Day five: Tune Up Race

In its third year, the Maughan Thiem Tune Up Race provides skippers of yachts with a CBH (Class Based Handicap) of less than .740 the opportunity to test their boat in racing conditions before the big event – the Milang-Goolwa Freshwater Classic.

The course for the event mirrors that of the Dash for Cash, comprising a windward leeward windward leeward course.
This year all entrants raced in two back to back races with the winner being determined by the lowest aggregate time across the 2 races on corrected.

With $250 cash prize and perpetual trophy on offer for first there was plenty of pressure on skippers and crew.


The forecast for the day included thunderstorms, lightening and considerable rain and wind, but by the time sailors arrived at the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club to prepare their boats, there was barely a cloud in the sky and a nice 15 or so knots from the east.

All nine entrants got away nicely in both races and there was quite a bit of congestion at the first (leeward) mark where yachts hardened up and headed a short distance to the offset buoy before a close hauled leg to the second buoy set near the bridge. From there it was back to the leeward buoy and then to the finish line.


The results were very close with just 2 seconds separating 1st from 2nd and 3rd from 4th !  After the corrected results for both races were combined, the place getters were:

3rd: Farr ‘n’ Fast  L McLaren 

2nd: Destiny T Baldock 

1st: Cat-el   P White