On Saturday, after 2 aborted attempts, the 2nd, and away leg, of the DBSC/VYC laser challenge was held. It was worth the wait, as finally the sailors were blessed by the weather gods who showed up with blue skies and 12-15 of Sydney’s finest North Easterly. A run out tide and a large easterly swell added to the chop, but frankly the conditions were perfect for laser racing. Nethertheless, while most of the DBSC crew bashed up the harbour to the course; the wise and unconditioned opted for a tow.
In the full rigs, Marcus Whitley brained the fleet and greeted the judges. 3 VSC boats, who were disturbingly quick downwind, followed Marcus and then there was a glorious flotilla of DBSC boats, led home by Mark B (note to self; must change name to a permutation of “Mark” to sail faster). Our middle fleet performed admirably, such that 12 of our boats beat home their 7th.
The DBSC performance was even more comprehensive in the Radial fleet, where new recruits Richard Bott and Dennis Kuhlmann led the field home.
At the end of the day, DBSC comprehensively won both legs and has retained the coveted Shield. It must be acknowledged that the attraction is due to the fine spirit the series is sailed in and how good the sailors are in both Clubs. We especially thank VYC for their triple hospitality this year! Their beer and BBQ can’t be faulted.
Rest up. Next year it’s on again, and there will be a couple of new perpetual awards for the fastest radials and full rig over the series, which will include both the DBSC and VYC regattas along with the home and away shield legs.
I can’t wait!