent port start to lead all, only to have a gear problem and to fall to the back of the fleet.


There were no Div 2 sailors, but in Div 3 Nate Beard did both races.


Thanks to Anne who ran the tower, to Ned and family who cleaned up at the end and to Leon who has produced a new horn for Ozone


Next week weekend is the Laser training weekend and some of us are taking part. Others will be around hoping to make the weekend run smoothly.


But it is also our last scheduled race for the year on Sunday and it will proceed with or without the Laser trainers. So come on down (but do be aware that it might be a little squashed with numbers)


(PS I have a great course to suggest to Dennis which minimizes beats and maximizes reaches)

Race Report 15/04/18

I once went to the football at Kardinia Park. St Kilda were playing Geelong and our youngest, a Saints supporter wanted to go. There was no stand, only the outer. I have never been so cold in my life. It rained, it hailed, it blew. It blew the hail straight into our faces. I haven’t been to an AFL game since. St Kilda lost.

Today, St Kilda were again visiting Geelong and while there may not have been the hail, it was cold and windy and St Kilda lost.

It was not a day for sailing either. At about 1.00 pm both Corio Bay and South Channel wind gauges were reading 29 knots.

Dennis was back on deck this week but few sailors made it to Indented Head.

Dennis planned to either run the race or do some work on Ozone’s trailer. Ned and family were there to do a stocktake of sailing boats and anything else which turned up. Chris K-T wandered by, I suspect to laugh at any who sailed.

The Ed came, but he was avoiding stuff at home and Anne came to watch (the forward committee was studying).

Gary came with boat.

We called racing off early after having assured Gary that we were all ready to watch him sail. He didn’t.


We did launch Ozone in order that Dennis and Chris could play with the trailer. We recovered the drifting Ozone (well Dennis did), packed up and came home.


Next week is Sunday racing and a Friday night committee meeting

Race Report 08/04/18

The tower people were reportedly in stitches as they watched us sail on Sunday. I’m not sure why.

The forecast was for either 10-15 knots and steady or for 15-25 knots and steady depending on who you listened to, but all were agreed that the temperature would be 30 degrees or thereabouts. A fine day with great sailing conditions or a fine sailing day with marginal conditions.

Still 11 division 1 boats fronted including new Tasar owner Danny Rayson who was eager to give it a go with fill in crew John Carabott. The Chris/Mandy Green Tasar was also there. Impulses were sailed by Leon and Terry while Lasers of varying denominations were sailed by Chris K-T, Peter Ellenby, John Walter, your Ed (forward Tasar Crew was studying) Manfred and Gerhard. Graham had the Solo Swift. Special mention goes to Gary Venn who came ready to sail but was appointed Race Officer by acclamation. (ED – Actually I thought I had seen an email which said Gary was it, but looking back I can’t find it. Gary merely stepped up to the plate and ran the race with, I now suspect, absolutely no notice. All power to him).

Actually we may have handed him a poisoned chalice.

The breeze was fickle and swinging (reminding me of a former girl friend) but Gary set a great course, short but with challenges. It was a starboard course.

Now I know we don’t do this often, but when there is a green flag on the crash boat next to the orange start line flag, this means that you leave marks to starboard. You should all know this. It is defined in the Race Signals section of the Racing Rules. Those who allegedly began as if it was a port course were alerted and saved their bacon.

The tower crew takes their position seriously and no matter how hard they are laughing will usually come up with a result. They tell me that they gave times to all and that Chris and Mandy were first over the line followed by Leon, John Walter, Manfred, Danny Rayson, Peter Ellenby, the Ed and then Terry and Chris K-T. Gerhard and Graham did not finish.

But it is all excitement when sailing and the Ed knows that as Graham went over in a huge knock. It just so happened that he was passing the Ed to windward at the time and the Ed was treated to the sight of 500 sq feet of sail cascading onto the Laser R. Fortunately as the Solo Swift came over, hydraulic forces slowed it and the Ed snuck ahead and round the bow. Most excitement.

Which brings me to finishing.

Gary had been caught unawares by his magical raising to the exulted position of Race Officer and may have better set finishing marks for all spoilt sailors. But he does not have to. The Sailing Instructions as to finishing are clear in the Club Sailing Instructions. In brief you go from the last mark and round the yellow ID mark so as to pass it between the shore and the mark while heading to the blue finishing mark which you leave to sea passing the finish line which is between the club house and the blue mark.

