The day was cool with some drizzle with a moderate southerly breeze. Anne chose a number 2 course (South). Barry assigned the helm to myself with he and Darren working the winches. Three boats lined up on the start, Farrago (us), Xena and Memphis. Memphis has a great start hitting the line right on the signal; we followed a few seconds later.
We can see on the replay that Memphis called in on Tennysion Point. I understand they may have some explaining to do around their deforestation efforts.
On the run back to #1 Still Festering approached to overtake and as they were about to hoist there spinnaker we said to each other, here is our opportunity to get a lesson a fine spinnaker technique. Well, we were very wrong, with the spinnaker half up we could see that the brace was around their life-rail. That made us feel a little better about our own spinnaker stuff-ups.
We kept well clear of Abbostford Point making it shy to get around the club on the way back to #1
On the work back to #4, easing the gear a little we hit 6 knots . Past Cabarita we tacked to port and tacked back to starboard much earlier than last time. This proved to be a brilliant move, as we scrapped past Quarantine and were lifted up the lay mark 4.
We opted for no kite for the shorter run back to #2, we still hit 6 knots for a bit.
Around #2 we headed to #5 on starboard, we comfortably got past the club and kept to the northern shore, as we cleared Bedlam Bay we were lifted up again to lay mark #3. That’s all the way from #2 to #5 on starboard.
The run to the finish was still tricky with the breeze dropping off, we run over to the northern shore keeping well clear of Abbotsford Point, we could see Resurgent ahead of us stuck on a lull right there. We finally got a nice lift up and across the line.
Some days the lifts just work for you.
We knew that we were 40 minutes or more ahead of Xena so I raced home to change for dinner and get back before the presentation, I could already taste the red wine. Barry and Heather walked in just as Mitch was announcing the winners. I thought; what’s great timing. As Mitch announced Xena as the handicap winner Barry and I just looked at each other. It turns out the we were actually 48 Minutes ahead of Xena across the line, however Anne had made a most uncharacteristic error recording her finish time. Mitch hastily corrected the result and Carolyn handed the wine to Barry. We were pleased to share a glass with Carolyn over a very nice dinner hosted by Resurgent.