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Forward Hands race - Sunday 5th November 2017

posted Nov 19, 2017, 5:05 PM by Admin hycnz

Forward-hands results:
Nona 1st
Firsty 2nd
Eye Spy 3rd
Ladies race postponed due to lack of wind and boats entered.

Race report from Eye Spy:
Only the three boats turned up for the forward hands race. The wind was very light so the course was set for Meola to starboard and return. The tide was huge so we were always going to get to Meola but against the tide on the way home................who knows?
Mark is on the helm and Lisa volunteers for fore deck. I put myself on main and JK is on the winches.
We start mid fleet………behind Nona but ahead of Firsty. The first leg is full of holes and we find all of them. We watch the lead two rounding Meola and note the tracks they take.
The tricky rounding was executed perfectly by Mark and we find ourselves in first place for a time as the other two have been doing battle with the tide. No wind and a huge tide meant we really needed to stay behind Meola reef till the wind turned up. When we ventured out into the tide we were instantly swept past Meola.
On realising there was a little pressure we forged ahead with First beside us. We thought about calling for “water” but I decided we had enough room to let Firsty continue on his way and for us to turn within the gap between us and dip before continuing. This proved inaccurate as we clip the pushpit on Firsty. Sorry Craig………..I guess my perception of distance is not as good as it was……..
We carry out a 720 turn, then continue with the course.
The distance to catch the lead two is too great and we settle for third position. We get good speeds on the last leg to the finish and Mark finally has a smile on his face. I think he enjoys the helm.
Thanks to Nigel and the tower team.