Division 1 start today is dominated by the boys with the big masts, Still Festering, LOEG, Next Light, Black Velvet, and The colourful boys on C Major, followed by the hairy chested men on AOE.
The race starts with a light WNW breeze, SF takes the southern shore and roar up the river followed by all. Looking over our shoulder at Glades bay, we can see the N'Easter coming down the river. We move quickly to catch it and a call from the skipper calls for a windward kite set and the kite goes up, it is lovely when you see your competition sitting in nothing and your flying towards the mark in fresh breeze
Working to number 5 mark in Abbotsford Bay presents a few challenges. Can we get in front of LOEG, by the time we get there? After a quick tack and some great lift spotting, we make it, and cross Hen & Chicken bay with SF powering into Abbotsford Bay and LOEG on our tuck all the way.
We round Mark 5 and have plenty of time to set the kite, thank god I say, may I please have a water I ask the skipper, who passes forward the bottle. We hoist the kite and prepare to chase down SF who have bolted and can be seen rounding mark 1 as we pass the PRSC. with our good run we were amazed at their boat speed however all is not as it seems which is revealed after the race.
The boys with the big masts will come chasing us and our position is not safe. We around mark 1 and head to 4 deep in Hen & Chicken Bay, we are past the Marina in the Bay when LOEG round the point, and now we know how the hunted feel as the big genoa drives LOEG toward us. Approaching the marina LOEG are off our tuck, when the skippers calls, up she goes, and the mighty white kite takes us away from our chasers.
SF are off and gone as we round make 1 for the last time, they are crossing H&C Bay, LOEG are not giving up and are biting at our heels. We tack and work down the river to stay in front of the boys on League. When the skipper notes a rig adjustment is needed as our tacking speed has slowed, may be I am getting tired! So the main and mast are adjusted and a smile again flies on the big fellas face holding the tiller.
Approaching Abbotsford Bay we have a lead that may save us from being chased down by LOEG. Rounding Mark 5, 30 seconds in front of the lads, we hope our kite set is perfect, if not our race is lost. The skipper of LOEG tries to sail over us taking our breeze, but aggressive skippering sees us finish well in second place, well behind Still Festering who won on scratch. It seems their amazing boat speed on the leg to No 1 resulted from picking a perfect screamer and they ran the whole river at 8 knots. Well done boys and Girls.
Behind LOEG was G Major sailing their first race at PRSC, 47 seconds later crosses Black Velvet, with Next Light closing the race for Division 1.
With the new boats sailing in Division 1 these past weeks, it is great to see the competition it brings to the club and the camaraderie on the veranda is fantastic.
We get a great surprise arriving back at the club to be greeted by a long time member and Soling champion, Barry Hayes and his wife, how great it is to have a home club to belong to.
Also well done from all at PRSC to Still Festering, for your great win at the Balmain Regatta last Sunday.
Still Festering also hosted the club dinner, with their usual style. What a beautiful feast. Well done team.