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While numbers were down this year for the 22nd consecutive
running of the Lock Crowther Multihull Regatta held over the
October long weekend, visiting boats including Geoff Floyd’s
Corsair 28 50/50 from Victoria, Mike Kirby’s large Schionning
catamaran Viento and Greg Bridge’s Crowther Windspeed 31 Bob,
both from Cronulla and Shane Russell’s Lynx catamaran Foxy
from Wangi in addition to the Pittwater locals, really helped to
make the 16-boat Regatta feel special.
As did Beryl Crowther’s attendance at the Presentation Dinner
including her sailing on Jim Geddes 45ft venerable Crowther
catamaran Te A rawa on Saturday in winds gusting to 30 knots!
The Friday Ocean Race began proceedings but with the last
minute withdrawal of 46ft Schionning Bulletproof having mast
track issues and several other boats not available, only two boats
participated this year so a ‘dead heat’ on PHS was arranged
for Stephen Barton’s Pescott designed Whitehaven J ’o u v e r t and
On that note, it’s disappointing more multihull sailors
don’t accept the challenges and reap the benefits of sailing
‘outside’ in races such as
RMYC’s offshore series,
the Pittwater Coffs, and/
or Pittwater Southport,
the SSA A races (if we can
get them re-established),
Brissie to Gladstone and
these LCMR offshore races
in the future. Low multihull
numbers are poor when
compared to the number
of monos racing offshore.
Anyway, the real
competition of this Regatta
are the four inshore races.
Alan Brand and crew on
Corsair Dash 750 Xena again
sailed very well for the win.
However, they would have
been trounced by Joe Finch’s bargain priced Burgess cat Bluey
Zarzoff had Joe sailed the correct course in Race 2.
In Saturday morning’s blustery Race 1, Orca, the lightweight
and speedy F-82R of long time multihuller Kurt, got blown over
with her kite up. Apparently Murphy was helping out on the kite
sheet with a well-timed override and, as a big gust, hit even Kurt’s
quick thinking to grab a knife to cut the locked sheet wasn’t
enough to stop Orca flipping over. An amazing effort by him, his
crew and the committee boat to have it back sailing within an
hour. Impressive stuff!
Race 2 started off Mackerel Beach. Winds were expected to
drop off in the arvo which they did ... eventually, but not before
providing some exhilarating rides to Lion Island and up to Juno
Point at the mouth of the Hawkesbury River and some good tight
racing with up to 30 knots of true breeze at one stage.
Sunday dawned delightful but light shifty breezes created
a bit of a lottery in the morning Race 3, and boats that were
blitzing then found themselves back in the pack, and boats
that seemed to have wandered off into the ‘never never’ found
themselves in the lead.
However, the afternoon Race 4 had a most enjoyable steady
8-10 knots of easterly breeze so on this north/south waterway
‘sc re echers’ were the sail of choice.
Well done to Alan Brand and his trimaran crew John Mitchell,
and congrats to them and Paul Pascall on their Regatta win in
the Race division and to David Bishop and crew on Crowther
Catana Coconut Airlines in winning the Cruising division. Plaudits
to all the staff at RMYC for their help in organising the Regatta.
h Stephen Barton
Lock Crowther Multihull Regatta
Joe Finch’s Burgess catamaran
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