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Drive her like you stole her!
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Written by The Doctor   
Monday, 23 February 2015

Commdom & Johno giving Alfie a good caning. She loves a whipping!

Last Updated ( Monday, 23 February 2015 )
S80's need help!
Written by The Doctor   
Saturday, 21 February 2015

 All S80 skippers and crews,

We are in urgent need of the loan (or hire) of a RIB or runabout for use as a mark laying boat for the States over the long weekend 28th Feb – 2nd March. Our usual sources of assets have all dried up due to the simultaneous high demand for other sailing events on the river and ocean.

 Boats need to be suitable for ocean use and ideally have a minimum of say 50 HP outboard motor.  If anyone can help, or knows of anyone who might help, please get in touch with me as soon as possible on 0419 903 583.

 Our volunteer mark boat skippers all hold RSTs and are well experienced in small boat handling.

 The Association will arrange road or river transport to and from Fremantle and meet all outgoings. Boats will be returned in clean and fully functional condition. 


 Jeff Crookes


S80 Yacht Association of WA

0419 903 583

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 S80 - All class – One class

Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 February 2015 )
GBRW - The Wrap!
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Written by Bernie Kaaks   
Friday, 20 February 2015


Grand Prix executes a cheeky move to slip under The Next Factor, but Next Factor had the last laugh, winning the race and also the Div 1 Regatta points total.

Leaving the best until last, Dave Walling and his crew sailed a blinder this morning, coping with extremely light and variable conditions at the start better than anyone.  By the time the breeze switched to the south and freshened, The Next Factor had established a solid position in the fleet, mixing it with Black Betty and not far behind the TP52, Calm. They finished fourth over the line, just two minutes behind the GP42 Dirty Deeds, to record their fourth win of the 11-race series.

Last year's winner Black Betty did not place today and slipped to third on the points total

Although Calm once again took line honours, the margin was nowhere near what it needed to be and she recorded an eighth place for the second time in the regatta.  Last year’s winner Black Betty also sailed a very consistent series but when final scores were tallied, The Next Factor was declared the winner of the IRC Division 1 fleet with 18 points, edging out Calm (21) and Black Betty (23). Most agreed that it was IRC racing at its best, and the suggestion to hold a State IRC championship at Geographe Bay was gaining some momentum.

Just Cruisin completed Race Week with a win in the last race and the Div 2 IRC crown

Division 2’s IRC handicap, which was painfully close prior to the final race, was won by Tony Carter’s Just Cruisin’, which gave the yacht a three point buffer over second placed Lithium, sailed by Graeme Monkhouse. A major upset in the Performance Handicap for Division 2 occurred when a second place by Ken Waller’s Let’s Dance elevated the yacht from 5th place on the leader board to outright winner, beating Denys Pearce’s Foundation 36 By & Large on a countback after both finished the series with 21 points. Jamie Weeden’s Bull 9000 Wild Bull finally reaped the reward of their hard week when they won today’s race.

Denys Pearce was well satisfied with his second place overall - on a countback

Peter Sim’s Fidra has been one of the front runners in division three from the start of the week and her third placing today was good enough to win Division 3 with a score of 13 points, ahead of Jim Merton’s Cole 32 Omega on 15 points and Rod Turner’s Nexus.  Omega’s win in today’s race lifted her from 6th on the leader board to second place.

Wild Bull won the final Div 2 race on performance handicap.

Dorade was virtually untouchable in the Jib & Main division. Even Janet Hornbuckle’s first placing today in Fortuosity was not enough to displace the big Sense 50’s stronghold on the points table.  The final score for Dorade was 6 points. Fortuosity was next on 9 points and French Kiss finished third on 12.

The consensus is that this was the best regatta for some years.  Confusion about whether or not the event would run this year may have been partially responsible for the lower than normal entry list, but the 54 competitors who sailed this year were almost unanimous in their approval of the format.

Richard Rowell accepted the Div 1 Trophy on behalf of Dave Walling, flanked by FSC commodore Terry Baker and RPYC commodore Barry Honey

Royal Perth Yacht Club was solely responsible for the on-water program, setting up the notice of race, sailing instructions and organising committee. Mooring and entertainment ashore was left to the Port Geographe Marina, which did a great job in organising entertainment within the marina precinct, including a ladies’ luncheon and fashion parade.  Fashions by the unique and very talented Sally Young from Bridgetown were a real highlight of the parade.  WA Food Ambassador Don Hancey was on hand with a cooking demonstration.  This man’s passion for West Australian produce is infectious and the morsels he cooked in his demonstration, using his trademark giant frypan, was nothing short of sensational.

When word filters back to the metropolitan skippers who decided to stay at home this year (and it surely will) most will decide that Busselton in February is a great place to be.

And they’d be right!

