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The Rock-itt : December 2009
FROM ROOSTERS TO FEATHER DUSTERS! Maz Sorenson confirmed her strength in sailing by winning on scratch by over two minutes from "Lincraft" on Sat 31st October Crews' Trophy handicap event at Middle Harbour Sixteen Foot Skiff Club. "Arjax" led all the way in our previous Crews' Trophy and won by over three minutes on handicap, so we were all fired up to do well in the Sprint Series on 7th November. Unfortunately we were about to experience one of those roosters-to-feather-dusters moments of sailing. After the fast jockeying scratch start we were caught in a fast last minute port and starboard tack. I was too slow in unhooking my trapeze belt, was caught jammed on the wrong side, and over we went, much to our skipper's delight. So much for the first race: last. Again, in the second race of the four race match another situation:- Coming down to the mark with kite up, pushed up by the leeward skiff, the spinnaker collapses and suddenly Rob and I are dancing on the water to leeward trying to get back to our boat. We succeed, but in the dancing his spinnaker sheet- rope has wrapped itself around my leg so that when he goes to let off the spinnaker it won't go. Into the drink again! The last two races we sailed far better after having been suitably upbraided by our skipper. However, we didn't stay to find out our results. We did, however, learn that Maz had beaten Nathan Wilmot, our Gold Olympian, on scratch. Fine work, Maz, Mike and Q.P. in "Sheads First National Real Estate"! Following this Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th November in the State Titles first heat, Maz won the handicap and in the Thirteen Footers, Rob Size and Scott Cotton in "Northside Sailing" won both heats on scratch. Middle Harbour also won handicap, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The Manly Juniors also went superbly in the State Titles with Nic Connor coming first in all three heats and his younger brother, Shaun, winning the under twelve year olds. These juniors coming through are looking really good for the club. Well done, all!