There has been spotted around the club elves working on things from the installation of Christmas lights, to the pressure washing of the men's toilets. Making sure a yacht Club stays ship shape ready for the next day's adventures does take everyone's eyes and ears. So I would like to say a big thank you to all the thoughtful people that have contributed in some small (and large) bit to make all our jobs easier.
This last month has seen another group compete in the water awareness course, more dinghy instructors, lots of sailing, racing , cruising and lots of 'yea ha's' out in the discover sailing, training school and sailability. All of these events may look seamless and just happen, but behind the season's work in getting to the fun of sailing has had an amazing number of people enter the water.
In talking to Andrew about the Sailability program, he informed me the same major group of people have been running the sailability program for around 8 years. I have to say that is a great amount of commitment to the team. However, I know with any volunteer group it is the new blood that keeps the spark alive. I wonder what you do on a Tuesday morning? If you would love to go for a sail and help Andrew out, how about giving him a ring? I know he would love to hear from you, even just to ask what is involved and if you have any skills to offer. He would love to hear from any one.
From the committee and myself, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a safe regatta to those competing over the holiday period.
Travel safely on the roads and waterways.
Updated: 5 Dec 2015 3:28pm by David Parish
Longnose and Waza Rager flex their muscles
in a duel downwind in the 8 November LB&B
01 Tuesday, 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
05 Saturday, 1000 hrs Cruise to Nicholson
06 Sunday, 900 hrs Sail Training
06 Sunday, 1400 hrs Return from Nicholson
06 Sunday, 1400 hrs C G Drummond
08 Tuesday, 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
13 Sunday, 900 hrs Sail Training
13 Sunday, 1400 hrs Divisional heats 7 & 8
15 Tuesday, 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing, Xmas breakup
20 Sunday, 900 hrs Sail Training
20 Sunday, 1000 hrs Loch Sport and Return
27 Sunday, 1000 hrs Impulse National Championships through to Sat., 02 January
01 Friday, 1000 hrs Impulse National Championships
02 Saturday, 1000 hrs Impulse National Championships
03 Sunday, 1400 hrs Three Bays Race
05 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
08 Friday 1000 hrs Cruise to Metung
09 Saturday 1000 hrs Metung and Return race
10 Sunday 1400 hrs LB&B
12 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
17 Sunday 1400 hrs Divisional Heats 9 & 10
19 Tuesday 1700 hrs Twilight Sailing
24 Sunday 1400 hrs Female Skippers race
26 Tuesday 1400 hrs Australia Day races, no Twilight Sailing
31 Sunday 1400 hrs Divisional races 11 & 12
Updated: 5 Dec 2015 4:37am by James Frecheville
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The power contest continues around the
bend between Longnose and Rager
Club night up in the bar. Come and enjoy the company. Bring in a meal if you'd like. There are meat barbie packs available to be ordered from the bar. As there is green fleet training on Friday evening, it's great for families to light up the fire and have a meal on the deck. It's a very lively night. You might even win the members' draw but only if you are financial!
Cruise to Nicholson
Our first cruise this sailing season is to Nicholson on Saturday, 05 December. Last year we had close to 60 people at the Nicholson Bistro for dinner with many who couldn't sail over driving up just for the meal. This cruise is an opportunity to be close to other members as we raft up together and bed down for the night. Sunday is the CG Drummond race so you can just sail right to the start line from Nicholson.... Leave GLYC around 1400 hrs or whenever you wish on Saturday. Meal at Riverview Bistro at 6:30. James will hand out a cheat sheet on the CG Drummond race in Lake King on Sunday, 1400 hrs., for those who'll sail straight to the start.
Impulse National Championships
Why not give some of your time to helping out at the Impulse Titles? They'll be running from 27 December to the 2nd of January. It's always rewarding and usually fun to be part of the team. Let James know if you can help.
New Year's Eve celebrations
We're planning on another shared evening meal with everyone bringing salads, barbie stuff or desserts before the fireworks and on into 2016. The food always balances out nicely and everyone has a memorable time as we say goodbye to 2015 and hello to the new year.
