We started, we lost everybody, we saw Still Festering round Shark Island as we were going to Shark Island. We saw Xena Warrior Princess and it was really windy in the harbour. We put up our spinnaker near Cockatoo Island without incident. We came back to the clubhouse and received adulation as winners on handicap (and the bottle of wine). The end.
And the winner is...…….. PRSC! The first heat of the 2019/2020 Special Trophies series was abandoned, after applying the clubs sailing safety policy, with all members returned to the club.
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!!!!!!
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.
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
We get to the LoEG 12.30 for some maintenance and usual pump out then pack the Esky with refreshments. Next we see Willo ashore and about to row to the boat, but no George today.
Guess he has gone to his soccer Presentation with his brother Ed. Now 2 crew down, a lot will be expected from our spare crew Paul today.
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.
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.