470 European Open Gold for Ryan & Belcher

After a tough few months, Australia’s Mat Belcher and Squadron Member Will Ryan worked their way back the more familiar top of the podium in Sanremo, Italy, at the 470 Open European Championship.

With pressure on going into the medal race in light winds, the Australians finished second to the Kiwis in the double-point single race, giving them a 15 point break to the Swedish team in the open division.

On hitting the dock a grinning Will Ryan said: “I haven’t seen this flag (country flag) for quite a while; it’s nice to get it back.”

Skipper Mat Belcher spoke to Australian Sailing’s high performance director (and fellow Squadron Member) Iain Murray: "That’s the satisfying thing, to work in the lighter stuff. It’s been good to put it together; it gives us confidence going into the pressured moments. It’s been a busy and difficult couple of months and it’s nice to start the season this way, and keep working towards next year.”

Coach Victor Kovalenko proudly embraced the winning pair, saying “Welcome back! I think it’s a great comeback to the podium in the right position. A very impressive medal race, they showed their domination in heavy winds but now they did well in light winds. Congratulations and enjoy the winning place!”

Fremantle Sailing Club’s Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries couldn’t have pushed any harder, an OCS in the medal race ending their chance of bettering ninth overall but encouraged by making it into their first open medal contest.

Two afternoon medal races sailed in perfect Mediterranean conditions wrapped up the 470 Europeans organised by local Yacht Club Sanremo and Marina degli Aregai with the co-operation of the national and international 470 class.

Iain Murray concluded: “It’s been a very positive week for the Australian Sailing Team in Sanremo, the women into their first medal race and the men putting on a clinical performance with scores of ones and twos. Now it’s on to Marseille for the World Cup Final then the test event in Tokyo.”

Watch the men’s medal races video highlights here

470 Men’s (70 boats) 
1st Mat Belcher and Will Ryan 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, (7), 2 = 8 points
31st Chris Charlwood and Josh Dawson 11, 18, 11, 17, (29), 25 = 82 points

470 Women’s (40 boats) 
9th Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries, 16, 18, 3, 20, 1, 5, OCS = 65 points

Oh, what a wonderful Cruise!

The 50th anniversary Squadron Annual Cruise was a great success. Many thanks to Cruise Captain John Taylor and his committee for arranging a wonderful week of racing, social activities and fun that brought our cruising community together. You will be able to read John's report in the next edition of Logbook.

view cruise photos here



Prize Giving

Cruise Captain John Taylor awarded the prizes - assisted by Able Seaman Gordon Ingate.
In addition to recognising the placegetters in Divisions 1, 2 and 3, the Erica J Trophy for 'Whole-hearted participation' was presented to Sam & Nicola Hill of Forty and the William Brian Northam Trophy for the 'Sprit of the Cruise' was awarded to Richard & Rene Chapman, Nand V.

view the full list of prizes here

Photo competition

Thank you to the many keen photographers who submitted entries this year - it was a very hard task to pick winners!

The best photo in the 'Under Sail' class was taken by Murray Spence:

And Graeme Kennedy's panoramic shot of the Halletts beach Hawaiian party won the 'Other' category:

Galley Gourmet Challenge

Congratulations to the winners of our popular annual competition. 

Anitra V - Haloumi Sesame Bites with honey & orange
Andarta - Beetroot & gin cured salmon served with horseradish mayo, home pickled onion & witlof 

Main Course                     
Andeluna - Chargrilled spatchcock with wild rice & vegetable stack
and Limelight - Roasted duck breast with red wine poached pear & braised broccolini
About Time - Waffle cones with lemon meringue or chocolate surprise
Junior Chef                        
Hurrica V - Vietnamese spring rolls with chilli dipping sauce.

Read Trish Stanley and Judge Sue Swanson's report here


Maserati makes it three from three in MC38s

Over six races this weekend, and in very mixed conditions, Neville Crichton’s Maserati team posted their third regatta winning performance of the MC38’s 2019 season, which drew seven of the sexy one design fleet to Sydney Harbour for Act 2 hosted by RSYS.

“We’ve got a good team, we’ve been together two seasons now,” said the winning skipper Neville Crichton back at the host Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. “Yesterday there was plenty of breeze, we hit 18.5 knots which is flat out. Those rides are exciting, once you get the boat out of the water it’s quite easy to manage but the line between out of control and in control is very close”.

