Gee, I found it cold on Saturday. That brisk 15 knot Southerly cut through your clothes and chilled any exposed skin. And we were all expected to brave the elements and get amongst it. For the crew of Frou Frou it would be as duty crew pounding through the waves and sometimes getting wet aboard the Wal Curry. We did warm up lending assistance to a few up-turned boats. Even so, I would not have traded places on shore as I believe you can get the best views of the race and the participating boats when you are on duty.
Two brave TYs, Off Shore Account, with Dave Oscar and Brad aboard and, Rosstered Off, with Jim, Dave and a couple of newcomers aboard. Even though there were only two the TYs gave us the best thrills on the starting line, with both passing within centimetres of the duty boat stern as the hooter sounded.
This was the first race since last season ended for the crew of Rosstered Off. I think they were having the occasional difficulty selecting the right rope to pull and also coming to terms with the spinnaker related stuff. As a contrast, Offshore Account was having a blinder of a race picking right wind shifts up the works and keeping well in touch with Rosstered Off the entire race.
Although it was good fun watching the sailing action on the water, we were glad to see the last boat finish so we could collect all the buoys and return to the warmth of the club house for a chat and a hot cup of cocoa or the like.
This is probably a good time to mention that I cannot find where I put the finishing sheet with the finishing times for this race. However, I don’t think I would be going out on a limb to predict the placings. I would suggest that, given the finishing margin between the two boats, Offshore Account will pick up first place on handicap, and Rosstered Off second on handicap for Pointscore 2. And a well-deserved win it was given the cold and blustery conditions.
Apologies for not having official results but will make up for it by reporting today’s race results in next week’s newsletter. I will venture to say that sailing was also the victor on the day.
My darling wife Margaret found the results sheet hidden in the shorts I wore on race day. I can now present you with the race results.
Place, Boat Name, Corrected Time PBH (minutes)
First, Offshore Account, 62.94
Second, Rosstered Off, 72.49
The end - Trev