It was a great weekend for sailing when Batemans Bay Sailing Club held the Platinum Blinds and Awnings Regatta on January 7th and 8th. On Saturday there was a 20 to 25 knots sea breeze blowing, the first big nor’easter of the season for the BBSC keelboat fleet. A fleet of 8 yachts faced the conditions after “Xanthia” (James Gardiner) was a late scratching with mainsail problems. Dave Magill and his sidekick Michael Reisima set a pin end favoured line. “Apostrophe” (Tim Davis) and “Wishful Thinking” (Andrew Bain) got away the best. “Accolade” (Lachlan Brown) was delayed by a late decision to reef the mainsail and the close attention applied by “Out Wide” (Peter Schwarz) up the first work to the marine park middle mark. There followed reaching legs to the Chain Bay mark and back to the middle mark, then a work up to the Yellow Rock mark followed by a run to the Wimbie Beach mark. “Apostrophe” had the only crew who were brave or foolish enough to set a spinnaker. They just stayed under control and picked up a couple of minutes in the process. From Wimbie there was another work up to the middle mark followed by a broad reach to the finish line at Caseys Beach. This was a particularly fast leg with all the larger yachts and the sports boat “Out Wide” hitting 14 knots or more. The trailerable trimaran “Hobo” (Peter Withington) and the more cruisey boats “Sandia” (Tish Ennis and Michael Leydon) and “North Star” (John Drummond) were happy to just get around the course.
On Sunday the fleet was down to five after the forecast of 25 to 30 knots deterred a few skippers. On the day the sea breeze only came up to half the forecast strength making for excellent conditions. There were two sprint races conducted over a windward leeward course set by Dave Magill and his trusty assistant Alastair Brown. These races were over in less than 40 minutes so there was no time to recover from any mistakes. A fluffed spinnaker drop on “Accolade” cost her the first race after leading most of the way. “Attitude” (Simon Byrne) sailed through to win the race in a tight finish from “Apostrophe” and “Wishful Thinking”. In the second race “Attitude” and “Accolade” were very close all the way around the course. This time it was “Attitude” which had a minor crew work mishap on the last rounding, allowing “Accolade” to go on to win the race.
Overall “Attitude” won on PHS in a countback from “Wishful Thinking”. The tables were turned on AMS calculations, with “Wishful Thinking” coming through to win the regatta by a single point. In Division 2 it was “Hobo” all the way. Full results are available on the BBSC website www.bbsc.org.au