There is a chance Christie will still be in the U.S. and won't be able to oversee the meal and clean up, so could someone keep an eye out on New Year's for seeing that the food is arranged and tidied up after the meal? Could you let Jacqui or Wendy Gardiner know if you'd be able to help?
Updated: 5 Dec 2015 3:17pm by Christie Arras
Report from the Rear
New kid on the block. Morrow takes on the
challenge with Buster Hooper on By
Invitation in the 29 Nov LB&B race
November is now behind us and we are approaching half way through the season of Divisional, LB&B and Trophy racing. We have also been very lucky with weather for both Sunday and Tuesday sailing. Without doubt our biggest Club day continues to be the Tuesday Twilight Series with fleets of 20 plus boats common. Social sailing has broad appeal and Brian Collins has continued to do a masterful job in playing the numbers with fleet finishes more than close enough to be exciting for both sailors and those watching on shore. Christie and Maureen are now seasoned players at course setting with great results ensuing. Denise Lamble is also to be commended for her work in organizing the meals and kitchen crews that cater for the masses who join in for the apres-sail dinner. I am constantly reminded of how strong our Club is with the support of members in volunteering to man a boat or help in the kitchen. Without this commitment we just could not run the sailing program we do.
Feedback indicates that we are starting to get things right with our different courses and format for the Divisional Series and it seems that everyone now knows what course we are sailing for each of the Divisional and LB&B series.
Tim Shepperd has made appropriate changes to the Performance Handicapping system for the LB&B and Trophy Series and, given that there are fewer complaints and comments about how it works and why those winning are doing so, I feel we are on the right track. It does however need some subtle refining but when sorted it would not surprise me if other clubs took it onboard especially if they too have a history of mixed fleet racing where a winner has to be found within a fleet of OTB monos and multihulls, keelboats and trailables. Actually I am not aware of any other yacht or sailing club that fields a Pacer against an Adams13 in a fleet race, so maybe Tim's PHC work will only live on here at GLYC. But then again, it was nearly 50 years ago that GLYC started what became the VYC Yardstick that is now used throughout Australia.
The Ossie McCutcheon ff regatta hosted this month was both interesting and informative for those who attended. Just waving flags on the Start Boat and watching and listening to the coach Gavin Dagley has made me a better sailor! From the JudiG I can always tell who has gone the wrong way.....a pity I can't emulate same and do otherwise when I sit on the side of a boat.
James gets a high on a Pacer in the Green
Fleet training on Friday in the massive
During the Christmas - New Year period we are hosting the Impulse National Championship Regatta. There was a fleet of 50 boats at the State Titles this year and the Impulse Association is indicating (hoping for) that there could be a good fleet contesting in December/January. Whatever the fleet size, our Club will make it a great and memorable event. I have a core crew for Race Management half sorted and it would be a wonderful opportunity for anyone who is interested or has perhaps completed the recent RO course to help out. Don't be shy about putting your hand up. It will be fun and rewarding but the pay is crap.
And while on the subject of Race Management, it is so important that we have capable and willing supporters happy to step up to help out when needed. Like right now, as Christie, who drives JudiG on Tuesdays and the RS Thomson on Sundays, has to visit family in USA next week. It is easy to just take for granted the effort that many put in for the successful racing program we run. A big and continued thank you to all.
As Sailing Captain it was incumbent on me to assist with a recent Friday evening Green Fleet training session. I had all but forgotten just how much fun there is to be had blasting around in a small boat in a big breeze. The only way for anyone to learn to sail in 20 plus knots is to get out there and do it and, with the support of Russell Broomhall, we all got very wet and enjoyed a great evening afloat.
The CG Drummond Trophy Race will be held in Lake King enabling those who cruise to Nicholson on Saturday a chance to make the start. I plan to have a course mix of triangular and passage racing which will include the Compass Piles and a Club Finish.
See you out there. If not before when I tap you on the shoulder to ask for help as a duty crew.
Updated: 5 Dec 2015 12:00am by James Frecheville
Nitro charges around the Island in the LB
There have been 3 races completed in the Divisional series, races 3,4 and 5, this November. There is a close battle for first position between Craig Rainey and Brian Carol with Craig and Ian just ahead on points. Brian has performed well in the last 3 races with two firsts and a second. Nitro with Mark Jefferies is going well in the series holding 4th place and sailing well.
