It is with great sadness that we contemplate the recent untimely death of Phil Chisholm. Phil was a valued member of the club and a great competitor, starting to find his feet in the Paper Tiger fleet at MYC after a life-long involvement with cricket in Eastbourne. Our hearts go out to Phil's wife Jutta and their children, and we wish them strength to go forward. Kia kaha.
29/3/13 UPDATE: Racing abandoned for the day. Winds 25 gusting 35 just too much! Tomorrow start from 10:00am, four races scheduled. Forecast slightly better at 20 knots.
30/3/13 Day 2 saw more moderate conditions and 4 races were sailed. A few tired sailors at the end of the day. Great day of racing. Check out the results for TEAMS and FLEET.
Team points totals (low points system) after 4 races: Kiwi Team 355, Kangaroo Team 485. Apologies for incorrect totals last night.
31/3/13 Day 3 is another Wellington screamer with winds of 20 knots at 9 am climbing to 30 gusting 40 by 3 pm. No racing. Kangaroo captain Bruce Rose took to the water early against the flags to try out a changed sail and reckoned it was do-able a that stage. He was called in by race management before things got too serious. Showers of rain also around during Sunday. Outlook for Monday is better according to the MetService so hopefully racing will resume in the morning.
1 April 2013 - Last day was squally and shifty with a sloppy chop! Many greats ended up swimming at the jibe mark, and several retirements with broken gear. Still it was of course worth it all. Bruce Rose broke his goose neck in the second race and Scott Barker broke his mast and it nearly broke his heart too until the PRO called a halt to proceedings after the completion of six races.
So, the Kiwis take out the double!!!! Dave Shaw renews his licence on the Campionship and the Kiwis take the Team Prize too.
Final Team points tally: Kiwi 399; Kangaroo 551. Congratulations to all competitors.
MYC would like to thank all who took part. It has been a pleasure hosting such a great bunch of keen sailors. It is a big effort to cross the Tasman for this comp and the visiting Aussies have been great company. Thanks, and we will see you at your place for the rematch in 2015.
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Wednesday evening sailing will start on Wednesday 17 October from 5 to 7pm. This is just an opportunity for more sailing for the keen and to take advantage of nice mid-week weather. Fun races will be run if people are keen. There will be supervision and safety patrol boat coverage. So get there early and get rigged up and ready to go by 5. You need to be able to rig up and sail independently for this evening sailing. All boats need to be packed up promptly and away by 7.15 as we will need to lock up.
Hopefully the season will be kind and we will get lots of good sailing and I look forward to seeing you all, especially the Optis!!