Early forecasts for the weather this weekend were not looking good but 11 taipans entered the series with 10 boats sailing. A total of 148 boats entered the regatta which made for very harrowing conditions on the water. All the varying classes had a fire which was a necessary requirement after sailing to warm up. The taipan fire was in between the mosquito boys and the impulses about 100 meters from the club house on flat grass. All dogs were welcome and could roam freely. A noticeably absent sailor from the regatta was Colin Andrews in his 5.7 taipan DJFRT who stayed home to look after the new future crew born the week before, congratulations to Colin and Suzan. This week saw the re- emergence of Warren (the rabbit) Morse from his burrow with a new boat Sarah a 4.9 cat rig, as usual the boat had some new innovations most noticeable was the 6mm. sheet rope and the internal blocks in the boom.
Race 1 started in about 6 knots of wind from the West the starting line had a distinct port end bias so much so that boats could not cross the line from the starboard end 6 boats started at the port end, but being so far from the start boat a general recall was not heard by the majority of boats only Kingsly and a tornado returned for the second start thus 20 boats were disqualified leaving the King to sail around after the restart to win beating the tornado.
This race started immediately after race 1 in a stronger westly wind about 10 knots there was less bias on the start line all boats started on starboard it was a race to finish the race in the dying wind before the sun set local rules dictate that any boats finishing after sunset are disqualified . In the cat rigged boats Michael Jopp from Mt.Martha had a reversal of form and came second with Kingsly winning again in a 4.9 sloop boat.
Sunday morning saw a fog on the lake early which cleared about 9am. The race was postponed until a slight breeze came in from the west again; many boats were paddling to get to the start at the other end of the lake. The nice thing about Hazelwood is that the water is heated to about 20 degrees from the power station thus it feels warmer sailing than staying on land. The race was shortened to 5 legs Colin Dodds showed form and won using the borrowed Ashby square top with Michael Jopp second again. Many boats did not compete in this race preferring to stay on shore.
This race sailed Sunday afternoon in very light and shifty conditions about 4 knots from all directions many boats got lost and sailed to the wrong marks me included. Due to changing wind directions Kingsly won again with Colin Dodds second.
Abandoned due to lack of time
Sailed Monday morning in a fresh west wind about 15 knots, this race saw many capsizes some quiet spectacular, broken boats at the end of the race including Turtle Power sailed by Chris Caines who was T boned by a 16ft. skiff and needs a new port bow and some TLC. Warren finally found out why 6mm. mainsheets are no good. The eventual winner was Doddsy beating the 2 tornados to the finish.
This event was held at the club house after the last race. Before the show started Blackie put on a spectacle for all by trying to mount an Alsatian 4 times bigger than him needless to say unsuccessfully. Most of the competitors received a trophy which was either a glass or a mug emblazoned with a picture of the power station taken 20 years earlier when there were only 4 chimneys currently there are 8 stacks. Colin Dods won division 1 overall with Michael Jopp third. Finally after an hour of eager anticipation the taipan raffle was drawn by the club commodore all the Victorian sailors entered were hoping there ticket would be drawn. The final winner was Keith Darwent who sails regularly at Port Melb Y.C. the recipient of a new square top sail from GOODALL YACHTS. Ring Greg to organize
There were 56 taipans entered in the series 35 from Victoria and 21 from NSW. Ken Marsh, Colin Dods, Les Porter and Michael Jopp all had 6 chances to win. The final winner Keith participated in only 1 event to win the sail. Good luck to all next year hopefully Greg will donate another sail.