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  1. Season Opener October 14th

    With many boats carrying out some pre-season maintenance in anticipation to the season opener it was now up to the weather gods to play their part. Although the water level on our own lake looked promising leading into spring it was still not quite there for the trailables to be able to take to the water. Lake Purrumbete again will host us this year unless something amazing happens.
    Past season openers have seen strong winds play havoc and there is no sailing so it was nice to have pleasant sunshine but light winds forecast.
    it was envisaged we would possibly see around seven boats take part with This Way Up doing the duty roster.
    Casino Royale, Toucan, Screaming Blue Murder, Liquid limo, Boho and Tri Hard those that we knew would be starters.
    Commodore Ian, was that keen to get everyone out on the water and racing that he motored away from the jetty before making a hasty retreat back to get the start line buoy from his vehicle. With new sailing rules stating starts must have 2 knots of breeze saw the postponement flag flying for around 30 minutes. sailing instructions are on the CYC web page under forms. With the wind shifting it was hard to set a good start line but Laney was determined to get the fleet away at all costs. it wasn’t till half way through the start sequence it was pointed out to him that the course flag was not raised.
    The start saw Casino Royale jump out from Boho followed closely by Liquid Limo, Toucan with Screaming Blue Murder well back in the distance.
    Casino Royale skipped away at the first mark, Toucan edging out Liquid Limo with Boho rounding the mark from Screaming Blu murder.
    One armed Pam was doing a great job skippering Toucan holding out Liquid Limo under kite. Casino Royale looked like she was heading to the wrong mark, that big red kite dwarfing the rest of the boat. They soon found themselves sitting in no air as the rest of the fleet made a big gain in their lead.
    Screaming Blue Murder caught Boho and edged ahead down this leg while the Harper family gained valuable ground and got past Toucan.
    The blue Costin was able to get to the second mark and then spreadeagled the fleet heading to the southern end of the lake and then turning and hitting the finish line. Liquid Limo came in second ahead of Toucan , Screaming Blue Murder and Boho.
    With the increase in speed a second race was soon under way. Adam and the boys got another good start with Cookie making amends for the start in the previous race getting across from the rest of the fleet. With now good steady winds Casino Royale showed a clean hull with the rest of the fleet all under kite making a colourful sight. Liquid Limo was able to grab Cookie and Paul by the second mark with Toucan leading Boho.
    Casino Royale claimed line honours again from Liquid Limo, Screaming Blue Murder, Toucan and Boho.
    In all a fascinating start to the season. Tri Hard had engine issues and were not able to get to the start line so hopefully that is sorted for next week. Lightning Jack is a new RL24 to the club.,hopefully Alister will get some last maintenance issues done during the week.
    CYC welcome any yachties who would like to join in and if you would like to sail there are some spots available on the trailables.
    Please check when it is your turn to carry out the duty roster.
    See you next week.

  2. Sailing 25/03/2017

    A sunny morning and with no breeze in Colac it looked like being a very slow day on the water this week, but it turned put to be one of the better days on the water. A fleet of seven trailables greet the start line. It was good to see the boys on Public Enemy from Geelong back at Purrumbete, however Toucan was a no starter due to Andrew being called away for a milking plant breakdown. One could say that Cuppo was udderly disappointed.
    Vendetta with her new bow sprit was keen to show off her spinnaker for the first time, requesting the duty boat get as many pics as possible.
    First race saw Liquid Limo jump out of the blocks leading This Way Up and Public Enemy over the line. Screaming Blue Murder, Thor and Vendetta were close behind while Casino Royale was still quite a distance from the start line.
    The top mark saw Public Enemy round just ahead of This Way Up, followed closely by Liquid Limo. Screaming Blue Murder rounded ahead Thor and Vendetta. Casino Royale was making up ground but was still a long way behind the rest of the fleet.
    The run down to the bay at the homestead saw Public Enemy holding sway over Laney. This way Up looked anything like it with some of the gusts that came through.
    The downward leg had a casualty as Thor was trying to sort out some issues and ended with a DNF.
    Jarrod and crew on Public Enemy flew home to take line honours by thirty seconds from This Way Up followed by Liquid Limo, Screaming Blue Murder and Casino Royale.
    The second race was quickly started with Public Enemy first away from Casino Royale who made the start line on time for this race. Laney was in hot pursuit followed by Thor who seemed to have sorted out her issues from the first race.
    Cookie led Liquid Limo over the line and all were away. This race had the finish line moved to the top end of the lake giving a second beat.
    Public Enemy maintained her dominance on the first leg drawing away from Casino Royale. The blue boat was doing exceptional well with two talented young juniors crewing and on a couple of legs Flynn was on the tiller.
    This Way Up was running third some distance back. The duty boat had wondered if they had corked the wine on board and gone upmarket from the Bundy.
    Thor rounded next followed by the Cook machine and the Harper’s on Liquid Limo. The back three were having a good tussle and there was not much between them.
    Public Enemy claimed line honours followed by Casino Royale then This way Up. A gap in the field saw Thor get across the line from Screaming Blue Murder followed by Liquid Limo.
    It was a great days sailing with some very fast times. Hopefully Vendetta will be up and running for our last day on April 8th.
    It would also be good to see Cool Runnings, Mikeala (broken mast ), Toucan and Tri Hard at our last sailing day on April 8th.
    It has been difficult trying to find parking to rig but please be mindful that there is only a small area that is public land to do this.
    Presentation night is April 21st, please make sure you RSVP a week before hand if you have not already done so. We need numbers for catering.
    See you on the water on the 8th April.

  3. Sailing 04/03/2017

    “The fish are biting at Purrumbete” must have been the message on every fishing website and blog throughout the country. Arriving at Lake Purrumbete on Saturday morning the car park was overflowing with boat trailers as well as some being out on the roadside. Our Asian friends from two weeks ago were back again to try their luck. How Long, Hung Lo and Fok Me or his twin brother Fok Yu were spotted rigging up their gear although their two man kayak was nowhere to be seen.
    With a lovely breeze blowing it looked like we were in for a treat. Major Tom , the Thompson 7 from Stawell had stayed over from last time and was taking prime spot in the car park.
    Tri Hard returned for another crack at the lake but as she was unable to get a park inside the caravan park they were unable to set up as with the pontoons down would not have gotten through the front gate.
    Seven trailables greeted the starters line in the shadows of the cafe. The lovely breeze that was earlier blowing across the lake had now dropped right off. The decision was made to have one start which meant Boho would muscle it out with the rest of the fleet. With regular crew members Sue and Jenny away, Boho was forced to recruit a novice to help out.
    It was an even start with Major Tom jumping out to a slender lead from This Way Up followed by Screaming Blue Murder, Toucan, Boho Two, Liquid Limo and Casino Royale.
    With the wind dropping out further the Stawell boys were able to get a handy lead on Laney with his RL24 followed by the Costin.
    Screaming Blue Murder was slightly in front of Boho followed by Toucan and Liquid Limo. Half way across the first leg, The Cuppo’s, with a guest appearance from Barney were able to pick up a small whiff of wind and move up through the fleet and sail into fourth spot. This was soon short lived when Cookie was able to come back at them. Boho was keeping Liquid Limo at bay, and from the rants coming across the water the skipper of that boat was not happy. An involuntary tack by Boho due to having no steering was quickly covered by Matt who didn’t want to lose further ground.
    Up front Major Tom was around the first mark and with kite now flowing was putting some further distance between This Way Up. Casino Royale next in pursuit headed back towards the center of the lake with her big kite up. Toucan was able to sneak ahead of Screaming Blue Murder at the mark, but Cookie was first up with the kite and soon went past the Cuppo’s.
    Liquid Limo with kite up was able to draw away from the big fella and put in a gap at the first mark.
    It would have been nice to have had the fishing rods out, something had to have been more enjoyable than what was happening as all boats slowed down to a drift.
    Major Tom eventually made it to the finish line with This Way Up and Casino Royale going side by side, both taking it in turns to have a narrow lead. With 50 meters to go Casino Royale looked to have the better of the yellow and black crew, but as they say you get cagier as you get older. Birthday girl Caz, celebrating a special birthday is believed to have suggested they throw the kite up. With nothing to lose up went the kite and they crossed the line in front of Casino Royale.
    Cookie and Cuppo were sitting at the second mark making slow progress with Liquid Limo and Boho making up a lot of ground. SBM was able to round the mark and head for the finish line but it got the best of Toucan, Liquid Limo and Boho who all ended with a DNF.
    A frustrating day but that can be sailing.
    See you all on the 25th, and remember to tell your friends” The fish ain’t biting”