The November 22nd race was an interesting one with all the competitors and race management keeping a close eye on the oncoming front that threatened all day. James made a very wise decision to cancel the last race of the day and the division 1 boats all got back to the club safely before the front hit though others in the fleet were not so lucky and struggled to get back to the club.
The Life Buoy and Bell had two races in November. At this time, the best performing division one boats are Rod and Wendy Gardiner tied for 4th with their best result of 5th in race 3. Jim Callahan is in 7th with his best result a 3rd in race 2.
Updated: 4 Dec 2015 11:54pm by Christie Arras
The GLYC Trailable Cup
The beautiful new Trailable Cup which any
Div 2 skipper should be proud to earn.
To be eligible a Yacht must.
- Conform to Yachting Victoria criteria for a Trailable Yacht
- Handicapping will be in accordance with ATYSBR criteria or GLYC handicap at the discretion of the Sailing Captain. A -2.3 % penalty will be allowed for no spinnaker. Class requirements are to be read as part of and in conjunction with ATYSBR criteria.
- The trophy will be awarded to Trailable Yachtscompeting in both the Divisional Series and the LifeBuoy and Bell Series. A total of 14 (7 Divisional and 7 LB&B) scheduled races will form The GLYC Trailable Cup Series. Results for each race will calculated on CBH/YS and announced on the race day and published on the GLYC web as an addendum to the Div 2 results. Lowest scoring yacht with best of ten races to count will win the Trophy.
Division 2 was basically a Trailable division; the
structure of the fleet has evolved over time
necessitating a change in the composition of Div 2. Due
to the very wide range of yachts competing at the club it has been necessary to include yachts that do not in any way meet the Trailable criteria. This inclusion has
Kalimna with Chris and Lesley and Enola
sails into the ominous cloud in the LB&B
race before the storm
significantly reduced the competitiveness of the
authentic Trailables. When considering this factor
Chris and Leslie Avery have offered the trophy in the
hope of attracting more Trailables to compete in our
Should the objectives of this Trophy not be realized in time, say 2 years, then the Trophy may be discontinued at the discretion of the committee.
Updated: 5 Dec 2015 4:41am by Christie Arras
Immunity with Neil and Jack blasts the
rest of the fleet out of the water in the
Well, once again the appearance of Div 4 sailors has been somewhat erratic. Things started well with Immunity, Bee Alert and Still Bitten contesting the Commodore's Trophy Races. Then it was a lonely Still Bitten that sailed the first two back to back Divisional races in perfect weather.
On the Melbourne Cup "Weekend", Still Bitten and Karma Cat went to Loch Sport BC to make up for the 100's of times that Bee Alert comes to GLYC and had a challenging day sailing a very shifty "Catamaran Challenge" course with 6 other cats. Still Bitten managed to get the best of the tricky conditions and come home with petrol money, thanks to the event sponsor, Pulse Credit Union.
The Mossies reappeared for the LBB race on the 8th November in, as always, perfect Cat conditions, with Bee Alert and Still Bitten enjoying it most flying spinnakers, while Immunity's spinnaker was locked in Tim's garage.
The LB Crawford Trophy Race is always enjoyed by the Cats; but a call to look after an ailing family member in England saw Karma Cat unable to attend, and a Windsurfing accident on the Friday Night before meant Still Bitten was unable to participate. So a sloop-rigged Immunity (club junior, Jack, on board) had it all to himself, and WOW did they have a good sail, flying around the Island in what could have been record time, if not for the beat after the start in Lake Victoria. I don't think Jack has stopped smiling yet.
The Mosquitos buzz out of the start line
on the 8 Nov LB&B race
Div 4 was again missing from GLYC on the weekend of the 22nd November, when the Mosquito Spinnaker State Titles where held at Somers YC, but GLYC was well represented there with Immunity, Bee Alert and Still Bitten (loaned to a local sailor) attending. It was tough conditions with strong winds, confused seas, and tide challenging the GLYC sailors and helping those with local knowledge. Immunity was the first non-local in 4th place followed by Bee Alert. The local who borrowed Still Bitten placed second almost stealing the win; so a GLYC boat (sort of) went close to a win.
