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Spring Series Race 3 Wrap up

posted Nov 6, 2013, 3:57 PM by Mark Tobin

Race 3 of the Spring Series sponsored by JB Yachting produced 12 starters with an all in one start the order of the day again.  After the previous race the lighter forecast was welcome with the BOM predicting a10 to 15 knot sou’easter, tending east.  That held out for the start at least.  With Mick Linhart’s Manly Too sporting their new boom after the breakage last race and Trevor & Kay Kanaar flying their new mainsail the pressure was on again in Division One.  The pin end starters had the edge on the gun with boats stalling at the crowded boat end slow to get away and Shane Firkin in Quintessence streaked toward the S1 windward mark, chasing the scent of red wine.  With several Div 1 boats closing on the mark Manly Too, expecting to take the prize, was forced into a last second tack as they were headed, with Quintessence calling for rights on starboard.  To top off the move, with crew scrambling from the rail, Manly Too overdid the tack and forced Quintessence, attempting to duck them, to bear away and completely miss the mark.  With confusion reigning over who actually got there first the S1 wine, sponsored by Callala Cellars, was handed to Peter O’Reilly (Fuzzy Logic) who generously passed it to Shane Firkin for Div 1, commenting he was the more deserving.  The Lord’s on Overture took the spoils for Div 3 and Paul Gooey for Div 2.  Penalty turns out of the way for Manly Too it was off to the next mark.  The course set was akin to a traditional triangle and sausage for those who recall their skiff days, with a work toward Long Beach, reach to wing mark off Callala Point and a shy reach back to the Red Rock.  First to Long Beach was Mark Tobin’s Cougar in Div 1, the Lord’s in Overture in Div 3 and David and Pauline Churchward’s Motion for Division 2.  The wind had built into the 20’s plus some by this stage as boats searched for the tiny flag marking the temporary position of the S2 mark.  With the wind shying up on the run down toward Red Rock most boats opted to drop their kites early for the tight rounding but Manly Too thought they would try a new tactic and fly the kite loose from the top of the mast!!!  But with that not working they took the chance to drag it down when the breeze suddenly dropped, great effort though.   With the wind kicking up and conditions getting sloppy crews were keen to get home for some of Kerry’s tasty hot dogs ready and waiting as always. Winners on handicap on the day were for Div.1: Quintessence 1st, Fuzzy Logic 2nd, Division 2: Motion 1st and Matana 2nd, Div.3: Brian Saunders Sea Change 1st ahead of Overture in second.