50th Anniversary of the Ti-Tu Invitational and Kindred Clubs German Night

Celebrating 50th years, the Ti Tu Invitational Time Trial is arguably South of Perth Yacht Club Power Sections’ most historically significant sponsored trophy. In memory and recognition of his father Frank, each year, Kim Marchant and his family, present the replica (trophy) and a framed copy of the original drawings of the century-old iconic steam-powered vessel Ti Tu, once owned and campaigned by Frank and proudly penned at SoPYC. Ti Tu is now a treasured exhibit at the Fremantle Maritime Museum. Being a mid-season, off the stick event, the list of winners over the past 50 years reads like a Who’s Who of our sport. The winner this year, Steve Wall (Amazon) notched up his 4th engraved plate on the trophy base. Look closely and you’ll find Steve’s Dad, Jim Wall on 2 plates. Of course, none other than the legend, Bryan Carter has the most Ti Tu wins recorded with 6!

Ti Tu Time Trial 2019:

With a fleet of 43 nominations, which included 11 visitors from our Kindred Clubs, administration and start box teams ran the event and results without a hitch. There were 11 marks checked on a course that took competitors from our club start line, across to the old brewery 8-knot zones then way back down the river into a very chilly southerly breeze to Lucky Bay, back to Sampson and home past our finish box team. Results for Club fleets on handicap will be announced this Saturday.

It was great to welcome newcomers Wesley Scrafton and Adeline Janeczek to the fleet in their boat Bella Bianca.  Their first-up performance was all the more credible because they had some last minute issues with the boat trailer and barely made it to the start line in time.  We hope to see a lot more of them on the course.

Flag officers announced the “off the stick” results. Troy and Dee (Dalusional) and Guy and Richard (Thanet) took 2nd and 3rd respectively on countback both with 8 points. Steve & Amanda (Amazon) won the trophy, first and least points flags with 3 points lost. First place flag for a visiting boat went to Paul and Mairead Hodgson (Liquid Asset) CYC with 12 points.

Radio contact: Just prior to the start of the event, uncharacteristic radio traffic could be heard between the start box and TT vessels. Maybe this was prompted by Bernie, our Power administrator sending out an email communication as a consequence of last Saturday, reminding competitors of the rules, which state you must be in VHF radio contact on Ch 77 during the event. This prompted a flurry of log in calls made to the start box during the starts. Calm, clear radio skills of Greg Power shone through when he advised the fleet there is no need to “log on”. Phew! Please read your rules.

Kindred Clubs German Themed night:

The 2 long tables running the length of the ballroom either side of the dance floor, decorated with German colours, banners, flags and balloons quickly filled with visiting guests from Royal Perth Yacht Club. When Deb Allpike and her crew from Royal Perth team up our very own Christine Pettersson (wife of RC Carl) it’s always going to be a rowdy & fun night!  Most of the flags attended with VC John and Rose, RC Carl and Christine and RC Cookie all enjoying the authentic music and yummy German style food. A number of our Flying 15 fleet attended and enjoyed the night too. Please remember, the Power Yacht Section welcomes ALL Club members to join in the fun of our events.

Check out the photos below