ORCV Melbourne Double Handed


Light but Tough.


The 24 boat fleet for the 2011 Double Handed Bay Race had light conditions, but "It kept us working all day", as one of the most famous competitors of this style of racing just said to me.

Greg Clinnick from our Love Boat, Audacious, was the first entrant for the event and was rewarded for his earnest appraoch with a Line Honours win and the coveted IRC prize, as well. Perhaps it was that new recruit????? "Good to around the corners correctly", was how Greg 'Hornblower' Clinnick put it before boarding the jet for Kazakhstan.

LINEHONOURS results Start : 10:05:00
Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper Fin Tim
1 B331 AUDACIOUS Greg Clinnick 13:48:43
2 SM980 DARK ENERGY Adam Robinson 13:57:37
3 H1010 IKON Bruce McCraken 14:01:04

The other two names on the Line Honours board are no strangers to these pages either...


IRC results Start : 10:05:00
Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper Fin Tim Elapsd AHC Cor'd T
1 B331 AUDACIOUS Greg Clinnick 13:48:43 03:43:43 1.111 04:08:33
2 SM3535 WHITE NOISE Jason Close 14:13:23 04:08:23 1.020 04:13:21
3 R35 LAURELLE Ray Borrett 14:16:43 04:11:43 1.030 04:19:16

White Noise doing well for Jason Close - great! Hope to see Laurelle in the Winter Series.


AMS results Start : 10:05:00
Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper Fin Tim Elapsd AHC Cor'd T
1 B441 PRETTY YOUNG THING Daniel Jeffery 14:24:34 04:19:34 0.809 03:29:59
2 H447 COOL CHANGE Peter Mc Farlane 14:38:22 04:33:22 0.807 03:40:36
3 SM3535 WHITE NOISE Jason Close 14:13:23 04:08:23 0.893 03:41:48

Dan and Trish from PYT first popped onto our radar for last years Melbourne to Geelong bash. Awesome AMS result here...


PHS results Start : 10:05:00
Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper Fin Tim Elapsd AHC Cor'd T BCH
1 SM980 DARK ENERGY Adam Robinson 13:57:37 03:52:37 0.880 03:24:42 0.950
2 B441 PRETTY YOUNG THING Daniel Jeffery 14:24:34 04:19:34 0.800 03:27:39 0.852
3 H447 COOL CHANGE Peter Mc Farlane 14:38:22 04:33:22 0.765 03:29:08 0.809

Little River Band (not that hard to get Ross - "Time for ... .... .......") from our pals at Hobbos. David, they must be happy with this??? Any word?

Serial Double-Hander, Robyn Brooke, from The Secretary combined with another serial Double Hander, Rosie Colahan and they took The Sectretary out for a whirl, whilst the two other parts of the squad were looking after our Japanese delegation...

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Robyn Brooke seen here with her usual Double-Handed cohort, Immediate Past Commodore, George Shaw.


Now many, many, many thanks to Robin and Val Hewitt for looking after the fleet!!!! Go HERE to see all the results.


More in a little while...



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Could be a very, very interesting
little field, this one. 

If you're around on Sunday May First,
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ORCV Melbourne Double Handed


First dibs.


Greg Clinnick from our Love Boat, Audacious, is the first entrant in the 2011 Double Handed Bay Race. You know, it was harmless fun until we put up the EOIs for the Long Distance races, now you look at every entry a second time. Are they on the list? Are they one of the not public but still known to us mobs or is this a preemptive strike from an dark horse???

Hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmmm................ 

"We have just entered Audacious for this year's ORCV Double Handed Race and was surprised that we're the first entry. We are looking to improve on our fifth place from last year and I have recruited a Two-Handed expert from Sydney. He used to drive from Ballina, which is near Byron Bay to Sydney every weekend, just to sail two-handed (No mean feat actually, as it would be 9-10 hours!!!) The aim is to improve our technique and results, I hope. Last year, we took as many kites as we could, so as to save repacking them each time. This time we will go with one kite only………………….", said Greg.

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Now it is the perfect opportunity for potential M2O aspirants to start getting some training in. Yes. It's way, way, way shorter than the real thing, but you have to kick off somewhere! Perhaps that's why Jason Close's, White Noise is coming out to play? They are the second entry for this delightful ORCV Bay race.

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Jason aboard his Beneteau First 35, White Noise.
(Mate - with all the ORCV gear on, this image is going to get an abasolute pasting - nice work, lad!)