  4. Sailing 18/02/2017

    Well this week was full of entertainment both on and off the water but will get to that shortly. There were a large number of vehicles with trailers and just vehicles parked when the first lot of club trailables arrived. The min concern for us was cars parked where normally it is for boat trailers only. There will be new signage going up this week as to where you can park so please make sure we abide by these.
    Major Tom, a Thompson 7 from Stawell paid another visit, having sailed with us for a race last year. It was good to see the guys again and they intend to do at least the next race on March 4th. They certainly added to the numbers where nine trailables headed to the start line.
    The Australian / Asian relationship took a step backwards at the ramp when club members were trying to launch. Three Asian gentlemen refused to move their kayak as they had a dilemma in how the three plus a huge esky would all fit into a two man kayak. It was good that cool heads prevailed but I am sure they now know a few more words and hand gestures.
    With a nice WSW it looked to be a lovely breeze as the first lot of boats headed out onto the lake. This soon changed to rain, hail and some big gusts coming through. The girls on Boho and This Way Up were more than comfortable down below, chatting away and keeping dry. An unexpected gybe with a clash of boom and head had Steve seeing stars for a short period but nurse Jenny, determined to stay dry in her fashionable coat asked all the right questions from down below.
    Luckily for Toucan they were duty boat, with the winds and wave motion they may have pulled out had they been sailing. Cuppo is not wanting to make it three years in a row that Toucan takes on more water than what’s in a thermos.
    Once the duty boat was able to get the anchor to hold Boho was first away in the first race. With a lovely beat up to the wind mark the rest of the fleet were in hot pursuit with This Way Up closely followed by Cool Runnings, Liquid Limo, Screaming Blue Murder and Major Tom. Casino Royale, Vendetta and Mikela had tacked out to the centre and seemed a long way back. First around the top mark was This Way Up, carrying extra weight as old crew member Pam was seconded from doing start duties. Which was probably a good idea as Andrew and Bryan had it down to a tee.
    As the rest of the fleet reached the top mark there was some big gusts coming through. This caused the kite on Boho to come out of the bag and they lost a lot of time getting it back in. This Way Up doubled its lead in a short distance as it had rounded before the gusts arrived. Cool Runnings was still holding Liquid Limo at bay with Screaming Blue Murder pushing hard also. Casino Royale was picking up a lot of ground with the boys out on trapeze. Vendetta got around before Major Tom, Mikela and then Boho.
    This way Up claimed line honours from a fast finishing Casino Royale, rumor has it Dash nearly put his neck out as they were coming at them so quick. The Derri boats, Cool Runnings and Liquid Limo were having a ding dong battle with the Noones holding them out. Screaming Blue Murder was next across the line followed by Vendetta, Major Tom, Mikela and Boho,
    The second race saw the withdrawel of Casino Royale due to rudder damage, leaving eight boats to contest the second race.
    Boho got them all away with Major Tom showing everyone a clean pair of heels. They soon had a nice lead with This Way Up trying every trick in the book to get extra ground, even calling Starboard on Boho when they had clear passage. But the crew on Boho responded well, much to the delight of Ian lane. Mikela snapped a mast so her day was gone, hopefully Vince will have a replacement by the next race.
    Major Tom rounded first and had a sizeable lead with This way Up giving chase and throwing up the kite. Cool Runnings was again holding sway with Liquid Limo from Screaming Blue Murder, Vendetta and Boho. With all the RL’s going for kites except for Vendetta they soon put a big gap on the tailenders.
    Major Tom took line honours followed by This Way Up, Cool Runnings by a whisker over Liquid Limo due to the main halyard coming loose and the main dropping. Screaming Blue Murder was next followed by Vendetta and Boho.
    A great days sailing, excitement on and off the water, where else would you rather be.
    Catch you all next time on March 4th. Reminder Vendetta is duty roster.

  5. Sailing 04/.02/2017

    With a forecast breeze of 5-10 knots predicted from the west a fleet of seven trailables turned out. Made up of a Sunmaid, Tri and five RL’s it looked like being a great day on the water. It was good to see Midnight Noone and his RL Cool Runnings finally get on the water against the Colac crew, although he was missing his skipper Fiona who was playing lawn bowls. Tri-Hard was also a welcome inclusion, travelling from Hoppers Crossing the Hitchen’s were keen to get at least one day on the water this year. Very hard to juggle work commitments plus the number of days that have been blown out hasn’t been easy.
    Screaming Blue Murder , duty boat for the day set a port course with the start line being in nice and close to the east side of the lake. Boho got everyone away in the first race but it wasn’t long when the R:’s had caught her. The windward mark had This way Up in front of Liquid Limo followed by Toucan. Cool Runnings having a good battle with Vendetta was next to the mark followed by Alister, Boho and the Tri-hard.
    This way Up was having difficulties setting the kite to the next leg, they were having issues with the drink. no not the rum but the wine glass . They even dropped it a couple of times to sort out the issue, suggest they make sure it is packed properly next time. Once sorted they soon put some distance between the fleet and led all the way to take line honours.
    Liquid Limo was able to keep Toucan at bay on the down wind run although they looked like they dumped the kite into the water on the finish line. Cool Runnings followed Toucan across then Vendetta, Boho and Tri-Hard.
    After crossing the line Tri-hard had some gear failure which saw a delay in the start of the second race and earned them a DNS.
    Wind was now a South Westerly of around 10 knots for the second race. Boho was again first away and with the number one genoa was hoping to get some distance between the fleet before the second start. The RL’s pointing much higher soon caught her up and again it was This Way Up leading the pack to the windward buoy. Toucan in winds more favourable was next to the mark followed by Liquid Limo, Cool Runnings, vendetta and Boho.
    The reach to the wing mark saw This way Up put a huge distance between the rest of the fleet. certainly no issues with the kite in this race. They again took like honours from Toucan from Liquid Limo. Reports coming through that the crew of Toucan all had to see the physio Monday morning for sore necks from looking back to Liquid Limo who was catching them rather quickly. Cool Runnings was next ahead of vendetta and Boho.
    It was a great day again at the lovely Lake Purrumbete. Hopefully next race day we see a couple more boats on the water. With all these RL’s they may have to consider having the nationals here.
    See you all on the 18th!

  6. Sailing 21/01/2017

    The Christmas break was super long this year with the first outing back cancelled due to excessive gale force winds. It was pleasing to find much calmer conditions at Purrumbete that greeted a small fleet of six trailables. Following on from a successful RL24 national campaign at Paynesville there were 5 RL’s and the Sunmaid Boho that ventured out.
    This Way Up, Screaming Blue Murder, Toucan, Liquid Limo and Vendetta all seemed keen for some match racing and bragging rights.
    First race saw Boho on the first start line followed by the RL’s. With the wind starting to drop out all boats were evenly bunched except Liquid Limo who was heading out towards the cafe side. This looked a winning move until the breeze dropped even further which left them slowly edging their way to the weather mark. This way Up, following their success at the nationals rounded the first mark ahead of Screaming Blue Murder. Following close behind Liquid Limo pipped out Toucan. At the back of the field Vendetta and Boho were having close racing, with Vendetta crossing on the nose of Boho and heading towards the middle of the lake. Boho with her bigger genoa picked up some good speed and put some distance between them at the weather mark.
    This Way Up lead the field to the second mark, with Liquid Limo now gaining the upper hand on Screaming Blue Murder and putting some distance between them. Toucan was further back but was not gaining on the leaders.
    Boho, only two up raised the kite and was able to pull further away from Vendetta before reaching the bottom mark.
    This Way Up still dominating crossed the line ahead of Liquid Limo, Screaming Blue Murder, Toucan, Boho Two and Vendetta.
    The second race was soon under way with the wind gods now coming to the party and giving a lovely breeze. The same starboard course with the weather mark just outside the entrance saw Liquid Limo pull away from the rest of the fleet and led everyone to the mark. This way Up, Screaming Blue Murder, Toucan then followed. vendetta with her nose just in front of Boho was next to go around the corner.
    Liquid Limo having troubles trying to fill the kite looked like she had thrown out the anchor as she came to a stop. This allowed the boys with the arrow on the main sail pointing up to slip past with Cookie chasing hard as well on Screaming Blue Murder.
    Toucan was within striking distance but not able to pull the others back whilst vendetta had a small lead over Boho. The downward leg gave Boho to again fly the kite and catch and pass Vendetta by the bottom mark.
    This Way Up again crossed in line honours with Liquid Limo again nudging out Screaming Blue Murder but only by seconds. Toucan was next across the line while Boho and vendetta were in a close battle. Boho was able to keep Vendetta at bay from the bottom mark to the wing mark with the help of the bigger genoa matching Vendetta for speed. At the turn to head to the finish line, the quicker RL soon had Boho in sight and was able to point higher and gain some distance on her. Vendetta crossed in front by around 30 seconds.
    It was great to be back on the water after a long spell. No racing this weekend but looking forward to our next pennant outing with hopefully more boats on the water.

