Tim rescues 3 fishermen

Minutes after setting off from the Sandringham Sail Melbourne regatta on his way back to Queenscliff, Tim Phillips sailing alone on Muriel came across a swamped tinny with 3 men tipped into the water. With winds in the 25 – 30 knots range, Tim single handed, dropped his sail and dragged the 3 men aboard. A larger man at 120Kg with perseverance was untimately dragged from the rough waters to safety. Shortly after another Sorrento Sailing club boat arrived to render assistance finding the rescue complete. The 3 men were taken to the Sandringham Yacht Club with police arriving to salvage the flooded tinny. Congratulations to Tim, adding another rescue to the list of many.

 

http://www.mysailing.com.au/news/couta-boat-rescues-three-fishermen-from-upturned-tinnie-off-sandringham

Pittwater fleet growing

Hi all, here are some photos of the Couta race yesterday… there were 6 boats racing which was great (and more breeze would have been even better!). Tenacity had the pleasure of Phil Thompson helming (first time on a Couta) who grew up sailing in Pittwater and now resides in Newport Rhode Island. Phil has helmed America’s Cup yachts and is visiting with his son – also a keen yachtie – who is participating in the Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship event hosted by the RPA this week.

 

Want to sail…

Want to crew…   are a skipper and want to drive… Comment and see who responds.

Everyone is looking for crew so post your interest….

Bring your Couta Boat to Sandy for ISAF World Cup

Skippers

Join Lincoln Rose, Phoenix, Zephyr, Lisa, Fiona, Morning Star, Marlena, Romy and others and enjoy the excitement of the ISAF sailing Word Cup at Sandringham

Nov 30 – Dec 7
It includes twilight racing on Thursday 5th, Corporate Sailing on Friday 6th (LUNCHTIME including provided hospitality and merchandise)
And some short course racing on Saturday Dec 7th
Your boat will be berthed at SYC, and you will be rubbing shoulders with the word’s elite sailors
Please email manager@sscbc.com.au your expression of interest now so we can book your berth

Regards
Wayne Parr CBA

Letter to Couta boats from Mark Turnbull and Bruce Griffiths

ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne Couta Boat Challenge and Luncheon – Friday 6 December 2013

ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne Couta Boat Challenge and Luncheon

Jump in to the on-water action at the ISAF Sailing World Cup and be part of the first ever Couta Boat Challenge! There are very limited tickets available for this exclusive event, so book your tickets now to ensure you don’t miss this amazing opportunity.

The ISAF Sailing World Cup Couta Boat Corporate Cup and Luncheon will give you and your guestsa truly unique chance to get your feet wet at the ISAF Sailing World Cup, Melbourne and be truly immersed in the on-water action.

The morning will see you compete on board the iconic Couta boats for a race on Port Phillip, followed by a delicious lunch at the Sandringham Yacht Club Harbour View Restaurant as an exhilarating end to the working week.

Those not taking part in the on-water action, can watch their peers and join them for lunch as they return from the water.

Date: Friday 6 December 2013
Time: 10.30am until approximately 14.30 (sailing & lunch) or 12.00 until approximately 14.30 (lunch only)
Venue: Sandringham Yacht Club
Address: Jetty Road, Sandringham 3191
Dress Code: Casual Sailing Attire (non-slip shoes) for sail experience or Yacht Club Smart Casual for luncheon

Tickets are available for purchase now;
Individual Tickets (including sailing & lunch) – $150
Individual Tickets (lunch only) – $90

 

Guineas Cup – A highly varnished grudge match

 

Mercedes III and Pastime II will take on Couta Boats C97 and Gemfish with the winning Association determined by the best team results.

The Guineas Cup is held the evening prior to The Cup regatta run by RYCV. The format is based on 2 Classics racing 2 Coutas over 3 windward leeward races.

The Couta boats tend to do well in open water conditions when at times the Couta boats have amazed the classics by  achieving a lower elapsed time around the course than the larger classics. Hence the Guineas Cup challenge.

 

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Sorrento Opening Day 2013

2013 – 14. It has begun.

CoutaOening2013Opening day at Sorrento saw a reduced number of starters for the first aggregate race of the season. Wild weather hampered re launching boats in the weeks leading up the the big day. However, typical of Sorrento, the skies cleared for opening day and it turned out to be a great sailing day.

Great to see the boats at this end of the season looking magnificent.