I was looking at the results for Sail Sydney this morning - seems as though some of our PKSC boats went well in their classes. In the 505s Dean and Angus came third and Sam and Kevin came seventh. Dante and Alex came 8th in the 420s.
All the signs were there for another black northeaster similar to what we had at the Kembla Klassic - it never got quite as strong but was a fantastic breeze anyway. A reasonable fleet turned out - not sure why we can't get everyone sailing at the same time.
From the start, most boats got away reasonably although the line was somewhat biased. By the first mark Mr Freeze had pulled out a reasonable lead followed by Mainiac (with Judy capably standing in a forward hand) and Pleasure & Pain. Italian Stallions, Wilful Intent and Spindrift were having a close race. Blowflies were a bit back - not sure what happened to them.
We all had some really great rides. Italian Stallions crossed the line first followed by Mr Freeze. Mainiac and Pleasure & Pain had a really close race until the reach to mark X where P&P managed to almost capsize. Wilful Intent were sailing really well until the last lap where things started to break (mast spanner, rudder box) - but they were determined to finish.
Club Championship results were Mr Freeze 1st, Mainiac 2nd and Blowflies 3rd on the long course and Italian Stallions 1st, Spindrift 2nd and Wilful Intent 3rd on the short course.
Pointscore results were Pleasure & Pain 1st, Italian Stallions 2nd and Mr Freeze 3rd. The progress results in the PS are very close with only 7 points between the first four.
This Saturday is the annual round the lake race - it would be really great to see everyone out on the water for this fun race before the Christmas break.
It was a very interesting day to be on rescue boat duty on Saturday. Before the course was set it looked as though the breeze would be northerly but as we were heading out a light northeaster came in. This was pretty consistent for the first couple of laps but then some huge holes appeared, followed at the end by a SW squall.
From the start, Mr Freeze lead closely followed by Pleasure & Pain with Blowflies and Southern Cross in hot pursuit. Spindrift pulled out a good lead on Italian Stallions. Red Devils was sailing really well in their second afternoon race. MRE missed the start by a bit and sailed a lap before retiring.
On the last triangle for the long course, and the reach to X for the short course, the lead boats sailed into a hole - which strangely the boats behind followed them into (look around folks !!). This results in the wing mark rounding for the long course having four boats within 2 boat lengths and on the short course, Italian Stallions catching up to Spindrift.
While the short course boats then sailed on to an uneventful finish, the long course boats got becalmed again at the bottom mark. Pleasure and Pain was in front with Southern Cross right next to them until the wind swung again and P&P couldn't make the mark. From there it was weird watching as all the boats were in a totally different wind from each other while still very close together.
The SW squall came through just as the fleet started towards mark X. Mr Freeze had a narrow lead followed by P&P, Southern Cross and Blowflies. Unfortunately the jib halyard let go on P&P and the had to quickly return to the club. In the end, Mr Freeze beat Southern Cross and Blowflies across the line.
Pointscore results were Spindrift first, Red Devils second and Southern Cross third. At this stage I have no idea where Italian Stallions finished as they neglected to sign on !!
These reports are published by the class delegate.