16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106   Tel: 61 2 9998 3700
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16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106
Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

 
 

Dicko Cup 2020

A beautiful sunny Saturday greeted the 22 boat fleet, with a variable light easterly breeze blowing. 
With the risk of a few holes about, the Race Officer changed the course to "0" - Start then finish off Challenger Head.
A competitor told me later, they even took an enormous risk and decided not to write the course down!
The two Farr 40's, Windy Too and Harlequin, were spot on time for the start and quickly gained the lead, followed closely by Enza and Pacesetter.
Spinnakers were set as they passed West Head for the run up the river. One even partook of a wine glass! 
The Hawkesbury was in full outgoing tide and with the easterly breeze still fickle, we saw many vastly different tactics appear in the run to the finish.
Line honours went to Windy Too, and over the next hour and a half the remainder of the fleet finished.
Back on the beach for the presentation the competitors got together and enjoyed a cool drink whilst the results were tabulated.
With sausages sandwiches being cooked on the BBQ and cool drinks in hand, it was soon time for the presentation to begin.
The Dicko Cup race winner for the day was Enza, followed by Starlight 2nd and Waterbird 3 in 3rd.
The casual race winner was Windy Too.
 
Sunday brought another wonderful sunny day to celebrate Australia Day.
This year RPAYC worked with the Avalon Sailing Club to promote their Australia Day Regatta with their keel boat race being finished by Alfreds 1 off Challenger Head.
The club's coach Tom Spithill also arranged for some Windsurfers and Hobie Waves to be brought to Hallets Beach, and with the help of two club instructors,
guidance given to members on how to use them.
I missed a lot of the efforts, due to finishing the ASC boats, but I understand it was entertaining for both those trying and those not.
 
Overnight a welcome cool change arrived, but it didn't last long and the Race Officer had to postpone the start whilst the pin boat went up course to
find suitable breeze for a start.
The start was moved half a nautical mile closer to Flint and Steel and the postponed start held in an 5-10 knot ESE.
Shortly after the start the fleet was split equally over the course.
It appeared that Enza on the left would have to tack out but after passing Patonga the breeze went to the SE so they got out of jail and lifted to Lion Island.
But this shift gave Verve on the right a bigger gain as they were able to ease sheets straight to the island, closely followed by the rest of the fleet.
From this point on I understand there were numerous close tussles, but Alfreds 1 had to leave and set up the finish, so I will leave the tall tales to others.
Line Honours went to Verve, followed by Enza and Still Dangerous.
 
Back at the club for the presentation of the "Dicko Cup", first the day's race results:
1st was Still Dangerous, 2nd Boree Creek and 3rd Out of the Bag.
Next prize was the "Passion Pop" award for Navigational Excellence, presented to Galadriel; David and Sonya Williams.
If you want to find out what that's all about you need to join us next year.
 
A big thank you to my team of Elaine Fowler and Wendy Kay.
Without you ladies it's just hard work, love you both.
 
Finally to the overall prizes, 3rd went to Out of the Bag (also 1st Multihull) Bill Webb, 2nd to Fontana, Rod Walton, and the
overall winner of the Dicko Cup; Verve. Owners John and Jo Groves, with good friends Warwick and Sue Crossman as crew.

 
So why don't you join us next year?
This year we had as many new comers as repeat competitors, and it's not just about the racing.
It's a good opportunity to meet other members and experience one of the worlds most beautiful waterways.
 
See you on the water.
Allen Stormon

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