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posted Oct 26, 2009, 3:43 PM by JBCYC Admin
As scheduled, Race 3 of the Spring Series got underway with 15 yachts in light conditions thanks to a brilliant start line set by our committee boat crew, Tony Lewis & Louise on JB1.
Rockhopper & Wahoo claimed an early bottle of red with a fast rounding of S1.
Whales, light winds & pouring rain impeded the fleets progress to the southern mark off Longnose Pt.
Terry Ford's spinnaker, imitating the worlds biggest protest flag, attracted a frenzied pack of killer whales which followed him for the rest of the race & in his attempt to avoid them, unwittingly lead him to winning Div 1 performance handicap.
Doing his utmost to avoid the circling pack, Fuzzy Logic tacked into a deep dark hole & for the first time in his life, Peter O'Reilly found himself without any wind!
As the fleet splintered for the long reaching leg, the wind had built to around 15 knots & the back markers began to catch the leaders.  The smaller yachts of Ross Gilbergs Koala 24 "Jou-bear" & the Sonata suffered in the building conditions & sqandered their early advantage with the Koala left out on a limb... Also it was too late for the cats, Sea Change & Tranquility to catch up, as the early light conditions had put them too far back.
Peter Cowman, the human mooring minder from Double Time & Robbo's Cout-a-Tah also did well in the stronger winds.
Towards the end of the race, as the rain & mist cleared & the whales morphed into dolphins, it was Rockhopper out in front who was able to see off a late charging Wahoo for overall line honours.
Div 2
S1 - Rockhopper
Regatta - Rockhopper
PHS - Double Time
Div 1
S1 - Wahoo
Regatta - Jouiance
PHS - Jouisance
Photo is Ken Dryburgh's Rockhopper