This season we are celebrating our fifth year with our partner Paspaley, and sixteen years of Ladies Twilight racing on a Tuesday evening. In the first season back in 2004 there were four races in November and four in February. This season we kicked off with three weeks of ‘practice’ in October, have a 12 race series with 6 races in November and December, we have two non-point score races in January, and then the remaining six races in the series starting February.
Our numbers continue to grow. We have 21 boats entered in the Ladies Mixed Division, 12 in the Ladies One Design Division and 8 in the Open Mixed Division. Welcome to The Count, Joli, Whistling Kite, The Jackal, Saga and Handsoff who are all sailing their first Tuesday Twilights with us.
Thank you to all of the skippers and boat owners that have once again taken on our Ladies of the Sea (LOTS) and keelboat course graduates. It makes a huge difference to be able to reinforce the lessons learned on the club’s Elliotts, but it is also a great way to grow our club community. If you are not on a boat yet, or you have room on your boat for one or two more, please let me know.
Last week I think we were all wondering if we would make it around the course with the ENE breeze under 10 knots eventually fading and being replaced by a light westerly, forcing some boats to have to work upwind back to the club. It was a tough decision for our race officer Trish Stanley to send us on a full course. Special mention must go to the Ladies on Cavatina, the first boat to start but not quite able to get back to the finish before sunset. Next time it is light, keep an eye out for Code Flag ‘S’ before the start, indicating a shortened course.
Congratulations to Ros Bradley of Meridian, above, on being the first boat home in the Ladies Mixed Division. Second was Annabel Hammond (Richard & Jill Hammond’s daughter) on Kookaburra, pictured below, and third was Kate McCann and the crew on Coco. It was a close tussle all the way around the course between Elliott 4 - Nikki O'Shea and The Jackal helmed by Amy Gojnich (yes, my daughter). The Jackal took the win on corrected time, second was Jan Newland on Yertle and third Nikki O'Shea on Elliott 4. Kim Ketelby and her crew on Elliott 1 found out the hard way that they had not secured the spinnaker halyard with a good bowline, and just 6 seconds separated Olga Skatkova on Elliott 3 and Courtney Harris and the Youth Sailing mums on Elliott 2.
In the Open Division, the new crew shirts made all the difference for Chris and Jan Harper and the crew on Crackerjack taking the win. Tangaroa skippered by Tony Gooch was second and James Merrington and the crew on Mercier third.
Congratulations to Sophie Nelson and the Lively crew who were closest to their start time, and Melissa Taylor who won the lucky door prize, below. Finally, a big thank you to Eve Shepherd and crew Charles, Anne and Tash from Trilogy who handled the presentation.
Tomorrow, Tuesday 10 December, will be the first race in our three race sub-series. The Ladies non-spinnaker division will race for The Gypsy Moth IV trophy, the original starboard winch from the Gypsy Moth IV sailed in Sir Francis Chichester's solo journey around the world in 1967. The Ladies spinnaker division will compete for the Bluebird trophy which was inspired by the Warn sisters, Joyce and Patricia, who started their long sailing career in Bluebirds, moved on to Dragons and later to Ynglings. Joyce, pictured below right, is one of our regular race committee on the verandah on a Tuesday night helping with recording.
Tuesday 17 December is our final race before Christmas, so please 'Join the Spirit', have some fun and come in fancy dress and decorate your boats - I will have a little prize for the best in show!
I look forward to seeing you on the water.
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Tuesday Twilight Co-ordinator