For this Harbour race there were two contenders in division 3, Xena Warrior Princess, and Windfalls. The blustery weather delivered 25 knot NE bullets interspersed with 5 knot lulls and having misread the “silent” start Windfalls found herself chasing down Xena Warrior Princess, before catching her near Gladesville bridge and built a moderate lead.
It is Saturday 1-12-2018 but not your usual Saturday for season 2018 because for a lovely, old world change we have a great Nor’easter forecast. The prospect of enjoying all that the gods have to offer. A great breeze, warmth on our face, plus great competition.
With the fleet of PRSC lining up for the start. Division 3 have starters for the day being, Xena, FireFly and a great welcome back to Sandy and his team on Wind Falls. Barry from Farrago is Farraway bringing home his new baby, lets hope we are all invited to the house warming!!!!!!
Will I sail or won't I ? I had a skin graft under my left eye on Thursday and the surgeon told me to rest up over the weekend but Colin was short of crew, only 3 if I turned up and a Southerly of 18 knots with a chance of storms was predicted. So I decided to disobey doctors' orders and come. Just before leaving home I decided to instil some drops in the eye. "Bloody Hell" ear drops sing the eye ( you don't have to be stupid but it helps,) so after much flushing with water I donned sunglasses an drove to the pontoon.
It was a Cooler day around 18 degrees with a reasonable breeze approx. 10-11 knots, due to increase and then back off again by 5pm. We are on the Abbottsford end of the line in Xena with 3 up, with Farrago 2 x up right behind us -right near that rock shelf of the club with Firefly well over to Sydney Rowers.
It was the best day this season so far for a harbour race, with a beautiful balmy 23 degree day with 10 knot breeze, dropping later to about 8kn for the finish a run out tide.
We all assembled at the club for delivery to LoEG ( League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) midday.
At the boat it was the usual bit of light maintains reload the Esky, next we see Willo and George rowing to the boat. All aboard so up goes our main, drinks called as we head down to the club.
Talk then starts about sail selection for the harbour, with a run out tide and the wind on our back coming home. The right selection of the jib can make our day.
It was a boiling hot 34 degree day for race 1 of Summer Series with a change predicted for mid afternoon.
Pre race start we are trying to stay cool with a West wind freshening for the start.
With flags up it’s a West course (course 3 ) there’s 2x Div 3 boats Xena Warrior Princess and Farrago ready and keen to Race each other again.
Today is the start of the Summer series at PRSC, with a variable breeze forecast to be NW swinging to the SE. Last year we were blown of the water with a similar forecast, likewise a few years earlier. Send her down Huey, and we'll treat you with respect.
We motored out of Tarban Creek and felt the the strength of the southeasterly piping out of Five Dock Bay so we reefed the main rather badly and sailed up to the start. We decided to shake out the main and use our number two jenoa knowing that we would be over powered in Hen and Chicken Bay.
Written by: Graham and Colin Date of Race: 1-9-18
Vessel: Black Velvet Adams 10 Division: 1
Season: Spring 2018-2019 Race Number: 1