Hopefully, soon Tim will be back and Gary's back will be OK to sail and we will get the full compliment of Mossies back on the water. We all need the practice before heading for the National Titles which start on 28th December at Rye YC on the Mornington Peninsula.
Hope Santa brings you lots of sailing stuff and we are all bitten by the sailing bug again soon...
Updated: 5 Dec 2015 12:26am by Tim Shepperd
Discover Sailing Action
The Gippsland Lakes team came 2nd at the
Junior School Teams Sailing Carnival at
Albert Park Lake
We have had so much Discover Sailing action happening around the club these past weeks. It is fabulous to see how many training boats are out of the water on Friday nights and Sundays. This month we have had:
- The Gippsland Lakes team come 2nd at the Junior School Teams Sailing Carnival at Albert Park Lake
- Green fleet keep strengthening their skills on Friday afternoons under the stewardship of Jacqui Loft and Peter Buckley
- Our start sailing fleet advanced this past weekend to sailing on their own in Pacers (without instructor assistance), and our Minnow fleet are doing fabulously. Capsize practice was also successfully completed by all
- Our junior fleet also continue to be well represented on Tuesday twilights, plus Sunday afternoons in the Divisional Series, club trophy races and are also out completing the LBB course
- Ian Wall from YV and Jamie Watkinson from Paynesville Ambulance ran two more successful Water Safety and CPR sessions this Monday just gone. We've had great feedback from everyone who participated, with even the oldest of salts learning something new on the day
- Congratulations also to Jacqui Loft, Brian Carroll and Steve Duff who all successfully completed their Yachting Australia Dinghy Instructors qualification
December and January will be no quieter with the following to note in the diary:
Amelie, Sorrel and Andrew crewing the
Pacer on Sunday
- Saturday 5th December, GLYC will be participating in the Bairnsdale Christmas Parade ? come down and wave to the fleet of Minnows "sailing" down main street (or better still, join us for the fun in your best port and starboard colours)
- Sunday 19th December, GLYC Discover Sailing Xmas break-up with a special visit from the jolly man in the red suit himself. It's a celebration for everyone who has participated in Tackers, Start Sailing & Green Fleet this season, so please join the celebrations - everyone is welcome!
- A number of our juniors will be competing in the Minnow Nationals at McCrae over the Xmas/New Year period... good luck guys, sail fast and have lots of fun!
- Tackers plus Adult/Teen Learn to Sail will be back this school holidays, from Monday January 4th to Friday January 8th
- The Victorian Youth Catamaran Program will also be running a two day training session of the Thursday and Friday of the Tackers week (Jan 7th & 8th)
Finally our 2016 GLYC Discover Sailing Calendars are running out fast, and why not... at $15 each of two for $25 they are the perfect stocking stuffers for Xmas. Catch up with Lyn Wallace to get your copy!
Check out the GLYC website, or contact Sharna or Lyn via email@example.com for further details on any of the above.
Updated: 5 Dec 2015 3:14pm by Christie Arras
Calling for volunteers for Impulse welcome dinner
Monday, 28 December
The Averys in action while on duty on
Rescue 1 helping Inside Joke get righted
in the blow on 8 Nov
Calling all frustrated Matt Prestons/Nigella Lawsons/ Kylie Kwongs/Jamie Olivers/Stephanie Alexanders... or anyone with a burning desire to help with the catering!
We have just three more Tuesdays to cater for after the Twilight Races before Christmas, with Pizza, Lasagne and Christmas Dinner on the menu. A huge thankyou to all those who have taken their turn with the catering... and I hope it hasn't been too much of an ordeal. We have been pretty fortunate with the weather so far, and have been averaging about 65 meals each Tuesday, which is a pretty amazing feat.
The Club is hosting the Impulse titles over the Christmas break, and we are providing a Welcome Dinner on Monday 28 December. If anyone is around to help on that day, PLEASE PLEASE contact me and offer your body for a bit of assistance. It won't be anything too fancy, and the final dinner at the end of the week is being catered for. Please ring me on 0429122407 if you can spare some time on that Monday, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next year's roster isn't done yet, but I would encourage everyone to volunteer. I would especially ask those who haven't been involved, to please contact me to offer to help on one of the Tuesdays. Otherwise, sadly, I will have to just dob people. Ouch! But it is for the benefit of the club, and judging by the laughter and chatting post race, it's a pretty jovial atmosphere.
