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  • Writer's pictureSie Kee Lau

RSYC MINI REGATTA 23/24 October 2021

PSC were represented by VG OFFSHORE and BLUE ANGEL

VG Offshore skippered by vice Commodore Rama with Gerhard, Yasid , Rear Commodore

Jega and 2 sons,potential new member Ibrahim as crew joined on the Sunday by Charles

Blue Angel skippered by Commodore Jeremy with Martin C , Harro , Martin V, James and

Heppy plus Simon on Sunday as crew regatta

Both boats in superb trim newly antifouled ,regatta organisation not great the 10 boat fleet

was split in to 2 classes , announced after BA had gone out to practice , understand done

by Malcolm Elliott in absentia by rating , BA as the lowest rated was placed in class 2 , VG

Offshore with a very kind 0, 919 also , BA with an IRC low rating is a racing boat and it is

unfair on other competitors but put her in with genuine cruisers , RSYC persist in doing this ,

to me ( as X RSYC Sailing Secretary ) it is best to separate the racing and cruising boats ,

Bobby Botok also in the cruising class is wrong l

Both PSC Boats got good starts but were confronted by a very large container ship with the

delightful name of SWANSEA although registered in Monrovia , we all had to sail along

side her until we could head up behind , Ba lost out in this to Jeff Harris J boat … BA was

fortunate to have Martin C with his I Pad and Navionics to navigate allowing the skipper to

concentrate on boat speed , BA headed to the ship berths , long single tack whilst Nijinsky

the J boat with the highest handicap tacked back , great sailing to windward down tide with

a nice 12-15 knot breeze , BA close to one Platu with Jeff Harris drawing away , VG at the

front of the pack in close company with Bobbi Botock ( X Cabaret 5)

BA was happily sailing the class one course when we heard Rama on the VHF saying that a

buoy not on the class 1 course was the one to be rounded VG did just that and held on to

finish and with that handicap little question she would win and she did,, but to win you have

to sail well and she did

BA continued with class 1 mainly because it was such super sailing and perfect for the boat

we had a regular 8 knots speed over the ground and touched 10 .

Approaching the final buoy before Angsa Island we had to tack across the tide neither of

the boats ahead made it without tacking again but as veterans of the dreaded Selat mark BA

was well up and in the end we could bear away ,

Nice run broad reach back under spinnaker ( wrong way round showing Old Poultney but

who cares ) we finished about 16.45 , with the same 2 boats ahead the Platu not far but the

J a long way

Not only had we sailed the wrong course but we had not signed on ( which would have

advised us we were in class 2 ) after a lot of discussions we were allocated a handicap of

0,924 instead of 0. 879 even at that we beat everything except the J , strongly suspect the

handicap was to ensure we did not win a class we were not entered for , we have no

problem , we just want to sail , anyway after a few beers who cares , sadly the result sheet

did not show the finishing or elapsed times , half the fun is seeing how we all were

Sunday started with torrential rain which finally stopped about 1200 and we all proceeded

out to the starting area , nice sailing but then the wind died and it did not return until 4pm

just after racing had been abandoned for the day , Race Officer Mun who had succeeded in

confusing both PSC skippers with a 6 minute starting sequence on the Saturday, when BA

made a perfect but lonely start on 5 minutes set a very short course to a buoy off the

shipyard to Tail and home but we were not able to cross the line

A nice cold beer and a bbq arranged by RSYC was nice , Sailing Sec Khairy graciously

welcomed and thanked PSC for the support , AND RAMA COLLECTED a nice little trophy for

his victory , BA was placed second in Class 1

Sad no competition on the short courses but a nice weekend , we will make a point of

inviting them for our rearranged One Fathom Bank Race now scheduled for Saturday 20 th

November and as the sta lok to i fix Leopad Dream s forestay as well as the missing screw

for the jib furler arrived on Friday we will have her ready to sail as well

Jeremy Camps




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