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.
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.
Saturday had arrived again with the forecast of a nice 8 to 12 kt sea breeze building slightly in the afternoon. Our regular starter Anne was back on deck so normal broadcasting was restored. The vacationers were still nowhere to be seen, which left us with five starters in div 1. Next Light, who is a regular in our twilight series, made a most welcomed appearance.......
The rain had finally arrived on the Friday with all being grateful that the gardens and grass would receive a decent soaking. Saturday’s forecast looked a bit dodgy with a chance of some intermittent showers and the breeze from the south. Saturday also had the Abbottsford 12 Ft sailing squadron hosting the 1st heat of the cherub state titles with an expected fleet of 30 boats buzzing up and down the river.....
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 .......
For the 3rd race of the six in the series it was Last Tango in Paris crunch time for all boats except AOE who snared the wins in the prior two, as well as the Special Trophies 1st heat – top sailing right there to them. SF were onto it also with a stacked crew of 6 looking more than menacing before the start, whilst AOE casually loitered around with aplomb, Bush Telegraph (BT) came into the frame with obvious serious intent and RSGT despite being short crewed with 3 plotted the required change of fortune....
Having arrived home from sailing with wine in hand for the 3rd week in a row, the wife now believes I stop at the bottle shop on my way home. That was until I crawled from the lounge to get the Panadols, prior to cracking the lid of the wine AOE had won today........
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......