The event organisers were very fortunate to have three days of breezy conditions to hold these titles.
An Olympic class boat from 1960–1992, five FDs sailed a total of eight races over three days with New Zealand boat No. 7 PPK sailed by Mark Henger and Matt Bismark completing the series with a total of 9 points (lowest score wins), six heat wins, including winning the Albert Gold Cup, for first place in the first race of the series. Local sailors Peter Bartels and Darren Hocking in FD no. 21 Black Jack 2nd place overall on 14 points. 3rd place in the series, Matthew Moore and Neil Kafer in No. 9 Chill I.T. While the size of the fleet was relatively small, the competition was still tough and included three times Flying Dutchman World Champions Ian McCrossin and James Cook from NSW.
A one class design, built for sailing three up six Jubilees competed for the 2019 J.A. Linacre Memorial Cup (named after the boat's original 1935 designer). Usually sailed on Lake Wendoree in Ballarat (and other Melbourne Bay clubs) the Jubilees were attracted to Cairn Curran by the expanse of water and prospect of more steady breezes having less interference for the surrounding landscape. Completing nine races over three days in first place overall was Jubilee 133 Scorpion sailed by Charles Weatherly, Ben Brown and Jonah Moloney-Wise, with a total of 8 points (boats have one ‘drop’ of worst race result for the series), 2nd place Colour Me Gone J137 sailed by John Brewer, Michael Morrow and Lesley Davies, 3rd place in Jemima J116 Leonie Crosbie, Paul Crosbie and Tony Madden. The final race of the series being the Mornington trophy heat with placings consistent with the overall competition results, 1st J133, 2nd J137 and 3rd J116.
Thirty boats in in five divisions competed in the club’s annual regatta over Saturday and Sunday last weekend. With Paul and Bronwyn Ridgway in Tasar 2871 Ridgidige taking out the overall Regatta Championship. Victorian Female Sailor of the Year 2018 Heather McFarlane in Fireball 15048 Not Your Average Rockstars, sailing with Chris Payne, taking out second place in their division and first place in the Fireball Regatta Championships. A growing fleet of junior sailors included International Cadet 9559 Resistance sailed by Ben Garner and Sam Williamson from Geelong, first place in their division. There was a terrific atmosphere about the club all weekend, I would like to thank all the members involved in the preparation, organisation and running of the event for doing such a great job, also to our visitors, thanks for coming and supporting out club, you are welcome back any time.
Discover Sailing Day
Sunday 25 November is the club’s annual Discover Sailing Day where everyone is welcome to come out to the club anytime between 10am – 4pm and be taken out for a sail with a club member, no experience necessary, it’s free and a lot of fun.
Just bring some clothes that can get wet and an adventurous spirit!
Classic Dinghy Class Invitation Weekend
The club is also hosting this event over the coming weekend 24 & 25 November, in conjunction with the Victorian Classic Dinghy Network. There will be lots of boats that you don’t see getting around so much any longer. Sailing enthusiasts from all over Victoria and beyond will converge on CCS to display, discuss, debate the finer points and merits of, recall past spectacles, recount local folklore, and sail their beloved crafts, it’s a great opportunity for members of the public to see working examples of the recent history of small boat sailing in Australia, we look forward to seeing lots of people there.
Further information is available on the club’s website ccsc.org.au