Middle Harbour Yacht Club retains the Waitangie Cup!
The Waitangie Cup is a longstanding annual challenge that takes place between Middle Harbour Yacht Club and the combined clubs on Port Phillip, Victoria. The format is;
- The host state provides six one design Adams 10’s for the event
- This year the racing was fleet racing of six races over two days, 14th and 15th September 2019
- MHYC provides three crews and the combined Port Philip clubs provide three crews
- Each team draws a boat from the pool and no crew may draw their own boat
- Fleet racing and the lowest combined score wins
This year the excited MHYC crews who flew to Melbourne, carrying the prized trophy were Garth Riley and his “Sirius” crew, Patrick Delany and his “Powderhulk” crew and Geoff Charters with his “No Friends” crew.
Saturday dawned bright and beautiful (unusual for “sunny” Melbourne) with light Westerly winds predicted to clock to the North over the day. After a hearty Victorian breakfast the crews assembled at the Safety Beach Sailing Club for the highly anticipated boat draw, with everyone hoping to get the “gun” boats in the fleet, based on reputation…
The draw went as follows:
Figure 1: Crews starting to inspect and tune their boats
Will Sheers (Royal Yacht Club Victoria) – Bo Derek
Ken Douglas (Blairgowrie Yacht Club) – Jungle Juice
Dougal Watt (Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron) – 2 Extreme
Middle Harbour Yacht Club
Patrick Delany (MHYC) – Ten Past Two
Garth Riley (MHYC) – Salamander III
Geoff Charters (MHYC) – One out of the Box
At the end of the draw, the locals were delighted and the visitors slightly nervous with their boat allocations!!
Day 1, Race 1
After a frantic hour and a half of new boat familiarization, sail selection and boat tuning, the first race, under the capable stewardship of Race officer Geoff Eldridge, got underway promptly at 11: 11:30! The winds were light and shifty on unusually flat waters on the Bay. Picking the shifts and getting lucky, Geoff charters and Garth Riley managed to pull away from the closely bunched fleet to record a 1 – 2 for MHYC, with local boy Ken Douglas taking out 3rd spot for the Victorians. Will Sheers, Patrick Delany and Dougal Watt filled out the last three places.
Figure 2: Checking out the start line
MHYC 8, Vic 13
In a tightly contested start, the three Victorian boats dominated the boat end. Some aggressive pre-start luffing by Dougal Watt, closed the door on Geoff Charters, which sent him around to be last over the line. However, the Victorians failed to lock out Garth Riley, who snuck away from the middle of the line to sail clear and fast to take out the win, chased by Ken Douglas in second and Will Sheers for third spot. The minor placings were Dougal Watt 4th, Patrick Delany 5th and Geoff Charters 6th.
Vic 9, MHYC 12
A clean start to race three saw a tight boat on boat tussle to the top mark, with Will Sheers leading Geoff Charters by a whisker. A mistake there left the door open and One out of the Box managed to turn on the inside and snatch the lead, ghosting away to a win, chased home by Patrick Delany in second, for their best result for the regatta. Consistent Ken Douglas took out third spot, with Garth Riley in fourth. The minor placing were filled by Doug Watt in 5th and Will Sheers in 6th place.
Figure 3: Patrick Delany chasing Geoff Charters to the finish
MHYC 7, Vic 14
Last race of the day and it saw Will Sheers and his team hit their straps to sail away to a convincing win, followed by the ever-consistent Garth Riley in second. A closely bunched fleet saw the other places filled by Ken Douglas in 3rd, Geoff Charters in 4th, Patrick Delany 5th and Dougal Watt 6th.
Figure 4: Pensive on the bow at the start
Vic 10, MHYC 11
At the end of day 1 MHYC held a convincing lead over the Victorians, 38 – 46.
Day 2, Race 5
Day 2 arrived cold and blustery 15 – 18 knots gusting 25knots Northerly, tending East. These conditions threw up the renowned Port Philip chop, a 1 – 1 1/2 metre, short period swell that makes upwind work challenging and down wind surfing exhilarating.
The changed conditions threw the MHYC teams off balance, while the locals reveled in their “familiar” conditions. The racing to the first top mark was close with three boats rounding close together and flying downwind. Delight for Victoria and Disaster for MHYC at the bottom mark as Will Sheers rounded cleanly and went on the win the race, while both Patrick Delany and Geoff charters went “kite flying” when their halyards jammed on the drops! The rest of the fleet sailed through for a comprehensive Victorian race victory, making the competition very tight, with MHYC holding a slender 1-point lead going into the final race.
Figure 5: Kite troubles in Race 5
Vic 7, MHYC 14
Day 2, Race 6
The final race of the challenge and the Victorians’ tails were up and the MHYC team were nervous!
