Wanderer - April 2015
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Firstly, it is with great sadness that I report the recent passing of Andrew Peck. Andrew was a long time member of Davies Bay YC and member of GLYC since he and his family moved to Gippsland in 2004. On behalf of all members of GLYC, I offer my deepest sympathies to Anabelle, Errol, Fiona, Hugh and all family members at this time.
As mentioned in my last report, it has been a very busy time of year with the Interclub Regatta at Loch Sport, the annual visit by Metung Yacht Club, the Marlay Point Over Night Race, the Noelex National Titles and the Victorian Trailables Titles. During the Trailable titles, we had a very generous donation of raffle prizes from Four Winds Marine with all money being donated to our Sailibility Program... many thanks to Four Winds Marine; the money will go towards replacement of our Sailibility Duck.
As well as all of this, we have had several visits from Yachting Victoria running the very successful Tackers Programs and, of course, our annual Easter Regatta.
After Easter, our scheduled racing season of 2014/15 rushes to a conclusion with the Four Winds Trophy race. The final two weeks of the season will be the Barnsey's Last Chance race series. Oh, and the Last Twilight race was last Tuesday, as Daylight Saving ended last weekend!
BUT DON'T DESPAIR...racing will continue throughout the winter period with a Winter Series; and, of course, the Ancient Mariners will continue racing on Tuesdays (more details below).
Friday night/Member's draw will of course continue without interruption!
I am pleased to report that last week, your Committee of Management (COM) adopted a new Code of Conduct. This code will give clear guidelines and expectations for everyone at GLYC and anyone participating in any GLYC events. There is also a section specifically for COM (committee) members and recognition of this code will form part of the acceptance for nomination for a position on the COM. I have included the code at the end of my report and it will soon be posted on our website and in the Club-room Foyer for all to see.
And one final thing - with the nearing of the end of one season comes the approach of the next season and our AGM will be the link between the two. The AGM will be held near the end of May and is a very important aspect of the club's governance and organisational arrangements. So, please start thinking about this and consider putting your hand up for a (formal) role within the club. Details of the date and nomination process will follow in next month's Wanderer.
So...until I speak to you next, may you continue to have calm seas and fair winds from aft of the beam... David
(top right) The fleet heads out to Lake King on Easter Sunday
(above right) Just some of the rush into the straits for Div 2
GLYC Code of Conduct
Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club Policy Document
Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club
Code of Conduct
Behavioural expectations applicable to all Members, Volunteers and Visitors to
Membership of Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club (GLYC) is a privilege and carries with it a responsibility to uphold our reputation at every opportunity and not to engage in conduct that brings the Club and other members into disrepute or is contrary to the Constitution and By-laws of GLYC. There are many stakeholders in GLYC and volunteers & visitors have a duty to ensure that they cause no adverse impact on any of these stakeholders as a result of their actions at GLYC or in the wider
Every person, club member, participant, spectator, official, coach, parent or member of the community
involved with the club, should work to ensure:
* inclusion of every person regardless of their age, gender or sexual orientation;
* inclusion of every person regardless of their race, culture or religion;
* opportunities for people of all abilities to participate in the sport and develop to their full potential;
* respect is shown towards others, the club and the broader community;
* a safe and inclusive environment for all;
* elimination of violent, abusive or bullying behavior; and
* protection from sexual harassment or intimidation.
Members & Visitors must behave in a manner that maintains/enhances the:
* reputation and standing of GLYC;
* health, safety and comfort of volunteers at GLYC;
* enjoyment of visitors to GLYC; and
* physical property and facilities provided by GLYC.
Members, Volunteers & Visitors shall not engage in conduct that:
* breaches accepted standards of public behaviour;
* jeopardises the health and safety of members, volunteers or visitors;
* causes offence to members, volunteers or visitors;
* lessens the amenity and enjoyment of members, volunteers or visitors;
* damages, destroys, or lessens the value of GLYC assets; and
* damages, destroys, or lessens the value of property owned by other Club members.
