Race 6 of the Summer Series see PRSC sail in 38 degrees with a breeze from the NE. Definitely summery conditions.
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!!!!!!
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 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.
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.
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.
For the last race of the year 15-20knots NE going NNE was the forecast and the starter set both divisions off together and up to the Islands on the alternate course which is a pearler (many thanks, also giving the keen CRSC fleet a chance of space on their long course race) - so we went with big main, no2 genoa and medium kite. Tide low 2.30pm.
This race was abandoned due to wind gusts exceeding 35 knots (part of the club hazardous weather policy), however Barry from AOE and Rob from RGT give their accounts below:
Having sailed at PRSC for 30 plus years, I have been one who has always played by the rules of sailing. These rules are written in the little blue book, and then there are the "Whitsunday's rules". These were developed in close consultation with a number of very wise men, and involved late nights and sunny days of passionate discussion, always involving natures sweet nectar. In days gone by Sumo and Peanuts sailed the Adams 10 "Not So Squeezy" 2 up, setting spinnakers and observing the Whitsundays Hydration Rules, so I ask what gives my skipper Speedo the right to not observe the Whitsunday rules and only allow only one beer during the race on Saturday, gee it's only a race. And the big boys are such bullies of us in the little boat.
The first nor’easter of the Saturday season arrived and there was a spring in everyone’s step when we got to the bay and saw the breeze funnelling down under the Gladesville Bridge. Low tide was 3.23pm so not a big deal for the race except keep an eye on the depth sounder. The breeze held for most of the race at 15-18 knots average and 20-25 knots in the gusts, some of which were mongrels.