Skiff Report | 12 March 2017

The 16s had two races on Sunday, our morning race was for the Hunter Academy of Sport Squad. "TJS" was first across the line with Jordan Makin steering. Jacinta Anderson was second and the first Hunter Academy sailor, steering "Redicrete".
 
The Nor'Easter had kicked in by the afternoon race and was a nice big rig breeze with a few boats electing to take the small rig. "Aristocrat" sailed really well to take the win. Beynon Telford was guest skipper on "Belmont Bay Constructions" and was second. "OAS" continued their fine form from last week to take fastest time. The Beaches had the East Coast Marine crew onboard and took 2nd.
 
"Blacksmiths Family Meats" now have a 12 point lead in the Pointscore and look hard to beat.
Results Handicap
1st - "Aristocrat" - Dave, Vardon & Lindsay
2nd - "Belmont Bay Construction" - Beynon, Justin & Steve
3rd - "Tooheys Extra Dry" - Caitlin, Jason & Shane
Scratch
1st - "OAS" - Ben, Dobo & Dave
2nd - "Southern Beaches Rugby" - Matt, Scotty & Corey
3rd - "Empty Jets" - Flano, Dallas & Nath
The Skiffs flew Black Ribbons for Sundays race and unfortunately we had two reasons for this.
 
Colin Schutz passed away late in the week. Colin was the father of Alan and Steve, known as the lever brothers. They sailed at the Club for many years. He was also the Grandfather of Skiff Sailors Ben and Scott, Scott is currently the Sheethand on "Insight". Our Sympathies are with the Schutz Family.
 
Earlier in the week John Moore passed away. John was a Life Member of our Club and contributed greatly, especially during his stint as Commodore. John was also very involved at State Association level.
 
Big John was a colourful character off the water and a very good sailor on the water. He was a three time Club Champion and did very well in the interclub racing, even winning one of the World 16ft Skiff Championships that were held in the 70's. His skiffs including "Romp" and "TAA" were particularly hard to beat in a stronger breeze.



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