This is what I wrote on 28 January this year:


The course was a triangle, sausage and triangle and then to finish.


Actually this is short hand for what we usually do and possibly misleading. The Sailing Instructions (published on the Club Website) define courses for Div 1 as:

Division 1.





As far as I can work out, this means we go start (where ever) to mark 1 (windward) then to mark 2 leeward (jibe mark) then to last mark (which in the old days may have been the start mark). This is then a triangle.


You then go back to mark 1 (windward) and return to 3 (the last) as sausage. Then another triangle to 1, 2 and 3. From 3 you go to the finish.


On Sunday, mark 3 was behind the start line and mark 1 was off the public boat ramp. Therefore when finishing, the forward committee member got it wrong when she insisted that we had to round the mark off the boat ramp to port. This was wrong as we had finished the last triangle once we had gone past mark 3 (Out behind the start). After mark 3 we could go direct to finish. (We left mark 1 to port but it didn’t make much difference).


And as to finishing. The SI are relatively clear, and I think Dennis is right, but I am still arguing about crossing finish lines during the race. The SI say:



All boats must pass between the designation mark and the shoreline rounding it so as to then proceed directly to the finish line. NOTE Instruction 8.3.


(8.3 is about where the designation mark can be)


So it doesn’t matter whether it is a port or starboard course, the designation mark is passed between it and the shore, no matter where it is set.


So, since it’s there, what was course for race 2? S equaled 3 so the course was (second race) start to 1 (windward) to leeward (2) to S (or 3) One Triangle. Then windward (to 1) and return to S (3). Then you did another triangle, from S (3) to 1 (Windward) to leeward (2) and the final leg to S (3). This was triangle, windward return and triangle. Having got to S(3), sailing instructions take over and you go to ID Mark (see above). In effect, when you get to start mark for third time, head to finish. (This is the Ed’s opinion only)


So we have sort of thought about race two, but let us go further.


For race two Gary had reconfigured the race by dropping the green flag and setting a red one. He also moved the start line out to what had been mark 3 (see above).


The tide was moving and Gary was aware. The tide was pushing all boats over the line (save for Chris, your Ed and Gerhard) and immediately after the start Gary pushed the horn three times and raised a little triangular pennant of blue with a yellow inset as many had been on the wrong side of the starting line (but not Chris, your Ed and Gerhard). The little triangular pennant of blue with a yellow inset means general recall.


The horn may need fixing, but its strangulated cry was heard by your Ed who checked his flag list and stopped. Nobody else did. Gary and the Ed looked at each other and considered what to do. Obviously nobody had started right and the Ed saw little use in starting again by himself, so we decided that all others were disqualified, the Ed would protest and seek redress to the sailing committee, and no doubt be rewarded with the race as he was the sailing committee. (dreams are made of this)


We abandoned the whole race.


Actually the Ed had a fine time. He pottered about and then rejoined the race as others began the windward/return. He started just behind Leon and ahead of John W and Manfred. On the beat the Ed on the Laser R got to the next mark before all of them. Perhaps relaxing and not “racing” is the go. Since no one had officially started, your Ed headed to shore after the beat. Thanks to those who pointed out that he was going the wrong way (I knew something you didn’t)


Incredible thanks to Gary who came to sail and just took over as Race Officer.


Thanks to the laughing lot in the tower, Frank, Anne, Alex and Elizabeth who know better than the rest of us and especially to Ned and family (who didn’t laugh) but only because they were down in the morning getting things done.

Race Report Easter

The Tasar committee had their Easter at Phillip Island leaving Indented Head sailors to battle out the Easter regatta. Division 1 included Graham Bignall, Gary Venn, Chris KT, John Walter, Terry Johnson, Peter E and at least two visitors. Division 2 featured Andrew Dix, John McKenna and Paul Simmons while Div 3 had Nate Beard, Finn Fairlie and Aidan Simmons on Monday

Results will be on the club site shortly

The Tasar committee and brother/uncle were extremely busy as we completed many local clean up tasks and repairs around our mother’s house. It must be said, however, that our mother does not necessarily appreciate the process and has been known to threaten retribution when Nick picks up any form of cutting implement and looks at green bits.

But the main thing that happens at Phillip Island over Easter is that the Saturday is the Great Phillip Island garage sale. I don’t know why, there is no overall organization, but the garage sales bloom on Easter Sat.

