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Race 4 Wrap Up & Commodores Cocktail Party thanks

posted Feb 18, 2013, 2:48 AM by Mark Tobin   [ updated Feb 18, 2013, 8:29 PM ]
Racing was intense in Race 4 of the Parkhaven Motor Lodge Summer Series with crews anxious to get to the finish and the ensuing Commodores Cocktail Party.  Eighteen boats set themselves up for a start on the day with the forecast of fair winds, slights seas with just a chance of a shower.  Then Murphy’s Law  kicked in, down came the rain and up came the wind with Legalese making an early decision to pull the pin.  The all in start saw some anxious moments with Div1, 2 & 3 boats all away together on a crowded line.  The swinging wind favoured boats at the Pin end of the line and Al Leach’s Tranquility, Shane Firkin’s Quintessence and Blu Timb’s on Friendship raced across the start line to set up an early lead over the rest of the fleet.  Despite Vice Commodore Shane Firkin’s best efforts and suggestions from the Race Committee, what was suppose to be an upwind downwind leg out to Myola turned into reaching heaven.   The wind blowing 15 to 17 knots at the start quickly built with gusts reaching the mid 20’s and Craig Tooker’s Ripla and Bill Dicker’s Leeuwin enjoyed the blast reaching across the bay.    Conditions got the best of Macca & Athol on Brazen and with crew seasickness issues setting in they opted for an early beer and hot shower.  Tranquility reached the bottom mark first but the situation changed after the rounding and it wasn’t long before the upwind conditions saw Cougar roar past to take the lead.  With skies clearing and the wind dropping what followed was a testing triangular course repeated twice for each boat having the crew on Mick Linharts Manly Too working feverishly with their spinnaker in pursuit of Cougar.  Under clear skies and the sun shining finally Cougar made it first across the line in Division 1, Dave & Pauline Churchwood took line honours for Division 2 shortly ahead of Tranquility for the multi hulls.  Series sponsors John and Jenny Lawrence in Sassea  pulling out having been left too far behind after an incident which saw them tangled in the bottom mark.  Chris Capel deserves a medal for his great solo efforts on the Start Boat for the day, a great effort and got the ‘results’ as well. 
With far too much south in the breeze Long Beach was abandoned and the decision was made for the Commodores Cocktail Party to move to the calmer conditions at Bindijine Beach .  With the race presentation over, all doned their best ‘Shipwrecked’ outfits for the party on the beach and the BBQ  was in high demand.  The intermittently returning light showers did not faze the hardy party goers and a great night was had by all dancing to the music into the wee hours.  Well done to Tony Byrnes who supplied the sound system and great selection of music for the night.  Thanks also to Karen for the Pina Colada cocktails, very popular on the night, Al Leach for all the heavy lifting and all who pitched in and helped make it a great night.