  7. Sailing 10/12/2016

    With expectations of a nice breeze there were seven trailables that greeted the start line for the first race. With four RL24’s, a Thompson, Sonata and Sunmaid, Boho Two got racing under way with the first start. Duty officer Martin was doing a fantastic job on his own, a good starboard course set with the first mark a beat to the buoy just outside the channel. The second start line saw This way Up and Screaming Blue Murder going neck and neck, a tight battle until Commodore Lane realized the motor was down causing them to lose half a knot in speed. Casino Royale was also quick off the line with Vendetta, Boho and Mikela all in close proximity.
    Toucan headed in the opposite direction, with out Pam on board the two seemed lost. When questioned later at the bar it was announced they had weed problem . Not from smoking but around the tiller blade. Funny how it never affected any other boats.
    With all boats sitting in the middle , someone decided to cancel all wind for the whole lake. This Way Up had gone to the port side of the course and looked likely to stay there whilst Adam and Cookie inched their way forward. Vendetta had a little gap on Mikela and Boho who were swapping stories as they also drifted.
    A small breeze started to fill in from the top of the lake which had This Way Up and running followed by Casino Royale, Screaming Blue Murder, Vendetta, Mikela , Boho and a very slow Toucan at the other end of the lake.
    Caz, Dash and Laney held a nice distance on the sports boat to the bottom mark with Cookie not far behind. Boho with the big kite up slowly made up ground and sailed past Mikela and Vendetta before the second mark. Cuppo now had Toucan moving in the right direction and was in hot pursuit.
    In a close finish Casino Royale beat This Way Up by ten seconds to cross the line in front. Screaming Blur Murder was next with Boho keeping Mikela and Vendetta at bay to come in fourth. Vendetta grabbed Mikela with about 100 meters from the line and then followed Toucan.
    With the second race under way Chambers had the blue sports boat flying with two on trapeze, This way Up, Screaming Blue Murder and Vendetta were close together. Vendetta with that little extra breeze was showing good speed through the water. Toucan was close behind with Thor who made it to the start line for the second race. Mikela and Boho were again in a tight struggle. Mikela turning just in front at the first mark.
    Casino Royale cleared out from the fleet, putting huge distance between them and the rest of the boats. This way Up was holding out Screaming Blue Murder with Vendetta getting the best of Toucan followed by Thor.
    Boho again flew the kite on the downward leg and was able to get a small lead before the second mark.
    casino Royale claimed line honours again followed by This way Up, Screaming Blue Murder, Vendetta, Toucan and Thor.
    At the rear of the fleet there was an arm wrestle between Mikela and Boho, with Vince trying many times to get past underneath but the big heady on Boho blocked him every time.
    The sprint home had Boho just holding out Mikela.
    A great day of sailing, pleasing to get two races in.
    There were some happy skippers at the end of the day. Alistair very pleased how Vendetta went in the second race with some wind and Steve able to boast that he beat home three RL’s in the first race.
    Toucan was so disappointed in their efforts that they packed up early and headed back to Colac. Not sure who got the biggest surprise, Carol from being left at Purrumbete after travelling with them or Bryan and Andrew when they got back to Colac and realized they had left their passenger behind. Wouldn’t have happened if Pam was there.
    Reports in that two RL24’s had their hulls christened at Deep Lake on Sunday. Looking forward to them joining us in the coming weeks.
    Last sail for this year on the 17th. Looking to have some nibbles and drinks at the lake after sailing. Please check the club facebook page for updates.
    See you on the water next week.

  8. Sailing 03/12/2016

    With anticipation of a nice breeze forecast we welcomed back the Elliott from Geelong in Public Enemy. So keen were they to come back they decided to arrive on the Friday and have a twilight sail. All reports were it was a good wind until time to come in and the motor would not start. After being rescued by a local fisherman Jarrad has declared a new motor will be on board before their next visit.
    Rigging up for the early boats had smiles on the skippers faces as the lake was covered in wind, it sure was going to be a good day. Someone up there was answering our prayers!
    Come start time Cuppo and his offsider Andrew were struggling to set a course due to no wind. After a small delay the OD boys spotted a ripple and soon the fleet was in countdown mode to the start. Boho was away first, or that could be drifted over the start line to lead the other trailables.
    Casino Royale led the rest of the fleet away closely followed by This way Up, Public Enemy, Thor and vendetta who had come across the line on the port end.
    All boats headed up the middle of the lake heading to the top mark in the bay which is in the shadows of Purrumbete Homestead. Public Enemy soon joined Casino Royale at the head of the fleet and it looked like those two were in for a real battle. Thor soon moved up to This Way Up while Vendetta and Boho went nearly side by side at the rear.
    The top mark saw the local boys just pip the Elliott with Laney and Rod having a close battle heading to the buoy. Following the boats up front the big fella threw the kite up on Boho and they soon sailed past Vendetta and had a small lead at the first turn.
    Public Enemy pulled away from Casino Royale on the second leg while This Way Up, still under kite was keeping Thor at bay. Boho, with a jibe at the top mark under kite soon opened up a very handy lead on Vendetta.
    The run to the bottom mark saw the Elliott kick clear of the locals whilst This way Up was still having a close battle with Thor. Boho with a sizable lead soon had Kingy on the RL giving chase in a little more breeze.
    Public Enemy crossed the line ahead of Casino Royale, This way Up held out Thor while the battle between Boho and Vendetta came down to the wire. In the last 100 meters Vendetta was able to gain a little break that saw them across the line in front of the Sunmaid.
    A very slow day on the water but that is sailing.
    Reports are coming in that the RL’s in Derrinallum are very close to wetting their hulls for the first time. With only two more sailing days for the year before the Christmas break it is hoped they can join us.
    Look forward to seeing you on the water this Saturday with tight jib sheets and a smile on your face.

  9. Sailing 26/11/2016

    With forecast of a good breeze the fleet was not disappointed when arriving at Lake Purrumbete to the sight of white caps. This immediately put a shiver into the skipper of Toucan who has struggled on a couple of occasions in the past two years in similar conditions.
    Fleet numbers were down on the previous week with only six trailables heading out to the start line. Tri Hard was soon an early casualty , heading back to the ramp. Boho had gear failure, a broken vang on a gybe just a minute before the starters gun . Hastily repairs saw her cross the start line two minutes late but they were away. The four RL’s were away next with This way Up and her light weight crew keeping Screaming Blue Murder at bay. Toucan and vendetta were hot on their heels with Vendetta looking good after her shake down sail the week before.
    Cookie seemed to have the measure of This way Up but Laney with some clever moves was able to draw away when it mattered and held a slight lead at each mark to come away with line honours. Screaming Blue Murder, with their mystery crew member who looked a lot like Phil Harris, came in second from Toucan, Vendetta and Boho.
    The second race had Boho on the line as the starters gun went, a perfect start. The RL’s again with This Way Up leading the pack were next away with Cuppo showing good speed. With the cockpit boards in place Toucan was showing plenty of confidence with the blonde bombshell hanging out to gain that extra height. Screaming Blue Murder was running in third spot closely followed by Vendetta and Boho.
    This Way Up again showed the fleet how it is done coming home in front of Toucan with the rest staying in the same order.
    It was a cool day on the water so special thanks to the crew from Casino Royale who were duty boat. They did a great job to get the start line in place in time as they were not sighted when all yachts headed out. They were all rugged up for the cold, however no one more so than Janelle. On closer inspection it was discovered she wasn’t wearing a big thick great coat but was cuddling the family pooch.
    Forecast at this stage for Saturday is for light winds, hopefully not a drifter.
    See you on the water!