Any member bringing the Club into disrepute may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the GLYC By-Laws and Rules of Association.
Any visitor breaching this code may be asked to leave the premises.
Any Parent or Guardian of a child engaged in GLYC activities who breaches this code may be required to withdraw the child from the activity.
(top right) The Tackers sail out to Micks Spit to farewell the juniors on their circumnavigation around the Island. Photo by Jacqui
(above right) Div 2 boats glide out into Lake Victoria after Classic 30 start. Beautiful fleet of Dragons.
Sat. 11 1000 Cruise to Steamer Landing
Sun. 12 1300 Four Winds Race, Four Winds Trophy Where the Bloody??
Sun. 19 1300 Barnsey's Last Chance and resail Barnsey's Trophy Supertoy Plays on
Sun. 26 1300 Barnsey's Last Chance and resail Barnsey's Trophy Full Circle
(top right) Last Twilight sail; no wind but a beautiful sunset. Photo by Mary Sowa
Club night up in the bar. Come and have a barbie or bring take out and enjoy your evening at the club.
With the beautiful summer sunsets, club night has been meeting downstairs. Lovely evenings.
Tuesday afternoon Ancient Mariners
Daylight savings has pre-empted the Twilight sail and dinners in favour of the 1:00 Ancient Mariners stern chaser, of sorts. First sail should begin next Tuesday, 14 April. Brian is wetting his pencil and will deliver strict rules below in this newsletter.
Cruise to Steamer Landing, Sat., 11 April
This informal cruise will head out sometime on Saturday for those who choose not to participate both ways in the Four Winds Trophy race on Sunday. Bring your food and grog and look forward to some beach camaraderie. Home on Sunday with the racing fleet...or whenever you feel like it.
Celebration Night, Sat. 23 May
The date is pretty well secured. Celebration night last year was truly awesome. Interspersed were trophies, but it didn't get in the way of all the fun. There was a great meal and wonderful music, and a spectacular venue. If you're a snowbird, just wait till after this night; it would be a shame to miss it!
Watch this space for the date for the AGM.
The powers at be are trying to have it as soon after the Celebration Night as possible to catch those leaving for warmer climes.
Soup's soon on
Time to start thinking about which soup you'd like to prepare for Friday club night starting in June. This awesome soup night brings such warmth, cheer, bonhomie and full bellies. And it's pretty simple to prepare...your favorite soup and maybe something vegetarian as well. We all look forward to the finale - the Commodore's famous boullabaise. Join in the fun. Let Denise Lamble know what date is good for you...5152 3191.
A big thank you to all you volunteers who made this year's Marlay Point Breakfast the success it was!
(top right) The Somerville kidlets find a new way to ride wavelets in Julia, a new old Couta boat Photo by Jacqui
(above right) Taj and Oscar lead the entire Div 2 fleet down the straits this Easter Sunday!
Race Officer Ramblings
From the Start Boat
March is always a busy month for sailors whether at the Club or on waters elsewhere. The Noelex Championship promised much but there were few entries. The sailing was grand with a small but competitive fleet and we managed to get in four races on the Saturday and the remaining two on Sunday in mostly good conditions. Course changes and resetting of the course were the norm and all was handled well by the crews on RST, Rescue1 and JudiG. It was really a dress rehearsal for the YV State Trailable Championships the following weekend.
With a 21 boat fleet and great sailing breezes, we were assured of a good series. All was going swimmingly for the little blue boat until it went swimming and then to the bottom. Lofty and Andrew Somerville were without doubt leading the fleet when they rolled it in on a gybe. GLYC had a small representation in the two division fleet but were up on the podium with Adam Ericksen (Ultimate 23) and Mark Jefferis (Ultimate 18) in first and second place in the small boat division and Paul Corben (RL24) fifth place in the big boat division.
Once again, I thank all those who helped make these two regattas the success they were, from the lunch ladies, bar staff, tower and on the water crews. Well done.
