At the briefing and whilst having a trusty PKSC burger and a chat Young Ross Fyfe had an impromptu surprise visit from his 2 great grand children coming to visit with his grand daughter Aime and partner. The oldest great grand child having a ball. Hey Ross potential new learn to sail kids?
Duty crew Ross Boyd, Ralf Steyer setting a port course. Start line out in the middle of the lake, windward mark over towards the shallows and wing mark towards the point out front of the PKSC bay.
Ian Richardson’s brand new Weta attracting attention with a number of other sailors gathering around checking it out. This week it was decided to allow Paul on “Chesha” and Jody on “Blue Tongue” to start 9 minutes early on Blue Peter up signal on the monohull start to allow them to mingle better with some of their quicker fellow small cats. Tony Sanderson starting with Jody and Paul then peeled off to start with the rest of the cats.
Small cats start went well for most on starboard tack heading towards the club house. Under challenge from the Curry crew on their Sharpie, Hot Pepper focused on hitting the start line on time. Trailing a little but making up the difference by pointing a little higher.
Ross Fyfe having had gear failure with a jib sheet roller failure. After giving away this time he was not able to make up the difference during the race. Paul Leaudais on the other hand was experimenting with a jib sheet adjustable tensioner. Just after the start he moved forward to tweak his new addition to his boat. Unfortunately at this moment a puff of breeze came thru burying the nose of his boat and the rest was history. Much to the surprise of his fellow competitors Paul having to right his craft. The subsequent time righting his craft gave his fellow competitors a good head start.
In the lighter breeze with occasional gust whilst not superfast kept the boats circulating around the lake and those who made the right choices in terms of trim adjustment and tacking/gibing strategy had the greatest gains. Bill Ledger “Billyo”, Tony Zahra “White Wave” and Jack Kroek “Jackpot” having a tight tussle closely followed by Ian Richardson “Biohazard”, Tony Sanderson “Groove Thing” and myself “Hot Pepper” crossed paths a number of times during the race. Jody Matthews “Blue Tongue” and Paul Monaghan “Chesha” making the most of their early start keeping ahead of the pack until around the last triangle.
The lighter sailors were seen out on trapeze at various stages. As can be seen by the scratch times across the line there was some tight racing right down to the finish. Only seconds separating the first 3 across the line and Blue Tongue had a great contest to the line crossing the finish line 3 seconds in front of Silver Fox.
Scratch times(not adjusted) across finish line were as follows:
15:31:18 Bill Ledger 182 "Billyo" Nacro 14 sq
15:31:47 Jack Kroek 6306 "JackPot" Windrush S/S
15:31:55 Tony Zahra 526 "White Wave" Maricat S/Sloop
15:34:38 Ian Richardson 1132 “Biohazard” Weta
15:37:23 Tony Sanderson 6346 "Groove Thing" Windrush S/Sloop
15:38:43 Hugh Lewis 6327 “Hot Pepper” Windrush S/Sloop
15:44:12 Jody Mathews 4556 "Blue Tongue" Windrush S/S
15:44:15 Paul Leaudais 6308 "Silver Fox" Windrush S/Sloop
15:45:33 Ross Fyfe 6265 "Yabby" Windrush S/Sloop
15:53:56 Paul Monaghan 3112 "Chesha" Windrush S/Sloop
See below for handicap corrected times. Ian Richardson’s Weta doing very well.
- Next week is the final race for 2016 half of the season. It will be the President vs Secretary teams around the lake. Stick around afterward for Xmas post race BBQ
- Next half of the season commences again Saturday 7th January 2017
- A reminder for those small cats interested that Cuddy cup 1st Saturday after new years day at Swan Lake. If interested come talk to Paul Leaudais, myself or Tony Sanderson for details.