Meningie Sailing Club 2014-2015 season

G'day this blog will list info from Meningie Sailing Club for the 2014-2015 season, Meningie is situated on Lake Albert at the end of the Murray River in South Australia and is home of the Goolwa to Meningie race, probably the longest point to point race in Australia as well as other distance races, it is home to very fast cats as well as slower cats, it runs school Team Sailing, junior coaching, adult coaching and it's members do the most travelling in South Australia to attend other clubs. There are two hire catamarans at the local caravan park. I encourage you to add your experiences at Meningie to this blog.

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Comment by Jeff Southall on Tuesday

Sunday the 14th September was the perfect sunny day to finish the Brass Monkey series at Meningie Sailing Club on fantastic Lake Albert. Six catamarans and three mono hulls contested the race which started at 1.30pm in about 4kts easterly wind. Most of the boats were a bit late over the line as the wind dropped out and swung a bit catching some boats out. The heavier boats of Robbie Andrews on Calypso 16 “Virgil” and Jeff Southall with Maeve Southall on Nacra 5.8 with spinnaker “Ram raider” struggled to the line. Paul Short on his new to him A Class “Sunset Strip” got off to a great start getting a long way ahead and mostly leading through out the race but every now and then he would find a hole in the wind to wait for the fleet to gain on him before heading off again. Tim Wright and Oliver Crossman on Taipan 5.7 with spinnaker “Two Dogs” with the new sail setup really took the race to “Sunset Strip”, plenty of times getting very close, Mick McGuire with Liz Southall on Taipan 5.7 “Grinnaki” had a great race against Michael Crouch with his new crew Rebecca on Taipan 5.7 “Too easy” and “Ram Raider”. “Virgel” is the slowest boat on handicap so Robbie showing his greatly improved racing skills just quietly went about his business of sailing as fast as he could in the tricky conditions with plenty of hull flying, in the mono hulls Jeff Wright on Hartly TS 16 “Blue Bottle” had another long day at the office in the light conditions but made the most of it, K Excel on his Laser still getting used to sailing again retired. In the later part of the race the wind picked up to around the forecast 10 knots which allowed the lighter boats to get their crews on the wire and get going, “Ram Raider” which had struggled with the spin all day finally got the spin going hot only to find they over ran the mark and had to sail back around it. Meanwhile way out in front “Two Dogs” got their spin flying on the downwind section and reeled in “Sunset Strip”, then held their position upwind to take the line honours while “Sunset Strip” took the handicap win, there were great races within the overall race with constant position changes throughout the race to make it a really fun day out for everyone, final positions were 

 Line                                                                               Finish    Handicap

   1     Tim Wright,        Two Dogs      Taipan 5.7 + Spin      14:37:44      3rd

   2      Paul Short,         Sunset Strip  A Class standard       14:38:05     1st

   3      Mick McGuire,    Grinkari         Taipan 5.7                 14:42:59      4th

   4      Michael Crouch, Too Easy      Taipan 5.7                 14:43:24      5th

   5      Jeff Southall,      Ram Raider   Nacra 5.8 Spinnaker 14:43:46      7th

   6      Robbie Andrew, Virgel             Calypso 16               15:01:49       6th

   7      Jeff Wright,        Blue bottle      Hartley TS 16           15:33:32       2nd

          K Excel retired,                       Laser

Handicap is what makes the racing so much fun no matter what boat or what size you have, monohull or catamaran your welcome to come and join in the fun, whether you have a boat or not the club has sailing for junior or adult learners on every second Saturday from October. If you have a powerboat and would like to get involved the club would appreciate any extra boats on the water for the Goolwa to Meningie race on November 15th, if you would like to volunteer as a driver there will be cars with trailers that will need to be brought from Goolwa to Meningie on the 15th, this makes the logistics easier for away sailors to compete. If you don’t have a boat and would like to crew there are positions available on some boats that are planning to race on that day. Milang Sailing Clubs opening regatta is October 4th and 5th, Meningie Sailing Clubs season opening day including sail past, BBQ lunch and first race is October 11th see you there.

Comment by Jeff Southall on July 21, 2014 at 1:00pm

Meningie’s second Brass Monkey race on 13th July 2014 was forecast for very light wind but it didn’t stop a great turnout for a winter race at a great country club. Ten boats raced the event with four A Classes, two Taipan 5.7’s, one Calypso 16, one Nacra 5.8 with spinnaker, catamarans plus a Laser and Hartley TS16 monohulls.

