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HYC Juniors - Dinghy Race at HYC on Sunday 18th November 2018

posted Dec 9, 2018, 11:53 AM by Admin hycnz



It was an amazing day on the water for the young sailors racing the second Sunday in the Summer Series at Hobsonville Yacht Club. They started promptly at 2.00pm, with 5 Starlings, 2 Firebugs and 1 Optimist. It was a reaching start, and a short leg to mark 1, a gybe and then a long run to the leeward mark set deep into Hellyer’s Creek. This gave the fleets a long beat back to the ODM and time for the Starlings to gain a big lead on the slower Firebugs and Opti. The course was shortened for the latter to just one lap, whilst the Starlings went on to complete the requisite two laps. Grace had an unfortunate capsize, and when she went in for a second swim whilst disentangling her mainsheet, she prudently decided to retire and save her energy for the second race. David added even more excitement, when his mast fell down due to a shroud coming undone. He was towed back to the slipway and got the mast back up in time to make the second race.

In the second race things got really exciting, with both James and Harrison capsizing. Both recovered well, and Harrison even caught up and, sailing an intelligent beat in the shifty conditions, managed  to narrowly beat Ollie and Kieran. Ollie also sailed a competitive last beat, just sneaking in on port tack at the finish to separate Harrison and Kieran.

Overall results for the day:-

Starlings

Harrison two 1st ; Kieran 2nd & 3rd; Ollie 3rd & 2nd; Mackenzie 4th & 5th; Grace DNF & 4th

Firebug & Optis

James 1st & 2nd; David DNF & 1st; Phoebe 3rd & DNS

Many thanks to Stuart, Sean, Craig and Cameron for manning the Safety Boats; Dianne and Craig for making things run so smoothly in the Gear Shed and on the Ramp; and Tina and Erica for excellent work in the Race Tower managing the racing
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