- 6, count them, Div 3 starters. Can’t recall the last time we had that many on the water. Great stuff!
- AFB, sailing two up, dressed in her No.1 rig decides on a headsail change with minutes to start. (have they lost their nerve?)
Heading out for the prestart muster in a building NE breeze (was it really?), the starter has chosen the Islands course. A couple more surprises follow;
With Jim unable to sail we replaced him with Barry's son Paul. Then at the last minute Barry was also unable to sail. So two up again. With a sunny day and N/E breeze and with Next Light starting, it was a fleet of 5 Div 1 boats.
The day turned out to be very interesting with the predicted SSE breeze presenting some twists and turns throughout the day. 13:30 start in about 10 to 12 kts with the forecast for the wind to abate as the day progressed, along with a big run out tide was what was awaiting the fleet. It was a close start by the 4 combatants for the day with all boats arriving at the line simultaneously. The first big challenge was the race to Searle’s with the Big Baz Award going to Still Festering pursued closely by LOEG, RGT, AOE.
We had the regular crew of Barry, Darrell and Paul (me). The day did not start well for us. After rowing out to the mooring Barry tied the dinghy off and we set about rigging. I noticed that the dinghy was floating bye, so I hastily went below decks grabbed a boathook and throw it to Darrell who reached for the dinghy only to miss it by 30cm, I grabbed a longer boat hook and got it into his hands asap, however as the dinghy continued to drift away Darrell missed it again by 30cm. Just my luck that I grabbed the short one first!
What a day, started out looking at a beautiful day to be out sailing, while we started on a westerly and finished on a westerly... here's what happened in between.
Rigging the boat, we had what looked like a light westerly, as we ventured out for a pre race sail with our most experienced skipper at the helm (Eddie), what little breeze there was died off to nothing, so we thought great the sea breeze is about to come in. Sadly such was not to be, with no breeze at all, the start was delayed and a combined start organised for when we did get something to sail with.........
After a delayed start the two divisions set out on a westerly course, heading off into a very light and shifting breeze mostly from the West. With the temperature getting to 30 deg the breeze dropped away even more. It was then that we felt a breath of wind on our backs. We quickly hoisted the spinnaker and got moving nicely, this placed us in a great position and we hit the lead. With some breeze behind us, all the Div 3 spinnakers went up to provide a spectacle for Div 1 as we closed in on them as they floundered in no air on the north side of the river......
Spring Series Race 6 5/11/16 First Handicap race of the year (or was it)?
The day arrived with a WSW zephyr meandering its way across the river with the occasional gust reading 35kts around noon. Consideration was given whether to start in such benign conditions, crews and skippers were pondering yes no yes no the final decision a mystery until kick off. Forecast was for the wind to abate as the afternoon wore on but would it?