20 thoughts on “Blog”

  1. Sailing 09/12/2017

    With a Westerley of 11 knots forecast it was looking like going to be a day where Toucan and Boho would be right in the mix. This was short lived as the Cuppo’s came up short of crew with the upcoming birthday girl not feeling very chirpy and bowman Andrew off doing a barn dance.
    The drive up to Purrumbete was interesting,especially going through Pirron Yallock. Here was Casino Royale off the road with no one in sight. Could it be another wheel bearing on the trailer or was the maintenance man giving a customer a quote.
    On arrival at the lake the Harper family were happily taking in the sight of the witches hats being put out and not rigging up Liquid Limo. When questioned what was happening they informed they were duty boat under instructions from the big bloke. No Not Steve, but Commodore Ian. It was soon sorted that Cool Runnings was the duty boat which meant Liquid Limo was now right to compete. Screaming Blue Murder was next to advise they would not be racing, but did not give a reason . Tri-hard was again a starter, getting another race in before heading to the UK for Christmas with family. The winds looked also in their favor to cause some upsets against the RL’s.
    Lightning Jack after showing some good speed in recent weeks, and with further modifications looked another chance to take it up to This Way Up.
    Casino Royale eventually arrived and were quick to state that crew numbers were down, the good bearing is getting hot on the trailer and they left the outboard back at the club.
    With respect to Adam nobody laughed, for less than ten minutes.
    Phil now had a couple of assistants on the rescue boat in Adam and Flynn and it didn’t take long and they were in action. Tri-Hard in its endeavors to go out through the channel started to make the gap wider by pushing down some reeds. A quick tow from behind and they were away, with Boho right behind. The three fishing boats waiting to get in were also relieved.
    The forecast that the winds would be from the west were spot on, just the strength was much higher. The rum sippers on This Way Up were kicking back waiting for all the starters to get to the line and that is as far as things got.
    Liquid Limo decided to pull out, having a light weight crew they couldn’t see the sense of getting possible gear damage. Tri-Hard was having issues with her jib furler, and unable to fix on the water decided to head in and make a quick repair.
    Boho was next to suffer a break, the pin on the turnbuckle came out from the side stay. With all sails up and being on the starboard tack they were unable to get it back in. Dropping the jib and main allowed the pin to be secured and they were soon up and going again. With a couple of crew sprawled along the deck there were many questions asked. Once away Boho could see Alister on Lightning Jack waving his arms frantically to gain the attention of the duty boat. With such severe conditions he had sheared a pin on his prop and had no drive to put the boat into the wind to get the sails up.
    The anchor quickly raised on the “Sir James Wort” had the rescue boat close by before Kingy washed up on the beach. Now with Lightning Jack under tow back to the dock this only left This way Up and Boho as starters however the call was put out that racing was cancelled.
    Ian & Steve were contemplating a race between themselves but a gybe on Boho caused the clip on the vang to snap.
    They still managed a sail before heading in early. As often is the case the winds dropped off and would have made for pleasant sailing. Oh well there is always this coming week.
    Reminder to all that Christmas drinks and nibbles will be at the club rooms and not at the lake. Pam’s birthday celebrations kick off at 6.30pm and members are invited to stay.

