Navigation Cruise task for Claire Cunningham
Claire Cunningham is one of Hobart’s most talented and versatile sailors, but she’s been given a different task afloat next weekend, setting the course for the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania/Boags Navigation and Seamanship Cruise.
Claire, a past Rear Commodore of the RYCT, was the winning navigator in last year’s Cruise and, as such, traditionally earns the task of planning this year’s Cruise down the River Derwent and D’Entrecasteaux Channel.
The role of Committee Boat also falls to the boat on which Claire was aboard last year, her parents’ Chris and Ann Cunningham’s beautiful, dark blue hulled Buizen 48, BJ.
Claire is a regular crew member, frequently navigator, of racing yachts from SB20s to ocean racing keelboats, last year adding on-water rally navigating to her skills.
In addition to her own experience in last year’s Cruise she has received assistance in planning next weekend’s event from the RYCT Cruising Committee and other previous participants.
This year’s RYCT/Boag’s Navigation Cruise will be the 60th annual event conducted by the club and is open to motor cruisers and yachts. A celebration dinner is planned later in the year.
The concept of the event is to compete in a time trial on water, similar to a car rally.
The navigator on each competing boat must identify numerous landmarks on the Derwent and Channel from cryptic clues.
Volunteers from the RYCT will be at checkpoints along the way to confirm check-in times which are the measure of the accuracy of each boat’s navigator and eventually determine the overall winner.
Entries will be received at the RYCT up until mid-week with an expected fleet of about 20 boats.
Starting from the club marina next Friday evening at 7.30pm, this year’s Cruise will take the fleet down the Derwent and Channel overnight and to finish late Saturday afternoon at Kettering.
At the end of the Cruise, crews will gather for a social function at the Kettering Boat Club and on the return trip to Hobart on Sunday there will be a raft-up in Barnes Bay for a few convivial ales, courtesy of the event’s valued sponsor, Boags.
As this marks the 60th RYCT Navigation and Seamanship Cruise, the club is organising a special dinner later in the year.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Peter Campbell and RYCT
25 April 2018