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 February 2015 )
One day to go!
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Written by Bernie Kaaks   
Friday, 20 February 2015


Janet Hornbuckle's consistent Fortuosity, now third in division 4.

Most fleets will have to wait until the results of the final race to determine the final series winners for each division. Results in most divisions remain remarkably close so we can expect some fireworks in the last race as skippers try to get to the top.

Martin Chambers' Sandale enjoying the conditions in the jib and main fleet

Division 1 IRC has been close throughout the week and with one race to go, single points separate Calm (on 16), The Next Factor (17) and Black Betty (18). Early leader Black Betty elected to go left in the first leg of the second last race of the series and watched helplessly as those who opted for the right picked up big lifts. By the top mark she was fifth to round but in a remarkable comeback, she finished just five seconds behind sister ship Dirty Deeds.

Alan Stein wakes up the finish team on Royal Perth Yacht Club committee boat Challenger, in this close encounter.

Division 2 IRC seems to have boiled down to a two boat race with Tony Carter’s First 40 Just Cruisin’ leading Graeme Monkhouse’s J122 Lithium by two points. Third placed Deckchairs Overboard is three points behind Lithium and still has an outside chance.

Calm bowman Jayden Delfos feeds out the kite as they round the top mark.

In Division 2 Performance Handicap, Neil Harrison’s Deckchairs Overboard leads on 16 points, from Just Cruisin’ and the Foundation 36 By & Large, sailed by Denys Pearce, equal on 18 points.

The Next Factor holding down second place in the hot IRC fleet by a single point

Division 3 Cruising Fleet sees Gordon & Di Dunbar’s Spritzig 2 sharing the lead with Rod Turner’s Nexus with Fidra a point away in third.  Their tussle in the final race should be interesting.

Glenn McNally's Foundation 36 Grand Prix finished second in Race 8.

The Sense 50 Dorade posted another win in the second last passage race and heads the table by three points over French Kiss – the most comfortable position for any fleet leader.

Weather for the final race on Friday morning is forecast to be light and south easterly.

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 February 2015 )
GBRW on Tuesday
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Written by Bernie Kaaks   
Wednesday, 18 February 2015


The first attempt to run a morning race in this year’s Geographe Bay Race Week did not start well.  A low tide left the TP52 Calm hard aground near the marina entrance.  It took four big men at the end of the boom and a halyard attached to an inflatable chase boat with two 250hp motors on the back to finally drag the big boat into deep water.

Once all yachts arrived at their respective start lines (passage races and windward/leeward races are started in separate areas) races started well, but as the morning wore on the breeze lightened off until by midday, it was non-existent. 

Div 2 Start

Tailenders in Division 1’s second race were badly disadvantaged as the breeze died while they were on their final leg, leaving them to sail painfully slowly to the line knowing that those in front of them had already finished in reasonable breeze.  On the passage race courses, the action simply stopped for some time until the sea breeze wafted over the Bay an hours or so later.

Div 2 Kites heading for the jetty

Craig and Janette Hansen’s magnificent Buizen 52 Napea dealt with the crisis better than most.  Fully air conditioned, the crew was very comfortable while fellow competitors sweltered, and to add to their comfort, they cooked up a lamb roast and baked a loaf of fresh bread in the yacht’s breadmaker. This is racing at its finest!

Division 1 eventually completed three races, with Dave Walling’s The Next Factor winning two of them and Calm taking the third.  Attention is starting to turn to the points table, where Black Betty heads the table from Calm, but the scores are awfully tight at this, the mid-point of the regatta.

Jim Merton's Cole 32 Omega with a kite he built himself a couple of weeks ago.

The hot line honours favourite in Division 2, David Clifton’s Eftel, retired in the light breeze, leaving Lithium with line honours on IRC and Doug Lawler’s Twist n Shout, which is not IRC rated, winning line honours in the performance handicap division.  Handicap winners were the Addams Family on IRC, while on performance handicaps, Mark Pitt’s Mulberry and Laurie Flynne’s Dynamic made it a Beneteau quinella on performance handicap.

Progress points in both sides of the Division 2 fleet are very close. On IRC, Just Cruisin’, Addams Family and Lithium are separated by a mere point, while under performance handicap, Lithium, Just Cruisin, By and Large and Deckchairs Overboard are also split by a point.

Black Betty puts the bite on Dirty Deeds but on this occasion could not catch it

Conrad Todd took out Division 3 line honours in Stand Aside, but the handicap win went to the well-travelled S&S34 Huckleberry.  Don Brooker’s Sense 50 Dorade added another fastest time to his tally in the Jib and Main fleet but first place went to French Kiss, followed by Fortuosity.

Wednesday is a lay day and racing resumes on Thursday.

