I read the news during the week and found headlines on various days that read, "lost dogs looking for chains". Then "oysters looking for rocks", "beaches trying to find sand", and the last head line was "what is Huey going to send us on Saturday"! Who cares! The AOE crew is prepared. We are a well oiled machine! We accept what ever is given to us. After an early arrival at PRSC I find a pie oven and warm pies!!! Jim the innovator has acquired a pie oven and has put pies on for the teams prior too and after sailing. Many thanks Jim.
Special Trophies Race 5 started in a sou easterly breeze at about 15 knots but with holes around Abbotsford Pt. 2.15pm high tide and all four Div1 boats in attendance.
The start was spectacular with all boats at speed and right on the line on the gun (no Barry the battler, none of us were over as confirmed by Anne – an optometrist booking has been made for you……..) with RSGT to windward of AOE, LOEG and SF. The blaze across to east Bedlam Bay was overproof rum and SF footed through to leeward and after a couple of tacks laid Searles to lead by a couple of boat lengths from RSGT with LOEG inside them, and these positions held on the close reach to Drummoyne Pt.
The river was welcomed us with scattered clouds and a nice ESE breeze at around 10 knots. We were to find out that this nice breeze did have plenty of gusts, lifts and knocks in. Darrell forgot his gloves so he claimed the helm with Barry and I grinding. The foredeck work as assigned to myself because I “need the practice”......
I don’t think I have sweated so much in the lead up to a race before. The lack of wind had us worried as we struggle when the wind is light. But as always great humour was aboard Memphis. Thankfully after a mercy dash back ashore and to the local, we had some suitable refreshments for the day out.....
The day started with very high humidity, a reading of 92% to be precise. We were able to read this before the race on the newly installed weather station base unit inside the doors out to the deck. 92% translates into 'dripping wet' when even thinking about physical activity......
The forecast weather for the day is not what we wait for at the end of the working week. Winds predicted to get to 25kts from SSE, cool temperatures and possible showers, so who wouldn’t want to be out there. The earlier than normal start for Div 1 was greeted by a dirty big black cloud heading our way, so out with the wet weather gear for all on the boats........
After Jim tendered us to the boat from the club in style, the team and I jumped on Xena to prepare for the race. The sheets were loaded ready to raise the new purple people eater (PPE) spinnaker.
At last the high winds have moved away and we can bring the new toy out to play!
Finally, the breeze I had been dreaming of was on the forecast. 10-15 knot Nor'easter, perfect for the first harbour race of the season. Alas, while it was a lovely warm morning, there was still no breeze at 1pm. We all assembled in the start area, waiting waiting waiting. The stand-in starters of the day made the perfect call to first delay the start, then switch from the long haul up the harbour to the more realistic islands course so that we could have a better chance of a result. In their most exciting call of the day, the starters decided to start us as one fleet of 8 yachts. This could be fun.....