Thanks again to all those who have helped so far this year, and Happy Christmas and New Year to you all.
Cheers, Denise Lamble
Updated: 5 Dec 2015 4:44am by Christie Arras
The Ossie McCutcheon Flying Fifteen Regatta and Training Weekend
Downwind run in the Ossie McCutcheon race
The Ossie McCutcheon Regatta was held at the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club for 2015. We were fortunate to have Gavin Bagley as the coach for the weekend and the beautiful Gippsland Lakes as the venue to sail on. The weather was very mild but the winds were light to moderate throughout the weekend.
On Saturday after registration the information and coaching session was held in the Clubhouse. Gavin had brought a series of videos that focused on starting techniques which were very informative and provoked a great deal of discussion. The wind was slow to fill in but the fleet was on the water in the afternoon to work on starting skills. Gavin instructed the boats to practice individual starts. It was soon evident that without the cues from a fleet it was more difficult to time a start correctly and it illustrated the importance of practicing individual starts in order to develop better control of the factors leading up to a well-timed start. Follow a series of starts the fleet was soon into short windward/leeward races that were video recorded for discussion later. The afternoon sea breeze had developed so the short course racing was closely contested and strengths and weakness were later analysed and discussed at the club.
Sunday was race day and was to start at 9:30am, but by the time the boats had drifted around the committee boat for an hour it was decided to stop for an early lunch. Fortunately, the afternoon sea breeze slowly began to fill in. The first three races were sailed in light conditions with the wind building to a moderate breeze for the last two races of the day. More races were planned but the late start due to the wind and the need for the Melbourne boats to head home at a reasonable time precluded further racing. Each race was closely contested. Dale Collings and Warren Slater had excellent result finishing on 6 points with Jim Callahan and Rod Gardiner on 9 points followed by Peter Milne and Phillip Dubbin on 11 points. Trevor Williams and Damien Anderson went very well in the last two races with two seconds.
After the boats were off the water, Gavin showed the videos of the races and discussed sail trim, boat handling and other points of interests. At presentation Dale and Warren took home the winning trophy and Peter Milne and Philip Dubbin took the Handicap trophy. The Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club did an excellent job of race management under the direction of James Frecheville and his team. Though the fleet was only made up of six registered boats, the learning experience and the individual attention by Gavin was invaluable. It is unfortunate that more Flying Fifteen members did not avail themselves of the excellent training opportunity and hospitality... so plan on being there next year.
Thank you to everyone who helped with the planning and organization.
Updated: 4 Dec 2015 11:53pm by Christie Arras
Christmas lights and cheer for GLYC
Speaking of elves...
Welcome to your green fleet out on the bay
in 20 plus knot winds. What a hoot.
A group of thoughtful members, the Wallace-Carrolls and Baskett-Duffs, have mobilized to properly decorate the outside of the yacht club with attractive Christmas lights which are probably already on for our whole community to enjoy.
High quality lights have been purchased and donated by the elves above. It would be wonderful if GLYC members chose to contribute as well to this beautification project which should continue shining brightly for many Xmas seasons to come.
Imagine a Santa and reindeer pulling the Flying Fifteen on the wall up to the sky and the tower illuminated with fairy lights. Can't wait.
Contact Sharna Baskett or Lyn Wallace if you'd like to contribute.
Updated: 4 Dec 2015 11:30pm by Christie Arras
Tales of the Whale and the Bird
Home in Oz
Cakes in Noumea, yum!
G'Day family and friends,
We have now been in Brisbane for nearly 4 weeks. Why, you ask, are we not home in Victoria catching up with everyone? First I will update our adventures and then tell you why we are not knocking on your door to say hello.