  10. Sailing 19/11/2016

    After a few weeks of getting blown out there were smiles all around with the prospect of getting on the water at last.
    A fleet of eight trailables headed to the start line which included the Elliot 780 “Public Enemy” from Geelong.. With the prospect of eight knots forecast it looked like being a great day, but the weather gods had other ideas and soon any sign of wind disappeared.
    The Elliot got away to a good start followed closely by Casino Royale, Thor, Boho and Screaming Blue Murder with Mikela.
    Vendetta and Tri Hard were well off the start line when the flag dropped giving the rest of the fleet a huge start.
    A slow first leg saw Public Enemy pip out Casino Royale with Thor close behind at the top mark. Back in the field Boho was able to sail past Screaming Blue Murder and leave it in her wake, much to the disgust of Cookie, but that is sailing.
    Mikela, Tri Hard and Vendetta were closely bunched, drifting to the mark.
    Second leg found Public Enemy, Casino Royale and Thor staying close to shore which gave them some forward momentum. casino through out the challenge on this leg and pegged back the Elliott on a number of occasions, but every time they drew level the Elliott gave another kick and moved away. Thor was trying to hang onto the back of them, Rod and Mandy doing a great job on only thyeir second outing on the Sonata 5.9.
    Boho rounded in fourth at the top mark, very pleased to have three RL’s and the tri behind them. With a sniff of breeze the last four boats headed to the centre but this soon dropped out and left them further from the second mark.
    Public Enemy and Casino Royale headed for home and the dual continued all the way down the leg with the Elliott getting on top at the finish line. Casino was not far behind and Thor was able to get some breeze and come in third. Boho led the others around the second mark, but the noise of motors drifted across the lake as Screaming blue Murder, Mikela and Tri hard headed for home under the iron sail. it has not been confirmed yet the ML on Screaming Blue Murder had opera tickets and had to get back to Melbourne.
    At last the wind came in which sent Boho over the line in fourth with Vendetta flying home in fifth.
    Not the best day on the water, but after missing so many weeks it was great to be out there.
    Catch you on the water this week.

  11. Sailing 29th Oct 2016

    With what was going to be a very small fleet it was nice to welcome a new boat into the club. Rod and Mandy Edwards arrived with their Sonata 5.9 ” Thor “skiff ready to wet the hull for the first time. Rod and Mandy had previously sailed on Mikela with Vince Thorne.
    Early conditions looked breezy with small white caps being whipped up from a nice North Easterly.
    There were only two other boats for the day, Screaming Blue Murder and Toucan. The crew on Toucan were a little nervous as in the past two seasons they have managed to capsize on the first race of the year.
    The start line was set up in the shadows of the Cafe, but the OD had to make a quick dash back to shore as all the start procedures and stop watches were still in his car.
    Thor, with their small electric motor getting them to the start line looked lovely on the water. By now the wind had dropped off and that smooth glaze had drifted into the middle of the lake. With an even start Thor soon led SBM and Toucan, but it wasn’t long and skippers went searching for that elusive wind.
    SBM and Thor soon worked through the glaze and slowly made it to the top mark whilst Toucan was left well in arrears.
    The first mark saw Thor round in front of SBM, a great effort for their first outing. With kites up SBM soon overtook Thor and looked to be opening up a reasonable distance but Thor managed to hold in and keep in touch. Toucan eventually made it to the top mark and was clearly a half leg behind, but the wind came in and soon they were making up ground very fast. SBM turned for home just in front of Thor and with a reach under kite looked to notch up a win. With a small increase in breeze Thor was soon up and past SBM in no time and showed a clear hull all the way to the finish line. SBM was home next followed by a quick finishing Toucan.
    It was a great result for Rod and Mandy and I am sure after a few more races they will push most of the fleet in coming weeks.
    A great days sailing, a small fleet but what fun!
    See you all next week.

  12. The winter period has seen some new boats purchased by members of the Derrinallum Sailing Club. There will now be one of the biggest single fleet of RL24’s sailing with both clubs this year. Congratulations to Phil and Fiona Noone on their new purchase as well as The Harper Family. I believe Matt has been working hard to have the boat ready for the upcoming season whilst Fiona also has been fitting out their RL for cruising. The new bar down below will surely get a good work out.
    Alister King is on the lookout for crew so if you know of anyone keen to get into the sport then please let us know.
    Hopefully all other members have been working on the winter maintenance program and will be ship shape come the start of the season.
    Catch you on the water.

  13. Sailing March 5th

    Saturday saw the last race day of the season for Colac Yacht Club. Sailing all year at Lake Purrumbete the club was able to finish the year before receding water levels made it impossible to launch the trailable yachts.
    Combining with Derrinallum Yacht Club the junior learn to sail program was held, with good numbers in attendance . The last few races had the juniors sailing with the seniors in the afternoon so special thanks to David McKenzie and Adam Chambers for your time and commitment to running the program. It is hoped this can be expanded next year to incorporate more enthusiastic young sailors.
    Due to a slight breeze only one race was sailed with the fleet of 12 yachts all experiencing being becalmed at some part of the course. Although very frustrating ,all boats made it back to the finish line with Casino Royale beating home This way Up by one minute on line honours.
    It was a successful season with close sailing throughout and the pennant series winners will be announced at the presentation evening on April 15th.
    Colac Yacht Club is also holding a 130 year celebration on April 23rd and interest has been very strong from past sailors and members. If you are wanting to to book for a meal, numbers are limited so please contact Pam Cuthbertson by email on cycback2@gmail.com

  14. Sailing 27/02/2016

    You know your in for a quiet day when arriving at the lake you find a dragon boat sitting at the ramp with 24 ladies dressed in pink life jackets.
    With the solemn beat of the drum ,the rowers under guidance from the sweep made their way out through the gap and channel. This certainly was a novelty for the campers and us yachties, and with the drum fading in the distance it was heard “with that bloody noise I hope they are not here all day”.
    They certainly had the boat moving at a reasonable speed, but then they did have the benefit of 22 female outboards.
    With Derrinallum not having a pennant race listed, Phil and Fiona were the duty officers and the start line was in the shadows of the stately Purrumbete Homestead.
    The starting fleet consisted of seven trailables, a Taipan and our junior sailors on the Corsair and 470. With the light conditions , and the start line being at the very far end of the lake the duty boat waited for all boats to arrive before going into the start sequence.
    The first start saw Martin on his Taipan, Dave and Liam on the 470, Flynn and Fraser on the Corsair along with the trailables, Wave Dancer and Boho all hit the line on the hooter. Wave Dancer started to pull away but the big heady on Boho soon had them back in front along with the Corsair. The 470 went out wide along with Martin, both losing a lot of ground on the others. The second start saw the faster trailables not moving all that quick due to the breeze dropping out. This allowed the Corsair to get in under Boho at the first mark, the boys showing great skill in mixing it with the big boys.
    Casino Royale, with Bec and BJ giving the normal male crew a more feminine touch came around in third place followed by This Way Up, Screaming Blue Murder, 470, Toucan, Wave Dancer and Mikela.
    The run down wind gave the blue boat and Laney the chance to catch and pass Boho and the Corsair before the wing mark, whilst the rest of the fleet remained as per the first buoy.
    The run to the bottom mark saw Boho struggling to get speed and was swamped by Screaming Blue Murder, Toucan, Corsair and the 470. Mikela was making up huge ground with Rod on the helm to get past Wave Dancer before the line. Unable to get any speed Matt called it a day on board Wave Dancer and signalled a DNF to the duty boat.
    The second race was soon under way and Liam on the helm soon had the 470 up and running, although the presence of Boho slapping at his stern had him looking over his shoulder. With calls of “bully” from Dave, Boho went about on to port tack, a move that cost them any chance as they soon lost a lot of ground. Toucan was showing great speed and had a slight lead going up the middle of the lake whilst Casino Royale was out further and going neck and neck with This way Up.
    Screaming Blue Murder, Mikela and Boho were all close together and Wave Dancer had a good lead on them. Adam and the blue boat rounded the first mark from TWU , Toucan, SBM,Wave Dancer, Mikela and Boho. The two small monohulls skippered by Flynn and Liam were sailing superbly, a fantastic effort and great testimony of the learn to sail program.
    The run to the wing mark had Casino Royale pick up a gear and put some distance between the rest of the fleet. With all the trailables except Boho flying their kites, it was a colourful sight to behold.
    The beat home on the final leg saw Casino Royale blitz everyone to take out line honours. This way Up, Screaming Blue Murder, Toucan, Wave Dancer, 470, Mikela, Corsair and Boho then all greeted the finish line. The race was certainly one of frustration for the big fella, but a loud expletive close to the line did relieve some of his tension.
    Next saturday is the last day of pennant racing for the season. Please remember that there will be nibbles and drinks for purchase in the rotunda at the caravan park immediately after sailing.Please bring along something to share in the way of nibbles.
    There are some important dates coming up on the calendar.
    Along with our presentation night there is the 130 year Celebration on April 23. We will need many helpers to make the day a success, please do not leave it up to the same individuals.
    May 28th …. keep free as Mary-Lou is arranging a food evening and there will also be a “Who do you think I am” photo challenge. Further details will be posted in the next couple of weeks.
    See you on the water saturday, unless you are Sue who will be in New Zealand for a wedding ,so on behalf of the club we send our congratulations to Barry and Baarbaraa.

