Upon arrival at the club we found Pat playing with water again. He was using his gurney to clean steps and ensure all are safe....thanks Pat.
I can only assume it was for his own safety after Nuts decided to jump ship the previous week. Its a fact that if you fall off your boat, everyone 'will notice' and you will become the days and even weeks entertainment upon return to the club steps, but if you are lucky your remaining crew will pick you up straight away and not wait until after finishing the course so as not to lose time and race placings..... LOL.
But don't feel bad Nuts! Jim from AOE also took two dips on the same day. Jim must have heard about the floatie penalty and decided to take a rest day from sailing this week!
The siron sounded and it was a close start with Fargo, Xena and Roustabout trying for first across the line, followed by Firefly. The jostle for first across the line has become an important part of the race and discussions after each race. Its all about the timing!
With a reverse island course set we were on our way down the river for a fun day and we were doing well keeping up with the Farr's, that was until we arrived at Searles!
Our Ronstan Carr on the port side popped its head from the body with a very loud bang. The third carr to now go back to Whitworths and Ronston between the end of January and now. Hmmm are they testing these before production and release?
The crew were great, Vince raced into the cabin to provide one of the older carrs, sliding it onto the track for use.
Brad threaded the jib sheet from one carr to the other whilst trying to keep the jib flying, bit tricky as we were coming close to land and rocks and unable to tack.
Turns out the old stainless steel carr works better than the new one, even after Ronstan making a major modification to their design during one of my change overs.
Job well done guys, you had us back on track in no-time. Interesting exercise.
It was great to see FGO and RBO so close in the race, we have enjoyed watching the progress with the two boats over many weeks and will be sad to see RBO sold, but look forward to seeing the new Div1 replacement.
Firefly ploughed through the water on the day with the good winds and as usual pointing well, she seems to need less tacking than any other boat in Div 3 and holds the wind well. Its great to see Brian back on board and racing again after his motor decided it needed some love and attention.
1st on Handicap Firefly,
2nd Xena Warrior Princess
3rd was Fargo.
I look forward to the fun and adventure this coming week on the water and to testing the old carrs again.