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4-Piks Regatta - 2017

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The 4-Piks Regatta is about skill on and off the water. You will be required to put crew ashore by transfer craft or swimming. Speed and strategy on land and fine seamanship and sailing skills,.

It was a glorious day, and after a lively briefing session, 6 boats of the Pursuit Regatta set off to pik-up an ice cream from Tai Pak Bay, a lollipop from Sunshine Island and to collect their special bear from the Trappist Monastery Pier to bring him to the Bilge Bar. En route, some big Teddy Bears provided stimulated Man-Overboard.

Nervous Breakdown and Illusion set off in cracking form and disappeared around the Marina seawall towards Tai Pak Bay. There was a lot of scare tactics about how shallow the bay is, and as a result, the shore teams generally had a long paddle, as the boats kept well off shore..

Sapphire was given the first Teddy overboard soon after the start, and executed a lovely round up to wind. Whereupon Aegean, coming up from behind, tried to steal the Teddy and snatch him with a boat hook. But they missed and then had to round up as we put another Teddy MOB in for Sapphire, who picked her up gently and continued. Aegean then put a crew member into the canoe to collect Teddy MOB and Crew member fell out, so there were 2 MOB’s to rescue. Aegean came round again and, as Alex valiantly tried to swim with the waterlogged and heavy Teddy, so Sue jumped into the canoe and promptly fell in too – so 3 MOB’s. !

Meanwhile our lovely support boat, Satchi had set off to the 2
nd Pik-up on Sunshine where an idyllic beach awaited our volunteers to hand out lollypops, which need to be eaten before setting off. The girls and dogs set off by foot to the Trappist monastery with the pik-up Bears, and a surprise popping candy.

Legs 11 came back out of the Tai Pak Bay well heeled and heading for Sunshine and did a splendid MOB and pik-up Teddy. ZhuLu worked on the American style and put a crew in with fins to rescue Teddy including Mouth to Mouth resuscitation, carefully helping him back on board.

Meanwhile Illusion had sailed wide to Sunshine and was heading back to the Trappist, before we caught up with her to do the MOB. A crafty windshift as she rounded up to pik-up the Ted OB caused a challenge, probably from the same cooling squall that that came through as Nervous Breakdown very competently pik’d up their bear, Interestingly, whilst the sailing manoevres were good, no one delegated a crew member to spot the MOB, so just as well it was not too many waves and they floated out of the water. Maybe next time, we’ll weight them to float in a more realistic way.

Leg11 came in first with the Turtle, followed by Sapphire with the Pink Wolf and Aegean took the Dog. ZhuLu pik’d up the St Bernard and Illusion the sleepy bear whilst Nervous Breakdown was left with the Cow.

Many Thanks to all our volunteers and to the DB Marina Club for their support.

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Doc's Dash 2017

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The 2017 Doc’s Dash and DBYC Summer Party

The Doc’s Dash was run on 24
th June with our friends from the LBC. The forecast was for good winds, sunny weather and I was feeling quite optimistic all week long. The day dawns with slightly less wind than I would have liked but with a forecast to strengthen over the day.
The tide was even stronger than I had expected and the committee boat lay with the tide rather than the wind which looked odd and pulling Tsuru down to nearly collide with the committee boat, avoiding out bow at the last moment by starting his engine.
Just as the various classes were starting a front came through with high winds lashing rain and poor visibility. This resulted in a retirement from one of the LBC boats and a quick reef from some of the DBYC ones. Then, as is so often the case, the wind disappeared for about 30 minutes.
The rock by the Tsing Ma bridge proved, as in previous years, to be difficult with many yachts taking ages to get around in the light flukey winds and coupled this year with a 2.5k outgoing tide.
The fleet crawled and were swept with the tide to the wave measuring buoys off the Lamma Power station. It was decided to shorten the course for both the A and B class with a finish at the wave measuring buoys taking a compass bearing. More than half the fleet completing the shortened course.
In A class 1
st Sapphire, 2nd Legs Eleven, 3rd Sula
In B Class 1
st was Nervous Breakdown, 2nd Overtime, 3rd Speedy Gonzales
Line Honours went to Legs Eleven. The Rear End prize was awarded to Speedy for a series of spectacular broaches under spinnaker during the squall front.

The club then descended on Coyote in DB Plaza for some well earned Mexican beer and food. There was an excellent volume and selection of buffet food available from 5pm.
Prize giving was a little late with prizes from our Sponsors:- Fragrant Harbour, Coyote, Sails East and medical kits from one of the local clinics.
Magically the rain, poor wind and struggles with the tide were forgotten and all decided that they had had a great day out on the water.

I would like to particularly thank Grace Carrey for organizing the Summer Party at very short notice and delivering a great event.

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