  2. Sailing 25/11/2017
    With a slightly better forecast from the past couple of weeks it was good to see wind across the lake when arriving to set up. Fleet numbers were looking sketchy, no one was sure if Casino Royale had overcome their trailer issues and if Tri-Hard had a medical clearance to sail.
    The four RL’s of Liquid Limo, Toucan, Screaming Blue Murder and This Way Up along with the Sunmaid, Boho Two were all out on the start line early. Alister, Lou and Mick had the line set up under the shadows of the cafe, a lovely viewing area to watch the yachts go around the lake. With the breeze starting to drop ,and no other boats coming out to join in King’y soon had the countdown under way.
    The start saw absolute chaos as the big fella threw his weight around and barged down the line. He might have been outnumbered by the RL’s and his crew petrified from the yelling but soon clear air had them all away. With slow progress to start all boats were bunched together until a small front and wind change saw the fleet pick up speed and race to the top mark. With the change it became more of a reach with Toucan getting a small lead from Screaming Blue Murder. This Way Up was to the starboard side of the course followed closely by Liquid Limo and Boho who was holding her own with the big head sail and stronger breeze.
    This Way Up made its way to the port side, quickly gaining on Toucan and forcing Pam higher than where she wanted to be.
    Liquid Limo also picked the right line and was able to peg back Cookie.
    At the first mark Laney turned just in front of Toucan, Liquid Limo and screaming Blue Murder on their tails. Boho was last around but still keeping with the faster boats. Under kites to the next mark it was a shy run with poles nearly on the forestays. This way Up were able to maintain their lead whilst Liquid Limo was able to slip past Toucan who seemed to have trouble with the kite. SBM now moved to windward and came up beside Toucan and was mowing through the water much faster.
    This Way up turned first heading to the last buoy ahead of Liquid Limo, Screaming Blue Murder and Toucan. Boho under the big heady was travelling well and wasn’t a long way behind.
    The last leg saw the breeze drop, with the first three boats getting around the last mark and heading for the finish line. Toucan was struggling, having gone wide up this leg before eventually tacking back to get around the mark. Boho was near the mark when it was noticed that the starboard spreader had gone through leech of the jib so were unable to tack. A gybe was the only way to free it so they could continue. They eventually changed jibs but lost a lot of time.
    This Way Up again took line honours from Liquid Limo, Screaming Blue Murder, Toucan and Boho.
    The second race meant a start on the eastern side due to the wind shifts. This Way Up gained an extra crew, the skipper of Casino Royale was making a guest appearance having watched the first race from the comfort of the cafe. Storm clouds were slowly building from the north, hopefully the predicted thunderstorms would wait until sailing was complete.
    The second start was tame compared to the first, the change in head sail was not giving Boho any drive. Liquid Limo was first out of the blocks, the Harper family are getting faster each week. Cookie was having the better of cousin Bryan, but both boats still trailing Matt & Laney.
    Liquid Limo rounded the top mark ahead of This way Up and soon both the leading RL’s were up and running down wind with kites. Screaming Blue Murder was next around and was giving chase. Toucan was next but there was a huge gap from the leading boats. Boho was struggling and once around the mark was hoping to get some good breeze but that wasn’t to be. The first sign of lightning from the fast approaching storm had the sails down and they were heading for home under the iron sail.
    A wise move from the committee boat had the race shortened with This way Up beating Liquid Limo and Screaming Blue Murder by only seconds. Toucan was next across the line with all boats then making the dash home. When the storm hit it was not a pretty sight but all crews were home safely.
    Again it was another great days sailing, frustration for some but hey that is what sailing is all about. Hopefully next week we see a couple more boats join in.
    Christmas is fast approaching with our last pennant day scheduled for Dec 16th. There will be some nibbles provided after sailing for those who would like to partake. Also that evening there is a private function to celebrate Pam’s birthday.
    For those members who would like to stay you are more than welcome.
    See you on the water!

  3. Sailing 18/11/2017

    The old croaner Rod Stewart once had a hit called ” I am sailing .” Well this week I am sure it was performed by “The Drifters”. What was looking promising whilst setting up, by the time the fleet got to the start line that horrible mirror image was filling the lake surface.
    With a small entry list of four RL’s and the Sunmaid it was going to be a long day in the heat. Casino Royale was a distinct absence having suffered trailer failure on the way to Purrumbete. Possibly a good reminder for those who have not serviced the bearings on the trailer to do so. Tri-Hard was also absent, with Phil walking out with more sutures than what he was expecting to have taken out, hopefully a speedy recovery will see the Hitchen’s on the water next week. Boho didn’t escape without inceident before the start with the jib halyard coming loose and the jib dropping to the deck. A quick connect to the spinnaker halyard had them away again.
    With Vince and Rod keen to get a race under way, the countdown began with hardly a whisper of breeze. Boho was first across the line leading the four RL’s. This way Up was next across the line from Toucan, Lightning Jack and Cool Runnings.
    Laney was able to gain some distance over Boho with one shoulder Pammy finding some rythem and moving up past the big boy. Alister and Phil were getting left behind but there was no one gaining a huge lead. With the committee boat advising of a shortened course it was This Way Up reaching the first mark by half a boat length from Toucan. Lightning Jack was able to bring some wind down and round ahead of Boho while Cool Runnings were not in the running.
    This Way Up headed Toucan on the reach across to the second mark and finish line, while Lightning jack moved away from Boho under kite. A quick change and a drop of the heady had Boho gain some more speed with the Noone’s left to themselves on the mirror surface. With about 10 mtrs to the finish line a drastic change in wind directions had the kite back fill on Boho and they came to a screaming holt short of the line. With no jib up there was no momentum, so a rushed drop of the kite and jib up and they were able to eventually cross. Cool Runnings limped to the line to complete the race.
    The duty officers decided another race was in order, doing a reverse from what had just taken place. Again it was Boho and This Way Up leading across the start line with Lightning Jack and Cool Runnings ahead of Toucan.
    This Way Up tacked towards the center to get some height and were hopeful of more pressure. Lightning Jack was moving quite well ahead of Cool Runnings who were at this stage a boat length ahead of the Sunmaid.
    Then there was a complete change in the placings with Pam picking up some breeze and carrying past everyone and jumping out to a very handy lead. They rounded the homestead buoy well out in front followed by This way Up a small distance in front of Alister.
    Steve was able to get past Phil and beat the RL to the mark.
    Toucan must have thought all their wishes had come true and were going to celebrate a win over Laney with a coffee from the cafe. Whilst they were heading out wide the rest of the fleet went straight up the middle. Lightning jack was keeping with This Way Up and Boho was sailing away from Cool Runnings. With the sea doctor now starting to kick in and some mean looking clouds overhead it was a race to the finish line. This Way Up nudged out Toucan by seventeen seconds to claim line honours again. There is no truth in the story that a domestic argument erupted on Toucan as to which way they should have headed, but a great effort by them to nearly beat the master home. Lightning Jack was next, a top performance again by Kingy. The boat is getting better each week. Boho was next over the line with Cool Runnings pulling out half way up the leg.
    There are no photos to post this week, although the camera was out and photos being taken there was not one photo on the card. This made the Sunmaid unhappy as they wanted the proof of being in front of four RL’s. And for Pammy so close but not quite there.
    Hope to see you all on the water next week.