After a full seven race series for the coveted Lifebuoy and Bell Championship Series where the final result went down to the placings in the final heat, our Club can now acknowledge Johno, Louise and Roger in Ghost as the most consistent performing boat on PHC narrowly beating the Foley's in Molly 'O' to take the silverware.
Due to weather or lack of, the Divisional Series is short a couple of races. These will be run as resails in Barnesy's Last Chance after Easter.
Easter was shaping up to be a great weekend with our standard Classic 30 Passage Race on Saturday, the Round Raymond Island Race on Sunday and the Lake Victoria Triangle on Monday. The junior fleet took to the water for the Good Friday Appeal and set the mark for will become an annual event.
I hopee we will we expand to attract more junior sailors from outside our Club to join our mob next year for the third Good Friday Round the Island ramble to raise funds for the Royal Children's Hospital Appeal. What a staggering success the whole day was courtesy of the tireless efforts of Sharna B and her team of supporters and volunteers, some of whom arrived at the Club before daylight to get breakfast underway before the sailors and support vessels got underway.
I am sure that the Easter Regatta will be reported on elsewhere so I won't say more than thanks to all those who helped make this a great weekend.
As part of a succession plan and with endorsement of YV, the Club will be running a Race Officer Course sometime during winter. The Metung YC mob will be joining us as well. Rob Ware, National Juror, will accompany one of the Wilson brothers and me to go over all the stuff you need to know. The best part is the one day course will be held at the Club and cost nothing. Many of our membership have already done a RO course, but it will be a great chance to get back up to speed and learn new stuff...and gain the confidence to do what I have been doing and thoroughly enjoying doing so for some years now. The course will cover all the boring but necessary stuff like the NOR and SI, a lot on starting, setting a line and a course, and what to do when things go wrong. It will also take us out on the lake to set a course using GPS and how to do it when the GPS is down.
At any pre-race/regatta briefing, I always advise competitors of my intentions as RO. I do so again now to advise all that I will stand again for Sailing Captain/Rear C. It is of course up to the Membership to decide at the AGM, which if I have a good run from Esperance, WA, in Slinky Malinky, I will be in attendance. See you then.
(top right) The juniors line up for choco eggs from Aqualibrium at the half way mark on their Good Friday Appeal sail
(above right) Nose to nosing down the Straits in the Regatta
March was a busy time for the yacht club with many events, but there was only one divisional race held, race 11. Division 1 had a good number of boats starting in light conditions which progressively got lighter. Craig and Ian Rainy managed to keep their boat moving forward throughout the race and finished first followed by Bill and David. Wendy and Rod Gardener finished well in third with the remainder of the fleet trailing a distance back. At one point your scribe lost steerage and came to a halt!
The Life Buoy & Bell race 6 was sailed in much better conditions. The Flying Fifteens got off to an excellent start and, after close racing, Craig and Ian performed the best on handicap with a 3rd place.
The flying fifteen state titles were held at Daveys Bay Yacht Club. Daveys Bay is an interesting venue requiring some logistical planning because of its unique and beautiful location. The series was sailed in a range of conditions from very light winds to quite strong breezes. GLYC was represented by three boats: the Rainy brothers, Bill Shand/David Parish, and Jim Callahan/Fred Steinkellner. Both Jim and Bill had a difficult first day but had much better results on Sunday and Monday.
The Rainey brothers were consistently in the top placings throughout the regatta placing 3rd overall after 9 races and only a few points from the top place. Bill and David placed 10th and Jim and Fred followed with an 11th. It was a great weekend of sailing and full credit to Daveys Bay Yacht Club for a great series.
(top right) The Foleys and Gardners sail down the Straits and finish in that order in the Cock o' the Lakes
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The Metung Challenge, well, it was quieter than a Melbourne supporter. It is the only time in my boating life that we have sat in company with other boats and never moved for over 120 minutes! GLYC was well represented with "pinch hitters" Gary and Tim, Div 2 had Ronnie Raptor, James, Nick, Johnno, and Chris. Mike Clarke was in the 15. Biased opinion is that we would have S-t in. 3 hours on the outboard. Highlights of the day were spotting a seal asleep in the lake and a lovely "mermaid" taking a bath.
