As it turned out, it was a great day for sailing. The wind may have gusted up to 15 knots but no more. It was very pleasant, indeed.
As mentioned, Hugh and Kurt were on duty (thanks for that and for supplying photos) and set a port course with start line in front of the clubhouse and top mark towards Mt Warrigal. The large cats elected to sail sausages only. It certainly takes the procession out of the race – but makes it harder to keep count of the roundings, I find.
Both fleets were sailing match races. Tony Zahra and Tony Sanderson in the small cat fleet, Paul English and I in the large cats. We both hit the start line a little late – Paul politely allowed me the luxury of a head start. Having said that, Paul has strung together a bunch of strong performances, lately; so any assistance he was willing to give was gladly accepted.
Clearly there were wind channels and it was important to try to stay in them as much as possible. Mainly we stayed to the right hand side where it seemed strongest. It was possible to lay Gooseberry Island on port tack on the first three works, but on the last work the breeze had shifted back to the SW. There were numerous jellyfish near Gooseberry so it was risky to cut through there in case a rudder popped up. It was pure luck to miss them.
Here are some photos courtesy of Hugh and Kurt on the duty boat:
Overall, it was a much better day on the water than last week!!
Next week is PS19 and Club Championship 7 for Small and Large Cats.
Hope to see you all there - rain, hail or shine!
Regards, Ross Boyd