  4. Sailing 11/11/2017

    Well it had to eventually come, the perfect weather so far for the season was just too good to be true. With a fleet of six trailables Capt. Cook set a port course with the start just outside the channel. It never ceases to amaze that after three years of sailing at Purrumbete, with the markers being fixed that some crews still can’t work out where each buoy is.
    Closer to the start and what winds were there had now disappeared all together, leaving that glassy look over the whole lake. With not more than 1-2 knots we were away. This Way Up again showed a clean stern to the rest of the fleet at the starters horn to lead Toucan across followed by Casino Royale. Boho was next with a small gap back to Liquid Limo and Lightning Jack. All boats were pretty well locked together with the cagey Laney showing how to get some distance in the light airs. Casino Royale looked like they had halyard issues, send fireman Heath up the mast. Not stable at the best of times the port side looked like it was going under, until Stinchy went over the side and onto the bulb. It turned out not to be a halyard but growth they had picked up on the way out. on the bulb. Good observation from the crew noticed the Sunmaid of Boho was going quicker than them, just a pity they discovered it so quick and were soon making some headway. Lightning Jack put a tack in early and soon was left far behind as This Way Up was heading for the top mark. Adam and the boys were making ground whilst the Harpers were able to gain some distance ahead of Toucan and Boho.
    This way Up eventually rounded before the Costin 7. In the mean time Toucan was heading to the cliffs and no wind at all. Liquid Limo was next around but with a fair gap from the two leading yachts.
    Lightning Jack found some wind and was able to cross ahead of Boho with Toucan trailing up the rear.
    Casino Royale under kite was able to pull close and eventually pass This way up heading to the Homestead Bay. Liquid Limo once their kite filled was also putting in some distance from the back three.
    Toucan under spinnaker was able to come up on Steve and Alistair. Boho with a very novice crew didn’t fly a kite but managed to get back up with Lightning Jack while Pam got a nice lead with Toucan and rounded ahead. By this time Casino Royale , This Way Up and Liquid Limo had all crossed the line in that order. Boho was right on the stern of Jack rounding the wing mark but was able to draw up on the inside and get 3-4 boat lengths ahead. With Toucan in her sights, the drift she had petered out leaving no boats going anywhere. LJ decided it was time to put the steel sail up and head for home. Boho was quick to respond leaving Toucan to see if it could finish. Luckily for the duty boat some breeze came in and they were able to finish.
    It was a frustrating day, but sailing can be like that. Hopefully next week we have sails with plenty of wind.
    catch you then.

