Thursday, March 21, 2019
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ROUND 1 INTERCLUB CHALLENGE Moreton Vs Wynnum Manly 2017


This event was recently conceived with the aim of promoting interaction between members of both clubs, provide an additional and novel sailing opportunity and to create a friendly competition that we all hope will become a permanent fixture on the calendar.

With that in mind a new perpetual trophy has been commissioned and will be donated, the likely title being the 'Life Members Interclub Challenge Perpetual Trophy. This will acknowledge the contribution such members have made over their time at both of these clubs and the common goal they shared of promoting such a rewarding hobby. 

Moreton hosted the first round at Newport and it was very well attended. The venue was fantastic with plenty of space and a new control area that was trialled. Newport also used the event as a chance to prepare for their Newport Challenge later this year. I am sure many of our Wynnum Manly members will be returning to the northside when they can. 

The breeze was light especially early however it did increase slightly and 12 races were held from a mid course starting line, windward mark and clearing mark at a good distance and a single leeward mark.  The start line was busy and as the far mark strained the skippers eyes there were also a few minor incidents as boats converged to round for the downwind. 

Racing was close all day and there were the inevitable contacts that can always be expected when so many boats are on the racetrack. Many were absolutely unintended and generally penalties were completed in good time in the spirit of the event. It certainly made for some good banter over the day and I am sure at the presentation and subsequent refreshments all will be forgiven. 

As far as the racing went Moreton started with a bang dominating the first race and putting the Wynnum members on notice. John, Mike and Andrew however managed to score multiple wins as the day went on and John's remarkable consistency provided a good anchor for the team to swing off. Gary for Moreton was always in the mix showing good speed and keeping Wynnum honest and Peter, Ron and Nick also maintained some good placings. It would only have taken one more skipper from Moreton to disrupt the places at the front of the fleet and shave back a triple figure deficit and push the Wynnum members down as well and for it to be very tight. 

I am sure skippers from both clubs will be looking forward to some very close competition in the years to come.

WMRMYC look forward to hosting Moreton members for the final round in June at Manly.