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Bendigo Australia Day Regatta

Date: 26 January 2018 to 28 January 2018
Summary: Bendigo YC

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Vic Catamaran Championships at McCrae YC

On the 25th & 26th of November Gary, Oskar, Matt, Mick, Sarah, Kye & Charlie headed to McCrae YC for the Victorian Catamaran Championships.

Saturday was Hot and the winds were light, and after postponments, 2 races were finaly held with the 66 cats moving slowly around the course. Gary & Oskar took most of the first race to acclimatise to not trapezing and to being one of the smallest slowest boats in the 20 boat strong Spinnaker Division, but Matt had no problems winning both races in the fast cat division. In the non-spinnaker division Mick and Sarah were up against a strong fleet of Paper Tigers and had to settle for mid-fleet.

Sunday was a complete change of conditions with rain and 15 knot shifty winds, Two races were held with thunderstorms putting an end to the day's racing, but while the racing was on it was FULL ON, with the short course keeping it lively amongst the 66 cats. Gary & Oskar found the conditions more to their liking securing a 2nd and 4th place, while Matt managed another first place to secure the series. Mick and Sarah put in their best race to finish second to a H16.

Pos Class Sail No Skipper Crew Club Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Total
1 Mosi - Cat - Spin 1833 Matt Stone   Somers YC 1 1 (6) 1 3
2 F18 AUS 422 Robbie Lovig Adam Coe Frankston YC 3 (5) 1 3 7
3 Mosi - Sloop/Spin 1830 Gary Maskiell Oskar Watkinson Gippsland Lakes YC (12) 4 4 2 10


Spinnaker States 2017-18

The 14th Mosquito Spinnaker State Titles were held at their birthplace, GLYC, and the Lakes really turned it on "Champagne sailing" (lots of bubbles) was the best description for the whole weekend. A small but quality fleet greeted the starter in a northerly that gusted to 20 knots on Saturday 18th. Three back to back races were run by the ever efficient race crew in somewhat choppy conditions which tested out the spinnaker Mossies. GLYC was represented by "Gone Viral" (without spinnaker), "Immunity", "Karma Cat" (Tim's first sail of the season), "Still Bitten" and the return of an ex-junior Mitch Meade on "Bonnie".

From the first race it was obviously sloop conditions as they dominated the windwards and held their own downwind. "Immunity" took out the first race, then capsized under spinnaker in the second race battling for the lead with "Still Bitten", letting the first of the Cat Rigs "Karma Cat" into 2nd place.

In the 3rd heat it was "Still Bitten" that made the mistake with a massive nose dive causing the spinnaker chute to detach from the chute mouth. With no way of keeping the spinnaker captive in the strong winds, it was race-over for "Still Bitten". "Immunity" had an easy win followed by the first Cat Rig, "The Joker".

More than half the fleet capsized in one race or more. Was it because it was early in the season for many? Or was the wind that strong?

All was set for another day of exciting racing on Sunday with "Immunity" in the box seat with 2 wins, and as usual at Mossie events, the socialising stretched late into the night for many.

Sunday the 19th brought a milder sea breeze from the east (around 10-15 knots) and capsizing problems were replaced by having the regular GLYC club fleet get in the way creating problems for some of the Mossies, with a few of the bigger GLYC boats acting as mobile road blocks to where the Mossies wanted to go. "Still Bitten" found the conditions more to its liking and wasn't headed for the day, taking 3 wins. The lighter winds allowed the cat-rigged "The Joker" to become more comfortable on its first weekend for the new boat, taking a couple of second places.

Overall, Gary and Oskar on "Still Bitten" were very pleased to be presented with the Tim Shepperd Perpetual Trophy as winners of the 2017-18 Mosquito Spinnaker Victorian Titles, with Neil & Charlie on "Immunity" placing second and Matt Stone on "The Joker" from Somers YC placing 3rd.


Photos on the Mosquito Facebook page

Sauna Sail 2017

It started with a windless Saturday and a drift around the lake for some, but over the next two days the wind appeared from nowhere to give us 4 good races. The wind varied from 8 knots to 20 knots so demanded a lot of 'gear-changing'. Quite a lot of the monohulls found out just how much the water has cooled down.

Gordon Hyde comfortably won division 2, winning 3 out of the 4 races. Philip Warren-Smith wasn't able to stop him! It was close but Gary and Oscar couldn't quite catch the Taipan and ended up 2nd by a point.

Overall numbers were down this year but the Mosquitoes remained by far the strongest class with 9 entries (with a large junior contingent again). Only the Sabres and Contenders could manage 6 boats each. It's a pity numbers were down since we had good camping weather and good sailing conditions. Also the camp fires burned into the night with the usual camp-fire social activity. Highlight of the evening activities was the presentation to Peter Nikitin, of this pictorial history (warts-and-all) of his sailing career on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

Division 1

Place Ties Sail No Boat Name Class Skipper Crew Sers Score Race 5 Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   347 KEEP CALM Taipan4.9Cat Jon Knorr   6.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 [8.0F]
2   1830 STILL BITTEN MosquitoSloopSpin Gary Maskiell Oscar Watkinson 7.0 3.0 1.0 [3.0] 2.0 1.0
3   1775 KARMA CAT MosquitoCatSpin Tim Shepperd   9.0 2.0 3.0 1.0 3.0 [8.0C]
4   027 INFINITY AND BEYOND Taipan4.9Sloop Andrew Hill Nicholas Jurovic 19.0 4.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 [8.0F]
5   1746 DOUBLESHOT MosquitoSloopSpin Clancy Mccoll   23.0 5.0 4.0 8.0F 6.0 [8.0F]
6   270 LILLY Nacra16Sq Jake Lurati   24.0 8.0C 8.0C 4.0 4.0 [8.0F]
7   113 AQUAHOLIC Taipan4.9Cat Colin Gow   32.0 8.0C 8.0C 8.0C 8.0C [8.0C]


Division 2

Place Ties Sail No Boat Name Class Skipper Crew Sers Score Race 5 Race 4 Race 3 Race 2 Race 1
1   1791 MADDA STILL MosquitoCat Gordon Hyde   3.0 1.0 1.0 [2.0] 1.0 ABN
2   435 NAUTICAT Nacra 430 SuperSloop Mark Ferguson   5.0 [4.0] 2.0 1.0 2.0 ABN
3   1640 REBEL Arrow Mara Chachs   9.0 2.0 3.0 [5.0] 4.0 ABN
4   1794 MORE THAN A SPLASH MosquitoCat Philip Warren-Smith   10.0 3.0 4.0 [4.0] 3.0 ABN
5   1751 GONE VIRAL MosquitoSloop Jaime Zizman Ben Bockmann 16.0 5.0 5.0 [7.0] 6.0 ABN
6   1828 ONE MORE TOY MosquitoCat Trevor Armstrong   18.0 10.0C [10.0C] 3.0 5.0 ABN
7   20 BOBCAT Nacra14Sq Mervyn Brown   24.0 10.0C [10.0C] 6.0 8.0 ABN
8   1520 AIR APPARENT MosquitoCat Kate Hyde   25.0 10.0C [10.0C] 8.0 7.0 ABN
9   1500 STORM WARNING MosquitoCat Steve Duff Daryn Melrose 30.0 10.0C 10.0C 10.0C [10.0C] ABN



Mosquito Stickers

If you would like a Mosquito sticker to put on your car/bike/zimmer frame/stroller/whatever, VMCA members can mail a Stamped Self Adressed Envelope that will fit the 164mm x 103mm sticker in it to Gary Maskiell at 93 Main Road, Paynesville, Vic, 3880 and he will send you one.