  15. Sailing 20/02/2016

    The mood around the club house on Friday night was all doom and gloom following the report of the lake condition from our very own GG. No not the Govenor General but Grunter Gillespie.
    With the ” mark my words, we will not be sailing again at lake Purrumbete” ringing in everyone’s ears it was decided that Laney and Dash would do an early morning reconnaissance to check out the lake.
    Reports back were all positive and everyone was advised that Purrumbete was all good. With all the entry fees paid duty officer Graeme Parker was very keen to hand over all monies to treasurer Bryan on Toucan but Dash did inform him we would rather the money not get wet.
    With everyone launching skipper Steve from Boho was getting anxious as he was missing one of his crew, until a text message revealed that there was no body at Bullen Merri. It must have been all that sun Jenny had whilst on holidays at Lorne
    The weather report listed a nice nine knots from the south , however there was very little breeze that greeted the seven trailables and four cats as they headed to the homestead end of the lake.
    With a port course flag flying it was going to be a toss up to which end of the start line would be best suited, but first the rather robust discussion on board the duty boat had to be had first to see if they were ready to commence.
    Once sorted Wave Dancer and Boho headed off from the port end with Boho holding a slight lead. The cats were away next and they started with a conventional starboard tack, Alan Noone showing supreme sailing skills to get a good break on his fellow cat fleet members.
    The quicker trailables were away next with Casino Royale holding a slight lead over This Way Up at the first mark followed by Toucan, Screaming Blue Murder, Boho, Wave Dancer and Mikela.
    With the breeze picking up the trailables didn’t change positions for the rest of the race and this how they crossed the line.
    Alan was first home in the cats followed closely by Phil and Fiona in a close tussle with Alistair and then Martin.
    With a change to the start line due to wind changing further it was a more subdued start to the second race.
    Boho again went for a port start but threw a quick tack ( ok it wasn’t that quick ) and they crossed the start line level with Wave Dancer. With the extra breeze, the new jib on Dancer was paying off (well cost next to nothing) and they were able to pull away slightly from Boho.
    Alan took up where he had finished from the previous race and opened up a nice lead. A broken rudder lock down bar wasn’t helping Alistair in his battle with Dengue Fever and he did comment about some weed interference. There is no weed in the middle Kingy so you must have gone rather wide at some stage.
    The boys on the blue boat were away quickly in the second and had another challenge in keeping This way Up from reaching the top mark first. Report back at the club house was This Way Up could have gone straight through Casino at the first mark, but a port tack prevented it happening. Wave Dancer was next around the mark followed by Boho and Screaming Blue Murder close together then Toucan and Mikela. The reach across to the next mark saw those flying the kite having some issues, especially on Wave Dancer. The old fellow on Boho was able to skip past the Harpers followed closely by SBM. The Captain tried going under Boho with his kite up but couldn’t get past . After a couple of failed attempts Cookie then tried the windward side and had better results and returned the favour to Boho.
    Toucan had now passed Wave Dancer and was catching Boho at great speed. Mikela was following up at the rear of the field but it was good to see Annette on board for her first sail of the year.
    Alan took out the line honours in the second with all the placings going the same as the first race. Well sailed Alan, you certainly have the bragging rights in the Noone household.
    Royal Casino rounded the last buoy in front of This way Up, Screaming Blue Murder, Toucan, Boho, Wave Dancer and Mikela.
    This leg saw some close sailing between Wave Dancer and Boho as Matt found an extra gear ( no he didn’t have the motor on, it wouldn’t start) to pick up the ground he had lost to Boho and cross the line by a boat length from a very fast finishing Mikela.
    In all another great days sailing on a superb waterway.
    The results from the meat and six pack raffle , the winners were Ian Lane and Adam Chambers.
    Also reminder that if you are wanting to book a meal for the 130 year celebration, there is limited numbers so suggest you book and pay now so as not to miss out.
    See you on the water next week.

  16. Sailing 6/02/2016

    Saturday found only a small fleet of trailables facing the starting line in what was hopefully going to be a nice breeze in warm to hot conditions. Screaming Blue Murder with maintenance to do on the trailer arrived earlier than normal at the lake and was in that much of a hurry they had to stand the mast twice. It always pays to check that you have put your wind indicator on before standing the mast!
    With a forecast of 9 knots from the South West the fleet of Casino Royale, Toucan ,Mikela, Screaming Blue Murder and Boho soon found they had a North Westerly for the first leg with winds dropping off to near nothing. It looked like it was going to be a frustrating day. The first leg was all about trying to get some wind, with Boho slightly in front with This Way Up and Screaming Blue Murder getting a lift and picking up ground. Casino Royale were sitting out the back, not going anywhere along with Toucan and Mikela. It was great to see new crew in Rodney and Amanda aboard Mikela, with Rod on the tiller they certainly made up ground on Boho in the second leg. With the wind shifting further to the south it was time for the kites to come out of the bag. This gave the boys on Casino the opportunity to put some distance between themselves and This way Up and Screaming Blue Murder.
    Mikela, with the kite up and full was making steady progress on Toucan whilst Boho opted not to fly the kite on this leg.
    The run home saw Casino Royale grab line honours from This Way Up and Screaming Blue Murder. Toucan was having a tussle with Mikela and just got home before her. Mikela didn’t run the kite on this leg but still showed good boat speed. As always the wind dropped out some more on Boho and it was a frustrated skipper who came across the line.
    With the second race about to start there was a further swing in wind direction and the duty officer waited a few moments hoping it would settle. This gave Boho the opportunity to swap to the number one headie something they should have done for the first race.. With a small change to the start line the first leg was now a reach and the wind had picked up, proving a great decision was made on board Boho.
    The first buoy saw casino Royale get around from Boho followed by This way Up, Toucan, Screaming Blue Murder and Mikela. Now running down wind This way Up slipped past Boho and was in pursuit of the boys on Casino Royale.
    Now we all know flying a spinnaker is an art form that can easily go wrong. The big red flag went up on Casino, and it is a massive flag that looks magnificent when full however something horrible went wrong. Everyone thought they were dragging for bait because they were not going anywhere, and the kite was full of water. This Way Up made up ground but soon Casino was up and running again, getting to the second mark first. Toucan had a great start and was right behind This way up followed by Boho, Screaming Blue Murder and Mikela.
    The run back to the start line saw Screaming Blue Murder get in front of Boho, the only change in order from the second mark.
    Another great day on the water, hoping to see you all on the 20th.

