It was a dark and stormy night, sailing afternoon and it was with some trepidation that the fleet of 3 TY s headed out from the comfort of the PKS Club house to take their chances with the elements. For a while I thought we were going to dodge the worst of it. I cannot remember getting so wet in such a short period of time in a TY race. Plus being struck on the head with hail didn’t improve things either. What kept going through my head was the thing Jim said to me when we were rigging up, “I will be staying close to you because a carbon fibre mast conducts lighting better than Aluminium, so you will probably struck before us”. Nice to think he had our best interest at heart (not).
On the very last work and about 200 meters from the top mark the duty crew pulled up beside us and asked if we were going to continue the race, given the ferocity of the rain and the big black cloud coming towards us. We figured we were already wet and still had to sail about the same distance back home so we kept on going. Being the last boat on the water at that point I believe, it did mean that we kept the duty crew of Jody, Brad and Hayden on the water for the most severe part of the storm. But hay, they set us a long course after all.
The Froufrou crew were just getting use to each other again after some time apart so we were having to relearn each other’s skills. By the end of the race our spinnaker sets and jibes were improving and our tacking was getting smother. I recon in another week or so we would be back up to Olympic standard, and, “sailing to the boats potential”. We did do a little bit of dredging with one of our spinnaker drops that slowed us up a little, no fish caught either.
Momentum put on a good show for us with her spectacular chinse jibe on the third down wind leg (see pictures attached). This must have given her the time to look at the weather and make the sensible decision to call it a day and get back to shore before the worst of the storm hit.
I suppose its all part of the rich shared sailing experience that builds character and cements a team. Still it was ####ing wet wasn’t it?
Rosstered Off sailed brilliantly and was unchallenged from the start. I think she and her crew were on a mission to redeem her less than ideal performance at St Georges Basin. She had a deserved win in today’s race today.
But apart from the lighting, thunder, hail, torrential rain and wildly swinging 20+ knot winds, it was a very nice sail.
Position Boat Name Time in Minutes PBH (CBH)
First Rosstered Off 91.98 (92.15)
Second Froufrou 98.22 (98.22)
Third Momentum DNF
I hope you have started thinking about the end of sailing season presentation night that the TYs are hosting this year. I have had a couple of ideas and put together a draft flyer that will be shared with you via email. I look forward to any suggestions regarding how we can make it another memorable night.
St Georges Basin Chase 4 March 2017
TY Nationals 30 September to 1 October 2017
Only 7 Saturdays of sailing to go before the end of the season.