10 November 2012
Over the weekend Squadron members were joined by a number of ladies from Manly Yacht Club to participate in the AUSPAC regatta. Sailed in the one-design International Yngling the weekend provided an opportunity, for ladies in particular, to have a sail in a smaller keel-boat and then in teams of three test their skills in a friendly, supportive environment.
Saturday was a scheduled familiarization and train day with Olympian Karyn Gojnich and Hamish Jarrett from the Yngling class. The south-eastern gusting over 22 knots proved challenging but also invigorating. “The boat was so responsive, we were so close to the water, surfing waves – I loved it” commented Wilhelmina Harder when back on shore after the Saturday training session.
Typically most of the participants had sailed on larger keel boats and had not had the responsibility of helming, especially while racing.
Sunday with a light easterly blowing conditions were perfect for six short course races. Race wins were spread across all the fleet however it was consistency and a string of seconds saw Ivana Gattegno and her crew take out the regatta.
AUSPAC 2012 Results:
AUS 39 - Ivana Gattegno, Nicola Reade, Gary Pearce (11 pts)
AUS 56 - Jan Newland, Barbara Jones, Lyn Humphreys (12 pts)
AUS 29 - Marike Koppenol, Wilhemina Harder, Joshua (17 pts)
AUS 39 – Tricia Coxen, Jan Bartel, Megan McCormick (20 pts)
The Manly Yacht Club will be holding the annual Women’s Challenge on Sunday March 24, 2013. Boats of all sizes are welcome and there will be a trophy for the largest one-design class.