Crunch time for the Summer Series with the sixth and last race, and the pre-start tension was obvious. ENE breeze 10-15 knots. 4.00pm low tide with a 1.5m drop from the high, and a hcap start flagged so after a mild dose of apoplexy and grabbing the book of words this was sorted out and the usual four suspects were off to Lukes Bay just as the Bedlam Cup fleet from up harbour came to their leeward mark in the east of the bay.
We were greeted by a pleasant E to SE breeze of 10 to 15Knots. We selected the number 2 genoa and headed to the start area to be joined by Xena, Wind Falls and Memphis.....
Summer series race 5 so clutch time, with only one more series race to go after this.
SE breeze 10-15 knots with maybe a tad more out of H+C Bay. 4.30pm high tide – but only 1.21m so not much influence.
The usual Div1 suspects got a close start with Axis of Evil (AOE, good to see Jimmy back on board after a couple of months working too hard) getting the jump a bit to leeward of Resurgent (RSGT), Still Festering (SF) to leeward of them followed by League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (LOEG). AOE got to the true breeze around Abbotsford Pt first and soon had the bilge pump active after a gust came through, and rounded Abbotsford followed by SF, RSGT, LOEG.
A hot and unsettled westerly breeze greeted the fleet, with the forecast being souwest and slowly swinging to norwest through the afternoon at 10-15 knots before the southerly change coming a bit before midnight. The high tide 11.30am was a true king, and the 3 works up to Morrisons were significantly affected by the ensuing rush-out.......
We were greeted by a pleasant ENE breeze, however as the day went on it built to become fresh moving between NE and East. A fleet of six boats lined up in Division 3, Farrago, A Fine Balance, Xena Warrior Princess, Wind Falls, Firefly and an ever improving Memphis.......
A light and variable breeze greets us at the start of the PRSC race for Saturday 10-12-2016.
Starters for today are Len and Karen and they are at the club early.
On the AOE, Jim is unable to join us today as domestic home duties has him replacing the kitchen for his beloved. We have recruited wisely though, today we are sailing with the old master himself, Jim Sin of Abbotsford and skipper extraordinaire.
Heading out for the prestart muster in a building NE breeze (was it really?), the starter has chosen the Islands course. A couple more surprises follow;
With Jim unable to sail we replaced him with Barry's son Paul. Then at the last minute Barry was also unable to sail. So two up again. With a sunny day and N/E breeze and with Next Light starting, it was a fleet of 5 Div 1 boats.
The day turned out to be very interesting with the predicted SSE breeze presenting some twists and turns throughout the day. 13:30 start in about 10 to 12 kts with the forecast for the wind to abate as the day progressed, along with a big run out tide was what was awaiting the fleet. It was a close start by the 4 combatants for the day with all boats arriving at the line simultaneously. The first big challenge was the race to Searle’s with the Big Baz Award going to Still Festering pursued closely by LOEG, RGT, AOE.
We had the regular crew of Barry, Darrell and Paul (me). The day did not start well for us. After rowing out to the mooring Barry tied the dinghy off and we set about rigging. I noticed that the dinghy was floating bye, so I hastily went below decks grabbed a boathook and throw it to Darrell who reached for the dinghy only to miss it by 30cm, I grabbed a longer boat hook and got it into his hands asap, however as the dinghy continued to drift away Darrell missed it again by 30cm. Just my luck that I grabbed the short one first!