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Golden Rivet - Race 3.. the decider, Saturday 5th April 2014

posted Apr 6, 2014, 12:45 PM by Admin hycnz   [ updated Apr 7, 2014, 5:07 PM ]

Race Report from Young Entertainer

The Golden Rivet! HYC had to win the day to retain the trophy. CCYC had all their players in the game and these guys had a sniff of a win so we had to be on our game. Myself and Big Tim were going 'two handed no extras' as we would have a clean bum and the wind strength and direction would suit Entertainer really well. We got a good start at the rear of the field with Eye Spy. She had a full crew and would run that big Wespac kite - Big Tim and I knew we had to get away from the line and get some distance between us. We were in hunting mode and every boat in front had a target on it. Slowly slowly we past boats - no one made it easy but Entertainer was in her groove. We tried to stay away from HYC boats as we needed as many HYC boats to finish ahead of CCYC as possible. We could see Goucho sending a sweet gennie back to committee boat and man - what a sweet impressive wipe out! We got them and then went about hunting Nona and 'The Rang'. Tai Rangi was on fire and we did not think we would catch them but the wind was right and came up a few knots and gave us the HP we needed. A great win for Young Entertainer and HYC!

Thanks to all who cared to play and big thumbs up to Isis - keep sending guys!
We had a great after function at HYC - thanks to all involved in the bar and food on the day

Race Report from Isis

The day started with a little trepidation, our first race ever as a family on Isis!! The squabs (small crew) were all fed and watered, that we may compete the race without too much dissent in the ranks! The start was a little confusing as we did not seem to be officially entered, so as the wind was forecast to be 15 to 20 kts we decided to go with the smaller head sail. Bad move as it turned out, necessitating a sail change after the first mark. Messed up the start 30 sec late (we will get better). The second leg was better we were getting our confidence back and apart from the endless wind shadows that flying past us ( except Eye Spy thankyou Trevor) we managed a genica hoist and managed 6 kts. There were still a few boat on the horizon as we finished, so we sailed all the way home. Thankyou for all the kind words and encouragement from everyone, here’s to the next race.

Report from Clearwater Race Committee (John Wicks)

Good sailing conditions gave a good race, with a reasonable amount of beats, reaches and spinnaker runs. In the end it was the HYC team that won, giving them 2 out of three so they retain the Golden Rivet Trophy for another year. Congratulations to "Hobby" and especially to Young Entertainer, which came first and also took the Fastest Boat prize. Congratulations also to the little Isis and her three little for'ard hands; they persevered and did very well for the shortest waterline in the fleet by far.

In fact all thirteen participants sailed well - congratulations all round! No really bad starts, either.

As a consolation, Freestyle won Best Start, and Gaucho won a spot prize for fishing, though we don't know the quantity of prawns she had in her trawl!!

Race report from Eye Spy.
The Golden Rivet Race was one we were all looking forward to. Turned out that the numbers were on our side for a change. Seven vs six and a few of those were two handed which meant they had a three minute advantage on the start line.
This made the start appear to be confusing as Eye Spy and Young Entertainer were the last to start at 12 minutes after the scratch boats. 

The wind was forecast to rise to 20 knts so we opted for the number two which may not have been the right choice. Young Entertainer got a good start just in front of us and was sending dirty air over us so we tacked out to find clear air. Wild Horses was our first goal and we passed them on the way down to Meola. We contemplated hoisting the kite from Kauri through to the ODM but decided against it after watching Gaucho round up and loose their kite in the drink. We will wait till the last leg and fly it through the finish line and then all the way home. Prior to the finish we managed to get passed Waterwitch and Bluebeat. Cracka was also flying a kite to the finish but we could not quite catch him. Freestyle was also in our sights but too quick for us on the day.

Well done to the HYC team. A good day for us. I am sure the CCYC team will come back next time with a few more tricks up their sleeves.
A nice kite run down to Hobsonville was spoiled by the Go-pro which was mounted on the pulpit holing the bottom section of the kite. Ooooops 
And.........thanks to the team on Eye Spy the day before for their efforts in the Police regatta. A well deserved second place.

Race Report from Nona

What a day for a race. Sun shinning, nice breeze (8- 16knots) and anywhere from S to SW. And boats on the water. Lots of boats.
HYC fronted with 7 and CCYC with 6.
This time some of us thought we would get smarter, to go with the silver locks. Nona went two handed, charging for the start line to find a CCYC RIGHT in front. What the hell, dip down and behind and cross for an average start.
The course, Meola - start, three times.

Hard on the nose and a sneak around Kauri Point then cracked sheets to Meola with Tai Rangi leading the fleet. Up and around the mark, got a little close - that buoy needs a good clean, and back to the committee boat.
The short legs and reasonable wind pressure made this a good selection and kept the trimmer busy.

Second leg much the same as the first but Shekinah starting to hunt us down. Round the start buoy for the last time and Tai Rangi has to tack to get around Kauri Point. This gives us a chance as we make the Point in one leg. Up and around Meola with Young Entertainer right behind us then past us. At least it is a HYC boat. We manage to catch Tai Rangi just before Kauri Point with Shekinah close behind. We managed HYC 1 and 2, Shekinah just ahead of Tai Rangi and Satisfaction.

A great and satisfying day on the water. The after match function was at the HYC Clubrooms where we blended? in with some visiting Mullet Boat crews. Thanks need to be made to the HYC and CCYC sailing committees, the Social committee (Sharon and Jo) who were providing Pizzas to the hungry masses and the bar staff of Paddy, Dave and Steve, who were also run off their feet by the thirsty masses. The biggest thanks needs to go to the participating boats, especially new Club member Jamie who finished the course in his 20ft Sabre. As an aside....................HYC ARE THE CHAMPIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!