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Yes. You'd be thinking Burgraaf and Hibbert would be starters with their Remedy...


No. I am not saying anything... Really!



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Could be a very, very interesting
little field, this one. 

If you're around on Sunday May First,
you should get out there for
the scope.

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ORCV Melbourne Two Handed (MTH)


Don't ya just hate it...

 

... when everyone talks it up a treat and then the cold front arrives, but almost with the same alacrity, it then disappears.

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Over the line and racing has begun. in the 2010 MTH.

The very experienced two-handed sailor, Robin Hewitt (at least two M2Os there), was the day's Race Director from the tower at RBYC. He tells us "It was a pleasant morning, with a slight sea and a gentle 10 knots greeted the fleet as they prepared for the annual workout. This race is a test of not only sailing skills, but also the ability to pace oneself, in order to accomplish the tasks ahead. Ominous clouds to the WSW heralded the forecasted frontal system, which was due to pass Melbourne by midday. For once, it actually arrived early with the breeze increasing from the NW and freshening to 23 knots."
Course # 2 was selected, which started the fleet to the South with the breeze swinging to the West at the same time. Adams Rib clearly won the start (thank God we'd talked that up before the event in Got A Bit On), with Audacious in behind them.
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It was such a good pic, that it needed another outing (plus they don't really enjoy having it go up, so that's even more reason). The new two-handed team of the ORCV's very own Sally Williams and Brian Slater won the start, but unfortunately did not make it home.

On returning from RBYC's #6 marker down towards Sandringham, The Secretary passed in front of the tower slightly ahead of Fuzzy Logic and tucked in there too, was Wicked. Fuzzy is an older MBD design, but still reasonably quick. I could not find a decent picture in time for the previous article, so I am glad they did such a good job as the race's Dark Horse.

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Mystery Man was out on the water on Sunday, so we have him to thank for the en locale shots. Cheers MM.

After passing the tower, Swordfish Trombone and Imagineer tacked left, whilst the others went right. At half an hour into the race, the wind dropped to 16 knots, just as Emma-Kate went on the breeze, out towards R2. Wicked was first to finish the first lap, as the breeze steadied to around 10 knots, where it then stayed for the remainder of the race, apart from a couple of lulls down to six knots and occasional flicks a little to North and South of due West. On lap Two, Wicked maintained her lead from Fuzzy Logic, but less than a minute separated them and they were just another minute ahead of Audacious.
"The fleet had now separated into three groups, with Wild Side out on her own. Her Zebra styled assy helped in ensuring everyone knew she was out there on her own, as well. Not far behind the leaders and sailing well in the main group was Godzilla, while the lighter breeze was not helping the heavier boats like The Secretary and Spirit. Cool Change completed the second lap in three and a quarter hours, in spite of the lulls. Esprit, also from Hobson’s Bay, was in fierce competition in that third group, too.
By 1440hrs, the breeze was trying to give up and the last of the fleet suffered a measly five knots, which meant the earlier finishers were just looking better and better for the glassware. It was then just three knots by 1500hrs and zero at 1545!!! There was some discussion as to whether Second to None was complying, but Robin decided that four paws did not actually constitute extra hands. Try pulling ropes with paws or hooves!
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Those paws, which were in question (near the helm).

Robin added of the whole day, "As the saying goes ‘Any mug can sail a yacht when there is wind, it takes real sailors to sail a yacht in no wind!’ Thus, to those who persevered; Fade 2 Grey, Ocean Safari, Esprit, Imagineer and Cool Change, we say, Well Done! We were wishing you on from the tower." Adams Rib, Emma-Kate and Spirit retired and Thunder did not start.
In the end, Wicked got to the line ahead of Fuzzy Logic and then Swordfish Trombone. IRC was Wicked, Wild Side and third, Swordfish Trombone. AMS was Godzilla, Swordfish Trombone and Wild Side as 1-2-3, where as PHC was Godzilla, Wicked and then Remedy.

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And they're gone. Off on the first dig South. Look. There are white caps - so there was some wind at some time during the race....

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HERO PIC - Nice one MM. Thank you. Ocean Safari in the foreground and Godzilla astern.

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The Secretary did well when the breeze was up (She's a little heavy, so needs the squirt). Not surprising they still finished however, as there's plenty of long-haul experience there.

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Wicked over in the background got up for the win. Well done Mark Welsh and co.

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The fleet heading South for the first time.

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Remedy on the left and Swordfish Trombone on the right, the latter put themselves all over the scoreboard.

