Pacer & Pacer Pursuit Australian Championships 2013/14 Christies Sailing Club, Adelaide
Entries in order of receipt.
- A7 Yellow Peril - David Powell / Leanne Powell, Port Augusta Yacht Club - Non Spinnaker Div.
- 2555 Nek Minnit - Chris Dean / Ella Dean, Christies Sailing Club - Open Div.
- 3011 Bebop - Peter Kemp / Lauren Kemp, Beaumaris Yacht Club - Open Div.
- 2941 Pocket Rocket - Murray O'Brien / Anna O'Brien / Liam O'Brien, McCrae Yacht Club - Open Div.
- 2246 Tripwire - Warren Scott / William Scott, Black Rock Yacht Club - Non Spinnaker Div.
- 2195 Wildwood - Phillip Connard / Janette Connard - Beaumaris Yacht Club - Open Div.
- 2497 Spyder Boat - Darren Sherriff / Logan Kelly - Parkdale Yacht Club - Intermediate Div.
- 2943 Patience is overated - Marc Read / Georgia Read - Christies Sailing Club - Open Div.
Pacer Pursuit Class
- 2999 Akura - Jim French / David French, Albert Park Yacht Club
- 3018 Contagious - Graeme Cox / Harry Cox, Albert Park Yacht Club
The 2013 Victorian Championship was an extraordinary event for many reasons. Parkdale Yacht Club proved to be family friendly, extremely well organised and a class act. The weather was hot, the wind fickle and somehow Parkdale managed to conduct all 6 scheduled races which were fair to all competitors without a single protest or gripe. Given the forecast many of us were concerned that we would not even get 4 races in to make a series.
One Nationals end and the planning starts for the next. As most of you will know there is an excellent caravan park located behind Christies Sailing Club our hosts for the 2013/14 Australian Championship 28 Dec 2012 to 3 Jan 2013. Our Vice President inspected it on Boxing Day and gave it a glowing report.
Christies Beach Tourist Park.
(08) 8326 0311
Chris Dean (SA rep on Pacer Australia Inc) provides the following update:
"Christies Beach Caravan Park have said they would be able to take bookings from 1st April. They will give us priority 1 for bookings.
Can you please send out an email to members to try to gauge what numbers and site types are wanted. They have cabins, tent sites and caravan sites. I will then let the park know what we are trying to secure.
Also, my Mother has offered 2 rooms at her house which is on the same block of land as my house at 79 Grundy Terrace, Christies Beach.
Other options include the following:
http://beachhousechristiesbeach.com.au (Ph: 0433 055 340)
http://www.stayz.com.au/accommodation/sa/fleurieu-peninsula/port-noarlunga (Next Suburb South)
Christies Beach Hotel (15 Minute walk to club) (08) 8382 1166
Moana Caravan Park (10 Minute drive to club) (08) 8327 0677
A large fleet of 35 Pacers competed at the 2012/13 Ronstan Pacer and Pacer Pursuit Australian Championships. Hosted by McCrae Yacht Club, the fleet included 26 female competitors and over 40 juniors. With over half the fleet sailing as parent/child combinations and 14 boats competing in the non-spinnaker division, the Pacer class continues to thrive as a nurturing ground for future champions. Photos are available in the photo gallery.
Home Builders Pacer Plans & Instructions
The following events are supported by the Pacer Australia committee and we invite all Pacer sailors to join in the fun:
Sat 23 - Sun 24 - Cairn Curran Sailing Club - Classic Regatta
December 2013 / January 2014
Sat 28th Dec - Pacer Australia Inc. Annual General Meeting - 6pm Chrities Beach Sailing Club
Sat 28th Dec - Fri 3rd Jan - Christies Beach Sailing Club - 2013/14 Australian Championship
See youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Sat 8th, Sun 9th & Mon 10th - Beaumaris Yacht Club - 2014 Victorian Championship
Pursuing the States After getting only a taste of the State Championships 2011 at Williamstown, this year I really wanted to compete for the entire event. So when I was offered a spot on a Pacer Pursuit with the worlds most patient skipper, I was quick to say yes. And when someone mentioned that it would require me to use the trapeze, I was not very concerned - after all, how hard could it be? On the start day of the races though my excitement is mixed with a good portion of nervousness. After all, our test sail the weekend before was spent mostly in the water, less in the boat. I have heard enough jokes about swimming lessons and would much prefer to spend the day keeping dry. But then I probably should have stayed on land... Thankfully, the weather is a bit calmer than on the ill-fated day of our first test run. It also seems like we used up all our blunders and manage to stay upright through both races. Although I knew that a Pursuit is meant to go faster than a Pacer, I didn't...Read More...
The 2012 Victorian State Titles were held on the Labour Day Long weekend 10-12 March at Black Rock Yacht Club in Half Moon Bay, Melbourne. The racing was in the capable hands of Ross Wilson (PRO last 2 Olympics and the upcoming Weymouth Olympics), Bill Bell (IYRU Judge) and Mark Taylor (Long term Committee / Treasurer). All are regarded as Black Rock Royalty and should be congratulated for running a faultless regatta with some challenges given they were running the OK Dinghy and Musto Skiff Victorian Titles in conjunction with the Pacers / Pacer Pursuit’s. 28 Pacers and 3 Pacer Pursuits enjoyed 15-20 kt Southerly and surfing conditions on Saturday, light sea breezes on Sunday up to 10 kts and a perfect 10-15 kt South Easterly on Monday. A mix of old friends and new members converged on Black Rock. Results and photographs are available at http://www.bryc.yachting.org.au/?Page=58909Read More...
This year’s Nationals were held at the YMCA Sailing Club of Canberra on the grassy shores of Lake Burley Griffin at the foot of Parliament House in Yarralumla. New President Pete Strong and his able committee embarked on an impressive marketing campaign with a glossy promotional poster sent to all clubs in Australia with Pacers and 3 half page advertisements in Australian Sailing. The result was a lift in numbers to 20 Pacers (5 Non Spinnaker) and 3 Pacer Pursuits who were attending for the first time. The class thrives on its strength as the perfect trainer class for Parent and child or 2 smallish adults. This year we had boats from Victoria, ACT, South Australia & NSW. The Nationals in 2012/13 are most likely to be sailed at McCrae Yacht Club on the Mornington Peninsula and we expect number to swell to 30 + boats given the interest from the Canberra and Adelaide fleets. Photos from this event are in the Gallery. The...Read More...
34 Pacers and 2 Pacer Pursuits lined up for the 2011 Victorian Championships at Williamstown Sailing Club (WSC) on the Labour Day long weekend March 12-14. Thanks to the many volunteers from WSC who ran a fantastic series and catered to our every need. The weather was near perfect and the sailing fair although difficult in shifty breezes. The laughter from the kids on the water and around the club was a fair indicator that everybody had a fantastic regatta making new friends and catching up with old ones. Congratulations go to Simon Merritt and Jessica Vincent for an outstanding performance pushed all the way to the last race by the O'Brien family of Allan and Amy AKA 'under the radar' O'Brien's. 1st in B division was Stephen White & J White in Pace Maker. 1st Junior Skipper / Junior Crew was Mitchell Bird and Mackenzie Bird in Seize the day. 1st Junior Skipper / Senior Crew was Tom & Gary Davison in Manta. 1st Master Skipper was Allan 'under the radar' O'Brien in JAAS. 1st Non spinaker...Read More...