HEAT twelve of Lake Jindabyne Sailing Club's 2012/13 Twilight season was raced on Wednesday February 13. John Lord was ably assisted on the start boat by his daughter Natalie. A tricky North Easterly breeze greeted the five cats and eight mono-hull sailors.
Nick Kennedy rigged his Hobie 17 "the Cat's my Horse" with a new square top main and quickly moved to the lead on the first leg of the course. Ian Foster, Tim Symons and Barry Dennis on their Hobie 17s set out in pursuit of Nick on the long leg out to the Mountain mark. Barry's mainsheet parted from the boom requiring some on-water repairs allowing Steve Ashe on the club's Windrush 14 to make up some ground on the bigger cats.
Phil Daley and Nick Kirshner sailed the Flying Fifteen to the head of the mono-hull fleet and the six lasers and Ross Lawley on the OK Dinghy tried to chase the down. As usual the smaller boats battled with each other while completing the four lap shortened course. Tim and Ian battled away as well on their cats with Ian gaining a handy lead at one point. Tim managed to catch up on the second outing to the mountain mark. A sudden gust at the mark made for an exciting rounding and they raced back on a square run side by side.
Nick ended the race with a big lead on the other cats after a successful first outing of his new sail. Ian won the race against Tim who struggled to cross the finish line at speed due to a sudden wind shift. Barry and Steve followed them across the finish. The Handicap corrected times left the finishing order of the cats unchanged and Nick with his third win of the season.
Phil and Nick were the first mono-hull boat to finish. They were closely followed by Jason Abbott, Gote Vikstrom, Kerry McGaw, Brodie Hamilton, Martin Van Weel, Ross Tattersall and Ross Lawley. Some sailors struggled to cross the finish line in the fickle breeze just as the cats had done. The handicap corrected times gave Kerry McGaw his second win of the season, followed by Phil, Jason, Gote, Martin, Brodie, Ross T and Ross L.
Regular Saturday races were not held at the club on Saturday due to the Flowing Festival and the Twofold Bay Yacht Club annual regatta which was attended by several Lake Jindabyne Sailing Club members. Normal Saturday races will recommence on February 23.
Laser sailors Gote Vikstrom, Jason Abbott and Kerry McGaw and Hobie 17 sailors Nick Kennedy and Tim Symons travelled to Eden to compete in the Twofold Bay Yacht Club's annual regatta on the weekend of 16th and 17th February. They sailed four races on picturesque Twofold Bay in strong breezes and the usual two to three foot swell.
Despite the conditions being so different to Lake Jindabyne, all of the sailors had a great regatta and sailed well. Jason Abbott scored a second place on Handicap corrected times in division three despite the lasers being included in with several bigger and faster skiffs. Nick Kennedy scored a fourth place on Yardstick corrected times in Division one that included several top class Mosquito catamarans from Gippsland Lakes. All the sailors plan to make the trip to Eden again next year to meet the challenge of this regatta and Twofold Bay.