On to Marlay Point... shore based, much too wise for any of this nonsense now. However our involvement arranged by my entrusted wife was to do the Dog Watch breakfast at 6 30 am and I thought a few observations on kitchen duty, of which I was not too familiar, could be of interest to some.
This involves sleeping in Kalimna as no Ferry at this holy hour. On board Kalimna (dry berth, no wet dreams) at 9:30pm. First duty: check the till float (orders from the Treasurer.) This is finally accomplished with the aid of a failing torch, at last we have a balance, counting is not my strong point, in to bed, Fred (our dog) has fleas, so intermittent scratching takes place all night. Lesley has a nasal problem, read, very slight snore!!! And I have indigestion and a hard bunk.
Two alarms are set for 5:30 am (unnecessary as no sleep possible). Finally the magic hour arrives, off to the kitchen; first problem, find the lights, all good. Next problem...the till. Lesley knows how to switch on, however, opening the drawer causes some delay and cries of anguish. At last I have some points on the board, press "Cash", all is resolved. Next move is the ovens. Slight delay here as we also need the fan setting to get some heat, fixed; stress is building up.
Bacon on, tomatoes in, going well; now for the beans, Gas stove for these, problem: where is the Piazzo lighter, much fumbling and further stress, gas on, no flame, ah, read the instructions on the wall.
All is well, all we needed was a match. I guess that Queen Victoria may have had this stove at Windsor Castle at some time. The kitchen ranks are swelled by volunteers who have turned out to give us a hand. Thanks to all. Some cheering may indicate the arrival of the first yacht; it's near day light and a look down the lake reveals a distinct lack of yachts. Yep, another drifter. Not much more to say, other than our sales were satisfactory. It was a pleasure to work with the volunteers taking part in a very very well organized effort by the club.
SOME MARCH RACING OBSERVATIONS - DIV 2 CENTRIC
Divisional Series March 15.
Yardstick: 1 PVB, 2 Kalimna and 3 OHL. Conditions were very light (PVB did Kalimna by 1 second)
Personal: Kalimna,OHL, PVB
LIFE BUOY AND BELL MARCH 29TH
1 The Lemon, 2 Kalimna, 3 Where the bloody hell are you.
Again conditions very light
Four races for the month with around 24 boats taking part. Weather a bit of a mixed bag: good winds for two, five finishers for one, and one abandoned. Interesting observations on the light days: one competitor was stuck on a Jelly fish and several others failed to spot a large weed bed and failed to appreciate they had in fact stopped!
Mention must be made of the efforts of our Galley staff on the last race night who fed 105 people without any dramas. Having now had extensive kitchen experience, one can appreciate the effort!! Well done
Well, folks, "Gotta Zip"...there is a Snail with arthritis trying to cross the road, needs help
(top right) Div 2 boats in Cock o' the Lake start
(above right) A very busy strait this Easter Sunday
Victorian Mosquito State Titles - Bendigo YC
The GLYC Mozzies had a good weekend of catching up with new and old members of the swarm at the State Titles on Lake Eppaloch over the long weekend. The sailing however didn't quite live up to the socialising.
It was a great turnout with 26 Mossies attending, including 2 interstate from Northern NSW and SA.
Saturday's two races were pretty much drifters, with the wind shifting a fair bit as you would expect. But the club did a great job of picking the average wind direction, so the races never turned in to a soldier's course, which was good.
Sunday's wind took it's time to come from the forecasted direction and to pick up, and the club again made a good call to wait for it and let us have an early lunch. We then had three races back to back with the wind strength varying enormously. Trapeze strength gusts were interspersed with drifting, and direction varied up to 90 degrees, which made picking the shifts difficult. Monday's races never looked likely and after a bit of a wait on shore the weekend's racing was over. We were lucky to get five races in, and all credit to Bendigo YC for achieving that much.