The Tasar committee and Nick and Bella were ready to go by 9.30 am Saturday (we slept in). When planning the Saturday garage sale splurge it is wise to make plans the night before. For instance check the local rag for addresses and plan a circuit allowing time to chase those sales not mentioned in the local rag. It is wise to visit those sales advertising sausage sizzles at breakfast or lunch.

The experienced garage sale purchaser is also somewhat selective. Over 5 to 10 years my personal aim has been to collect the cheapest sound system with the best quality to go in our living room. Alex tends to go for knives and kitchen ware while Nick still hopes to buy something that shocks his wife more than the model lighthouse from two years back. He also goes for furniture. Bella goes for clothes and was delighted to pick up a named top for, what she said was $60 under price.

We had fun, the rearward Tasar committee member did get a new sound system for the living room (missing turntable) which he haggled down from $25 to $20 on the basis that I’d take their word that it worked and not plug it in to the power supply, hence reduced price. Alex collected a ‘Slow cooker’ and recipe book for $12 (and she also got another set of knives, I worry sometimes). Nick purchased a carbon driver (golf club) for $10 which he reckons is a great improvement on $265 which he last paid. A thrown in advantage was that we discovered two of the best views in the area, rotten sales but great views, on or near the Island. Remember that we have been there since early 60’s and had never seen these. We also found one of the great retreats of the Island at Newhaven (Expensive books but).

Relying on Dennis’ advice we did not buy any anchors

The last sale we got to was in aid of something which I forget, but Alex and I did zero in on a game which no one else wanted. It is called “Wind Shifts” by Ronstan yacht fittings and features little yachts which go certain distances depending on wind direction and wind speed. The speed and wind strength changes as you go over different bits of sea. Some of the rubber bits might be a little ‘gone’ but it is a fun game.

Thanks to all those who ran races and arranged things over Easter, Ned and family, Dennis and John McKenna.



Race Report 24/03/18

Much needed rain was forecast for today and, in fact, in our backyard at Newtown we had 17 mm over the day. The rearward Tasar committee member remembered that he had planned to call our friendly local plumber from up the road to fix the leaking toilet and reeve out the drainage pipe. Apparently, according to the forward Tasar committee member, when it rains, water is meant to go down drains, not bubble up as a nice little gurgling geyser up the hole. I did point out that to cover errors had constructed a nice little drain/trench for overflow down the side of the house and under the soon to be defunct shed. Soon is a relative term, the plans are from Andrew’s 18th birthday and fading. The forward Tasar committee member was not impressed.

But we were not deterred. I had spoken to my brother in law on Thursday who complained about being continually blown out at Queenscliff. I pointed out that there was a window of opportunity, the morning was forecast 15- 20 and the afternoon 15-20. Between am and pm was a chance to sale.

As it happened Anne has recovered from her luergy, in time to contribute to Grandmother duties and chaperone her three-week-old grandson to Adelaide. (Young parents are much more adventurous these days.) Anne’s luergy, which had enabled her to take, two of the offered three days sick leave this week, had transferred itself to the rearward committee member. The forward committee member has also been touched by the disease, and so a mutual decision was reached to leave the boat behind. We would do tower duties while Anne was in Adelaide.

We were not alone in considering sailing unlikely, the junior sailors had arrived, looked at the water, looked at the lightening, and called the day off. Likewise, Ned, ably assisted by Finn, Barney and Pearl, who had made the decision that camping at Cape Otway was not on this weekend, were not keen to sail. This left Ned and Finn and Barney and Pearl free to rampage through the clubhouse, removing bits and pieces they considered not up to scratch and ready for disposal. Fortunately Dennis had not arrived at this stage.

But Dennis did arrive and was eager to get out on the water, if only he had sailors.

Indented Head Yacht Club did not let him down. Gary Venn came, Manfred came, Gerhard came, Graham Bignall came, Chris and Mandy came with their Tasar.

The conditions may not have improved as the sailors thought about rigging. Chris and Mandy decided it was not their day. Graham rigged and then thought better of it. Gary, Manfred and Gerhard all rigged and launched, although it must be said, it was not easy. The northerly wind and onshore seas made it hard for everyone to get out. Even Dennis had problems getting Ozone out. Actually on shore winds often give us conditions that are not as bad as they seem on some occasions. This was not one of those occasions.

