For this Harbour race there were two contenders in division 3, Xena Warrior Princess, and Windfalls. The blustery weather delivered 25 knot NE bullets interspersed with 5 knot lulls and having misread the “silent” start Windfalls found herself chasing down Xena Warrior Princess, before catching her near Gladesville bridge and built a moderate lead.
It was a Cooler day around 18 degrees with a reasonable breeze approx. 10-11 knots, due to increase and then back off again by 5pm. We are on the Abbottsford end of the line in Xena with 3 up, with Farrago 2 x up right behind us -right near that rock shelf of the club with Firefly well over to Sydney Rowers.
It was the best day this season so far for a harbour race, with a beautiful balmy 23 degree day with 10 knot breeze, dropping later to about 8kn for the finish a run out tide.
It was a boiling hot 34 degree day for race 1 of Summer Series with a change predicted for mid afternoon.
Pre race start we are trying to stay cool with a West wind freshening for the start.
With flags up it’s a West course (course 3 ) there’s 2x Div 3 boats Xena Warrior Princess and Farrago ready and keen to Race each other again.
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.
By Paul Fowler (Farrago)
We were greeted by a glorious Sydney day. Winds were light at only 4 or 5 knots so were a little surprised to see the Long Course flag flying. As it turned out Peter and Carmel were right to keep to the program and send us to the harbour. A special thanks to Peter and Carmel for doing the starter duties too, they seem to be gone before anyone gets a chance to thank them. ...
It was a nice sunny afternoon for a Long harbour race. We were out late from the mooring as we were missing a crew member, missing our usual pre race cruise, so we headed over to Sydney rowers to say hello to our skipper on the balcony celebrating early her birthday......
It was a warm sunny Saturday and all were ready for some reasonable winds predicted between 10-20 knots . We waited till 10 minutes prior to start to make a call on the right Headsail for the race ( bit earlier than last week ) and skipper said we need the No 1 headsail. The breeze was lighter than expected only around 10 knots . Anne decides a West course for the day . All boats gathering round the clubhouse for race start .......
We had had some extreme winds in the week before the race, but the forecast was for a moderate westerly. Looking a bit gusty, we settled on our no. 3 jib and full main. We set out with just two on board, Barry on the helm and myself on the jib. As we headed off across the line into the westerly it suddenly picked up to 25kts or more and we stated to question the wisdom of being out there......
Excitement filled the air with the first race of the Special Trophies Series. We saw Fine Balance, Snowgoose, Farrago and of course Xena running the line for the Harbour Race. With light air at the Rowers Club, we stuck to the middle for the start and to take advantage of the fresh air. High South West winds were predicted.