This year’s Victorian Jeanneau Rendezvous was organised in conjunction with Sandringham Yacht Club’s ‘Cruise in Company’ to Martha Cove on Saturday 7th March, where we had 11 Jeanneau’s in attendance.
The cruise down there for those coming from the top end of Port Phillip Bay was a glamour reach in about 15 knots, while Gavin Wright came all the way from Geelong with the wind behind him the whole way! On arrival, the sun started to come out and so did the drinks.
By around 6pm, a number of the crew walked around the boardwalks of Martha Cove up to Safety Beach Yacht Club to join the Tasar fleet for dinner during their State Titles. David from Snooks Catering put on a fantastic dinner for everyone whilst overlooking the sun setting on the water. Everyone retired to their boats around 10pm to a clear and cool night.
A briefing was held at 9am for those wishing to compete in a short race off Safety Beach Sailing Club around some fixed marks. The race started in about 10 knots, with Andrew Mason-Jefferies on his 409, Simon Hemmingway on his Sun Fast 40 and Bill Hutchinson on his 40.3 all powering away together towards the top mark with the lead changing multiple times.
Victorian Jeanneau importer Rohan Veal, was also on hand in his Cap Camarat 5.1 to provide sail trimming coaching to all participants, including Grahame and Joy Day who were competing in their first ever race with family and friends.
In the end, the Hemminghway’s Sun Fast 40 was too quick downwind in the fading breeze to win the shortened race and collect the bottle of J. Lassalle French Champagne.