Regatta in the Trees – Walpole 2016

On the Labour Day long weekend 5-6th March 2016, Let it Ride and Kellamity Jayne contested the Regatta in the Trees hosted by the Walpole Yacht Club.

The racing was very enjoyable consisting of nine fleets, 5 races and just under 100 boats all starting and sailing on the same course at the same time. The winds were a fairly consistent South-East to South 10-20 knots increasing on the Sunday afternoon races.

Ken (The Enforcer) payed a visit in the first race on Kellamity Jayne causing a bit of contention and rule clarification with some other sailors and Let it Rides master tactician had them sailing to finish to the start line instead of the finish line until the crew of the yacht next them pointed out the finishing line. Let it Ride finished the race fastest and Kellamity Jayne took first place. Unfortunately it was mainly downhill in the results from there but with Let it Ride picking up another 2nd place on the Sunday. Let it Ride had a few gear issues including failed tiller connection rod, which was repaired with duct tape and a screw driver.

Let it Ride picked up a 6th, 8th, 14th, 2nd and a 9th to finish 5th overall and Kellamity Jayne picked up a 1st, 15th, 15th, 13th and 11th to finish 15th overall. Whilst the handicapping was not explained it appears the placing for the heats where distributed throughout the fleet evenly we just needed to improve our game plan.

The event finished up with a presentation carvery dinner, entertainment, raffles, sponsor auctions and prices for heats and overall results. Incidentally the Busselton crew at the receiving end of the racing rules enforcement happened to be seated next to us. After a few refreshments all was hopefully settled and the Busselton team was rewarded with the overall win of the trailer sailor and mixed fleet division.

Many thanks to Maree Pickett (Commodore of the Walpole Yacht Club), The Walpole Yacht Club and all the volunteers from the local community, assisting yacht clubs and sponsors

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