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EBYMBC Winter Series Race - 13 July 2019

posted 14 Jul 2019, 23:37 by Geoff Head   [ updated 20 Oct 2019, 20:33 ]
Crew: Geoff, Eduardo. Lorna, Murray, Paul and Ken

Metservice Forecast: Northerly 20 knots but 15 knots about the harbour. Rising to northerly 25 knots gusting 35 knots about the harbour in the evening. Sea becoming rough in the evening. Mainly fine. Fair visibility in a few evening showers.

Geoff, Lorna and Eduardo departed Chaffers at 1030 hrs and motor-sailed round to Evans Bay. The northerly was 15-20 kts but forecasted to increase so we decided not to make the genoa selection until closer to start time.

Tied Halo up at Evans bay wharf at 1130 hrs and got course confirmation: Start - Falcon Shoal (p) - Ward Is buoy (p) - Finish. Signed on for the race. Ken, Murray and Paul joined us and after some discussion we decided to go with the No. 2 Genoa and no reef in the Mainsail. We cast off at 1200 hrs to give us time for some practice sail. Positions were: Eduardo on bow, Murray on mainsheet, Lorna on keys, Paul and Ken on trimmers and Geoff on helm.

With 14 boats in the race the start was fairly busy. Not being too keen to fight it out with the others we held back somewhat and crossed the start line a bit late. (We found out later that there was a collision at the start between three boats! As a consequence After Midnight and Saucy Sausage were not able to finish the race).

Our first tack across the bay was going pretty well until a sudden gust hit and with a big bang our ageing No. 2 Genoa ripped in two!  Eduardo, Paul and Lorna did a great job cutting free the ruined genoa and hoisting the No. 3 Jib while we sailed the next tack slowly with just the mainsail. Once we got the No. 3 hoisted we were back in the race but had lost lots of ground although still ahead of Kingklip and Footprints. We beat our way up the bay at 6 kts. At Pt Halswell we turned to a beam reach down to Falcon Shoal at a ripping 7-8 kts with 20-25 kts of wind behind us, passing Grenadier and Tamerlen on the run.

We rounded Falcon Shoals Light at 1325 and beat into the wind towards Ward Island rounding the mark at 1349 hrs. On the reach back to Pt Halswell we managed to edge past Wakarere and then we hoisted the spinnaker pole and goose-winged down to the finish line with winds gusting up to 35 kts.   

After dropping off Lorna, Murray, Paul and Ken at Evans Bay, Geoff and Eduardo motored back to Chaffers. Wind was pretty strong by then with gusts up to 45 kts. Coming into the berth we were hit by a 30 kts gust but managed to get in OK after bouncing off the mooring pole on our starboard side.

A wild and exhilarating day's sailing!

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Geoff Head,
15 Jul 2019, 03:22
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