Nav Rallies

Navigation Rallies are conducted every year with entrants from other clubs around the Bay.

What is a Nav Rally? Simply put, a Skipper and Navigator demonstrate their ability to plot a course from a set of instructions, and then safely and accurately navigate the course whilst maintaining a nominated speed.
A crew is assessed and scored based on how accurately they maintain the course and nominated speed, with points allocated for inaccuracy in maintaining speed or course.
The crew with the lowest score wins.

They went that way


 Inspired by Nigel's recent second place in 50/50 at the Beaumaris Wackett Navigation Rally in April, Lola was entered into the Beaumaris Ricketts Point Nav rally. It was a last chance to compete before winter set in. This was an alternate rally date as the previous weekend's weather caused its cancellation.


Sunday May 23rd dawned a crisp but clear 3 degrees Celsius in Patterson Lakes when Lola fired up the Yanmar diesel at 7.30am and made her way up to Beaumaris Bay for a 9am start.


Captain Helen & Navigator Michael were joined on Lola by John & Janine to form a crack rally team to fly the Mordy flag.


Conditions were perfect with a flat and deserted bay for the six competitors, four from Beaumaris, and single boats from Mordialloc and Sandringham.


After successfully completing the course which included a visit by a local dolphin, Lola was unable to tie up at the Beaumaris jetty due to recent storm damage. This meant racing (@6 knots) back to Patterson Lakes to be able to drive back to Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron for lunch.


After a scrumptious bbq lunch put on by Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron, it was the moment of truth for the scores.


Despite scoring a very low score of 18 points, Lola was pipped for third place by a solitary point by Mystic with a score of 17, with Spirit Level coming in second at 12 points and Black Dolphin winning with an incredible low score of 7 points (only 7 seconds lost over 12 nautical miles). We made a mental note to protest the dolphin next time which distracted us on one of the course legs (well that's our excuse anyway!).


Lots of Knots came in at 5th with 33 points and Malahini from Sandringham with 196. It was a day of incredibly low scores with all clubs really starting to get competitive scores with each other now.


Special thanks to Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron for putting on a great lunch and ordering great weather (plus dolphins).


It was a great day out on the water and we look forward to many more. Bring on summer.





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