The Australia Day Regatta was run again this year at Manly Yacht Club strongly contested by our usual fleet.

Woody was skippered by Denis, crewed by Ivan; Alex, skippered by Brian, crewed by Ollie, Black Swan, skippered by Helene, crewed by Judy, Eli D, skippered by Michael, crewed by Ros, ING skippered by Ragnhild, crewed by Tony, Vin skippered by Peter, crewed by Juliette.

Carlyle was the start boat, and our Racing Officers Bruce and Pam. Crewing Charlie’s Chariot were Ken, Warwick and Marcus, and the photographer was Nikki. This boat was kept busy all morning, setting the course, looking after running repairs on Alex, which was discovered to have a faulty boom, and then looking after Judy, who has grown since she sailed last time, and needed the divider in the boat to make her comfortable in the choppy conditions.

Slideshow of The fleet, Ivan and Denis in Woody, Judy and Helene in Black Swan, Peter and Juliette in Vin

The race started in fairly calm conditions, but as the breeze rose, it became quite choppy and a little wet and uncomfortable for some of the sailors. The race was closely run, with many changes in position, except for Woody, which ran away with the 3 races and was in the lead the whole time. Constant changes in position between Eli D and Vin made for an exciting race, and the resulting positions were:

1st: Woody.
2nd: Eli D
3rd: Vin
4th: ING
5th: Black Swan
6th: Alex

Thanks so much to Bruce and Pam for their meticulous running of this race, and their recording of the results.

We finished the day with a delicious lunch provided by Colleen and transported from her home to keep the meal cool in the strong heat conditions on deck.