A cracking start by the whole fleet made for a close race to the top mark. Will Sheers on Bo Derek got there first, with Geoff Charters in One out of the Box hot on his heels and Garth Riley in Salamander III in third. Some exciting downwind sailing with waves being caught saw the fleet bunch up and the leading opening and closing as different boats got onto waves. Fast finishing Will Sheers 1st held off Geoff Charters 2nd and Garth Riley 3rd for a third consecutive win. Patrick Delany held on to 4th spot to deny Ken Douglas 5th and Doug Watt 6th, to finish a close fought last race.
MHYC 9, Vic 12
The overall results were:
Will Sheers (Royal Yacht Club Victoria) – Bo Derek 4, 3, 6, 1, 1, 1 = 16
Ken Douglas (Blairgowrie Yacht Club) – Jungle Juice: 3, 2, 3, 3, 4, 5 = 20
Dougal Watt (Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron) – 2 Extreme 6, 4, 5, 6, 2, 6 = 29
Middle Harbour Yacht Club
Garth Riley (MHYC) – Salamander III 2, 1, 4, 2, 3, 3 = 15
Geoff Charters (MHYC) – One out of the Box 1, 6, 1, 4, 6, 2 = 20
Patrick Delany (MHYC) – Ten Past Two 5, 5, 2, 5, 5, 4 = 26
Figure 6: Winners: MHYC - Geoff Charters, Patrick Delany, Garth Riley
This weekend showed once again the beauty and strength of Adams 10 One Design racing, with keen and competitive older sailors being joined by younger sailors, like Victorian dingy champion Dougal Watt (a several times national champ in Impulses and Lasers) and Will Sheers, (successfully campaigning his 29er).
The Adams 10 Association wishes to thank the Safety Beach Yacht Club for hosting the Waitangie Cup, the race officer Geoff Eldridge and protest committee Chair Geoff Searle (who fortunately wasn’t called upon for any protests) and the owners of the Adams 10’s that were loaned to the crews, which made the event possible.
It was mate against mate and Lake vs Harbour. At what is nicknamed the Adams 10 World Cup. By Garth Riley
Lake Macquarie Yacht Club really excelled in putting on a first class regatta. There race officials, marina facilities and country hospitality are number one. The race track being in front of the club makes the regatta all to easy.
The Friday night practice race was the first time many of the crews sailed together and it was last year's Nationals winner Backchat which looked like it was going to be hard to beat. Taking out 1st place with ease Tom Braidwoods team had the whitest North Sails t-shirts ever seen. This looked like a highly organised and funded team from the Lake was going to be hard to beat. One of the last entries to the regatta Sean Langmans Sayten came 2nd. With Garth Riley and Sirius a close 3rd.
Saturday Morning was time for the Adams 10 association AGM. New office bearers were elected and office bearers which were absent were re-elected. Change of President from Patrick Delaney to Tom Braidwood. On election Tom Braidwood is commented that he wants to get all Adams 10's up to speed and build the class to have 20 competitive boats at the next Nationals. There was also a new committee formed to propose updated class rules for approval by the association. This is not to change the class rules but give them more clarity as some definitions and specifications could be interpreted in different ways.
The Sydney Harbour Regatta on the 2nd and 3rd of March will now double up as the Adams 10 NSW state Titles.
If you want to get into Adams 10 racing please contact Tom or any of the Adams Skippers we are there to help. You can use Facebook or the website or go to MHYC on Saturday Morning 11-12 before racing I am sure you will find loads of willing help you may even get a ride to try.
Race Briefing: New to the class but well received was the introduction of an on water umpire. Damien the official on water umpire explained how the process will work and there would be no protest room for the regatta. Every incident was dealt quickly and efficiently on the water and the protest room lottery was not an option.
three days of racing and seven races were completed. Light and variable conditions made challenging racing. The simple theory that at the Lake you go left definitely did not work.
Race 2 had the top mark shifted to the right twice which left those on the left out the back. Sometimes banging the left corner paid sometimes banging the right corner and sometimes the middle of the track picking the shifts.
Day 3 Final race. On the Last Day the final race there were still 4 boats that could take the crown. Tensions were high and the wind was fickle. The AP went up and down so many times i can't recall. Throw in 2 general recalls it was like the Race Committee were building suspense like the recaps in a reality TV show. It was another day of snakes and ladders. The W3 course was started and the right payed big. The race committee moving the top mark another 40 degrees to the right for the second beat. On the second beat the wind went left and the left paid bigger. This time the top mark was more like a wing mark and the fleet reached back to the bottom gate which was now the finish line. Rob Clarkes "Kick n Chase" got a third in the race was enough to get him the Silverware. There was also PHS Division winner Garth Rileys "Sirius".
Then on the Tuesday the Nor Easter came in on time and on forecast which made a pleasant and quick trip home to the Harbour for the visiting boats.
A Big Congratulations to Rob Clarke and his team.