A few days before this year’s Vintage Yacht Regatta there were a few nervous looks at Queensland Cruising Yacht Club with a wind forecast that predicted a little more breeze then ideal for the fleet on over thirty classic yachts.
As it turned out, the weekend brought warm, sunny weather and near perfect breeze. Spectators and crews alike were treated to beautiful yachts and champagne sailing.
The courses this year were a little different to previous years and it quickly became apparent who had not done their 'homework' the night before as race one started and the odd boat heading off in a direction that the more informed members of the fleet disagreed with.
By race two discussions on board appeared to have ironed out the head scratching and the race proceeded in a far more orderly fashion.
One of the best aspect of this annual event, now in its 40th year, is the camaraderie on the competitors and that was shown perfectly by the now, greatly exaggerated, hilarious stories concerning the mistakes of the day back being told at the club.
Sunday morning racing was deliberately scheduled to allow a long lazy breakfast and plenty of time for everyone to wander around the boats. One of the most hotly contested elements of the regatta is the Best Presented awards. This year was no exception with the judge having to start looking at every tiny mark and scratch in order to find a winner.
Back on the water and unbelievably the weather eclipsed the previous day allowing the crew to revel in another great day of racing.
And then all too soon it is back to the club and time for the presentations. In keeping with the regatta spirit, this is a great affair with as many prizes given out for the things skippers don't want to be recognised for and those that they do.
The optional pursuit race on Monday saw a small fleet take to the water but their luck had finally run out with the wind as they drifted on a flat calm bay in warm sunshine. Still, not a bad way to spend the Queens Birthday holiday!
For results, go to qcyc.com.au and follow the links.
– Nigel Statham