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Commodores Cup (Race 1) - 17 Nov 2018

posted 17 Nov 2018, 20:32 by Geoff Head   [ updated 22 Oct 2019, 16:53 ]
Crew: Geoff and Tunch (meeting at Chaffers 10 am), Julie and Paul Jennings and Lorna (meeting at Evans Bay 11.45 am).

Marine Forecast: About the harbour - Northerly 15 knots, rising to 20 knots gusting 30 knots for a time in the afternoon and early evening.

The weather forecast was looking to be pretty accurate so Tunch and Geoff sailed Halo round to Evans Bay with the No.3 Jib and full Mainsail. Initially tied up at the Quickslip but due to congestion moved Halo round to the Evans Bay wharf. Met the rest of our crew and signed on for the race. Seems like the windy conditions had put off a few boats so only 3 yachts were signed on; Temptation, Andal and Halo.

We cast off from the wharf but when we went to hoist the Main discovered that the halyard had blown around the front of the mast and tangled with the radar reflector making it impossible to hoist! After many attempts to flick the halyard back into position, Tunch bravely volunteered to go up the mast to untangle. We set up the bosun's chair and up he went. Got it cleared and we quickly hoisted the Main and the Jib and seconds later the race had started!

We then beat our way up Evans Bay well behind Andal and Temptation, and after 4 tacks we rounded Pt Halswell and then crossed to Ward Island on a broad reach. Winds were pretty blustery by now, 15-20 kts gusting to 30 kts and we made great speed across the harbour at 7 kts and peaking into 8 kts at times. The Straitsman ferry came fairly close at one stage but after checking the AIS we didn't need to take evasive action as it steamed past us at about 17 kts.

By the time we reached the Ward Island marker we had caught up with Andal and made up some ground with Temptation. We then zigzagged our way up the harbour towards Somes Island. Due to the helmsman's miscalculation (Geoff!), plus a slight mishap with the spinnaker pole, we messed up rounding the mark and lost about 3 minutes. Eventually got going again and made excellent speed on a beam reach to Pt Halswell and then hoisted the spinnaker pole to goose-wing the Jib on a broad reach back to the finish line. An exhilarating race!

Results (see below) for Halo were 2nd on Line and 2nd on Handicap.

Many thanks to Alex at Arrowhead Creative for the nice shots of Halo goose-winged coming back into Evans Bay:
Commodores Cup Race 1 - 17 Nov 2018.gpx
Geoff Head,
17 Nov 2018, 20:32