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Three times lucky - excellent wind for the third consecutive race

posted Feb 14, 2017, 5:06 PM by Rick Early   [ updated Feb 15, 2017, 11:09 PM ]

The 4th round in the Tahmoor Rural summer series was held last Sunday 12th February.  There was an encouraging roll up (10 boats) with new comers Brian and Kay Horley, (“Wine Down”), back for a second time and Dennis Meredith (“Wotalife”) returning after a lay-off.  The wind forecast was for a promising 10 -15 knots southerly at the start increasing to 15 – 20 knots during the race. The forecast held true and produced some great racing. Highlights included: close racing between the two Bavarias in div. 1; Relentless’s continued domination in div.2 and Tranquility’s improved boat-speed in div. 3. 

The race start was very tightly contested. All 10 boats congregated at the strongly favoured starboard end of the line, and got away well without incident.  First around S1 was too close to call in div.1 with “Sojourn 3”, “Manly Too” and “Friendship” arguably in front.  It came down to the toss of a coin and a magnanimous gesture from Manly Too’s skipper to award the bottle of wine to “Sojourn 3”. In div. 2. “Relentless” was strong again to take the prize while in div. 3 “Tranquility” proved that a new mainsail makes a big difference, getting the jump on “Sas Sea” to round S1 first.

Up front, on the long haul over to C1, it was a three way drag between “Manly Too”, “Sojourn 3” and “Friendship” for much of the leg. However, as the wind built “Sojourn 3” and “Manly Too” started to pull away, with “Manly Too” getting the edge by the time C1 was reached. Not far back other div.1 boats “Invincible” and  “Wine Down” were locked in battle with “Invincible” just in front.  In div.2 all boats were sailing well but “Relentless” was continuing her strong performances in previous weeks to lead “Wotalife” and “Matana”. In div. 3 “Tranquility’s” new main was proving the difference, establishing a comfortable lead over “Sas Sea”.

On the leg back across to the northern side of the bay positions in all three divisions remained the same. Highlights on this leg were: the almost perfectly matched boat-speed of “Manly Too” and “Sojourn 3” – the gap of about 50m remaining the same for the entire leg; “Relentless” extending her lead and “Tranquility” moving further ahead of “Sas Sea” and catching “Friendship”.

The downwind leg to A1 proved costly for “Sojourn 3” with “Manly Too” pulling further ahead and “Friendship”, now under spinnaker, taking some ground from her.  Further back in div.1 “Invincible” was starting extend her lead over “Wine Down”. Things remained much the same in div. 2 and 3.

Not a lot changed in boat positioning on the upwind and downwind leg to the finish, however the wind had now increased to about 20knots. This provided some excellent sailing conditions to conclude the race. Across the line it was: “Manly Too”, from “Sojourn 3”, “Friendship”, “Invincible” and “Wine Down” in div. 1.; “Relentless” from “Wotalife” and “Matana” in div.2; and “Tranquillity” from “Sas Sea” in div. 3.  A feature of the finish was only a second or two separating div.1 boat “Sojourn 3” from div 2. boat “Relentless” – indicating the handicap system is working well.

The race was followed by the presentation and an enjoyable BBQ kindly prepared by Kerry Leach.

The next race is the final one in the Summer series with positions being hotly contested - see results section on the website.  It will be held on Feb 26th.