Dennis set a windward return course and anchored ready to do the start. At this stage Dennis discovered the conditions were bloody awful and rocking up and down in Ozone was not doing him any good. In fact the breeze was hitting 19 knots and higher, and Dennis wisely hoisted the abandonment flag, and headed shore. Manfred came in and took over from Dennis collecting marks. Graham, who had not actually sailed, assisted Gerhard out and then back in. Dennis, back on shore, helped Gary up the beach.

Those that actually sailed had terrific reaches here there and everywhere, but it was possibly not a day for racing.

Incredible thanks to Dennis yet again for being there, fixing and launching Ozone, and getting ready to run a race. Thanks to Ned and family for hard work around the club.

Next week is Easter Regatta. The Tasar committee will not be there but we understand Dennis will be.

For those who assisted with crossword: Dainty morsel, delicacy really does equal titbit

Rude, surly equals churlish

Renegade equals turncoat

And deterrent was not correct , it should have been detriment to fit in with titbit and churlish.


Race Report 18/03/18

Weather was not good today with strong wind warnings and forecast 50-60 kilometer winds moving from north to south over the day.

But it was the third leg of the Port, Indented Head, St Leonards inter club challenge and your intrepid Tasar committee was up to the task. They travelled, they took the boat and they remembered that St Leonards was a great place to sit drinking coffee watching the wind over the water. And this is what we did. Nobody else was foolish enough (the forward hand suggests stupid is a better word) to actually turn up, with boat or otherwise. There was no sailing although we were assured that the learners had got out on Saturday.

So we were on our lonesome talking to the die hards from St Leonards and drinking coffee. (We did get to two not bad garage sales, although Anne has tossed the rearward committee members bargain of a tray of half used jars of herbs and spices, and some not even opened. Anne doesn’t see the bargain that was).

We have been unlucky this year with sailing at both Port and St Leonards blown away.

And on Saturday, when the Tasar rearward committee was pretty sure that there would be no sailing anywhere, Peter Ellenby, proudly representing IHYC, sailed two of a possible three races in what must have been trying circumstances at the State Laser Championships at Mordialloc Sailing Club. He finished 21 out of 29 in the senior radial fleet. Congratulations Peter on a great effort.

Sunday was a day of total fire ban and occasionally it is brought home why we have these days. Frank’s brother, out of Cobden, lost home, fencing and machinery. Fortunately the stock seems OK but scattered around various neighbours. Our thoughts are with them.

Next week is training on Saturday morning and racing on Saturday afternoon.

Race Report 10/03/18

The forecast was for a beautiful with temps into the low thirties. A great day to sail with maybe a minor drawback in that the morning breeze was said to be 5 knots to maybe 10 strengthening to 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.

Actually the true wind was “not much’ going to “could do with some breeze” and finishing in the afternoon at “bit more and we could open a venturi”. Across the bay Aidan, Callum and Finn were dealing with conditions described as “sod all wind” and apparently only Aidan got on the water on Saturday. Frank tells the Ed that conditions were better on Sunday with Finn and Callum doing well, but Aidan not quite.

But it is an ill wind that blasts all, and Saturday was not that day for Graham Bignall. He revelled in the conditions where it was not a struggle to keep upright and was able to get that huge kite on the Solo Swift going to good effect. He has nearly as much sail as the historic 18 footer we saw later at the Geelong Wooden boat Festival.

The first race was a longer one in the conditions as boats frequently got going only to fall into a hole and stop; most notably at the windward mark where the Tasar committee watched Chris K-T and Terry struggle, it seemed to take three goes, to round. We also struggled but having watched, allowed a bit extra and made it in one go.

Div 1 race 1 saw Graham 3 minutes up on Geoff & James Dixon with Chris K-T a further three minutes back. Gary Venn was close to Chris and 3 minutes up on Leon who was just ahead of John Walter and Terry. Clive came in a minute shy of Terry and 2 minutes up on the Tasar committee. Gerhard bust a bit and retired for the day.

For Div 1 race 2 John and Clive also retired and as the breeze got up a little bit Geoff and James got going getting in 20 seconds or so ahead of Graham. Gary completed a reasonable day in a full rig coming in third ahead of Leon and Terry with Chris K-T trailing and the Tasar committee dead last but not that far behind as they had the advantage of a huge shift on the penultimate beat.

Peter Ellenby acted as RO after having been there at  9.30 am to assist with junior training and put in a huge day training juniors, running two races in trying conditions of breeze here and there and shifting all over the place.

In Division 2 T. Carver and daughter in a club Pacer finished the race with exultation. I apologise I do not have names.

