Windy wind-up to Festival of Sails 2017

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Sunshine and the most wind of the series, 20-25 knots at times, drained the last of the adrenalin from the 220 or so keelboat crews who have spent four days competing on Port Phillip and Corio Bay for a slice of the Festival of Sails 2017 trophy spoils.
A busy on-water program is only one of the festival’s challenges; the other is making it through Royal Geelong Yacht Club’s after hours Shoreside Festival, including live bands well into the night.

Tuesday January 24 signalled the end of the 2017 festival’s key racing component, the event winding down with only the new Off The Beach series, Thursday January 26, Australia Day, to Friday January 27, remaining.

Bausele Super 11 Australian Championship
Top Festival of Sails honours and the Bausele Super 11 national title went to Cam Rae’s Geelong based Poco Loco, a sweeter triumph after the local Thompson 920 crew finished second at the 2016 Australian Championship, held as part of last year’s festival.

SSW winds of 23 knots moderated to 16 knots for the fleet that kicked off the final day timetable, the Super 11s at 10am.

“We didn’t do too much wrong; usually in an eight race series you have one shocker,” Rae said. “Overall it’s the best regatta we’ve sailed. The boat was new to us last Festival of Sails, this time we’ve had 12 months under our belt to figure out systems and trim. The boat’s going a lot better than it was a year ago.

“Even though we rate well on AMS we are equally happy we won the Super 11 Performance division. It’s great sailing among all the boats, there are a lot of good yachties in this division.

“We’ll be back next year for the anniversary; the Festival of Sails is one of the regattas we love doing because we don’t have to travel!”

Second was Rod Warren’s J111 called Joust and third was Matt Draper’s RP Shockwave 36, Smooth Criminal, both Sandringham boats.

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