The focus on racing has very much been about the 2013 Osaka Cup of late, but last weekend 22 entrants took part in the ORCV Double-Handed Bay race on Port Phillip. We were alerted by Aidan Geysen from Streetcar that “ There were two young sailors on board Audacious (male and female) who sailed the boat very well, getting the kite up on all the downwind legs etc and finished a respectable 8th on Line honours. It would be an interesting story to hear how they came to be racing on the Sydney 38.”
Greg Clinnick, co-owner of Audacious with Paul Holden, gave us some background on the co-skippers!
"This is an interesting story. Neither of the owners (Paul Holden and myself) were on board. The skipper was Luke Butchers 20 years old, and Philipa Lamb, a little older but not much. She is only 56 kgs when wet but a tenacious sailor.
Luke and Philipa have been on our regular crew but sadly have both taken jobs in Queensland recently that will see them leaving our permanent Sydney 38 racing crew, but not our ocean crew. Philipa was so keen she flew down from Brisbane just for the 2 hander with Luke. Luke is moving to Sunsail at Hammo in July as manager of their dock after a gap year there 2 years ago and numerous short term returns.
We have our sights set on the S2H this year after a two years absence. 2011 we did the Pittwater to Coffs race to link in with the Sydney 38 Nationals in Pittwater. And in 2012 we kept out powder dry for the Port Lincoln race week in February 2013. Luke skippered the delivery back from Port Lincoln to Melbourne – 5 days with a stop in Portland. Again fairly impressive at 20 years of age. Both Luke and Philipa will be doing their first S2H this year – very much a bucket list item for them.
Philipa comes from a Kiwi sailing pedigree and grew up on her father’s 50 foot racing keel boat and various dinghies around Auckland waters.
They are both shining examples of young people being given opportunities to take on responsibility and responding in a fantastic way. Both great individuals and good friends. So much so that Paul and I are happy to hand over the boat for them to use.
There is no self steering on the boat and the 38s are fairly twitchy downwind. So Luke jams his thong between the wheel well and the big wheel to hold it still whilst he runs forward.
Luke’s dad actually came down to the boat to help Luke and Philipa set up at 8am and Paul was there to meet them after the race - so plenty of support all-round”.
Luke said the race was great fun and a good experience and he and Philipa were grateful to Greg and Paul for generously allowing them to use Audacious. Luke had previously competed in the event on Audacious with Ken Christensen" who has been a wonderful mentor for Philipa and I."
It is good to see the emergence of the next generation of ocean sailors.
Some sunshine would have topped a wonderful day for sailing. 5-13 kts, a bit of left-over slop at the start which soon settled down, a clean start! First over the line was THE BOOKMAKER Andrew Slagmolen of HBYC but not by very much and soon overtaken. As I watched IKON Bruce McCraken take the lead by the first pass of the tower and the superb effort of his crew literally running for the whole race, I began to wonder if the shorter elapsed time of this very fast yacht meant he had to go at it constantly for a shorter time compared to some others before resting, or whether it be better to have a break before the next marks workout?
As it turned out it was going to be touch and go if IKON could do the entire race schedule and finish by 3pm, if not it would have been a no-race so had to shorten with 3 legs to go. Judging by some comments after, there were some tired souls who could have made the distance but not unhappy. Sailors love being on the water and very fast boats do not get as much opportunity, there must be another factor involved!
I only observed two yachts with kite socks which I thought interesting but nevertheless there were very few mishaps and of interest was observing those who attempted to run shy kites from RBYC 6 to R2 in early stages before the breeze swung further S towards the end. It is so easy as an observer to see the very shy kite trade-off of power and drag with leeway. At least for the early part there were no winners. Again, the light downwind strategies employed brought to mind the Melbourne Osaka Race and absolute importance of light air sailing. Opportunities for skill accumulation are really quite few but so vital.
Congratulations for a tough workout and splendid results-RFH
Audacious and ???
Hobsons Bay joins the challenge.
Great conditions predicted for Sunday’s Double Handed race and good to see a fleet of 23 Boats participating.
|IKON, JOUST, THE BOOKMAKER|
|AUDACIOUS, CALEDONIA, PRETTY YOUNG THING, STREETCAR|
|WHITE NOISE, WICKED, WILDSIDE, SDM|
This year's double handed race the teams trophy has been won by Sandringham Yacht Club, represented by WHITE NOISE, WICKED, WILDSIDE and SDM in second place was the team from Brighton.
There are 22 entrants for Sunday’s Double Handed event and we have received nominations from SYC and RBYC to compete for the Perpetual Teams Trophy.
Winner in 2012 was Hobsons Bay Yacht Club – so here is the challenge for them to nominate and defend their title!
Notice of Race 8.2 The Perpetual Teams Trophy will be awarded to the team of yachts with the lowest total score calculated from AMS, IRC or Performance Handicap Divisions.
Results from any division may count, although yachts entered in multiple divisions may only count one result. Teams may consist of up to four yachts with the best three results to count.
Yachts will be scored as per RRS A4. Skippers should indicate on their entry that they form part of a team, and if so, the team name. There is no charge for a team entry.
|Pretty Young Thing||Wildside|