WOW !!! The 2007 Nationals were awe inspiring - the before/actual & now the after. I am inspired - is there anyone out there logging in from Melbourne interested in generating the same amount of Endeavour interest as our northern peers - maybe we just have to give more support to Frank and the EYAV team - but let's try. For a start - an invite is extended to all Endeavour owners to join Mordialloc MYC for a great weekend of sailing Feb 3/4 - check website.
Big Weekend coming up - Sat 24 nm Twilight Passage - Sun 12 nm Round the Buoys - "Jester" fighting it out with Noelex/Farr/Binks - 25/30's - but we'll have a go !!!! Luckily we'll have Sasha on board for both - CBH they've established is .680 (Farr 7500 .700) - seems fair at the moment - we've had 2,3,2 last three starts - any other ideas on H'cap for E24 mixed fleets ??? - Michael
Had a great weekend of sailing at Mordialloc - Sat Night 24 Nm Sternchaser was a bit of a disaster - wrong GPS ref from Club for first mark meant that E24 Jester led the fleet on a merry chase almost to Tasmania - everyone just followed us like NZ sheep - however it was a great sail 20-25 knts 2mtr swells 6-7 Knts and Sasha's intense style of humour all the way !!! Ended with a becalmed moonlight sail up the Mordialloc Creek to the mooring after grounding on the bar. Sunday "round the Buoys" a bit better - 2 sausage legs - becalmed first leg - 15 knts 2nd leg - finished 6/13 h'cap 7 minutes behind leader. Won great bottle of red for disgraceful behavior in misleading fleet Sat night - all Sasha's fault (both days) - but great preparation for Vic C'ships - Michael
Twilight Thurs 8 Feb - 5th of 5 but a great sail - sausage into/back a 20 knt southerly 11 nms - can't compete with Noelex/Farr 25's & 30's - but had a great sail. No Sasha - stand in was Bob James (another Muso - trumpet) - normally sails from Mornington on Wild Thing, Yoko (RMYC), or Ragamuffin - lots of experience - very interesting !!! Jester now being slipped for major topside refit (Sasha in control) - next stop Vic C'ships 25/2 to view Frank Rendell's "Puff" from far astern !!!! - Michael
Now back sailing on Jester and hoping to trip around the Bay a bit. Unbelievable conditions today - Weather Warning "Beaufort 10" (storm force), haven't seen that for a while - currently gusting at 60-70 Knots - looks awesome but possibly even too much for the great E24 !! - Michael O
Thanks so much for that cheery news Andrew, it's a pitty a few more stink boats don't take the deep dive. They are a real menace on Sydney Harbour and a few weeks ago old David Parsons forard hand, John was swept over the side after a stink boat almost side swiped them. Chris.
A friend down the beach told me he was watching the boats in the surf on Port Phillip Bay. The boats were dissappearing in the short steep seas and that was watching from the first floor.
Reports from Mornington were of 4m seas so I guess they were pretty similar to Indented Head. They had never seen it so rough before. I think we three yachts were definetely lucky to survive unscathed. There were about 14 or more yachts aground at Mornington and at least a couple at Geelong.
Whew.. Port Phillip Bay must always be treated with respect. Cheers Andrew
An E24 Mk 1 arrived in Mordialloc Creek today to be slipped for some work at Allnutt's. Looks to be in absolutely original condition. The boat is called Celeste and carries a Geelong Rego - believe it is from across the Bay at Werribee and owned by a Mr Love. Is due to be slipped in the next few days. In the meantime had a great afternoon sailing Jester with a couple of other boats in a nice breeze - good chance to try a few diffferent sails with the new rig.