Mid-Winter Madness 2005 photos
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The foreshore at Wilson Park, Cygnet, was a hive of activity as 16 Mirrors
were rigged in readiness for the 2005 Mid-Winter Madness series.
(pictures by Ian Weist,unless otherwise indicated )
A light,swinging northerly got the boats off the beach. (Steven McMeechan photo)
The sun began to warm the day, and the patches of light fog drifted out of the bay (SM photo)
Port Esperance "big boy" Gavin Rigby set out single-handed, although he
finished the last race with a fetching forward hand.
Competing for the first time since acquiring Bucket towards the end of last season,
Amy Joscelyn & crew Catherine Maher doubtless learned a few new sailing skills,
plus taking home a couple of handy kitchen utensils from the presentations.
The first start was about half an hour late - but who cared ?
The weather was getting warmer by the minute, the breeze was filling in...
and sixteen Mirrors got under way,led by Thomas & Georgie Kennedy in TAG.
Role reversal: Jenny Graney does the hard work with the spinnaker pole,
while Dan Parry keeps a firm grip on the tiller as he steers round the first mark.
Rear View takes a close look at the windward mark, with Bruce leaving no room for error.
Dylan Gore, under Peter's tutelage, gives it a wider berth.
More than one boat was seen to form a close acquaintance with the orange buoy!
Another close encounter for Bruce, as Jess and Seb. in Kamikaze sail over him
on a close spinnaker run. I hope he isn't asking for some deference to his seniority !
Port Cygnet keelboat exponent Mike Staples appears to be smiling as he
works a well-worn club clunker around the mark.
He later confided
that he'd really enjoyed his brief return to dinghy sailing.
Carpe Diem leads Sky III, The Edge & Kamikaze, with Grant Atherton still
holding on to the bunch in his Yellow Peril.
Dover sailor Gavin Rigby had a wonderful time punting Turnaround between
the cans,but was always on the lookout for a forward hand.
Splitting the fleet. Scotty J applying the " divide & conquer" principle.
John & Georgia Penman in top form. They guided White Lightning
to a 2-1-2 score to take out line honours.
Dylan & Peter Gore in Fantasmic and Matthew Graney & Josh Johnston in SkyIII
put the squeeze on Jess Atherton & Seb Gore in Kamikaze.
Things got even more interesting when Kamikaze II, helmed by John Harvey,
and The Edge (Daniel Pullen & Nick Adams) joined the charge for the wing mark..
Should someone tell Bruce you fly a RED flag to herald a protest ?
PRO Phil Jeffs , PCSC Commodore Frank Clark & signalman Svend de Graaff
obviously forgot their gloves.However, the commodore was not going to
suffer from cold, wet feet.
Colour co-ordinated! IMCAT president Grant Atherton took a trip down
memory lane as he pilotted the old " yellow peril" around the course.
Winners of the Mid-Winter Madness trophy. Thomas & Georgie Kennedy sailed TAG strongly
all day. What's the likelihood of their Dad Garry ever regaining his seat in the boat ?!
The course was shortened considerably for races 2 & 3, making a good start critical.
PRO Phil Jeffs set a tight start line, ensuring plenty of activity prior to the gun.
Jess appears to be keeping a watchful eye on her father Grant,lurking in the " yellow peril".
Surely he isn't seriously challenging Kamikaze !
Port Esperance pair Hannah Foley & Maddie Rivett in Scotty J match it with
Second generation Mirror helm Matt Graney with crew Josh Johnston
looking good in Sky III.
Classic move: Daniel sails The Edge above TAG to steal the breeze...
... but is still chasing John Harvey at the helm of Kamikaze II
.John, who normally crews
with Daniel , was getting some excellent coaching from ace Mark Barrington.
Fantasmic joined the fray as they approach the wing mark .
Who will get there first ?
TAG slips round with a very smooth gybe, leaving the others to catch up on the
broad reach to the bottom mark..
Making his debut as a Mirror helm, Jacob Smets, assisted in the bow by this father,Bert,
brought his Sabot skills into play, and won the Division 2 prize.
Port Esperance vs Port Cygnet.
Exhibiting the sartorial flair for which Port Cygnet Sailing Club is notorious, Dug Campbell
favoured the wide-brimmed coolie head-gear, while Paul MacMichael sported the
& Polaroids. Both did a sterling job in Rescue 1.
Picture-perfect. (Graeme Stonehouse photo)
Next season's champions: Joel Morrison & Daniel Livingston (Hot Tempered) and
& Catherine Maher in Bucket. These kids will begin their Mirror careers
in earnest at Kingston Beach Sailing Club this summer. (GS photo)
Joel & Daniel won the award for most enthusiastic junior crew of the day.(GS photo)
Handicap winners Thomas & Georgie Kennedy (sorry about the back-on view, Georgie!)
scored the Madness trophy, two $25 vouchers,a tackle box donated by John Clennett's
Mitre 10, a $15 cheque from PCSC, plus a Ronstan poster & some chocolates.
Not a bad day's work ! (GS photo)
Seb Gore & Jessie Atherton were a very successful combination in this year's State titles
& proved to be pretty handy in Kamikaze on Sunday to take third place on handicap.(GS photo)
The Atherton family featured prominently as the goodies were distributed. Grant's
heroic effort in PC's "yellow peril" did not go unrewarded. A bag of sheep manure
was his " bloomin' lot " for the day.(GS photo)
Gavin Rigby's response to his organic award : " This will make my mother very happy !"
(Is it the first useful thing he's won in a long sailing career?) (GS photo)
Port Cygnet club secretary Geoff Cook (so aptly named) tended the superb
Silverhill bratwurst, watched expectantly by Tom & Georgie. (SM photo)
Plenty of food & plenty of talk followed-on from the racing.
A day to remember. (SM photo)
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