  5. Sailing 04/11/2017

    Someone up there sure must like the Colac Yacht Club. The fourth straight week in a row that promises wind predictions of around 8-10 knots from the SW. Past season’s gone we would have had a couple of blowouts by now so it is fantastic that we have not lost a day so far.
    With a few crews heading to Stawell for the weekend the number of entries was unknown however we did manage to have 6 yachts head out for the day.
    Live Wire, a Laser with Heath McDougall was a surprise starter and good to see on the water. Heath normally sails on Casino Royal and can be found hanging out on the trapeze with his GoPro catching all the action. if you check out the CYC facebook page you will see some of Heath’s footage, most notable the one where he steps off the boat without the sails up.
    Saturday’s first start was delayed slightly due to some slight mechanical issues with the rescue boat. Your scribe would like to remind all duty officers that they must turn off the isolator switch when putting the boat away after sailing so the battery is not discharged, or you will cop the same embarrassing remarks he has received.
    With start line set by the Cuppo’s, and with the first beat back up the lake to the marker outside the channel all the boats were away without incident except the sports boat Casino Royale. Skipper Adam demanded more tension on the outhaul, and the burly builder Andrew Stinchcombe duly responded but snapped the cable and the boom came down, hitting Stinchy and leaving the main flapping in the wind. Screaming Blue Murder, Live Wire, Lightning Jack, Boho and Try Hard were all away put some distance from the Chamber’s crew.
    Once sorted Casino Royale soon had the rest of the fleet in their sights although they nearly went to the wrong top mark. They rounded ahead of Cookie with Heath and the Laser going very well. Alister King was next around followed by Try Hard. Phil and Leah had the tri absolutely flying in some of this leg and they rounded before Boho.
    The second leg had a reach to the wing mark, one that suited casino Royale and they skipped further out in front. SBM under kite heading down wind was able to keep Live Wire at bay from Lightning Jack and the Cabrie crew. Try Hard kept a handy distance in front of Boho, although under kite was making up some small ground. The finish line saw the sports boat ahead of SBM with Heath having a good gap on Kingy. Try Hard again sailed well to come in before Boho.
    The second race had an extra leg added with the finish line being up at the top end of the lake. Boho had a good start coming across in front of Casino Royale and the Laser. Screaming Blue Murder and Live Wire then tacked back towards the homestead side of the course whilst the rest of the fleet remained on starboard tack. Casino Royale was drawing away from Lightning Jack, Boho and Try Hard whist it was neck and neck with Heath and Cookie.
    Try hard was pushing the Sunmaid of Boho up this leg but a good starboard tack saw them get some distance between them.
    Casino Royale rounded ahead of Live wire, Screaming Blue Murder, Lightning Jack, Boho and Try Hard. The two RL24’s were have a great duel with not much in it, SBM being able to hold a slender lead over Alister.
    With legs that suited the sports boat they pushed further away from the fleet and took line honours convincingly. The Laser of Heath McDougall came in second ahead of Screaming Blue Murder. Lightning Jack was trying everything to get to the other RL but came up short at the line. Boho came in next having put a big margin on Try Hard up the last leg.
    Another great day on the water was had by all. Hoping next week conditions are just as similar and we get a few more entries.
    See you on the water!

