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13_Yachtsman 2015.qxp_Yachtsman Magazine 19/08/2015 4:30 pm Page 26 Club Yachting Blue Water and SOPS report By Bob Bennett and Chris Grant Clear Skies for the competitors on the Pittwater to Terrigal race The results of the series are summarised in the table below. Congratulations all – skippers and crew! Club Marine Blue Water Point Score (BWPS) Our fleet numbers for the BWPS remain constant at around the 10 mark depending on the race. The Cabbage Tree Island race has presented a challenge to get good numbers for so a change is in line for next season. Congratulations must go the Occasional Course Language One team, our winner in all handicap categories. Short Ocean Pointscore Series (SOPS) Our fleet for the SOPS races are strong and typically 15 plus boats are on the track which makes for good racing. The results below were shared across a number of boats. Another fantastic season of offshore events – and one memorable trip to Long Reef resulting in an abandoned race as those big storms hit Sydney. Stories are still told from this day and they do get better over time. Some of the fleet saw 50 knots and got a very different i.e. sideways view of Long Reef. Lots of damage but no injuries which is a testament to the skill of skippers and crews. Shame the race had to be abandoned though, however our revised sailing instructions next season will consider providing an alternate finish line to deal with such circumstances. We have had some soft breezes as well but the Race Officers (RO) of the day have done a great job getting us around the courses. I am sure they hear more from us usually on the negative side, rather than positive. One race must have had the RO talking to Huey as to send us towards Long Reef on the first 04 leg and then towards the NE on the second time around was pure magic. And then another saw the “Where’s Wally” flag out for nearly an hour. We had no breeze but patience rewarded us all and the RO did a fantastic job again setting an 04 course that had us all back at the Club on time, after sailing in a delightful 10 – 12 knot sea breeze. A special thank you to the volunteers and staff who man the boats, drop the marks, set the courses, keep the clock running and to Huey. You have done a great job, well done and thank you. There are some additional equipment requirements for the coming season with AIS and sat phone, to avoid the HF radio investment, although this will still be required for the BWPS, Gold Coast race. So check the safety category requirements for each race and join in the fun. There will be prizes for the overall BWPS winners and for those who just elect to complete the category 3 races, so no excuse for our SOPS competitors not to do the shorter BWPS races. Speaking of shorter Calm conditions welcomed those competing races – hear the one in the Pittwater to Newcastle Race about the boat that did the Noumea race – entered as Pretty Woman, but the delivery back was long and wet, so she has been re-named Leaky Lady. Time for a picture, the guys on High Anxiety are relative newbies to our fleet but Enough of that, its time to start thinking about next season and whether the offshore had a great season per the table below so definitely deserve this highlight. fleets need new representatives as fleet captains replacing Bob and Chris and whether any further changes or improvements can be made to maintain the momentum we have BLUE WATER SERIES enjoyed since the SOPS series was reintroduced. Place PHS IRC ORCI 1 Occasional Course Language One Occasional Course Language One Occasional Course Language One The quality of the racing and attitude on the water is exemplary. It is a pleasure to sail in 2 R ꝙ\