The rigging process wasn’t without a little excitement. A potential Berkeley Bay bummer award nomination occurred. When Tony Sanderson on Groove Thing cleated off his flapping jib sheet whilst he when inside to sign on. A particularly large gust started his craft heading to shore gathering some pace on the beach wheels. Only some quick thinking from Dean Souter prevented the cat leaving the shore.
Approaching launch time the wind was still fairly strong with up to 20 knot gusts and a few deciding discretion the better part of valour. Bill ledger opting out doing finishes, Ross Fyfe and Jodie enjoying a ride on a TY.
This week a big thanks to Rob Porter snr, Les Porter and Josh doing duty. With the added complication of flying Ants states course straight out front they set about making a course that went out and around this smaller course. They set a port course starting out front of the club house, windward mark half way along the shallows east side and the wing mark back near the reef.
The start boat had a little trouble with the anchor dragging in the stiff breeze and waves so there was a port bias to the line.
The predicted abating wind strength was delayed and only 2 small cats and 2 large cats ended up sailing. Small cat start was pretty tight on starboard tack. Hot Pepper just making it past the port pin. Groove Thing starting a little lower had to tack to get across the start line. There were quite a few waves and plenty of spray out on the wire for the 1st work. Groove Thing rounded 1st and started heading down the lake. Hot Pepper following. Hot Pepper noticed once around the top mark the Porters on their big cat 5.8 Nacra Road Apple had caught up and was heading out wider. It was then that Hot Pepper realised that Groove Thing was headed for IYC red mark and that the PKSC wing mark was out wider to avoid confusion. Unfortunately once Groove Thing got down to the mark realising it was the wrong mark, couldn’t find the PKSC mark and continued. As the race continued the wind strength eventually did drop off a little. The F16 appeared to be a handful, whereas the NACRA 5.8 revelled in the conditions and blitzed the field. Hot Pepper had a port rudder jamb up and could not get it down. Ending up stopping in shallows of Gooseberry Island. This took quite a while and managed to force the rudder down and re-join the race a lap down. Groove Thing continuing misadventure continued when a trapeze wire swivel fitting broke and he went for a swim.
Scratch times across the finish line.
Rob & Johnny Porter – Road Apple- 1657 - Nacra 5.8 – 15:14:15
Chris Malcolm - Altered – 5000 – F16 – 15:21:29
Hugh Lewis - Hot Pepper – 6327 – Windrush super sloop – 15:47:12
Tony Sanderson - Groove Thing – 6346 - Windrush super sloop – DNF
Regards Hugh Lewis