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Race 4 & The Commodores Cocktail Party

posted Feb 28, 2011, 3:54 AM by Mark Tobin

Fresh breezes greeted the fleet for Race 4 of the Summer Series with a planned overnight stay off Long Beach and beach party afterwards.  12 boats greeted the starters flag with a number of boats opting to head straight for the finish line and party at Long Beach because of the blustery conditions.  The later than usual briefing and short timeframe before the gun caught several boats unawares with confusion reining in the last minute before the start.  The club starter Tony Lewis, shorthanded on the day, called for one start with all boats together rather than the usual separate start for each division.  Cougar was caught on the wrong side of the line after the one minute flag dropped and had to round an end before starting but still managed a sprint to the first mark to round second behind Tony Byrnes, Farr 1020, Arabesque.  The catamarans again enjoyed the stronger wind to power away to an early lead as the Division one boats took a longer leg out to the Red Rock mark.  A long downwind run toward the mark off Myola saw some of the closest racing of the year with boats josling only metres apart.  Shane Furkins, Chutzpah was one of the boats that braved the conditions to fly a spinnaker but struggled to squeeze through a narrow gap between a rampaging pair of catamarans with Alan Leach’s Tranquility and Brian Saunders Sea Change making the going tough.  With the addition of the C3 mark to keep the boats away from the reef off Huskisson the southern turning mark was tucked right up the southern end of Collingwood Beach off Vincentia before the boats turned for home.  The long upwind leg back across the bay to finish off Long Beach sorted the fleet out with Mark Tobin’s Cougar leading the way.  Chutzpah took the handicap honours for the day in Division one followed up by Arabesque and David Hetherington’s, Nereid third.  Division 2 had the cats of Alan Leach and John Lawrence in SasSea home first followed by David & Pauline Churchwood’s boat Motion in third, their best result of the season.  The beach party incorporating the Commodores Cocktail party followed, a black tie and boardies affair with the ladies frocked up, saw members witness a spectacular sunset.  Refreshed after a sumptuous BBQ and a special cocktail, courtesy of Karen, the party rolled on into the night with the beach bonfire roaring as well as the music, while party goers frolicked on the beach amidst flaming bamboo torches to the wee hours.