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Bay to Bay RL Challenge Trophy
Rob has crafted an iconic trophy to be contested by all RL yachts in next year's Bay to Bay. It will be awarded on PBH, so those of us who have been turning up year after year and making a hash of it at last have a chance to be rewarded for our efforts.
I'm still working on coming up with a better photo of the trophy, a half model of an RL24 in mountain ash on a Tasmanian blackwood background. No doubt Rob will put me straight if I stuffed up wth the timber.
It's not a trophy for the fastest, gung-hoest boat, but rather for the crew that turns up year after year to enjoy not only the contest but also the cameraderie.
I expect we will come to regard this trophy as the RL sailor's holy grail.
Any starters?
Mike Hart7-Nov-2007    Edit    Delete 
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simon soady12-Nov-2007    Edit    Delete 
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I have been on the fringes of sailing. I have a RL28 in the back yard it is set up for crusing "Don Quotie" I haven't had it out that much in recent times - It was more dad's project / toy than mine. I was wondering how competitive you have to be to enter "Bay to Bay" I am looking to do something more of a cruse than a race. The boat has lots of gear in it so comfort is up and speed down. Does anyone know of any other clubs races in the Brisbane/ North Gold coast reigion.
brendan Mutsaers20-Dec-2007    Edit    Delete 
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Some people a very gung ho but most seem to enjoy a social cruise. I have done 2 b t b and havent finished yet! Othe races are the wintersun from runaway bay to manley and the st helena cup, all good fun various clubs have different series and most are listed on their web sites. The best thing to do is have fun, the more racing you do the sooner you get a handicap to suit you and your boat. I have heard they might start me the day before every one else (joke) good luck, Martyn
Martyn20-Dec-2007    Edit    Delete 
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Brenden, The Trailer Sailer Club of Qld (http://www.tscq.org.au/) have lots of events in the Brisbane and Gold Coast region and welcome sailers at any level. Lots of help and advice as well.
Keith Merkley21-Dec-2007    Edit    Delete 
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Thanks guys, I think it will be one of my new years resolutions to work less and sail more =). I will start looking for a good club. I know the boat is plenty able to do the races and have a lot of fun.
Brendan23-Dec-2007    Edit    Delete 
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Brendan, stop wondering, just do it. You can be as competitive as you want to be. You will meet other RL owners and perhaps form new friendships. You will certainly become a better sailor as a result of watching what other boats are doing, especially if they are passing you. Improving your sailing leads to more confidence and more enjoyment.
The trophy isn't necessarily for the fastest boat in the fleet. The performance based handicap system means that the boat that turns up on a regular basis and at last gets its act together is the one most likely to win.
But that's not really the reason we turn up year after year; its just a fun event and a great chance to meet up with friends.
Mike1-Jan-2008    Edit    Delete 
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Ahoy ! My friend Mel has just purchased a RL28 which is being done up on a property near Windsor.N.S.W and he was asking as to any "races " etc. Can some-one tell me where and when the Bay to Bay Challenge is held.

Yours in sailing Brian Bennett Crewman
Brian Bennett for Mel Teudt15-Jan-2008    Edit    Delete 
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Tin Can Bay to Hervey Bay
May long weekend (3,4,5)
50 more sleeps

Mike12-Mar-2008    Edit    Delete 

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