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79 Bay St
Double Bay, NSW, 2028

The finest Laser sailing club in the world, located in Double Bay on Sydney Harbour.


Big Boat Race Report

Kirk Marcolina

Report from Jonathan Stone:

Six boats signalled their intention to race on a cool, sunny, cloudless afternoon.

The morning land-breeze - always a westerly - eased ahead of an expected sea-breeze; which never made a showing.

Five of us rigged and found our way to the start area; but on T&T we had to use our engine to avoid being late; as the breeze faded and faded.

But the gate start worked and we turned towards Point Piper looking for wind, inching eastwards. Graham’s new Farr 30 Calypso inched fastest, followed by T&TChenonceau, Liaison and Corinna, none of us doing more than half a knot.

As Calypso slid away, Chenonceau made a move, sliding over T&T into second place. It took well over half an hour for Calypso to complete the first leg of less than 1 nautical mile; as she headed out into the Harbour, to reach Taylor’s Bay the wind died entirely and Chenonceau was the only other boat to complete the leg.

In short - we cancelled at that point and headed for home, under power. T&T had an eventful time of it; as we prepared to throw a tow line to Corinna our crew lost his footing, caught by a sharp wake in the calmest conditions. He is fit and scrambled quickly back on board, and we implemented the tow in a seamanlike fashion.  For the record, he was wearing a life vest; but didn’t need even to inflate it. He was back in the cockpit without delay.

We all unrigged and sat on the deck in the afternoon sun. A lovely afternoon, but no good for sailing.

Order at cancellation:

  1. Calypso
  2. Chenonceau
  3. Liaison
  4. T&T
  5. Corinna

We race again on August 6