None of the GLYC boats truly mastered the flukey conditions, but Gary (Still Bitten) did the best finishing 3rd overall while Neil (Immunity) wasn't far behind in 5th.
Peter (Bee Alert) and Tim (Karma Cat) fought it out for 8th and 9th respectively.
Regular GLYC visitor, Matt Stone, did an amazing job of getting it right far more than any other, with a 4th his worst place. Nobody else was anywhere near that consistent, and his back to back state title win was very well earned.
The Sauna Sail is back this year. This is a great mid-winter regatta for off-the-beach classes and, with camping right there at the club house, it is always a good social event as well.
Contact Bruce James on 0427 559 499 or go to www.lvyc.org.au for information.
2015 Mosquito State Titles Results
(top right) Quiet times at Bendigo
(above right) Spot the GLYC Mozzie
Division Cool - Junior sailing
6000 reasons to discover sailing
The club was abuzz on Good Friday with over 100 family, friends and supporters in attendance for a send-off breakfast for the Juniors' Raymond Island Sail.
Twelve kids in six Pacers, and eight in smaller Optimist dinghies were sent off in style for the worthy cause: the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
The younger Optimist sailors joined the fleet for the first leg of the sail and perched near Mick Spit to farewell the Pacer fleet.The Pacers then took 4 hours and 40 minutes to complete the island circumnavigation. The intrepid sailors were accompanied by a flotilla of supporters from giant catamarans, trailer sailers, motor boats to rescue boats. Over $6000 was raised in support of their efforts.
The day celebrated a very successful junior program for our club this season; over 60 kids have sailed at GLYC through our Discover Sailing Days, Start Sailing School, Division Cool or Tackers holiday programs.
We've also had juniors represent the club at regional regattas, school sailing carnivals and state championships. The enthusiasm of all of our juniors brings a great energy to the club, much to the delight of all members (young and old). Well done kids!
(top right) All the kids help bring in the last boat after the juniors' Easter Appeal circumnavigation
A brilliant Easter Regatta
There was a wonderful spectacle for Easter Sunday visitors in Paynesville as the Easter Regatta fleet raced down the straits on their way around Raymond Island in the Cock of the Lake race. Forty-seven boats participated and most were flying their colourful spinnakers as they glided past the onlookers. The modest wind policed the boats and kept the fleet within the 5 knot speed limit to the relief of the Water Police.
The Easter Regatta is a long standing tradition for the GLYC and this year drew boats from far and wide. Several Dragons from Melbourne were craned into the water at the yacht club to join up with the Metung Dragon fleet. The Magnum Assoc. merged part of their championship into the round the island race with eight Magnums racing on Sunday. Several large trimarans which fold into crickets for transporting, morphed into speed machines as well.
The Regatta excitement was prefaced by the new Good Friday tradition of Juniors sailing around the island to raise funds for the Easter Appeal. From three little Minnow dinghies which sailed last year, the fleet grew to six Pacers with over a dozen kids as well as five Tackers in Optimist dinghies who sailed over to Micks Spit to farewell the juniors. It was quite a procession of boats that sailed and motored along in support of the juniors. The kids were overwhelmingly successful in completing their circumnavigation as well as collecting a massive donation for the Appeal.
The Classic 30 Mile Race was postponed an hour on Saturday to allow the wind to come in. Twenty-three boats participated including five Dragons and four racing trimarans along with the trailer sailers and keel boats and even Andrew's classic Couta boat.
The first hour or so was a study in slow motion and peaceful reflections on the water. However, even with just a breath of wind the tactical judgements began to favour one boat and then the next. As they drifted east on the south side of Raymond Island, those boats nearest the island moved ahead until a new breeze favoured those who were farther south.
