Weekly racing has been exciting in mainly beautiful conditions, albeit often in light winds, throughout winter with steady numbers of around eight boats with the promise of others joining in including Steve Hampson’s recently purchased immaculate bright orange Grainger Raider 920 (previously known as Fred) returning to Pittwater looking like a new boat. Bargain! It joins the other Raider Where’s Jack of Rod and Kerry Waterhouse.
Rod has recently returned from another successful Worrell 1000 up the east coast of the USA to add to his massive portfolio of off the beach racing victories not to mention his thousands of miles delivering big cats for clients but a more excited multihull yacht racer you have never met! The enthusiasm is infectious.
Nusa Dua is back better than ever with its new taller Allyacht Spars rotating rig and undergone some tweaking and tuning, receiving beautiful sails from the Hoods loft that, son, Joe has built and a weight loss program making this already fast boat a really serious speedster.
Kurt Ottowa's superbly sailed F-82R.
Gifted from accrued funds to around 50 competitors, crews, spouses, volunteers and honoured guests, the RMYC’s 2018/19 racing year was celebrated in a gala evening.
Overall winner in the pointscore was evergreen Kurt Ottawa and crew in his “the best boat I’ve ever owned” F82R Orca.
Most line honours wins went to Jason Geddes’ conservatively sailed but none-the-less incredibly fast Crowther 41 Quickstep with as many wins as the other seven line honours winning boats put together!
Nusa Dua heads offshore
We never publicly announce the ‘winner’ of the much coveted (aka: rather hated) Homer Simpson ‘D’OH!’ award, suffice to say that it was won by a very seasoned sailor whom had finished a race in the lead returned to his mooring, unrigged and went to the club to receive and celebrate his winner’s prize and wondered why no other competitors were at the club until he realised it was the summer timetable and, thus, the shortened course cutoff times were an hour later than he’d accounted for so we were all still out there racing.
Meanwhile, the 25 week summer Monday twilight races had attracted 16 multihull entrants (and about 80 boats in total) with Quickstep taking out that series.
Friday afternoon/evening racing continues all year round with only a few multis and about 15-20 monos on the water at this stage
A very enthused Rod is doing his best to stir up more multihull starters.
Ocean racing, won by John Power’s Bulletproof last season, recommences in October.
Neville McElroy's F-82R Freelance.
Given that twilight racing is attracting more participants than regular Saturday racing we’ve implemented two big changes. Firstly, all start times are at 1pm now and, secondly, once a month Saturday racing is replaced by a Whitworths sponsored series on Sundays.
MULTIHULL SOLUTIONS LOCK CROWTHER MULTIHULL REGATTA 2019
Entries are being received for what we hope will be another well attended 24th celebration of multihull racing and enjoyable socialising in honour of the late great cat and tri designer, Lock Crowther.
Here’s the scoop; the usual October long weekend format, ie. Friday’s stand alone Cat. 4 Ocean Race followed by a free barbecue to all regatta entrants and crews with the four race (Cat. 7) series for race boats (with extras) including an OMR pointscore and cruising division boats (no extras) on the Saturday and Sunday followed by a presentation dinner Sunday evening. All visiting boats from outside Pittwater are welcome to tie up for free on the marina from Thursday to Monday. Bookings and extra days etc can be organised with the Marina manager (0418 423 897).
More info and entries on www.royalmotor.com.au/multihulls/