DBSC hosted the latest edition of the Vaucluse Challenge on Saturday, and it was a challenge indeed with 54-boats competing in a gusty, shifty southerly in that tricky 10-15 knot range. The 16 Vaucluse Yacht Club (VYC) members sailed against the much larger DBSC fleet in one 90-minute race. A new scoring system was in place where the first five boats in each fleet counted towards the score, with the first four in each fleet being allocated a score of 1-8 in their relative order of finishing, irrespective of actual place in the fleet, and the fifth boat in each fleet being allocated a score equal to its actual finishing place in the fleet. The final result was a clear DBSC victory with 35 points to VYC’s 84 points. Rob Barns was first in the Standards and Jack Littlechild won the day for the Radial Fleet. Thanks to Peter Collie, Clare Alexander and Mark Gray for running the race. After the sailing action concluded, VYC hosted us for drinks, awards presentations and a delicious meal, all with a fabulous view from their newly reconstructed clubhouse.
But just because it was a special race didn’t mean Brett Beyer’s coaching stopped. Brett was out on the course and gave a great wrap-up of the day during the VYC post-race drinks. He also captured the start on video, and has graciously allowed us to post the vision online. You can check out the radial start here and the standard start here.
Peter Collie, our resident award-winning photographer, also snapped some great shots of the action. Here are a few of the highlights: