Tripe & Onions / Steak & Mushrooms Heat 11 & Series
by Lindsay Butler
It's all over for another season and what a glorious Autumn day, last Sunday, to sail the final heat of the series. Warm with a gentle variable 10-knot oscillating southerly provided enough puff for a leisurely sail around Club course 42. It turned out to be too leisurely.
Back on terra firma a minor drama was unfolding. Shock, horror, race officials had abandoned, the heat, because no yacht had finished within the SI time limit. Ripe for a Stunned Mullet moment. With no means to shorten the course the sensible decision was taken to acknowledge the heat divisional placing’s but not factor them into the series results.
In heat 11 Young at Heart (Noel Williams) glided home to win the Tripe & Onions ahead of Vitesse (Michael Pointon) and Bravado (Lindsay Butler).
Ana (Zrinko Levar) led all way to claim 1st place, in the Steak & Mushrooms, ahead of the consistently well sailed Shore Thing [Robin Worland] and Cocoon (Mark & Megan Jackson).
In the series results, the classic H28 Ellen Lewis (Stephen Lake) triumphed in the Tripe & Onions. Stephen and Doug get the best out of the old girl and are deserved winners. Start Again (Ken & Jo Elliot) finished second, showing that a small boat well sailed can achieve good results.
Young at Heart (Noel Williams) finished in third place. Young at Heart has been around a few decades yet still very quick and competitive.
Cocoon (Mark & Megan Jackson) won the Steak & Mushroom trophy. A cruiser/racer that needs a good breeze to get going, so their ideal conditions led to an overall win in the series.
Shore Thing (Robin Worland) sailed well into second place – a couple of mishaps aside may have challenged for an outright win. Ana (Zrinko Levar), well sailed and always in contention, took third place.
Congratulations to our formidable race management team Wanda English, Jan Brown assisted by David Leroy’s off-sider James Davison who have again done a sterling job.
We are again grateful to our sponsor Fitzgerald Optometry and hopefully this will continue next season.
It has been another successful Tripe & Onions series. Entries are healthy but we need to promote the virtues of the Tripe & Onions to attract more participation from owners and novice crews.