Wednesday, 21 December 2011
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club hosted the second Melges 32 Christmas Regatta last weekend. Two days of extremely close short course sprint racing on Pittwater, eight races in total.
Saturday offered a very shifty 10 knot easterly breeze, frustrating tacticians and mixing up the results, no one boat dominated the day although new owner Michael Turners “Sticks” from Gosford Sailing Club was successful in picking the shifts in the tricky conditions. The team onboard “Sticks” won the day with two wins, followed closely behind by Kim Williams “Rock and Roll” finishing the first four races in second place on count back.
Day two was a hard fought dogfight in a more predictable North Easterly sea breeze up to 20 knots. Boats were crossing and ducking within centimeters on the short course, the lead continually changing. The spectators were treated to exciting high-speed last minute gybes on the tight course.
After nipping at the heels of winning boats at recent Melges 32 regattas Angus Reid “Maxstar” from Canberra Sailing Club made a comeback on day two taking the gun in all four races to win the regatta four points ahead of “Rock and Roll”.
International Melges yachtsmen Petr Fiala kept “Maxstar” at top speeds all day. Petr from the Czech Republic has come to Australia to study and has been welcomed as a member of the international Melges community. After campaigning the Melges 24’s and 32’s in the European season he contacted Heath from Melges Asia Pacific and joined “Maxstar” for the M32 State Titles on Lake Macquarie.
Angus (Gus) Reid and crew were thrilled with the win and are inspired, looking ahead to the next regatta in the Australasian Cup Series