The weekend arrived promising a fine day with light SE winds, however this was not the case. Fortunately for us sailors the temperature was a delightful 23 degrees with an 8 - 10 kt sea breeze. Guests were amongst us for the day with Jimmy replacing Jimmy, yes that’s right, no typo, it was JS replacing JS or Sinclair in for Shepardson on the Axis of Evil. This would now call for a reshuffle on the boat with JS to steer and Speedo sent to the pointy bit for the day......
After Jim tendered us to the boat from the club in style, the team and I jumped on Xena to prepare for the race. The sheets were loaded ready to raise the new purple people eater (PPE) spinnaker.
At last the high winds have moved away and we can bring the new toy out to play!
Finally, the breeze I had been dreaming of was on the forecast. 10-15 knot Nor'easter, perfect for the first harbour race of the season. Alas, while it was a lovely warm morning, there was still no breeze at 1pm. We all assembled in the start area, waiting waiting waiting. The stand-in starters of the day made the perfect call to first delay the start, then switch from the long haul up the harbour to the more realistic islands course so that we could have a better chance of a result. In their most exciting call of the day, the starters decided to start us as one fleet of 8 yachts. This could be fun.....
What the hell is going on? Huey the weather god has blessed us with an exact replica of last Saturdays race! This will mean no girls on the LOEG again today however with 15 minutes to go, before the start the tarts come racing past, just to show they can sail in breezy conditions! Obviously last weeks teasing had an effect!
With 3 of AFB’S regular interchange skippers and crew away sailing the Hawkesbury we once again were faced with prospect of sailing two up. After the big westerly blow last week, the forecast 10-15 NorWester was a welcome relief.
As Saturday September 3 has arrived the nerves are starting to jump. How could the season be here already? No repairs, no maintenance, just a few sail repairs in the off season for Axis of Evil, not even a rig tune! The forecast doesn't help the jitters, as Speed suggests the wind forecast is for 20-30 knots from the west and bloody Sumo has texted me to say that it will be blowing the oysters off the rocks! This will sort out the men, ladies and girls.