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Bet this is the last time we see the kite sheets like that.

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Looking just a little like Green Point in the background, as Audacious heads back up to RBYC's tower.

 

Click HERE now to go to the full results table.

 

 

By John Curnow

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Got A Bit On.

 

When you're going two-up, sail changes, tacks and even making coffee gets to be a real chore in a way. Perhaps it is because of the extra demands placed on you both physically and mentally, that so many are drawn to this category of racing. Don't even ask me about solo....

Anyway, if you've already read this peice, click HERE now to go to the results.

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One crew who will ensure they sail well and have some real coffee available is the new team of Sally Williams and Brian Slater, who'll be taking the venerable Adams 12, Adams Rib, around the course tomorrow. Wonder who'll have to go below and check the charts??????

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Greg Clinnick (front and centre) has sacked nearly all the crew. All right, well, for this race only. Not sure exactly whom of our HCOTW was spared, actually... All will be revealed in the end. Image by Mike Stephens of mysportphoto.com.au (and he's on the right).

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Godzilla's Driver, Tom Fowler has also "sacked" the crew for this race, like Audacious, which gives me the opportunity to say that they were the very first holders of the HCOTW trophy!!!

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Ocean Safari will be the biggest out there, at 51 feet and they also came along with us to the inaugural M2G last year, which was when this image was taken. They also did a cruise of their own to Port Fairy at Easter, when we held the 2010 M2PF.

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Remedy showed the others that there were, in fact, two marks at the top of the course in last year's M2G, as they led just a few of the fleet around the left hand pin. Yes. They did that race two-handed, as well.

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They had a bit on in Corio Bay, when 40knots came through...

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Who got the guernsey from the crew of Sowrdfish Trombone to join her Driver, Tim Olding??? This image © Steb Fisher.

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Mike Welsh is bringing Wiked out, so that means that she has her new stick in, which in turn, is just great to see. Has Mike chosen He of the Loud Shorts to join him???. This image © Steb Fisher.

Rave, rave, rave, rave, rave... Sunday's course get's underway from the tower at RBYC, heads out West to R2 and then North towards the CBD, before going South a bit and then ultimately finishing back at RBYC. Robin Hewitt is in command of the race, which has an 18 boat fleet partaking.

The BoM has this to say:

Forecast for Sunday

Winds: North to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots ahead of a west to southwesterly change 15 to 20 knots around dawn. Winds tending south to southwesterly 15 to 20 during the afternoon then easing to 10 knots later in the evening. Seas: 1.0 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to below 0.5 metres in the evening.

Seabreeze has 20s out of the West all day and abating in the afternoon. Ultimately, it probably means it will be lumpy, but you could look at it this way. At least you won't be bobbing around waiting for a start!!! Me? I'm starting to think that no matter where they place, Ocean Safari and a nice coffee is looking very good. Actually, superb. Then again, 27 and sunny up here is one notch up from that.

Have a blast everyone and we'll look forward to getting some onboard intel from Mystery Man (don't tell me you've forgotten him already) and others to broadcast to you.

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Commodore George Shaw and Robyn Brooke will have his 'new' boat, The Secretary, out for this event as they prepare for M2V. This © Steb Fisher image is from the start of the 2006 M2V, which was part of the Treasure Trove Pt.II. Go back and have a look at the sensational images from the day, where boats were behind water, flying out of it and completely obscured behind it!!! Go on. Just click on the big red letters above and you'll be transported straight back in time! Really.

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Regular Two-Handers, David James and Rosie Collahan. Image from the 2009 M2HE and © Steb Fisher. NEWSFLASH. Rosie and David are not doing the 2010 MTH, but they have just become the ninth Official Entry for the 2010 M2V with Ingenue. WooHoo. Next one is double digits! Yeah. Cool.

 

 

By John Curnow

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ORCV Melbourne Two Handed (MTH)


All hands on deck.

 

Well, all two of you anyway...

If you are doing the Melbourne Two Handed race on 02/05/10 (and at least 13 of you are based on entries as at 27/4/10), then please be advised that there is a new NOR, which you can get at the link below.

Nota Bene: Entries close this Thursday, April 29, 2010. Please attend to this as a matter of priority, if your intention is to race.


Click HERE to go to the upcoming races page, which has all the current and valid information.

 

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Regular Two-Handers, Robyn Brooke and Commodore George Shaw. Image from 2006 M2V and © Steb Fisher.

 

 

By John Curnow

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