We had an uneventful sail from Noumea to Moreton Bay, Brisbane. There were a few sneaky squalls that had us racing to reef and out of breath when it was done. A pod of dolphins skipped around and dove under Whale And The Bird one afternoon; this is always a favourite sight for me and I am always sorry to see them go. The last night of our passage we ducked and weaved between a number of cargo ships who were running parallel to the Australian coast. They appear on the horizon and travel very quickly; it's so important to scan the seas every 15-20 min when we are sailing; they are so big. We were also pushed firstly North and then South by the East Australian current, but not enough to put us far away from our rumline to the first mark of the North Eastern Channel into Moreton Bay and across the Bay into the Brisbane River.
We sat on the edge of the cockpit looking out to the west and waited for the sun to rise.... And there! we had our first glimpse of home, the high peaks of the Glass House Mountains, becoming clearer minute by minute in the pink and yellow sunrise, how amazing!! Perfect timing, daylight and we then entered the North East Channel which runs alongside Morton Island and is very well marked. Although... as we negotiated our way through the many twists and turns of the channel to avoid the sandbanks in Moreton Bay, we seemed very close to the island and at times we looked like we were heading straight for the beach. The North East channel then joins the main shipping channel which runs across the bay into the Brisbane River.
So here we were mixing it with the Big Guys, huge container ships that towered over us; we hugged the very edge of the channel as they calmly steamed past. All good, we can do this!!! We then ducked around one ship which was stretched right across the river as the tugs pushed it alongside the Brisbane wharf. Huge metal gantries line the wharf ready to unload the shipping containers which sit on the decks of the ships 4-5 levels high. The marina where we had to go to clear in with Australia Customs (now the Australian Border Force) is another hour or so up the river. All good, we can do this. The 4 knt current that was coming down the river was tricky; we had tried to time our arrival on the slack tide but it was flowing fast by the time we got to the marina. We can do this!!! We motored up past the customs dock, did a U turn and then Pete glided the boat along side and a marina employee caught our lines, phew!! We cleared customs with no problems, then we had to negotiate going into a marina berth with 4 knots of current racing from behind. We did it!!!!
We were stunned, then it was time for a celebratory drink when my brother joined us on the boat, then back to his home to sleep in our first big bed that did not move in 12 months. Heaven. We left the marina two days later heading out of the Brisbane river for Scarborough Marina, again with a 4 knot current that was racing down the river. Reversing out of the berth and then trying to straighten up the boat to head out into the middle of the river brought more heart stopping moments. Again I will let Pete tell that story in the loft one Friday night over a few beers.
Noumea, New Caledonia
The first week in Brisbane we both felt slightly dazed and disjointed from our surroundings. It was hard to comprehend we had sailed all the way from San Carlos in the Sea of Cortez to Australia. The supermarkets with their huge selection of food had my head hurting and the noise in the big shopping malls and busy atmosphere meant we could not stay there too long. We started the import process straight away, through an agent, and while relatively easy it has taken two and half weeks.
In the meantime we were 'impounded' to the area of Brisbane. No heading off for home as we thought. Our plans were to up the anchor as soon as possible and head South, but, we have been thwarted in our efforts by regular Southerlies coming up the coast and strong winds out on Moreton Bay. The best weather window so far has been 48 hrs which was too short to make the 270 NM run to Coffs Harbour.
As I write this the wind is howling at 25 knots across Moreton Bay; the fishing trawlers are all tied up in the marina, and the Coast Guard rescue service is busy responding to calls.
We have made the most of our time in the Marina, finding the parts we needed to do small maintenance jobs, catch up with family and visiting other cruising friends who have either arrived home or are visiting Australia for the first time. We have missed the company of fellow cruisers and the ever changing scenery of the past 12 months; I guess we need to allow ourselves time to adjust. When we look at the 3198 photos and 84 videos it starts to feel real and we remember some amazing experiences and incredible sailing. I plan to make a site available with a photographic history of our travels to share; it might take me some time though.
We will be home for Christmas! It might mean flying home and bringing Whale And The Bird back when the weather improves. It's disappointing to think of leaving our boat when we have traveled so far on her, but we have always erred on the side of caution. Having a set timeline does not make for safe passages as decisions are made under pressure. We realise we have come too far to jeopardise ourselves or Whale And The Bird. So patience is the key at the moment.
