After a lot of debate about forecast rain and likely thunderstorms on Cup Saturday, we consulted the weather oracle – Dave McCutcheon, who told us thunderstorms were unlikely. So as a group, on Saturday morning, we decided to proceed as planned. What a good decision.
Heavy rain on Saturday morning abated, winds were 15-20 knots from behind which the powerboats handled with ease and it made for good sailing before it dropped out. Saturday evening the sun came out and we quadrupled the bar takings at Royal Geelong. Royal Geelong start work on the first stage of their marina this week!! There was also a “Cruise Ship” in Corio Bay with passengers being ferried to RGYC to visit Geelong.
Sunday was a lay day, unless you went to the Geelong Cellar Door, which most did. And on Monday we left Geelong in great Sunshine and increasing winds from the West (from behind again) for the trip to Wyndham. The weather clouded over, but the rain stopped at 4.05 PM, almost right for our 4PM meeting on wharf D. The winning “boat name” entry came from Chinook (Doug and Liz Jackson) and Vive La Vie (Lauraine McDonald – Mark Sutherland did not contribute). Things then degenerated, (I was going to finish the sentence there) …………….. into two boat parties. Graycious hosted the Mustangs and friends, and “Captainsea “ hosted many people too.
Cup Tuesday many left early to catch Cup festivities and it was a great day for a short passage. 17 boats took part In a very successful event.
Many thanks to the McCutcheons for their help and Maddie Commins for her organising skills.
Club Captain – Recreational Boating