Big boat starts are pretty spectacular.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 February 2015 )
Geographe Bay Turns it on!
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Written by Bernie Kaaks   
Tuesday, 17 February 2015


Noted for its fickle wind conditions at this time of year, Geographe Bay turned it on for the second successive day, with beautifully moderate conditions for a perfect day’s sailing.

OBI Wan & Anger

Peter Chappell’s new lightweight The Cadillac showed her downwind potential, rounding the second last mark about 200 metres behind The Next Factor and MEII.  By the last mark of the course that deficit had been converted into a 300 metre lead. The wily Chappell sailed well below the other two and slowly worked up alongside them, but the pivotal moment came when MEII changed to her conventional kite.  Signalling the move by setting up the pole some time earlier gave The Next Factor the opportunity to quietly set up for a similar move.  While the two of them were engrossed in trimming their sails, The Cadillac slipped past and drew right away. The Next Factor, which had trailed ME II by a few boat lengths, found a way past on the final leg to narrowly claim bragging rights at the finish.


In the end, the performance of these three in the middle of the fleet was of little significance. Black Betty sailed a well judged race to claim first place, followed by Alan Stein’s Dirty Deeds and Calm, which once again took line honours after an uncharacteristically ordinary start.

By & Large

Division 2 sailed windward and return races. In the performance handicap section, David Clifton’s Swarbrick 125 Eftel proved untouchable, easily taking line honours at each outing.

YWA President Denys Pearce was prominent with second and third placings, while both Just Cruisin and Lithium scored firsts. The leader board in this very popular division is now very cramped and handicapping has been superb.  Just 15 seconds separated Just Cruisin and y and Large in the first race while Paul King’s Obi-Wan was only 11 seconds back in third.

The Next Factor & Cadillac

A delighted Rod Turner returned first and fastest in Division 3’s passage race.  His Farr 11.6 leading home all comers. Gordon and Diana Dunbar’s Spritzig 2was second and the very consistent Jim Merton’s Cole 32 Omega was third.

ME2 & The Next Factor

Don Brooker’s Beneteau Sense 50 Dorade was too good in the jib and main fleet and claimed first and fastest.  Jean-Philippe Hanriot’s little French Kiss was next, with the crew communicating in rapid-fire French. Janet Hornbuckle finished second over the line and third on handicap.

The Horse has Bolted...

Organisers have planned the regatta to avoid the infamous noonday lull. The first two days of racing began at 1:30pm, by which time the afternoon breeze had kicked in, while day 3 is set down to start at 9:30am, hopefully finishing before the breeze drops out.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 February 2015 )
GBRW Kicks Off
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Written by Bernie Kaaks   
Monday, 16 February 2015


The Division 1 IRC fleet started Geographe Bay Race Week with a trio of windward/leeward races and if the results of the day’s racing set the tone for the week, we are in for some very tight racing indeed.  Each of the three races was won by a different boat and only Gary McNally’s Black Betty managed to score a podium finish in all three races.

Peter Hickson’s colourful ME II won the first race by a margin of just 18 seconds.  The Ker 39 is showing great uphill speed and was snapping at the heels of the 42 footers at times. The Foundation 36 Grand Prix was second and Black Betty sailed a very tidy race to finish third, only 9 seconds behind Grand Prix n corrected time.

Calm was untouchable in the second race, sailing great downwind angles and winning by 57 seconds over Black Betty with ME II third.

Black Betty won the final race of the day ahead of David Walling’s Farr 40 The Next Factor by a margin of 49 seconds.  Calm was third, another 55 seconds behind.

This contest is only just beginning.  Peter Chappell’s hot full carbon flying machine The Cadillac showed some startling speed downhill today so it will be no surprise to see this boat in the mix as the week rolls on.

There is some beautiful machinery on show in the Jib and Main division, which was won by Don Brooker’s Sense 50 Dorade ahead of Martin Chambers Sandale, both Bali Race veterans, with Janet Hornbuckle finishing third.

Premier Blue raced on both IRC and performance handicaps.  Alison Stock won the IRC flag with Addams Family second and Graeme Monkhouse’s Lithium third.  Local sailor Doug Lawler won the performance handicap in Twist’n’Shout.  Addams Family and Secret Men’s Business sailed by Koombana Bay’s Michael Peel, shared second place.

Wild Bull, skippered by Jamie Weeden and with father Bill Weeden, a past commodore of EFYC on board, had a less enjoyable day.  A halyard slipping off the sheeve at the masthead required a man to go aloft, and they finished the day with two torn sails in the locker.

The Premier Cruising Green fleet was led home by Gordon and Di Dunbar’s Spritzig 2.  Rod McGregor’s Aida was second and John Wallis’ Golden Eagle third.  The fleet will be joined tomorrow by Ben Olsthoorn’s Mini Transat, Recalculate, which arrived at Geographe Bay from Bunbury while racing was in progress.