In Division 3 Nate Beard completed both races while Robbie Bux started the first. It’s a big day for junior sailors.

Along with thanks to Peter for the day, thanks to all those who came to help with junior set up and training including Margaret and Tony Bux, Phil Alexander, Gary Venn, Zeth and the Tasar committee who did BBQ.

Thanks to Anne in the Tower for the afternoon.

And extraordinary gratitude to the other Tasar who lent us a tiller (and rudder) when we left ours sitting under a Laser sail at home

Next week is training on Saturday and races on Sunday at St Leonards with first race at 10.30 am.

Usually a very good day with BBQ lunch.

Race Report 03/03/18

Saturday was the Traveller series at Royal Geelong which is great place to sail once you have mastered the intricacies of delivering your boat in the middle of Geelong with no parking anywhere and talking a member into opening the gate so you can get in. But they are welcoming and do help out.

Then there is briefing, well apparently there was. It is at 1230 and if you haven’t been wise enough to read the NOR and general sailing instructions, you may have missed it. Fortunately Clive filled us in.

Indented Head was represented by Peter Ellenby, Clive (we claim him), Manfred, Geoff and James Dixon and your scribe for the one race held. Apparently if you had been at the briefing you would have been advised that only one race was planned as a “severe weather event” was predicted for 1600 (about 4.00 pm). It turned out that there was a “severe weather event” at about a little past 3.00 pm being a gust or two of over 35 knots (according to Peter). As further severe gusts were predicted the committee called it a day after one race.

Manfred reckons he was doing OK and was up with Jason from Ballarat (there were about three from there) but couldn’t quite catch him.

Peter tells me that he saw a gust go through at the windward mark which wiped out Manfred and allowed him to pass. Manfred might have got back ahead later.

But it was a trying day, which your Ed observed from the shore, including watching Peter go over as he tried to get in. (He was not the only one). Your Ed did get on the water and was looking forward to the day and sailed out to the start boat. There was a lot of weed in the water and the Ed checked the centre board; he then checked the rudder, at which point he noticed that for the second time this year he may not have put the plug in. Your Ed sailed in and drained the boat.

Peter Ellenby said he thought I was wise to come in when I did. I just thought I was stupid. However in an effort to become a more efficient sailor, the Laser now has a sign at the back which reads “Put the F***ing plug in moron”. I have great hopes that this will catch on and a market will open up enabling me to make a killing in selling little signs.

The real beauty of Royal Geelong is that after the sailing you can relax with a beer at the bar. We did. Manfred showed Peter and the Ed the boat he has been sailing on Wednesday evenings. It is concrete and big. We talked with the boys from Ballarat and others and then left to find a member to open the gate and let us and boats out.

Next Saturday is Juniors and Club Racing.


Race Report 24/02/18

This report will be brief.

The junior sailors got out on the water and even had a windward/leeward race. Thanks to all regulars including Ned, Paul, Phil, James, Zeth, Tony and Margaret and very especially to Andrew Dix who came down to run the BBQ; and very nicely too. He does a nice run of egg and bacon sandwiches.

The juniors seemed to have the best of the breeze with morning breezes of 10-15 knots.

It changed about 12 noon as winds swung from north to south and increased to 25-30 knots with gusts to 35 knots. The Tasar crew had read the forecast but came with boat anyway. Ned was there with boat. Chris came, sans boat, Andrew suggested that it was not his day. Geoff and James came, without boat although James was sure that they could go and get it. Geoff was not so sure. Garry Venn came with no boat. A few diehards had read the forecast and were missing.

At about 1.30 pm the Ed, constituted as sailing committee, made a decision – he deemed it to be 2.30 pm and abandoned racing for the day. Even Ned thought it looked a bit on the wild side.

Thanks to all those who assisted in the morning and in the afternoon to retrieve boats and markers, especially Dennis, Ned and Zeth.

Next week, Saturday 3 March, is traveller series at Royal Geelong with two races with 5 minute gun for race 1 at 1355. (They do treat this serious). In the past sailing at RGYC can be parking mayhem, but they are a welcoming crew who generally let you drive in, drop boat and gear, and then go and park. They have a very nice bar. Remember that they don’t just do Lasers, they also have Tasars and lots of other classes, and everybody is welcome.


And in breaking news of tonight (Monday) the forward Tasar committee member has discovered that she is now a first time aunt in addition to her other duties. (Jackson William Dolley, no weight given, no ‘mother and child doing well’ – brothers in law don’t do this proper)

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