Perfect weather for 60th Navigation Cruise
Last weekend turned on perfect weather for the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s 60th Navigation and Seamanship Cruise, described as the equivalent of a car rally on water.
Once again, the Cruise proved a great test of navigation skills and boating safety knowledge on the River Derwent and the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, intermixed with tricky questions on club history, yachting parlance, even a footy contest.
A fun event, but also a serious test of boating skills that has attracted so many RYCT members of many years.
A fleet of 19 yachts and motor cruisers took part, with the course set by last year’s winning navigator, Claire Cunningham. Assisting her were Peter and Victoria Langford, Mark and Sue Peacock and their parents, Ann and Chris.
The fleet departed the RYCT last Friday evening for an overnight rendezvous at Quarantine Bay on Bruny Island.
Under a full moon each boat had to check in at control points at Taroona, Bligh Point and Conningham.
After an early start on Saturday the fleet visited motored to Woodbridge, Flowerpot and Gordon before checking in near Simpsons Point for a lunch break.
Saturday afternoon proved a real test with half the fleet sent to Missionary Bay and half to Snake Island. Subsequent control instructions saw these destinations reversed, which caught out many teams that had already started to head out of Simpsons Bay.
The final check-in was at Trial Bay with all boats safely berthing in Kettering where more than 100 participants enjoyed a delicious steak dinner and great social atmosphere at the most hospitable Kettering Yacht Club.
Chief scorer Peter Langford was kept busy over the weekend calculating the scores from all control points where volunteers did a stellar job of ensuring everyone was in exact position. Rhona H caused more than a few participants to look twice.
Overall victory as the winning navigator went to Steve Davison aboard Nick Newstead’s Huon Haze, while the novice navigator award went to James Butler aboard Iverus.
The major award for Huon Haze and her crew will be to set the course for next year’s Cruise.
“The crew of BJ would like to thank the Kettering Yacht Club, the Oyster Cove Marina, all controllers, Boags and other minor prize sponsors and the good humour of all participants who created such an enjoyable weekend,” commented Claire Cunningham.
Words: RYCT Cruise Committee/Peter Campbell
Photos: Claire Cunningham, Nick Davies, Nicholas Ryan
5 May 2018