News from the Darwin Sailing Club
Sail, socalise and dine in the heart of Darwin
This year's DSC Championships was the best supported for several years, with 25 Off The Beach boats and 9 big boats entered, there were around 70 participants and volunteers on water for the two day regatta.
After a rearrangement of the racing program to allow all entered OTB boats to complete their full program, sailing commenced at 1015 on Saturday with the Division 6 (Minnow) fleet completing their three races before the remaining OTB divisions (5 & 7) plus the Div. 1, 3 & 4 boats came out to play. The big boat divisions completed a harbour course on Saturday, while the second session OTB boats finished three races.
The Saturday evening BBQ (thank you Sailing Committee) and can bar at Donny's Den, with some great music from Rachel and Adrian wound up a wonderful first day.
The big boat divisions completed two windward/leeward races before lunch and a short harbour course to complete their regatta with a strengthening breeze for the run to the final finish. The first windward/leeward race had the wind coming from every direction at some point of the race and at one point different boats on what should have been the down wind leg were running, reaching and running at the same time. A real frustration for both competitors and the race officer!
OTB divisions again sailed in two sessions with each session providing the necessary three races. The afternoon session featured sparkling sailing conditions of up to 18 knots and some great sailing for the A Cats and, particularly skiffs such as the Cherub and Tasars.
Glass Onion and Swindler in Div. 4 had the closest battle of the regatta, tying on six points each after four races. After applying the tie-break, the victory went to Glass Onion.
Damien Pile, Darwin Branch Manager at Gallagher, the valued event sponsor was on hand to present pennants to the winners and place-getters.
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