  17. Sailing 30/01/2016

    The learn to sail program recommenced today with the juniors sailing in light winds. A special thanks to Adam and Dave for your great efforts, the program has been a huge success and good to see the juniors joining in for the afternoon sailing. Congratulations to Fraser McDonald in skippering his first races and beating home some of the bigger boats. Hopefully his heart rate has returned to normal after nearly being wiped out by a rather heavy trailable, which will remain nameless.
    Wavedancer returned this week after the Harper family had spent a week cruising the Gippsland lakes, I am sure it was Matt’s way of thanking Tiff to allow him to buy an RL24. Not sure how many boats are in the Harper fleet but I am sure everyone is looking forward to seeing the RL in action at some stage.
    David Bowie was unable to be present, however we did have Major Tom, a Thomson 7 visit from Stawell. All reports the boys had a great time and said they would be back, and I am sure the guys on Casino Royale would like a return match.
    Mikela was duty boat and set a starboard course with the first bouy located in Manifold bay. Winds were very light that saw seven trailables, three mossies, the NS and two junior boats heading to the start line. good to see a former junior in Russell Carter back and jumping on board with the younger brigade.
    Wavedancer and Boho got the fleet away, although very slowly. Boho opted for the big heady which proved a good decision as they soon put a gap between Wavedancer. The mozzies were away next and it was neck and neck between the three boats, in fact it could have been divorce on Dengue Fever as Fiona dropped her gloves over the side and Phil had to go round to retrieve them. All three had a share of the lead at some stage going up the middle heading to the top mark, yet it was so light even Boho sailed past them.
    The last group away had some distance to catch up and they were making no headway. Major Tom tacked up the middle whilst This Way Up and Casino Royale headed East hoping to pick up some shore breeze whilst Screaming Blue Murder and Toucan tried the centre corridor.
    Wind finally came in, albeit from the wrong direction, bringing the tail enders up to the front runners. This made for congestion at the top mark and there was a lot of banter to be had. Alan Noone had skipped out to quite a handy lead on the Mossie which was probably a good thing as the leading trailables were not heading in the right direction for the mark.
    Toucan was well back in the field, a little gun shy from the swim two weeks ago , although they did put up the kite and had made up a lot of ground before the first mark. meanwhile Dengue Fever was having a close tussle with Twice Shy, although King’y was hampered with a broken trap wire.
    The run to the bottom mark caused the undoing of Major Tom when the could not site the buoy, although they were given a map prior to the race. This allowed Casino Royale and This Way Up to get in front with Screaming Blue Murder pushing them all the way. Toucan was the next of the trailables with Boho edging out Wavedancer after a spinnaker duel to the finish line. In the cats Alan Noone proved too good to take out line honours.
    The second race started straight away, with some boats still taking down the kites. The breeze was better this start round with all boats getting away well. Wavedancer had a small lead on Boho however the old fellow was able to peg this back and get up beside them. Alister was last away in the mossies, a quick visit to shore to get some telltales left him well behind. Allan had cleared out and was never going to be caught so he still has the bragging rights in the Noone household.
    Major Tom led the field in the trailables, the extra wind speed certainly helped as they spread eagled the fleet. Knowing where the last buoy was this time round had them clear winners from Casino Royale, This way Up and Screaming blue Murder.
    Toucan and Wavedancer led Boho home. Toucan was reluctant to fly the kite and kept it tucked in the bag, not like Wavedancer who we thought was flying a kite.
    It certainly was another great day on this wonderful lake, we look forward to seeing you next week. It would be fantastic to have more than 13 boats on the water so if you know someone who has a yacht invite them along.
    oh… if you were wondering where the sailing pics are this week…a slight camera issue. I forgot to give it to the duty officer!

  18. Sailing 16/01/2016

    After all the festive cheer those who made the journey to Lake Purrumbete were keen to get their bums wet. ( The boats that is )
    It was noticed that water levels had dropped significantly since the last time we raced which was on December 11th. Hopefully this doesn’t create to much of an issue in the second half of the season.
    With a fleet of six trailables, three cats and the NS with Mick & Lou it looked like being a great day on the water. A welcome return to Annette and Vince Thorne on Mikela.
    A nice North Easterly with a about eight knots blowing, the starting crew of Fiona and Phil had a starboard course set, with the start line in view from the cafe. I am sure the diners were enjoying the spectacle of the yachts criss crossing and getting ready for the start.
    Boho was away first, the new Ronstan race watch received from Santa had him on the line right on time. The wind had backed right off now so skipper Steve headed up the middle of the lake. Looking over his shoulder he soon realized his error when all the others were heading straight to the eastern shores. Alan Noone was putting distance between himself and Alistair King while Cabba’s on Skull Duggery still thought he was on the golf course, going from one side of the fairway to the other.
    The boys on the Casino tacked back into the centre to join Boho, who was very pleased for some company. The lack of wind was evident when witnessing those closer to shore pick up the breeze and race in a bunch to the top mark. This Way Up rounded the mark first and was heading down wind with Casino Royale in hot pursuit. Boho followed them all around but with the kite up starting picking up some ground on Mikela.
    Many in the fleet would have thought they were sailing on Bullen Merri, there were massive shifts throughout the first race. Alan Noone led the cats home whilst the RL with the yellow and black spinnaker got over the line in the trailables. Sorry Toucan it was This way Up and not you guys.
    The second race started with more breeze than the first and Boho, still kicking himself from the first race again made the decision to go up the middle. This proved ok as nearly all boats got to the top mark together. Toucan looked like the bolter but lost a lot of time coming back to the mark. Casino Royale rounded first with some distance from This Way Up and Screaming Blue Murder amongst them. Toucan rounded next with the NS of Mick and Lou rounding with Boho. Mikela was last of the trailables and lost some ground not flying the kite.
    Boho dropped the jib with the kite up on this leg and was getting better speed and was keeping the same distance on Toucan.
    The leading trailables and the three cats had rounded the second mark and was heading for the finish line. Toucan was gybing with the kite up at the mark when she was hit by a gust and was put on her side. The spinnaker filled with water and there was no return. Boho seeing what had unfolded soon had all sails down and motored to assist. All crew were safe and no injuries had occurred. All trailables and the Derrinallum rescue boat were on scene in minutes, and with the removal of the kite the rescue boat was able to get in close and assist with the upright. Skipper Phil Noone should be commended on his boat skills , and the boat proved beyond doubt that it is an ideal rescue craft.
    Phil was able to maneuver Toucan to shore with assistance of those on board where a bucket brigade soon had her floating and towed back to the ramp. Thanks to all those who assisted, the second race has been officially called a no race.
    Now both Cuppo’s have the honour of being on the helm when going over.
    Anyone would have thought the excitement for the day was all over, however the club may need to make all RL skippers wear a safety harness and to be attached at all times. Captain Cook on Screaming Blue Murder well known from falling out of his boat at Bullen Merri whilst at the boat ramp, happened to fall over board when returning to the ramp after assisting Toucan.
    And the one that takes the cake is Ian lane. Whilst taking out some young guests on Friday, Ian thought he would make the youngsters day and tilt the boat for excitement. Unfortunately for Ian the traveler gave way and he ended up over the side.
    I am sure there is a poem in all of this for Drew!
    Catch you all on the water next time!

  19. Due to declaration of a Total Fire Ban for Saturday(as broadcast on national TV news last night) sailing for this weekend is cancelled.
    The Christmas function at the club rooms will still be held, commencing at 5.00 Pm
    For those members who are not able to attend, on behalf of the Commodore Ian Lane and the CYC Committee we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New year.
    For those sailors heading away to regattas we wish you good winds and will see everyone back on the water in January.

