TS16s, also known as Hartleys, race most Saturday afternoons from September to April, with a break over Christmas and the occasional rest days when large-scale events are held at the club. The races commence at 2pm, and are usually well over by 5pm.
The courses are triangular, going around Snapper and Spectacle Islands, and depending on the wind, around Cockatoo Island, as far as Mann’s Point, or down to Huntley’s Point.
The TS16 sailors are friendly but that doesn’t blunt their competitive edge. Some have sailed for decades, others had never sailed until they stepped into a TS16. TS16 sailors range in age from their twenties to their seventies.
If you are interested in learning about the fleet, come down to the club on a Saturday before 12pm and meet some of the sailors. There are also frequent opportunities to crew.
National and State Championship details are available
Race Results 2019
“Uncle Norm” Wins By Half a Boat Length!
The forecast on Saturday was for light winds, around 10 knots at midday, then easing into the afternoon. It was nothing like that at Drummoyne. Before the TS16 race began, just after two, conditions were unpromising, very light, with patches where boats were becalmed. Then the winds picked up. They were variable up to 15knots, and swung around. Race official Ken Nagle said the winds shifted from a light ESE, to East, to South East, back to East, then through North East and back to ESE.
It was a day that rewarded skill and a good early lead, and at times it required some plain good luck.
The TS16s had a championship race with 13 starters, the biggest fleet this year. The first nine boats stuck close together throughout the race, finishing within 5 minutes 30 seconds of each other.
Ultimately Sinster, under the helm of Craig Jelfs with the usual skipper, Neil Bilsborough as for’ard hand, was in the lead by the end of the first round, with Uncle Norm second.
At the start of the last leg, down near Tarban Creek, Uncle Norm, Eric Partland and Gary Willis, were just behind Ultimately Sinister. By the time they got to Spectacle Island they were starting to overtake on the windward side. Uncle Norm won by four seconds, less than a boat length ahead of Ultimately Sinister.
Uncle Norm is a new boat for Eric and Gary this season, and it has taken a while for Eric to get the height (the ability to sail into the wind while tacking) that he aimed for. Eric observed that Ultimately Sinister “has really got height”.
Craig Jelfs, a life long DSC sailor, has sailed with members of the Bilsborough family over the years. He described himself as Ultimately Sinister’s reserve grade skipper, an interesting description for a man with seven national titles under his belt. Craig said that, at the end, it turned into a soldiers’ breeze; “you just follow each other, you can’t tack.”
Ella, Bob Russell and Nick Broughton, won the handicap. The newest addition to the fleet, Aeolian, sailed by husband and wife team Darren and Kylie Chignell, came second.