Froot Loop takes line honours
ELEVEN yachts from Port Curtis Sailing Club cruised in company to Colosseum Inlet last weekend to contest the annual Pleiades Plate.
This two-day event is a popular one on the sailing club calendar. Once the trip to the mouth of the inlet is complete, there is a cautious transit of the bar at the entrance and a race held in the wide, deep waters of the inlet.
Skies were grey early on Saturday and a light south easterly breeze meant that the delivery cruise was slow and the start of the race had to be delayed. However, once the starting hooter blew the clouds had gone and the fleet settled into a long circuit of the inlet under sunny skies.
Froot Loop, skippered by Victoria Pryce and crewed by parents Cameron and Lesley, was first across the start line and was never overtaken.
Two Wright, RagTop and Upshot battled for second spot, with Two Wright just beating RagTop to the top mark, but she fell behind the larger yacht on the long reach to the bottom buoy.
Family crews were common, with the O’Brien family taking its new yacht, Wayfarer, on her first club race and the extended Joseph family, sponsor of the event, working up good speeds on Pleiades.
Line honours were taken by Froot Loop, but Dave Taylor and Garth Breayley on Two Wright had done enough to win on handicap for the second year in a row. Fuzzy Logic was second.
The booby prize went to No Problem (Ray Hobbs) for being late to arrive and failing to meet all the technical requirements of the course.
On Sunday the yachts made their way home at their leisure.
Meanwhile, Scott Patrick was contesting the South Pacific Laser Masters in Brisbane. After six of the scheduled eight races, Patrick was near the bottom of the fleet, but was philosophical.
“This is the highest-calibre fleet I have ever sailed in, and the conditions here in Manly are very challenging.
“Many of the entrants are past or current world, national and state champions. I always regarded sailing this regatta as a learning experience, and I have learnt heaps.
“I have had a couple of good starts and got to the first mark in second place yesterday, but a slight error meant that most of the fleet then sailed past me. My boat speed and boat handling have both improved, and hopefully that will pay off when I contest the Impulse Nationals later this year.”