Around Point Scott the fleet speed started to pick up. With the trimarans leading the fleet, the contest among them became more heated. Around Point King, three trimarans chose to head toward Fort King while Triple Espresso and Fifty/Fifty sailed out towards the Tambo River. Theirs was the right tack as they rounded the compass points at Eagle Point well ahead of Sknot and Bare Necessities.
Then the contest narrowed to Triple Espresso and Fifty/Fifty as they alternated the lead with Fifty/Fifty just pinching ahead of Triple at Tambo Bluff and maintaining it all the way home. The two came through the shortened course gate at Micks Spit within seconds of each other. Andrew McColl on Triple Espresso said, "It was a great race, so close. Fifty/Fifty got the advantage and kept it and deserved the win."
Because handicaps for the boats are figured into the finishing tally on yardstick, Bill Shand and Commodore David Parish on Relience Ffenty Ffoo, a Flying Fifteen, won first; Mitch and Keith Bayliss, on Pipalini, a Castle 650, took second, and Triple Espresso, a Corsair F28 Tri sailed by Andrew and Clancy McColl, won third place.
Sunday's Cock of the Lake race was blessed with a modest wind that drove the fleet around Raymond Island and freshened half way around to add some spice. The McColls took first on Triple Espresso in the fleet yardstick results, with Julia, the Couta boat sailed by Andrew Somerville taking second, and Relience Ffenty Ffoo with Bill Shand and David Parish gleaning third.
Notable were the Duffs, father Steve and son Taj, eleven, who each sailed and completed the race; Taj on a Pacer sailing with Oscar, and Steve on a Hobie Cat who completed his first race in the club.
Monday saw the fleet head out into Lake Victoria and drift for an hour and a half before Mother Nature saw fit to bring in enough wind to start the Lake Victoria Triangle race. As the boats sat there, sailors were wishing they had their lunches with them while Andy Crow on Pipalini spent his hour fishing. Whoops and laughter rang out when he caught a tailor as they waited. Two big trimarans sped off with their motors gunning in a spontaneous short race to beat the tedium of waiting.
Finally the race started and the boats were able to complete the Olympic triangle/sausage/triangle course with no mishaps. Only nineteen boats competed as many had to head home and others do not enjoy racing around the sticks. In this race, Brian Carroll and Steve Duff on Supertoy Plays On, a Flying Fifteen, took first in yardstick for the fleet; Chris and Lesley Avery on Kalimna, a Timpenny 770SK, came second, and Bill Shand and David Parish on Relience Ffeny Ffoo won third.
The series score for the full Easter Regatta saw Triple Espresso, a Corsair F28 Tri sailed by Andrew and Clancy McColl, take first with Relience Ffenty Ffoo, the Flying Fifteen sailed by Bill Shand and David Parish, coming in second. Pipalini, a Castle 650 sailed by Mitch and Keith Bayliss were third.
Many thanks are in order for all those involved in making this great event happen and work so smoothly. James helmed all his crew with confidence, calm and joy...so thanks to James and all the on water helpers. And on shore helpers especially the Parishes who provided yummy lunches for those helping. Wow. And, of course, to the bar staff who helped generate a profit, George for dim sims, and Ben for results, and Hugh just for being Hugh. And those unseen helpers as well. What a great weekend!
That wrapped up the Easter Regatta as the Corsair trimarans refolded themselves back into crickets, the Melbourne Dragons were re-craned back on their trailors, and the Metung Dragons and visiting boats headed home. The club house was still echoing with the sounds of laughter and animated discussion as the lights were finally turned off and the happy sailors departed.
(top right) The kids cross new frontiers in their Easter circumnavigation
(above right) Andy Crow, crew on Pipalini, makes good use of the delay of Monday's Lake Triangle race by fishing and catching a yummy tailor
Ancient Mariners Pursuit Protocol
The Ancient Mariners Pursuit Series will commence next Tuesday April 14th.
