Basin Classic 2019
19 out of the 20 boats entered for this year’s Classic took to the water, ignoring the less than favourable weather forecast, for the 11am start. Luckily the weather gods were smiling and we all had a dry race in a pleasant 10-12 knot south easterly breeze.
It was an off the breeze start, with most skippers behaving in a generous and gentlemanly manor (at least where we were anyway), and all boats got away cleanly, many carrying spinnakers over the start line, and most of the rest of the fleet, hoisting them very soon afterwards.
It was downhill all the way the way to the first mark in Swan Bay, with some good close quarters combat between a number of boats. The sporty Black Sheep lead the way, with a number of the bigger boats forming a flock just behind.
Short work out of Swan Bay, then another quick Spinnaker run down into Basin View, followed by a work out avoiding the rocks off Tallyan Point. With the fleet starting to spread, the spinnakers would not come out again for many all the way to the finish with a work around Garden Island, quick dip in and out of “Ernies” the another work back around MacLean’s to the final mark in Errol Bay/Wrights Beach. Then it was a final shy reach or “cracked sheets work” that saw a few tight kite runs for some of the enthusiastic skippers and an easy cruise back for the more “relaxed” boats.
So after between two and three hours on the water, it was time to head back to the RSL “Fisho’s” shed for the debrief and the ever popular “Tales Tall or True” The theme for this year’s race was Pacific Islands and it was good to see most of the crews breaking out the loud shirts. Special mentions to the Time Out boys with the island equivalent of Double Denim with Hawaiian Shirts, shorts and even hats!, also to the Frou Frou crew for sporting grass skirts. Best (or possible worse) dress of the day had to go to Silver on Equinox for sailing in a purple wig and floral three quarter length dress. We think this was a tactic to distract the other boats, and it seemed to work as they finished in second place on PHS.
The Island theme was well supported by local business Island Sushi supplying some delicious Wiki Wiki Poke bowls for the hungry sailors, to supplement the usual fantastic BBQ Snags from the Backchat Crew.
Other mentions must go to our committee boat of Phil and Cliffy for their usually excellent job of starting, finishing, timing, buoy wrangling and the always superb Wind Whispering. Still not sure if there was a special message in the upside down T flag, for the start though? The happy snaps of the day are now available to view on the website (www.sibyc.com.au/photos) and were provided by our excellent photographer Shawn on Kingston Town. Thanks as ever to all club volunteers, these events would not happen without you. Results below for those interested. Already looking forward to next year’s Regatta which will the 30th annual running of the event. See you on the water!
Saturday 2nd February and Sunday 3rd February 2019
Well done to all skipper’s and crew for once again making it a fantastic regatta. Great sailing, some great “best dressed” and good fun back on dry land. More to follow, start planning for the 30th Year regatta in 2020!
Saturday Pictures: HERE
Sunday Pictures: HERE
Nothing from September 14, 2019 to October 14, 2019.