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EBYMBC Centenary Regatta Day 2 - 24 March 2019

posted 25 Mar 2019, 19:49 by Geoff Head   [ updated 20 Oct 2019, 20:41 ]
Crew: Geoff, Bruce, Ken, Seamus

Sunday : Northerly 15 knots, rising to 20 knots in the afternoon, and 25 knots in the evening. Sea becoming rough in the evening. Cloud gradually increasing.

Early start in conditions very different to yesterday so we rigged up the No. 3 Jib in expectation of the northerly already blowing up to 20 kts as we left Chaffers at 0930 hrs. We motored round to the start line at Evans Bay. Race Officer Paul Davies announced on Ch. 62 that the course was to be "Start - Ngauranga Buoy #4 (stbd rounding) - Finish. 5 minute warning at 1000 hrs".  

We were a bit late arriving and so weren't in an ideal position as we crossed the start line with most of the fleet already ahead of us.

Crew positions were Bruce on helm, Seamus on bow, Geoff and Ken on main and jib sheets. We tacked our way up to Balena Bay then across to Point Halswell with a total of 6 tacks until we reached the Ngauranga buoy at 1057 hrs. The northerly was around 18-23 kts and while we sailed comfortably we could probably have got more speed with the larger #2 genoa.

Once we rounded the mark we hoisted the MW spinnaker and had a quick run down to Evans Bay at 6-7 kts but still couldn't catch Temptation even though she wasn't flying her kite. Only hiccup was when we passed the finish line at 1128 hrs we realised that we were on the wrong side of Pania, the committee boat, necessitating a quick drop of the spinnaker and tack back north to come across the finish line a couple of minutes later.

Halo was 6th across the line behind Usurper, Saucy Sausage, Zimmerframe, Impulsive and Temptation and 8th on handicap.

Overall result for the two day regatta was 6th on handicap out of 16 boats. Not too bad!

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Geoff Head,
25 Mar 2019, 19:49