Day 1 - The Marina Challenge

The Marina Hindmarsh Island Goolwa Regatta Week got underway on Saturday the 16th at The Marina Hindmarsh Island with Dinghy Racing which took place in the main basin and the Marina Challenge, a unique and exciting time- trial yacht race in Barker, Sturt, Strangways and Hutchinson Lagoons sponsored by The Marina Hindmarsh Island and Club Marine Insurance. 

Image: TMHI Lagoons

Dinghy Racing 

There were over 30 competitors in the dinghy race in the northern marina basin at The Marina Hindmarsh Island. The racing comprised 2 distinct races: the passage races from the Goolwa Aquatic Club (GAC) to the Marina Basin and then races within the north eastern basin. All involved had a fabulous time and the racing area provided an arena like situation where spectators had box seats on the banks overlooking the race. Race results will be published soon.

Sailing conditions were ideal with light 6 knot easterly winds gusting to northerly 9 knots and a sea breeze SSE coming in at about 12.30.

After briefings at the club the dinghy fleet sailed across to Hindmarsh Island Marina for a series of 4 races. There were 3 separate fleets. Sailability fleet of 7 boats, the Opti fleet of 7 boats and the Bics with 8 boats.

The junior fleets of Bic sailors and the Optis mixed a fair bit of fun with the serious competitiveness of the racing and added a joyful atmosphere to the regatta.

The regatta was hosted by Goolwa Dinghy Sailing with a BBQ lunch at the Marina and presentation of prises to the placegetters back at GAC after the sailing.

The placegetters for the Sailability fleet are:
1st Paul Linden and Ken Hibberd
2nd Wayne Crabb and Dennis Henderson
3rd Trish Faulkner and David Smallacombe

L-R: David Smallacombe, Trish Faulkner, Mike Sinclair (Club Marine Insurance), Tom Chapman (The Marina Hindmarsh Island). 

The placegetters for the Optis are:

Division 1
1st Jonas Barrett
2nd Ella Konings
3rd Max

Division 2
1st Isaac Konings
2nd Izaak Hart

Division 3
1st Ian Irwin
2nd Isaac Sheehan

Placegetters for the Bic fleet are: 

1st Nicholas Ebourne
2nd Harry Mitton
3rd Hugo Spees

And the placegetters for the ’passage race’, from the Bic fleet, which was a race back to GAC from Hindmarsh Island:

1st Thomas Ebourne
2nd Sam Petton
3rd Jock Hanna

Optis, Bics and sailability dinghies 

Line up for the start of a race at The Marina Hindmarsh Island. 

Marina Challenge

Now in its 5th year, the format involved two runs through the lagoons and boats were started at two minute intervals with the fastest boats getting underway first.

Due to the nature of the confined start line, the black flag rule was in place, meaning any boat that crossed the line early would be recorded as disqualified for that run.

With the wind a fresh 17-19 knots from the sou’ sou’ east, there was enough wind to get boats moving and maintain momentum in the lulls behind houses.

Residents lining the race course were again out in force to provide encouragement to the yachts as they raced by. All the race competitors agreed there were even more house parties than in previous years. Marina residents who were treated with box seats as boats sailed within metres of their front lawns.

Timing the start right proved a bit tricky for some of the twenty entrants, with a number of boats making dramatic manoeuvres metres from the start line as they attempted to avoid the disqualification that came with a untimely start. Many learnt from previous years the importance of getting a good start and all boats successfully started and completed the first time trial.

Bacchus skippered by immediate past Commodore Brendan Murray powers towards the start line. 

The Marina Hindmarsh Island has established a Marina Challenge Perpetual Trophy for the event that will remain on display at The Landing.

Results were read from last to first heightening the atmosphere as the announcement of place getters drew near.

So in that tradition:
In 3rd place: Dolphin (Restricted 21) skippered by Chris Reiffel.
In 2nd place: Bacchus (RL28) skippered by Brendan Murray.|In 1st place: Nerana (Restricted 21) skippered by Randal Cooper. 

L-R: Andrew Chapman CEO The Marina Hindmarsh Island, Mike Sinclair Club Marine Insurance, Randal Cooper (skipper Nerana).