This series is geared towards engaging the pedantic pensioner population of the club in an afternoon activity to prevent them from becoming too grumpy and annoying their wives or other innocents. This social welfare program goes something like this:
# Arrive at club around noon to eat lunch and discuss matters of national significance.
# Offer an opinion on the course selection for the day.
# Deposit $1 in the prize pool for the winners bottle of wine.
# First boat wanders off around 1pm
# Boats go to within 3 boat lengths of the nominated turning mark or whatever the skipper thinks is safe for his craft. (cautious skippers abound)
# If the course has not been completed by 3:15pm then the whistle is blown, motors started and all possible speed is made towards the bar.
Boat in front at 3:15pm gets the wine.
# Continue discussion on issue of national importance or any other nonsense that takes your fancy.
Invariably the pensioners require help, so there is always room for other ancients to crew. In special circumstances, it may also be acceptable for people who still have a memory to participate.
(top right) A blue whale shark perhaps? Good catch, anyway.
Tales of the Whale and the Bird
The Adventures of Pete and Anne March
Hi Family and Friends,
We have been in Marina Riviera Nayarit located in La Cruz Huanacaxtle for 3 weeks now. It is located in Banderas Bay one of the largest natural deep water bays in Mexico. The southern point is formed by Cabo Corrientes(Cape of Currents) and is known for accelerated winds and currents. The bay pre- tourism (large areas have multi storied resorts lining the beach) would have been breath taking. It was a shock to us after experiencing so many natural bays and anchorages, sometimes all to ourselves in the Sea of Cortez to be in the hustle and bustle of a busy city. Luckily where we are berthed has not been touched by tourism and the village is a very authentic with no multi tourist developments. The marina sits on the edge of the village and it's lovely to wander around cobblestone roads and sit in the village square, and there are many small restaurants that offer a range of cuisines and live music.
Our trip from Mazatlan to Banderas Bay on the 1st of March, included a stop over at Ensenada de Matanchen which holds the record for the longest wave ridden, unfortunately no surf for Pete who has a surf board onboard now. It's a beautiful bay lined with coconut trees and palapa's(open aired small locally owned restaurants with traditional lined palm leaves for the roof). We again crossed paths and were visited by whales who gently passed us by; if it is very calm we hear the noise from them blowing air before we see them. In the distance, thankfully, we have seen magnificent displays of breaching and tail slapping also. The stingrays here in Mexico are smaller than ours and a light brown colour. We are often entertained as they launch themselves out of the water 'flapping' and then slapping back into the water; it's very funny to watch. We were puzzled by what we thought were tips on the surface of the water that looked like small sharks; we discovered they were the stingrays floating close to the surface with the ends of their flaps pointing skyward. They looked like small brown paper bags floating on the surface and were in large numbers; I wondered if they were just resting.
My first attempt at trawling a fishing line resulted in a Bonito(tuna), caught on dusk, then we had the dilemma of how to land and deal with a live fish in the cockpit. The result was a not too neatly cut number of tuna steaks, unfortunately, neither Pete or I were keen on the taste once it was cooked. Another first for me was while deciding if the water was ok for a swim at anchorage I fell very ungracefully off the scoop at the back of the boat!!. Yes the water was lovely and my pride stayed intact as nobody saw it happen. To date I have successfully thrown overboard in the laundry water one of Petes Bonds underpants and he has tipped some cutlery overboard with the dish water; so we are even.
We then left Matanchen Bay for Banderas Bay at 5pm with 14knts of wind; we quickly set sails eager to just sail. Within half an hour we were motoring (unfortunately we motored most of the way). We have added 100hrs to the motor since leaving San Carlos; we have missed our sailing and read the Yacht Club E flash race results with some envy. On this short trip we had an uncomfortable rolling sea, no wind and Pangas and trawlers to contend with. On a previous night run we were in the middle of eight trawlers, all some distance away, but it takes time using the binoculars to confirm their course and we did need to adjust our course on a number of occasions to avoid them.
