Australia Day 2018 race report by Mick Gwilliams
Australia Day was traditionally a day when the PDYC yachties all raced with the Tin Shed in their classic Australia Day Low Isles Race. This however came to a crashing halt a few years ago when the host club decided they wouldn't run it anymore.
Since then we've carried on the tradition of dressing the boats and crews and finding something to do out on the water to celebrate this great country.
In 2018 it was a race to Low Isles with a few twists and turns. Mandatory 360's and MoB drills were added to the fun event for the five boats that braved the heat. One of the few boats that doesn't yet have her name on a club trophy claimed the win on the day but much to the disappointment of the skipper there is no trophy for this race!
Congratulation to Carl and the crew of Casuarina and if anybody can come up with a PDYC Australia Day Fun Race trophy, Casuarina might spend the next 12 months as the only boat with her name on it.
Australia Day Fun Race 2017
Seven boats and their crews dressed the boats with flags and bunting before sailing past the start line in front of the Club pontoon.
The skies looked grey over our Low Isles destination and as we got going the clouds lifted to a fine but overcast day. Lady Mystique rounded the mark first and the sailing conditions were perfect for the return trip.
Then one mile from the finish, the 12 knot breeze suddenly dropped to zero. The four front runners Lady Mystique, Jimmie, J Curve & Lady Jaqualyn were going round in circles and drifting back towards Low Isles. After about 30 minutes, with no sign of the wind coming in they all raised the iron sail and quit the race to join the festivities back at the Club.
By the time Port FM Mai Oui and Too Easy arrived, the breeze had returned and they sailed on to be the only finishers.
Line honors to Port FM Mai Oui
Best dressed boat - Lady Mystique.
1 Port FM Mai Oui skippered by Rob Ranford
2 Too Easy skippered by Dave James
The winning Crew - Port FM Mai Oui
Best Dressed - Lady Mystique
Lady Skippers Race April 2017
Congratulations to the winner of the Lady Skippers race Mickey Dousset and her crew sailing Endorphin on a countback from Helen Gwilliams and her crew sailing Lady Mystique.