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EBYMBC Centenary Regatta Day 1 - 23 March 2019

posted 24 Mar 2019, 17:02 by Geoff Head   [ updated 21 Oct 2019, 02:24 ]
Crew: Geoff, Peter, Grant, Murray, Ken

Metservice Forecast: Variable 5 knots. Southerly 10 knots developing this afternoon, turning northerly 10 knots this evening, and rising to 15 knots overnight. Sea slight. Fine weather.

We departed Chaffers Marina at 1010 hrs with the No. 1 LT Genoa rigged and motor-sailed round to Evans Bay. Race Officer Paul Davies announced on Ch. 77 that the course was to be "Start - No. 4 Ngauranga Buoy - No. 5 Somes Island Buoy - Finish. Both marks starboard rounding".  

Halo crew positions were Geoff on helm, Ken on bow, Grant and Peter on sheets and Murray on mainsheet.

Being the Centenary Regatta it was pretty crazy at the start with around 100 boats in the bay including 15 Cruising Division boats. We had to be very watchful for the dinghy sailers zooming all around us as well as the keelers edging into position. Wakarere came very close to touching us from behind just before the start (see photos below) but all worked out fine and Halo got off to a good start at 1110 hrs beating into a slight 5-6 kts northerly easterly breeze up towards the top mark in a single tack.  

By the time we reached Ngauranga the wind had almost stopped altogether and we drifted slowly round the mark at 1230 hrs. Ken took the opportunity to jump in the water for a swim and we could hear Paul over on Temptation entertaining himself on ukulele.

We headed across the harbour on a beam reach at about 2 kts but not enough angle to be able to hoist the spinnaker. We slipped past the Somes Island buoy at 1330 hrs ready for the expected downwind run to Evans Bay only to find the wind had now changed to a southerly so we had to beat our way back to the finish tacking our way round the harbour looking for the best wind. Once the got into Evans Bay we were greeted by 10 kts southerly  as we crossed the finish line at 1501 hrs.

Not a bad result for Halo, 5th over the line (Saucy Sausage, Zimmerframe, Airship and Usurper were ahead of us) and 8th on handicap.

After the race we flew the kite sailing back up the bay returning to Chaffers marina at 1545 hrs.

EBYMBC 23 Mar 2019.gpx
Geoff Head,
24 Mar 2019, 17:02