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Short Offshore Series Race 1

posted Nov 27, 2013, 2:12 AM by Unknown user
The first race of the Short Offshore Series was conducted on Saturday November 23. Three keelboats and three multihulls presented to compete on the day. With light winds forecast a shortened course was agreed by the race committee and the fleet headed out for the start. A halyard failure on Cougar just before start saw the need for the crew to have to hoist the skipper to the top of the mast to sort the problem. The remaider of the fleet were happy to wait and once sorted the yachts were away. The breeze filled nicely and with the sun shinning the race was conducted in what was quoted as 'champagne sailing conditions' by the skipper of Mohawk, Tony Byrne. He may have enjoyed the conditions more than others as he held on to a narrow lead to be first home to a fast finishing Cougar. In the Division 2 Multihull fleet Overture led Sea Change home followed by Tranquillity. With numerous social committements (it's that time of year) none of the yachts took the opportunity for an overnight stay on the bay but all agreed it had been a sensational days sailing.