2017 Muir Winches Nav Trial Report
Friday the 28th was the date and the crew of the Shalimar (the organisers of this year’s Cruise) had all in readiness for the 17 entries to undertake the 2017 Cruise with a theme around the 150th anniversary of the May Queen. The May Queen – 150 years on.
1900 hours and the first of the final 16 of the 17 entries started from the Board Room at the Club. The weather gods had not been kind and the forecast West to South Westerly breeze had turned to a Northerly at about 15-18 knots adding a little confusion to participants identifying and getting to the first control as the fleet headed down the Derwent. Kingston was the second control and from there Sung point was the next to be found. By the time the fleet arrived at the last control for the night the forecast had come true and a Westerly was blowing into Apollo Bay at about 10 gusting 18 knots.
The next morning saw an improvement in the weather and from a start in Apollo Bay the fleet headed South with a variety of conditions via controls at Pensioner Bay, Huon Island, Randells Bay and Egg and Bacon Bay before heading to a lunch time stop in Copper Ally Bay.
The afternoon saw the fleet navigate their way up the Eastern side of Port Cygnet to finish at Cygnet around 1600 to 1630.
During the cruise the May Queen proceeded down the Channel to Cygnet stopping at various places on the way which ended up as controls. The May Queen was crewed by some well know boating personalities, namely: Captain – Dodga, Crewman – Bilco, Orally and Horatio, Cook – Stefano, Helmsman -Biggles and Engineer – Poly.
The Saturday night function was held at the Cygnet Yacht Club who excelled in providing a great venue and the meal was superb. After the meal, the provisional results were announced with first place going to our Rear Commodore Clare Cunningham on the family yacht BJ. Second went to Platinum Days, an entrant from the MYCT. Third was awarded to Huon Haze.
Sunday morning saw Port Cygnet in fog, possibly similar to that of some participants, that added another element for all on the Cruise to handle on route to the traditional raft up, this year at Apollo Bay.
With a sausage sizzle and a couple of beers the Crew Questions were analysed with Soliloquy taking out the major prize. Prizes were also handed out to other worthy recipients including an encouragement award to Spellbound.
From all comments made it was a great cruise with most indicating their intent to enter next year being the 60th.
A note from the organisers on Indentification Signs. Numbers should be at least 300 mm high, be visible from both sides of the boat and be a stand out from the background.
Thanks to all participants and especially the numerous control boats for making the Cruise such a success. See you all next year.