Calling 'Starboard' was not an option, Dave B; they are much bigger than we are!
The Pangas are low open fibreglass fishing boats about 22ft long with a big out board motor that the local fishermen use. They have long lines out from the boat attached to a small buoy at night and they often do not show a light until you are nearly on-top of them. We have had a number of close calls with Pangas and their lines, but we respect that we are in their territory and fishing is their livelihood. The trawlers are the opposite, spotlights blazing as they zigzag across an area with nets trawled out behind and I suspect with no one on look out. We also saw a cruise boat that looked like a Christmas tree; no way could you see the starboard and port light amongst all the 'bling'. Needless to say by the the time the sun came up and we had arrived at the La Cruz Marina at Bandaras Bay, both Pete and I were very tired. Something to celebrate, however, is that we now have the coast of Mexico on port and the wide open blue Pacific Ocean on starboard. We can almost 'smell' home!
As of the 22nd of March, we are now waiting for a weather window with favourable trade winds to carry us across the equator and on to the Marquesas. We will have a course of 230deg true when we leave Banderas Bay and will be aiming to cross the equator around 120 deg, West; fingers crossed the breeze is favourable. Approximately 50 yachts have registered to do the Pacific Puddle Jump, with some leaving recently impatient to be on their way. We have opted to be patient and wait for the trade winds to fill in. One boat reported boat speed as 'zero and wind speed as zero!'
We have also completed our first part of provisioning for 4 months with the long life food which has been successfully stored in the yacht with a rough map of where to find things. We managed two full shopping trolleys on this trip and the taxi drivers face was priceless. So far the water line on Whale and the Bird has not changed significantly and there is still empty space. I think Pete has inspected, serviced and replaced as much as possible on the boat; he has not really retired from working on boats! We were able to get copies of charts for many areas of the South Pacific thanks to a wonderful library of charts donated by another cruiser and kept here in La Cruz.
We also had a visit from a swarm of bees that decided to make their new home our radar dome. We tried banging the radar pole, spraying with fly spray to no avail; then Pete smoked them out by setting fire to an egg carton on the end of boat hook. It worked like a treat and they 'buzzed off' to annoy someone else. The marina guard arrived 15mins later asking if we had a problem with bees? Pete replied, 'No worries mate, smoked em out!'.
As of the 24/03, the boat is just about ready to go; the big SHOP for long life food has been done; the water and fuel tanks and jerry containers are full, and the windvane is set up. We just need the fresh food and beer supplies and the weather window and we can head for the Marquesas. We will miss Mexico and it's people and the fellow cruisers we have met.
'Adios Mexico and Hasta Luego Amigos', (goodbye Mexico and see you later friends')
Peter and Anne
Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club
P.O. Box 194, Paynesville VIC 3880
|Commodore||David Parish||5156 7523 / 0437 516 666|
|Vice Commodore||Lyn Wallace||0414 292 289|
|Rear Commodore||James Frecheville||5156 7103 / 0412 979 824|
|Sailing Captain||James Frecheville|| 5156 7103 / 0412 979 824|
|Secretary||Russ Peel||5156 6691 / 0408 589 805|
|Treasurer||Jenny Brown||0403 819 635|
|Sailability Officer||Andrew Thistlethwaite||5156 0141|
|Immediate Past Commodore||Jacqui Loft||0468 987 684|
|Publicity and Wanderer||Christie Arras||5156 7861|
|Club House||Dave Bacon||5156 7524|
|Tropies||Lou Hill||0418 580 780|
|Boats||Andrew Somerville||5156 1118|
|Training School||Sharna Baskett||0409 207 331|
Hills Triple Swing Set - $20
3.5m (big) Circular Trampoline - $30
6ft x 3ft Pool Table with balls, cues and rest - $80
ATP Deluxe Foldaway Table Tennis table - $50
Scooter with 16" wheels - $40
Pair of Car Service Ramps - $20
Contact: Tim Shepperd
Phone: 0400 666 486