Paul’s good fortune meant the size of the Large Cat fleet DOUBLED. Now there were two of us! Les Porter SMS’d that he had work commitments and was unable to come out and play.
The day was overcast with a 10-18 knot SE blowing. Occasional rain squalls came through but overall it wasn’t that bad. The water was murky with a lot of sediment from the storms and there were warnings at the briefing to “Beware of the Logs”. I saw a few submerged branches near the starting area and was happy to miss them.
Brad, Todd and Hayden were on response duty and set a great course for the scheduled round-the-lake race. Start line was out in front of the club, 1st mark at Primbee, 2nd near Coonawarra, 3rd just west of Mt Warrigal, back to Coonawarra, then Warilla and an exciting reach down to the reef markers and finally X mark and finish. By the way, don’t miss the great video footage they posted on the PKSC Facebook page. Thanks guys!
All classes got away without a hitch with navigation being the main challenge especially with the limited visibility due to the occasional patches of rain. A Lightweight Sharpie led the way until halfway to Mount Warrigal and then the Large Cats took over. I was relieved to see the response boat head to the Mt Warrigal buoy and show us where that mark was.
The highlight was the reach from Windang to the reef. Some surprisingly strong puffs were coming through on the eastern side which made it interesting to say the least.
In the post-race chat, Paul mentioned he’d almost missed the reef rounding by heading straight to the X mark from Windang. Fortunately, he realised before it was too late although it did cost him a lot of time.
Here are the Large Cat results on progressive handicap….
Regards, Ross Boyd