The start at 1.30pm was in a bit of wind with two on the wire on the lighter cats and one on the wire for the Nacra and Calypso, predictably the A Classes and Taipans got to the first mark in front but then Jeff Southall with his daughter Maeve on the Nacra 5.8 “Ram Raider” was able to fly it’s spinnaker to get to the second mark just behind Paul Short on “Sunset Strip” the leading A Class, they reeled in “Sunset Strip” to take the lead just as a windshift plus gust hit the fleet which sent over Tim Wright and Oliver Crossman on the Taipan 5.7 “Two Dogs” and buried the bows on “Ram Raider” making them very untidy , they just recovered in time to not drop “Ram Raider” on top of “Sunset Strip”. Meanwhile the rest of the fleet that had been paying attention used the gust to power on and the cats bunched up, by the third mark you could throw a hat over most of the fleet. Positions at the third mark were 1st Sunset Strip, 2nd “Ram Raider”, third Mick McGuire with Liz Southall on Taipan 5.7 “Grinarki”, 4th Michael Crouch on A Class “NFI”, 5th Josh Wright on A Class “Aquaholic”, 6th Brian Partridge on his A Class, 7th Robbie Andrew on his Calypso 16 “Nigel”,8th “Two Dogs”, 9th K Excell on his Laser and 10th Jeff Wright on Hartley TS16 “Blue Bottle”. The upwind leg for the next three laps had big holes in the wind which virtually stopped the Nacra 5.8 and Robbie Andrew on his Calypso 16 “Virgil” taking them further behind. “Two Dogs” took a while to right and get going but they easily got past the heavy boats and some light boats before the finish. K Excell brought his Laser out of retirement for his fist sail in a long time and managed to complete the race in reasonable time on a hard day for that sort of boat but managed to lose concentration and washed his sails just before getting back to the beach, Jeff Wright on his Hartley TS16 “Blue Bottle” had a long hard day at the office in a boat not created with light wind in mind, he did quite well for most of the race but then as the faster boats were packing up the wind virtually died giving him a long slow ride to the finish. Well done to Paul Short on sailing a faultless race for 1st, Michael Crouch 2nd and Tim Wright to recover and place third at the end. Next winter sail at Meningie is Sunday 14th of September see you there.

 

Final results

Class                Skipper            Boat Name      VYC   Elapsed        Line        VYC   VYC

                                                                                    Time             Hnrs       Time    Placing

A Class (Std)  P Short                        Sunset Strip     70        0.53.10            1st       75.96   1st

A Class (Std)  M Crouch        NFI                 70        0.55.10            2nd      78.81   2nd

Taipan 5.7       T Wright          Two Dogs       70        0.57.22            3rd       81.96   3rd

A Class (Std)  J Wright          Aquaholic        70        0.57.50            4th       82.61   4th

Taipan 5.7       M McGuire     Grinkari           70        0.58.00            5th       82.86   5th

A Class (Std)  B Partridge                              70        0.58.24            6th       83.43   6th

Nacra 5.8 spin J Southall        Ram Raider     67        1.00.03            7th       89.63   7th

Calypso 16      R Andrew       Virgil               85.5     1.16.51            8th       89.88   8th

Laser               K Excell                                  113      1.46.34            9th       94.31   9th

Hartley TS16   J Wright          Blue Bottle      125      2.02.24            10th     97.92   10th

Comment by Dave on July 21, 2014 at 11:18am

Thanks for keeping us up to date Jeff 

Comment by Jeff Southall on July 21, 2014 at 10:02am

Brass Monkey Heat 2 Sunday 13th July 2014

Class                Skipper            Boat Name      VYC   Elapsed        Line        VYC   VYC

                                                                                    Time             Hnrs       Time    Placing

Taipan 5.7       T Wright          Two Dogs       70        0.57.22            3rd       81.96   3rd

Nacra 5.8 spin J Southall        Ram Raider     67        1.00.03            7th       89.63   7th

Taipan 5.7       M McGuire     Grinkari           70        0.58.00            5th       82.86   5th      

A Class (Std)  B Partridge                              70        0.58.24            6th       83.43   6th

A Class (Std)  P Short            Sunset Strip     70        0.53.10            1st       75.96   1st

A Class (Std)  J Wright          Aquaholic        70        0.57.50            4th       82.61   4th

A Class (Std)  M Crouch        NFI                 70        0.55.10            2nd      78.81   2nd

Calypso 16      R Andrew       Virgil               85.5     1.16.51            8th       89.88   8th

Laser               K Excell                                  113      1.46.34            9th       94.31   9th

Hartley TS16   J Wright          Blue Bottle      125      2.02.24            10th     97.92   10th

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