The 2013 Melbourne to Apollo Bay Media Competition has proven to be one of the most supported activities that we have run!
With a fleet of 24 yachts and over 200 crew out on the water, there were plenty of moments and images to capture throughout the weekend and great interest to share them with all of us, either directly to our Facebook page, or to our Media email address.
With so much fantastic content to review in the categories of Photographs, Video and Written Word, we have decided to award minor prizes for the best submissions in the non-winning Category.
This category was shortlisted to entries from the two front running Beneteau First 40's, Mitch Batson on Bandit and Scott McDonald on Dry White.
Both are excellent presentations and the judges have decided to award the major prize of the ION HD Video Camera from Adventure Safety to Mitch Batson for the Bandit 2012-13 Offshore Championship Series video.
You can see both entries here:
As expected, this is the most popular format and in spite of indifferent conditions over the weekend, we had some excellent entries.
With a shortlist of 4 entries, the judges have chosen the entry from Mille Sabords for the West Channel Pile photo, and the minor prize of a Burke Thermo Skin long sleeve top is awarded to Anne-Florence Plante for this great photo.
The shortlist for photos are here:
|Winner! West Channel Pile from Mille Sabords. Anne Florence Plante|
|View from Shamrock -Gaby Carr|
|On the rail- aboard Dry White|
|From aboard Mille Sabords- Anne Florence Plante|
This is a category that has invented itself, and we are delighted to receive several very interesting pieces of creative writing to capture the essence of what the race to Apollo Bay meant to our participants.
The shortlist for this category came down to poems submitted by David Taylor on Upbeat and Belinda Callander on Addition, with the judges awarding the other minor prize of a Burke Thermo Skin long sleeve top to Belinda Callander.
Addiction's Day to Apollo Bay... Belinda Callander
It was midnight at St Kilda, it was dark and cold and grim
I questioned what I was doing, with an element of chagrin
It was a perfectly good Friday night, a wine I’d like to drink
So heading out into the freezing cold, for a moment made me think?
But the wine will always be there, a challenge is what we seek
As we made our way to Queenscliffe, it was a nice way to end the week.
We prepared ourselves for the start, but it was postponed for some time
As we all reassessed our situation, of how to hit the line.
Many boats were out there jostling, vying for best start
To hit the line at high speed, sends blood pumping to the heart.
A near miss we did encounter, but undeterred we launched ahead
With a small but willing crew, that would hold us in good stead.
Apollo Bay was our target, as we chased the breeze all day,
But the persistent rain that accompanied it, was much to our dismay.
But the beauty of ocean racing, the bad can slip away
The sun comes out, the rainbow shines and the dolphins come out to play.
But we focussed on the job at hand, and aimed for maximum speed
But the changing winds and bitter cold, makes it hard to do indeed.
But many hours have gone by, the finish is so near
But that squall that’s sitting by the coast, might delay our finishers beer!
But we’d battled on all day, and nothing would stop us in our quest
To reach the line at Apollo Bay, knowing we’d given it our very best.
A job well done, we achieved our goal, we crossed the finish line,
Now to turn around and all head home and consider now that wine….
Upbeat's Poem David Taylor.
A series of haiku reflecting the M2AB 2013 race on Upbeat
no moon just darkness
few nav lights visible then
dawn reveals the start
wind on the nose
weaving our way through squalls but
dolphins all around
dual rainbows to port
yachts racing to Apollo Bay?
or their pots of gold
good wind bad wind but
crawling towards the finish
becalmed near the line
returning home and
out of darkness all around
sqalls, rain, and the cold
the deck at the club where
the wind abates, the sun's out,
great food, drinks and friends
In addition to these great poems, the ORCV would like to give a special mention to Kathy Macfarlane from 2 x Squared who submitted her very interesting and insightful log entry for the entire trip. We will post a series of extracts from Kathy's log over the next few weeks.
With the Helly Hansen Winter Series commencing at the end on June, we would like to encourage everyone to continue to submit their photos, videos and poems and stories.
APOLLO BAY RACE WRAP-UP
For the 24 boats that started, The 2013 Apollo Bay race will be remembered for generally light and variable winds, with large shifts making navigation challenging, some might say even a lottery. A sloppy sea and regular rain showers did not make for the most enjoyable sailing conditions at all!
Congratulations to Bandit who won on IRC as well as seconds in both AMS and PHS.
Hush took out the honours in AMS and Upbeat in PHS.
In their first ORCV race, Senna was first across the line as well managing a second on IRC so well done!
The M2AB race was the last in the Off-Shore Championship so stayed tuned for the official results there.
APOLLO BAY RACE
The Apollo Bay Race got under way at 0700 Saturday morning after a 30 minute delay due to inbound traffic. The fleet was enjoying 10-15 knot SW winds with intermittent, but clearing rain. The early leader was Shamrock with several boats bunched up not far behind
If you haven't had a peek at the ORCV Facebook page recently, you may have missed the photos, videos and comments supplied by our eager race entrants.
And if you didn't see the first post, here it is again! Due to the overwhelming success of our Adventure Safety Facebook Competition during the King Island Race in March, we have decided to run it once again, for a chance for you to win another ION Pro HD action Video Camera, from our great sponsors, Adventure Safety.
All you have to do is submit your photo and video posts to our Facebook Page throughout this weekend, starting from when you arrive at the boat, up until you are home and tied up safely.
The winner of the King Island competition was Biddy Hu II and you can see their submissions HERE.
So, Let's get creative!
Apollo Bay Weather Update
Well, true to form the weather gods are still keeping us guessing! Winds have freshened a bit but more
importantly have shifted to the west so no more great beam reaches and more on the nose now.
The two PredictWind models are quite different early on so something for the naviguessers to get their
teeth into maybe.
An early Saturday afternoon finish for the Beneteau 40's. The BOM explorer site currently shows a bit more wind
but the same general pattern; south westerly, stronger off-shore