The day began with the prediction of a strong south to south east breeze which never really got up to the predicted 15 to 20 kts.The normal 3 antagonists from div 1 rocked up all in good spirits after the xmas break.
The start was a timid affair with the LEOG getting a clear advantage at the gun with Axis close behind and SF contributing little early, however AOE tacked back into Abbotsford 12’s hugging the shore coming off with a lovely lift putting the pressure on the LEOG who were unable to cross forcing the LEOG to tackamongst the calls of starboard coming from the little boat. Big smiles from the barrel chested men who were extremely happy with the early exchange. A tick for the little boat. Meanwhile that menace of the long course series (SF) was sneaking along gaining little by little. Headsail choice soon made the difference with the SF carrying a no 2 with the LEOG choosing a 3 ,needless to say the longer waterline and sail area came into its own and we were able to pass AOE and LEOG by the Gladesville Bridge. The wind for the day would have been perfect for the LOEG new purchase of a no2 headsail, and, with the sail maker on SF, he could have admired his workmanship from his position on the SF looking back, checking on his craftsmanship. Alas, it was not to be, they may have seen the rain cloud earlier (about 7am) and did not wish to get it wet. Anyway off we trundled up to Lady Bay for the 3rd time in this series, with no passing lanes presenting themselves with a pretty straight forward sail up the harbour.
Around the top mark positions were SF 1st , 2nd LOEG, 3rd AOE. We had a close haul on the way back to Bradleys Head with debate over spinnaker when around the point.Yes No Yes NO and the No won because it dawned on me that this was the notorious race in 2015 with no ice in the esky, our new 2016 pact was never let our hydration levels on our boat suffer this fate again. So it was a pleasant trip home for all 3 boats with the wind abating with a nice sail angle for our boat presented, we had no real issues for the trip back to PRSC.
We did, however, have a very enlightening exchange with a division 3 boat explaining that a spinnaker is not necessarily the fastest point of sail when wind angles are not right, they seemed quite concerned why we did not have a coloured thing out the front. But the engineering process soon figured that out so a good deed was done.
Crossing the line positions were the same 1st SF , 2nd LOEG , 3rd AOE handicap mirrored the scratch results with all parties being delighted to be back on the water racing again.
We on the SF would like to wish all sailors and club officials a happy, safe, and prosperous new year and hope to see most of you at the BBQ next week which our boat is hosting .
See you on the water.