  20. Sailing 12/12/2015

    With the prospect of a reasonable breeze of 8-10 knots from the SW, smiles were a plenty as the past two weeks had been very light. The cats from Derrinallum were also smiling, after going to Port Fairy the week before where they took a battering in strong winds and huge swells.
    So the fleet of five trailables, four cats and the 420 headed to the start line at the top end of the lake.
    With the course displayed on the start boat, it was a case of three blind mice. With a starboard course set it was rather confusing to all the skippers that the port course flag was flying. They soon realised their error after much banter from the fleet, and the proper course flag was flown.
    The first of the trailables were away with Wavedancer and Boho starting at the port pin, and raced side by side for most of the leg. The cats were next away with Alan Noone on his Mossie and Martin Roache on the Taipan going around the first mark side by side. The other trailables were quick to catch up to the two out in front and surged past.
    Casino Royale had the honour of being called starboard by This Way Up, and according to the skipper on the dark blue boat ” it will never happen again”. Watch this space, I am sure the old cagey saltie has a few more tricks up his sleeve.
    Dengue Fever broke their main sheet block on the Mossie but kept on going, whilst Alister King on Twice Shy was taking another swim. Alister must have thought he was back at Port Fairy after taking lots of swims the week before. Alan Noone took out line honours in the first race.
    At the second mark, Boho had made up a large distance on Wavedancer, and even pushed past the Sonata at the start of the run to the bottom mark but this was short lived. Matt popped the kite up and after a few moments of sorting out the wine glass soon had some distance between themselves and the Sunmaid. Without a full crew, Boho kept her kite tucked in down below. Hamish McDonald was doing a great job on the helm of the 420 and was slowly moving through the tail end of the field, just goes to show how quick kids can pick up sailing after only doing it for five weeks.
    Casino Royale led Laney and Cuppo home for line honours in the trailables. At the bottom mark Wavedancer decided to park fifty meters from the finish line, giving Boho a bit of a sniff but Matt was able get a little speed and with a tacking duel got over the line by a few seconds.
    The second race started very much the same as the first, although Boho was worried about going over the line too early and ended up parking just short. With the hooter sounding the old boy now had a big job in catching up to Wavedancer, however with a masterly tack and a lift, Boho soon found she had actually gained a healthy lead. With one good decision there is always a bad one, Boho decided to pop another tack and get some height only to come back again side by side with the Harpers.
    The cats were having their own battle, and depending where they were on the lake the wind shifts and knocks soon had the fleet opening up. Twice Shy headed to the middle of the lake hoping to pick up some distance, only to find the wind was blowing everywhere except where he was.
    Toucan screamed out of the blocks on the start and had Casino Royale and This Way Up pushing hard to catch up. Cuppo is very pleased that this was all captured on film so he has some bragging rights. The lead was short lived as the two chasers reached the first mark side by side, but Adam left a small gate at the buoy, allowing Laney to move up on his starboard side.
    Adam said that will never happen again, but lets just wait and see.
    The Harper’s Sonata was making good progress across the top with the three fast trailables soon catching and going past. The downwind leg saw the big red spinnaker unleashed on the Casino, with Laney and Cuppo and their identical kites following suit. Wavedancer and Boho rounded the bottom mark , with Boho making up some ground. The leading trailables had a nice reach back to the other end of the lake to the finish line.
    This leg was the downfall for Boho with massive shifts causing the old boy much frustration. From reports received Kingy had similar problems on the Mossie, the joy of sailing.
    Alan Noone again took out the line honours on his Mossie, whilst Casino Royale flew home in the trailables.
    Congratulations to Hamish on completing his first pennant race.
    Handicap results for the trailables, Race One- Boho Two. race Two – Toucan.
    A copy of the results will be placed on the web when received.
    This coming Saturday will be the last for this year, breaking for the Christmas period. There will be some nibbles at the lake after sailing , followed by a BBQ back at the club later.
    Early forecast for Saturday is for very high temperatures. Please be aware that if a Total Fire Ban is declared for the South West sailing will be cancelled.
    Hope to see you on the water!

  21. Sailing 05/12/2015

    With a small fleet of three trailables and one small monohull, and hardly any wind the prediction was close racing if a race could be started.
    The OD was keen to get a start if possible, hoping the forecast of some wind may come in before having to abandon for the day.
    With a small delay and with just a hint of wind on the water, a starboard course was set and the fleet were away. Cookie on Screaming Blue Murder along with Macka on the 420, decided to head straight up the middle of the lake, whilst Toucan and Casino Royale were heading out wide. Not sure if the whiskery skipper on Toucan realised where he was going as the blue boat tacked back towards the middle leaving Toucan all alone with no wind.
    A call to the start raised an alarm that the top mark was not visible. Due to extreme winds earlier on in the week the OD motored to the other end of the lake to make sure everything was in order, and the buoy was sitting in the right spot. It was difficult to pick up as some of the yellow paint had worn off. please note future reference that buoy “D” is situated in the top bay near the homestead.
    With a little more breeze Toucan flew the kite and was making up huge gains on the other three boats. Andrew, dash and Bryan all had smiles on their faces thinking they had made the tactic of the year when all of a sudden the breeze went as quick as it had came.
    SBM seeing the gain Toucan had made with the kite, unleashed theirs from the bag and soon had the stern of Casino Royale in close proximity. Macka and Flynn had the 420 up to speed and looked like they would overtake the two trailables, but again the wind dropped off. SBM with momentum from the kite, and some great sail handling from Mary-Lou rounded the top mark ahead of the boys with the 420 snapping at their heels. Toucan was last around the mark and now everyone was on a reach to the wing mark.
    Casino Royale skipped away from SBM and the 420 on this leg and turned for home with a nice advantage. With the unpredictable wind shift ( about 180 degrees) all boats were now on a beat back to the finish. The wind was still dropping out leaving large areas with out wind.
    SBM decided to head back towards the middle of the lake and this soon looked like a bad decision as she was going nowhere whilst the other three were making good progress following the winds along the foreshore. It looked like the 420 and Toucan had Cookie beat when all of a sudden Cookie was able to get onto the edge of the breeze and this took him all the way to the bottom mark. Cookie did say later it was a strategic plan, but the other skippers claimed it was a piece of anatomy that you sit on.
    Casino Royale took three goes to finish the race to the satisfaction of the OD, followed by SBM, Macka and Toucan.
    Congratulations to Flynn on his first pennant race on the 420 and for being on the helm for the whole race. It is great to see the juniors stepping up from the morning training sessions.
    Whilst we struggled for breeze the Derrinallum crew were blasted at Port Fairy. Well done to Alister King for getting around the course on his Mossie cat, and he only capsized five times.
    There will be a change to the sailing instructions for finishing and this was discussed at the Committee meeting earlier in the week. Change will be that once you have rounded the last mark you can go in a straight line and pass through the finish line. There will be now two buoys to indicate the start/finish line.
    Please remember the Christmas break up will be on the 19th. Details will be posted closer to the date.

  22. Sailing 28/11/2015
    With another anticipated fun day on the water with a beautiful breeze of 10 knots expected , it didn’t take long before all the smiles disappeared. It looked like it was going to be a drifter!
    This week was a small fleet of four trailables, three cats and two small monohulls. And surprisingly a few changes to the crews, with Dengue Fever opting for a smaller forward hand and Casino Royale gaining some crew with yellow shirts. Phil Noone did make the comment that it was very peaceful today, not much noise at all whilst Kaz was finding out where everything was on the sports boat and dash wasn’t to keen to put on the trapeze harness.
    Toucan’s crew of Bryan and Andrew , OD for the day tried everything to find wind to get a start line and get everyone on their way. Not sure if this was an omen as Pam was away.
    After a prolonged period under the postponement flag, and with a few small puffs of breeze a line was set and the fleet was soon away. Boho jumped out to take an early lead at the first mark and then headed down wind with the rest of the fleet soon catching up. The old boy on Boho will have to sort out a new system to jibe the kite. At the bottom mark the NS had some gear failure, with a side stay giving way and the mast coming down. With radio calls going into the rescue boat going unheard, it must have been cocktail time, the rest of the fleet headed for home. Casino Royale covers a lot of distance in a race, they certainly get value for money with their entry fees. They pipped Screaming Blue Murder for line honours with Wave Dancer and then Boho coming in for the trailables.
    Dave Mac sailed his 420, rather sedately compared to his”A” but showed he can sail anything that floats.
    Not sure of the line honours with the cats, however it looked pretty close all day between Alister, Allan and Phil.
    With the rescue boat now up the other end of the lake taking care of Mick & Lou , and no body to take the times it is hoped a result can be gained from the skippers times from each boat.
    Due to the late start, and the rescue the second race was abandoned.
    Catch you all on the water this weekend, Boho is OD so be prepared to start on time.

  23. Sailing 21/11/2015
    With a lovely South Wester of 10-15 knots it was going to be another wonderful day on the water. The fleet consisted of four trailables and four cats, The junior sailing program in the morning had eight keen young sailors hit the water with similar wind strengths. The smiles on their faces when they returned to the ramp indicated they had a ball. Thanks once again to Dave, Geoff and Adam for giving up your time to run the program.
    The big boys back in Colac were very hesitant to make the trip, calling in to say it was blowing over 30 knots at Mt Porndon. Cookie & Cuppo should have their eyes tested, they must have read the screen wrong as it was a lovely breeze in the shadows of the local mount.
    The first race got away with the cats of Martin, Alister, Allan and Phil & Fiona whilst the trailables was Wave Dancer, Boho Two , Toucan and Screaming Blue Murder.
    Wave Dancer & Boho had a close start on the Port end of the line, both hitting it close to the gun going off. Boho jumped out to an early lead but Wave Dancer soon hit her straps and grabbed the lead. Toucan and SBM soon had the two slower boats at the top mark, Toucan showing a clean pair of heels. The “Captain” must have been despondent seeing that yellow & black spinnaker leading the way to the finish line.
    Toucan took out line honours from SBM, with Wave Dancer and Boho coming in behind.
    Family rivalry played a big part in the first race of the cats with Phil and Fiona Noone being far to good for son Allan and Kingy coming in close behind. Not sure if Alister still thought he was sailing the RL from the week before.
    The second race in the cats saw Allan jump out of the blocks closely followed by Alister. Alister pushed Allan all the way in this race, maybe unlucky to come in second but a well deserved win for Allan. Phil and Fiona were slow on the uptake and the results at the end were the same as when they crossed the start line.
    The trailables again saw some great starts from Wave Dancer and Boho with the “Harpers” soon gaining an advantage close to the top mark. Screaming Blur Murder and Toucan were having a great battle with SBM out in front. The run down to the bottom mark had SBM pull out the spinnaker to gain some distance. With a massive gust and round up, the blue and white spinnaker looked like it had gained another colour. Speaking to the crew later, they all thought they were in for a swim.
    “Captain Cook” soon had everything under control and they powered on to the bottom mark with Toucan close behind. rounding the bottom mark SBM soon opened up a winning margin as Toucan was having trouble with their outhaul.
    Wave Dancer had a nice lead over Boho but for some reason they went sightseeing at the bottom mark. Boho was able to pick up the 300 mtr gap. Both boats tacked across each other all the way to the top mark and close to the finish line Boho set herself up to take line honours when the wind dropped out Wave Dancer got home by eight seconds. It was great sailing from the Sonata and Sunmaid.
    A great days sailing, hoping to see more boats on the water next weekend.

