The day of the last race of the Saturday season finally dawned. This was to be the last of three more 'last races' for Still Festering this season: The last Saturday PRSC race, the last Sunday Combined Clubs race, and the last Wednesday twilight series race....
Race Report From Lennie on Hot Stuff....
The boys brought the boat into the wharf & we were waiting for one more crew to arrive. While waiting the wind was blowing up to 15 knots. It was pretty wet too. We got out on the water with minutes to spare for the start. There were 3 boats in the race, Blur, Hot Stuff, and Still Festering. We changed head sails all up 3 times with 1 on a down winded run only to find we were coming 2nd in between 5 to 7 knots of wind, so we chased Mich & crew on Still Festering all night long.
Still Festering come across the line 1st and then Hot Stuff got a gust of wind on the line to cross the line in 2nd place, and Blur drifted back to the finish line in 3rd place. Handicap results were Hot Stuff in first place, Still Festering in second and Blur in third place.
4 boats fronted up for the series deciding last heat of the Special Trophies on a trophy Sydney day, so it was big main, no2 genoa, big kite. We knew the 18 footers 2nd last race of the worlds was on up the harbour so were aware to keep well clear.
Report by Len Player
Wind looked like it was going to be a quick race and Michelle sailing SF started right on the line when the gun went with Hot Stuff close behind. Shifting winds and varying pressure made it difficult to sail these conditions, and being on the right side of them meant the leaders got away from the rest of the fleet.
Hot Stuff with the old sailors from A12FS keep Still Festering looking over their shoulder and they finished across the line first Hot Stuff 2nd and Black Velvet coming in 3rd. The minor places where very close. Special mentions also for Blur, Farrago, Pink Panther and Bush Telegraph.
Racing in the twilights in a good way the release the mid week stress level and drinks back at the club always produces some tall stories.
Editors note: Twilight Series B has two more races to go and the series is far from decided, so if you can't make it out on the water, why not come down to the club to watch.
Occasional Coarse Language….
They say what happens on the field stays on the field, well let’s hope so because there was some language, a few f@#kups and a few frayed emotions as the pressure was on all day. Today the crew was the skipper, Gilligan, Ginger, Mary Ann and Thurston Howell 111( Me, Chris, Ele, Mandy and John). Not sure who was who but I felt like Gilligan a few times. A Easterly wind around the 10kn mark was pretty nice but it was up a tad on that around Cockatoo.
Report from Bush Telegraph
The gods are crazy.
Forecast for 10-12 but we got 15-20+ and some of the finest sailing weather. Bang snap and crackle and away we go. I’ve been visualising my starts and trying to get a better run to the line and this one worked a treat. Nothing like fantasising about race starts….
Report by Brad James
The sun was out and wind lacking, with some nervous crew and skippers for a special trophies harbour race with talk of island course instead. But the weather reports advised that the breeze was to freshen into the afternoon.
James from Bush Telegraph writes this weeks report.....
Summer lovin, had me a blast.....
Are these special trophy races a blast or what? And BT just keeps on giving…. Just a sublime day to be out on the water and out in the harbour. And she just gets quicker and better, and so do the crew.
The horn blows and it’s a drag race into Hen and Chicken. We have SF creeping up to windward along the mooring line, RSGT just ahead to leeward, AOE are just on the bow, with LOEG fluffing about at the start and NL with a novice crew giving everyone some space.
It’s a nice warm Summers day with a reasonable breeze coming through at about 10 knots expected to top 13 for Race 5 of the Summer series . A notch down on previous weeks. In Division 3 we had 4 contenders lining up well for a start on a Number 1 course. Over the line its Snowgoose , Xena , Farrago and Windfalls making a nice start with all boats pretty even.