As covered in the division 3 report it was to be a race where correct sail selection would win the day. With our own “Larry Ellisons” on board LOEG and Still Festering having multiple “hi tech” sail wardrobes from which to choose, it is a difficult task for even these masters of the river to get correct. On the Axis however, it’s quite simple, just drag the same sails out from under the deck and throw them up the big stick! Makes for much easier prerace planning and hydration sessions!
Special Series race 2 was held on course 6 up around Fort Denison in an average 10-12 knot NE which was very patchy / gusty and swung, needing constant watch to maintain boat speed. See recordings taken at Fort Denison – highest recorded gust 21knots. Note that the gust wind speed below is a far higher multiplier than the norm – typical of an early summer unstable noreaster – these FortD recordings would not be influenced by funnelling out of the river bays.
AOE – Axis OF Evil. / LOEG: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
SF: Still Festering
The days forecast brought a smile to the competitors faces with all looking forward to that famous Sydney sea breeze that 10 to 15kt North Easterly. Division 3 started in a nice 7 to 10 kts with Xena bursting through to win the start with the rest of the fleet in hot pursuit. Farrago producing a trump card for the day with that wily old fox from the Parramatta River Jim Sinclair sneaking on board.
Preparing for a race on the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (LEOG) is a huge task, that requires much planning and co-ordination by all who sail her. Once the Tri-lattes have been sipped delicately and the esky has been stocked full of Evian water, discussion on which sail will best suit us to defeat that little pest of the seas Axis of evil (with it’s mighty barrel chested crew) begins. This is our plan and nothing will stop us in defeating that band of men.
RACE REPORT DIVISON 3 17/10/2015
It promised to be a great day for a sail – full of sunshine with a nice consistent breeze for a trip down around the islands course.
The start was another great one for XWP, but was caught by the 2 x FARR twins before Searle’s.