“If you look at the results you could put a blanket over all of us, virtually. When we first started in this class Ginger was the yardstick, now there’s no one that can’t win a regatta.”

Act 2 full results here 

Video highlights thanks to Tilly Lock Media

Tactician on the race 6 winner and second overall by six points Ginger, Julian Plante, said: “It was nice to come back at this regatta and get the last win, it was a very tricky race. This regatta was super close. It’s about stringing together consistent results; we’ve been close to the mark, there’s just no room for error.”

Ginger’s skipper Leslie Green added: “It was like dodgem cars out there today. This is a great group of people; we all have fun and don’t take it too seriously… though we all like to win!”

Back in the country having skippered Australia to victory at the San Francisco SailGP event last weekend, and calling the shots on Hooligan driven by Daniel Turner, was sailing’s favourite redhead Tom Slingsby. Marcus Blackmore’s Hooligan was in the running for second in the series until they arrived at the race 6 top gate at Double Bay well after their classmates and the breeze had been through. Their last and Ginger’s first moved Hooligan back to third in the pointscore.

Saturday’s blustery sou’wester delayed racing until the race committee deemed the worst of the conditions had passed. Nasty bullets up to 30 knots, torn sails and plenty of white-water and wipe-outs kept crews busy over three races.  Bow Caddy video of Saturday May 11.

Steve Barlow’s Lightspeed faired worst, tearing two kites - the maximum the MC38s can carry - and therefore not able to finish the third race or record a single score for their efforts. “Even after it backed off to allow racing there were bullets to 30 knots and the breeze was very shifty. The MCs were definitely underwater at times,” Barlow added. 

The scenario on Sunday May 12 was very different, a 15 knot morning westerly swinging around to the ESE 6 - 9 knots and patchy so equally tough for tacticians and all MC38 crews who were also forced to fight for space on the harbour when the huge CYCA Winter Series fleet cut through their racetrack.

The next time the one design class meets will be Act 3, June 29-30 hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club.

At Saturday’s AGM, Shaun Lane, the co-owner of Lazy Dog, accepted the Australian MC38 Class president’s role.

Photos by Tilly Lock Media
Top: Ginger
Below: Maserati

Further information:
Lisa Ratcliff 
Australian MC38 Association media
m. 0418 428 511 e. lisa@occ.net.au

Australia SailGP Team wins at San Francisco

The Australia SailGP Team takes a heart-stopping win at Event 2: San Francisco SailGP.

The team started the day in second place behind rivals Japan SailGP Team, helmed by fellow Australian Nathan Outteridge. Damages to Australian's wing during the previous day may have kicked the team’s confidence down, but they were by no means out. Super tight racing between the event’s top leaders, with a treacherous crash landing into the finish in Race 4, saw Great Britain SailGP Team nearly throw Australia out of match race contention. Luckily Australia was able to dust off, win Race 5 and overtake Japan SailGP Team in the match race final, leaping back onto the top of the overall leaderboard for the second time in SailGP Season 1. 

Yesterday proved trying for Australia SailGP Team.  After sustaining some internal damages to their wing during Race 1, the team could not perform to the best of their capabilities.  

“When the wing breaks, we’ve got such a short amount of time in-between races you can’t really effect a proper repair… Shore guys worked overnight to pull the control system apart and check all the other components and fix what was broken in there. We’ve gone through the data to see what actually happened, but now we’re good to go,” remarks wing trimmer Kyle Langford. 

After a night's sleep, helmsman Tom Slingsby understood the position his team was in, yet he appeared level-headed, like the true competitor he is, stating, “We do reset. It's nice having the confidence; you get that feeling you just have to put together a decent race and you’ll win, whereas at the moment, it feels like we need to do a better race than normal to win which is not the position we want to be in. But today’s a new day and we’ve made some changes to the boat which we know are going to improve our speed and manoeuvering, so we’re going to be a lot better today.”

