Gentlemen, AOE – Axis of Evil
The choice of course for the day was absolutely spot on for the conditions so thank you Anne. As usual the 3 Div 1 boats congregated on the river for the days event with drama early with the AOE losing the jib halyard before the start reverting to corrective measures to host the headsail which they managed to do before kick-off. So 2 pm we started in a building NNE sea breeze between 10 & 15kts with run in tide. The start was a torrid affair with the 3 boats engaging in some close quarters duelling with the AOE coming out the winner for the first few tacks, on our way to Searle’s the position changes were happening quickly. Still Festering was lucky enough to grab the first big shift and slip past the LEOG and AOE. Fortune favoured SF with some gear failure on the LEOG making life hard for the boat to maintain its top speed in pursuit of SF. AOE was punching above its weight causing plenty of concern for the LEOG who followed the little boat around Goat Island with the positions around Goat SF1st, AOE 2nd, LEOG 3rd. Spinnakers were set on the two pursuing yachts with the Adams having too much sail area for the guys on AOE enabling them to pass. No other position changes for the rest of the legs but as usual the sailing between the boats is always intense fair and rewarding. So scratch results were as follows 1st SF, 2nd LEOG, and 3rd AOE. Handicap mirrored the scratch with a good days sailing enjoyed by all. It was also nice to see that the boys on LEOG were concerned about one of the crewmen of the LEOG with Nuts being presented and the proud recipient of a set of floaties from the lads after the mishap last week in Hen & Chicken bay with Nuts participating in refreshing himself with a dip in the river. A very thoughtful gift from George and Ed. May be next week we may see the other water baby as he dipped twice, more to come.
See you all on the water this week - SF