We are really looking forward to catching up with everyone and hearing about your 12 months as both Pete and I have missed our family, friends and community.
See you soon,
Anne and Pete
Latest update: Still in Brisbane, the weather is atrocious and changing rapidly all the time, so we have been unable to leave.
Can we go home now?
Updated: 4 Dec 2015 10:59pm by Christie Arras
The Misadventures of Sh'boom
Or...Many Lessons Learned
Juniors do an about face on their Pacer in
Saturday morning early I fired up the little engine on Sh'boom to move her to the outside jetty for later heading out to Steamer Landing for the night. This I like to do when the wind is nil and I have less of a chance of running amok. Lines were off; I gently moved into reverse and the darn boat pivoted sideways. Checked all the mooring lines and finally noticed that the shoe lace I tie up at the back line to keep from chafing was still on. Lesson number one learned.
Around 2:00 I was free to head out into the lake. The wind was fairly stiff from the southeast so that I motored to the channel. Looking good, easy peasy. Then, as I turned left just before the pelican rookery in Aurora channel, the motor whined then sputtered out. Blast. Out of petrol. In my concern for stale petrol, I was keeping the tank on the low side...Lesson number two learned.
Oh, my gosh! or something to that effect, I muttered. The wind was quickly blowing me over to the shallows. Quick, up with the head sail which immediately straightened her out and pulled her out of the weed. Yes! As I sailed along the channel the wind was more and more on the nose. I couldn't let go of the tiller to go into the cabin to get the winch handle so I couldn't close haul. Lesson number 3...keep winch handle in cockpit. She would luff a bit then speed down toward the bank until the sail would catch the wind and bring her back up. Each time she'd get a little closer to the glistening sand bank.
Finally, the wind won and I careened with a thud and a list onto the shallow water over the sand. I hailed a shiny big cruiser that had followed me who proceeded to call Peter on a ski boat to come help. I started mixing the petrol and oil a litre at a time and fed her 3 litres. Peter was kindly standing by and did give the engine three tugs after my puny efforts failed to start her. I then motored over to the Steamer jetty and moored her on the windward side for the ease of single handed mooring. Peter had sped over and caught a line. Much appreciated having a friendly face.
The Sunday morning scene on the foreshore
Soon Lotus appeared, Diana and Kerry's new cruiser, and we enjoyed the late afternoon and a shared meal and then an early bedtime.
A walk on the beach, breakky, then I started the trip back home once again nose to the wind as it was now coming from the west. I motored half way along Aurora channel when the engine smoked up and died again. Back up went the head sail, though this time she kept rounding up so that I tangoed with a starboard channel marker and watched, holding my breath, as the boat pirouetted around the mark detailing the green cone through the sail. Fortunately the sail remained intact.
My plan was to sail back to the jetty, then hope for a tow home from the Judy G or someone. Turns out, Lotus came around the bend and Kerry and Diana proceeded to tow me home.
I started the engine once moored and she smoked a bit, threw out a lot of oil and then vomited little white globules of what looked like fat. Oh dear. So I unpacked her then left her till the sailing school ended and help was available.
Before having Rescue 1 tow me into my pen, I started the motor and she purred and performed to perfection. I still loaded the boat with helpers (Alex and Neil) so they could fend me off other boats should the motor die again. But no probs. Back into the pen with no drama; home safe and sound.
What an adventure for me. But I learned so much from my mistakes and from my successes. How wonderful to have a sail to fall back on. It was magical. And to learn that I didn't die: the lake shores are kind and gentle. That a full petrol tank is the way to go. Lesson number 4: keep a charged mobile handy as well. Perhaps others can learn from my folly and a bit from my courage too.
Updated: 5 Dec 2015 12:20am by Christie Arras
|Rudder for sale
5 feet /1.5 mtrs long. Beautiful condition
Originally made for racing a Cole 23
Would suit drop rudder conversion for another yacht due to its length.
Contact: Ray Bouvet
Everything in very good condition. View in Paynesville.
Contact: John Pearson
|Puffin Pacer for sale
3 sails, main, jib, spinnaker
ready to sail with some T.L.C.
12 months registered road trailer
Contact: Daryl Brooks