Follow the links to the right to read about the regattas attended by Mosquitoes in previous seasons.
9th Spinnaker State Titles at Loch Sport
3rd-4th Nov 2012
What a great weekend. Loch Sport really turned on the weather and the Boat Club the hospitality smile . Not forgetting the magnificent accomodation at “Chateu Nikitin”. The fleet was smaller than normal, but with the Nationals on the Gippsland Lakes in only a few months time probably understandable. The fleet consisted of “Immunity” sloop rigged and “More Splashes of Brilliance”, “Catalyst”, “Thrice Bitten”, “Bee Alert”, “Bite Me” and “The Joker” cat rigged.
2 hours of long distance race on Saturday in 20 knots was awesome with some close sailing over about 20nm, finishing with only a minute between “Thrice Bitten” first and “Catalyst” second.
Sunday the wind was light early but gradualy picked up, after a postponement on shore racing got under way about 12 noon. What followed was one of the best afternoons of racing ever, with the wind building from 8 to 15 knots during the afternoon, on dead flat water. Back to back racing doesn’t really describe it, as 6 races where run by about 3.30pm. “The Joker”, and “Catalyst” spent lots of time near the front and “Bee Alert” had “smokin” speed but had a problem with over heating and had to cool off. After race 4 “The Joker” and “Thrice Bitten” where even on 2 wins each, but the wheels fell off for “The Joker” when start line pressure was applied. After 6 short races “Thrice Bitten” finished with 4 wins and “The Joker” 2 wins.
Special mention must go to “Bite Me” who rigged the boat with spinnaker for the first time Sunday morning and got through the day with out a capsize, I think that is a first, but shows just how good the sailing conditions where.
Sauna Sail at Latrobe Valley YC
The Mosquitoes had a good time at the Sauna Sail again this year despite the absence of Di’s legendary camp roast. The wind was light as usual, but there was always enough to get some speed on and only descended into drifter teritory for the last race on Monday morning.
In division 2 eight Mosquitoes were spread among the 19 boats of the division, but Peter Nikitin and Trevor Armstrong remained dominant, winning 4 of the five races between them. Peter won overall with 5 points to Trevor’s 9. Simon Clavin and Stephen Berryman may have been a little over-confident, thinking it would only be necessary to sail one race to clinch the series. This tactic did not pay! Luke Marthick finshed 4th followed by Andrew Hill and Harrison Mann in 6th and 7th.
In division 8 five out of the ten spinnaker cats were Mosquitoes, and the light winds very much suited the light Mozzies. Gary Maskiell, Tim Shepperd and Daniel Stone took the first three places and Mick & Tom Floyd ended up 4th on their Viper. The new yardsticks were in use but Mosquitoes took line honours in every race – there is not much the yardsticks can do about that!