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2010 Governor's Cup
Written by Colin   
Wednesday, 03 February 2010
A rare Southerly breeze greeted the 7 yachts competing in the RBVIYC’s annual Governor’s Cup on Saturday morning. As the fleet started the first race it became clear that the windward mark was not quite directly upwind of the start line. The light breeze was gradually clocking around to the South West which meant that most the fleet were able to sail directly to the windward mark without tacking. The downwind leg back to the start line became a reach which suited some but not all! Dave West’s ‘Jurakan’ reveled in the conditions and stretched away from the rest of the fleet. After the second lap the committee boat managed to re-locate the windward mark which squared up the course. Jurakan took the race followed by ‘Luxury Girl’ with the Governor on board ‘Lime’, ‘Pipe Dream’ and ‘Rushin Rowlette’. In the cruising class ‘Diva’ the flying toothpick, got the better of ‘RIP’ helmed by Commodore Simon Woods, crewed by young KATS sailors.

With the windward mark now off Nanny Cay race 2 got underway in a dying but steady breeze. ‘Jurakan’ showed the fleet that the first race was no fluke winning by a comfortable margin. ‘Lime’ managed to steal second place from the Governor’s team and ‘Rushin’ swapped places with ‘Pipe Dream’ to take over 4th spot overall. Robin Tattersall looking cultured and serene sailed to another victory in the cruising class.

A lively prize-giving back at the club house saw the prizes donated by the Governor’s office handed around with Dave West and Robin T happily sharing the perpetual trophy for 2010. Commodore Simon was awarded a bottle of rum for his spectacular starting technique mimicking a Thames barge and catching the racing fleet unawares.

2010 Halyard Challenge, a great start to the new year
Written by Kieren Williamson   
Thursday, 14 January 2010

Fantastic!  It’s the only word I can use to describe the day of the Latitude 18 Halyard Challenge 2010.  The wind was just right, the rain decided to take the day off, and the start line was busy.  It’s the perfect combination for a perfect day of sail boat racing.

Even the timing was perfect.  It is the time of year when the membership fees are due, and many are asking themselves if it is a wise investment.  This is the kind of day that makes you realise why we have a Yacht Club, and what it can do for us.

For me personally, this has been a memorable day.  Not just because of the perfect conditions, but also this is the first event I have helped to organise since joining the club, and it is my first attempt at  being a Race Officer.

A Race Officer’s job looks so easy when viewed from a competing boat.  Just wave a few flags, blow a few horns, right?  Like all skills in life, if you’re good at it you make it look easy even if it is not.  I guess I have been lucky enough to have good Race Officers in the past.  Many thanks to Bob who gave me a pep talk and some very good advice that turned out to be very useful.

The first start of the day was in Road Harbour.  The line was set, the boats were circling, and the clock was ticking.  I was worried as I could not see Racing In Paradise, driven by Richard Wooldridge anywhere.  I am not sure I am allowed to root for one particular boat as Race Officer.  But it is hard not to, when RIP is the boat I normally crew on, and my wife Kelly was racing that day.  I was relieved to see them come charging in at the last minute, just in time to circle around and make the start.

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