Sauna Sail

Once again the Mosquitoes turned out in force for the sauna Sail this year, with a record fourteen Mosquitos competing. There were at least another five that wanted to be there but missed out for various reasons, so next time …..

The Sauna Sail is well known for usually providing at least one wild race in survival conditions, and this year was the exception. The weather ensured that there would be no broken trapeze wires or harness hooks this time.
The wetsuit knee pads were the equipment that took the biggest beating as we spent the weekend chasing elusive zephyrs all over Hazelwood Pondage. Only the final race on Monday saw some boats actually leaning over because of the wind rather than through exagerated roll-tacks, but even then the knee pads still had their moments.

Despite the flukey and unpredictable conditions the light weather experts still came through strong with Jon Guymer winning the Mosquito division on a tie-break and Neil Joiner comfortably seeing off Philip Warren-Smith and Tim shepperd in the open “Asymetric” division.

On registration we all received a beanie and a water bottle, the beanie being very appropriate, and just what those of us with
minimal insulation up top needed while sitting around the Mosquito camp fire. We didn’t feel the cold on Sunday evening though, as the fire was well stoked up for Di Floyd’s delicious lamb roast (with pudding!).

The promise of the roast was enough to bring Matt Kirby from Warrnambool and Garry Johnstone from Swan Hill to the event.
There would have been more boats if Stuart and Anne Ridge didn’t have car trouble, and Jeremy Pearce didn’t have an injured hand. Jeremy Pearce turned up with Peter Foulson on the Sunday just for a look, and were impressed with what they saw.

Presentation is after each race plus an over all class winner at the end of the series, so with prizes for first second and third, this meant we had seven different people with trophies.

11755PrestissimoJohn Guymer7pts
21735Touch and goGarry Johnstone7pts
31786Grey AreaRobert Lott10pts
41792VeloceAndrew Neeson15pts
51745Two ObsessedMick, Diane Floyd24pts
617xxSplashes of BrillianceGordon Hyde24pts
71686Serial ThrillerClint Burgess26pts
81557Amos KeetoChris Burgess33pts
91785Bear TalkGlenn Hansford39pts
101740Jurassic KarpMatt Kirby41pts
11766The LangolierBrett Rowe42 pts

Spinnaker Mosquito VIC State Challenge – Loch Sport BC

Eleven Mosquitoes made the journey to Loch Sport, and got a taste of next years National Titles venue. The club members made us very welcome and ran an excellent series of races for us. The racing is all conducted in front of the LSBC club house so the spectators had a good view of the races from the large deck area.

Neil Joiner sailing “Immunity” was the convincing winner of the inaugural Victorian Mosquito Spinnaker Challenge, winning all but one race. Peter Nikitin and Tim Shepperd finished on equal points with Peter winning the tie break for 2nd place.

Half the fleet were non-spinnaker-rigged Mozzies and Steve Cobden ended up beating Rob Lott in the last race to win overall by just one point.

The winds stayed light all weekend, but we were still able to complete 7 races. Everyone present went away looking forward to next years National titles.

In the open F16 results ex-Mozzie Gary Maskiell was sometimes put under pressure by the spinnakered Mosquitoes but proved unbeatable in the end with a perfect score of 7 firsts out of 7 races.

Many thanks to sponsor Boat Books Australia who provided a fine collection of sailing books for prizes.

Yarrawonga YC ANZAC Day Regatta

There were 8 Mosquitos at the Yarrawonga Anzac Day regatta. We all enjoyed a pleasant weekend socialising on the grass beside Lake Mulwala and being looked after by Yarrawonga YC members. Unfortunately there was very little wind so we had plenty of time for the social side of things and the sailing was a bit frustrating. It was good practice for light weather sailing though.

Rob Lott and Jon Guymer dominated, winning all the races between them. They were so close that they ended in an unbreakable tie so the event was decided on the placing in the last race; Rob first and Jon second. Andrew Neeson was third.

Colin McEwan (from Bendigo) went extremely well considering it was his first outing with his new boat built from two boats he bought from SA. Definitely one to watch. Garry Johnson was over from Boga and Dave Richardson came up from Bendigo with the association boat. Mick and Diane Floyd sailed together but found the light winds a bit frustrating with two adults on board. Philip Warren-Smith and Anthony used their new spinnaker turning a few heads as they cruised through the large fleet but were unable to overcome the spinnaker yardstick.

The regatta was a great success for the club with well over sixty entries (they ran out of forms!). There were a large fleet of Paper Tigers (18), Mosquitos were the next best represented cat class with 8. The misc cat division had “A” class (5), a couple of Kitty Cats, a Nacra 18 and a Marie Cat which cleaned up on yardstick.

We had 3 people speak to us about Mosquitos. One looking for a second hand boat, one a new boat and another thinking about building a boat.

Mosquito sailing Tip of the Weekend; Don’t wee on the hatch cover – they fill up!

Mick Floyd

Summary – 2004/2005 season



30-31Mokoan YCRose Festival 
December3-5Colac YCAnnual Regatta 
5Beaumaris YCTraining RegattaAndrew Neeson (9817 4712)
January2-8Meningie SCNational Titles 
15Merricks YCWesternport Challenge – 1pmMYC
22-24Torquay SCAustralia Day Regatta
22-23Yarrawonga YCAustralia Day Regatta
19-20Twofold Bay YC (Eden NSW)Annual regattaRichard Hayes 02 6495 9676
March12-14Portarlington SCVictorian State TitlesResults
26-28Lake Boga YCEaster RegattaGarry Johnstone 03 5032 3170
26-28Bolac YCEaster Regatta….
April23-25Yarrawonga YCAnzac RegattaTrevor Turnbull or
Jack Sterkenberg Ph (03) 5744 1279
May14/15Loch Sport BCSpinnaker Mozzie VIC State Challenge
June11-13Latrobe Valley YCSauna SailGeoff Conway