  6. Sailing 28/10/2017

    With a predicted forecast of around 8-10 knots from the west it looked like being another great day on the water. The fleet numbers were down from previous weeks as some crews had prior arrangements. The first race had This Way Up, Liquid Limo, Tri-Hard, Lightning Jack and Toucan circling the committee boat to start proceedings. A very coy plan by the inexperienced crew from Boho had the Blue Peter raised before the divisional flag, so it was good that crews were keeping an eye open for the flags. It may have been colour blindness but will be put down to nerves. The hooter had the four RL24’s spread across the line with Tri-hard hanging back.
    This Way Up was away first, having recruited an experienced sailor from Royal Geelong Yacht Club. Toucan was next with Lightning Jack followed by Liquid Limo and Tri-Hard.
    With the fleet half way up the first leg, the 470 with Adam and Stinchy arrived out of the channel and joined in. Laney was first around from Liquid Limo, Lighning Jack, Toucan, No Name and Tri-Hard. There was not much separating the RL’s with Kingy flying the kite for the first time. The photos of them flying the kite was rather impressive as the photographer did a great job not to include the rescue boat.
    The wing mark had the the Yellow and Black kite( lovely words Yellow and Black, reminds me a footy club) well out in front however the crew on Toucan had worked their way back into the race. “Pammy , one arm” was doing a mighty jog on the helm and was able to get past Jack and the Harper’s. No Name had made up quite a bit of distance but as they did not cross the start line nobody really cared. This Way Up grabbed lines honours just ahead of Liquid Limo, Toucan, , Lighning Jack, No Name and Tri-Hard. Some wonderful close racing as the times reflected.
    The second race saw the inclusion of another beat to the top mark and then to the finish, which gave an extra leg. The countdown for the second had No name hovering around the pin end. The start saw Toucan early and letting out some breeze and This way Up came next followed by Liquid Limo, Lightning Jack and Tri-Hard sitting back off the line. The small tinnie anchored up had a birds eye view of the start with a few of the crew asking had they caught anything. Moments after the hooter sounded Jack put in a quick tack, followed immediately by Matt and Laney. The video coverage on the facebook page shows how quick Jack can be, another great concept that the Boho crew were able to offer as duty boat.
    No Name blitzed the fleet from the pin end and was first around the top mark followed closely by Toucan, This Way Up, Liquid Limo, Lightning Jack and Tri-Hard.
    Under kite heading to the wing mark the RL’s of This Way Up and Toucan were able to get past the 470. Matt and Alister were close behind followed by the Hitchen’s.
    The leg to the bottom mark saw No Name produce good speed to overtake Toucan who was holding a slender lead from the rest. This Way Up rounded ahead of No Name, Toucan, Liquid Limo, Lightning Jack and Tri-hard.
    With the beat to the top mark and finish, Laney was having a great tussle with the boys on the 470 and only got slightly ahead in the last part of the race. The duty boat set a wonderful finish line thanks to the house on the hill with the veranda post , tree and buoy.
    This Way Up once again grabbed line honours from No Name. But further back in the course saw some massive positional changes with Liquid Limo and Lightning Jack going past Toucan with ease.It is not sure if the skipper on Toucan had hair in her eyes and could not see but there was rumours she may have been left at the caravan park. This does sound rather harsh but they have been known to do that with blonde female crew members.
    The Harper family again showed they can match it with the best when all goes well whilst Alister King must be super happy with how Lightning Jack has been performing. A few more tweets and they will be right there with the others. Phil and Leah again got two races in and at times were going very quick. A couple of little gear failures may have stopped them from being much closer at the end.
    And the club would like to wish Will Cole a speedy recovery from his recent accident and out thoughts and wishes also go to Sue and Nick.
    Racing again next week, catch you on the water.

  7. Sailing 21/10/2017

    With better winds predicted under bleak cloud coverage seven boats made up the fleet for today’s racing. Lightning Jack the new RL24 belonging to Alister King was about to have her debut sail on Lake Purrumbete.
    Tri Hard was back again this week after engine failure on the opening day stopped them from getting to the start line.
    Casino Royale was duty boat this week with Adam and Brad setting a good start line for the first race. The old stagers on This Way Up were quick out of the blocks leading Toucan and Screaming Blue Murder across the line. Lightning jack was away from Liquid Limo whilst Boho miss judged the wind strength and was 20 seconds short on the hooter. Tri hard was playing mind games sitting way back from the line, but once moving started making up some distance. At the first mark Laney was well clear of Toucan followed by Cookie on Screaming Blue Murder. Alister was winning the duel with the Harper’s rounding just before Liquid Limo. Try hard got past Boho on the last bit of the leg, but then parked it on the buoy. They were able to get some speed up and turn with Boho.
    This Way Up was now well clear under kite with Toucan holding out SBM. The second leg gave Liquid Limo the chance under kite to get ahead of Lightning Jack and Tri Hard was able to gain a little ground on Boho.
    Positions didn’t change for the rest of the race which saw some quick times.
    The start of the second race became a helter skelter with boats jostling for the best position and everyone a little early. Lightning Jack was quick by name as she pulled out of the start at the last minute to avoid taking out the committee boat. This left Boho next in line to take drastic action to prevent cleaning up Liquid Limo. With some masterly tiller work they were able to drop below Matt just seconds before the hooter sounded.
    Toucan and SBM were further up the line and got a good start but were quickly caught by This way Up. Tri Hard again was well below the start line, probably a good tactical move.
    The second race was a mirror image of the first with all positions during the race and over the line the same as the first race.
    Congratulations to Phil and Leah Hitchen for completing both races. Try Hard certainly relished the conditions and showed some wonderful speed. It won’t belong and they will be pushing past a couple more boats in the fleet.
    Lightning Jack for her first race showed she will also soon be right up there. Not flying a kite certainly cost some ground.
    This coming week sees Boho as duty boat. Please be aware that races start at 1.30pm so countdown will commence at 1.25pm.
    Look forward to seeing you on the water.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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”

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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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