San Francisco really turned it on for both sailors and spectators alike offering a breezy 12-17 knot wind range for the athletes to contend with. Hitting the ground running, Race 4 saw four team’s, including Australia, biting the start early providing United States SailGP Team, helmed by Rome Kirby, a nice lead going into the first mark. The fleet of F50’s could not have been closer together, crisscrossing one another on multiple race legs. Australia sat just behind Great Britain until Japan sneakily came inside around the final mark. Australia absolutely pushed it out heading into the finish hoping to edge out Japan until a heart-stopping crash metres away from the finish line dropped the boat off the foils, drifting into the finish taking third. 
“We had a really nasty crash going into the finish on Race 1. We went for a codenamed ‘eagle,’, which means drop both boards and fly like the sacred eagle to try and finish before the Japanese. But unfortunately, the boards sucked down more than we anticipated and we pretty much almost went into a pitchpole at about 40 knots to about 7. The boys on the front handles got a little banged up, but to their credit, they pulled through and toughened up for the next few races of the day. Happy that nothing broke and we were able to get a good rebound from that, “ says a relieved flight controller Jason Waterhouse. 
Both grinders Ky Hurst and Sam Newton suffered minor injuries going into the finish after the crash. Ky Hurst’s face and ribs met the unforgiving F50, but even after seeing a bit of blood, the four-time Ironman champion pushed through pain. 
Race 5 was a battle of the Commonwealth as tie points for Australia and Great Britain meant the Australians needed to beat the British if they wanted in on the final match race round. “In the second race of the day, our whole concentration was on the British so we sort of sacrificed our start to get them. In the end, both boats sort of sailed through the fleet, but keeping in mind our main goal was just to beat the British, and I’d say we sort of achieved that, haha,” laughed Slingsby. Both teams chose opposite sides of the course for a nailbiting race, but it was the Australians that gained ahead once the British took a penalty against the U.S. team coming around the last bottom mark. After the crucial Race 5 win, Slingsby is ecstatic but notes, “It’s going to be a tough final [against Japan]. It’s a real boat handling situation. Just gotta make sure we sail well,” when looking ahead. 

The Japan SailGP Team didn’t start the day as the deeply talented squad intended due to internal wing issues delaying racing. This appeared to be just the start of a batch of tough luck for Australia’s top rival. Subsequent races saw more technical issues, yet the team was not ready to give up the fight going into the match race final. “From the start of that race, the first reach, then the first run, we kept looking for a metre or half a metre to get around them. In the end at the bottom mark, we were able to sail away. He tried to pull us at the end, but we had a little up our sleeves,” jokes Slingsby. It was Australia’s clean sailing and extension from Japan after mark 3 that clearly set the tone — Australia was not giving away San Francisco SailGP! Australia SailGP Team is now two points ahead in overall standings, and one step closer to the coveted SailGP's $1 million dollar purse prize. 

Slingsby and Outteridge have gone tit-for-tat over the course of their near-30-year friendship, and San Francisco played out no differently. Both competitors openly shared insight keeping both teams on their toes. “I hate losing to him, he hates losing to me, but we push each other as well. We openly talk, we openly tell each other what we’re doing and how we can improve and hope both of our levels will advance,” said Slingsby.

Australia SailGP Team will be celebrating a victory tonight along with the rest of the members of SailGP on a successful second event. As Tom Slingsby pointed out, thousands of people making up the crowds of San Francisco couldn’t get enough of the hydrofoiling F50's, “At times during the last match race with Team Japan, we had issues on comms' because the roar of the crowd for us was so loud. It was pretty amazing."
Click here for full results

Friday Twilight prize winners

Congratulations to the prize winners at our Alto Jaguar Land Rover Friday twilights presentation night last Friday. To be eligible, boats had to have competed in 72% of the series races.

Alto JLR main prize: a weekend for two at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. Won by Kookaburra - pictured above is Neil Lowndes, crew, collecting on behalf of Richard Hammond.

Alto JLR Consolation prizes: Jaguar and Land Rover Drive Experience days. Won by Zig Zag II, Malcolm Shaw and Out of the Blue, John van Ogtrop, below left and right.


RSYS consolation prize: Degustation dinner for six in the Fort Denison Cellar. Won by Wine-Dark Sea, Peter Lowndes, below. 

‘Rain, Hail or Shine’ prizes for boats that competed in every race: Lively, Sophie Nelson; Viva la Vita, collected by Malcolm Shaw on behalf of Howard Elliott; Much Ado, Richard Brooks; Alouette, David Ross; Well Inclined, Brian McKean. Well done for your commitment and dedication!

Many thanks to George Ershova and Max MacDonald of Alto Jaguar Land Rover for their generous support this season – our Friday twilight fleet goes from strength to strength!