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 February 2015 )
Iberia on the nose!
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Written by Bernie Kaaks   
Monday, 16 February 2015


Royal Perth Yacht Club’s Iberia Race is the feeder race for Geographe Bay Race Week, starting at Fremantle in the twilight hours and finishing in Busselton. 

Racing!  Farrago closes the door.

A moderate sailing breeze from the south west, under a blanket of low cloud highlighted by the setting sun, gave competitors a nice easy start as they headed to sea. Conditions freshened as the fleet worked its way south, until between 2 and 3am, when it dropped momentarily and kicked back in at 35 knots plus, coming straight from the Busselton Jetty.

Calm won line honours, and the IRC trophy with a 33 minute margin.

“We were a bit lucky when the change came, because we had almost reached Bunbury,” said Calm skipper Andrew Harry, “but it was hard work tacking all the way to the finish.”

Dubbo White and Todd Giraudo in the new Jeanneau 3600 Kraken.

Laurie Flynne’s Dynamic hit the change near Mandurah, and along with all the yachts around her, sailed in wet, cool and windy conditions for more than half the length of the journey.

Calm took line honours in a little over 12 hours. “Eight hours to get to Bunbury and four hours of belting into headwinds to the finish,” lamented Andrew Harry.  His need not have worried because Calm won IRC by a whopping 33 minutes ahead of the Ker 39 ME II sailed by Peter Hickson. Anthony Kirke’s Farr 40 Enterprise was third.

Tony Carter’s Just Cruisin’ shot out of the blocks at the start and went on to win the Division 2 treble – line honours, IRC and YAH. Peter Vlaar’s modified Farr 2 tonner Farrago was second on both handicaps after a very loud slanging match on the start line where Farrago squeezed Sand Crab’s Disco out at the boat end.  Nexus was third on IRC and Fourth Dimension was third on YAH.

Just Cruisin’ settles down for the long haul south.

David “Dubbo” White wondered what all the fuss was about when he was asked about the weather conditions.  With the experience of a Sydney Hobart race to draw on, Todd Giraudo’s new Jeanneau 3600 handled the conditions easily with her two man crew and finished more than half an hour ahead of the much larger Farrago.

Thanks to Bernie Kaaks for the words & images 


Last Updated ( Monday, 16 February 2015 )
Combined WW/LW Racing
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Written by The Doctor   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Top day of sailing on the river last Saturday. All clubs doing combined fleet windward / leeward racing. The seabreeze filled in to well over 20kts, some great close action.

Here's some crazy wet-@rse sportsboat action from Indecent Haste



Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 February 2015 )
Team Gilmour in Johor, Malaysia for The Monsoon Cup!
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Written by The Doctor   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015


David Gilmour, Will Mackenzie, Luke Payne, Peter Nicholas and Ed Powys





Team Gilmour in Johor, Malaysia for the final event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour

After being postponed from December the final event of 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour is underway in a new venue, Johor Bahru, Malysia. Johor sits at the Southern corner of Malaysia, just North of Singapore and is separated by 2 miles of sea, known as the Johor Straits - the area which we will be sailing.

Team Gilmour has been taking some down time from match racing over the last few months, however everyone has been busy sailing everywhere around the globe. David and Ed have been busy competing in the 49er circuit, including the Australian and Oceanic Champs and more recently in the ISAF World Cup event in Miami. Luke competed in the Melges 32 Worlds in Miami and Pete and Will both competed in and won the Kings Cup in Thailand. 

We are excited to be back at the Monsoon Cup, particularly at the new venue. We reunited last week for some training in Perth before heading up to Johor for some training on the Strait. We sail the Foundation 36 yachts that they will be using here regularly in Perth and have won a number of events on these boats in the past, so feel comfortable heading into racing.

The Monsoon Cup is the most important event of the World Tour, being worth double points and non-discardable. We are looking forward to the racing and feel confident for a good result and the opportunity to move up the leader board on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour standings. 

The venue, situated directly in front of a large high-rise development will provide some very interesting and difficult shifty racing. 

Teams competing this week. 

Taylor Canfield (ISV)
Mathieu Richard (FRA)
Phil Robertson (NZL)
David Gilmour (AUS)
Jeremy Koo (MAL)
Eric Monnin (SUI)
Jonnie Berntsson (SWE)
Bjorn Hansen (SWE)
Pierre Antoin-Morvan (FRA)
Ian Williams (GBR)
Maximillian Soh (SIN)
Keith Swinton (AUS)

Follow the racing via LiveStreaming by clicking the AWMRT link bellow.

Big thanks to our partners and check out of Facebook page for regular updates.
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 February 2015 )
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