  24. Sailing 14/11/2015

    Today’s sailing was all about the trailables as no off the beach were present for a couple of reasons. The A Class guys are having difficulty finding somewhere to launch from, with all the properties surrounding the lake being privately owned it has not been easy to find the ideal spot. The Derrinallum cats stayed at home due to a wedding being held on the lawns where they normally launch, but they didn’t miss out on a sail as Alister King wet the hull of his new pride and joy, Vendetta, an RL24.
    With nice southerlies blowing the day was full of anticipation for great sailing, and no one went home disappointed.
    The first race got under way at the top end of the lake where Wave Dancer , a Sonata Six and Boho Two , a Sunmaid 20 jostled to the line with hardly any daylight between them and the committee boat.
    The first couple of tacks heading up wind showed them both still very close, however Boho went further up the middle and Wave Dancer decided to tack away to starboard. This opened up a handy lead for Boho heading to the top mark. The second start consisted of the two RL’s, This Way Up and Screaming Blue Murder against the speed machine in Casino Royale.
    Captain Cook was certainly sailing with new confidence as he soon had a nice little lead over Lane’y but this soon changed and all three were neck and neck at the top mark.
    Vendetta, the new RL was unable to make the start of the first race as they were sorting out some issues. With a selection of masts and sails, it will be a matter of working out which goes with which.
    Casino Royale led the fleet home in the first race but there was some very close racing.
    Second race soon got under way and for some reason the committee boat decided to put out a barge buoy. Wave Dancer and Boho had perfect starts, very little separating them but it wasn’t long and the Sonata soon settled into a nice speed and opened up a small margin. The second start got underway with Vendetta joining in and it was a good start from all boats, with an exceptional port start from Casino Royale. The boys on the speed queen were up and flying, a great sight to see the two out on trapeze. Although it was heard from someone yelling out,” who is the one with the big bum.”
    To clarify Grant doesn’t do trapeze !
    Screaming Blue Murder was showing a clean stern to This Way Up and it didn’t look like Laney would catch him. Rumor has it a wardrobe malfunction occurred letting off the main halyard causing the main to drop. It was enough for This Way Up to get past him and not be headed.
    Vendetta was working through the tail end and was looking great on the water. With a crew of cat sailors plus Mick they were doing very well. Boho was trying everything to catch Wave Dancer so on the down hill run went for the kite. After many anxious moments with round ups( and a lot of verbal advice from the committee boat ) they were able to sneak past before the bottom mark. Wave Dancer wasn’t finished just yet and the Harper’s pulled out a fantastic last leg to beat Boho over the line.
    We look forward to seeing more boats on the water next Saturday. Thanks to Adam, Dave and Geoff for their wonderful efforts in running the junior program in the morning, to be able to get the boats up there so early is amazing, and the feedback is the kids are having a ball.Well done guys.

  25. Sailing on Nov 7th saw a fleet of five trailables and three cats and a monohull off the beach. With good southerlies predicted, the start line was below Purrumbete homestead, always a lovely view from the water. With a beat to the top end of the lake the first of the trailables in Boho Two was away followed by the cats. The other trailables were soon off the mark and made up ground very quickly, all except Toucan which seemed to be having trouble. We found out later that due to an important crew member not being available to sail the skipper was having difficulties working out where everything goes. It might be a good idea if skipper Bryan becomes more familiar with his boat.
    The cats were having a great time and the first race went to Alan Noone with line honours. The trailables were much closer with Casino Royale, This way Up and Screaming Blue Murder all battling for lines honours along with Mick and Lou. Screaming Blue Murder, with MLC on board. No that is not Methodist Ladies College but the very talented Mary-Lou Ciampa who was on board for her first sail for the year.
    The finish line saw all boats waiting for Toucan to finish which was very pleasing to the Sunmaid crew.
    The second race got under way with the winds starting to freshen even more. Boho was enjoying this much better and was quick out of the blocks. The cats were soon chasing and the fleet soon went their separate ways, with Alister King going out on his own up the middle of the lake. This proved a great move as he soon opened up a big gap on his rivals and led by this going around the first buoy. Alister was able to hold this to the finish line and take out line honours.
    The trailables were having a ding dong battle with Casino Royale out in front with the three RL 24’s close behind, but not in the order people would have thought. Screaming Blue Murder was showing Laney a clean pair of heels and had jumped out to a nice lead followed by Toucan and Boho two.
    The line honours went to Adam Chambers on Casino Royale with Capt Cook a very close second with Screaming Blue Murder.
    In all it was a great day on the water.
    Special thanks to Adam, David and Geoff for getting the junior learn to sail program started, it was great to see these keen young sailors take part. A special thanks also to the owner of a Corsair who donated the boat for junior training.
    The juniors also got the opportunity to crew on the trailables in the afternoon, thanks to those skippers for taking them on board.
    See you all on the water next Saturday.

  26. Season 2015-16 kicked off on Saturday with much enthusiasm from both the Colac and Derrinallum members. Both clubs have worked together over the off season to incorporate a plan that would see both clubs sailing together. Each club will still run their own pennant series, however the combination will see bigger fleets on the water.
    This year we have been allowed to permanently place buoys on the water. There is a map available if you would like to see where they have been placed.
    With sunshine and light winds predicted, everyone was eagerly getting setup. Boho was too eager and after standing the mast found a shackle not quite right. lowering the mast partly, the big fella thought by undoing the shackle he could fix it…..nah the mast went sideways and snapped the mast base plate….end of race and not even launched.
    A new face, Kevin O’Neil arrived with his Status580 , and being on his own he soon had a ready made crew from Boho.
    All up there were 13 boats on the water that made their way very slowly to the other side of the lake to the committee boat.
    With the postponement flag flying it look like a no starter but a few small puffs of breeze sent the committee boat into a frenzy and they soon had a new start line and the start sequence commenced.
    “Oo La La” was first away followed by the cats. With some breeze around the edge of the lake there was a small gap to the rest of the trailables. Casino Royale was showing Screaming Blue Murder a clear stern with Toucan way back.
    Close racing as usual between Dengue Fever and Twice Shy with only seconds in who crossed the line first, as usual Allan on Scorpion left them behind. Mick & Lou rolled out Smeg for the day and they soon took an early lead. With hardly and wind Mick was rather quiet, his voice could hardly be heard.
    The last leg was the down fall for “Oo La La” who decided to go up the middle while the rest of the fleet headed towards shore, yep and you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to guess where the wind came in.
    Casino Royale took out the honours in the trailables, Graeme Parker the A Class, and my info was that Alan cleaned up from Derrinallum.
    It was a slow day, but everyone was pleased to blow out the cobwebs. Martin needs to understand the finishing rules, even after the coaching from the committee boat the finish line wasn’t crossed before heading for home.
    Off the water the season was officially opened by Geoff Hunter. Geoff spoke about the association of both clubs going back some 60 years when the two clubs sailed together on a regular basis.
    Thanks those people who supplied nibbles for everyone to enjoy, it was nice to be able to sit down and catch up with a refreshing drink.
    This week will be busy for Dave to get his trailer back on the road and for Boho to fix a mast. Rest assured they will be on the water next week.
    See you next Saturday!

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